Reality television can be trashy — but it’s also done a world of good for LGBT visibility. 

For all its blurred-out cursing, senseless catfights, and questionable editing, the reality TV genre propelled the level of representation for LGBT people forward at a pace that lapped the rest of the media world, forcing society to catch up and evolve. Here’s a sampling of individuals with the courage to be themselves when the cameras were running.

25 Reality Shows That Made LGBT History

Ever since modern reality television dawned with a promise to stop being polite and start being real (MTV’s The Real World, of course!), the format has promised a glimpse into subcultures too long ignored or erased in mainstream media. Here are a few of the LGBT-themed (or inclusive) shows that proved the culture bore enough relevance to gain an audience and change the media landscape at the same time.

The world’s most famous drag queen would subvert the America’s Next Top Model format and redefine the reality television landscape. The annual search for America’s next drag superstar would become the highest-rated show on Logo TV for eight seasons, with season 9 also broadcasting its first runs on VH1. Who could imagine a drag competition being the nation’s most buzzed-about reality show?

The life of trans youth seemed a foreign reality that Americans could too easily pretend did not exist. Then came TLC’s I Am Jazz, which since 2015 has followed the life of Jazz Jennings, a South Florida trans girl with some pretty awesome parents. The show debuted in 2015, following Jazz’s struggles with transphobic peers but also with such normal rites of passage as cheerleader tryouts and dating. A third season premiered this month.

Caitlyn Jenner remains the most prominent trans woman in America today, and following several pre-transition seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Jenner became the star of her own E! spin-off, I Am CaitBut after two seasons, the network announced in August it had canceled the show.

An obvious play off the success of Will & Grace, this Sundance TV show followed urban straight women and the gay men around them. The show would spend one season in Manhattan and a second in Nashville, along the way exploring such topics as surrogacy, maintaining spirituality while religious figures attack your sexuality, and the frustrations of finding a state where you can host a same-sex wedding circa 2010.

You don’t need to be a housewife, desperate or otherwise, to live the Manhattan socialite life. The A-List: New York debuted its entirely LGBT cast in 2010, and while it certainly could peddle in stereotype, the Logo series also proved that gay identity could carry a show and bring viewers to their sets. The original series would go two seasons and inspire a single season of The A-List: Dallas.

The first dating show on American television to have contestants woo a trans star, this Logo TV show followed suitors as they tried to win actress and writer Calpernia Addams. Hosted by out comedian Alec Mapa and featuring Addams’s friends from within the trans community, the 2008 show broke ground for acknowledging the romantic lives of trans people.

The MTV show started out as a Bachelorette clone, with star Tila Tequila weighing her romantic interest in 16 male suitors, but a twist quickly would be revealed when Tequila’s bisexuality was revealed to the straight male contestants. The show would then introduce 16 female suitors vying for Tequila’s affection as well. The show would end up inspiring spin-offs and a second season. Tequila herself may not have turned out to be much of a role model, but the show remained pretty groundbreaking (though trashy).

The Bravo show followed the lives of personal trainers and fitness gurus in Los Angeles, centering on Jackie WarnerWork Out was a sweaty guilty pleasure from 2006 to 2008.

Yeah, this Danish show seemed historically offensive. The premise? Nine especially effeminate gay men end up in a boot camp-type competition suffering the supervision of an American drill sergeant. The show would find audiences in Sweden, Switzerland, and Italy but would never get aired in Poland thanks to protests. 

You knew same-sex marriage made its way out of the cultural fringe when this Canadian reality show made the lineup for Global Television Netween in 2005. Taking a popular wedding planner format, the show worked with same-sex couples to plan weddings in a timespan of two weeks. The show would later be broadcast under the name First Comes Love on Logo.

The show perhaps singly responsible for mainstreaming the word queer for most of America. Bravo’s show, which would eventually shorten its title simply to Queer Eye, debuted in 2003 and introduced a team of five metropolitan gay men who would help clean up straight slobs who needed to impress the ladies, though the format would expand and have the men help women as well. The Emmy-winning show inspired numerous spin-offs and introduced the world to Carson Kressley. More important, it mainstreamed the concept of queer men as valuable experts in society. After it had been off the air for 10 years, Netflix announced in January that it would revive the show.

What started as a series of five-minute bits on PrideVision would spawn multiple reality series on OutTV and Here TV, following the gay buddy team of Chris Carter and John Simpson taking on everything from National Coming Out Day to special summer camps.

While not billed as an LGBT show, the hit fashion show has prominently featured countless LGBT people in prominent roles, notably designer-mentor Tim Gunn and original judge Michael Kors, and made it work for mainstream viewers. The show, which has 15 seasons in the can and another three contracted, made the move from Bravo to Lifetime in 2009 and continues to serve as a template for successful (and gay-friendly) reality TV. Along the way, it’s made star designers of out contestants like Christian Siriano and Santino Rice, and Mondo Guerra would use the show to come out as HIV-positive.

This Sky One series followed six men wooing Mexican model Miriam Rivera in 2003, but the twist was that no contestant knew her to be trans. 

The concept was called the “cruelest reality show idea yet” by The Sun, a U.K. tabloid, and the show was generally scorned by the rest of press. Contestants eventually sued producers, delaying the airing of its only season, but the show garnered high ratings when it debuted to British audiences in 2004. Rivera would later appear on a season of Big Brother Australia, and Something would be broadcast in several countries, including on Fox Reality in the U.S. in 2007.

The Bravo show, which premiered in 2003, followed the Bachelor format, but with out star James Getzlaff choosing among 15 suitors. The show would have a controversial twist, though, as some of the contestants were actually straight men pretending to be gay (well, pretending something to someone). If Getzlaff selected a gay suitor, the two would win a cash prize and international vacation, but if a straight man “won,” he’d get to pocket $25,000. Of course, in addition to generating some negative ink, the premise also made it hard to pull off a second season.

