Well, February is a light little month for lesbian, bisexual, queer and/or trans characters on streaming networks, perhaps because the networks are very busy making medicore rom-coms for heterosexuals to celebrate the day of Saint Valentine and we are all warming up for the Winter Olympics, which are sure to be saturated in alternative sexualities. What, maychance, however, doth the month hold in store for lesbian, bisexual, queer and trans characters on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock and Disney+?
* means there MIGHT be queer content but I am not sure!
Lesbian and Bisexual and Queer Characters Joining Us on Netflix in February 2022
Raising Dion: Season 2 – February 1
Raising Dion is the story of Nicole and her son Dion, who turns out to have superpowers, which is a fun little twist for a Mom who just wants her son to get good grades and stuff. In Season 2, he’s continuing to hone his powers with the support of his mom and his Biona trailer, Tevin. Nicole’s sister, Kat, is a lesbian and a regular character in the series.
Disenchantment: Season 4 – February 9
Created by The Simpsons‘ Matt Groening, Disenchantment has long been lauded for its queer representation, including Princess Bean, voiced by queer actress Abbi Jacobson. Netflix promises a return of “the misadventures of hard-hitting, hard-drinking Queen Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci.”
Anne+ The Film – February 11
This queer Dutch series was a massive hit for the lesbian COMMUNITY and now we’re getting a FULL-ON FILM that sees Anne ready to finish her book, pack up her life in Amsterdam and move to Montreal to be with her girlfriend Sara, who’d like to be polyamorous. But then Anne meets Lou, a non-binary drag artist with a very different perspective on love and relationships, and it throws everything she thought she knew into turmoil!
Inventing Anna: Limited Series* – February 11
This HIGHLY anticipated Shondaland production tells the story of fake heiress and noted conwoman Anna Delvey. Laverne Cox plays Kacy Duke, a “celebrity trainer and life coach who — while centered enough to keep herself out of the real trouble — finds herself becoming a coach to more than just Anna in the wake of her crimes.” There were rumors that the real Anna had a girlfriend in prison but it’s unclear if we will be seeing any such thing in this series! As you can imagine, I hope so. Queer actress Rebecca Henderson is truly everywhere these days, including playing a detective in this little program.
Heart Shot – February 17
This 18-minute short is the story of high school seniors Nikki and Samantha, who are in love and planning their future until Nikki’s violent past returns to threaten everything that matters to her!
One of Us is Lying: Season One – February 18
If you didn’t catch this mediocre adaptation of a medicore YA novel when it premiered on Peacock last year, great news it is coming to Netflix! Jessica McLeod plays lesbian character Janae, an outcast who was best friends with Simon, the guy who dies in the first episode and thus thrusts the four teens who were in detention with him into turmoil because many suspect that Simon was murdered and EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE EXCEPT ME AND MY MONKEY.
Space Force: Season 2 – February 18
Steve Carrell’s little outer space comedy returns and although the preview does not feature his gay ex-wife played by Lisa Kudrow, they did flash her name on the screen and that’s not nothing!!!
Hulu TV Shows and Movies for Gals, Gay and Theys in February 2022
Black Swan (2010) – February 1st
As a funny video once asked, “Black Swan Black Swan did you really happen?” This is a psychological horror film about ballet where Natalie Portman is very upset and there is some homoeroticism. You know what I mean!!!
Pam & Tommy: Limited Series* – February 2nd
Taylor Schilling plays queer porn star Erica Gauthier — who was married to sex tape thief Rand Gauthier during the events of the film — in this hotly anticipated miniseries about the tumultuous relationship and sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, based on a 2014 Rolling Stone article about the absurd series of events that led to the tape’s release.
Dollface: Complete Season 2 – February 11
It would appear that Stella, played by our very own Shay Mitchell, is having a queer relationship this season with Liv (Lilly Singh), with whom she is opening a “bar for women” that has rose on tap. Liv’s character is described as “a queer bar owner with a confident sense of humor.” There is a scene where Stella is trying to buy a dildo. Cute! Dollface itself stars Kat Dennings and is about “a young woman who — after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend — must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and re-kindle the female friendships she left behind.”
