Queer kids, feel prepared to be called out: How many shows have you watched purely because there was a queer character(s) in it?
If you said ‘none’, then you’re lying to yourself; we’ve all done it.
LGBTQ+ representation on TV has been on a steady rise during the past few years. While there is still not equal representation, we are seeing an upward trajectory which hopefully continues to represent everyone in this world.
So, let’s take a look at some of our favourite queer TV relationships that have given us many laughs, made us cry and allowed us to feel seen.
David Rose and Patrick Brewer (Schitt’s Creek)
Season three of Schitts Creek saw Patrick Brewer walk into David Rose’s store, and everything changed. From cute dinners together to being serenaded in a shop, this couple are the OTP.
Brewer comes out in later life, which is something that is not usally represented on TV. Futhermore, he is never mocked or shamed for his realisation, only welcomed with open arms.
Captain Holt and Kevin Cozner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine have had strong queer representation from the start, with Captian Holt, leader of the precinct, being openly gay.
Raymond and Kevin are given a true stroy arc and are never considered to be side characters with a quiet relationship.
Holt and Cozner are both straight-faced, puzzle-loving, straight-to-the-point men who challenge the flamboyant, shopaholic gay man stereotype we have seen in so many other TV shows throughout the years.
Stef and Lena Adams-Foster (The Fosters)
The Fosters is a truly groundbreaking show. It aired from 2013 to 2018 and followed Stef and Lena Adams-Foster, a bi-racial lesbian couple who have five children, four of whom are adopted. There was nothing on TV like this at that time and it gave representation to so many people.
Aside from queer representation, these two have such great chemistry. It is a joy to watch Teri Polo (Stef) and Sherri Saum (Lena) on and off-screen, as their chemistry is almost the same when the cameras are off.
Papi and Angel (Pose)
Papi and Angel slowly build their relationship from friends to dating. They are two of the most mature and passionate characters in the show.
According to Twitter, this couple were one of those everyone was holding out hope for. Of course they have their ups and downs but, at the end of the day, they are there for each other.
Pose has the largest cast of trans actors in TV history and has won immeasurable accolades thorughout its series.
Brittany S. Pierce and Santana Lopez (Glee)
This duo were only meant to be friends but, after Heather Morris (Pierce) and Naya Rivera (Lopez) fought for their fans, Ryan Murphy brought the characters together and created a diverse female same-sex relationship.
Brittany and Santana went through many trials and tribulations, from family shunning them, being outed and usual relationship issues such as long distance. But, after all that, the pair manage to overcome it and have the best, gayest wedding on the show.
Many people believe that ‘Brittana’ is the best relationship on Glee and allowed many wlw people to see themselves on screen.