The MTV show that invented the genre known today as reality TV, The Real World was based on the premise that a diverse group of 20-somethings living together would generate drama even without a script. While not an LGBT show exclusively, it proved historic in mainstream representation of gay people from its first season on by including out cast member Norman Korpi on the show, where he kissed a man and many viewers were surprised the world did not immediately end. In years since, the show over 30 seasons cast dozens of LGBT individuals, including HIV-positive activist Pedro Zamora in its third season and trans cast member Katelynn Cusanelli in its 21 st.

The modeling competition show, which premiered on UPN in 2003, revolves around the fashion industry, and from its launch included LGBT people among its regular staff of mentors and judges, notably creative director Jay Manuel and runway coach Miss J Alexander. The show through the years has migrated to VH1 and today features a very different cast but remains an inclusive show spotlighting LGBT people in the industry.

The Bravo series as early as 2002 treated same-sex weddings as viable, if still novel, sources of drama. Over eight episodes, the show would follow two lesbian couples and two gay couples during the buildup to their big days, documenting troubles with family having a hard time accepting the unions but also showing the fabulousness involved when drag queens provide the entertainment at the reception. 

The Logo TV series follows built cast members at the legendary gay resort spot. While known best for its camp trashiness, it’s shown the Jersey Shore format can find an audience of people who want to see an all-gay cast engage in sexy antics as well.

Consider it the trans version of Queer Eye. The VH1 series in 2010 introduced the world to Laverne Cox before her groundbreaking role in Orange Is the New Black. In TRANSform Me, she led a team of trans makeover artists saving cisgender women from “style purgatory.” But the show may be most historic because Cox produced it herself, a significant first for trans people of color.

After years of success with the scripted drama The L Word, Showtime launched this docu-series following the lives of actual lesbians living in Los Angeles. The show aired for three seasons and offered a real-life version of the premium hit.

This Viceland show, launched in 2016, chronicles the genuine hardships LGBT still face around the globe. Out actress Ellen Page and director Ian Daniel go to places the Rio de Janeiro, which has the highest LGBT murder rate in the world, and to Orlando, immediately after the Pulse shooting, in a effort to spotlight the fact it’s still dangerous today to be gay.

This Fuse show debuted last year and spotlights the lives of five trans women. The series follows a tried-and-true format but does it with an entirely trans cast, bringing the Real World/Real Housewives concept to a population that often struggles to get representation on TV.

Forget gender already. The Oxygen show over two seasons followed an African-American dance team, which includes gay and gender-nonconforming members. It showcased the dancers‘ professional and personal lives in the Deep South — Mobile, Ala., to be exact. The series shattered all kinds of stereotypes both about and within the LGBT community.

Fuse’s Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce spotlights the work and influence of this drag queen in the world of bounce. A fifth season of the show premieres in the fall. 

25 Reality Shows That Made LGBT History

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13 LGBT Reality Series That Changed Queer Life

Fifteen years ago, the LGBT community had to settle for fictional stereotypes. We had Will. We had Jack. We had Queer as Folk. The real stories, though? Not so much.

But in the years since, post-Ellen, post-marriage equality, queers are ruling the tube via a wide range of reality programming, including the second season of Transcendent, which premieres on Fuse on June 8. 

Before the premiere, revisit the reality series that have also advanced the LGBT rights movement.

With the highest LGBTQ murder rate in the world, do you know queer life in Rio de Janeiro? How about Japan? Out actress Ellen Page and out filmmaker Ian Daniel didn’t until they wound up in those places, exploring the sometimes-scary realities of living outside of America. Gaycation isn’t always an easy watch — while in Brazil, Page and Daniel confronted a man who murders gay people — but it’s by far one of the most important.

13 LGBT Reality Series That Changed Queer Life

Netflix’s Newest Dating Show Is Queering Up Trashy Reality TV

Netflix’s Newest Dating Show Is Queering Up Trashy Reality TV

Reality dating shows are super straight, but Too Hot to Handle could offer a reprieve from that.

Let’s face it, trashy reality dating shows aren’t exactly known for LGBTQ+ inclusivity. The world’s favorite shows in the genre, like The Bachelor and Love Island franchises, are engineered for and by straight people and any romantic attractions outside of that heterosexual box are quickly squashed. The mention of bisexuality even tore one couple apart on Netflix’s last viral series, Love Is Blind.

But the streaming giant’s latest show, Too Hot to Handle, might offer a reprieve from that. 

The premise is simple. Netflix put ten of the „hottest“ and „horniest“ singles they could find in a beach house in paradise. They’re all ready to hook up, but then comes the big twist: the singles have the opportunity to win $100,000 if they can abstain from all sexual contact. 

That frustration is something many of us can relate to in these days of social isolation.

But unlike those other dating shows, these guests are allowed to act on any attractions they have. In the trailer, we can spot two of the girls in a heated make-out sesh. 

We’re not exactly sure how this game works just yet, but „In a world without sex, will they form deeper and more meaningful connections?“ asks the trailer.

We’re guessing we can’t wait to see how it all plays out. If you’re looking for the messy queer reality dating show of your dreams in the meantime, check out MTV’s Are You The One?

 Netflix's Newest Dating Show Is Queering Up Trashy Reality TV

MTV’s New Dating Show Actually Gets Queer Dating

The sexually fluid season of explores the complexities of gender and desire in a way rarely seen on reality TV — or in pop culture, period.

has a shtick. A bunch of young singles are thrown together in a house, set in the kind of tropical paradise required for finding true love on television. The twist: Using old-school matchmaking techniques and complex algorithms, dating experts have paired the housemates with their supposed “ideal” mates, but neither the cast nor the viewers know the matches.

