10 Shows and Movies with LGBT Characters You Can Watch on Stan
It can be hard to get it right when portraying LGBT characters on television and film. When a series or movie truly comes together and delivers something magical, there’s something honest and beautiful about that piece of work.
Streaming service Stan has a wide range of content, and here are some of our favourite television shows and movies with LGBT characters you can stream the platform.
This is one of those shows that will make you laugh, cry, scream, and shout all within one episode. Through ten 30-minute offerings, Transparent tells the story of a Jewish family that all keep their own secrets, with none more exciting and revelationary than the one the patriarch has been keeping for some time now. He’s genetically a man, but deep down knows he’s a woman. Letting his family in on exactly that and what’s kept him from revealing it up until this point acts as the catalyst for some of the most powerful television the modern world has seen.
Jeffrey Tambor is amazing in the lead role as Maura, and the show rightfully took home some Golden Globes for its efforts.
Set in the streets of Manchester, England, Cucumber has a unique approach when it comes to dealing with the struggles homosexuals face on a day-to-day basis; whether that means searching for love, living with one another yet never having sex, or having to deal with people who aren’t confident and secure in their own sexualities. Hilarious at times and tragic at others, Cucumber is a greatly-written piece by Russell T Davies – also known for the iconic series Queer As Folk and a couple of other titles on this very list…
Going hand-in-hand with Cucumber, Banana looks at the lives of younger homosexuals in the LGBT community, and shifts focus from week to week with many different characters entering the fray. Celebrating love without labels, viewers are invited to join eight different couples on their extraordinary journies of love, sex, drama and heartbreak.
The L Word
As a small, tight group of lesbians live in Los Angeles, viewers find out more about the group as well as their family members and friends who either support their sexuality or loathe them for it. It’s a brutally honest and intelligent look at what life has been like for so many people and reflects on the goings on of its time. Though nowadays there are many more rights for the LGBT community than there were when this was first broadcast, there is of course always relatability to be found throughout its six seasons.
The L Word is staple viewing for anyone interested in the LGBT world.
Will and Grace
Just a great comedy show, Will and Grace are a pair living together in a New York apartment. He’s a gay lawyer and she’s a straight interior designer, and as we find out more about their lives and the people around them things only get better. Special mention for Megan Mullally in the role of Karen Walker – she is one of the funniest characters television has ever seen. Sean Hayes also impresses as Jack McFarland.
Yes, that is an anagram of Doctor Who! Creator Russell T Davies returns to our list with the members of the Torchwood Institute – a secret organisation founded by the British Crown who fight to protect earth from supernatural threats and potential alien invasions. It’s a sci-fi extravaganza which just so happens to have John Barrowman in its lead role as the bisexual Captain Jack Harkness – a former Time Agent and con man from the 51st century who’s brought to 21st century Cardiff to join the Institute.
Not without controversy, Lost Girl is a series that has had the world enthralled during its run and is likely to continue doing so going forward. Focusing on Bo – a charismatic supernatural being known as a succubus – we see her feed on the energy of humans and sometimes deal with the fatal consequences.
Refusing to give in to the demands of her clan’s system and the hierarchy, she turns renegade and takes up the fight for the underdogs of the world whilst hoping to find an answer to her questions surrounding her origins.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger team up in one of the best pieces of cinema to come out of the last ten years. Telling the real-life story of two cowboys that develop a forbidden, secretive and passionate relationship, we see their lives bloom over the years and realise that though there’s love between them, they’re not able to live the way they’d like to. Bitter and conflicted the two face some huge challenges, all documented in the movie that grossed $83 million in America alone.
1996 movie The Birdcage tells the story of a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen friend who put on a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s conservative, moralistic parents. What happens from there on in is chaos, but hilarious. A must-see.
My Beautiful Laundrette
Super ambitious for the time it was released, 1985 movie My Beautiful Laundrette tells the story of an Asian Briton and his white lover who hope for huge success when they open their very own glamourous laundromat. Seizing any opportunity that comes their way, this comedy drama ensures you’ll be kept on the edge of your seat right up until the final minutes – and maybe even thereafter.