Words: Hugh Kaye
There are some serious programmes on telly this week – and not all will make comfortable viewing.
Take, for instance, Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens (Vice, Tues 9 Apr, 9.30pm). Although technically you can be gay on the Caribbean island, if convicted of male same-sex activity – they describe buggery as an “abominable crime” – you face up to 10 years in prison with hard labour.
In the past, Jamaica has been described by human rights groups as the most homophobic country in the world and this documentary looks at how locals live with that.
Vice can be found on Sky channel 183 and Virgin 219. If that doesn’t scare the hell out of you, take a look into the past.
The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade (ID, Mon 6 Apr, 11.59pm) lives up to its name as the death of a young woman leads the police to New York’s disco and gay scene. ID can be found on Sky channel 154 and Virgin 170.
Staying with documentaries, you can witness the first gay wedding to be shown on Gypsy Brides US (TLC, Mon 8 Apr, 10am), while gay Catholic Simon Atkins considers changing his religion in My Big Gay Jewish Conversion (BBC1, Tues 9 Apr, 11.05pm).
The real-life theme continues with Murder She Solved: True Crime (Universal, Mon 8 Apr, 9am). This documentary follows the investigation after a prominent member of Toronto’s gay community is murdered, with detectives led to a web of sex and lies.
More unusual is Rent a Cop (W, Sat 6 Apr, 2.30am), a documentary series about a private security firm. In this episode, the company offers its services to the gay community.
Meanwhile, Pose (BBC2, Thurs 11 Apr, 9pm) continues as the Evangelista boys are persuaded to be tested for HIV while Candy and Elektra clash over taking part in a category for curvy girls.
On a lighter note, Peter is mistakenly identified as trangender in Family Guy (ITV2, Mon 8 Apr, 9pm).
Finally, anyone who knows me knows I am a sucker for a pretty face – and that’s about the only reason to recommend Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry (E!, Thurs 11 Apr, 9pm), unless you believe in that sort of thing.
Netflix’s offerings include, from Friday 12 April, Special, an irreverent new series about a young gay man with cerebral palsy who decides he no longer wants to live an insular life. It stars Ryan O’ Connell, on whose memoir the story is based, while Jim Parsons is an executive producer.
The streaming service also has The Miseducation of Cameron Post which stars Chloe Grace Moretz who is sent to a Christian gay-conversion therapy camp.
To read our recent interview with co-star Forrest Goodluck, click here.