US / 75 min / Director Jett Garrison
These Thems is a seven-episode series following the lives of four queer friends in New York City. After realizing she may be a lesbian, Gretchen quickly befriends non-binary dog walker, Vero, who decides to stop training dogs and start training the straights. Vero takes Gretchen under their wing, introducing her to the queer world and using Gretchen as a guinea pig for Queer Education 101. Vero's childhood friend, Asher, isn't out at work and is faced with the decision to out himself when an opportunity for a LGBTQ account pops up. Gretchen's gay best friend and roommate, Kevin, is looking for love and may have found it in Asher. We follow our four main characters through their lives in New York City as they navigate their world with an intersectional cast of queer and straight characters. The series explores themes of queerness, gender identity, coming out, sexual empowerment, acceptance, and self-expression. The story is told through a comedic lens, with accurate representation: All queer characters are played by LGBTQ+ actors. Behind the camera, the entire filmmaking team was queer-identified and/or POC.
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