“Arizona Robbins,” The Longest Running Lesbian TV Character EVER, Leaves Grey’s Anatomy

Thank you, Arizona Robbins, for warming our hearts, entertaining us, making us cry, speaking truth to our lives, showing our love, and giving us representation.

Last week, “Arizona Robbins” appeared in her last Grey’s Anatomy episode, and the queer internet collectively sobbed and said goodbye to one of our most beloved, exuberant, hilarious, and multidimensional lesbian characters we’ve ever witnessed.

Arizona Robbins, M.D. GREY’S ANATOMY 2008-2018

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Arizona first appeared in Grey’s Anatomy in season five, and has been on 228 episodes that makes her the longest running lesbian character in television history. 

Robbins’ relationship with surgeon “Callie Torres” (played by Sara Ramirez) was also the longest running queer couple EVER, together for 133 episodes. To add even more magnitude to “Robbins'” character, she is the second queer, disabled character to ever appear on ABC. According to the most recent GLAAD media report, this year, the percentage and number of series regulars with disabilities has risen slightly to 1.8 percent (16 characters) from the previous year’s 1.7 percent (15 characters).  With such little queer disabled represtantion, “Robbins'” character is monumental. To make her even more significant, she broke the unfortunate trend of queer women characters routinely getting killed off. Her character left the show to open a practice in New York and to be close to her ex wife so they could share custody of their daughter.

It’s no surprise that everyone, including Shonda Rhimes, creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” is devastated by her departure, but forever positively changed by her existence.

The iconic “Arizona Robbins” was played by Jessica Capshaw, who was just as emotional as her fans about leaving the show.

Thank you, Arizona Robbins, for warming our hearts, entertaining us, making us cry, speaking truth to our lives, showing our love, and giving us representation.