The housemates themselves have to figure out the “true love” couplings by undertaking a bunch of elaborate activities. The cast enacts physical embodiments of the hell of dating, such as races where participants jump over obstacles labeled with problems like “fear of commitment.” Winners of these challenges are rewarded with one-on-one dates and the opportunity to vote on whom they think is a “true” pair. If they figure out all the correct pairings before the end of the season, the housemates will win a million dollars.

For the past seven seasons, the men have been paired with women, and women with men. But in the current, eighth, iteration of the show, which debuted June 26, MTV flipped the shtick by including only sexually fluid participants who are attracted to all genders, so that, in the parlance of promotional materials, anything goes!

Despite the somewhat sensationalizing premise and its potential land mines, the resulting show — four episodes in — is already one of the more provocative entries in reality dating TV, where queerness has previously been treated as the topic of a “special episode” add-on or as a scandalous plot twist. The concept of sexual fluidity itself is often deployed in reality TV as a strategy through which shows can hint at queerness for mainstream viewers — without actually exploring queer culture outside a straight gaze. Now is challenging the dating genre’s conventions, foregrounding experiences and conversations about love, desire, and relationships from a nonheteronormative perspective that, in today’s pop cultural landscape, are still rare.

-style butch gay guy finding love among 15 suitors. But the plot’s reductive pretense revolved around the fact that some of the suitors were secretly straight. The show’s driving question became whether the titular “boy” would be able to tell the straights from the gays. As the show’s gay producer and creatorDouglas Ross, admitted at the time, “If it were just a gay dating show, for sure we’d get a lot of gay viewers, probably not that many straight [viewers], [and] some looky-loos. But we felt by putting [the twist] in, we would get a much broader audience.”

MTV’s own 2007 offering, , was the rare reality show featuring an Asian American star. But it hewed to a similar logic, in which 16 straight men and 16 lesbians competed for Tila’s affections, with the curveball being that the contestants were not aware of her bisexuality. (She chose the guy in the first season, and later claimed she was never bisexual and was simply “gay for pay.” Since then she also seemed to become a Nazi sympathizer.)

More recently, Logo’s 2016 Finding Prince Charming was so in thrall to its straight counterpart — indicated by the casting of the bland, if well-built, Prince Charming — that it failed to establish its own identity. It was mostly notable for its lack of drama and bad cast. (Host Lance Bass possessed all the shiny, plastic charisma of a grocery store green apple.)

These shows were not explicitly focused on the actual challenges posed by dating as a queer, gender-nonconforming person in a straight world. Plus, the central objects of desire were hot in conventionally gendered ways, and the shows worked through enticing plot gambits that could bring in mainstream audiences.

strategy to some degree, teasing the question of which gender different participants will end up with. “I have no idea if I’m going to be attracted to a male or a female,” says blonde housemate Kari in one of the show’s commercials. “I’m attracted to both genders. I’m ambidextrous.” Sexual fluidity often gets reduced to this trope of “will this (conventionally hot) woman ultimately pick a man or a woman?” in a way that seems designed to turn on straight men — or at least, the trope is designed not to offend straight logics about desirability.

But the housemates in aren’t just fluid in terms of their sexual orientation, and the actual show doesn’t limit itself to that straight-gazey question of “which gender will they pick?” The castmates represent a much fuller range of the gendered spectrum, from femme and masc queer men to butch and femme queer women, to nonbinary and trans castmates. In bringing them all together, the show is creating a televisual space to stage the complexities of gender and desire that can come with queer dating and that are rarely seen on television — or in pop culture, period.

actually lives or dies through the strength of the casting and the resulting drama of the casts’ relationships. The eighth season is strong on both counts. As the housemates engage with each other, falling into and out of connections and figuring out their feelings for each other in search of the grand prize, they are remarkably open and self-aware about the difficulties — and pleasures — of breaking out of old dating patterns.

For instance, early on, Nour, described as an “aggressive possessive” (the castmates are all chyroned with their relationship style) tells the group about her difficulties coming out as queer in her Jordanian Muslim family and community. She quickly falls for Amber, described as “perpetually feeling second.” But when the time comes to pick her first choice for a dating challenge, she chooses Justin, a perfectly built masc guy who, save for the tats and bisexuality, might not be out of place on .

During a group therapy check-in, she admits that Amber should have been her first pick, and Justin gets upset about her “playing” him. But this drama gets unpacked in nuanced ways that transcend the usual drama for drama’s sake. “I’m so used to going after people like you; it’s hard for me to get out of that mindset,” she tells him. “I was playing it safe, and I fucked up and I’m sorry.”

The theme of unlearning the kinds of desire dictated by a heteronormative culture permeates the show. That element takes a funnier turn through Jonathan, a more femme guy, who also has a crush on Justin. To some degree, the housemates have to be serious about finding their “real” match — and in the show’s parlance, that means following your heart rather than your libido. Jonathan contorts himself to convince us — or himself? — that following your heart and your libido can, in fact, be the same thing, as indicated by his straight-faced explanation for pursuing hunky Justin: “That takes a lot of work to look like that, and anybody who puts in that amount of work would put it into a relationship too.” (Jonathan also provides unintentionally creepy comedic relief with comments like, “If Justin were to deliver me a package in the middle of the night, I’d hope it would be his heart beating in a box.”)

The show strikes a nice balance between a kind of pedagogy for clueless viewers — as the housemates explain their relationships to gendered identities — and being just another dating show. Kai, a self-described nonbinary transmasculine human who has already become something of a breakout star, points out that there’s no “trans dating for dummies” handbook. He explains in a confessional that as he has transitioned, his hormones leave him feeling like a horny teenage boy.

One of the fastest — and already most explosive — pairings taking shape early in the season is between Kai and Jenna, a cis, femme-presenting, self-described drama queen. (“There’s something about a roller-coaster relationship that gets me excited,” she tells us in a confessional. “I thrive in drama.”) She falls for Kai early on, and they enjoy an interlude in the self-explanatory “boom boom” room. But then horny Kai also hooks up with Remy (a “proudly promiscuous” bisexual).

