There are lots of shows on TV today featuring LGBTQ characters. In fact, we have the most representation we’ve ever had! According to GLAAD’s Where We Are On TV report, 6.4 percent of TV characters are LGBTQ.
While we still have a long way to go with fully inclusive representation, I’m hopeful we are getting there.
It’s hard not to get a little emotional when I think of all the queer kids growing up now, and seeing themselves represented in so many different forms of media. Representation matters. It changes lives. It saves lives! So without further adieu, here are 6 LGBT characters on TV right now.
1. Ally, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson plays Ally, a Michigan lesbian horrified by the election of Donald Trump. We think this might be one of the most terrifying seasons on American Horror Story yet (and Asylum was pretty f*cking scary) but we are excited to see it taking on current, pressing issues. We’re also, as always, hella excited to see Sarah Paulson being gay.
2. Cyrus, Andi Mack
Joshua Rush plays Cyrus, a queer tween figuring out how to navigate life and coming of age alongside his pals. It is a giant stride for our community that Disney is featuring its first-ever plot around a gay teen’s self-discovery as a queer person. Though gay characters have briefly made appearances on Disney shows, this coming out story plays a large part in the show overall.
3. Denise, Master of None
Lena Waithe plays Denise, the main character’s best friend. While there is uncertainty that we will get a season 3, it is still extremely exciting that Master Of None took a detour last season to explore the life of a supporting actor, especially when that supporting actor is a queer woman of color. The groundbreaking episode Thanksgiving put the spotlight on Denise coming to terms with her sexuality. Check out Lena’s amazing, emotional Emmy speech here. She is the first black and lesbian woman to win an Emmy for a comedy series. Fingers crossed for season 3!
4. Ilana, Broad City
Ilana Glazer plays the hilarious, self-deprecating and unapologetic Ilana Glazer. Season 4 is out now. Our favorite queer Broad City moment is when Ilana had an existential crisis over hooking up with her look alike.
5. William, This Is Us
Ron Cephas Jones plays William Hill, the father of main character, Randall. In season 1 episode 10, we learn that he has recently left his male partner. Giving bisexual men of color representation is radical and necessary. Though this character has (spoiler alert) passed away, This Is Us is currently in its second season.
6) Jenny, The L Word Reboot
Not sure if this is def happening. A girl can dream!!!
Hopefully, soon we will see shows featuring more queer people of color, queer people with disabilities, and more!
What is your favorite show with a queer character? Let us know in the comments!