Top 10 Media Moments 2021

In alphabetical order

This award recognises an act of significance for the LGBT+ community which has taken place in the media, from factual events witnessed on the news or in print, to fictional events which have taken place on stage, film, TV or radio.

Mae Martin’s Feel Good

Comedian Mae Martin’s Feel Good tells the story of Mae and George, a same-sex couple through a comedy-drama lense. This semi auto-biographical plot not only discusses LGBT+ love, but also tackles issues of addiction, and the difficulties many encounter in opening up to their family about being in a same-sex relationship. The hit series stars Mae Martin themselves, and co-star/love interest Charlotte Richie. We were very happy to hear that Netflix has renewed the series for a second season, to be released later this year.

Hulu’s Christmas Romance, Happiest Season

Make the yuletide gay! Kristen Stewart, Dan Levy and … star in this Hulu Original comedy about a lesbian couple who go home for Christmas, and shenanigans follow. While on surface this movie might seem light-hearted, it truly tackles the issues many face about coming out to friends and family, in a relatable and VERY funny way! We’re praying for a sequel.

Netflix’s Haunting of Bly Manor

A creepy haunted manor? 80s hair? A lesbian romance? Netflix’s Haunting of Bly Manor really did the most. The 2020 follow-up to the wildly popular Haunting of Hill House followed the story of young American au pair, Dani (Victoria Pedretti) as she learns about the dark past and present of the house she works in. During these escopades, Dani meets, and falls in love with Jamie (Amelia Eve) the manor’s snarky and sassy gardener. This dark romance was on everyone’s watch list, and received great praise not only for the romance plot, but also for the diversity of the cast.

Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood

Since being released on Netflix in May 2020, Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood has been celebrated for its diversity and representation. The miniseries tells the tale of a group of filmmakers in 1940s Tinseltown. Closeted studio executive, Richard Samuels – played by Joe Lantello – a successful and generous individual, who gives us insight into the difficulties of being LGBT+ in this period, and how it could greatly affect reputation. It is of no surprise that it received 12 nominations at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Russell T Davies It’s A Sin

It’s a Sin tells the story of a group of gay men living through the HIV/Aids crisis in London in the 1980s. The stellar cast, including Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells, truly paid homage to the lived experience many in our community went through. It’s a Sin understandably received great acclaim or is honesty in addressing the HIV/Aids crisis, with great emotionality, paired with a beautiful cinematic filming. It is work like this which is helping to break down the stigma surrounding HIV.

BBC America’s Killing Eve

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, then you’ve probably heard a thing or two about BBC America’s Killing Eve. The hit show tells the story of Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) a member of the British Intelligence, and psychopathic assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer.) Over the past three seasons, Comer and Oh’s characters have really become icons due to their passionate on-screen chemistry. No wonder we’re all so hooked! Killing Eve’s fourth and final season will premier in 2022.

CBBC’s The Next Step

The Next Step, CBBC’s Canadian mockumentary about a dance troupe made headlines last year for its same-sex kiss. After a cute dance the characters Cleo and Jade  ended the routine with the special moment. While this was not the show’s first representation of same-sex love on the show, the producers had previously shyed away from any LGBT+ PDA. A BBC spokesperson announced after that ‘CBBC is proud to reflect all areas of children’s lives, including age appropriate representation of same sex relationships, across our factual and fictional output.’

RuPaul’s Drag Race features first trans Queen, Gottmik

Start your engine and may the best Drag Queen win! RuPaul’s Drag Race broke the cis-tem when it announced that season 13 would feature their first trans man. Not only was Gottmik an icon in makeup and fashion, but brought some much-needed diversity to the show. Gottmik has paved the way for future drag queens on the show, and on other international versions of RuPaul.

Schitt’s Creek finale

There is so much about Schitts Creek which make it a Media Moment for celebration. This longstanding Netflix series follows the lives of a well-to-do family who are down on their luck. The show has previously been applauded for its inclusivity in cast, representing LGBT+ relationships and characters frequently. Eccentric son, David (played by Daniel Levy) is a particular fan favourite, marrying long-term partner David in an emotional finale episode that definitely brought a lot of us to tears! The wedding was filled with typical wacky Schitts Creek moments, in an honest and moving ceremony. The show has since deservedly one an outstanding number of awards, both for the cast, and for the impeccable story line. Well done, BEBE!

Nicola & Katya on Strictly Come Dancing

Whilst Stricly Come Dancing has dabbled in the notion of same-sex partners before, it was the coupling of Nicola & Katya in its most recent season that has truly brought greater inclusivity onto the show, with BBC announcing that they were ‘The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.’ We couldn’t agree more. To top it off, they truly did a great job! Unfortunately Nicola and Katya’s journey on Strictly was cut short as a result of the pandemic, but they truly did an outstanding job until then.