As our society continues to become more socially aware, it becomes increasingly evident how important representation in the media is, especially for the LGBTQIA+ community. There is still a massive amount of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people, and with that comes the continued fear for people to be able to just be themselves.
To combat this, we’ve seen a massive increase in LGBTQIA+ representation in the media and pop culture within the past few years. These moments are much more than works of art – they are important efforts to validate all forms of love, and all perspectives of the human experience.
Here are the top 10 most influential LGBTQIA+ pop culture moments – starting with Ellen DeGeneres’s iconic televised coming out on April 30, 1997 – and all of the best Eaze products to enjoy them with:
Ellen Comes Out + AK Haze Base Camp
Although Ellen isn’t exactly the lauded member of the LGBTQIA+ community she once was, there’s no denying that the talk show host forged a path for LGBTQIA+ people all over the world when she decided to come out on her ’90s sitcom, Ellen.
This would hardly be news today, but in 1997, “The Puppy Episode” shook the entire country to its core as we collectively watched both TV character Ellen Morgan and actor Ellen DeGeneres come out in front of the entire world.
DeGeneres faced a tremendous amount of backlash for the episode, and the show was subsequently canceled, but that did nothing to cancel out the support and appreciation she received from LGBTQIA+ people everywhere.
In honor of this bravery that set the stage for queer actors and celebrities of today, spark up with some of Circles’ AK Haze Base Camp – it will have you feeling up, buzzed, and full of life.
Are You the One + Wedding Cake Premium
MTV’s infamous reality dating show Are You The One? made history in 2019 when it featured its first entirely sexually fluid cast. While most dating shows feature exclusively straight casts, Are You The One? Season 7 introduced audiences to different perspectives: a true reflection of reality.
It’s as entertainingly messy as any other dating show, with the added bonus of getting to watch queer and/or trans people look for love on television. The show doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations about homophobia, transphobia, or racism/fetishization, either.
While you watch, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby, and some of Humboldt Farms’ Wedding Cake Premium, a balancing hybrid that will give you as warm of a glow as this show does.
Pose + OG Kush
Ryan Murphy’s Pose is one of the most iconic television series of this century. The show depicts drag ball culture of 1980s New York, amidst the AIDS crisis and the rise of materialism.
Featuring mind-blowing ballroom scenes, powerful monologues, and impeccable fashion, the show has never been afraid to address queerness, particularly among Black trans women, who remain the most targeted demographic in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Pose brings these realities to the forefront with grace, respect, humor, and honesty. While you’re binging, puff on STIIIZY’s OG Kush cartridge in honor of the ballroom OGs who braved the floors all those decades ago.
Euphoria + Purple Ice Cream Cake
Teenagers doing hard drugs, having sex with adults, and running away from home: Euphoria is Gen Z’s Degrassi. Although it’s definitely not a light watch, the show is captivating and features one of the most groundbreaking depictions of a trans character to date.
One of the most memorable characters on Euphoria is Jules, a trans teenager with a gentle nature and infectious smile. Jules is presented as a person first – we don’t find out she’s trans until the third episode, and even then, she never feels defined by her transness.
She is Jules, and she is trans, but before anything, she is a person. Keep some of SF Roots’ Purple Ice Cream Cake nearby for a relaxing, comforting high while you watch.
Kristen Stewart’s SNL Speech + Pomegranate Green Tea
Kristen Stewart has solidified herself as a queer icon since she first came out on Saturday Night Live in 2017. In the middle of a charming, quippy speech, Stewart slipped in the line, “Donald [Trump], if you didn’t like me then, you’re really probably not gonna like me now, because I’m hosting SNL and I’m like, so gay, dude.”
It was the most casual of clarifications, but it inspired LGBTQIA+ people everywhere and normalized love that much more. While you watch Stewart’s speech on repeat, make yourself some of Atlas’s Pomegranate Green Tea for a refreshingly hazy experience.
Zaya Wade + Athletic Formula Epsom Salt Mineral Soak
This moment didn’t necessarily take place on TV or in film, but it definitely circulated social media like crazy and sparked controversy all over the world. In 2019, Zaya Wade, the child of actress Gabrielle Wade-Union and NBA player Dwayne Wayde, came out as transgender, with the support of both her parents.
The NBA and professional sports in general have been notoriously homophobic and transphobic, so for the child of a player to come out as trans with her father’s full support is one of the loveliest things that has ever happened in this world.
Go play an honorary game of basketball for Zaya, and finish it off with some an epsom salt mineral soak – you’ll probably need it.
Harry Styles’ “Lights Up” Music Video + Sour Watermelon Gummies
While Harry Styles has never come right out and said he was queer, he’s nevertheless become a queer icon over the years.
The music video to his 2019 anthem “Lights Up” was released on National Coming Out Day and features the singer dancing half-naked, being caressed by a throng of attractive men and women. The song was instantly and rightfully declared a bisexual anthem.
We don’t have any watermelon sugar, but we do have Watermelon Gummies – the perfect balance of sour, sweet, and stoned.
The L Word: Generation Q + Naked Preroll
The L Word, which premiered in 2004, was a groundbreaking TV series for queer culture – specifically for lesbians. But although the show debunked a lot of stigmas and depicted lesbians as complex, human women rather than sexual fetishizations, it missed the mark when it came to dealing with trans issues.
However, its reboot, The L Word: Generation Q aims to right those wrongs, featuring a diverse cast that truly represents the LGBTQIA+ community and all of its wonderful nuances.
While you binge, get cozy with women-owned brand LEUNE’s preroll – the Naked one, of course.
Shameless’s Ian & Mickey + Runtz Batter
Shameless is the show everyone loves to hate…or maybe, hates to love. It’s also home to power couple Ian Gallagher and Mickey Milkovich (a.k.a. “Gallavich”), two hoodlums from the South Side of Chicago who find home in one another.
From the first episode, Ian and Mickey defy all of the stereotypes for gay men: they’re loud, aggressive, angry, mean, and violent. They also deal with homophobia within their community, their families, and themselves.
Despite their struggles, Ian and Mickey have shown an audience what love really is: undefinable, beautiful, infuriating, home. As you watch their love story unfold, enjoy some of Guild Extracts’ Runtz Batter – a strain potent enough for Gallavich to take on.
Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” Music Video + Forbidden Fruit
You didn’t think we could bring up iconic queer music videos without mentioning Lil Nas X, did you? In recent queer boundary-breaking news, rapper Lil Nas X absolutely destroyed the Internet with his music video for “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”.
The rapper initially came out as gay on June 30, 2019, the last day of Pride Month. Since then, he’s embraced his role as a queer icon, releasing the music video that features him spiraling down a pole to hell to dance on Satan’s lap before snapping his neck and taking his crown.
Watch the video yourself for instant chills and demonic lapdance FOMO, but Lil Nas X essentially faced the age-old argument of “Gay people are going to hell” and said, “Bet.”
Pair this act of defiant, rebellious love with Old Pal’s Forbidden Fruit – what could be more fitting?
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