As more and more queer content is released in the entertainment world, viewers have innovative queer creators (including writers and directors) to thank. Whether it’s standup specials, movies finally being produced by major studios, or TV shows going viral with their phenomenal storylines and captivating characters.
Even though it’s not Pride Month or National Coming Out Day, it’s so important to recognize and celebrate the queer and genderqueer creatives who are making a real difference in the industry.
Joel Kim Booster
Joel Kim Booster is a standup comedian, author and actor. He is known for his hilarious stand-up special psychosexual and for writing and starring in one of the best queer movies of the summer, fire island.
Booster actively creates space for queer actors who are not just white and male, and is an advocate for the queer AAPI community (which has historically been underrepresented in the entertainment industry). fans of fire island You should be excited to see what this hilarious creative does next.
As one of the best comedians in the country Jerrod Carmichael used his masterpiece of a standup special, Rothaniel, to come into the world. Talk about courage! He hosted SNL in 2022 and wrote and directed many of the shows he’s appeared on throughout his career … and he’s still going strong.
He is currently working on a film entitled Poor thingswhere he will portray a character named Harry Astley.
Julio Torres is another queer comedian totally worth checking out! Known for his absurd comedy special in which they explained why a variety of small figures, tiny objects and dioramas are his favorites, my favorite shapes.
Torres also stars, writes and is an executive producer on the HBO series Los Espookys, which follows a group of friends as they turn their love for all things spooky into a successful business. Season 2 of Los Espookys just been released. Torres is also set to direct his own A24 film!
Victoria Alonso is a widely recognized film producer. She is President of Physical, Post Production, VFX and Animation at Marvel Studios. She’s queer too! She has worked on every film and Disney+ TV show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Alonso may not be a movie star or appear in any of the films, having a queer person behind the scenes in senior positions will help create safer and more inclusive spaces for future queer creatives!
The Canadian comedian, actor and author best known for the series Feel well is Mae Martin. You are a queer creative who shaped the entertainment industry. Martin originally started out in a comedy troupe and eventually transitioned into film and television writing. They identify as non-binary and queer.
Their work has been widely recognized and celebrated, and in 2022 they appeared on the HBO Max series The flight attendant as Grace St James. Who knows what will happen next, but fans shouldn’t doubt that they have some wonderful projects in the works.
Silas Howard is best known for being the first trans director to direct an episode Transparent.
He has since directed episodes of popular shows himself, including The Fosters, This is us, pose, Big Armyand last A league of its own. In June 2019, Queerty named him one of the Pride50!
Lilly and Lana Wachowski
Lilly and Lana Wachowski are a duo of celebrated directors, writers and producers. They are both trans women and have worked together for most of their careers.
They are known for directing big box office hits like The Matrix Franchise, Writing and Producing V for Vendetta, cloud atlasand for helping to create the Netflix series sense8. Lana was shooting last The Matrix Resurrections while Lilly directed, wrote the screenplay and served as executive producer on many episodes In progress.
Known for feature films pariah, bessieand mudbound, Dee Rees is the writer and director the world needs to know more about. Rees identifies as a lesbian and said so for much of her film pariah is semi-autobiographical.
In June 2021, she was announced as the first African American woman to direct a Criterion film! She has directed a number of episodes master of the airan upcoming miniseries.
Billy Eichner, also known as his alter ego Billy On the Street, is an actor, comedian and producer. He is best known for his comedy game show Billy on the street and for his acting roles such as Craig Middlebrooks in Parks and RecreationTimon in live action The Lion Kingand a variety of roles in American Horror Story and Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Most recently, Eichner wrote, produced and starred in the fourth gay rom-com from a major legacy studio. brothers. Be a bro, go out and support Eichner!
Jared Frieder is an author known for writing the queer film 2022 Three months and TV series Cute/Vicious. Three months Stars Troye Sivan as Caleb in this coming-of-age movie.
When Caleb finds out he’s been exposed to HIV and awaits results, he finds love in a place he never thought he would find. Frieder’s script is brilliant and the film can be viewed on Paramount+.
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