A rainbow must have exploded on television and in films, books and music. According to media watchdog group GLAAD.org, a number of projects featuring queer people, in front of and behind the camera, will be released in 2015.
Here’ss a list of what to look out for this year:
- 52 Tuesdays is a story of parenting and gender transition. The Australian film will be released in the U.S. in January. Last year it won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award.
- Another independent film, Appropriate Behavior, tackles bisexuality and a woman who struggles with her identity. The film will be released in theaters and digitally in January.
- The film, Carol, a story about a lesbian salesclerk who falls for an older, married woman will debut in the fall. The story is an adaption of a novel written in 1952 by Patricia Highsmith entitled, The Price of Salt.
- Twitter is afire about the new music drama Empire that stars an amazing cast, including a talented gay musician. The series is executive produced by out writer/director, Lee Daniels. Empire premiers Jan. 7 at 9/8c on Fox.
- Be on the look-out for Ellen DeGeneres all over the networks in 2015. First she’s co-executive producing a new sitcom, One Big Happy, a show about a gay woman and a straight man who decide to have a baby together. Her daytime television variety-talk show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show was renewed in 2013 through 2017, and she will launch Ellen’s Design Challenge, a furniture creation and design competition show.
- Netflix has its share of inclusive series with Grace and Frankie starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, and Sense8 from trans creator Lana Wachowski.
- ABC got bold in 2015 with steamy sex-scenes on How to Get Away with Murder. This year, the network is moving full speed ahead with new reality series, My Transparent Life from Ryan Seacrest. ABC Family will air this series that follows the life of a teenage boy whose parents are divorcing because his dad is transitioning from male to female.
- The Discovery Life Channel, a new channel on Discovery Communications, will launch Those Girls in January. The show is about trans friends and couples who live in Kansas City.
With a list too long to name every title, be the first to visit Amazon’s website where more than 2,000 new books will be released for sale this year with LGBT themes, including a memoir by “Orange Is The New Black” co-star and transgender actress Laverne Cox who will write about being raised as a boy with her twin brother by a single mother in Alabama.
It’s a scavenger hunt uncovering all the trends in media that affect LGBTQ people. What’s on your list?
Tibby Jones writes about news and issues impacting LGBTQ communities. She lives in Dallas, Texas.