Like all of you, I haven't been able to get what happened in Orlando out of my mind. I tend to turn to books and movies in times like these to either distract or give myself an outlet for my sadness. Watching the Tony Awards last night was helpful — the theater community is good to turn to right now. Please add any other suggestions you have.
  1. Steven Universe
    IMO Steven Universe is the most inclusive, positive, and magical example of representation on TV today. These "gay space rocks" (as an awesome Autostraddle article called them) are all about loving yourself and loving everyone around you. Nothing will warm your heart more or make you believe in the good of people the way Steven and the Crystal Gems will.
  2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    It's way harder than it should be to find queer romances that end well, but here's a really excellent YA novel that does. I loved this book. It renewed my faith in contemporary realistic YA fiction.
  3. Lin-Manuel Miranda's sonnet
    Not LGBTQ per se, but. At the Tony's last night, Lin read a sonnet he wrote when he accepted the award for Best Score. It's about his wife Vanessa, their son, and what happened in Orlando. This is part of why LMM's particular brand of wonder and magic is so life affirming: you can tell exactly what is most important to him. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/pAG_7qeiOZA
  4. Lumberjanes
    Lumberjanes is one of the best comics right now, and it's all about queer youth fighting monsters and taking their friendship to the max. Taking place at a summer camp — not for girls but for "hardcore lady-types" — this series will put a smile on your face and keep it there.
  5. Skylar Kergil's YouTube channel
    Skylar Kergil is an incredibly positive person and you will love him. He has a really eye-opening video of his entire FTM transition and he took a picture almost every day to share his experience with others. He's also a musician and just overall a wonderful human. Look him up on YouTube and Instagram to follow his life if you need a little inspiration.
  6. Avatar: the Legend of Korra
    Korra is one of the first shows for children with a bisexual protagonist, and it's a kids cartoon!!! It made history and even though there's not a lot of onscreen bi romance, Korra and Asami's relationship WILL be explored in the upcoming comics.
  7. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
    This book is particularly powerful right now because it's very much about mourning and the way grief shapes a life, while also ending hopefully for its gay main character. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.
  8. Sense8
    This show has a LOT going on, and it's amazing. Gay and bi characters, polyamory, queer PoC, and perhaps most significantly, a trans woman character actually PLAYED by a trans actor, who is part of a super loving and super strong relationship.
  9. Frank Langella's acceptance speech
    Also not explicitly LGBTQ, but one of the few moments last night where a cast or crew member focused on what happened in Orlando rather than themselves. So very wise and so very poignant: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/actor-frank-langella-offers-unity-to-orlando-during-tony-speech/
  10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    This beautiful book is about two Latino teens who find friendship and then love and it's utterly breathtaking. LMM reads the audiobook and whatever way you read it, I hope it touches your heart the way it touched mine.
  11. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
    Okay so this one isn't necessarily hopeful, but it will make you laugh, and sometimes laughing is the only way to feel better, even for a brief moment.
  12. Zootopia
    This isn't LGBTQ+ specific but it is a huge lesson on intolerance and hatred wrapped in a delightful and hopeful Disney world. It's amazing and gives me hope for future generations
    Suggested by   @sarahgorman
  13. Happy Endings
    It's just a really funny show that portrays a gay character in a real, non stereotyped, dimensional way. It's just a great distraction from the world that includes an LGBTQ+ portrayal. Not going to solve the world but might make you smile and feel included.
    Suggested by   @sarahgorman
  14. Beautiful Music For Ugly Children
    It's about a trans boy's coming out and finding his place in the world and how music helps him along with a few good friends. I loved it!
    Suggested by   @RStrout
  15. Lost Girl
    Bo is a succubus who feeds off of people's sexual energy, gender doesn't matter. Bo doesn't know she's fae until she stumbles onto their turf and is forced to pick between the dark or the light faes.
    Suggested by   @RStrout
  16. Not strictly LGBTQ, but a poem I find appropriate in these times. By Warsan Shire of course ✨
    Suggested by   @mirthnuts
  17. Rat Queens
    Raunchy and violent, this gang of women are both destructive and protective of the village they live in. I love them! At least one lesbian character I can think of right now.
    Suggested by   @RStrout
  18. One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
    Literally the only LGBTQ+ book I've read that doesn't have any homophobia as the major conflict and it is so nice and such a good break from regular LGBTQ+ plots. It has a happy ending and listen it is just really good ok, plus the author is also a gay man so none of that weird straight author stuff (even tho straight authors should still include LGBTQ+ characters) (this is a mess I'm sorry) (it's a good book I swear)
    Suggested by   @lesbian