May 2021: Here’s What’s New and Gay on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO Max and Peacock

It’s May Day and everybody is wondering the same thing: what is landing upon our television screens via streaming services that appeals to our interests as homosexuals, bisexuals, pansexuals and otherwise-identified humans who love to watch stories on a screen??? Specifically what can I locate on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Peacock and HBO Max???!!?!! What is streaming in May 2021!?! There’s simply one way to find out and it is to read this post.


Netflix May 2021 Streaming for Gays, Girls and Theys

Last month was a prime time to be a queer woman on Netflix but this month, it’s a great month to be a gay man on Netflix: a new season of Special, a documentary about controversial LGBT rights activist Peter Tatchell, a based-on-true events film about gay culture in Mexico at the turn of the century, a new superhero series with a gay male lead! Not quite so good for the girls. Here’s a list of the odds that may or may not be in our favor.

J.T. LeRoy (2019) – May 1

JT Leroy was a persona invented by author Laura Albert (Laura Dern) and played by her sibling-in-law, Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) who wrote a lot of books that did very well and then it was exposed that he was not real! “Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy is not a great movie,” wrote Drew in her review. “In fact, it’s pretty bad. And yet in so many ways it’s the perfect JT LeRoy movie, the inevitable conclusion to this whole twisted saga.”

Jupiter’s Legacy: Season 1 (Netflix Original) – May 7th

Based on the graphic novels, Jupiter’s Legacy is “an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power and loyalty.” Richard Conrad/Blue Bolt, one of the series leads, is gay. Humberly Gonzalez, a practiced hand at playing gay (Utopia Falls, Ginny & Georgia), is playing Gabriella/Neutrino, who is queer in the graphic novels although nothing on that tip has been confirmed thus far for the new series. Netflix’s gay content twitter account The Most tweeted today that “Anna Akana kicks ass as sword-wielding baddie Raikou” but I can’t find anything indicating she’s a queer character, perhaps y’all can fill me in!

The Dance of the 41 (2020) (Netflix Original) –  May 12

Inspired by actual events, this Mexican arthouse film follows the secretly gay congressman who marries the daughter of the then-president of Mexico, and centers around the events leading up to and following 1901’s “The Dance of the 41,” a ball for gay men, illegally raided by police, in which many guests dressed in women’s clothing. It was the first time homosexuality was discussed widely in the Mexican press. It does not seem like there are any gay women in this film but like also it’s very gay, so???

The Upshaws: Season One (2021) (Netflix Original) – May 12

This new sitcom about a blended family from Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps looks really good but is Wanda Sykes gay in the series? I do not know! The Upshaws was not included in Netflix’s “Streams in Gay Guide” but there is likely only one way to find out: watching the show.

Halston: Limited Series (2021) (Netflix Original) – May 14th

Ryan Murphy’s latest for Netflix covers the life of fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, although it is unclear if there will be any lesbian or bisexual characters. Josephine Baker is listed as a one-episode character on imdb.

Army of the Dead (2021) – May 21st

Las Vegas suffers an intense zombie outbreak, inspiring a group of mercenaries to venture into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist of all time. This is relevant to our collective interests because as you may know, Tig Notaro was late-added to the film, replacing Chris D’Elia.

Master of None: Season 3  (Netflix Original) – May 23

This final season of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None focuses on Lena Waithe’s character, Denise, and her relationship with her girlfriend. It is called “Moments in Love.” Let the Lena Waithe discourse begin!

Lucifer: Season 5B – May 28th

Season 5B of Lucifer will likely see Maze either fighting to prove she has a soul or trying to pretend she doesn’t care if she does or not. Either way surely our favorite bisexual badass from hell will break bones and hearts in equal measure.


New Stuff For Queer Women Etc on Hulu May 2021

Pose debuts this month on FX on May 3rd, but does not seem to be part of FX on Hulu.

I Am Cait: Season 2 – May 1

The reality show following trans celebrity Caitlyn Jenner is dropping its 2016 season on Hulu.

Bound (1996) – May 1

This lesbian noir classic from the Wachowskis follows Violet (Jennifer Tilly), the femme fatale seeking an exit from her relationship with her mafioso boyfriend and Corky (Gina Gershon), a butch ex-con who looks really great in a tank top. Together they are scheming to get some of that sweet sweet mafia money.

Shrill: Season 3 (Hulu Original) – May 7

The (sadly) final season of Shrill continues to follow Annie, a character inspired by writer Lindy West who juggles bad boyfriends and bad workplaces and searching for self-confidence. Her best friend/roommate, Fran (Lolly Adefope), is a lesbian and we love her. Season 3 promises Fran and Emily taking their relationship to the next level and Fran getting a job at a salon. Trans actress Patti Harrison is also returning to the program for all the laughs we can handle.

