As the LGBTQ+ community demands more nuanced forms of on-screen representation, the media landscape is evolving to allow for diverse content that better represents modern audiences. Through its relatable and lighthearted format, Heartstopper is reframing the queer teen experience for many Gen Zers.
HBO’s hit-show Euphoria is a coming-of-age teen drama that illuminates the experiences of Gen Zers as they navigate life. Exploring themes such as drug abuse, mental health, sexuality, and friendship, does this cultural touchpoint resonate through the characters’ fashion and beauty choices?
From children’s cartoons to period dramas, queer storylines are featuring more prominently in mainstream film and TV – challenging long-held assumptions of heternormativity across culture. What is the next frontier when it comes to accurate and nuanced portrayals of LGBTQIA+ identities on screen?
Sales of LGBTQ romance novels are booming as they gain traction in mainstream publishing. Diverse audiences, social media like BookTok, and online subcultures are all guiding discovery, disrupting the traditional sales cycles, and breaking new ground in attracting readers.
Netflix investing in local content hit home again as Young Royals has become an overnight teen sensation. Racy and wholesome at the same time, the Swedish show drew global Gen Z fandom for bringing much-needed authenticity and complexity to the popular coming-of-age narrative.