The new year is just around the corner, and what better way to ring in 2022 than with some new LGBTQ2S+ content to stream? With new releases, like the horror-comedy series Demonhuntr, Marvel’s newest and gayest superhero flick The Eternals and queer film festivals like Reelout, there’s so much to be excited for. Check out this fresh and diverse list of LGBTQ2S+ TV shows, movies and festivals to watch throughout the month of January.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Until Jan. 31 on Revry
Revry is streaming the 2001 musical Hedwig and The Angry Inch, which follows a former East German rock star searching for her identity and fame from her current home in a Kansas trailer park. The film stars John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig and Michael Pitt as the two-faced and thirsty Tommy.
Jan. 1 on Netflix
The 1999 James Mangold film Girl, Interrupted will be available to watch on Netflix starting Jan. 1. Based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoir of the same name, the film follows Susanna, who after a suicide attempt, spends 18 months in a psychiatric hospital in the ’60s. The film stars Winona Ryder as Susanna, and while her sexuality isn’t disclosed, the relationship between Susanna and Lisa (Angelina Jolie) has landed this film on the queer favourites list. The star-studded cast also includes Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, Angela Bettis, Vanessa Redgrave and Jared Leto.
Jan. 5 on Netflix
Mexican telenovela Rebelde (Rebel), a remake of the Argentine telenovela of the same name, will be available to watch on Netflix starting Jan. 5. The show follows six teenagers who bond over their mutual love of music. Among the students are Mía (Anahí), Diego (Christopher von Uckermann), Roberta (Dulce María), Miguel (Alfonso Herrera), Lupita (Maite Perroni) and Giovanni, played by famous Mexican gay actor Christian Chávez.
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 14 premiere)
Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on VH1, Crave and WOW Presents Plus
RuPaul’s Drag Race is back with its 14th season premiering Jan. 7 on VH1 in the U.S., Crave in Canada and WOW Presents Plus in the U.K. The season welcomes Maddy Morphosis, the show’s first-ever cishet male contestant. The full contestant list includes: Alyssa Hunter, Angeria Paris Van Micheals, Bosco, Daya Betty, DeJa Skye, Jasmine Kennedie, Jorgeous, June Jambalaya, Kerri Colby, Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté, Lady Camden, Maddy Morphosis, Orion Story and Willow Pill. Who do you think will snatch the crown this time ‘round?
Euphoria Season 2
The breakout HBO series Euphoria is set to return for its long-awaited second season on HBO Max in the U.S. and Crave in Canada starting Jan. 9. Rue (Zendaya) and Jules (Hunter Schafer) are back, as are castmates Sydney Sweeney, Barbie Ferreira, Jacob Elordi, Alexa Demie, Angus Cloud and Maude Apatow. The first season left Rue at her lowest point with her addiction, but we’re set to see some triumphant character development in the upcoming instalment.
Jan. 12 on Disney+
After more than a decade of superhero movies, Marvel is finally featuring its first LGBTQ2S+ relationship with an onscreen kiss in The Eternals. The Eternals are an immortal alien race that emerge from hiding after thousands of years to protect Earth from their ancient counterparts, the Deviants. The Marvel film stars Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, one of the Eternals, and Haaz Sleiman, who plays his husband. The Eternals will also feature Marvel’s first deaf character, Makkari, played by Lauren Ridloff.
Jan. 14 on Here TV
The LGBTQ2S+ subscription TV and streaming service Here TV serves up some queer horror with DemonHuntr, dropping on Jan. 14. The new horror-comedy series by Tim O’Leary follows two best friends: Daniel (Edmond Truong), a gay man, and Jeremy (Tamario Fletcher), a straight man, who have a very specific trait in common—they’re both mediums. Desperate for some cash, the pair creates an app for L.A. residents to hire them to remove any unwanted demons. Now, I’m not going to say whether or not they have sex with a few demons before clearing them… you’re going to have to watch to find out.
Scheduled in theatres Jan. 14; unconfirmed rumours that it will stream on Paramount+
The fifth instalment of the horror franchise Scream is set to hit theatres across the U.S. and Canada starting Jan. 14. It’s been 10 years since Scream 4 was released, and the newest iteration of the horror flick takes place 25 years after the original streak of brutal murders. Now, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. The trio of Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley (played by original stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette) will reunite as they try and stop the murderous Ghostface once and for all. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the newest film will introduce the first queer character to the franchise, Mindy, a queer Black student played by Jasmin Savoy Brown.
How I Met Your Father (series premiere)
Jan. 18 on Hulu
The popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother now has a spinoff titled How I Met Your Father, premiering on Hulu starting Jan. 18 and featuring a queer main character. The show, set in the near future, follows Sophie (Kim Cattrall) telling her son the story of how she met his father. The show then catapults us back to the year 2021 where younger Sophie, played by Hilary Duff, is in the midst of figuring out love, life and who she is in New York City with her tight-knit group of friends. One of the core characters, Ellen (Tien Tran), just moved to New York from a small farming town after separating from her wife, and joins Sophie on the quest to self-discovery.
Sundance Film Festival
Jan. 20 to 30 online and in-person
The Sundance Film Festival is back for in-person and online screening from Jan. 20 to 30. This years lineup includes lot’s of queer projects, like A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here by Érica Sarmet playing on Jan. 20. The film is about a middle-aged motorcyclist who is tired of loneliness. She ventures to a lesbian party where she meets four young queers who welcome her with open arms.
Reelout film fest
Jan. 27 to Feb. 7 online
The 23rd annual Reelout Queer Film Festival in Kingston, Ontario, is hosting virtual screenings of LGBTQ2S+ films from Jan. 27 to Feb. 7, available to Ontario residents only (however the opening feature, Jonathan Wysocki’s Dramarama, and some shorts programs are streaming across Canada). Among the 60 short and feature-length narratives and documentaries are the doc Ahead of the Curve, Bruce LaBruce’s Saint Narcisse and Anna Kerrigan’s Cowboys.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
Jan. 28 on Netflix
Queer Eye’s grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness is hosting Netflix’s Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, premiering on Jan. 28. The series is inspired by his podcast of the same name, but now listeners can watch the conversations on screen. Van Ness will consult with experts on topics he’s curious about, like architecture, insects, gender identity and snacks. Each episode follows Van Ness as he meets with experts to uncover the inner workings of various things.