‘A League of Their Own,’ a trans skateboarding doc, and more streaming this August

Here are our picks of what’s new, queer and streaming this month

It’s August, which means summer is winding down, and we’re all slowly getting back into our routines. But the summer’s not over yet, and August brings a bunch of new streaming releases for you to binge on your remaining days off. We’ve got you covered from lot’s of new Drag Race, a trans skateboarding documentary, a lesbian baseball show set during the Second World War and a gay conversion camp slasher flick. Check out this diverse list of LGBTQ2S+ movies, TV shows and film festivals coming to streaming platforms throughout the month of August. 

A League of Their Own (2022)

August 12 on Prime Video

The ’90s classic “A League Of Their Own” gets a new, queer series adaptation on Prime Video.

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Amazon’s new series, A League of Their Own, is an adaptation of the iconic 1992 movie and will be available to watch on Prime Video starting August 12. Set in during the Second World War era, but following a brand-new set of characters, the show follows the first pro baseball league for women with a cast that includes Abbi Jacobson, Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden and Nick Offerman. The series brings the queer stories of these baseball players to light as they break barriers in the sports world.

Splinters

August 27 on CBC Gem

Canadian drama “Splinters” comes to CBC Gem this month.

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Canadian queer drama film Splinters, an adaptation of the theatrical play by Lee-Anne Poole, will be available to watch on CBC Gem starting August 27. The film is centred around Belle, a Canadian woman whose relationship with her mother Nancy has been rocky since she came out as lesbian in rural Nova Scotia. Now, Belle has to navigate returning to her hometown after the death of her father and coming out all over again as bisexual, with her boyfriend Rob in tow.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Out On Screen)

August 11–21 in-person and online

Out On Screen is back with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s 34th edition online and in-person from August 11–21. The festival has a wide range of queer film from local and international artists with 97 films from 20 countries. The festival’s opening gala screening is the local premiere of Dave Rodden-Shortt’s feature documentary The Empress of Vancouver, an homage to local drag icon Oliv Howe. The festival also features shorts programs online, including collections on Black queer cinema and Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer cinema.

 

Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story (2022)

August 11 on Netflix

Trans skateboarder Leo Baker is the subject of a new Netflix documentary.

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Netflix is releasing a new documentary about trans skateboarding icon Leo Baker, executive produced by Drew Barrymore, and coming to the platform on August 11. Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story, film follows Baker’s life ahead of the 2020 Olympics—the year skateboarding made its debut in the competition. But, shockingly to the public, the professional skateboarder decided to withdraw from the Olympics and came out to the world as a trans man through Time magazine. Baker details his rise to fame and the discord between his career and trans journey.

Never Have I Ever (Season 3)

August 12 on Netflix

“Never Have I Ever” is back on Netflix this month.

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The third season of Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age series Never Have I Ever is dropping on Netflix on Aug. 12. The series follows Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a 15-year-old Indian-American who tries to reinvent herself after a traumatic year of her life. In Season 2, she finally made things official with Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet), the hottest boy in school. One of her best friends, Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez), who came out as bisexual in Season 1, also became official with her first girlfriend by the end of the second season. The third season will see Devi trying to navigate the new relationship without losing her individuality.

Drag Race Philippines (series premiere) 

August 17 on Crave in Canada and WOW Presents Plus worldwide

The latest international Drag Race franchise is Drag Race Philippines, and it’s set to premiere on Crave in Canada and WOW Presents Plus worldwide on Aug. 17. Six contestants will fight for the crown, and Drag Race icon Jiggly Caliente joins the series as a judge, alongside television personality KaladKaren. Together, KaladKaren and Jiggly are the first pair of trans women to ever topline a Drag Race panel at the same time. Plus, this series will be the first to have an international Untucked, so prepare for the drama. 

Queer Eye: Brazil (Season 1)

August 24 on Netflix

“Queer Eye” is headed to Brazil!

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A brand-new “Fab Five” is taking on beauty and lifestyle transformations—but this time in Brazil. Queer Eye: Brazil is coming to Netflix on Aug. 24. The fab five is composed of: Fred Nicácio (well-being), Guto Requena (design), Rica Benozzati (style), Luca Luca Scarpelli (culture) and Yohan Nicolas (beauty). They will use their expert knowledge to help each new “hero”” revitalize their lives, all while helping them to figure out what it really means to truly embrace themselves. 

House of the Dragon 

August 21 on HBO Max

Non-binary actor Emma Zia D’Arcy stars in the new “Game of Thrones” spin-off.

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HBO’s eagerly anticipated new drama series, House of the Dragon, will be available to watch on HBO Max starting Aug. 21. The series is a prequel set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones; it will depict the fabled war of the Seven Kingdoms over the span of decades and is touted as a more progresive series with more gender fluidity. Non-binary actor Emma D’Arcy plays one of the leads, Rhaenyra Targaryen, who goes to war to fight for the Iron Throne.

They/Them (They Slash Them)

August 5 on Peacock in the U.S.

A conversion therapy camp is the setting for the slasher film “They/Them.”

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The anticipated queer horror film They/Them (pronounced They Slash Them) will be available to stream on Peacock on Aug. 5. The Blumhouse-produced film follows non-binary actor Theo Germaine as Jordan, one of several queer and trans teenagers sent to Whistler Camp, a Christian-oriented gay conversion therapy camp owned by a couple played by Kevin Bacon and Carrie Preston. The horrors of the camp get worse when the group is targeted by a mysterious masked serial killer. 

So Vam

August 23 on Shudder

“So Vam” is streaming on Shudder this month.

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The directorial debut of trans filmmaker Alice Maio Mackay’s queer teen horror film So Vam premieres on Shudder on Aug. 23. The film centres around Kurt, a young outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to become a famous drag queen. But his plan derails when he meets a cruel vampire who wants to kidnap and exterminate him. Luckily, another syndicate of vampires find him and have his back. The film also features an appearance by Drag Race icon BenDeLaCreme.

RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race 

August 12 on Crave and WOW Presents Plus worldwide

The second season of RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race premieres on Crave in Canada and WOW Presents Plus worldwide on Aug. 12. The series is a spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where celebrities compete for the title of “America’s Next Celebrity Drag Superstar” and $100,000 is donated to a charity of their choice. Brooke Lynn Hytes, Monét X Change and Jujubee will serve as the “Queen Supreme Mentors,” while fans can expect special guest appearances from well-known queens including Gottmik, Katya, Eureka, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Morgan McMichaels and Violet Chachki. The judging panel will include RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews. The celebrities will get to perform in front of a live studio audience, but the identities of the celebrities will be kept secret from the judges as well as the audience.

Sarah Taher

Sarah Taher is a Toronto-based multimedia journalist. She is an associate producer at CBC News: The National. Her freelance work can be seen in Xtra and The Pigeon, where she typically covers LGBTQ2S+ arts and culture, intersectional identities, and religion. Sarah has a BA in Journalism from Humber College. You can follow her on Twitter @sarahftaher

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