7 #LGBTQ #Anime You Need to Binge Watch Now

Representation is important.

Anime in its many forms have been at the forefront of being inclusive to LGBTQ peoples. But for those who are new to anime and looking for a good series may not know where to begin.

Here are 7 fantastic LGBTQ anime series that you won't be sorry you watched--and got hooked on!

Loveless

Ritsuka, a 12 year old boy is searching for his brother's murderer. He meets Soubi, who claims to be a friend of his deceased brother, Seimei. Soubi tells Ritsuka that an organization called Septimal Moon may be responsible for his brother's death.

 
 

Zetsui (1989)

Koji Nanjo is good-looking, wealthy and self-destructive. One night after binge drinking, he collapses on top of a trash heap. He's rescued by Takuto Izumi. The attraction is there, but Koji is just too much.

 
 

Yuri on Ice

The relationship of Yuri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov offer (rarely seen in media) a front row seat into the couple's ups and downs and support through some major life obstacles.

 
 

Revolutionary Girl, Utena

Fandom's Zuleika Boekhoudt says that "Revolutionary Girl Utena,  revolutionized the anime industry" by tackling some major issues such as feminism and dismantling the fairytale prince to the rescue that's been pushed on girls for centuries.

 
 
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Love Stage!!

Izumi Sena was born into a family of entertainers. Izumi is an aspiring manga illustrator but is convinced to star in a television commercial. On the set of the commercial it's love at first sight with his costar who, it turns out, they've met ten years prior!

 
 

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko)

When the shy Shuichi transfers to a new school, he befriends Yoshino, a tomboy. Together, they grow, learn about life, relationships and being trans.

 
 

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School is an elite school for those of the highest pedigree. Haruhi Fujioka is a bright scholarship student but is not one of the elite students. Looking for a quiet place, Haruhi stumbles upon the Host Club,where a harem of boys entertains girls. 

 
 

Aoi Hana (Sweet Blue Flowers)

The shy Fumi returns to the school she had transferred from, having left her best friend, Akira behind. When Fumi returns, she falls in love with Akira. 

 

There's something about anime's melodrama, excitement and ability to draw emotion out of you like a crashing waterfall. These anime series are fun, beautifully illustrated and exquisitely written. They are classics among anime fans and staples among LGBTQ anime fans. Have you seen any of these series? Which series do you believe should be on this list? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

 

"Bingo Love"--A Graphic Novel About Forbidden Love

From the cover of  Bingo Love . 

From the cover of Bingo Love

Bingo Love is a tale of love between two young Black girls during a dangerous time--the 1960s. 

Fun, daring and real, Bingo Love is a beautiful, original story, written and created by Tee Franklin, a Black, disabled Queer woman, and illustrated by Jenn St-Onge, Joy San.

From the editor:

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. From TEE FRANKLIN (NAILBITER’s “THE OUTFIT,” Love is Love) and JENN ST-ONGE (Jem & The Misfits), BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.
From  Bingo Love

From Bingo Love

Hazel and Mari meet for the first time at their grandparents church Bingo game. Hazel was immediately smitten and the two instantly became best friends. But one kiss at the wrong place, at the wrong time would for the two apart. For nearly 50 years, the two women their truth, their love, until a chance meeting reunited them again. 

This story is powerful in ways beyond imagination. Although queer love is generally more accepted by society, teens are still subjected to ridicule, bullying and being disowned by family for not being straight. This tale shows gay teens that they are not alone.

Bingo Love isn't the typical comic book story. It took me on an emotional roller-coaster--through humor and heartbreak. Friendship and fear.. Helplessness and hope. I just wanted to hug these two girls and bring them home with me. Franklin made sure to humanize all of the characters with this very realistic story of queer love during a tumultuous time--when Black folk had to be extra careful not to draw too much attention to themselves--where having a family was everything.

While a fictional story, it's a story familiar to many older, gay men and women. It's a story that says, Love is love. And nothing will stop it. It's a story that shows gay women and men that a happy ending is very much possible for them, too.