Pride month is officially in full swing. In honor of June’s importance to the queer community, many media companies have been busy lining up recurring and new shows focusing on LGBTQ+ characters and experiences. Much has been made of the complicated nature of the commodification of corporate America in June and the varying levels of success and sensitivity towards the LGBTQ+ community. Hopefully, when media companies consciously and humbly create content that honors and embraces different identities, it can remind us why representation matters.
One such show to watch is called “Legendary.” This reality TV show focuses on the notorious ballroom culture and pits ten different houses against each other. Each household answers questions about ballroom/dance culture from a panel of judges. Whichever house correctly answers most of the judges’ questions about balls and dances wins up to $100,000. It is hosted by Keke Palmer, Jameela Jamil, Megan you stallion, Leiomy Maldonadoand law cockroach. Its third season is currently airing.
Another medium debuting during Pride month is film. Fire Island. The story of this recently released film revolves around a group of LGBTQ+ best friends on their annual vacation to Fire Island, New York, a historically well-known hotspot for the LGBTQ+ community. Something happens that seriously damages their relationship, and it’s unclear whether they’ll be able to mend their broken friendships. He’s got his fair share of established talent, like the “SNL” writer and cast member. Bowen Yang and avant-garde comedian Marguerite Cho. Many people have already commented on the groundbreaking nature of the plot and the fact that this is a queer rom-com because it seems so rare.
The fact that stories like these are made and produced is a reflection of our society trying to move forward. Art that is created with mindfulness and with the intention of better representing diverse identities can go a long way towards achieving this goal.