Diverse stories on screen

According to Gallup, 1 in 6 U.S.Gen Z identify as LGBT. However, Cassandra found that only half of U.S. youth believe that LGBTQ culture is accurately represented in entertainment media. It’s clear there is more work to do. Read below to learn about three new series stepping up to share stories and start conversations about young adults and diverse identities–specifically within sexual orientation.


New Netflix show, "Q-Force," is turning one LBGTQ crew into Hollywood heroes. The adult animated comedy series, starting September 2nd, spotlights “a gay superspy and his scrappy LGBTQ squad” as they “fight to prove themselves to the agency that underestimated them.” The show features voiceovers from Wanda Sykes, Sean Hayes, Laurie Metcalf, and Millennial actress and comedian, Patti Harrison. Check out the “first queer spy division” in the just-released trailer.


Dating app Grindr is breaking into Hollywood. Their new comedy series, “Bridesman” follows gay bridesman Jimmy Fowlie on a mission to spoil his best friend’s wedding. Featuring queer talent both on screen and behind the camera, this original content is an experimental avenue for the brand to connect with it’s 5 million member userbase and tell the stories that matter to them. Alex Black of Grindr explains, “‘Bridesman’ is tailor-made for the Grindr community–it’s smart, queer, campy, and features sharp commentary on gay dating, heteronormative standards, and Grindr itself.” The six to 10-minute episodes of the series will air this Fall on the Grindr app and on YouTube.


New docuseries, “Tampa Baes,” follows a crew of young lesbians in Tampa Bay, a gay hotspot and LGBTQ+ hub. The eight-episode series aims to paint a dynamic and vibrant look at lesbian women, something certainly missing from the mainstream media. While the show is already getting called out for a shortage of gender and racial diversity, showrunner Melissa Bidwell explained, "Working on this show has been an incredible experience, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I'm thrilled this type of series can exist in the premium streaming space… Viewers everywhere will be able to relate to them in one way or another." To watch, tune into Amazon Prime Video this Fall.