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37 LGBTQ+ Movies & TV Shows Coming In October 2023 & Where To Watch Them

37 LGBTQ+ Movies & TV Shows Coming In October 2023 & Where To Watch Them

Chucky; fellow travelers; everything now, elite
Courtesy of Syfy; Showtime; Netflix

Fellow Travelers, Chucky, Down Low, and Élite? This month’s programming looks so good it’s scary!

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Chucky; fellow travelers; everything now, elite

Courtesy of Syfy; Showtime; Netflix

The fall is here and with it comes all kinds of spooky (and not-so-spooky) programming you are not going to want to miss.

From steamy political thriller romances to a killer doll in the White House, the return of our favorite, ahem, elite student body, this month’s LGBTQ+ movies and looking so good it’s scary. You don't want to miss a moment which is why we’ve gathered everything you need to know about when and where they're dropping, and how you can see them.

All film and series descriptions are courtesy of their respective studios and networks.

The Night Logan Woke Up - October 1

In October of 1991, an unspeakable event rocks a small town in Quebec, haunting a family who tries to hide their dark secret. Thirty years later these secrets resurface, sending the family on an unstoppable pursuit of reconciliation.

Where to watch: Netflix

Quantum Leap (Season 2) - October 4

Season two picks up with Dr. Ben Song still leaping around the time stream, and we can expect him to pop up in all kinds of wild places, meeting all kinds of cool guest stars along the way.

Where to watch: NBC

Chucky (Season 3) - October 4

In Chucky’s unending thirst for power, season 3 now sees Chucky ensconced with the most powerful family in the world — America's First Family, inside the infamous walls of the White House. How did Chucky wind up here? What in God’s name does he want? And how can Jake, Devon, and Lexy possibly get to Chucky inside the world’s most secure house, all while balancing the pressures of romantic relationships and growing up? Meanwhile, Tiffany faces a looming crisis of her own as the police close in on her for “Jennifer Tilly’s” murderous rampage last season.

Where to watch: SYFY & USA

The Spencer Sisters - October 4

The Spencer Sisters is a female-led, lighthearted procedural that follows mystery novelist Victoria Spencer (Lea Thompson, Back to the Future, “Caroline in the City”) and her daughter Darby Spencer (Stacey Farber, “Superman & Lois,” “Schitt’s Creek”) who are mistaken as sisters as they tackle puzzling cases.

Where to watch: The CW

Strange Way of Life - October 4 (Limited), October 10 (Wide), October 20 (Streaming)

After twenty-five years Silva rides a horse across the desert to visit his friend Sheriff Jake. They celebrate the meeting, but the next morning Jake tells him that reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their friendship.

Strange Way of Life will be hitting the big screen in Strange Way of Life on October 4, followed by a nationwide release on October 6. For streaming fans it will debut on MUBI on October 20.

Everything Now - October 5

When 16-year old Mia returns home after a lengthy recovery from an eating disorder, she is thrust back into the chaotic world of sixth form only to find that her friends have moved on with teen life without her. Along with an ever-evolving bucket list, three best mates and a major new crush, Mia throws herself headfirst into a world of dating, parties and first kisses, soon discovering that not everything in life can be planned for.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Monster High 2 - October 5

Monster High 2 follows Clawdeen Wolf (Miia Harris), Draculaura (Nayah Damasen) and Frankie Stein (Ceci Balagot) as they enter sophomore year at Monster High. The power of three is put to the test as they face even bigger challenges this year—new students, new powers, evolving friendships, and an even bigger threat that could not only tear their friendship apart, but could change the world forever. The movie will also introduce new character Toralei (Salena Qureshi), a feisty British were-cat, back after a year abroad in Scaris, France. Where to watch: Paramount+

Our Flag Means Death (Season 2) - October 5

Our Flag Means Death is based (very) loosely on the true adventures of 18th century would-be pirate Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby). After trading the seemingly charmed life of a gentleman for one of a swashbuckling buccaneer, Stede became captain of the pirate ship Revenge. Struggling to earn the respect of his potentially mutinous crew, Stede’s fortunes changed after a fateful run-in with the infamous Captain Blackbeard (Taika Waititi). To their surprise, the wildly different Stede and Blackbeard found more than friendship on the high seas…they found love. Now, they have to survive it.

Where to watch: Max

Desperately Seeking Soulmate - October 6

As journalist Alice Hines looks for a new story, her attention is drawn toward the wacky and weird fringes of internet culture. Her research takes her into love and romance and the controversial world of spiritual communities when she comes across the Twin Flames Universe. Blown away by the level of obsession its members have for founders Jeff and Shaleia Divine, Alice knows she has found her story. Little does she know how wild things are about to get.

