6 Shows That #takePRIDE

This month we joined our friends at Pivot TV  in celebrating films, programs and young creatives who #takePRIDE in the diversity of the LGBTQ community. From the unscripted and candid to fictional chronicles of real life challenges, we asked #takePRIDE guest curator Rubin Rodriguez to share his list of television and web series to watch in 2014.  Read on to find out what new breakout hit earned our staff pick and learn more about our Pivot partnership below.

1. The Peculiar Kind

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The cast of The Peculiar Kind from Hot and Trendy Mag

The Peculiar Kind is a web series that, through candid and unscripted conversations, explores the lives and experiences of queer women of color. The series has since evolved into a documentary film, which provides a more detailed look into the queer women of color community.

2. That’s What She Said

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The cast of That’s What She Said from Autostraddle

That’s What She Said is the first major project of Pearl Girls Productions and is a web series that chronicles the lives of five fictional Asian American characters in the greater Los Angeles area. The show address Asian representations in the media and shines a light on the underrepresented voice of queer Asian women.

3. Dyke Central 

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Dyke Central still from SFGate

A featured web series at Frameline38 in San Francisco, Dyke Central is an Oakland-based dramedy that centers around 30-something year old roommates, Alex and Gin, as they struggle to adapt to change without losing themselves.

4. Kelsey, the series

Promo trailer for Kelsey

Kelsey, the series follows the bubbly, awkward, and completely lost Kelsey’s return to the dating world–bulgy eyes, unabashed humor, and all–after a major breakup.

5. Be Here Nowish

Promo trailer for Be Here Nowish

Be Here Nowish is a comedy web series about two sexually progressive New York gals who ditch their down-and-out lives for Los Angeles in search of a spiritual awakening.

And our staff pick is... The Better Half

Promo trailer for The Better Half

The Better Half is a series that follows a lesbian couple through the day to day hurdles that come with making a relationship work. The series was created by Leyla Perez and her girlfriend Christine Ng under the banner of their independent production company, The Verb Project, and it stars real life couple Lindsay Hicks and Amy Jackson Lewis, who are also the writers of the show. The Better Half was originally a web series, and is now airing on Pivot on Wednesdays at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.

We are also featuring Rubin’s list of up-and-coming filmmakers who #takePRIDE in the LGBTQ community. Have your own favorites not listed here? Use the hashtag #takePRIDE and tweet @SOW!

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#takePRIDE |For Pride Month we’ve partnered with our friends at Pivot TV to celebrate films, programs and young creatives who #takePRIDE in the diversity of the LGBTQ community. Three SOW films are being featured on Pivot, airing alongside shows that explore millennial LGBTQ experiences like Please Like Me and The Better Half. Pivot TV is airing #takePRIDE content throughout the month and you can find the daily schedule here.

Rubin Rodriguez | A Bay Area media professional and friend of the SOW network, we invited Rubin to help moderate our #takePRIDE campaign as a guest curator. Rubin studied Cinema & Communication at USC where he was involved in social advocacy around transgender representation in media. He worked for the film festival Outfest from 2006 - 2009, where he helped coordinate a screenwriting lab and was in charge of the transgender programming of the festival. He also served as the board president for the nonprofit Gender Justice LA, which helps empower transgender people.

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