Grab the glitter and sashay on over to the sofa as we celebrate Mardi Gras with some of the best LGBT shows and content streaming right now on Telstra TV.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2020 (SBS On Demand)
Australia’s biggest, brightest and most colourful annual celebration of the LGBTQI+ community is on again this Saturday 29 February – and this year, the SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE 2020 will be televised live for the first time on SBS and streaming on SBS On Demand from 7:30pm (AEDT). Hosted by comedians Joel Creasey and Zoë Coombs Marr, drag performer Courtney Act and television presenter Narelda Jacobs, the broadcast will provide a bird’s-eye view of almost 200 floats as they shimmy and shake their way down a glitter-filled Oxford Street. Also popping in for a chat will be special celebrity guests in town for the event including Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Kesha.
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Stan)
“Gentlemen, start your engines… and may the best woman win!” Back for a fiercely fabulous twelfth season on Stan just in time for Mardi Gras this Saturday 29 February, the Emmy-winning RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE will see thirteen new outrageously talented and creative queens competing for the coveted prize of America’s Next Drag Superstar. Through a series of arduous acting, comedy, costume-making and ‘lip-sync for their life’ challenges, they’ll be put through their paces – before a panel of mega-star judges including Nicki Minaj, Whoopi Goldberg, Chaka Khan, Robyn, Thandie Newton, Jeff Goldblum and Mother Ru herself.
Riot (ABC iview, Telstra TV Box Office)
Get to know the history behind the iconic Mardi Gras Parade with RIOT, available now on ABC iview and Telstra TV Box Office. What started out as a Sydney protest march in 1978 to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City has become a shining beacon of LGBT visibility and progress that is famous the world over. Riot tells the story of the courageous individuals of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement during the 1970s who fought for decriminalising homosexuality, advancing civil rights and putting an end to the police harassment and brutality that plagued the lesbian and gay community for so long.
Out Here (10 play)
New to 10 play this week is the touching three-episode short documentary series, OUT HERE – chronicling the lives of LGBT Australians in regional and rural areas of our vast country. ‘The Rainbow Passage’ tells the story of Amanda and Cady, a transgender couple building a life together as they progress on their journey towards gender affirmation. ‘Belonging’ brings together Sam Watson and Rodney Croome – two generations of LGBT activists in Tasmania, Australia’s last state to decriminalise homosexuality. And ‘Alone Out Here’ shares the story of Jon, a climate-conscious cattle farmer building a legacy at the expense of his own love life.
The L Word: Generation Q (Stan)
The much-anticipated sequel series to the pioneering hit Lesbian drama, THE L WORD (all six seasons also available on Stan), THE L WORD: GENERATION Q returns to West Hollywood ten years after the original – and finds cast favourites Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey living out their lives amongst a new generation of strong, empowered characters. There’s PR Exec Dani – who begins working for Bette in her campaign to become Mayor of Los Angeles, her girlfriend Sophie – a TV producer working for Alice, their college professor roommate Micah and best friend Finley. You’ll fall in love with this diverse group, as they experience life, love, hardships and happiness in modern-day LA.
Pose (Foxtel Now)
Making history for having the largest cast of transgender actors in leading roles, Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking drama series POSE – with both seasons available on Foxtel Now – explores the gritty yet glamorous lives of New York City’s transgender and gay outcasts during the 1980s and 90s. Discarded by their families and mainstream society, they formed their own chosen families under the guidance of house mothers like Blanca (played by Mj Rodriguez) and Elektra (Dominique Jackson). And to prove nothing could stop their flame from burning bright, they built the “ballroom community” – nightly dance hall gatherings known for “voguing”, throwing shade, slaying the runway and snatching trophies.
The Bi Life (hayu)
Hosted by Australia’s Courtney Act, the Love Island inspired British dating series THE BI LIFE on hayu follows nine bisexual, pansexual, fluid and questioning singles as they look for love in the Spanish party capital of Barcelona. As the cast get to know each other in their lavish Catalan villa, they share their own stories of self-discovery and their varied experiences of dating within an often misunderstood segment of the LGBT community. And as they set off into the Mediterranean sun to find romance, they’re there to support and encourage each other – while also enjoying themselves in this highly entertaining 10-part series.
Tales of the City (Netflix)
No Rainbow Pride viewing list would be complete without Armistead Maupin’s trailblazing and thoroughly enchanting series, TALES OF THE CITY – available to stream on Netflix. Based on the serialised San Francisco Chronicle newspaper column from the 1970s and 80s that became a bestselling series of nine novels, this whimsical, mysterious, heartwarming and occasionally heartbreaking series follows straight-laced small-town girl Mary Ann Singleton (played by Laura Linney) as she moves to the bohemian city of San Francisco. Taking up residence in a small apartment complex at 28 Barbary Lane, she befriends and becomes transformed by the building’s eccentric landlady Mrs Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and its diverse tenants including hopeless romantic Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, free-spirit Mona Ramsey and ladies’ man Brian Hawkins.
BONUS: Mardi Gras Party playlist (Spotify)
Keep the party going with Spotify’s curated MARDI GRAS PARTY PLAYLIST. Featuring almost four hours of dance party beats from artists who have (or will be) gracing the Mardi Gras stage including Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, Kesha, Kylie Minogue, Cher and George Michael – as well as classic dancefloor anthems from favourites like Madonna, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Lady Gaga – this epic sixty-song tunefest is perfect for streaming in your living room this Mardi Gras. To get started, download the Spotify app today from the App Store on your Telstra TV.
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