Goaded on by the flamboyant founders, Alice cannot believe what Jeff and Shaleia are able to encourage people to do. Paying thousands of dollars for the promise of finding their ultimate lover, members of the Twin Flames Universe will seemingly stop at nothing to claim their Twin Flame, crossing boundaries and even influencing members’ genders. Instead of a loving spiritual community, Alice wonders if she has in fact come across an internet cult.

With real life testimony from former Twin Flames Universe members, as well as hearing from family of those who remained involved, this spellbinding docuseries recounts the true story of the ongoing Twin Flames Universe from its origin. From hysterical to outrageous, each episode tells real stories. It is a jaw-dropping, emotional rollercoaster that, at times, is barely believable.

What would you do to claim your ‘twin flame?’

Where to watch: Prime Video

Loki (Season 2) - October 6

Loki season 2 picks up in the aftermath of the shocking season finale when Loki finds himself in a battle for the soul of the Time Variance Authority. Along with Mobius, Hunter B-15 and a team of new and returning characters, Loki navigates an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous multiverse in search of Sylvie, Judge Renslayer, Miss Minutes and the truth of what it means to possess free will and glorious purpose.

Where to watch: Disney+

Totally Killer - October 6

35 years after the shocking murder of three teens, the infamous “Sweet Sixteen Killer“ returns on Halloween night to claim a fourth victim. 17-year-old Jamie (Kiernan Shipka) ignores her overprotective mom’s (Julie Bowen) warning and comes face to face with the masked maniac and on the run for her life, accidentally time travels back to 1987, the year of the original killings. Forced to navigate the unfamiliar and outrageous culture of the 1980s, Jamie teams up with her teen mom (Olivia Holt) to take down the killer once and for all before she’s stuck in the past forever.

Where to watch: Prime Video

The Latent Image - October 8

Thriller writer Ben (Joshua Tonks), struggling for inspiration, retreats to an isolated rural cabin to start on his latest novel and to escape the growing tension with his boyfriend. Working late into the night, he wakes to find a wounded man in the cabin, claiming to be a hunter whose car had broken down nearby. Intrigued & attracted to the mysterious, handsome intruder, Ben decides to secretly use him as inspiration as the antagonist for his new book: a savage murder believed to have taken place in the very cabin he has rented.

Where to watch: On VOD

The Matthew Shepard Story: An American Hate Crime - October

When Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was brutally tortured and left for dead in Wyoming, this shocking act of violence captured the nation’s attention and sparked a debate about the discrimination, danger and violence that many LGBTQ+ Americans face. Regarded as one of the worst anti-gay hate crimes in American history as well as a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, The Matthew Shepard Story: An American Hate Crime is a timely tribute to Matthew’s story at a time when the LGBTQ+ community is once again under attack.

Where to watch: Max

DI4RIES (Season 2, Part 1) - October 10

What happened to the class 2°D kids after the occupation? Have they remained in class together at the Marina Piccola school? And has Livia forgiven Pietro after finding out about the bet? The second season of DI4RIES picks up from the answers to these questions and from the arrival of a new character, Bianca, Giulio's cousin, a talented and cheerful girl who will be able to integrate into the group with her vitality and ability to understand others.

In this second season our protagonists will face their third and final year of middle school. An unforgettable year full of challenges, which will end with the first important test of their lives, the eighth grade exam, and with a crucial choice: what to do next? If everyone has to go their own way, will their friendship survive the separation?

Where to watch: Netflix

Down Low - October 10

An outrageous comedy about one wild night and hysterical outcomes. Repressed divorcé, Gary hires Cameron, a spirited and boundary-free sex worker to give him an erotic massage. When Cameron learns how inexperienced middle-aged Gary is, he becomes determined to deliver a crash course in unapologetic queer life. Cameron’s agenda of hookup apps and gay nomenclature quickly causes the day to take several riotously obscure turns as the pair endure a nosy, pill-popping neighbor, a dark web intruder, and more in a hilarious evening of consequences and confrontation.

Where to watch: In theaters

Doom Patrol (Season 4, Part 2) - October 12

In the first half of the fourth and final season, the team unexpectedly travels to the future to find an unwelcome surprise. Faced with their imminent demise, the Doom Patrol must decide once and for all which is more important: their own happiness or the fate of the world?

