To mark Pride Month, these Filipino artists illustrated their favorite Netflix LGBTQIA+ characters

June 18, 2020 - 6:13 PM
This composite shows illustrations of some Netflix characters by Jethro Ian and Pandesaii. (Netflix/Released)

Two talented Filipino artists recently illustrated their favorite Netflix LGBTQIA+ characters in time for the Pride Month.

Jethro Ian and Pandesaii used their signature style in illustrating their favorite characters.

“[Representation] is really important, especially for young LGBTQIA+ kids. Seeing ourselves being represented authentically helps a lot when we’re trying to learn to accept ourselves,” Sai said.

For Jethro, on the other hand, he said that “seeing nuanced, multi-layered queer characters on platforms such as Netflix is an immense validation.”

“Especially knowing that these characters involve LGBTQIA+ creators too,” Jethro said.

“It makes you feel like you matter, that the stories you tell are worth listening to. And you are not alone,” he added.

Among the LGBTQIA+ characters illustrated are from the series “Sex Education,” “Stranger Things,” “The Half of It,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” “The Umbrella Academy,” “Special” and “Queer Eye” and “Feel Good.”

Below appears the illustrations Jethro and Sai and what they think of these characters and their works:


Theo from “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”

(Jethro Ian via Netflix/Released)

“I love seeing the representation of a trans man so carefully illustrated in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It also opens doors of hope for young trans kids that are watching the show, since this show is loved by teenage and young adult audiences. The character is being played by Laclan Watson, who is a non-binary actor, which is huge for representation and opportunities for LGBTQ+ kids.”

Eric from “Sex Education”

(Jethro Ian via Netflix/Released)

“Seeing Eric’s character in Sex Education is such a breath of fresh air as it completely redefines the trope of ‘gay best friend.’ His relationship with Otis, his relationship with his self-expression, and his relationship with some of the characters are so unabashedly unriddled with self-doubt. He continues to be one of the characters that give joy to the show.”

Adam from “Sex Education”

(Jethro Ian via Netflix/Released)

“Watching Adam’s character was such a rollercoaster. Having Eric on the other end, who is so sure of himself and his sexuality from day one, we get to see how Adam’s journey to realizing his own sexuality unfolds, even if it wasn’t something easy to navigate. And that is what it feels like for most of LGBTQ+ individuals who are still uncomfortable in understanding and expressing who they are.”

Ryan from “Special”

(Jethro Ian via Netflix/Released)

“Every now and then, you come across series that are light and fun, but sometimes prove to be that and more. That is what Special is. Ryan who has mild cerebral palsy, takes you along a journey of self-acceptance, love, and going after the things you want in life.”

Klaus from “The Umbrella Academy”

(Jethro Ian via Netflix/Released)

“From all the characters in the show, Klaus proves to be the most sensitive and empathic character. It is also notable that his sexuality as a pansexual was never a focal point of his story arc, neither was this a source of trauma or self-conflict. This pushes a nuanced queer characterization that defies previous LGBTQIA+ roles we often see on TV.”

Sai’s works

Robin from “Stranger Things 3”

(Pandesaii via Netflix/Released)

“Robin from Stranger Things is a really cool character. She’s an amazing friend and I’m glad that they added her and her LGBTQIA+ storyline in the show. I can’t wait to see more of her next season.”

The Fab Five from “Queer Eye”

(Pandesaii via Netflix/Released)

“The Fab 5 are just amazing. Seeing them help people get back up on their feet always inspires me to do good and be kinder towards other people. They also really inspire me to use my skills and talents for the better.”

Ellie Chu and Aster Flores from “The Half Of It”

(Pandesaii via Netflix/Released)

“It was great and really gratifying to see an Asian LGBTQ+ lead in a romance story. I also really enjoyed their dynamic, and Ellie and Aster’s struggles with religion, race and family was something I think a lot of us can relate to.”

Ola from “Sex Education”

(Pandesaii via Netflix/Released)

“Ola is a really smart and headstrong character and her coming to terms with her gender identity and feelings was amazing to watch.”

Mae from “Feel Good”

(Pandesaii via Netflix/Released)

“Mae Martin is really amazing and brave for sharing her past and personal experiences through her craft. It’s something that I hope I can also do well in the future.”

—Rosette Adel