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Why Heartstopper Must Be on Any Leader’s Binge-Watching List

You did not have to do that. I am used to people saying stuff about me.

But too many of us have put up with it. And many of us have also seen read and heard the endless messaging surrounding equity diversion and inclusion but that does not mean all of us have wrapped our heads around these concepts. Far too many people still feel as if they are not been seen and heard nor respected and valued whether at school the workplace or in society. On that very point of being heard and feeling included the British series Heartstopper has understandably become a sensation across the LGBTQ community since it first launched on Netflix in late April. The eight-episode series has become a thing on social media especially on Gay Twitter. But the series should resonate with anyone including those who hold a leadership position. Heartstopper is a must watch as its about as close as anyone can get to actually being able to step into many of their LGBTQ peers shoes.

There are countless reasons why it’s easy to get hooked on this Netflix series which is based on the graphic novels and webcomics written by Alice Oseman. Lets start with the cast which shines starting with the chemistry between the two leads Charlie and Nick played by Joe Locke and Kit Connor the stellar supporting actors and actresses including William Gaos portrayal of brooding classmate Tao breakout star Yasmin Finney who plays a transgender classmate coping with her own challenges Jenny Walser hilarious as the spooky yet supportive older sister to Locke and yes the queen herself Olivia Coleman who has a small role in the series but is brilliant as Nicks at times aloof often perceptive and in the end a tearfully compassionate mum.

Anyone who has remembered their years of teen angst and yearning to belong can relate to this series emotions amplified by a stellar soundtrack that includes the likes of Greta Kline Smoothboi Ezra Baby Queen and chloe moriondo. Filmed throughout the U.K ending with stellar scenes in the final episode at the hamlet of Herne Bay in southeastern Englands coastal Kent the cinematography and visual effects help yank hard at ones current or long faded teenaged heartstrings. And on the lighter side Heartstopper lends itself to drinking games as in taking a shot every time Charlie and Nick say hi to each other or better yet when Nick says yeah

Clearly you do not have to identify as LGBTQ to identify with several of the series plot lines. Plenty of people of all backgrounds can relate to the constant micro aggressions and tones of condescension as when flirty year 11 Imogen snarks at a lesbian couple I am not like homophobic. I am an ally or when the sneering wealthy and entitled bully Harry tells Nick Maybe listen to your boyfriend at least he knows his place.But the overriding reason why anyone in a position of leadership needs to watch Heartstopper is so they can finally grasp what some of their peers direct reports and members of the community experience day after day. Many of us within the LGBTQ community are still made to feel invisible or that our hopes fears and wishes are less important and noteworthy than those of our straight and cis peers. And years of constant belittling and vile comments can still have their effects long after.

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