In the series’ gripping final episodes, the Doom Patrol meet old friends and foes as they race to defeat Immortus and get back their longevities. Battling between saving the world and each other, the Doom Patrol are forced to face their deepest fears and decide if they are ready to let go of the past in order to take their future into their own hands… and away from the zombie butts.

Where to watch: Max

The Fall of the House of Usher - October 12

From Mike Flanagan, the creator of The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass, a wicked horror series based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying at the hands of a mysterious woman from their youth.

Where to watch: Netflix

House of Villains - October 12

E! brings together 10 iconic and infamous reality television villains under one roof for the new competition elimination series House of Villains. Hailing from some of the most popular reality television franchises, these notorious villains meet their match as they must outsmart, out-manipulate and out-scheme each other through a series of challenges in order to win a $200,000 cash prize and the title of “America’s Ultimate Supervillain.”

Where to watch: E!

Anatomy of a Fall — October 13

For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Samuel's suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect.

Where to watch: In theaters (Limited)

Everybody Loves Diamonds - October 13

Everybody Loves Diamonds is an Italian heist series with a comedic twist inspired by the 2003 “Antwerp Diamond Heist”, dubbed “the world's largest theft of diamonds” by media around the world. The eight-part series will follow a team of small-time Italian thieves, led by Leonardo Notarbartolo (Kim Rossi Stuart), who manages to deceive top-level security with a genius mastermind plan and steal millions of dollars’ worth of precious stones from the Antwerp Diamond Centre.

Where to watch: Prime Video

Goosebumps - October 13

Inspired by R.L. Stine's worldwide bestselling book series, “Goosebumps” follows a group of five high schoolers as they embark on a shadowy and twisted journey to investigate the tragic passing three decades earlier of a teen named Harold Biddle – while also unearthing dark secrets from their parents’ past.

Where to watch: Disney+

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour  - October 13

The phenomenon that is Taylor Swift continues, now on the big screen! Immerse yourselves in this once-in-a-lifetime concert film event and witness the history-making tour in theatres.

Where to watch: In Theaters

Hotel Portofino (Season 2) - October 15

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Italian seaside town of Portofino during the "Roaring 20s," Season 2 begins in the summer of 1927 as Bella Ainsworth is still devoting all her energy into making Hotel Portofino a success.

Where to watch: PBS

World on Fire (Season 2) - October 15

World on Fire, starring Jonah Hauer King, Lesley Manville, and an ensemble cast, is an adrenalized, emotionally gripping, and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in multiple countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives.

Where to watch: PBS

Annika (Season 2) - October 15

Annika (Nicola Walker, Unforgotten) and her Marine Homicide Unit solve puzzling murders that wash up in Scotland’s waters. Annika shares her wry literary insights on the crimes while raising her teen daughter, Morgan.

Where to watch: PBS

Living For the Dead - October 18

In "Living for the Dead," five fabulous, queer ghost hunters roam the country, helping the living by healing the dead. Our gay "Ghost Hunties" explore infamous haunted locations while pushing past boundaries with both the living and the deceased.

Where to watch: Hulu

Neon - October 19

From small-town Florida to the bustling beaches and bright lights of Miami, Neon follows three friends as they hustle their way to making it big in the world of reggaeton. The eight-episode comedy captures not only the three besties' larger-than-life dreams, but also the harsh realities and funny mishaps of surviving the music industry. Tyler Dean Flores plays Santi, a rising reggaeton artist who, with the help of his friends Ness (Emma Ferreira), Felix (Jordan Mendoza), and A&R rep Mia (Courtney Taylor), hopes to become the biggest star in reggaeton. Or at least pay his rent.

Where to watch: Netflix

Big Mouth (Season 7) - October 20

Big Mouth is a 10-episode, half-hour edgy adult animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League) and Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy) about the glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty. Comedian John Mulaney (John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid, Saturday Night Live) lends his voice to the character of Andrew, while Kroll (who serves as co-creator, executive producer) voices many including best friend Nick. Maya Rudolph (Maya & Marty, Bridesmaids), Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Lady Dynamite), Jordan Peele (Keanu, Key and Peele), Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Documentary Now!), Jenny Slate (Girls, Lady Dynamite) and Jessi Klein (Inside Amy Schumer) are among those who lend their voice to the series.

Where to watch: Netflix

Élite (Season 7) - October 20

In this new season, Omar is living a new life at the university and far away from Las Encinas, but he is unable to move on. The guilt he feels for Samuel's death and the suffering from that period are still very much present, leading him to undergo therapy. Thanks to an internship, he decides to return to the school where everything happened to confront his demons face to face. Through Omar's journey we will discover that the rest of the students are also silently battling their own hells. Élite’s season 7 will tackle mental health and how most of us neglect it out of fear or ignorance.

