Celebrate Pride Month with these DGC Ontario films and TV shows that embrace 2SLGBTQ+ stories! Whether you’re looking for laughs, drama, or thought-provoking narratives, these diverse and empowering productions will entertain, educate, and inspire you. Check out our list of films and shows you can watch right now and some exciting upcoming productions coming soon.

Sort Of

Where to watch: CBC Gem

Watch season 2 of this heartfelt and hilarious series that follows the life of Sabi Mehboob, a genderqueer twenty-something, as they navigate their career, relationships, and personal identity in Toronto. With its authentic representation and witty storytelling, Sort Of explores the complexities of gender and sexuality in a refreshingly relatable way. Listen to our podcast episode with co-creators Bilal Baig and Fab Filippo and read our interviews with Production Designer Chris Crane and Director J Stevens.

This Place

Director V.T. Nayani’s feature debut stars Devery Jacobs and Priya Guns as two young women — one Iranian and Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, the other Tamil — living in Toronto and dealing with difficult family legacies. After a late-night unexpected meeting that sees the two women finding love for the first time, they’re unexpectedly forced to confront their complicated family histories and traumas. This Place screened at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2023 Inside Out Film Festival. 

Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs The World

Where to watch: Crave

An electrifying six-episode competition that brings together drag queens from Canada and fan-favourite queens from the international Drag Race family for an elite competition of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. Packed with fabulous performances, jaw-dropping runway looks, and witty banter, this show offers a glamorous celebration of the artistry and diversity within the global drag community.

Something You Said Last Night

A funny and fresh road trip movie, Something You Said Last Night stars Carmen Madonia as Ren, a trans Italian-Canadian twentysomething heading up to the beach for a vacation with her parents and teen sister. As her family bickers and hides secrets, Ren is torn between a desire for independence and the desire to fall back into old patterns with the people she loves. Something You Said Last Night screened at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2023 Inside Out Film Festival. 


Where to watch: The Roku Channel

Directed, written by, and starring DGC Director Zoe Lister-Jones, Slip is the story of a woman who is so restless in her marriage she accidentally enters a series of parallel universes where she is married to someone else – including a woman played by Schitt’s Creek’s Emily Hampshire. Slip is a funny, fresh, and touching exploration of love, sex, identity, and the meaning of real happiness. Watch our video interview with Director Zoe Lister-Jones and read our interview with Picture Editor Sandy Pereira, Sound Editor Eve Correa Guedes, and Production Designer Danielle Sahota.

With Wonder

Where to watch: CBC Gem

With Wonder takes the viewer on an extraordinary journey to explore the intersection of the queer Christian community of colour. Director Sharon Lewis takes us to Jamaica, New York, Calgary, San Francisco, London, Los Angeles and Toronto to follow the extraordinary individuals who are asking themselves and others if it is possible to be Christian and queer and what form belief takes for a queer person of colour. Read our interview with Director Sharon Lewis.

Riot Girls

Where to watch: CBC Gem

In a post-apocalyptic near-future world where adults have died off due to a mysterious illness and teens run the world, we follow two queer teenage girls, Scratch and Nat, as they navigate a dangerous landscape ruled by rival gangs. With its punk aesthetic and touching love story, Riot Girls is a thrilling and empowering tale of survival and friendship. Read our interview with Director Jovanka Vuckovic on her film Riot Girls.


The Lake Season 2

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Dropping on June 9, season 2 of The Lake follows Justin as he returns to the idyllic lakeside town of his childhood after a breakup with his long-term partner in the hope of reconnecting with the biological daughter that he gave up for adoption in his teens. In Season Two, Justin’s plans for new love, along with his beloved boathouse, go up in flames. Carrying equal parts shame and blame, Justin sets out to prove his innocence, rebuild the heart of the lake, and win back the man he loves.

How to Fail As A Pop Star

Adapted from the critically acclaimed play by Vivek Shraya, this highly anticipated series follows the journey of Vivek, a queer and transgender South Asian artist, as they navigate the unpredictable world of the music industry. Blending comedy, music, and authenticity, this series offers an intimate and insightful exploration of dreams, identity, and the pursuit of creative success.

I Hate People, People Hate Me

This upcoming CBC Gem original miniseries promises to be a darkly hilarious tale of two queer misfits. Perpetually disturbed by the world around them, two twenty-somethings navigate their lives as underdogs in Toronto’s queer community. The first episode of I Hate People, People Hate Me will premiere at this year’s Tribeca

Fellow Travelers

An upcoming historical drama set in the mid-20th century, exploring the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals during a time when their identities were heavily stigmatized. This series follows the lives of diverse characters as they navigate love, activism, and the challenges of living authentically in a society that often rejects them. Check out the first-look photos from Fellow Travelers on Vanity Fair.

What We Do in the Shadows Season 5

What We Do in the Shadows returns on July 13th for its fifth season, continuing to serve up a hilarious blend of supernatural hijinks, mockumentary-style storytelling, and brilliant comedic performances. With its unique, very queer twist on vampire lore, this show offers a fresh and entertaining take on the supernatural genre with these lovable vampire misfits. Read our interview with What We Do in the Shadows Stunt Coordinator and Director Tig Fong.

The Umbrella Academy Season 4

Netflix’s hit superhero series about a wildly dysfunctional family of adopted siblings with extraordinary abilities returns for its fourth and final season. While there’s no official Netflix release date yet, fans are eagerly awaiting the return of Luther, Five, Klaus, Allison and Viktor Hargreeves, who came out as transgender last year to reflect Elliot Page’s real-life transition. Read our interview with Umbrella Academy Director Stephen Surjik.

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