A Perfect Ending (2012) – May 15

This mediocre lesbian film stars Jessica Clark as Paris, a high-price escort who begins a little situation with a wealthy middle-aged wife, Rebecca (Barbara Niven) who is having conflicts with her husband and also has never had an orgasm!

Mosquita y Mari (2012) – May 15

A “quiet and big-hearted” coming-of-age film about two very different girls — Mari Rodriguez is street-wise from a struggling family and Yolanda Olveros is a sheltered only child whose parents have high hopes for her future. They are thrust together by unexpected circumstances and then what happens? FEELINGS.

Pride: Limited Series (2021) – May 15

Releasing May 14 on FX and the next day on FX on Hulu, PRIDE is a six-part documentary series chronicling the struggle for LGBTQ+ civil rights in America from the 1950s through the 2000s. Each segment is directed by a different LGBTQ+ director with an emphasis on well known and overlooekd characters, tracing the  movement from the1950s Lavender Scare to the “Culture Wars” of the 1990s and beyond, exploring the queer legacy of the Civil Rights movement and the battle over marriage equality.

Reaching for the Moon (2013) – May 15

Miranda Otto and Glória Pires play American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian designer Lota de Macedo Soares, two headstrong women who had a very dramatic affair. As Drew wrote on the Best Lesbian Films ever list, “It’s a film about depression, substance abuse, and the creative process — and how all three affect romantic relationships.”

Tru Love (2013) – May 15

A Candian film about 37-year-old “serial bed hopping lesbian” Tru who is bounding aimlessly through life when she meets Alice, a 60-year-old widow visiting Tru’s friend, her busy lawyer daughter, Suzanne. Sparks fly! There are complications with Suzanne! I watched this entire film and retained not one moment of it, but your mileage may vary.

The Bold Type: Season 5 Premiere (Freeform)- May 27

After a bad Season 4, The Bold Type returns for its final lap in the sun with a short six-episode season. Jane, Kat and Sutton will allegedly be “on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world,” Nikohl Boosheri is recurring as our dear favorite character Adena El-Amin.


Amazon Prime Gay Stuff In May 2021

Bound (1996) – May 1

As aforementioned in the Hulu section. Big effort from Amazon this month!!!


HBO Max Queer Content Coming in May 2021

Frida (2002) – May 1

Salma Hayek got an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of surrealist Mexica artist Frida Kahlo in this biopic mainly focused on her relationship with husband Diego Rivera. Bisexual Kahlo has many affairs with women including Josephine Baker (Karine Plantadit-Bageot) and Tina Modotti (Ashley Judd), who also had an affair with Diego!

Legendary: Season 2 (HBO Max original) – May 6

This ballroom competition show that pits ten Houses against each other in a battle for a $100,000 grand prize returns for a second season with guest judges including Demi Lovato, Adam Lambert, Tiffany Haddish and Amiyah Scott. Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, Megan Thee Stallion, and Law Roach return as main judges.


Lesbian Character on Peacock in May 2021 Alert

Girls 5Eva: Season One (Peacock Original) – May 6

This series from Tina Fey about a girl group with one hit in the ’90s who are given a second shot at fame in 2021 features Paula Pell as one of the group members who is also by the way a lesbian. Busy Phillips is in this, I feel like everybody loves Busy Phillips yeah?

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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11 Comments

  1. @ riese , yeah love busy philips, loved her in dawsons creek I’m surprised though that her daughters coming out as lesbian and non binary publicly at 12 and to their parents at 10 ( wow! This generation , just… Wow) didnt get any autostraddle coverage , is it because busy did it in her podcast? , not the daughter themself but as far as i understand with their daughters consent. https://www.google.com/amp/s/metro.co.uk/2021/01/02/busy-philipps-12-year-old-child-birdie-is-gay-uses-they-them-pronouns-13836428/amp/ and https://www.google.com/amp/s/people.com/parents/busy-philipps-child-birdie-is-gay-prefers-they-them-pronouns/%3famp=true
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/people.com/parents/busy-philipps-child-birdie-is-gay-prefers-they-them-pronouns/%3famp=true

    • Seriously, did we need to plug Caitlin Jenner’s show while she is bolstering anti-trans/queer talking points, running for CA gov as a republican, and using Trump strategists for her campaign. She may identify as trans but she also actively and proudly supports politicians and policies that are harming people.

  2. Hey, thank you a lot for sharing this article with us. I can’t say, how grateful we are to read this. Also, I would love to check out other articles.

  3. Seriously, did we need to plug Caitlin Jenner’s show while she is bolstering anti-trans/queer talking points, running for CA gov as a republican, and using Trump strategists for her campaign. She may identify as trans but she also actively and proudly supports politicians and policies that are harming people.(didnt realize I originally posted as a reply)

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