Uplifting Queer Sh*t You Can Watch for Free on YouTube

Classic docs, hilarious comedy sketches, iconic "Drag Race" moments—there's a little something for everyone here.

Desperate times call for desperate measures—like holing up while quarantined and binge-watching any and every queer thing you can find on YouTube.

Below, we’ve rounded up 12 queer-themed videos you can watch right now free-of-charge on YouTube. From archival documentaries about LGBTQ history to fan-favorite Drag Race challenges from Logo’s RuVault, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

  1. The Queen (1968)

    This unforgettable drag documentary from director Frank Simon premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1968, and it’s been spreading the drag gospel ever since. A low-res version of the film is available to screen on YouTube (and if you have a Netflix account, you can watch it there, too.)

  2. The RuVault

    We’d be remiss if we didn’t point you toward Logo’s RuVault, which features a plethora of memorable challenges, runway looks, and other iconic moments from RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s like that ancient proverb says: When it doubt, Snatch Game it out.

  3. Such Good People (2014)

    Michael Urie and James Urbaniak star in this 2014 romantic comedy about a young gay couple who discovers a secret stash of money while house-sitting for a wealthy couple. The good news? You can watch the whole thing for free on YouTube via Popcornflix.

  4. @Nikkietutorials’ Makeovers

    Watch this talented, upbeat Netherlands-based makeup artist, who recently came out as transgender, makeover A-list celebs like Kim Kardashian and Drew Barrymore. Between Nikkie De Jager’s uplifting, exuberant personality and her practical tips for doing your own makeup, you’ll be ready to hit the town in no time (after this whole coronavirus pandemic subsides, of course).

  5. Ari Fitz’s My Mama Wears Timbs

    In this short doc, YouTuber, model, and amateur filmmaker Ari Fitz introducers viewers to Frankie Smith, a masculine-of-center woman who reflects on her identity and gender presentation while pregnant. It’s the perfect bite-sized short to watch if you’re in the mood for something uplifting yet thought-provoking.

  6. Pretty Much All of Eurovision 2019

    Bummed that 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was canceled? Us too. Fill that void in your heart by re-watching all the songs from last year’s edition of the international singing competition. Because campy, OTT joy in a time of global crisis is self-care!

  7. My Drunk Kitchen With Hannah Hart

    Before she was a published author, TV show host, and household name in queer comedy, Hannah Hart was just a girl in her kitchen making poor cooking choices while drunk. There’s a reason the concept has resonated (and spanned years of Hart’s career on YouTube): It’s fun, silly, and entertaining AF. For your binge-watching pleasure, with love.

  8. “Sara Lee” (or Any Other Gay SNL Skit of Your Choosing)

    Need a real king who can handle—the end times! Kidding, kind of. Let the plethora of Saturday Night Live skits with LGBTQ themes from Season 45 of the iconic sketch comedy show assuage your fears and make you laugh. Our recommendations include “The Admiral” with John Mulaney; “A Proposition” with Bowen Yang and Kristen Stewart; the entirety of RuPaul’s SNL episode; and, of course, “Sara Lee” with Harry Styles.

  9. Dan Levy’s 73 Questions With Vogue

    Let the Schitt’s Creek star and co-creator’s serene, impeccably decorated Los Angeles apartment soothe your mind and spirit. And while you’re at it, watch Vogue’s 73 Questions videos with other queer celebs like Lilly Singh, Neil Patrick Harris, Troye Sivan, and more.

  10. UNHhhh With Trixie and Katya

    Drag Race Season 7 legends Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova. You know them, you love them, and you can watch them be their weirdest, funniest, most random selves in UNHhhh, their talk show about anything and everything from World of Wonder.

  11. Anything and Everything Contrapoints

    This Shorty Award-nominated creator and “ex-philosopher” is known for her intricately edited deep-dives on complex topics like “cancel culture”, capitalism, and gender and sexuality. If you’re looking to watch something educational and entertaining, then Contrapoints’ Natalie Wynn is your girl.

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