In one group therapy moment, Jenna, Kai, and the other participants discuss monogamy and open relationships. “I think it’s a personal land mine,” Jenna offers. “It’s not a land mine for everybody,” counters Kai. The housemates all have different opinions, but the show leaves the question of whether open or closed relationships are good or bad up to the viewer, without really judging any one cast member for their opinion. (“I’m a closed book on this,” Jenna tells us, adding, in her usual hyperaware therapy-speak, “I have anxious attachment issues.”)

While most dating shows idealize existing ideas about love and desire, these castmates are openly grappling with cultural scripts — and creating new ones. We get a taste of the now-standard trope of masc-on-masc romance (and how it intersects with internalized anti-gay sentiment) in the coupling between Justin and Midwestern hottie Max, who have a very hot -y encounter in a closet as Jonathan awkwardly walks in on them.

But the show also explores queer desire outside of that framework. Basit, a pansexual black castmate who goes by they/them, is purposely staying away from their usual dating patterns of pursuing hypermasculine men. Instead, they go out with Kylie, a cis black woman, and then set their eyes on long-haired Jonathan (who, in turn, is into Justin). Jonathan is initially uninterested in Basit in a romantic sense. But after the housemates stage a queer prom, where they all get to dress up — and Basit unveils Dionne Slay, their drag persona — Jonathan starts reconsidering his attraction. “I do connect with Basit on every single level, except sexual and romantic,” he explains. “I’ve never dated a feminine person before, except for 100% female. I need to train my mind into liking that.”

It’s unclear, four episodes in, if Basit’s feelings for Jonathan will eventually be reciprocated; Jonathan keeps waffling between what he’s been taught to like and what he might learn to see in a different way. But these open discussions are a timely reminder that what we are attracted to is in many ways learned or culturally dictated, and therefore might be worthy of interrogation. “The house is so open and so loving, it makes it harder because everyone’s connecting on some level,” says the adorably dorky castmate Danny. And so far, is the rare reality show that appeals to our utopian fantasies by asking us to think differently.

Importantly, though, race has not been an open topic of discussion in the way that gender and sexuality have, despite the show including many castmates of color. At one point, after Jonathan explains he’s not romantically interested in them, Basit breaks down and says they are tired of rejection and just wants to be desired in their entirety, which they’ve never experienced. Arguably, their experience is a reminder that desire is both raced and gendered, and when men of color are prized for hypermasculinity, refusing such ideals can come at a steep price.

Still, in presenting so many different types of people as desirable on their terms, the show’s perspective represents a challenge — not just to the way gender-conforming heterosexuality is normalized in most cultural representations, but also to some of the rampant racial and gendered prejudices of gay hookup app culture.

, also included two episodes with queer protagonists and suitors, which were arguably some of the most interesting of the show.

Those two episodes foregrounded issues that are rarely depicted in dating television. In one date between two men, one of them hints at being a top, a potentially awkward gay dating land mine that many will relate to. In the other, one queer woman rejects one of her suitors for being “too femme,” because she prefers more androgynous women. The idea of a woman being “too femme” (or, for that matter, a man being “too masculine”) would be literally unintelligible in the Barbie and Ken world of franchise.

Despite not being the kinds of issues explored in most dating shows, these are common things that routinely come up for queer people, especially those who are gender nonconforming. Still, the one-off, episodic structure of promises to.

“I’m so happy that this happened,” says castmate Jonathan, as he slips into makeup and a dress for the queer prom. He revels in the excitement of discovering new aspects of himself. “It’s kind of groundbreaking for people who have never done this before, like, I’ve never done this before.” He might have been speaking about the experience of watching — or starring in — the show itself. ●

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The UK’s first-ever dedicated LGBT TV channel, OUTtv, is launching next week

The UK’s first-ever TV channel dedicated to LGBT+ series, movies and documentaries, OUTtv, is launching next week on April 1.

According to its website, OUTtv “presents movies with an edgy twist from award-winning titles, through to indie features and acclaimed shorts”. It will also show “inspiring documentaries, internationally successful TV programmes including renowned LGBTQ+ series, reality shows and gameshows”.

Already available in several European countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain, the channel will be available on Sky (channel 330) and viewers will also be able to subscribe online for £99 per year through the OUTtv website.

All of its programming in the UK will be exclusive to OUTtv, meaning it has never been aired in the UK before. 

The channel will also report from LGBT+ film festivals, fashion shows, travel destinations and other LGBT+ events.

Its database of more than 500 titles includes RuPaul’s gameshow Gay for Play, a half-hour comedic trivia game show where a panel of six celebrities help two contestants answer pop culture questions to win cash and prizes.

Other titles include reality show Shade – Queens of NYC, new documentary Being Divine and a first look at thriller movie M/M. 

LGBTQ+ TV shows to get excited about in 2019 and beyond

2018 was a landmark year in terms of LGBTQ+ representation on telly, from the fresh new talent seen on the small screen to the diverse range of stories that were told. Yes, there’s definitely still some way to go, but each and every year positive progress is made. , we’re looking at you.

Good news is, 2019 is shaping up to be even bigger and better. Already there’s been the release of Sex Education, and Tales of the City, among others. And we’re only halfway through the year, meaning there’s a whole lot more incredible content with LGBTQ+ storylines coming your way.

Just take a look at the shows set for release in 2019 and beyond that look fit for a good ol‘ binge…

Netflix continues leading the charge with its bevy of Trinkets.

Adapted by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer from the novel of the same name by author Kirsten Smith, the show centres on a grieving teen as she finds an unexpected connection with two classmates at her new school after they all attend the same Shoplifters Anonymous group.

It’s an intriguing perspective on female friendship, the three central characters overcoming their outcast status by bonding through theft.

As well as offering a unique spin on the coming-of-rage teen drama, the series also offers an LGBTQ+ storyline that’s becoming refreshingly frequent in the entertainment world, particularly YA content. Yes, our protagonist Elodie (Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand) is gay, but it’s no big deal.

