Streaming Queer: August 2022

by Andrea Marks Joseph

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday August 6, 2022
Originally published on August 1, 2022

Streaming Queer: August 2022

This month, the streaming gods usher in the return of shows that are both critically acclaimed and fan favorites. We've been blessed with inclusive reimagining of long-adored classics, and opportunities to watch the journeys of real-life queer heroes. Here's what we recommend you stream this month.

"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" Season 3


The joyous, multitalented, majority-queer cast (including Joshua Bassett, Julia Lester, and adorable on-screen and IRL couple Joe Serafini and Frankie A. Rodriguez) returns for their version of "High School Musical 3." This season the students of East High spend their summer at theatre camp putting on a production of Disney's "Frozen". Rumors abound about which of the HSM franchise's alums will cameo, but it is confirmed that Corbin Bleu features, JoJo Siwa visits, and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson pops by to portray Nini's (pop star Olivia Rodrigo) dad.

"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" Season 3 premiered July 27 on Disney+, with new episodes streaming every Wednesday

"Industry" Season 2


We are back at prestigious investment bank Pierpoint, where the ambitious traders get messy in every way: professionally, sexually, and emotionally. The show's diverse leads keep us equally invested in where their reckless, ruthless behaviour and various addictions take their careers as we are in the love-life of endearing, brilliant, gay character Gus Sackey (David Jonsson).

"Industry" Season 2 premieres August 1 on HBO Max, with new episodes every Monday

"Reservation Dogs" Season 2


So many queer Indigenous creators are involved in the making of this ground-breaking, captivating comedy about a group of Indigenous teenagers living on a Reservation, and we continue to be impressed by the bold course "Reservation Dogs" charts. Season 2 sees Elora (played by out actor, and writer on this season, Devery Jacobs) and Jackie (played by nonbinary actor Elva Guerra) embark on a life-changing trip to California, while the grief of the Rez crew's recent loss endures in them all.

"Reservation Dogs" Season 2 premieres August 3 on Hulu, with new episodes every Wednesday

"They/Them"


This queer Blumhouse slasher film, written and directed by John Logan ("Penny Dreadful"), brings to life the horrors of conversion camp. Nonbinary actor Theo Germaine ("The Politician") stars as Jordan, a character who uses they/them pronouns and finds themself at a conversion camp run by Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon). Already a trippy, terrifying experience for its queer characters, "They/Them" (pronounced "They-slash-Them") sets a mysterious serial killer on the campsite and asks us to watch them fight to survive.

"They/Them" premieres August 5 on Peacock

"The Sandman" Season 1


Adapted from the wildly popular Neil Gaiman graphic novels, "The Sandman" tells the tale of Morpheus, the King of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), embarking on a journey across realms to restore his power. The comics have several canonically queer, trans, and nonbinary characters and, having been developed by Gaiman himself, the Netflix show stays true to its nature —even making casting decisions that lean further into how its characters challenge gender. The diverse ensemble cast includes non-binary actor Mason Alexander Park, Black actor Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and out actor Stephen Fry.

"The Sandman" premieres 5 August on Netflix

"Locke & Key" Season 3


We visit Keyhouse for one last sprawling magical adventure with the Locke family. Based on the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, this fantastic show concludes with a final chapter, in which the whole family gets involved to save their home from the literal demons of its colonial past. Out actor Connor Jessup stars as Tyler Locke; Aaron Ashmore plays Tyler's gay uncle who helped the kids defeat genderfluid shape-shifting villain Dodge. This season, the family faces a new villain and finds a time-travel key!

"Locke & Key" Season 3 drops August 10 on Netflix

"Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story"


This documentary celebrates remarkable pro-skateboarder Leo Baker, specifically focusing on the clash between their career in the gendered world of professional sports and self-discovery as a trans person. Baker withdrew from the Olympics so they could transition and live as their true self, working towards building a more inclusive skate culture. From what we can tell, it seems like Leo identified as a trans man at the time of making this doc, so pronouns may differ while watching the film, but as of today it's clear they are nonbinary.

"Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story" premieres August 11 on Netflix

"A League of Their Own" Season 1


This TV reimagining of the classic (and beloved queer-hearted) 1992 Penny Marshall film allows for a more diverse, inclusive, and explicitly queer extension of the story. Inspired by the real-life journey of queer WWII era All-American Professional Women's Baseball League players, the "A League of Their Own" cast stars out "Broad City" actor Abbi Jacobson alongside many other icons of the small screen: Kate Berlant, Nick Offerman, and a blossoming romance between Jacobson's character and "The Good Place" actor D'Arcy Carden's.

"A League of Their Own" premieres 12 August on Prime Video

"Never Have I Ever" Season 3


This season of the Mindy Kaling-produced teen comedy sees Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) struggling with self-doubt and social drama as she begins a relationship with the boy of her dreams. Could it be that dating a hot guy won't solve all your problems?! Her therapist (played by out comedy queen Niecy Nash) suggests that may be the case! Devi's best friend Fabiola (played by queer actor Lee Rodriguez) is a newly-out queer teen whose storyline pushes beyond a coming-out narrative, into a nuanced exploration of what life looks like for young queer people today.

"Never Have I Ever" Season 3 premieres August 12 on Netflix

"Queer Eye: Brazil" Season 1


With a vivacious Brazilian Fab Five crew assembled to connect with local people desperately in need of courage, color, and confidence, Netflix continues its venture to take the transformative power of queer platonic love all over the world! If the "Queer Eye: Germany" episodes released earlier this year are anything to go by, this is gonna be an emotional, sweet international twist on the makeover show we adore.

"Queer Eye: Brazil" premieres August 24 on Netflix