Wehre to watch: Netflix

Surviving Paradise - October 20

Twelve contestants think they are going to have the summer of their lives, living the life of luxury in a clifftop, oceanside villa. What they don’t know is that they’ll have to start with nothing, living in the woods without any lavish amenities. Through friendships and alliances, they’ll team up to fight their way into the villa for a chance at the $100,000 grand prize.

Where to watch: Netflix

Nyad - Nyad - October 21 (Theaters) & November 3 (Netflix)

A remarkable true story of tenacity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit, NYAD recounts a riveting chapter in the life of world-class athlete Diana Nyad. Three decades after giving up marathon swimming in exchange for a prominent career as a sports journalist, at the age of 60, Diana (four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening) becomes obsessed with completing an epic swim that always eluded her: the 110 mile trek from Cuba to Florida, often referred to as the “Mount Everest” of swims. Determined to become the first person to finish the swim without a shark cage, Diana goes on a thrilling, four-year journey with her best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll (two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster) and a dedicated sailing team.

Fear the Walking Dead (Season 8, Part 2) - October 22

Now that Shrike and her influence are gone, Madison sets sights on transforming PADRE into the safe haven the old Stadium was meant to be. But in doing so the island becomes a target as well as a beacon as word of Madison and this land of resources spreads, attracting unwanted attention that puts PADRE back in peril and questions whether our heroes even deserve to save it.

Where to watch: AMC+

Princess Power (Season 2) - October 23

Netflix’s animated preschool series Princess Power is based on the No.1 New York Times Bestselling book series Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie (co-anchor of Today) and Allison Oppenheim. The show is a celebration of girl power and self-expression that follows princesses of four major fruit kingdoms: Kira Kiwi, Beatrice “Bea” Blueberry, Rita Raspberry and Penelope “Penny” Pineapple. These princesses embrace their differences and become stronger together to help their fellow fruitizens and make their world a better place. Princess Power's whimsical, aspirational joy comes with a timely message: that it's not just what you wear but what you do that makes all the difference.

Where to watch: Netflix

American Horror Stories (Season 3) - October 26

American Horror Stories, a spin-off of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s award-winning anthology series American Horror Story, is an anthology series featuring a different horror story each episode.

Where to watch: Hulu

TORE - October 27

TORE centers around 27-year-old Tore. When the most important person in his life is run over by a garbage truck and dies, Tore does everything he can to suppress his grief.

During the days, he continues to work at his father's funeral home as if nothing has happened and starts flirting with the new florist Erik. At night, he establishes himself on a party boat in the city and experiences alcohol, sex and drugs for the first time. A new and beautiful, but risky, world suddenly opens up to Tore, but his best friend Linn and the colleagues at the funeral home quickly start to worry that Tore is about to lose his footing in his desperate attempts to escape reality.

Where to watch: Netflix

Fellow Travelers - October 29

Created by Nyswaner and based on the novel by Thomas Mallon, FELLOW TRAVELERS is an epic love story and political thriller, chronicling the clandestine romance of two very different men who meet in McCarthy-era Washington. Bomer plays charismatic Hawkins Fuller, who maintains a financially rewarding, behind-the scenes career in politics. Hawkins avoids emotional entanglements – until he meets Tim Laughlin (Bailey), a young man brimming with idealism and religious faith. They begin a romance just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviants,” initiating one of the darkest periods in 20th-century American history.Over the course of four decades, we follow our five main characters – Hawk, Tim, Marcus (Alladin), Lucy (Williams), and Frankie (Ricketts) – as they cross paths through the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, while facing obstacles in the world and in themselves.

Where to watch: Showtime

The Gilded Age (Season 2) - October 29

The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand-new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Season two of THE GILDED AGE begins on Easter morning 1883, with the news that Bertha Russell's bid for a box at the Academy of Music has been rejected. Through the eight episodes of the season, we watch as Bertha challenges Mrs. Astor and the old system and works to not only gain a foothold in Society but to potentially take a leading role in it. George Russell takes on his own battle with a growing union at his steel plant in Pittsburgh. In the Brook House, Marian continues her journey to find her way in the world secretly teaching at a girl's school while much to everyone’s surprise Ada begins a new courtship. Of course, Agnes approves of none of it. In Brooklyn, the Scott family begins to heal from a shocking discovery, and Peggy taps into her activist spirit through her work with T. Thomas Fortune at the NY Globe.

Where to watch: HBO

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Dread Central, Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Dread Central, Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.