„My character on Trinkets is coming into being gay and it’s all about her journey, which is really just so nice,“ . „At no point does she feel apprehension about the judgements of her friends…

„It is what it is and they’re all figuring it out together, which seems more true to today. I feel like we’re moving towards a future where you don’t even have to come out anymore. People just are who they are and if you judge them for it, you’re a dick.“

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Introduction

Reality television has always been a way for audiences at home to see the “real” lives of “real” people – even though most of the story lines are planned out in advance. Sociologist Joshua Gamson has states that reality TV is “a welcoming place for gays and lesbians, who have served as efficient sources of disclosure and self-acceptance drama, symbols of authenticity, and lessons in tolerance” (2013, pg. 52). In some ways, reality TV has continued the stereotypical images of queer people – especially gay men – while it has also given attention to of forms of queerness that have long been overlooked by the media, like drag queens and trans people. Both cases have their problems though. Portraying queer people as nothing but stereotypes only allows the audience to view them one-dimensionally. But focusing on “quirky” or “strange” forms of queerness portrays queers as sensationalized spectacles on exhibit for the entertainment of the audience. However, this is not too unusual within the genre of reality television, because networks often turn anyone into a spectacle in order to attract a larger audience.

However, reality TV has also had positive impacts on the perception of queers in our society. In scripted fictional television shows, the queer character is often white (such as Jack and Will from

Within the last couple of years, queer people of color are becoming more noticeable on scripted television (such as Santana on Suburgatory, TrueBlood).

According to GLAAD, 23% of queer people of primetime broadcast scripted shows in 2013 were people of color. I think this recent shift is largely due to the portrayal of queer people of color in reality television for several years, beginning in 1994 with MTV’s . According to GLAAD’s 2006 report, unscripted reality television include “numerous diverse representations that better reflect the LGBT community” (2006).

The first openly queer couple on reality television were Pedro Zamora and Sean Sasser on MTV’s 1994 Both Pedro and Sean were men of color (Pedro was a Cuban immigrant and Sean was black) and both were HIV positive during the show. This was America’s first taste of real gay men of color and they opened the doors for future queer people of color on television.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

On TLC’s reality show , Honey Boo Boo’s uncle Lee Thompson is openly gay. While he is a gay man, he does not come close to representing the typical stereotype of a gay male style guru. Unfortunately, the fact that he is not a walking stereotype does not stop his family from treating him as such. They call him “Poodle”, because poodles are “gay dogs”. Honey Boo Boo’s mom explains that all gay men know the great dance moves and because of this, he is expected to coach Honey Boo Boo before every pageant. Honey Boo Boo exclaims, “Ain’t nothing wrong with being a little gay. Everybody’s a little gay!” While Lee is treated by his family as nothing more than a style guru stereotype, he embraces the show as a way to show America that there are gay men who live in the South.

Tila Tequila’s show on MTV , with 15 straight male contestants and 15 lesbian contestants . While this show was portrayed as breaking sexuality barriers in reality television, it instead seemed to reinforce the view that lesbians and bisexual women serve little purpose outside of the pornographic. Right before the show aired in 2007, there was an article that ran in the Christian Post. This article states that this show was “a first for a network that doesn’t specifically target the LGBT crowd.” While that may be the case, it would seem that this show was not intended for the LGBT crowd whatsoever. It appears to serve the sole propose of reinforcing the pornographic fantasies of a straight male-dominated sexual culture.

Conclusion

Reality TV has become a major form of entertainment in the United States and much of the audience believes it is real. It doesn’t matter that the most of the story lines are planned out in advance and the filming of the season is complete long before the first episode airs, a large percentage of viewers actively believe these shows are real. Because most queer representation on reality TV has been either as the gay male style guru or as a “strange” sensationalized spectacle, many Americans believe that all queer people are theatrical and stylish. While reality television has its drawbacks in its stereotypical portrayals of queer people, it does provide more diversity in the images of queer people in the media because scripted fictional TV often focuses of white gay men. With more accurate and diverse representations of queer people in reality TV, like queer people of color, scripted fictional television is beginning to portray “normal” queer people who are like everyone else. This is largely due to a shift in the audience. As the audience got used to seeing real queer people on reality television, they have become more welcoming of queer people portrayed as normal on fictional television. This is an important step for queer people to receive the social and political equality that they deserve.

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Lindsay decides it’s time to take her relationship to the next level and make her ring size known; Carl throws a Derby-themed party, complete with a housemates horse race; Hannah finds herself in the hot UP with the Gays in our NEWSLETTER! Find us on the Socials:Twitter @RealityGaysPodInstagram @RealityGaysPodcastFacebook @RealityGaysPodcastPATREON We recap classic 90 Day, Netflix’s dating shows, and just random stuff!TO LEAVE A REVIEW ON ITUNES FOR 90DAY GAYS CLICK all our podcasts on our podcast network,  AT US ON CAMEO! Book Jake or Matt! We will read you, sing to you, or tell you if your BF has SWAG! Get a mug, shirt, pillow at our MERCH STORE!Wanna talk with your Sissy Squad? Join our PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUPFind Mattie! Instagram: @theMattMarr Twitter: @theMattMarr Find Jake! Twitter: @jakeitorfakeit Instagram: @jakeitorfakeit Listen to our Sabrina podcast, called Bitchcraft. Netflix has us living for this show! Bitchcraft: The Sabrina Recap ShowListen to our recap show of Riverdale…yes it’s RIVERMALES!Listen to Mattie’s other ADVICE podcast, THE DEAR MATTIE SHOW! See for privacy and opt-out information.

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What will you be watching in 2019?

2018 was a hell of a year for LGBTQ television, especially for queer characters of color, which has us even more hyped for what 2019 has in store! But while some of our favorite queer characters reside on shows like How to Get Away with Murder and Will & Grace, television is growing so quickly we can barely keep up.

