April 2022: What’s New and Gay on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Showtime, Amazon Prime Video and Paramount+

April showers bring one thing: lesbian, bisexual, queer and trans women and non-binary characters on our television sets! After the most dismal month of queer content on record (March 2022), I am pleased to report that there is promise on the horizon! Here’s what’s streaming with LGBTQ+ characters this fine season!


LGBTQ+ Netflix Movies and TV Shows for April 2022

Elite: Season 5 – April 8

Season 4 of Elite finally delivered the lesbian storyline we’d been waiting for, so we can’t wait to see what Season 5 has in store for our favorite high school students who live dangerous lives of crime. In the Season 5 trailer, Rebe says to Mencía, “sometimes I feel like we’re not meant to be together, even though we are committed” and then also says “I really love you” and then in another part of the trailer you see Rebe making out with another girl!!! SO GET READY FOR DRAMA

Hard Cell: Season One – April 12

A British documentary-style comedy set in a female prison starring Catherine Tate, who plays multiple characters including Laura Willis, the Governor, a former event planner determined to transform the prison and the women under her care. Due to its setting (women’s prison), I am assuming there will be lesbians, otherwise what are we doing here as people really.

Van Helsing: Season Five (Syfy) – April 16

SyFy’s reimagining of Dracula, in which vamps and humans must work together to survive, centers on Vanessa Helsing, the (bisexual) daughter of famed vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing. This show is apparently gay enough to have upset a large portion of Reddit.

Russian Doll: Season 2 – April 20th

In Season 2, Nadia and Alan have escaped their original time loop and together as a family we have jumped four years into the future, where the duo find themselves caught up in a different kind of time loop that enables them to “discover a fate even worse than endless death” (idk, life???) through a portal in an iconic Manhattan location. According to Entertainment Weekly, Rebecca Henderson, who played a lesbian character, is returning to the cast and also Schitt’s Creek‘s Annie Murphy is joining it.

Heartstopper: Season One  – April 22

This British LGBTQ+ romantic comedy series focused on young gay introspective overthinker Charlie and his crush, sensitive athlete Nick (Kit Connor), is based on a webcomic/graphic novel by 27-year-old aromantic asexual writer Alice Oseman, who oversaw the production. According to The Guardian, Heartstopper “is as wholesome and uplifting as the headline-grabbing US high-school sensation [Euphoria] is bleak and ridiculously debauched.” Trans TikTok sensation Yasmin Finney plays Elle, one of Charlie’s best friends. Queer couple Tara (Corinna Brown) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell) are also featured in the story! Everyone is very excited about this one!!!

Grace and Frankie: Season 7B – April 29th

Netflix’s longest-running series will say goodbye this April with the back half of Season Seven. Unfortunately it seems like Grace and Frankie will never live their true fate as girlfriends.


Showtime LGBTQ+ Content for April 2022

The First Lady – April 17

This “revelatory reframing of American leadership through the lens of the First Ladies, delving deep into their personal and political lives” is of particular interest to us here because they are going to actually explore Eleanor Roosevelt’s bisexuality and she will be played by bisexual actress Gillian Anderson! Lily Rabe of American Horror Story fame plays her girlfriend, Lorena Hickok. Lesbian actor Clea Duvall plays Eleanor’s private secretary / personal aide Malvina “Tommy” Thompson with whom Eleanor is also rumored to have been involved. Also Viola Davis stars as Michelle Obama! A BOUNTY OF GIFTS!!!


HBO & HBO Max Stuff for Gals, Gays and Theys in April 2022

Moonshot (2022) – March 31

This little teen rom-com starring Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor as two friends on a rocket ship to Mars also includes the little lesbian story of Celeste (Sunita Deshpande) and Tabby (Cameron Esposito), a lesbian couple who wanna get engaged on Mars. Also, Tabby runs seminars and Q/A sessions on the ship!

A Black Lady Sketch Show: Season 3 Premiere – April 8

Our eternal beloved, The Black Lady Sketch Show, is back for its third season on April 8th and we are prepared to laugh. We’ll finally find out “who or what was responsible for the end of the world and what the fate of the women will be.” Queer comic/writer/actress Ashley Nicole Black is returning as a series regular and guest stars include noted LGBTQs Raven-Symoné, Wanda Sykes and MJ Rodriguez. Robin Theade promises that “the twists this season are huge. Like you’re never going to see where the sketches are going.”

