The streaming service from the Walt Disney Company has been available in Germany for a year, and if you judge the number of subscribers, many people tune in. Because of the Marvel adventures and the Star Wars spectacles, because of the old cartoon classics and the high-quality animations from Pixar. And other entertaining things from the company pool can also be found, be it Muppets films or “Sister Act”.
What has been missing from Disney + so far? Stories that are not aimed at the whole family, but above all at a more adult audience that can withstand a bit of sex and violence. Or queer issues. The fact that “Love, Victor”, the series offshoot of the gay high school romance that was successful in the cinema in the USA, was rather relegated to partner streamer Hulu, spoke volumes.
Hulu doesn’t exist in this country, but Disney + is now leading in Europe Disney+ Star on ?? a new pillar in the program, at no additional cost. From February 23, you can find everything from the in-house archive (which has been properly expanded through the acquisition of 20th Century Fox) that previously did not seem to fit into the program. Among other things also ?? as a German premiere ?? “Love, Victor”, about which there will be more to read on queer.de in the next few days.
Good selection, especially of queer series
But the preliminary offer from Disney + Star is also interesting from an LGBTI point of view, not least in the series area. Another series premiere besides “Love, Victor” is the thriller series “Big Sky” with Ryan Phillippe and Katheryn Winnick, in which Jesse James Keitel also plays. As the first non-binary actor to play a permanent role in a series produced for free US television. Keitel plays a transfeminine sex worker and aspiring singer in the sights of a killer.
Last but not least, there is a good selection of older series that have made queer television history in the past 20 years: “Buffy? The Vampire Slayer”, “Alles Betty” with the wonderful Mark Indelicato as Betty’s little cousin Justin, “Desperate Housewives” or “Brothers & Sisters”, which won the GLAAD Award four times and was the first series in which two gay protagonists tied the knot. All episodes of all series are available right from the start.
There are also two series by Shonda Rhimes, “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” (while “How to Get Away With Murder” is still tied to Netflix in this country), which places great value on diversity and representation in its productions. Fans of Ryan Murphy will also get their money’s worth: In addition to the first three seasons “9-1-1”, “Scream Queens” and “Feud ?? The Enmity Between Bette and Joan”, a reunion with Kurt Hummel, Santana Lopez & Co. in “Glee”.
Also not to be left unmentioned are “High Fidelity” with Zoë Kravitz, “Devious Maids”, “Revenge”, the delightful and groundbreaking family series “The Fosters” and on top of that “The Walking Dead”. There are also gay actors in straight roles, be it Neil Patrick Harris in “How I Met Your Mother” or Wentworth Miller in “Prison Break”.
Backlog of queer fiction films
One of the queer film highlights on Disney + Star is “Kissing Jessica” (Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures)
On the film side, the LBGTI selection is not that big, but at least the Oscar winner “Boys Don’t Cry” with Hilary Swank, “Miller’s Crossing” by the Coen brothers with Steve Buscemi as a gay gangster or the find nice lesbian love comedy “Kissing Jessica”. Cinema successes such as “The Royal Tenenbaums” or “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” also featured queer characters? and “Absolutely Fabulous” or various films with Bette Midler make the hearts of many fans beat faster anyway.
Of course, it cannot be overlooked that some potentially conceivable titles are missing in the Disney + Star program. The aforementioned novel adaptation “Love, Simon” by Greg Berlanti is nowhere to be found. But what is not can still be. Because every month, so you hear, the selection is expanded to include both new and older shows and films.