Well, here are your CliffsNotes! 15 new and upcoming shows with LGBTQ storylines we can’t wait to binge!

Batwoman

Ruby Rose is putting on the cape for Batwoman. Reportedly darker and grittier that the rest of The CW’s DC universe shows (Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Rose will play Bruce Wayne’s lesbian cousin, Kate Kane, who takes over the superpowered responsibilities in his absence. 

Élite

This murderous teen drama is surprisingly queer and its first season had initiated conversations about polyamory, living with HIV, and even launched an entire fandom over its resident gay couple. Netflix has already renewed the Spanish series for a second season! 

Pose

If you’re not watching Pose, you need to get your sh*t together. Ryan Murphy explores the grace of the 1980s New York ballroom scene, the heartbreak of the AIDS crisis, and the resilient humanity of queer Black and brown people in this jaw-dropping FX series that features television’s largest cast of transgender actors.

Marvel’s Runaways

The first season featured Marvel’s first superpowered gay kiss, and the second is promising more high stakes teen drama and following our favorite ship, Nirolina. Or is it Karico? Either way, we’ll be watching. 

Wenn Männer Männer daten

Das gab es noch nie in Deutschland. Mit „Prince Charming“ startet TVNOW die erste Gay-Dating-Show in Deutschland. Im November wird ein Mann in mehreren Etappen und unter mehreren Kandidaten seinen Traumprinzen wählen.

„Prince Charming“ passt perfekt ins breite Spektrum

„‚Prince Charming'“ ist die erste reine Gay-Dating-Reality-TV-Show in Deutschland – und passt perfekt ins breite Spektrum der TVNOW-Programme. Wir wollen unsere Zuschauer mit Fragen locken, die sie üblicherweise nicht zu stellen wagen. Die Antworten liefern wir auf äußerst charmante und sehr unterhaltsame Weise“, sagt Moritz Pohl, Head of VoD-Content bei der Mediengruppe RTL.

The Politician

It’s Ryan Murphy doing what he does best, bringing yet another colourful comedy series to our screens – and this time he’s taking us back to school.

Set to premiere on Netflix in September, centres around Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara who has set the bar high with his determination to be the next president of the US. But before he makes it to the White House, he’s got to figure out how to navigate the school halls first.

LGBTQ+ content isn’t confirmed but given the showrunner’s LGBTQ+ activism and his propensity for weaving this into the content he creates, it’s looking likely The Politician will follow suit.

With Murphy at the helm and an ensemble cast including the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Bob Balaban, Jessica Lange and Ben Platt, The Politician’s definitely got our vote.

Batwoman

What’s that? A female superhero? As the central character of her own show? Fighting for social justice? And she’s lesbian? Sign us up!

Granted, not only does The CW’s upcoming Batwoman mark the first time the character’s ever made it to the small screen, but it also marks the first ever gay lead in a mainstream comic-to-TV adaptation. Which you could argue is a landmark we should have celebrated years before now.

Nevertheless, Arrowverse fans, us included, are excited for what this gripping new show will bring to the table, which will focus on the Gotham crimefighter’s alter ego Kate Kane, played by Orange is the New Black’s Ruby Rose.

Magic Hour

If you weren’t obsessed with Pose’s Indya Moore enough already, the goddess is blessing us with her charm once again as the star and executive producer of the upcoming queer-centric sci-fi anthology series Magic Hour.

From writer and director Che Grayson, this groundbreaking show from Apple/Paramount is designed to tell stories centred around the experiences of people in the LGBTQ+ community, with a particular focus on people of colour.

The first episode is a gender-bending retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic tale Frankenstein, something Moore is looking forward to sharing. „It’s a really interesting, I think, map-out in how, ‚What is gender identity? What is gender performance? Is gender a performance?'“ said Moore.

„Here we’re seeing an adult human being who was just born, basically. We’re analysing it from the perspective of, ‚What would a human be as an adult if they were just born as an adult, regardless of how they were assigned at birth?'“

Love, Simon

Love, Simon is a groundbreaking triumph, one of the first LGBTQ+ movies to be certified PG-13 featuring a mainstream gay romance to be shown in American cinemas – which is why we’re delighted it’s getting a TV spin-off.

The film subverted so many tired tropes along the way, so no doubt the show will carry the torch for representation over to the small screen. It’s also being penned by the film’s screenwriters Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who will be writing arcs for an entirely new cast.

Becky Albertalli, author of the book the film was based upon, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, hasn’t given much away about the plot. One thing she did confirm is that the series won’t be a direct sequel based on her follow-up book Leah on the Offbeat, but instead is a different story „set in the world of Simon“.

AJ and the Queen

As if the prospect of a UK Drag Race weren’t exciting enough, RuPaul’s treating us to a new Netflix comedy called AJ and the Queen, the 10-episode series will follow Ruby Red (RuPaul), a down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club with an unlikely and recently orphaned 11-year-old sidekick named AJ.

„It is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done because it’s acting like a real human,“ said Ru. „Usually in acting roles, I play the gay best friend or the neighbour. This is a fully rounded human being with all of the emotions.“

The show will also star Orange Is the New Black Josh Segarra, who is set to play Mama Ru’s boyfriend. Need we say more? Sashay our way, AJ.

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1. Queer as Folk(2000–2005)

The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Stars:Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison, Michelle Clunie

4. (1998–2020)

Gay lawyer Will and straight interior designer Grace share a New York City apartment. Their best friends are gleeful and proud gay Jack and charismatic, filthy-rich, amoral socialite Karen.

Stars:Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

10. Queer as Folk(1999–2000)

A groundbreaking gay adult drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, as well as 15-year-old Nathan, who is in love with Stuart.

