The Matthew Shepard Story: An American Hate Crime

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A moving documentary will explore the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard, 25 years after his death in what remains one of the most horrendous homophobic hate crimes in modern history. Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was just 21 years old when he was brutally beaten and left for dead in the US state on 6 October 1998. He was pronounced dead six days later, on 12 October.

On 9 October this year, marking 25 years since his death, a new two-hour documentary will premiere, honouring his life and reflecting on how the murder marked a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Matthew’s parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, set up the Matthew Shepard Foundation in his memory. The foundation works to educate on LGBTQ+ inclusion and advocate for equal rights. Their fight was instrumental in the formation of the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which introduced federal-level protections for crimes based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability.

In the new documentary Matthew Shepard Story: An American Hate Crime, airing on Investigation Discovery, Matthew’s friends, local journalists and members of the queer community will reflect on how his story created change and forced America to reckon with its deep-rooted homophobia.

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Emil and Adam are close friends, and after a night at the movies, Emil is going to sleep over at Adam’s. A film about friendship and the longing for something more.


Our Flag Means Death season 2

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The season two trailer for Our Flag Means Death promises epic queer romance and mutinous high jinks galore. The hit gay pirate show offers a queer spin to the real life-story of 18th-century co-captains turned rivals, “Gentleman Pirate” Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby), and Edward “Blackbeard” Teach (Taika Waititi).

The high-seas comedy, which first aired in the US in March last year, and in the UK about a year later, rapidly built a devoted LGBTQ+ fan base thanks to its range of explicit queer representation. Fans have been clamouring for a second season since the finale cliffhanger which saw Stede and Blackbeard’s relationship put in peril.

When their plans to run away together fall through, Blackbeard is consumed by bitterness and maroons Stede’s crew on a remote island. At the same time, Stede realises he has fallen head over heels for the wayward pirate and heads out on a new voyage to reunite with his lover.

The season two trailer, which dropped on Wednesday (30 August), shows the two pirates separated by an ocean of heartbreak, all set to the backdrop of Prince’s love ballad “The Beautiful Ones”.

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Two Fish

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Max’s serene summer, spent doing laps in a deserted campus pool, is interrupted by the return of best friend Taylor from Europe. As their relationship takes a new turn, sensations of secrecy, liberation, self-loathing and self-discovery come to the fore.

Heartstopper season 2 is streaming on Netflix now

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Heartstopper season 2 is now available to stream on Netflix in most places, after its premiere on the service on August 3. The next installment picks up right where the first one left off, following Nick, Charlie, and their friends as they navigate the trials and tribulations of high school, romance, and family drama.

Season 2 continues the plot lines from the first season, while also adding in some new cast members, including Leila Khan as Sahar Zahid (a Higgs school student) and Jack Barton as David Nelson (Nick’s older brother).

Charlie and Nick are getting settled into being a couple, though Nick is having trouble deciding how public he wants to be about their relationship and his sexuality. Meanwhile, Tao and Ellie are finally making their own romantic headway, though Tao struggles under the pressure he puts on himself which complicates matters.

They’re not the only ones, as Tara and Darcy are facing relationship challenges. Beyond their relationships, the cast also have to contend with upcoming exams, a big class trip to Paris, and planning their prom.