From Riverdale’s Cheryl Blossom to Sex Education’s odd and adorable Lily Iglehart, our talented drag queens have breathed new life to your favorite LGBTQ+ characters on Netflix.

 

June is LGBTQ Pride Month. Sadly, with the COVID-19 pandemic in the country still far from being resolved, our communities are still prohibited from waving the rainbow flag out there on the roads of Metro Manila. Although that spares us from having to encounter bigots raining down on our parade, it sucks that we can’t celebrate as freely as last year.

 

But enough with the downer talk: there may be no physical pride march this time, the worldwide celebration of love and diversity and the continuous fight for equal rights will remain as loud as ever.

 

An ally in the form of Netflix

 

One of the allies making sure that their messages are heard is Netflix. In celebration of Pride Month, the streaming giant puts the spotlight on representation through its content. Not only seeing LGTBQ characters on screen makes the community feel validated, but shows, films, and documentaries with LGBTQ characters actually help Filipinos understand better and empathize with the LGBTQ community.

 

Netflix also highlights celebrating local queer talent. In fact, Netflix collaborated with five talented Filipino drag queens who showcased their skills by transforming into their favorite Netflix characters.

 

Min Ortiz as Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

 

Dee Dee Holliday as Cheryl Blossom from Riverdale

 

Marina Summers as Lily from Sex Education

Vinas DeLuxe as Trixie Mattel from Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

 

Brigiding Gigi as Omar from Elite

 

“Representation in the media is absolutely important for me as an LGBTQ+ person because it validates my existence in a positive way,” says Dee Dee Holliday. “LGBTQ+ people are not just sidekicks or objects of humor. We have backstories and amazing life experiences to tell, which deserve to be put other there for all the world to see. Representation helps in eliminating negative biases towards people like me.”

 

“As we all know, media is a very powerful tool in influencing the views of people,” says Marina Summers. “Seeing more LGBTQ+ individuals and their stories to viewers of all ages could widely spread a better understanding of our community.”

Related: Which of these LGBTQ representations on Netflix is your favorite?

 

Which recreation of a Netflix character is your favorite?

 

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