Stars:Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black

16. Venice the Series(2009– )

Focuses on the life of Gina Brogno, a single, gay, self-made interior designer living and working in Venice Beach, California, as she tries to navigate her love life while dealing with lifelong issues with her family.

Stars:Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia, Nadia Bjorlin, Galen Gering

18. Queer Eye(2003–2007)

Five gay men try to improve the lives and confidence of straight men by giving them makeovers and advice.

Stars:Ted Allen, Carson Kressley, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia

20. (2007–2009)

The Lair is a private gay club run by vampires, who use the club as a source for attractive young men to feed from. Thom, a local journalist in the small island town begins digging into the… See full summary »

Stars:David Shae, Colton Ford, Brian Nolan, Peter Stickles

24. Gimme Gimme Gimme(1999–2001)

A sitcom about two dreamy London roommate: gay unemployed actor Tom Farrell, whose career is going nowhere; and Linda La Hughes, who is about as attractive as a centenary nun, yet has … See full summary »

Stars:Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Beth Goddard, Rosalind Knight

27. Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World(2007–2009)

Welcome to the gayest of gay ghettos, West Lahunga Beach, where Rick and Steve make their fabulously decorated double-income-no-kids home. That is until Rick’s lifelong lesbian friend … See full summary »

Stars:Will Matthews, Peter Paige, Q. Allan Brocka, Wilson Cruz

28. Wasteland(1999)

Six twentysomething friends who went to college together are now living in New York trying to find themselves.

Stars:Sasha Alexander, Marisa Coughlan, Rebecca Gayheart, Eddie Mills

33. Brothers(1984–1989)

2 conservative men support their younger brother when he comes out as gay. The brothers help him navigate being openly gay in 1980s Philadelphia.

Stars:Robert Walden, Paul Regina, Brandon Maggart, Hallie Todd

39. Some of My Best Friends(2001– )

Warren Fairbanks is a gay Greenwich Village writer. His sexual orientation isn’t suspected initially by the fellow who has responded to his newspaper ad for a new roommate. Though the road … See full summary »

Stars:Jason Bateman, Danny Nucci, Alec Mapa, Jessica Lundy

43. Bump!(2004–2013)

Bump! is the world’s first gay and lesbian travel and lifestyle television series. It is unique and international in scope. In each episode Bump! presents a new gay-friendly destination in … See full summary »

Stars:Charlie David, Shannon McDonough, Deb Pierce, Bruce Vilanch

46. (2011)

Friends and Benefits (FAB), is a queer online web series. It follows the life of Ben Fitzgerald, 21, gay university student who was recently dumped by his boyfriend. Ben turns to online … See full summary »

Stars:Stephen Walden, Kenny Cheng, Anthony Jelinic, Pia Prendiville

50. Gay, Straight or Taken?(2007)

A game show where a single woman meets three men — one is in a heterosexual relationship, one is gay and partnered, and one is single and straight. If the woman can correctly pick the … See full summary »

Stars:Laura Niles, Damian F. Sandolo, Elle Young, Ryan Anthony

51. Oi aparadektoi(1991–1993)

The adventures of four people who live next to each other somewhere in Athens. Spyros and his wife Dimitra on one apartment, and Vlassis with his gay friend Yannis on the other. Though they… See full summary »

Stars:Giannis Bezos, Vlassis Bonatsos, Dimitra Papadopoulou, Spiros Papadopoulos

54. Crazy Venice Apartment(2012– )

Crazy Venice Apartment – as the name speaks for itself – is a series that takes place in a beach apartment inhabited by an overly diverse group of friends: Cody ( an unstable, closet gay, … See full summary »

Stars:Katharine Nova, Brian Chang, Romika Annabell, Christopher Silva

56. Queer Eye for the Straight Girl(2005– )

From the creators of Bravo’s runaway hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy comes a new series that turns a tasteful eye towards the ladies. This time, a team of gay stylists will „make-better“… See full summary »

Stars:Honey Labrador, Robert Laughlin, Damon Pease, Danny Teeson

58. (2010)

A history of how the depiction of the vulgar has been a vital part of English satire,starting with the artwork of Hogarth in the eighteenth century and Gay’s ‚Beggar’s Opera‘,the first … See full summary »

Stars:Julian Rhind-Tutt, Steve Bell, Martin Rowson, Simon Callow

60. (2007–2008)

Sara is a Flemish soap, on a modest budget, about the people connected to the fashion firm Présence, founded by Leon van Wyck and his late partner but artistically dependent on the gay … See full summary »

Stars:Gert Winckelmans, Sandrine André, Veerle Baetens, Kürt Rogiers

62. Under the Pink Carpet(2000– )

A Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender themed entertainment news magazine series. Irreverent, fast moving and colorful, Under the Pink Carpet features celebrity interviews and backstage … See full summary »

Stars:Tony Sawicki, Clover Welsh, Stephanie I. Butler, Michael Musto

63. (2008– )

A reality series that follows the players from San Francisco’s star gay basketball team on and off the court.

Stars:John Amaechi, Sheryl Swoopes, Francis Broome, Pete Hannibal

67. (2005–2007)

A team of five wedding gurus have only two short weeks to create a fabulous wedding for a lucky gay or lesbian couple.

Stars:Fern Cohen, Elvira Kurt, Scott Thompson, Gregory White

68. (2010– )

Take a sheltered, Canadian girl and a desperately broke, gay American and you have the perfect equation for fraudulent marriage. What seems like a mutually beneficial situation, Megan … See full summary »

Stars:Stefanie Black, Clark Harding, Jerrod Littlejohn, Jackie Tohn

70. (2005– )

NewNowNext Music offers LGBT music fans a chance to access a range of music genres that appeal to their sensibility, and is unavailable from any other outlet. Musicians, DJs, LGBT cultural … See full summary »

Stars:Logan Lynn, Bitch, Emanuel Xavier, Babydaddy

72. Don’t Quit Your Gay Job(2009– )

In the third season of this OUTtv Original Series we’ve mixed things up a bit. Rob Easton is back as host, but this time round we have Adam Rollins and Tommy D learning a new range of jobs and talents.

