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Gays on TV: Your guide to the week's best LGBT TV and film

Here's what not to miss on the box this week.

2019-03-22

Words: Hugh Kaye

Having grown up in the Seventies, I can tell you it wasn’t a great time in which to be gay, but Riot (Sky Movies Premiere, Tues 26 Mar, 9.45pm) sees a former union boss leading a group of activists in a bid to decriminalise homosexuality in Australia during that grim decade.

Speaking of grim decades, Ryan Murphy's acclaimed '80s-set drama Pose (BBC Two, Thurs 28 Mar, 9pm) continues with episode two, where the discrimination and fear that surrounds the glittery bubble of New York's drag ball scene begins to be laid bare.

For those who can't wait a week to get their fix of the show, however, you can binge all eight episodes on BBC iPlayer now before they air on TV. 

Meanwhile, turning 18 is a big deal for anyone but not everyone wants to celebrate by jumping out of an aircraft. However, that’s just what’s planned in I am Jazz (TLC, Mon 25 Mar, 9pm).

Elsewhere, same-sex marriage is legalised in Springfield and someone comes out of the closet in a classic episode from series 16 of The Simpsons (Sky One, Tues 26 Mar, 7pm). Let’s see Trump stop that!

On Netflix, you could try Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, in which two best friends fall for the same guy, or the documentary Gayby Baby, which follows four youngsters as they negotiate their pre-teen years with gay parents.

So, not exactly a vintage week for LGBTQ television. But never fear, you could go to the cinema instead. For one night only - on 26 March - movie houses across the UK are screening Diana Ross: A Life, Love and Legacy.

Marking the singing superstar’s 75th birthday (forget all today’s divas, she tops the lot), the film allows you to experience her amazing concert in New York’s Central Park in 1983, which was hit by a torrential storm.

Along with featuring hits such as 'I’m Coming Out' and 'You Can’t Hurry Love', the film also includes interviews with those closest to Diana. Click here to find a screening nearest you – 250 cinemas are showing the film, so you should have no trouble.