Grey’s Anatomy – Season 18 Returns February 24 to ABC, February 25 on Hulu
Station 19 – Season 5 Returns February 24 to ABC, February 25 on Hulu
Better Things: Season 5 Premiere (FX) – February 28
Better Things‘ final season (sad!!!!) will focus on “the road ahead” for Sam Fox, according to Deadline, “so devoted to her life as a working actor and single mother as she navigates three coming-of-age daughters, the challenges of her chosen career and her mother’s increasing signs of aging — as well as her own. As each of the Fox women head into the next phase of their life, they are inspired to re-evaluate themselves, learn from the past and find their own direction.” Lena Waithe is amongst the season’s anticipated guest stars.
Lesbian and Queer Content Coming to Amazon Prime Video in February 2022
Life Partners (2014) – February 1
It’s the story of “two codependent best friends — one straight girl, one lesbian — and the man who comes between them.” It’s actually pretty cute! Sasha (Leighton Meester) is in an intense co-dependent best friendship with Paige (Gillian Jacobs), but then Paige meets a boy and it changes everything!
LOL: Last One Laughing Canada: Season One – February 18
A group of comedians trapped in a room tasked with forcing each other to laugh. Amongst the lucky laughers is our beloved queer comic star of “Feel Good,” Mae Martin.
Queers on HBO Max in February 2022
Pure (2021) – February 3
One of several winners of the 2021 American Black Film Festival’s Annual HBO Short Film collection showcased on the network this month, this 12 minute film by Natalie Jasmine Harris tells the story of a young Black girl grappling with her queer identity and questioning her purity on the eve of her cotillion ball.
About Last Night: Season One Premiere – February 10
Ayesha and Stephen Curry are hosting this “exclusive celebrity party” where couples turn up to play games and answer trivia questions that’ll put their relationships to the test! Amongst the featured couples are our king and queen Jessica Betts & Niecy Nash and the very hilarious Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allyne.
February 2022 LGBT Content at Disney+
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder – February 23rd
“The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” is a continuation of the acclaimed 2001 – 2005 series about “the adventures and misadventures of Penny, a typical African American girl who’s doing her best to navigate through the early years of teen-dom.” The series will also feature 14-year-old Penny and her family but in the 2020s, which brings new challenges like “a socially woke neighbor,” bullying social media influencers” and “her own teenage hormones.” New faces on the show include Maya and KG, two kids with two gay Dads. It’s unclear if there are any queer women or non-binary characters, but Billy Porter, Keke Palmer, Lena Waithe and EJ Johnson are amongst the voices featured, so!
LGBTQ+ Inclusive Shows on Peacock in February 2022
Bel-Air: Series Premiere – February 13
What if The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was serious and not a sitcom? That is the question we will all be answering together when reboot debuts, following Will’s “complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.” Will will be reckoning with “the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known.” The first three episodes will drop on February 13th. Something LGBT and relevant to our interests is gonna happen but I don’t know what it is yet!
AMC+ Queer TV Shows of February 2022
State of the Union: Season 2 – February 14
Non-binary actor Esco Jouléy is one of the three leads of this short-form series in which “liberal campaigning Ellen (Patricia Clarkson) drags her traditional, self-made husband Scott (Gleeson) out of his comfort zone and into a hipster Connecticut coffee shop, where they have 10 minutes before their marriage counselling session to drink a coffee, gather their thoughts and argue about everything from Quakerism to pronouns.”
Killing Eve: Season 4 Premiere – February 27
Following that sexually tense moment on the bridge, Eve is out for revenge and Villanelle “has found a brand-new community in an attempt to prove she’s not a “monster.”” Carolyn continues chasing down the Twelve and whomever ordered Kenny’s hit, which is all part of a storyline I barely absorbed at the time and likely will continue watching this show without any real genuine consciousness of its import. I am here for fashion and sexual tension! We are promised that “this season follows our extraordinary women, each driven by passion, revenge and obsession, building towards a messy, nuanced and totally glorious series finale.”