However, GLAAD recently reported that Netflix is home to more than any other, doubling the number of queer characters it streams in the past year alone. Related: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina needs to be brave and subvert the 'love triangle'. Bypassing the predominantly straight white cis male paradigm of most networks, these new forms of distribution provide more diverse storytellers like Ryan O'Connell the opportunity to finally tell their stories and to tell them well. Other early success stories such as Orange Is the New Black proved that such an approach could could pay off, and including LGBTQ themes did nothing to hamper their popularity. If anything, it was refreshing to hear these stories finally being told in more authentic ways than ever, and audiences responded warmly.
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Why Netflix is leading the way when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation on TV
For so long, good queer cinema was virtually non-existent or played into tired, tokenizing tropes. Even with that in mind, most mainstream cinema has centered on heteronormative storylines for decades. Sure, the scarcity still has you scavenging through some painful storylines from time to time, but with all that digging eventually comes gold. Watch Now. Directed by Alice Wu and starring an Asian-American lead, the film displays some much-needed representation in young adult-oriented queer cinema.
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One of Us This powerful documentary from directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, the team responsible for Jesus Camp a film about youngsters at an evangelical summer camp follows three ex-Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn as they adapt to their new secular lifestyles. Etty Ausch is in the midst of a custody battle with her former husband, whom she claims was abusive throughout their marriage, while Luzer Twersky, who left behind his wife and children when he decided to stop being religious, is seen trying to make it as an actor. Meanwhile, Ari Hershkowitz reveals he was a child sex abuse victim and has struggled since leaving his community with drug addiction. In Red Trees , she traces the perilous journey taken by the family, as told through the voice of her father, Alfred narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith , from war-torn Eastern Europe to the solace of South America. Available on Netflix.
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