Queer Sh*t to Watch This Week

Belting queens, steamy Brazilians, and a very horny Emily Dickinson.

NewNowNext spotlights the latest (and queerest) movies, TV shows, web series, and other LGBTQ shit for your viewing pleasure in our weekly watch list. Grab your popcorn, squirrel friends!

In Theaters



The cousins in this gay Brazilian rom-com are the kissing kind: a handsome young country lad, Lucas (Paulo Sousa), and his distant relative, Mario (writer and co-director Thiago Cazado), recently released from prison. Urged to spend time together by Lucas’ religious Aunt Lourdes (Juliana Zancanaro), the guys become quite close when she heads out of town for a retreat. Anyone got a peach lying around? (Opens November 1, TLA)

Gay Chorus Deep South

As a response to the 2016 election and rising anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states, The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarked on a concert tour through America’s politically deep red region. In between performances the 300-person group, whose artistic director, Tim Seelig (a former Southern Baptist minister who got the boot from the church), experienced eye-opening and life-changing moments, including family reconciliations. You’ll want to keep the tissues close for director David Charles Rodrigues’ MTV Documentary Films production, which won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award. (Opens November 1, MTV Documentary Films)


Copa 181

It’s Brazil week here at Queer Sh*t to Watch, and our second entry entails a literally steamy tale of a married man, Taná (Carlos Takeshi), who finds excitement outside his marriage to an opera singer, Eros (Simone Mazzer), at Copacabana’s titular gay sauna. Inside, more lurid exchanges and relations transpire, including the romance between a hustler, Leo (Caetano O’Maihlan), and transgender employee and cabaret performer Kika (Silvero Pereira). Girl, Barry Manilow never sang about these dramas! (Available now on DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)

TV and Streaming


Gay actor Nik Dodani is back for a third season of Netflix’s dramedy to play Zahid, the best friend of Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a teenager on the autism spectrum. Last season, Sam’s younger sister, Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine), shared a same-sex kiss with fellow track member Izzie (Fivel Stewart), and from the looks of the trailer they’re going to reconnect. Meanwhile, Sam is off to college, and Sara Gilbert joins the fun as a prickly ethics professor (dealing with a cray-cray Roseanne will do that to you). (Streaming November 1 on Netflix)


Apple joins the original streaming game with a comedy-spiked series based on Emily Dickinson’s life starring (and executive produced by) Hailee Steinfeld. Expect what Vulture calls a “young, horny, very millennial” version of the famed 19th-century poet, with Ella Hunt playing her queer romantic interest and bestie, Sue Gilbert. Bonus: 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski as Emily’s mom! (Streaming November 1 on Apple TV Plus)

Let It Snow

Gay, nonbinary actor Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet) and bisexual YouTuber and musician Anna Akana share a little queer holiday lovin’ in Netflix’s rom-com adaptation of the hit YA novel by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, which intertwines three tales of teenagers stuck in a massive snowstorm during Christmas Eve. Get cozy! (Streaming November 1 on Netflix)

Main image: Copa 181.

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.