‘Canada’s Drag Race,’ Kesha’s ghost show and ‘Tuca & Bertie’ are streaming this July

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

Pride Month may have come to a close, but the celebration never stops. In July, we’re just as queer, proud and thirsty for quality LGBTQ2S+ content to stream. This list covers all of the queer content hitting your screens in July—from movies, to TV series and festivals. There are pansexual vampires, a trans high school love story, a legendary queer Black sports documentary and so much more. 

1Up

July 15 on Prime Video

Ruby Rose stars in a new film about gamers.

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A new queer, college gamer movie called 1Up is being released July 15 on Prime Video. The American comedy stars V (Paris Berelc), a nationally ranked eSports gamer who has just quit her college’s male-dominated gaming league after experiencing extreme misogyny and sexism. With her eSports scholarship now on the line, V and her best friend Sloane (Hari Nef) enlist the help of video game expert Parker (Ruby Rose) to form and level up an all-women’s gaming team that’ll take down the toxic, misogynistic reigning champs, the Betas.

Rap Sh*t (Season 1)

July 21 on HBO Max in the U.S. and Crave in Canada

Issa Rae’s latest project is a new series called “Rap Sh*t.”

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Issa Rae’s new HBO Max comedy Rap Sh*t, premieres its first season on the platform—and on Crave for Canadian viewers—starting July 21. The series follows two estranged best friends who try to break into the music industry after reuniting and forming a South Florida female rap group. Queer non-binary actor Aida Osman co-stars, and isalso the executive story editor. Bisexual actress Jonica Blu Booth plays Chastity, a “sex work manager” who calls herself “The Duke of Miami.”

Anything’s Possible (2022)

July 22 on Prime Video

Billy Porter makes his directorial debut with “Anything’s Possible.”

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Queer icon Billy Porter’s directoral debut, Anything’s Possible, will hit Prime Video on July 22. The coming-of-age romantic comedy centres around Kelsa, a trans girl who’s navigating her last year in high school, friendship, family life with her single mom and falling in love for the first time when she’s pursued by a cis male classmate, Khal. The film will also be premiering at the Outfest film festival (more information below). 

 

Outfest LGBTQ+ film festival 

July 14–24 in person and online

The slasher film “They/Them” premieres this month.

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The 40th edition of the Los Angeles LGBTQ2S+ film festival, Outfest, will take place from July 14 to 24 in person and online for U.S. residents. This year’s lineup includes over 200 diverse films across all genres, with 42 world premieres. Billy Porter’s Anything’s Possible will open the festival on July 14, and the closing ceremony will feature the premiere of LGBTQ2S+ slasher film They/Them on July 24. They/Them is an upcoming American horror film written and directed by John Logan in his feature directorial debut, and produced by Blumhouse Productions. Set at a gay conversion camp, the film stars Kevin Bacon, Carrie Preston, Anna Chlumsky, Theo Germaine, Quei Tann, Anna Lore, Monique Kim, Darwin del Fabro, Cooper Koch and Austin Crute.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (Season 1) 

July 28 on HBO Max in the U.S. and Crave in Canada

Pretty Little Liars is coming back with a reboot series on HBO Max and Crave, premiering on July 28. This time it will be called Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and takes place two decades after the original storyline. The reboot is supposed to be a lot darker than the original series, and also, more queer. Trans actor Jordan Gonzalez plays Ash, the head of the school’s queer and trans group and the love interest of the show’s sexually fluid main character, Minnie (Malia Pyles). 

Paper Girls (Season 1)

July 29 on Prime Video

“Paper Girls” is based on a popular comics series of the same name.

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Paper Girls, a new coming-of-age series based on the popular graphic novel collection of the same name, will premiere on Prime Video on July 29. The series follows four 12-year-old girls who meet on their delivery routes the morning after Halloween in 1988 to find themselves caught in the middle of a time-travelling war and tasked with saving the world. As if that wasn’t enough for them to navigate, they also have to come face to face with their future selves, which means coming to terms with everything from their sexuality to career choices. 

The Only (2022)

July 12 on Paramount+ 

A new documentary about the Black gay soccer legend Briana Scurry, The Only, will be available to watch on Paramount+ starting July 12. The film honours her legacy and impact on women’s sport and explores the dark moments the Hall of Fame goalkeeper faced while standing alone on the field as the only Black starter and the only openly gay player. While celebrating her historic career, including winning two Olympic gold medals, the docalso tells the story of how she overcame racism and homophobia at the time of her greatest triumphs.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 3)

July 27 on Disney+

What time is it? Summer time!

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Disney’s queer-inclusive reboot/spin-off/sequel to High School Musical is premiering its third season on Disney+ on July 27. This season, the Wildcats are heading to Camp Shallow Lake in California for the summer. Expect campfires, summer romances and curfew-less nights. There will be some new faces this season with original High School Musical star Corbin Bleu back as his original character, Chad Danforth, and JoJo Siwa in a guest star role. 

Uncoupled (2022)

July 1 on Netflix 

Neil Patrick Harris grapples with aging in “Uncoupling.”

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The highly anticipated new dramedy series Uncoupled, from Darren Star (Sex and the City) and Jeffrey Richman (Modern Family), is now available to watch on Netflix. Uncoupled follows the life of Michael (Neil Patrick Harris), whose 17-year marriage comes crashing down after his husband walks out on him. Totally blindsided, Michael must confront two nightmares that night: losing who he thought was his soulmate, and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-40s in New York City.

What We Do In the Shadows (Season 4) 

July 12 on FXNow in Canada and Hulu in the U.S.

Everyone’s favourite pansexual vampires are back.

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The beloved television mockumentary show is premiering its fourth season on FXNow and Hulu on July 12. The vampire comedy series leans into the pansexual nature of vampire roommates who are searching for eternal love. All three of the main vampires on the show, Lazlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and Nandor (Kayvan Novak) are hilarious and queer af! 

Tuca & Bertie (Season 3)

July 10 on Adult Swim and July 11 on HBO Max in the U.S. 

The long-awaited return of “Tuca & Bertie” is here.

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Season 3 of Tuca & Bertie is finally here, premiering on Adult Swim on July 10, and HBO Max the next day. The hilarious, animated, boob-showing cartoon stars Tiffany Haddish as Tuca and Ali Wong as Bertie—two birds in their 30s. As Xtra contributor Avneet Sharma wrote, Tuca & Bertie is unapologetically queer. Not just explicitly queer—though Tuca is canonically bisexual—but thematically queer in its embrace of non-normalcy. 

Conjuring Kesha (Season 1)

July 8 on Discovery+ 

Yes, you read that right: Conjuring Kesha. Iconic singer Kesha’s new paranormal ghost-hunting show is coming to Discovery+ on July 8, and we have no idea what to expect, but we can’t wait for it. In each episode, viewers will tag along with the Grammy-nominated singer as she’s joined by a different celebrity guest or supernatural expert to dive deep into the unknown.

Canada’s Drag Race (Season 3)

July 14 on Crave in Canada
Canada’s Drag Race is back for its third season, premiering on Crave, July 14. Drag Race star Brooke Lynn Hytes is back as the host, accompanied by judges Brad Goreski and Traci Melchor. The 12 fierce Canadian contestants are Bombae, Chelazon Leroux, Gisèle Lullaby, Halal Bae, Irma Gerd, Jada Shada Hudson, Kaos, Kimmy Couture, Lady Boom Boom, Miss Fiercalicious, Miss Moço and Vivian Vanderpuss. Tune in to see who will be awarded the crown and title of the new Queen of the North.

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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