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- 20 Sapphic Books We're Excited To Read In 2022.
As 2021 comes to a close, we're looking forwards to some excellent sapphic book releases coming in 2022. Here are 20 of our most anticipated sapphic books coming out in 2022. Note: some release dates of these books may be pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic. Ophelia After All - Raquel Marie Contemporary YA Romance 14 Mar 2022 A teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness in Ophelia After All, a hilarious and heartfelt contemporary YA debut by author Racquel Marie. Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys - way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart. She couldn't change, even if she wanted to. So when she finds herself thinking more about cute, quiet Talia Sanchez than the loss of a perfect prom with her ex-boyfriend, seeds of doubt take root in Ophelia's firm image of herself. Add to that the impending end of high school and the fracturing of her once-solid friend group, and things are spiraling a little out of control. But the course of love--and sexuality--never did run smooth. As her secrets begin to unravel, Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she's always imagined or upending everyone's expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all. Yerba Buena - Nina LaCour Contemporary Adult Romance 31 May 2022 The debut adult novel by the bestselling and award-winning YA author Nina LaCour, following two women on a star-crossed journey toward each other When Sara Foster runs away from home at sixteen, she leaves behind not only the losses that have shattered her world but the girl she once was, capable of trust and intimacy. Years later, in Los Angeles, she is a sought-after bartender, renowned as much for her brilliant cocktails as for the mystery that clings to her. Across the city, Emilie Dubois is in a holding pattern. In her seventh year and fifth major as an undergraduate, she yearns for the beauty and community her Creole grandparents cultivated but is unable to commit. On a whim, she takes a job arranging flowers at the glamorous restaurant Yerba Buena and embarks on an affair with the married owner. This Rebel Heart - Katherine Locke YA Historical Fiction 05 Apr 2022 A tale set amid the 1956 Hungarian revolution in post-WWII Communist Budapest. In the middle of Budapest, there is a river. Csilla knows the river is magic. During WWII, the river kept her family safe when they needed it most--safe from the Holocaust. But that was before the Communists seized power. Before her parents were murdered by the Soviet police. Before Csilla knew things about her father's legacy that she wishes she could forget. Now Csilla keeps her head down, planning her escape from this country that has never loved her the way she loves it. But her carefully laid plans fall to pieces when her parents are unexpectedly, publicly exonerated. As the protests in other countries spur talk of a larger revolution in Hungary, Csilla must decide if she believes in the promise and magic of her deeply flawed country enough to risk her life to help save it, or if she should let it burn to the ground. Tripping Arcadia - Kit Mayquist Gothic Mystery Thriller 24 Feb 2022 From debut author Kit Mayquist, a propulsive and atmospheric modern Gothic with all the splendor of The Great Gatsby . . . and all the secrets, lies, and darkness that opulence can hide. Med school dropout Lena is desperate for a job, any job, to help her parents, who are approaching bankruptcy after her father was injured and laid off nearly simultaneously. So when she is offered a position, against all odds, working for one of Boston’s most elite families, the illustrious and secretive Verdeaus, she knows she must accept it—no matter how bizarre the interview or how vague the job description. By day, she is assistant to the family doctor and his charge, Jonathan, the sickly, poetic, drunken heir to the family empire, who is as difficult as his illness is mysterious. By night, Lena discovers the more sinister side of the family, as she works overtime at their lavish parties, helping to hide their self-destructive tendencies . . . and trying not to fall for Jonathan’s alluring sister, Audrey. Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster - Andrea Mosqueda Contemporary YA Fiction 24 May 2022 In this voice-driven young adult debut by Andrea Mosqueda, Maggie Gonzalez needs a date to her sister's quinceañera - and fast. Growing up in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, Maggie Gonzalez has always been a little messy, but she’s okay with that. After all, she has a great family, a goofy group of friends, a rocky romantic history, and dreams of being a music photographer. Tasked with picking an escort for her little sister’s quinceañera, Maggie has to face the truth: that her feelings about her friends (and future) aren’t as simple as she’d once believed. As Maggie’s search for the perfect escort continues, she’s forced to confront new (and old) feelings for three of her friends: Amanda, her best friend and first-ever crush; Matthew, her ex-boyfriend twice-over who refuses to stop flirting with her, and Dani, the new girl who has romantic baggage of her own. Godslayers (Gearbreakers #2) - Zoe Hana Mikuta YA Science Fiction 28 Jun 2022 Godslayers--Zoe Hana Mikuta's high-octane sequel to Gearbreakers--is perfect for fans of Pacific Rim, Pierce Brown's Red Rising Saga, and Marie Lu's Legend series. The only way to kill a god is from the inside... The Gearbreakers struck a devastating blow against Godolia on Heavensday, but the cost of victory has been steep. Months later, the few rebels who've managed to escape the tyrannical empire's bloody retribution have fled to the mountains, hunted by the last Zenith--Godolia's only surviving leader. Eris has been held prisoner since the attack on the capital city, which almost killed her. And she begins to wish it had when she discovers Sona--the girl she loves, the girl she would tear down cities for--also survived, only to be captured and Corrupted by the Zenith. The cybernetic brainwashing that Sona has forcibly undergone now has her believing herself a loyal soldier for Godolia, and Eris' mortal enemy. Wild And Wicked Things - Francesca May Adult Historical Fiction/Fantasy 31 Mar 2022 In the aftermath of World War I, a naive woman is swept into a glittering world filled with dark magic, romance & murder in this lush and decadent debut. On Crow Island, people whisper, real magic lurks just below the surface. Neither real magic nor faux magic interests Annie Mason. Not after it stole her future. She’s only on the island to settle her late father’s estate and, hopefully, reconnect with her long-absent best friend, Beatrice, who fled their dreary lives for a more glamorous one. Yet Crow Island is brimming with temptation, and the biggest one may be her enigmatic new neighbor. The Many Deaths Of Laila Starr - Ram V (illustrated by Elisa Romboli) Graphic Novel Boom! Studios 17 Feb 2022 Humanity is on the verge of discovering immortality, which means the avatar of Death is out of a job… or is she? Humanity is on the verge of discovering immortality. As a result, the avatar of Death is cast down to Earth to live a mortal life in Mumbai as twenty-something Laila Starr. Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born. Will Laila take her chance to stop mankind from permanently altering the cycle of life, or will death really become a thing of the past? A powerful new graphic novel from award-winning writer Ram V (These Savage Shores, Swamp Thing) and Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) that explores the fine line between living and dying through the lens of magical realism. Collects The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1-5. Flung Out Of Space - Grace Ellis (illustrated by Hannah Templer) Graphic Novel Abrams 15 Feb 2022 Flung Out of Space is both a love letter to the essential lesbian novel, The Price of Salt, and an examination of its notorious author, Patricia Highsmith. Veteran comics creators Grace Ellis and Hannah Templer have teamed up to tell this story through Highsmith’s eyes—reimagining the events that inspired her to write the story that would become a foundational piece of queer literature. Flung Out of Space opens with Pat begrudgingly writing low-brow comics. A drinker, a smoker, and a hater of life, Pat knows she can do better. Her brain churns with images of the great novel she could and should be writing—what will eventually be Strangers on a Train— which would later be adapted into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. At the same time, Pat, a lesbian consumed with self-loathing, is in and out of conversion therapy, leaving a trail of sexual conquests and broken hearts in her wake. However, one of those very affairs and a chance encounter in a department store give Pat the idea for her soon-to-be beloved tale of homosexual love that was the first of its kind—it gave the lesbian protagonists a happy ending. She Gets The Girl - Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick YA Contemporary Romance 14 Apr 2022 She’s All That meets What If It’s Us in this swoon-worthy hate-to-love YA romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart Rachael Lippincott and debut writer Alyson Derrick. Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet. Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. The Scratch Daughters (The Scapegracers #2) - Hannah Abigail Clarke YA Magical Fantasy 22 Nov 2022 It's been a wild year for Sideways Pike. After forming a coven with the three most popular girls in school and developing a huge crush on a mysterious stranger named Madeline, Sideways' Halloween was ruined by finding out that Madeline wasn't trying to make out with her, but to steal Sideways' specter, the force that gives witches the ability to cast magic spells. From Madeline's perspective, it's not her fault: after a doomed relationship with one of the creepy near-identical Chantry Boys turned into a witch hunt, they took her specter, so, really, she's only borrowing Sideways' until she can recover her own and punish the Chantrys. Sideways is used to being an outcast loner and is desperate to do magic again, so she's not going to let little barriers like facing a betraying crush and a family of six demented witch hunters practically alone stop her. But she and her trusty stolen bike are in for a bumpy ride... Scout's Honor - Lily Anderson YA Paranormal Fantasy 05 Apr 2022 Prudence Perry is a third-generation Ladybird Scout who must battle literal (and figurative) monsters and the weight of her legacy in this YA paranormal perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sixteen-year-old Prudence Perry is a legacy Ladybird Scout, born to a family of hunters sworn to protect humans from mulligrubs―interdimensional parasites who feast on human emotions like sadness and anger. Masquerading as a prim and proper ladies' social organization, the Ladybirds brew poisons masked as teas and use knitting needles as daggers, at least until they graduate to axes and swords. Three years ago, Prue’s best friend was killed during a hunt, so she kissed the Scouts goodbye, preferring the company of her punkish friends lovingly dubbed the Criminal Element much to her mother and Tía Lo’s disappointment. However, unable to move on from her guilt and trauma, Prue devises a risky plan to infiltrate the Ladybirds in order to swipe the Tea of Forgetting, a restricted tincture laced with a powerful amnesia spell. I Kissed Shara Wheeler - Casey McQuiston YA Contemporary Romance 03 May 2022 From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue comes a debut YA romantic comedy about chasing down what you want, only to find what you need... Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny. But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes. Alice In Leatherland - Iolanda Zanfardino (illustrated by Elisa Romboli) Graphic Novel Black Mask Entertainment 08 Feb 2022 Alice, a young writer of children's story books, is hurtled out of her fairytale-like life when she discovers her girlfriend has been cheating on her! Charmingly defiant, she leaves her small forest town and leaps into a new adventure to seek love (and find herself) in the fast life of San Francisco. There, her concept of pure, magical love will be completely overturned--but her biggest challenge won't be reckoning with other people's sexual drive, it'll be getting a grip on her own! From your new favorite writer and artist team of Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli, Alice In Leatherland is a comedy about sex and so, inevitably, about every other aspect of life, too. The Girl I Want is So Handsome! - The Complete Manga Collection - Yuama Graphic Novel - Manga Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC 25 Jan 2022 A yuri comedy about a hyper first-year student and the hot girl jock she’s crushing on by the creator of The Summer You Were There (also from Seven Seas)! First-year high schooler Hina falls head over heels in love at her first glimpse of Shiki, a gorgeous, cool older girl with mad basketball skills. But when she tries to confess her feelings, she ends up as the basketball team’s manager instead. It seems like a huge blunder until she realizes it’s the perfect chance to get to know Shiki better. Will Hina and Shiki overcome their comical misunderstandings and realize they’re the perfect couple? Read the whole hilarious story in one omnibus volume! Melt With You - Jennifer Dugan Contemporary YA Romance 17 May 2022 From the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a sweet and salty queer YA rom-com about two girls on a summer road trip in an ice cream truck. Fallon and Chloe used to be best friends. But last summer, the girls hooked up right before Chloe left for college, and after a series of misunderstandings, they aren’t even speaking to one another. Now, a year later, Chloe’s back home from school, and Fallon is doing everything in her power to avoid her. Which is especially difficult because their moms own a business together—a gourmet ice cream truck where both girls work. But when their moms have the opportunity to make a presentation to some venture capitalists in Texas—something that could seriously expand their business and solve all their money problems to boot—it's up to Fallon to work a series of food truck festivals across the country. But she can't do it alone, and Chloe is the only one available to help. As tensions heat up again between the two girls, will Fallon be able to keep her cool? Primal Animals - Julia Lynn Rubin YA Fantasy Horror 24 May 2022 Protect the girls Arlee Gold is anxious