Looking for Something Queer to Watch? DIRECTV has Got You Covered

by Henry Giardina

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Sometimes, it can feel like the sheer volume of streaming entertainment out there is enough to make your head spin. How can one person possibly choose between watching the “Will and Grace” reboot and “Project Runway” at any given time? It’s a problem we wouldn’t wish on our dearest frenemy. That’s why we’re here to help out when it comes to finding the best streamable queer content this holiday season. Get the snacks ready and pour something nice to sip, you’re going to be here for a while.

 1. “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” (2017)

You may know Robert Mapplethorpe from his artwork: Those groundbreaking photographs celebrating—and sometimes sexually torturing—the male form. You may even know a bit about his life, especially if you’ve taken the time to read Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” about her and Mapplethorpe’s relationship. “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” fills in all the blanks by diving deep into the artist’s childhood, adolescence, and evolution into an iconic queer artist. Created by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the men behind “World of Wonder,” “Mapplethorpe” is a revelatory look at one of the most scandalous artists of the late 20th century.

Available on HBO On Demand through January 1, 2018. HBO subscription required.

 2. “Queers” (2017)

If you’re a fan of BBC’s “Sherlock” or “Doctor Who,” you’ll already be aware of Mark Gatiss’s powers as an actor and creator. From his role as Sherlock’s older, smarter brother Mycroft to his behind-the-scenes work on some of the most compelling television across the pond, Gatiss has been serving excellence for years, and his latest project is the most exciting yet. “Queers” tells a secret, overlooked, and underreported gay history of Great Britain, from its Victorian-era criminalization of homosexual acts all the way down to the modern era.

Available on BBC America through November 10, 2017.

 3. “Fair Haven” (2017)

For most of us, the idea of ex-gay conversion therapy is a chilling, far-off threat that could only become law in a dystopian universe. But for many queer teens and adults in America, it’s a condition of life. “Fair Haven” stars “The Secret Life of the American Teenager’s” Michael Grant as James, a young man returning home to his conservative father’s farm after a course of conversion therapy. He tries to reconnect with his family, but he can’t get the thought of his ex Charlie out of his mind…

Fair Haven is available on Showtime On Demand through 6.14.19. Showtime subscription required.

There’s so much queer content to be excited about in the next few months: We’re here to help you navigate through the best of it. Keep your eyes open for more queer picks from Live Proud coming soon.