December 2021: Whats New, Gay and Streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max and Peacock

Tis the season for a new batch of LGBT content to land upon Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and Peacock and we have a real smorgasbord this month, my friends!

Feature image includes “Sara Ramirez on the set of “And Just Like That…” in Foley Square on November 22, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)”


Who All’s Gay Here On Netflix for December 2021

Honestly Netflix did a lot for us last month so I will give them a pass on this month’s poor showing. However they’ve got a lot of new stuff there’s not much info on yet, so who knows what could turn up!

Chloe (2009) – December 1
Another entry in the “problematic when it was all we had but kinda fun in the 2020s” is this stupid thriller starring Amanda Seyfried as Chloe, a sex worker hired by gynecologist Catherine (Julienne Moore) to find out if her husband is having an affair

Wild Things (1998) – December 1
This movie is bad in a very fun way and there is girl-on-girl action that was honestly inspirational in 1997 and I will likely never discover if it holds up!

Elite: Short Stories – December 15 – 23
A new set of shorts about our favorite murder-adjacent teens will roll out through December. None of the queer female characters are the focus of these particular stories but they will however it seems make an appearance.

Schitt’s Creek: Seasons 1-6 – December 22
Noted fave comedy about a rich family who finds themselves stripped of their fortunes and running a motel in a small town will land in its entirety upon Netflix this December.

Emily in Paris: Season Two – December 22
One of the worst shows to ever grace our horrified screens is returning for Season 2. Rumor has it that the actors who played Emily and Camille are “open to” the idea of being in a throuple with Gabriel or otherwise “exploring their feelings for each other” and the trailer shows them both on vacation with Mindy. Apparently “it was evident in the first season that Camille and Emily have some strange bisexual energy going on.” They do appear to kiss briefly in the trailer but like…. BRIEFLY? I am assuming if anything bisexual happens in this show it will be handled as badly as the show handles everything else, including clothing.

Queer Eye: Season 6 – December 31
The dream team returns, including noted non-binary queen Jonathan Van Ness, to Austin,Texas just in time for probably somebody in some part of this country to find themselves snowed in!


Lesbians and Bisexuals On Hulu in December 2021

Her Smell (2019) – December 1
Elisabeth Moss plays an unhinged egomaniac riot grrrl rock star amid a mental breakdown. At one point she collaborates with the very loyal bass player Marielle Hell who Indiewire describes as “a cross between Joan Jett and Shane from ‘The L Word.'” Queer actors Cara Delevingne, Amber Benson and Amber Heard also play musical parts in the film!

All Rise, Seasons One & Two (CBS) – December 1
This drama about all the players in an L.A. court system is centered on new judge Laura Carmichael. Her mentor Lisa is a lesbian and there’s also a bisexual clerk who goes our with a lesbian clerk.

We Need to Do Something (2021) – December 3
This one-room horror film traps a family in their bathroom during what seems like a storm that turns out to perhaps be something much worse. Through flashbacks over the course of the film, we learn that the daughter, Melissa, had been dabbling in witchcraft with her girlfriend Amy, which she suspects may be causing their current problems.

Creamerie: Season One (TVNZ 1) – December 9
The three Kiwi-Asian women who wrote and star as organic dairy farmer sisters in “Creamerie” created this dystopian series to give themselves better roles than they were offered in other people’s shows. Creamerie is set in New Zealand, eight years after a virus wiped out all the men of the world, where now a “wellness-based” fascist government has taken over, run by a health guru. The sisters accidentally run over a real live man and uncover a conspiracy!

The Nowhere Inn (2020) – December 17
St. Vincent enlists her bff Carrie Brownstein to make a documentary about her music to reveal her on-and-off-stage personas. But eventually “notions of reality, identity and authenticity grow increasingly distorted and bizarre.” Also Dakota Johnson plays her? Girlfriend?

Letterkenny: Complete Season 10 – December 26
Another season of this series that showcases the antics of a small rural community in Canada with a specific focus on siblings Wayne and Katy. Katy is bisexual!


Amazon Prime Queer Shows and Films for December 2021

Jennifer’s Body (2009) – December 1
Of this campy film, Erin wrote, “This film explores some of my favorite themes all in one glossy, campy, self-aware package: misandry, women being extremely gay together, principled revenge, and the triumph of aught culture. ”

Harlem: Season One – December 3
This series starring Meagan Good that we are VERY excited about follows “a group of stylish and ambitious best girlfriends in Harlem, New York City, the mecca of Black culture in America. Together, they level up from their 20s into the next phase of their careers, relationships, and big city dreams.” Jerrie Johnson is Tye, the inventor of an actually good queer dating app “who prefers keeping vulnerability — and romantic partners — at arm’s length.”

The Expanse: Season 6 – December 10
Set in outer space way in the future when humanity has colonized it, The Expanse added a lot more queer characters after being saved from cancellation by Amazon after its first three seasons on SyFy. Season 6 will be its final bow!

With Love: Season One – December 17
One Day at a Time‘s Gloria Calderón Kellett,’s new romantic comedy series, following a tight-knit Latinx family across the holidays that punctuate a calendar year, includes trans actress Isis King as trans character Sol Perez, an oncologist who is “the one who has their shit together.” “You can tell that someone queer was in the writer’s room,” King told Metroweekly. “It just felt honest and real.”

Christmas is Cancelled (2021) – December 17
Trans actor Emily Modaff is the quirky queer best friend of Christmas is Cancelled’s protagonist, Emily (Hayley Orrantia), who is horrified to find out that her widowed 52-year-old father (Dermot Mulroney) has been dating her high school nemesis (Janel Parrish aka Mona from PLL) and will stop at nothing to break them up.