about spending the summer at the college prep Camp Rockaway—the same camp her mother attended years ago, which her mother insists will help give Arlee a “fresh start” and will “change her life.” Little does Arlee know that, once she steps foot on the manicured grounds, this will prove to be true in horrifying ways. Even though the girls in her cabin are awesome—and she’s developing a major crush on the girl who sleeps in the bunk above her—the other campers seem to be wary of Arlee, unwilling to talk to her or be near her, which only ramps up her paranoia. When she’s tapped to join a strange secret society, Arlee thinks this will be her shot at fitting in...until her new "sisters" ask her to do the unthinkable, putting her life, and the life of her new crush, in perilous danger. This Wicked Fate - Kalynn Bayron Contemporary YA Fantasy 21 Jun 2022 How much would you risk to save the ones you love? Would you tempt even the most dangerous fate? Bestselling author Kalynn Bayron continues the story of Briseis and her family's deadly magic in the sequel to This Poison Heart. Briseis has one chance to save her mother, but she'll need to do the impossible: find the last fragment of the deadly Absyrtus Heart. If she is to locate the missing piece, she must turn to the blood relatives she's never known, learn about their secret powers, and take her place in their ancient lineage. Briseis is not the only one who wants the Heart, and her enemies will stop at nothing to fulfill their own ruthless plans. The fates tell of a truly dangerous journey, one that could end in more heartache, more death. Bolstered by the sisterhood of ancient magic, can Briseis harness her power to save the people she loves most? Youngblood - Sasha Laurens Paranormal YA Fantasy 19 Jul 2022 For fans of Vampire Diaries and dark academia, two queer teen bloodsuckers at an elite vampire-only boarding school must go up against all of Vampirdom when they uncover a frightening conspiracy on campus. Kat Finn and her mother can barely make ends meet living among humans. Like all vampires, they must drink Hema, an expensive synthetic blood substitute, to survive, as nearly all of humanity has been infected by a virus that’s fatal to vampires. Kat isn’t looking forward to an immortal life of barely scraping by, but when she learns she’s been accepted to the Harcote School, a prestigious prep school that’s secretly vampires-only, she knows her fortune is about to change. Taylor Sanger has grown up in the wealthy vampire world, but she’s tired of its backward, conservative values—especially when it comes to sexuality, since she’s an out-and-proud lesbian. She only has to suffer through a two more years of Harcote before she’s free. But when she discovers her new roommate is Kat Finn, she’s horrified. Because she and Kat used to be best friends, a long time ago, and it didn’t end well. Crema - Johnnie Christmas (illustrated by Dante Luiz) Graphic Novel Dark Horse Comics 06 Jan 2022 Esme, a barista, feels invisible, like a ghost.... Also, when Esme drinks too much coffee she actually sees ghosts. Yara, the elegant heir to a coffee plantation, is always seen, but only has eyes for Esme. Their world is turned upside down when the strange ghost of an old-world nobleman begs Esme to take his letter from NYC to a haunted coffee farm in Brazil, to reunite him with his lost love of a century ago. Bringing sinister tidings of unrequited love. #1 New York Times Best-Selling cartoonist Johnnie Christmas (writer) and Prism Award Nominee Dante L. (artist) bring you a haunted tale of love, ghosts and coffee beans. 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- 10 LGBTQ+ Books Being Adapted To Screen Right Now
Are you the kind of person who likes to read the book before the film comes out? Us too! Here are 10 queer books and graphic novels currently being made into films and tv shows. Time to get reading! Note: some release dates of these book adaptations may be pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic. 1. Heartstopper The Graphic Novel: Heartstopper - Alice Oseman The TV Show: Heartstopper Based on the webcomic and graphic novel of the same name - Alice Oseman's Heartstopper has been eagerly awaited by fans of the YA romance series for several years now. The queer coming-of-age series follows two British teens, Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, at an all-boys grammar school as their friendship quickly blossoms into something more. The television rights for the series were optioned by See-Saw Films in July of 2019 and in 2021 Netflix ordered an eight-episode season with Oseman herself as writer. Production began three months later and wrapped in June of this year so we expect season one of Heartstopper to be released early 2022 (though no official release date has been announced). Each episode is set to be 30 minutes long and we've no doubt that fans of the series will be eager