Before One Day At A Time: 8 queer shows canceled by Netflix

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Despite a campaign on social media to save the show, Netflix announced it will not be renewing One Day At A Time on 14 March.

The show about ‘an American familia’ features a lesbian character in a relationship with a non-binary person. ODAAT was not only praised for its positive representation of the LGBTI community, but also for tackling issues such as sexual consent, homophobia, and racism.

Many in the show’s loyal fanbase took to Twitter to criticize Netflix for the decision. Some pointed out that canceling similar shows conveys the message that certain narratives don’t matter.

The LGBTI series starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno isn’t the first of its kind to have been axed by the streaming giant.

Throughout the years, we had to say goodbye to several queer shows due to lack of viewers or non-sustainable production costs.

1 Sense8

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The popular 2015 sci-fi drama features eight characters of different sexualities and gender identities who find out they are mentally and emotionally linked.

Applauded for its diversity, the show created by trans sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski cast trans actress Jamie Clayton in the role of Nomi Marks. Alongside Clayton, several actors of different ethnic background also starred.

When Netflix abruptly canceled the series in 2017, fans protested on social media. Their Twitterstorm earned the show a two-and-a-half-hour series finale featuring the most sensuous orgy scene.

2 Everything Sucks!

Everything Sucks gay comedy Netflix series

Set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon, in 1996, Everything Sucks! focuses on a bunch of annoying high school kids struggling with first love.

One of the main characters, sophomore Kate (Peyton Kennedy), develops a crush on drama club queen Emaline.

A failed, premature attempt to recreate a sense of nostalgia for the 1990s, the show got axed after just one season. Let’s face it, despite the same-sex storyline, Everything Sucks!… sucked.

3 The Get Down

'My turn'

Starring Jaden Smith, the series is set in the late 1970s and offers a portrayal of the rising hip hop and disco scene.

Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama also briefly explored the queer relationship between Rumi (Jaden Smith) and Thor (Noah Le Gros) without giving too much away.

After releasing 11 episodes, Netflix announced the series was concluded in 2017.

4 Shadowhunters

Shadowhunters included two gay characters in a relationship | Freeform/Disney

Boasting a very passionate fandom, supernatural drama Shadowhunters about demon-trackers feature characters identifying as gay and bisexual.

Internationally distributed by Netflix, the series got canceled in June 2018. Constantin Films, the series producer, reportedly lost its output deal with Netflix, which was funding much of the project.

Freeform announced a two-hour series finale to give the show a proper sendoff. The final episode will air in May 2019.

5 Gypsy

Starring two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts as psychologist Jean Holloway, Gypsy wasn’t more than an average psychological thriller with a problematic title.

Jean begins infiltrating the lives of her patients when she develops an inexplicable attraction to another woman, manipulative barista/musician Sidney.

Netflix canceled the series after one season in 2017.

6 Jessica Jones

Marvel’s Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter in the titular role.

Centered on a former superhero who starts working as a private investigator, Jessica Jones received positive reviews for its raw portrayal of sexual assault and harassment and PTSD.

The series also featured powerful lesbian character Jeri Hogarth, a lawyer hiring Jessica to solve her cases. Played by Carrie-Ann Moss, Hogarth was a straight man in the original comic.

Netflix axed the show in February 2019, revealing its upcoming third season will be its last.

7 Super Drags

In Netflix's upcoming animated series Super Drags, popular RPDR queens voice the drag superheroes

Short-lived Brazilian adult animated series features three friends who also perform as drag queens.

In a Powerpuff Girls fashion, Scarlet Carmesim, Lemon Chifon, and Safira Cyan, aka The Super Drags, are responsible for protecting the LGBTI community.

Featuring the voice of drag queen Pabllo Vittar, the English version sees RPDR contestants Trixie Mattel, Ginger Minj, Willam, and Shangela lending their voices to the characters.

8 Degrassi: Next Class

The last incarnation of high school drama franchise Degrassi, Next Class has several queer characters.

Particularly, the character of Tristan Milligan (Lyle Lettau) struggles not only with his sexuality but also with his body image. Tristan eventually loses his virginity to bisexual Miles (Eric Osborne).

The show also features a female same-sex couple, Zoe and Rasha, played by Ana Golja and Dalia Yegavian respectively.

Jointly produced by Netflix, Epitome Pictures and DHX Media, Degrassi officially came to an end on 7 March 2019.

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‘If it wasn’t for gay men, there would be no hip hop’

Music Bear Tony Banks

New York City’s Music Bear Tony Banks has just dropped his latest track. The house-driven hip hop groove Cloud 9 is the opening salvo for upcoming album: Yes, Homo.

Banks was raised in Queen, New York City. He spent a few years living in Boston, MA, but is now firmly ensconced back in the Big Apple. He first began recording his own music in his mid-teens. With little more than a drum machine, he had dreams of becoming an R&B star.

However, he says work and life got in the way and those dreams were put on the back burner.

