Cover Here are the best LGBTQ shows to watch this Pride Month (Photo: Netflix)

From coming-of-age drama ‘Heartstopper’ to comedy ‘Work in Progress’, here are some of the best LGBTQ+ shows to watch this Pride Month

Pride Month is in full swing and with Hong Kong slowly opening up, there's plenty to look forward to celebrating the occasion this June.

While you'll likely join in the festivities and enjoy gatherings with loved ones in your favourite rainbow attire, you can also get into the spirit from the comfort of your own home by watching some great shows that shine a spotlight on LGBTQ+ stories.

From coming-of-age series to comedies, keep scrolling to see our top picks for the best LGBTQ+ TV shows to watch this month and beyond.

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Heartstopper

Heartstopper premiered to rave reviews for its representation of the LGBTQ+ community especially for young people, prompting many fans to share their “This is my Heartstopper” moment on social media.

The British coming-of-age drama follows Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) who meet at school. They quickly discover that their unlikely friendship is blossoming into an unexpected romance. It also explores the lives of Tao (William Gao), Elle (Yasmin Finney), Tara (Corinna Brown) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell). Because of its popularity, the series has recently been renewed for two more seasons.

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Young Royals

Young Royals is a Swedish teen drama set in the prestigious fictional boarding school Hillerska. When Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) arrives at the school, he finally gets a chance to explore his true self and the life he wants outside of his royal obligations.

At the school, he meets Simon (Omar Rudberg) and a budding romance ensues. But things become complicated when the young royal unexpectedly becomes the next in line for the throne, prompting him to make a choice: love or duty. The series is set for a second season sometime in 2022.

Love, Victor

Love, Victor is inspired by and set in the same world as the 2018 coming-of-age age film, Love, Simon. The series follows Victor (Michael Cimino), a new student at Creekwood High School and his journey of self-discovery. Struggling with his sexual orientation, he reaches out to Simon (Nick Robinson).

The titular narrates the series with actor Nick Robinson producing the series. A second season premiered in June 2021 while the third and final season are set for release on June 15, 2022.

Grace and Frankie

Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie revolves around two ageing women, Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin). After their husbands reveal that they are in love with each other and have plans to get married, the women form an unlikely friendship.

Pose

Pose is an American series that explores New York City’s drag ball culture which is an LGBTQ+ sub-culture in the African American and Latino communities from the 1980s to 1990s. The series was met with critical acclaim, receiving numerous awards and nominations including the Gloden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award.

Actor Billy Porter, who plays Pray Tell in the series, became the first openly gay Black man to be nominated for and win an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards.

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Work in Progress

Work in Progress tells the story of Abby (Abby McEnany), a self-identified “fat, queer dyke” who also has depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. During a time of crisis, she enters a relationship that will change her life.

McEnany co-created the series and also serves as its executive producer. The series is inspired by her life.

Feel Good

Feel Good is a British series depicting the development of Geroge (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mae’s (Mae Martin) romance. Mae is a Candian comedian while Geroge is a repressed woman working at the comedy club where she performs. When the pair begins dating, Geroge learns that Mae is a former drug addict and encourages her to attend a therapy group to meet other recovering addicts.

Meanwhile, Geroge remains reluctant to come out to her friends and family. The series is partly based on Martin’s own personal life. It has two seasons with six episodes each.

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Sex Education

Sex Education is another teen TV show that premiered to critical acclaim on Netflix. The British series follows the lives of students, staff and parents of Moordale Secondary School. They navigate various issues often relating to their sexuality, sexual identity and sexual intimacy.

The series primarily follows Otis (Asa Butterfield) who opens a “sex clinic” with fellow classmate Maeve (Emma Mackey) to help other students with their sexual problems. Sex Education received praise for its mature treatment of sexual themes as well as its diverse representation.

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