Yearly Departed (2021) – December 23
This annual Amazon Prime Video comedy special is doing an all-female line-up for 2021, including queer comic Meg Stalter. Other performers include Jane Fonda, Dulce Sloan, Chelsea Peretti, X Mayo, Yvonne Orji and Aparna Nancherla.


HBO Max LGBTQ+ Content of December 2021

Perfect Life (Vida Perfecta): Season Two Premiere – December 2
Somehow Season One of this series about three forty-something women forging new paths in mid-life escaped my notice but there’s still time to remedy that. In Season One, which debuted in January, Esther is introduced as a “40-year-old who lives like a teenager” and is passionate about painting but not making money at it. In Season Two, HBO says that “Esther’s wedding with her new partner Julia is coming up but she can never find the right moment to tell her that she’s not ready yet.”

Santa Inc: Season One – December 2nd
Developed by and starring Jewish actors Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, this adult animation film is set in the North Pole, where Candy Smalls, a female elf, is aiming to become the next Santa Claus, an institution historically dominated by, you know, white men. Gabourey Sidibe plays Goldie, an openly bisexual reindeer on Santa’s reindeer “B-Team” who doesn’t get the credit she deserves for her work. YouTube had to remove the dislike button for the preview because of people who accused it of being part of the war on Christmas.

And Just Like That: Season One – December 9th
The trailer and photos from set have already sparked speculation about even more gayness in the much-anticipated reboot of Sex and the City than anticipated — although what we’ve anticipated is pretty incredible in and of itself! Sara Ramirez will be playing podcaster Che Diaz, “a nonbinary, queer, stand-up comedian who often hosts Carrie Bradshaw (Parker) on their show. Che, who uses the pronouns they/them, is described as a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular.” But it kinda seems like Miranda (played by queer actress Cynthia Nixon) is giving Che some very suggestive eye contact, so!

Matrix Resurrections (2021) – December 22, 2021
The Matrix films, which put the Wachowskis on the map many moons ago, long before they both came out as trans women, has often resonated deeply with its queer audience — who likely weren’t surprised when Lana confirmed the film was in fact intended as a trans allegory. (This topic is also explored by trans writer Andrea Long Chu in her book “Females” and by trans writer and critic Emily VanDerWerff ) Wachowski said at the time that “the corporate world wasn’t ready” for anything beyond subtextual nods to transness and/or queerness. Are they ready for it in 2021? We will certainly find out! Lana Wachowski is directing solo, without her sister, and co-wrote the film with two others. Two queer actors, Jonathan Groff and Neil Patrick Harris, are joining the cast. Jessica Henwick’s character, with her spiky blue hair and leather vest-jacket situation, looks queer as heck??


Queers on Peacock In December 2021

Chucky: Season One (USA/SYFY) – December 1
After the events of “Cult of Chucky,” a 14-year old boy discovers that his Good Guy doll is possessed by the soul of Chucky. Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly) remains Chucky’s lover, but in this series they have a gender-fluid puppet child and also she is in love with Nica, a woman possessed by a portion of Chucky’s malevolent spirit.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016) – December 2
A documentary about four queer Latinx women falsely accused of and imprisoned for child abuse amid the “Satanic Panic” of the era.

The Real Housewives of Miami: Season Four – December 16
As announced in the press release: “Joining the ladies is Julia Lemigova, a former Russian beauty queen and the first LGBTQIA+ Housewife who is married to pro tennis player Martina Navratilova. Opposite of her city-slick Housewife friends, Julia runs a small farm outside of Miami and can often be found on the farm feeding the chickens or milking goats, amongst the menagerie of animals found on her property.”

Vigil: Season One (BBC One) – December 23
Best known to you as “the show where Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie are making out,” Vigil is a police procedural set in Scotland that takes place on a fictional ballistic missile submarine of the Royal Navy.



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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. 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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8 Comments

  1. Isn’t Martina Navratilova against trans women competing in sports(she was pro the Idaho law banning trans girls from girls’ teams)? Seems like poor taste to promote a show her & her wife are in.

    • Yeah, that’s her. To be fair I think this is less of a promotion and more of an exhaustive, no-recommendations list, but perhaps highlighting this in an aside in the sentence would be helpful.

      (While Navratilova’s stance on trans women is extremely disappointing, it did still absolutely take me OUT to see her name somehow tied a Real Housewives series?? How is this real life??)

      • Yeah, I was a bit surprised about that too. But I guess the pay is well as is the exposure? She’s also a weird hypocrite who if I remember correctly at one point compared Republicans to authoritarian eastern European regimes, but then sides with Republicans when it comes to trans issues. Like she know after trans people’s rights are taken away they will be going after the rest of lgbtq community.

  2. Hey Riese!

    Thanks for this breakdown, looking forward to checking out these upcoming titles.But wanted to correct some Christmas Is Canceled info! Trans actor Emilie Modaff spells their name Emilie, and Hayley Orrantia’s character is Emma!

    • yes yes! This is Emilie Modaff, and I’m so excited to have my name in THE AUTOSTRADDLE and acknowledged as a trans actor! A. is right! I have a funky name and our lead character’s name is Emma. Thank you for mentioning our movie <3

  3. Her smell recommended:It also stars queer actresses Cara Delevingne&amber benson as lizzies new bandmates&amber heard as a rival.
    The queer parts arent as played a out as i hoped but cara&ashley gets to kiss and agyness deyn talks about her GF and you get to see her girlfriend later.
    As mentioned,Also stars Agyness Deyn, who is straight in RL as far as i know,but she has definitive queer energy.
    Moss as always is super intense, channeling the drug fuelled,narcisstic, manipulative rockstar perfectly.
    you cant take your eyes of lizzie.
    men are not much more as “stooges” There(eric stoltz plays the manager) as it very women centered.
    I saw this in a cinema a few years ago.

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