for a second season. Buy Heartstopper HERE Starring: Kit Connor, Sebastian Croft, Fisayo Akinade Released Date: 2022 on Netflix 2. Conversations With Friends The Book: Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney The TV Show: Conversations With Friends Sally Rooney's 2017 debut novel Conversations with Friends follows two college students, Frances and ex-girlfriend-turned-best friend, Bobbi, as they navigate the messy and often unpredictable world of modern relationships... whilst becoming romantically involved with a married couple in their 30s. This is Rooney's second book-turned-tv-show adaptation. After the success of Normal People, Hulu & BBC Three are collaborating with the creative team again to adapt Conversations with Friends into a 12-episode miniseries. With Lenny Abrahamson set to direct, we're sure this queer book adaptation is going to be a must-watch. Buy Conversations With Friends HERE Starring: Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke, Sasha Lane Released Date: 2022 on BBC Three/Hulu 3. Red, White & Royal Blue The Book: Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston The Film: Working Title Unknown Not much is known about the film adaptation of Red, White & Royal Blue other than that Matthew López will be bringing the LGBTQ+ romance to life in his directorial debut for Amazon Studio. The official synopsis suggests that the film will follow the original story closely - a forbidden, enemies-to-lovers romance between the son of America’s first female president and the prince of England. We can't wait. Buy Red, White & Royal Blue HERE Starring: Not yet announced Released Date: TBC on Amazon Prime Video 4. Deadendia The Graphic Novel: Deadendia - Hamish Steele The TV Show: Dead End: Paranormal Park Adapted from Hamish Steele's Deadendia Series, this fantasy-horror animated show is set to follow theme-park employees Barney and Norma as they work their summer job in a haunted house... which may or may not be a portal to hell. Both are joined by Barney's talking dog, Pugsley, and a 912-year-old demon called Courtney as they face zombies, game show hosts, witches, and crushes. The show has been in the works at Netflix since 2020. Creator Steele has said he hopes the series will help "more trans creators get their chance to tell their stories" adding that there was "no pushback from Netflix about representation," when discussing Barney - the show's trans male protagonist. Dead End: Paranormal Park is set to be released sometime in early 2022. Buy Deadendia HERE Starring: Zach Barack, Kody Kavitha, Emily Osment, Alex Brightman Released Date: 2022 on Netflix 5. Paper Girls The Graphic Novel: Paper Girls - Brian K Vaughn & Cliff Chiang The TV Show: Paper Girls Paper Girls is an action-packed time-traveling coming-of-age graphic novel in which four friends much choose to embrace or reject fate while traveling between the past, present and future. Though the Live-action series' release date hasn't yet been confirmed, filming began in July 2021 and the 8 episode series is said to be released on Amazon Prime sometime in 2022. Fans of the original science fiction comic series will be glad to hear that writer Brian K Vaughn is set to be involved as an executive producer, so we're hoping that the series will stay true to the original source material. Buy Paper Girls HERE Starring: Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Fina Strazza Released Date: TBC on Amazon Prime Video 6. They Both Die At The End The Book: They Both Die At The End - Adam Silvera The TV Show: They Both Die At The End Set in the near-future, They Both Die at the End is the smash-hit YA novel that recently gained critical acclaim on TikTok. The book follows Mateo and Rufus as they live out their last day on earth together. The television series is set to be penned by author Adam Silvera (pictured) and each episode is said to have a runtime of 30 minutes. A potential TV series adaptation was previously in development at HBO Max with J.J. Abrams’ and Chris Kelly developing the series. However, the project fell through and the rights were re-sold in 2021 to Entertainment One. We don't know much about the current development with Entertainment One other than Andrew Haigh is attached to direct. Silvera's first novel, More Happy Than Not, is currently in the works of being made into a series of its own for HBO Max. Buy They Both Die At The End HERE Starring: Not Yet Announced Released Date: TBC on Unknown 7. Girl, Women, Other The Book: Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo The TV Show: Working Title Unknown Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other tells the story of modern British life through the eyes of twelve different individuals – mostly women, mostly black. The novel became a best seller in the UK, won the Booker Prize 2019, was nominated for numerous other awards and remained on the Sunday Times Bestseller List