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Netflix's 'LGBTQ' Section Is Mostly Just for Gay Men

Netflix's 'LGBTQ' Section Is Mostly Just for Gay Men

Netflix's 'LGBTQ' Section Is Mostly Just for Gay Men

Where are the female, trans, and bisexual movies?

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Netflix is being criticized for its underrepresentation of queer women and genderqueer individuals after a Twitter feed revealed its LGBTQ section consisted almost entirely of gay male films.

Twitter user @dspxna was the first to call out the lack of respresentation, launching a greater conversation about how gay men are the ones who most frequently have their stories told.

There are 42 queer films on Netflix UK, reports Gay Star News; the Twitter user who complained is British. In the collection, 24 films centered on gay men, 10 on lesbians, and four included bisexuals. Only one featured a trans woman, but she was in a minor role.

The discussion did not end there. Users went on to comment that most LGBTQ-centered films were considered "Mature" — to be viewed by audiences over 18. 

Others remarked about the shortcomings of the films when it comes to portraying queer women.

But at least the discussion gave us another chance to celebrate The Babadook.

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Ariel Sobel

Ariel is a slam poet turned screenwriter. Born with her heart bleeding down her sleeve, she makes the personal professional, especially in her TED Talk, “Losing My Artistic License.” See more on arielsobel.com.

Ariel is a slam poet turned screenwriter. Born with her heart bleeding down her sleeve, she makes the personal professional, especially in her TED Talk, “Losing My Artistic License.” See more on arielsobel.com.