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10 LGBTQ Film and TV Creators on the Rise, from Jerrod Carmichael to Isabel Sandoval

There's much to be prideful for this June of 2022, from a venerable comedian coming out on an HBO special to a trans filmmaker getting her shot at episodic directing. Watch out for these 10 queer storytellers on the move.

LGBTQ Filmmakers 2022

Rain Valdez, Jerrod Carmichael, Lauren Hadaway, Isabel Sandoval


Editor’s note: This story was originally published in June 2019 and has been updated accordingly for June 2022.

This past year has seen the stars rise for many of our favorite queer filmmakers, from Andrew Ahn with the Hulu release of “Fire Island” to Emma Seligman’s sleeper sensation “Shiva Baby.” This particular Pride Month of June 2022 is a supernova moment for LGBTQ storytelling. Legacy gay favorite “Queer as Folk,” already remade once before in the U.S., is coming back to Peacock in new shape and form. Billy Eichner is heading up the first gay rom-com from a major studio with “Bros,” “Heartstopper” is a tween smash on Netflix, and Jerrod Carmichael, one of the folks on our list of the 10 LGBTQ Film and TV Creators on the Rise in 2022, came out on an HBO special.

The point is, LGBTQ stories no longer have to be ancillary to well, straighter narratives, and they don’t need to revolve around trauma or pain anymore either. Instead, they’re inviting audiences of all stripes to participate in the joyousness of being queer, and the power of first existing on the margins, only to break out of them.

While no list of this kind can promise to be exhaustive, we’ve handpicked 10 LGBTQ creators who are making impressive leaps on screens of all sizes right now. In the spirit of Pride Month, the spirit of great stories, and the spirit of generally just feeling prideful, expect big things from this group.

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