Xfinity today launched a new destination for its LGBT viewers on its TV platform, the LGBT Film & TV Collection of more than 800 titles of interest — from documentaries, to television series, to short form entertainment. The company partnered with Frameline Distribution, I’m from Driftwood, and Equality Forum among others, to create the hub, which can be accessed by saying ‘LGBT’ into the X1 voice remote.
Jean-Claire Fitschen, Executive Director of Multicultural Services at Xfinity, announced the launch in a post on the company’s site:
The Xfinity LGBT Film & TV Collection includes Love Stories, Coming Out Stories, Inspirational Stories, Documentaries, International and Award Winners and while not strictly LGBTQ, we also have the always-enjoyable Cult Classics. There is much more to enjoy, for example, the Strong Women collection was added at the request of our customers and has rapidly become one of our top performing categories.
Growing up with friends and family who lived the majority of their lives in the closet afraid to come out, telling these stories means a tremendous amount to me personally. For years, I witnessed those closest to me unable to work and live in the world in their true, authentic selves, much less turn on the television or go to the movies and find positive representations of LGBT people on the screen. The availability of diverse stories with LGBT representation has fostered deeper understanding within my own family of the experiences and events that have shaped our lives.
The collection can also be accessed by navigating to “Popular Destinations”: LGBT Film & TV. On Native: Go to “On Demand”: LGBT Film & TV. The Collection can also be accessed online at: Xfinity.com/LGBT.