Films like The Color Purple, The Watermelon Woman, Tongues United, Paris Is Burning, Set It Off and Young Soul Rebels were instrumental in depicting parts of Black LGBTQ+ identities, experiences and truths in the 1980s and 1990s. The 1990s were neither the beginning nor the end of Black LGBTQ+ visibility in film, however, and recent years have provided us with films such as Blackbird, Tangerine, Pariah, I am Not Your Negro,The Skinny, Bessie, Naz & Maalik, Kiki, Brother to Brother and Punks. In 2017, Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
More and more television shows are featuring Black LGBTQ+ characters and storylines. Shows like Sense8, Dear White People, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, True Blood, Master of None, Orange Is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Empire, The L Word, Arrow, Queen Sugar, Noah’s Arc, Pose, The Handmaid’s Tale, Looking, Cucumber, Glee, Six Feet Under, Black Mirror, RuPaul’s Drag Race,