The best LGBTQ online entertainment

Before social distancing became the new normal, April was chock-full of major LGBTQ events, and while the coronavirus has caused massive cancellations (RIP Black Party 2020!), queer community leaders aren’t letting COVID-19 get in the way of their spring flings. LGBTQ outlets around the world have created virtual community centers, concert halls, and dance clubs to combat the isolation caused by the pandemic, and the options for connecting seem endless.

The only problem? With a wealth of noteworthy live streams to choose from, it’s hard to know which ones to watch. So, rather than contracting a severe case of FOMO trying to make a decision, pour yourself an obscenely large Ina Garten-style cocktail and follow this list to help navigate the best queer content you need to see all month long.

1. Join Canada’s Club Q every night for a queer dance party.

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Queer people have a history of creating community under seemingly impossible circumstances. We’ve met in underground bars, seedy back alleys, and on desolate docks far from the watchful public eye. Today is no different. After Toronto went into quarantine, recording artist Andrés Sierra, producer Casey MQ, comedian Brad Allen, and digital creative Mingus New created Club Q (which stands for Quarantine) — a digital dance party that pops off every night at 9:00 PM on Zoom. The queer meeting space, which has amassed nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram since its March 16th inception, follows the tradition of our queer ancestors by creating a safe space for people to celebrate life even in the most uncertain of times.

2. Learn your herstory with Dr. Cervini’s Quarantini virtual book and film club.

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A post shared by Dr. Eric Cervini (@ericcervini) on Mar 25, 2020 at 2:30pm PDT

College classes are canceled and libraries are closed, but that doesn’t preclude you from learning the ABCs of the LGBTQ community. If you’re looking to brush up on queer culture and history, look no further than Dr. Eric Cervini’s Quarantini — an LGBTQ book and film club. Cervini gives participants an assignment each day, and at 3:00 PM EST, he moderates a discussion based on the content. Last month, participants read Giovanni’s Room and watched the documentary How to Survive a Plague. This month, participants will be reading Celia Laskey’s Under the Rainbow. On top of being a Harvard grad with a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, Cervini is a grade-A babe, leaving you no good reason to skip his class.

3. Tune in to Lady Gaga’s free, talent-packed concert honoring healthcare workers.

Lady Gaga might’ve broken our hearts when she decided to postpone the release of Chromatica, but as it turns out, she’s been super busy saving the world. She recently teamed up with advocacy group Global Citizen to raise $35 million for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and she’s celebrating the success with a star-studded, Live Aid-style concert honoring healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

The event, called One World: Together At Home, will air on April 18 at 8:00 PM ET across multiple TV networks and online platforms. Expect appearances by queer icons Elton John, Lizzo, and a roster of other international superstars that outdoes any live-streamed event offered since communities shuttered in the wake of the coronavirus.

Gaga recently reminded viewers that the concert isn’t a fundraiser — the money was all raised before the performance, so “put your wallets away…and sit back and enjoy the show that you all very much deserve.”

4. Cheer on straight guys as they compete to see who’s gayer on Gayme Show.

“That’s so gay” is a good thing — finally — and it’s all thanks to Gayme Show, the new ‘70s-style competition show where two straight dudes compete to win the title “Queen of the Straights.” Much like Drag Race, this is low-brow entertainment with a high-brow backbone. Hosts Matt Rogers, Dave Mizzoni, and all their guests are gayer than Liza Minelli leading a Pride parade in Provincetown — including the straight ones — which joyously breaks down gay stereotypes one queer cultural reference at a time. The series premiered this month on Quibi, a new streaming service that creates high-quality, mini shows designed for your phone.

5. Watch your favorite drag queens give life-changing makeovers on HBO’s newest reality show.

Drag superstars Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley are grabbing the United States by the balls in a new HBO series where they train small-town drag daughters to become confident queens for a one-night-only performance. If the show is anything like the preview, We’re Here will combine the theatricality of Drag Race with the tenderness of Queer Eye. The first episode premieres on April 23.

6. Check out the virtual events hosted by the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore.

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