Who? Created and written by Chloe Curran. Directed and Executive Produced by Lauren Elizabeth Neal and Curran. Starring: Alexis Bloom, Cameron Denny, Allison K. Joseph, Jesse Leigh, Kingston Farady, Bridget McManus, Jessica Marie Taylor, Aniston Denee, Laura Zak, Amy Jackson Lewis and Nicole Flores.
Why Should I Watch? In a time where LGBTQ+ relationships are constantly under scrutiny in mainstream media, ADVOCATES is the web series that remedies that. In addition to embracing the stereotypes within the LGBTQ+ community, Curran takes it a step further and pokes fun at it because in all honesty, if you can't laugh at yourself then something must be wrong.
In the first episode we meet the Gay, Unidentified, Lesbian, Pansexual, Transgender, Asexual, Bisexual Alliance AKA GULPTAB* where the majority of the series' characters work. Iris (Bloom) and Adrian (Denny) are thrown into the lurch of dealing with two new interns, unapologetic flirty Casey (Joseph) and fanboy Oscar (Leigh), who embody the most stereotypical attributes of your typical gay and lesbian characters and the actors don't get enough credit because they are absolutely hilarious in their portrayals.
In a hilarious turn of events, the group works together to interview the latest overnight phenomenon, Victor (Farady), who is known for his hit television show 600 in which the main romance features a lesbian and bisexual character, sound familiar? It's this scene amongst others that highlight the cracks within mainstream media and LGBTQ+ representation. One of the biggest takeaways I had from the episode was that Victor was a straight man writing about a lesbian/bisexual relationship, something that is seen more often than not within the entertainment industry. Similar to another web series, Her Story, Curran's series features strong characters who are relatable and written by a voice from someone within the community, making it that much more credible.