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Hulu announces new LGBT channel for television and film

Hulu announces new LGBT channel for television and film

Hulu is making it easier for visitors to find LGBT films and television shows on the popular internet entertainment site by giving them their own separate category heading for the first time.

Such acclaimed films as Latter Days, A Marine Story, The Crying Game, Velvet Goldmine, Come Undone and the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk are available in the section as well as classic television fare including Queer as Folk, Tales of the City and The Big Gay Sketch Show.

The new category heading is the result of an initiative spearheaded by film distributor Wolfe Video, the oldest and largest exclusive distributor of gay and lesbian films in North America.

Wolfe Vice President Linda Voutour said Wednesday (25 April) that the separate LGBT category is a simple, but important, distinction.

'Creating a visible category for gay and lesbian films continues to be a vitally important reflection of LGBT equality in our culture,' she said. 'We're extremely grateful to our colleagues at Hulu for taking such leadership in the digital delivery space.'

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation applauded the move.

'Making such groundbreaking and popular LGBT films available and accessible to a wider audience can have a tremendous impact on LGBT people longing to see relatable stories onscreen,' said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. 'We applaud Hulu and Wolfe for their leadership in bringing stories that can touch, inspire and entertain so many.'

Hulu, a joint venture between NBC Universal, ABC-Disney and Fox Entertainment Group, has changed the way many people watch their entertainment since it launched in 2007. The streaming site now provides access to next-day content from five of the six major television networks in the US.