Boys Like Boys, a gay dating show without fake drama

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There’s a new Taiwanese series that stands out from the pack of dating shows simply by being, well… simple! It’s called Boys Like Boys, and it’s breaking new ground in international television.

With no manufactured drama, no ultimatums, and no adult film star hosts, Boys Like Boys eschews gimmicks in favor of genuine human and emotion in connection—it might be the closest reality television gets to actual being real.

Its refreshingly straightforward premise brings eight young, gay Taiwanese men together under one roof, hewing closer to the Real World format, meaning they’re not trapped in the production home and are free to go out into the world for dates and such.

The trailer above will give you an idea of the laidback vibe, though for whatever reason it’s edited in such a way that you never see the housemates full faces. Just a head’s up that this is not the case for the series itself, or even other clips of the show—you definitely see everything.

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Nimona’s inclusive storytelling

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Representation matters, be it in cinema, on TV, or on the page. And representation matters especially to LGBTQ+ young people and their families. They need to see themselves reflected on screen, particularly in the animated feature arena where queer protagonists are few and far between.

With its theme of gender fluidity Oscar-nominated Nimona was deeply personal for its creator, ND Stevenson who suffered from dysphoria and began publishing the webcomic while a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. “I hadn’t seen a character like [Nimona] when I started the comic, and I wanted to see that character,” says Stevenson, who identifies as non-binary.

Set in a futuristic-medieval world, Nimona tells the story of the eponymous shapeshifter — usually a teenage girl, but able to transform into any human or animal —who joins forces with Ballister, a gay knight wrongfully convicted of murder.

When Netflix distributed the film theatrically in 190 territories in June 2023 audiences of all ages connected with its story and LGBTQ+ characters. “Nimona is an incredibly beautiful piece of queer media,” wrote one viewer on social media. “I cried and laughed with my partner as we watched it together.”

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BFI Flare 2024 Queer Film Festival

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As in the past, the 2024 BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival features a stunning line-up of stories from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

Over almost four decades, BFI Flare has built itself into the biggest LGBTQ+ film festival in Europe. It’s a platform for showcasing everything from the year’s most-talked-about queer movies, to directorial debuts from upcoming talent.

This year’s festival includes exclusive talks, including from Elliot Page about his new film, Close to You, which will make its European debut on Thursday 14 March. Elsewhere, there are films touching on experiences from across the LGBTQ+ community – featuring asexuality, queer pop stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race queens, India’s legal battle for marriage equality, trans women in Poland, and sexual violence.

Here are 16 films that should be on your must-watch list, including big new projects from A-listers including Lil Nas X and Kristen Stewart, to vital films from rising queer voices like Amrou Al-Kadhi.

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GLAAD publishes report on queer inclusion in video games

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GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer media advocacy organization, has released its first-ever inaugural ‘State of LGBTQ Inclusion in Video Games’ report.

The report, which comes from the GLAAD Media Institute, in partnership with Nielsen Games Team, is a comprehensive look at LGBTQ+ inclusion in video games and, much like GLAAD’s report on LGBTQ+ inclusion within TV and Film, looks at the current state of queer representation within the industry, as well as educate others on the facts. It also goes on to provide valuable data that doesn’t just focus on characters, but the LGBTQ+ community that surrounds gaming spaces, their thoughts and feelings of where the games industry is at in regards to representation, and the reception they receive, for example, in online multiplayer lobbies.

For the first-ever inaugural report on the state of LGBTQ+ inclusion in video games, GLAAD’s findings are entirely damning. The report confirms something that most marginalized gamers will already know: the video games industry is lagging far behind its film and TV counterparts, both when it comes to representation and inclusion.

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Interview With the Vampire season 2 is coming this May

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Interview With the Vampire season two is coming this May. The beloved and deeply sexy queer series about an immortal vampire telling his life story is coming back in just a few, short months, as AMC has announced that season 2 of Interview With the Vampire will debut on May 12.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new season continues to see Louis de Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson) telling his life story to human journalist Daniel Molloy (Erig Bogosian) “after the bloody events in New Orleans in 1940 when Louis and teen vampire Claudia tried to kill Lestat de Lioncourt.

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The trailer for Young Royals’ final season is here

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Things are getting sexy and serious for Wilhelm and Simon in the trailer for the final season of Netflix’s hit drama Young Royals!

The Swedish show, which centers around the complicated love story between teen Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) and Simon Eriksson (Omar Rudberg), is gearing up for its third and final season, and now we have a trailer.

In season 3, “Wilhelm’s speech has consequences not only in the court but also throughout the school, as Hillerska confronts the worst crisis in the school’s history,” the official description reads. “The prince and Simon are determined to be together, but what are they willing to sacrifice when realizing that their freedom and love might be at odds with the Royal ideals, traditions, and responsibilities?”

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