Then, seven years ago, after playing around with Garageband on his Mac, he put out a Halloween-themed rap record for the bear community. To his surprise, it gained interest. Music Bear Tony Banks was born.

Chocolate Cake

He first performed live five years ago. He put out his debut album, Chocolate Cake, in 2015. The explicit collection of tracks holds nothing back in their depiction of same-sex love: from lustful hook-ups to more soulful, romantic encounters. It’s an accomplished set that was criminally overlooked.

Yes, Homo finds him shifting his sounds again – diversifying even further, from the political edge of Run! to the loved-up bliss of Cloud 9. The latter is about meeting your significant other: the person who changes your world.

Banks says the song was written a couple of years ago to accompany an abandoned screenplay he wrote.

‘[The screenplay was] about part of my past, where I was dating a man and fell in love with another man. This was a song that I had penned for the soundtrack. I wrote the screenplay and I still have it somewhere. I took that song and just turned it into an actual track.

‘The words are meaningful to me. It’s a very much part of me and my identity. When I write, I write from experience. I don’t write about being in a club all night and partying, because that’s not my life. I like being an honest person in my music.

Singing about sex

Chocolate Cake was very explicit in some of its lyrics. Did he ever worry it might alienate him from some audiences? Did he ever wonder, “Should I be saying this stuff?’

‘Never never never. Cos it’s all true. Nothing in that was fabricated. I’ve had a past. Being a gay male in America gives you certain liberties when it comes to sex that these straight rappers wish they really had.

‘But gay men, we have lots of sex, so I’m just writing about my experiences as a sexual being, in New York City especially. I’m not trying to pretend that part of my life doesn’t exist. But I also wrote about the love stories on Chocolate Cake. I write about being in love and having relationships with people, on top of just being a freak.’

Music Bear Tony Banks

New York’s Music Bear Tony Banks says gay hip hop artists face particular challenges in finding an audience (Photo: Supplied)

Yes, Homo 

He says Yes, Homo will be different to Chocolate Cake. For now, he’s been there and done that with the porno rapping.

‘Doing the explicit hip hop stuff was fun, but I’ve done it. I don’t like repeating myself too much. I like to explore sounds and music. So on this one you’re getting some more political stuff, some more party stuff. It’s me exploring music in certain ways, talking about LGBT issues on this album.

‘That’s why it’s called Yes, Homo. The title track is about living life as a hip hop artist in a world where being a gay rapper is taboo. Although, if it wasn’t for gay men from the 60s and 70s, there would be no hip hop. Because all of the techniques, sounds and systems that created hip hop were created before that, mainly for the gay crowds.

‘The sound systems, the turntables, the 12” records, the way that records were mixed. It was all the way records were made for gay clubs in the 70s and 60s, before hip hop was even thought of.

‘But still, gay hip hop artists remain undercover. Behind the scenes, gay people are everywhere in the industry, and yet ‘no homo’ is a thing.

‘So I’m saying ‘Yes, homo’: appreciate the homosexuals who gave you this technology to create your genre of hip hop. I’m celebrating it rather than diminishing it.

Hip hop history and gay erasure

He talks enthusiastically about the TV show The Get Down. ‘It explains how the DJs were the ones who controlled the music that people listened to … and the DJs were all gay.

‘If they didn’t play the records, the music never got heard. So, gays are so much in the creation of hip hop, without gays you wouldn’t have the hop hop genre as you know it today.

Despite the popularity of rap and hip hop globally, there are no mainstream gay hip hop artists.

‘There is a wall when it comes to gay hip hop in America,’ says Banks. ‘We want to be taken seriously, but no-one takes us seriously, which is a shame.

‘It’s so hard in many ways. The gay community as a whole is very much into what’s white when it comes to music and gays. So they’ll support many white artists: Troye [Sivan], Adam [Lambert]… any number who are hitting the charts right now as a white artist. You won’t find any of them black artists hitting the charts. That’s the first problem.

‘And then the black community have their own issues. They want to see you fail more than they want to see you win, so they also don’t want to support something that’s different, new, unique, great even. So, that’s another problem.

‘And then the industry doesn’t see the support from the gay community. Therefore they don’t see a need to be supportive either. So that’s why it’s so hard to be a gay, black artist in America.’

Finding his audience

Banks is considering looking further afield to break through.

‘Artists such as Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Zebra Katz, and others, they’re always on tour in Europe. Every time I look up certain people’s websites, they’re heading overseas. That’s where a lot of the art we create is being accepted. Because they’re not so stigmatized to believe that gay rap shouldn’t exist. Or gay, black artists shouldn’t exist.’

For now, Banks in concentrating on the release of Yes, Homo, and performing to as many audiences as possible – both inside and outside the US. The work has been a labor of love, quite literally.

‘I put my partner on Cloud 9. He’s on the very end with an “I’ll always be there” voice. That’s him. I sat him down. Told him “say these words.” And now he is on that track with me, it makes it even more special. He is the reason I’m so happy. He is my Cloud 9.

Cloud 9 is out now. Yes, Home is out soon. Official website: musicbearonline.com

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