for nine consecutive weeks. It's no wonder that the TV rights to this novel were snapped up so quickly last year. Though not much is known about the show's progress since Potboiler Productions secured the rights in 2020, we're excited to see what happens. Buy Girl, Woman, Other HERE Starring: Not Yet Announced Released Date: TBC 8. Feix Ever After The Book: Felix Ever After - Kacen Callender The TV Show: Working Title Unknown Kacen Callender's revolutionary YA romance book Felix Ever After is set to be made into a series for Amazon Studios. The book follows a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. Unfortunately, we don't know much about the show's development at the moment and we don't expect the show to be released any time soon, but we have our fingers crossed that more will be announced in 2022. Buy Feix Ever After HERE Starring: Not yet announced Released Date: TBC on Amazon Prime Video 8. The Girls I've Been The Book: The Girls I've Been - Tess Sharpe The Film: The Girls I've Been Millie Bobby Brown is attached to play the film's lead character, Nora, a bisexual reformed con artist in Tess Sharpe's twisty YA page-turner The Girls I've Been (published in February of this year. "For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems: #1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris. #2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because: #3: Right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it." Jason Bateman is also confirmed to produce after his work on Emmy nominated hit Ozark. Buy The Girls I've Been HERE Starring: Millie Bobbie Brown Released Date: TBC on Netflix 9. Exciting Times The Book: Exciting Times - Naoise Dolan The TV Show: Working Title Unknown Not much is known about the television adaptation of Naoise Dolan's brilliant queer novel Exciting Times. What we do know is that “Bridgerton” actress Phoebe Dynevor is attached to both star in and executive produce the series for Amazon Studios. The book focuses on Ava, an Irish woman living in Hong Kong teaching English grammar to wealthy children as becomes entangled in a love triangle with banker Julian and lawyer Edith. Buy Exciting Times HERE Starring: Phoebe Dynevor Released Date: TBC on Amazon Prime Video 10. My Love Mix-Up! The Manga: My Love Mix-Up! - Wataru Hinekure & Aruko The TV Show: My Love Mix-Up! My Love Mix-Up! is a seven-part BL manga series originally released in 2019 with English translations released from October of this year. The live-action adaptation of this queer love story is a television drama mini-series that also premiered in October of this year, following Aoki and Ida in a heartwarming romantic drama about mistaken identity and a blossoming romance between two boys. Buy My Love Mix-Up! HERE Starring: Shunsuke Michieda, Ren Meguro, Riko Fukumoto Released Date: 2021 on TV Asahi & Netflix (selected countries)
- 10 Netflix LGBTQ+ Documentaries You Should Watch In 2021
Back in January, we gave you a list of 19 Binge-Worthy Netflix Shows to Help Get You Through Lockdown. Now, lockdown restrictions are starting to lift, but Netflix still has plenty of great queer cinema on offer - including documentaries. From heartwarming love stories to heartbreaking struggles, historical landmark events to beautiful coming-out stories, here are 10 queer Netflix documentaries available in the UK right now. 1. DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN (2020) Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen is a 2020 American documentary film directed and produced by Sam Feder and features famous trans voices from the film industry including Laverne Cox, Jen Richards, and Jamie Clayton. The film takes an in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact these stories have on trans lives and American culture. IMDb Rating: 8.2 Genre: Documentary Starring: Laverne Cox, Bianca Leigh, Jen Richards Director: Sam Feder Rating: 15 Film Length: 1h 48min 2. CIRCUS OF BOOKS (2019) Circus Of Books offers a rare glimpse into an untold chapter of queer history. In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason fell on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. What was expected to be a brief sideline led to their becoming fully immersed in the LGBT community as they took over a local store, Circus of Books. Directed by their daughter Rachel Mason. IMDb Rating: 7.1 Genre: Documentary | Biography | History Starring: Karen Mason, Barry Mason, Micah Mason Director: Rachel Mason Rating: Not Rated Film Length: 1h 32min 3. LAERTE-SE (2017) Laerte-se is a 2017 Brazilian documentary film directed by Lygia Barbosa and Eliane Brum following the Brazilian cartoonist Laerte Coutinho, who came out as a transgender woman late in life. The film examines gender identity and what it means to be masculine/feminine, while also exploring the issues Learte is faces introducing herself as a woman and her talents as an artist. IMDb