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Chiara / March 2, 2017 , Thu / films & music, lgbtqia

1. sense8

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I don’t see how Sense8 couldn’t be on a list of favourite shows with LGBTQIA+ characters. This show is so queer and it is so wonderful. Even though at times I am not 100% sure of the storyline regarding the sensate business I thoroughly enjoy every episode I watch. The character relationships and the romantic relationships are all A+. YAY FOR SUPPORT AND FOUND FAMILIES.

Also huge kudos to Netflix for hiring a transwoman actress to act in a transwoman role. If only the rest of the world would do this for trans roles (and all LGBTQIA+ roles, let’s be real).

In my Googling for this post, I just found out that one of the creators said that ‘in theory’ all of the characters in Sense8 are pansexual so *endless cheering and excitement and yeses*

2. orphan black

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I had heard about Orphan Black a lot, but I was never particularly interested in watching it. Then, one fateful day, I was browsing through Netflix and decided to see what all the fuss was about. I then proceeded to binge the entire series (except for the last season which releases this year – NO, DON’T LEAVE ME).

Orphan Black is as good as you’ve heard. The storyline can get a little complex and convoluted at times, and literally nothing ever goes right, but damn this show is good. And Maslany’s ability to portray so many different characters is freaking amazing.

As for the LGBTQIA+ aspect: Cosima, one of the four main clones in the show is gay, and there was also a transguy clone who had a small role, as well. Cosima’s romance with Delphine is really adorable and also wrought with heartbreak because this is Orphan Black we are talking about here.

3. pretty little liars

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Yes, this show is kind of terrible but I cannot help but love it. Also, a girl loving girl of colour is one of the main characters so that alone is a 100% valid reason to watch.

The fact that Emily’s romances get as much screentime and angst and cuteness as all the cishet ones makes me happy. Because when my cute queer couples are sidelined for the cishet ones I am not happy.

At the point where I’m up to in this show Emily hasn’t fond her endgame girlfriend but it better happen. After all the A crap she deserves a happily ever after.

4. shadowhunters

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Okay so the acting might be terrible, and they have changed the storyline so much from the books that it’s barely recognisable … but I can’t help but watch this. And Malec is so BEAUTIFUL. And haven’t been denoted to just the cute m/m couple. They are adorable together, yes, but they also disagree and talk about important things and are real! people!

I’ve also heard rumours that Simon is going to be pansexual and so help me lord if this happens because it would be AMAZING.

5. how to get away with murder

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How to Get Away with Murder started off with two cis male gay characters (one of whom is a man of colour), and then BAM Annalise is bi/pan (so far I haven’t seen her use a word to describe her identity). THIS MADE ME SO HAPPY I CANNOT EVEN.

I loved this show before it was revealed that Annalise had been in a relationship with a woman (and then kind of continued that relationship in the present), but my respect for the show went up by approximately 100% after that point. It’s still such a big deal (and I mean this in the exciting way, obviously) when shows have queer characters, and for one this popular and widely consumed to expand upon a character’s sexuality in the second season was just incredible.

Have you watched any of these shows? Do you want to? What are some of your favourite shows with LGBTQIA+ characters?

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8 Responses to five favourite shows with lgbtqia+ characters

  1. Amazingly, I’ve seen almost all of these shows! The only one I haven’t seen is Sense8 because it looks like it is very intense and I get freaked out very easily. That’s actually why I stopped watching Orphan Black. Thankfully I can handle the darkness in HTGAWM – although I do lose sleep over it sometimes! PLL and Shadowhunters were also shows I started watching but I couldn’t bring myself to continue. But A+++ for diversity!

    A Few of my favourite LGBTQIA+ shows are:
    – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (hilarious comedy with a gay black man in the leading role)
    – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Willow being gay was so controversial at the time because she was a fan favourite)
    – Please Like Me (a comedy with a gay protagonist that takes a really deep and devastating look at mental illness and the lives of awkward adults)
    – The 100 (the show isn’t amazing and there has been drama about killing off a canon lesbian character, but I’m still glad it stars a bisexual protagonist)
    – Person of Interest (literally one of my all time favourite f/f pairings!)

    Sorry this got kinda long – apparently I’m really passionate about TV! Great post :D

    • Chiara says:

      Yay! Although I’m sad that you couldn’t continue with a lot of them because of their darker themes :( I tend to gravitate towards the darker shows, but maybe next time I will try to include lighter ones in my recommendations!

      Ah, I’ve only seen Buffy out of all of them! So YAY for having more shows to watch with LGBTQIA+ characters in them :D

      I absolutely love long comments, and I am passionate about TV as well so I loved your comment! Thank you ^.^

  2. I keep meaning to try out Sense8, so I really need too. I’ve watched the first season of Orphan Black and I really did love it. I need to continue watching – I own the first two seasons, but that’s great Netflix has them too.

    -Lauren

  3. ALL THE QUEERNESS HELL YES. I do not watch nearly as many television shows as I’d like (there’s just so little time these days, alas!) but all of these lovelies are on my to-watch list – especially Sense8, since I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it even apart from the queer characters. I’m also going to drop in with a lil recommendation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if you haven’t seen it already – it’s such a classic & one of the first shows that featured an openly gay character, which is truly fantastic. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. <3 <3

    • Chiara says:

      It’s beautiful, right? I always have to make time to watch TV shows because it’s something that lets me unwind, and brings me a lot of happiness. I really hope you watch these one day, Topaz! Oh, I do so love Buffy. I almost included it on here, but the bi erasure regarding Willow’s identity prevented me from doing that :(

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