Six TV shows with LGBTQ+ main characters to watch during Pride month in 2022

The fourth week of Pride is usually the time when wallets get a little tighter, budgets become stricter, and nights are spent at home in the hopes of saving enough money to make it to the big parade.

This doesn't mean you can't stay in a celebratory mood even if you are sitting alone at home in front of your laptop screen. So, log in to every streaming service available to you, prepare your snacks, and get ready to binge-watch this list of the best 2022 LGBTQ+ shows for the next week and a half.

1. First Kill

Two words: lesbian Twilight. A dramatic tale of forbidden love between teenage vampire Juliette (Imani Lewis) and the new girl in town, Calliope (Sarah Catherine Hook), who happens to also be a part of a long line of vampire hunters. Both are under pressure to perform their "first kills" to prove they are worthy to their families but all becomes complicated once their feelings for each other start getting in the way. Get ready for blood, lust, and tragedy because this is the vampire love story trope you've been waiting for.

Rating: R

Where to watch: Netflix

2. Conversations With Friends

Following the ground-breaking success of Normal People in 2020, the second adaptation of Sally Rooney's work certainly did not disappoint. Frances (Alison Oliver), a bisexual woman, and her best friend Bobbi (Sasha Lane), a lesbian, fall into a "love square" with Nick (Joe Alwyn) and Melissa (Jemima Kirke), an older married couple. Conversations With Friends is a reflection of millennials today and the ups and downs that come with falling into new relationships, especially when it happens to be a quadruple.

Rating: R

Where to watch: BBC Three

3. Queer As Folk: The Reboot

As a highly-anticipated reboot of the 1999 show by Russel T Davies, Queer As Folk: The Reboot had some very high standards to live up to and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The series centres around the LGBTQ+ community and the queer clubbing scene in New Orleans featuring a new and diverse cast that gives a voice to a new generation. Brodie (Devin Way) is introduced as the main character of the show, a young gay man who just recently left med school, reconnecting with past lovers and friends as they cope with a shooting at a gay club. This show, which once had such a huge impact on the Queer community, may provide a modern take with the reboot but it still remains truthful to the vibe and heart of the original.

Rating: R

Where to watch: Starzplay (Available 1 July)

4. Heartstopper

The only way to describe Heartstopper is that it’s nothing but pure queer joy. It explores the beginning of a secret relationship between out-and-proud Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) who is coming to terms with his bisexuality. They are surrounded by a wholesome group of friends including a lesbian couple and a transgender girl, normalising the idea that LGBTQ+ shows can have happy endings. This show will definitely be one to make you awe every five seconds if you’re looking for some heart-warming content to binge.

Rating: TV-14

Where to watch: Netflix

5. This Is Going To Hurt

They weren’t kidding when they named the show 'This Is Going To Hurt', so prepare yourself for full-on crying sessions. The adaptation of the 2017 book by Adam Kay, depicts the real and raw truth behind working conditions at the NHS maternity ward, starring Ben Whishaw as Adam Kay, a junior doctor who also happens to be a gay man struggling to maintain his relationship alongside his job. The show also explores how the main character tries to hide his relationship from his judgemental mother reflecting a common coming-out process for people in the LGBTQ+ community. This is definitely a must-watch for 2022 and if you’re still not convinced, check out this in-depth review on our website.

Rating: TV-PG

Where to watch: BBC iPlayer

6. Dead End: Paranormal Park

Queer animations are completely underrated and don’t get the love that they deserve, so when a show like Dead End: Paranormal Park premieres, it’s important to support it. Based on the graphic novel series DeadEndia, the story follows Barney (voiced by Zach Barack), a transgender man, who runs away from his family home in search of a safe space and finds a Queer group of friends after applying for a job at a haunted amusement park.

Rating: TV-Y7

Where to watch: Netflix

Do you have a favourite LGBTQ+ TV show that you can recommend? Share it with us in the comments!

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