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stream queen


by kevin perry


ISLANDS IN THE STREAMS


The Best Gay Content to Watch Right Now


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treaming is a perfect metaphor for our modern perspective. An endless deluge of information floods our consciousness, simulta- neously ephemeral and dominant. Series and movies desperately vie for our attention, but do we really see them?


More importantly: Do they really see us? Several competing streaming services have endeavored to answer these questions with a slate of LGBTQ content tailored to amplify the magnitude of the moment. “We’re living in a really exciting time right now,” said Christopher Rodriguez,


chief business officer and co-founder of Revry. “A lot of people in the queer community, but particularly in the queer entertainment space, have always wanted more representation. True representation, not just in the niche areas, but in the mainstream.” To avoid the pitfalls of recent history, Rodriguez summoned the future: “There


had been quote-unquote ‘gay networks’ in the past that would default to a place of selling sex. Often it was gay males, generally white. What we were trying to do from the get-go was something completely different.” Unlike our inept political leadership, show-biz visionaries like Rodriguez


harness the power of diversity. “I’m one of four equal co-founders of the company,” he said. “We are 75% people


of color. Four years ago, what we quickly realized was that there really wasn’t a lot of content that was reflective of the entire community. It was just few and far between. So we quickly realized that we either had to seek that content out, or we


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had to create it ourselves.” From its inception, Revry has wielded honesty as a weapon of empowerment


and enlightenment. “The focus has always been reflecting the queer experience as it is, warts and


all. We’re a little bit more raw, rough around the edges, and we like it that way,” he said. Bravery is eternally atop Revry’s viewing menu, but Rodriguez understands


that courage is a luxury for many people in his demographic due to systematic bigotry. “We had to figure out a way to offer our content with as little barrier to entry as possible,” he said. “We’re focusing on a historically marginalized community, a community that has had their stories suppressed.” The challenge of telling these stories was coupled with an even bigger question mark: How do you effectively distribute them? “Some people are too young to afford a subscription service,” Rodriguez said.


“Others are maybe in the closet and they don’t want something that’s obviously queer to show up on a bank statement. We recognized that early on and we figured out a way to offer our content for free.” To accomplish his egalitarian goals, Rodriguez leaned on commercial


collaborators: “We were able to do this with some really amazing advertisers who supported us from the beginning.” And with that organic segue, let’s pause for a word from our sponsors. Or, to be more accurate, take a look at Revry’s competitors in the LGBTQ streaming space …


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