Intro- LGBTQ Streaming Services
Every major streaming service has shows with queer characters, especially during Pride Month. But where can you find LGBTQ streaming services that keep Pride going all year round?
This article highlights some of the best LGBTQ streaming services that represent queer artists and characters from all sides of the LGBTQ+ community.
|The Gist||Live channels + on-demand content, including originals. Features movies, TV series, news programs, music, documentaries, & events.|
|The Price||Free: live channels & most on-demand content (w/ads)|
Premium: $6.99/mo or $59.99/yr. Watch all free & premium shows and movies without ads
|Free Trial?||No 🚫 (although plenty of free content to watch)|
|Available On:||Revry App: Mobile (iOS & Android), streaming players (Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV), smart TVs, on a computer or laptop at Revry.tv|
Revry Live Channels: The Roku Channel, Local Now, STIRR, XUMO, Tivo+, Philo, Samsung TV Plus, WatchFree+ (VIZIO)
Revry is a streaming media outlet that highlights queer culture in all its forms. You’ll find content in particular that’s inclusive of queer women, non-binary and trans people, and people of color.
One of the things that sets Revry apart from other streaming apps is their live channels. These can be watched for free (with ads) either through the Revry app itself, online at Revry.tv, or through various free streaming apps like The Roku Channel and XUMO.
Their six live channels are:
- Revry One
- Revry Her
- Revry News
- Revry Latinx
- Revry Brasil
- Revry 2
- Revry 3
The content library features Original Shows like Insomnia, which premiered in March 2022. This is a dramedy series about a bisexual Indian-American writer who works as a male escort. There’s also a weekly queer news program titled Culture Q.
Special events programming includes The Queerties Award Show, the Out 100, and the recent variety special House of Pride. There’s a pretty large catalog of licensed LGBTQ movies and shows such as Howl, Parting Glances, God’s Own Country, and the original UK version of Queer as Folk.
OML, the company formerly known as One More Lesbian, has a specific section on Revry devoted to their movies and shows.
As for the account features, you can create up to five profiles per account and save shows to your profile’s “My List” section.
Revry provides an earnest effort at delivering inclusive content for all corners of the LGBTQ+ community. Their live channels are especially worth checking out!
|The Gist||Independent films and shows geared towards gay men. Dozens of Dekkoo Originals plus hundreds of acquired library titles.|
|The Price||$9.99 a month or $83.88 a year|
|Free Trial?||Yes ✅ (3 Days)|
|Available On:||Mobile (iOS & Android), streaming players (Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV), smart TVs (Samsung, Fire TV, Android TV), Xbox One, Chromecast, Apple Airplay, on a computer or laptop at dekkoo.com, Prime Video Channels|
For fans of queer independent cinema, Dekkoo is a streaming service with an extensive library of movies and shows featuring gay men. Many of these come from the film festival circuit and would be similar in tone to movies you’d see at an arthouse theater.
Their Dekkoo Originals stand out with beautiful cinematography and engaging, steamy stories about the love lives of their characters.
Besides the Originals you’ll find plenty to watch including both feature-length movies and short films. There’s various different episodic series from around the world and a good selection of documentaries, too.
- Dramas include: Keep the Lights On, Gypsy 83, Dare, North Sea Texas, Tom of Finland, The Cakemaker
- Comedies include: Let my People Go, Straight Up, Such Good People, Out on Stage, Latter Days
- Documentaries include: Bridegroom, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, This is What Love in Action Looks Like
You can save movies to watch later under the “My List” section of your Dekkoo account. There isn’t, however, an option to add multiple profiles. One nice feature of the mobile app is the ability to download content for offline viewing.
There’s an impressive lineup of films on Dekkoo if you’re looking for queer stories centered on the lives of gay men.
Wow Presents Plus
|The Gist||From company behind RuPaul's Drag Race. Has various versions of Drag Race from around the world, plus some reality series and documentaries.|
|The Price||$4.99/mo. or $49.99/yr.|
|Free Trial?||No 🚫 (but their YouTube channel has some shows on it)|
|Available On:||Mobile (iOS & Android), streaming players (Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV), smart TVs (Samsung, Fire TV, Android TV), Xbox One, Chromecast, Apple Airplay, on a computer or laptop at wowpresentsplus.com|
A better title for this streaming service might be Drag Race Plus. Made by World of Wonder, the company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, this is the home to various versions of Drag Race from around the world.
The shows available will depend on the country you live in.
In the U.S., for example, Wow Presents Plus is home to:
- Drag Race France
- Drag Race España
- RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World
- Canada’s Drag Race
- RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under
- Drag Race Italia
- RuPauls’s Drag Race UK
- Drag Race Holland
- Drag Race Thailand
- The Switch Drag Race (Chile)
Drag Race fans in the United States will need to subscribe to Paramount+ to watch their local versions of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, and RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. In most other countries, however, subscribers can watch the American shows with their Wow Presents Plus membership.
You can see the full list of exactly which Drag Race shows are available on Wow Presents Plus in your country with this spreadsheet on their website.
Besides Drag Race, Wow Presents Plus has shows starring the Queens from various seasons of the competition. Some of them include:
- Vangie: 24 Hours of Love
- Tartan Around with Lawrence Chaney
- All the Queens’ Men
- Painted with Raven
- UNHhhh with Trixie & Katya
The only non-Drag Race content you’ll find here are documentaries produced by World of Wonder over the years. Some highlights are The Eyes of Tammy Faye (the doc that inspired the biopic with Jessica Chastain), Monica in Black and White, and a 2001 documentary special about J.K. Rowling that now seems wildly out of place.
In many cases, Wow Presents Plus is the only place to watch specific iterations of Drag Race. For Drag Race fans, this makes it something worth subscribing to.
|The Gist||Reality-TV focused streaming service from the Canadian LGBTQ+ TV network.|
|The Price||$2.99/mo. or $16.99/6 mos. or $29.99/yr.|
|Free Trial?||Yes ✅ (7 Days)|
|Available On:||Mobile (iOS & Android), streaming players (Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV), Chromecast, Apple Airplay, Apple TV channel (US only), The Roku Channel (US), Prime Video Channel (CA only), on a computer or laptop at outtvgo.com|
Sort of like a Canadian version of LogoTV, OUTtv was started as a speciality TV channel for the LGBTQ community in the early 2000’s. They're known for sharing the Canadian broadcast rights to RuPaul’s Drag Race with Crave TV.
In addition to its Canadian TV network, OUTtv operates as a standalone LGBTQ streaming service. This is available to subscribers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Additionally, they offer a similar service called FrootTV in the UK and Ireland.
Original shows on OUTtv’s streaming service (sometimes referred to as OUTtv Go) include:
- Gauntlet of Gaymes: A self-described “bizarre and fast-paced” game show hosted by comedian Michael Henry.
- Gogo for the Gold: Reality competition series hosted by Jonny McGovern that looks for America’s #1 male go-go dancer.
- Call Me Mother: Drag Race-esque reality show that looks for the “First Child of Drag.” Drag Mothers Miss Peppermint, Crystal, and Barbada de Barbades mentor contestants in the their drag houses throughout the competition. The show differentiates itself from Drag Race by including performers with a range of gender identities and expressions, including drag kings.
- Don’t Quit Your Gay Job: Two gay men try out a series of stereotypically gay jobs including a stripper, a florist, and a lumberjack.
On OUTtv, you’ll also find a handful of movies, some documentaries, and podcasts. Canada gets a much better lineup of scripted shows like Absolutely Fabulous, Cucumber, and Schitt’s Creek.
Besides its own app, OUTtv is available as a premium channel through Apple TV, Prime Video, or The Roku Channel, depending on your region. There’s no option to add profiles or download shows with an OUTtv account.
With a free trial and a below-average price point, an OUTtv subscription is worth trying if you’re looking for Drag Race-adjacent reality shows like Call Me Mother.
|The Gist||Mostly original collection of LGBTQ movies and TV shows produced by Here Media.|
|The Price||$7.99/mo. or $67.99/yr. or $99/2 yrs.|
|Free Trial?||No 🚫|
|Available On:||Mobile devices (iOS and Android), streaming players (Roku, Apple TV, & Amazon Fire TV), Android TV, Sling TV and Amazon Prime Video Channels (as a premium add-on), on a computer or laptop at here.tv|
Once known primarily as a premium cable add-on, Here TV now has its own streaming service. Their content library is mostly exclusive to Here TV, the bulk of which seems to come from their early days in the 2000’s to mid 2010’s.
Shows and movies are sort of hit-and-miss. They range from award-winning film festival fare like Shelter to soapy series like Dante’s Cove to the completely bizarre PGW: Pro Gay Wrestling. A number of their moves and shows seem to pop up on free streaming apps from time to time including Tubi, The Roku Channel, and Peacock.
These are some examples of what you’ll find on Here TV:
- Movies: Breakfast with Scot, Little Ashes, The Donald Strachey Mysteries series, Eating Out, The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
- Series: The Lair, Gayliens, Sordid Lives: The Series, Indoor Boys, The DL Chronicles
The company has changed owners a few times over the years, and it seems like Here TV's best days may have already passed. If they have a particular movie or show you’d like to watch that you can’t find elsewhere online, then go ahead and sign up for Here TV.
|The Gist||Movies and shows for queer women, including originals.|
|The Price||$6.99/mo. or $59.99/yr.|
|Free Trial?||No 🚫|
|Available On:||Mobile devices (iOS and Android), streaming players (Roku, Apple TV, & Amazon Fire TV), Android TV, Chromecast, Apple Airplay, on a computer or laptop at tellofilms.com|
Tello Films is a media company with a streaming service dedicated to queer women’s content.
They produce original movies and shows which you can watch with a subscription. Some of the movies are also available to rent or purchase separately from a Tello Films membership as well.
Some of their original movies and shows include:
- Seasons of Love: A holiday rom-com with three interconnected stories about three different lesbian couples.
- Riley Parra: Supernatural crime show based on a book series. About a cop who discovers a war between angels and demons in her city.
- I Hate New Year’s: Movie about a music star who travels home to Nashville to help find creative inspiration on New Year’s. Along the way, she finds love. Stars Dia Frampton (The Voice), Ashely Argota (The Fosters) and Candis Cayne (Grey’s Anatomy).
Examples of other shows and movies you’ll find on Tello Films are Once a Fury, The Watermelon Woman, Transinfinite, Butch Jamie, and I Can’t Think Straight.
The collection of movies and shows you’ll find in Tello Film’s lineup is smaller than other LGBTQ streaming services, but still has some fantastic things to watch. It’s also great to see a streaming service that caters to queer women specifically because much of queer media is centered on gay men.
If you’re looking for entertaining stories about queer women, Tello Films is worth a subscription!
Final Thoughts- LGBTQ Streaming Services
It’s true that nowadays you can find LGBTQ+ representation on pretty much any streaming service this side of Fox Nation. Some may ask why specific LGBTQ streaming services are even necessary.
Here’s why they’re important: queer spaces in art and society help create a safe space for exploration, expression, inclusivity, and protest. It’s an opportunity for queer people to tell their own stories not dictated by what is deemed “safe” for the world at large.
Queer people in queer spaces are worth supporting, whether its queer-owned ice cream shops or LGBTQ streaming services. So stream away, hunties!
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