Flight Attendant: Season 2 Premiere – April 21

Our dearest queerest fave Mae Martin will appear on the second season of The Flight Attendant as a flight attendant named Grace St. James. Season 2 finds Cassie Bowden living her best sober life in LA while moonlighting for the CIA and then finding herself entangled in international intrigue after an overseas gig enables her to accidentally witness a murder. Bisexual icon Margaret Cho has also been added to the cast as “Utada.”

Gentleman Jack: Season 2 Premiere – April 25th

Rest assured you will be receiving breathless, constant updates regarding our SCORCHINGLY HOT ANTICIPATION of Season 2 of Gentleman Jack!!!! A newly married Ann & Anne are setting up their lives as a lesbian power couple in Shibden Hall, but also Anne’s ex is lurking all over the place! Furthermore,  Anne’s entrepreneurial spirit and unconventional romantic life intimidates the locals and with Halifax on the brink of a revolution, her audacious personality becomes a liability.

Snowpiercer: Season 3 – April 29

This show has some queer stuff in it and a train goes round and round and the snow comes down and down anyhow look out for Season 3!


Hulu’s Content for Lesbian & Bisexuals This Fine April 2022

Boys on the Side (1995) – April 1

Whoopi Goldberg is Jane, a lesbian musician moving from New York to Los Angeles after breaking up with her girlfriend and her band who joins Robin (Mary Louise Parker) and Holly (Drew Barrymore) on a cross-country road trip that gets messy after the women band together to protect Holly from her abusive boyfriend.

The Runaways (2010) – April 1

Kristen Stewart shines as Joan Jett in this sexually tense biopic about the all-girl rock band that made her famous, following Jett and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two rebellious teens from SoCal, forming The Runaways and changing the game for women in rock ‘n roll.

Woke: Season 2: April 8

Keef Knight finds himself fully inhabiting an “artivist” spotlight with a higher profile and higher expectations. His lesbian pal Ayana (Sasheer Zamata) is dealing with the decline of the Bay Arean and potential eviction while remaining on hand to guide Keef through new opportunities to make change and/or get exploited. Season 2 will continue to “continues to upend Black nerd and activist culture, deftly satirizing with a wink and a smile.” Woke is a really great show you should watch it!!

Crush (2022) – April 29

Starring Rowan Blanchard and Auli’i Cravalho, the hotly-anticipated Crush follows an aspiring young artist who is forced to join her high school track team and decides to use the situation as an opportunity to go after the girl she’s crushed on forever — only to find herself falling for an unexpected teammate and discovering REAL LOVE.


Amazon Prime Video’s Queer Content for April 2022

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) – April 1

Recently divorced writer Frances (Diane Lane) buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim hoping for a big change in her life! Famously, Sandra Oh plays her lesbian best friend Patti who is expecting a baby with her partner, Grace (Kate Walsh), and thus gave Frances the Italian vacation ticket that started this whole charade. Later Patti comes to visit! Big Mommi energy.

The Outlaws (BBC): Season One – April 1

Seven strangers who are all very different find themselves together in a Community Payback assignment after committing crimes. They discover a bag full of money and what will they do with it! Amongst them is cocaine addict Lady Gabby, whose angry issues got her into a mess with her ex that got her arrested. You can read LezWatchTV’s review of the series, which debuted on the BBC, for more info!

Batwoman: Season Three (The CW) – April 2

The whole damn season of this superhero show centered on a Black lesbian Batwoman that you may have watched week-to-week along with our famed recaps arrives at HBO Max on April 2nd.


Paramount+ Gay Things for April 2022

iCarly: Season 2 – April 8

Season Two of this grown-up version of the Nickelodean classic finds Carly Shay navigating work, relationships and family as a 20-something and aiming for even bigger success with her revived webseries. Her best friend / roommate Harper (Laci Mosley) is bisexual!

Rugrats – 10 New Episodes – April 15

More episodes of the CGI reboot of Rugrats has Natalie Morales voicing Phil and Lil’s openly gay Mom Betty DeVille!


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Riese

Riese is the 40-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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5 Comments

  1. I will readily admit that I am part of the everyone who is excited for Hearstopper! I’ve been following the webcomic/ graphic novel series for a while now, and I really love all the characters in Alice Oseman’s world. I’m interested to see how they’ll adapt its style to live action!

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