Words: Hugh Kaye
Attacks on LGBTQ people in America finally became designated as hate crimes in 2009, under an act known simply as HR 1913. But the battle to get this law passed began more than 20 years earlier with one murder which can never been forgotten.
That case is the subject of They Killed My Son: The Matthew Shepard Story (True Movies, Sat 4 May, 5pm).
Although maybe not as powerful as it could be, the film is still required watching, especially for the moving courtroom scene after the verdict is announced, with excellent performances from Sam Waterston and Stockard Channing as Matthew’s distraught parents.
The little-known Shane Meier is also worthy of note as the 21-year-old student who he was tied to a fence, beaten and left to die just because he was gay.
It’s a case of quality over quantity this week because the only other LGBTQ-related TV programme worth mentioning is the final episode of Pose (BBC2, Thurs 9 May, 9pm), in which Bianca (MJ Rodriguez) encourages Pray Tell (billy Porter) to start dating again and members of the House of Abundance strike out on their own.
There's also All in the Family, streaming on Netflix. it follows a gay filmmaker who documents his traditional Chinese family’s road to acceptance.
Also on the streaming service is Made in Bangkok in which a transgender opera singer travels from Mexico to Thailand for reassignment surgery.
Elite, The Umbrella Company, and Sex Education remain available for a binge on Netflix as well. And for our lesbian readers, there’s Room in Rome.