Stars:Rob Easton, Sean Horlor, Tommy Dolanjski, Adam Rollins

74. (2008–2009)

A far cry from traditional stand-up, Hot Gay Comics highlights the best in out and proud comedy. Each show features a cast that includes mainstays as well as up and comers in today’s comedy world.

Stars:Dave Rubin, Shawn Hollenbach, Anne Neczypor, Mike Singer

76. Brotherhood TV(2011–2012)

The Brotherhood TV is dedicated to educating and empowering SGL (same gender loving), Gay, Bisexual and Queer young men of color; through addressing issues that are affecting us. The … See full summary »

77. My Fabulous Gay Wedding(2005)

„Wedding fairy“ Scott Thompson and his team of five wedding gurus have only two short weeks to create a fabulous wedding for a lucky gay or lesbian couple.

Stars:Scott Thompson, Maggie Cassella, Donna Michelle Morris, Rufus Wainwright

79. Dôsôkai(1993– )

Probably the first TV drama that portrayed gay relationship/sex openly and positively on a national television in Japan. It started as ’school reunion‘ (that’s the title). This high school … See full summary »

Stars:Yuki Saitô, Kazuhiko Nishimura, Tatsuya Yamaguchi, Keiko Oginome

82. The Stereotypical Gay(2011– )

The Stereotypical Gay is comedy series produced in Vancouver, BC. It follows the (mis)adventures of a stereotypically gay man and his inability to integrate into the straight community. … See full summary »

Stars:Josh Rimer, Michael A. Cheng, Monica Hamburg, Phyllis Ho

83. (2010)

A two-part documentary series exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people growing up in Ireland. As recently as 1993, homosexuality was illegal in … See full summary »

84. Real Momentum(2005– )

This intimate documentary takes an in-depth look at families with gay siblings and the various emotional and social conflicts they face on a daily basis. Whether it’s a mother who struggles… See full summary »

86. (2010– )

Bob is a newly out of the closet gay man and Andrew is a socially inept blow-hard. Through a charming back and forth rapport, Bob and Andrew help each other navigate the trials and tribulations of their lives.

Stars:Andrew Menzies, Bob Woolsey, Lauren Martin McCraw, April Green

89. (2008–2009)

Follows a group of aspiring gay models and their ambitious talent agents as they claw their way through hard work and heartbreak towards careers in gay modeling. Shot behind the scenes at a… See full summary »

91. (2005– )

BRUNCH which is on the Q Television Network is the first LIVE morning daily talk show created specifically for the LGBT and gay-friendly progressive community. This upbeat and fast paced … See full summary »

Stars:Scott Withers, Honey Labrador, Marina Anderson, Yawar Charlie

92. Fat Guy(2011– )

Follow Caskey, a 20-something gay actor from the Midwest as he navigates New York City, his fledgling career and his complicated love life. Season one finds Caskey with a big national … See full summary »

Stars:Caskey Hunsader, Eva Shure, Andrew Wehling, Kelly Shoemaker

94. Talking With… Yale Cohn(2011– )

A wide range of subjects and interests are covered ranging from politics to music to journalism to religion to art to gay issues to gun rights to media to veterans‘ issues to roller derby … See full summary »

Stars:Yale Cohn, Justin Beahm, Birgit Brun Coffman, Tom Garland

2. Queer as Folk(2000–2005)

The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Stars:Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison, Michelle Clunie

Brian, Justin, Michael, Emmett & Ted are the 5 main characters but there are also more.

7. The Fosters(2013–2018)

Teenager Callie Jacob is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive, and foster children.

Stars:Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert

14. Threesome(I) (2011–2012)

Threesome is a comedy about three inseparable friends on the verge of 30. Alice lives with her boyfriend Mitch and their gay best friend Richie. Together they form three points of an … See full summary »

Stars:Emun Elliott, Amy Huberman, Stephen Wight, Pauline McLynn

15. Faking It(2014–2016)

After numerous attempts of trying to be popular two best friends decide to come out as lesbians, which launches them to instant celebrity status. Seduced by their newfound fame, Karma and Amy decide to keep up their romantic ruse.

Stars:Rita Volk, Katie Stevens, Gregg Sulkin, Bailey De Young

18. (1998–2020)

Gay lawyer Will and straight interior designer Grace share a New York City apartment. Their best friends are gleeful and proud gay Jack and charismatic, filthy-rich, amoral socialite Karen.

Stars:Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

24. (2013–2016)

Twenty something Josh is going through a number of big changes as he navigates his first decade of adulthood. After being dumped by his girlfriend, he comes to the realization that he is gay.

Stars:Josh Thomas, Thomas Ward, John, Debra Lawrance

MTV’s New Dating Show Actually Gets Queer Dating

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Who Are These Filthy Animals?!

Edit: Dammit. Now I have to sign up for Discovery+ to watch that pig show. I’d never heard of the “90 Day Gays” until I heard a crossover episode with the “Pink Shade” ladies. I was cleaning my house while listening to the episode, clutching my pearls, looking like I’d just eaten a mouthful of lemons and thinking, “Who are these filthy, FILTHY animals??” Fast forward to now and I’m part of the “Sissy Squad” and a Gaytreon member. These filthy animals now have me forking out an extra $3/month to hear their “Love After Lockup” recaps, because I can’t imagine living a life where I’m missing out on that mess. True story! I appreciate their raw sense of humor and jarring statements of truth. It’s hard to find humor that isn’t watered down, apologetic and always walking on PC eggshells. Keep going Queens!

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The channel is keen to let viewers know that its content is not exclusively for the LGBT+ community, and added that it welcomes anyone that is “open-minded”. According to its website: “In fact, in other countries we see that 40 per cent of OUTtv viewers are straight women.”

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