Rating: 6.9 Genre: Biography, Documentary Original Language: Portuguese (Brazil) Starring: Laerte Coutinho, Eliane Brum, Rafael Coutinho Directors: Lygia Barbosa, Eliane Brum Rating: TV-MA Film Length: 1h 40min 4. PRAY AWAY (2021) Approximately 700,000 people in the US have gone through conversion therapy through their church. Pray Away is a 2021 American documentary following survivors of conversion therapy and former leaders of the "pray the gay away" movement. Some leaders deal with the aftermath of their actions, while other survivors seek healing and acceptance from more than a decade of trauma. IMDb Rating: 6.3 Genre: Documentary Director: Kristine Stolakis Rating: PG-13 Film Length: 1h 41min 5. TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS (2019) Directed by Nick Zeig-Owens, Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts documents the highs and lows of drag queen Trixie Mattel's rise to fame after her success on RuPauls Drag Race All Stars. The documentary gives audiences a look at the man behind the makeup, following Trixie over the course of a year and highlighting the struggles of managing relationships while on tour. IMDb Rating: 7.3 Genre: Documentary Starring: Trixie Mattel, Benjamin Putnam, Caldwell Tidicue Director: Nicholas Zeig-Owens Rating: Not Rated Film Length: 1h 31min 6. THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (2017) The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson follows LGBT+ rights activist Victoria Cruz as she investigates the mysterious death of Marsha P. Johnson - a black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran. The documentary uses archive interviews with Johnson alongside her family, friends and fellow activists. It's an important and powerful documentary that we'd recommend anyone interested in the history of LGBT+ rights to watch. IMDb Rating: 7.3 Genre: Documentary Starring: Kurt Wolfe, Sue Yacka, Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos Director: David France Rating: 15 Film Length: 1h 45min 7. A SECRET LOVE (2020) A Secret Love tells the story of two women falling in love in the 1940s. Pro baseball player Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel met in 1947 and kept their lesbian relationship a secret from their families for almost seven decades. The documentary is a touching a heartbreaking story of falling in love, keeping secrets and the realities of aging and ill health. A beautiful and heartbreaking watch. IMDb Rating: 7.3 Genre: Documentary Starring: Terry Donahue, Pat Henschel, Diana Bolan Director: Chris Bolan Rating: 12 Film Length: 1h 21min 8. TIG (2015) In 2012, Comedian Tig Notaro was diagnosed with breast cancer before she decided to perform a set of new material at the L.A. comedy club. Tig is a documentary that focuses on the year that followed that night. Notaro performs at clubs across the country while dealing with a new relationship with the actress Stephanie Allynne, trying to have a child, and coping with the passing of her mother. IMDb Rating: 7.4 Genre: Documentary Starring: Tig Notaro, Stephanie Allynne, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman Directors: Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York Rating: TV-14 Film Length: 1h 35min 9. ALL IN MY FAMILY (2019) From documentarian Hao Wu comes All In My Family - a heartfelt portrait of how Wu created a thoroughly modern family in America, only to face the dilemma of introducing his same-sex partner and their children to his deeply traditional parents and relatives in China. A Beautiful 39-minute short film. IMDb Rating: 6.8 Genre: Documentary | Short Directors: Hao Wu Rating: Not Rated Film Length: 39min 10. THE QUEEN (1968) The Queen is a 1968 American documentary focusing on a national drag queen contest in New York City. This film shows it all, from the rehearsals leading up to the contest to conversations in the dressing room and the jealousies that emerge before and after the competition. A fascinating look at 1960s New York drag - perfect for those wanting to learn about the history of the scene. IMDb Rating: 7.3 Genre: Documentary Starring: Jack Doroshow, International Chrysis, Jim Dine Director: Frank Simon Rating: Not Rated Film Length: 1h 8min Honorable mention: NAIL BOMBER: MANHUNT (2021) Nail Bomber: Manhunt is a true-crime documentary that tells the story of the 1999 London bombings which targeted minority communities, including London's most iconic Gay Bar. Including first-hand accounts of the horrific acts of domestic terrorism, Nail Bomber: Manhunt is at times a difficult watch, but a powerful and emotional look at a shocking moment in UK history. IMDb Rating: 6.3 Genre: Documentary | Crime | History Starring: David Copeland (archive footage), Arthur, Talent Chioma Mundy-Castle Director: Daniel Vernon Rating: 15 Film Length: 1h 12min Have we missed your favourite queer Netflix documentary? Let us know in the comments below: