Jun 13, 2022 - Things to Do

Selene's favorite gayest things

Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

You've heard of Oprah's favorite things? Well, I compiled my own list β€” Selene's favorite gayest things β€” to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month.

Between the lines: I tried to keep this to recently released feel-good things. While there is a lot of great thoughtful queer media that surrounds tough and important topics like tragedy and prejudice, I'd like to take this month to soak in as much queer happiness as I can.

  • I'm also the co-lead of Quaxios, our LGBTQ employee resource group. So I’ll be celebrating with my fellow Axions later this month.Β 
πŸ“Ί Movies and shows
  • "Our Flag Means Death" β€” SO happy this got renewed for Season 2.
  • "Queer Eye Germany" β€” Way less annoying than the American version, with a cast that's still wonderful and bringing their queer magic into people's lives. Plus, if you're reading subtitles you can't doomscroll on your phone at the same time.
  • "Alice Junior" β€” A pure feel-good movie about a trans teen who gets a happy ending.Β  Ditto on that subtitles note.
  • "A Secret Love" β€” A beautiful documentary following a couple in a league of their own.
πŸ“š Books
  • "Nothing to See Here" β€” Kevin Wilson writes the main character β€” a lesbian β€” so well here I was shocked this book was written by a man. And it's a tearjerker of a sweet story.
  • Simon Snow series by Rainbow Rowell β€” Looking for a queer alternative to Harry Potter? Look no further. This is basically if Harry and Draco fell in love, but Rowell creates her own magical world.
  • "The Gunkle" β€” A former actor begrudgingly takes in his niece and nephew and have adorable misfit adventures.
  • "This Is How It Always Is" β€” Another sweet family story, but this time with an adorable trans kid at its center.

🎧 These were all great audiobooks btw.

the Heartstopper books and toms mallow pride shoes
Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios
πŸ—― Comics
  • "Heartstopper" series by Alice Osman β€” I finally got my hands on all four after the reprint and they were so worth the wait. Watch the Netflix series first and then sob along in with comics.
  • "Woman World" β€” When a birth defect wipes out all men, women and trans folk rebuild society under the flag of "Beyonce's Thighs." (Also free on Webtoons!)
  • Cosmoknights β€” Like Star Wars for lesbians!

Oh, by the way: I'm starting a Queer Comic Book club with Tombolo and Metro Inclusive Health! If you're queer and love comics or just want to try them out, hit me up.

πŸ‘Ÿ Actual things

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