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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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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Some of the best queer films to look forward to in 2024

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For queers on film, 2023 was a pretty historic year. With Trace Lysette deservedly earning Oscar hype as a trans woman grappling with her mother’s dementia in Monica, a drag queen enacting revenge in the neo-noir thriller Femme and lesbian incels slash “untalented ugly gays” starting a feminist fight club in Bottoms, it was actually quite diverse for the LGBTQIA’s. (It’s no longer just death and despair, which is lovely.)

This promising trajectory continues into 2024. An intersex worker flees from the mob after a botched drug deal in Ponyboi, Will Ferrell embarks on a road trip with his best friend after she comes out as trans in Will & Harper and Kristen Stewart “ignites violence” with her bodybuilder lover in Love Lies Bleeding.

‘Rain On Me’ besties Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande will also continue to revive the soundtrack format as Harley Quinn and Glinda in their respective musicals Joker: Folie à Deux and Wicked, while Daniel Craig’s wrist will be limp in Luca Guadgnino’s upcoming drama, Queer.

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Our Flag Means Death has officially been cancelled

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Our Flag Means Death, the beloved pirate comedy which built a queer cult following across two seasons, has officially been cancelled. Max announced today that the show will not be returning, as multiple trade outlets reported.

“While Max will not be moving forward with a third season of Our Flag Means Death, we are so proud of the joyous, hilarious, and heartfelt stories that creator David Jenkins, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Garrett Basch, Dan Halsted, Adam Stein, Antoine Douaihy, and the entire superb cast and crew brought to life,” a spokesperson for the streamer told The Hollywood Reporter. “We also thank the dedicated fans who embraced these stories and built a gorgeous, inclusive community surrounding the show.”

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The Last Human Person on Earth

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The Last Human Person on Earth tells the story of Eric and Henry, two boys pretending to be the mad scientist and robot survivors of the end of the world in Henry’s garage. As the two grow closer, Eric begins to wonder if their relationship might be turning into something more than friendship.

Lazarus Come Out

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45 year old Don Valter is a traditional priest who still wears an old fashioned black tunic out of nostalgia. One day young Claudio and his exuberant troupe of actors appear, proposing to perform an avant-garde show based on the Gospel’s miracle of the rebirth of Lazarus*. The powerless priest is overwhelmed by this young upstart, who stirs within him emotions that will, whether he likes it or not, pull him into the modern era.

What We Do in the Shadows will end after sixth season

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What We Do in the Shadows, The queer-themed vampire show that broke new ground for LGBTQ+ representation, will come to an end after six seasons of Staten Island shenanigans.

On Tuesday, a source from FX confirmed to Vulture that when the beloved vampire mockumentary series resumes production in January, it will be for the last time. Based on the 2014 movie written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, What We Do in the Shadows follows a group of vampires living in a crumbling New York City mansion: Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja, and the “energy vampire” Colin, as well as Nandor’s familiar Guillermo, memorably played by queer actor Harvey Guillén.

Premiering in 2019, the show quickly earned a following with hilarious fish-out-of-water-antics and, of course, Matt Berry’s unforgettable line readings. LGBTQ+ fans were particularly enraptured by the queerness of What We Do in the Shadows, which advanced from subtext to full-on text over the years. In the show’s fourth season, Guillermo came out as gay, not to mention even more titillating recent developments like the, ahem Bi-Annual Vampire Orgy.

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Young Royals: Netflix drops season 3 date & teaser

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The highly-anticipated third and final season of Netflix’s popular gay Swedish drama, Young Royals, returns to screens next year.

The Netflix original series – created by Swedish showrunner Lisa Ambjörn – and starring Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg will tell the conclusion of Prince Wilhelm and Simon’s love story in the dramatic third and final season.

The royal drama amassed a huge LGBTQ+ fanbase when it first aired in 2021 and it has skyrocketed in popularity since then. The series has been praised for its portrayal of the coming-of-age love story and authentic representation of teenagers navigating the highs and lows of secondary school.

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