‘Gay guys can do missionary?’ Red, White & Royal Blue takes queer intimacy mainstream

Prime's hit is a catalyst for new discussions between mainstream and queer audiences about gay representation.

By Damien O’Meara, Swinburne University of Technology

The hit romantic comedy Red, White & Royal Blue, an adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s book of the same name, quickly became the number one movie on Prime.

The film follows Alex Claremont-Diaz (the son of the US President) and Prince Henry (the ‘spare’ to the British royal throne) and their enemies-to-lovers secret romance, and its mainstream appeal broadens understandings of what gay intimacy can look like.

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