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62 TV Shows on Hulu With LGBTQ Women Characters

image: the cast of the l word in black and white outfits, looking sophisticated and sexy. bottom row: jenny, jodi, phyllis, bette, alice (in a suite looking very hot!!!), max. second row: shane, papi, helena, tina, kit.

This post was originally written in March 2020 and most recently updated in July 2020.


What TV shows could you watch on Hulu if you want to see some woman-on-woman action? Hulu’s original content keeps getting queerer and queerer and they’re becoming exclusive hosts of The L Word now that the legendary program is leaving Netflix. What’s streaming on Hulu with lesbian, bisexual, queer and gay characters? What streaming TV shows on Hulu have LGBT content? These are questions you may have asked a search engine that brought you RIGHT HERE, where we will answer them.


Everyone is Gay TV Shows on Hulu

The L Word (Showtime) (2004 – 2009): 6 Seasons, 70 Episodes

image: the cast of the l word in black and white outfits, looking sophisticated and sexy. bottom row: jenny, jodi, phyllis, bette, alice (in a suite looking very hot!!!), max. second row: shane, papi, helena, tina, kit.

If you’ve not already seen The L Word then I imagine you have your reasons, like that most of it wasn’t very good, or that you have no interest in the lives of a bunch of glamorous lesbians in Los Angeles living, laughing, loving, and going gay for Shane. But being snowed in might be your big chance to get to know our girls! We’ve even provided you with an L Word Watcher’s Guide.

The Bisexual (Hulu Original) (2019): One Season, 6 Episodes

Image: Leila (played by Desiree Akhavan), an Iranian-American woman with short dark hair in a pajama shirt, is on a bed looking lovingly at her girlfriend, an older white woman with curly blonde hair and a robe.

The Bisexual sets itself apart by featuring a diverse group of lesbian friends in addition to focusing on the queer protagonist’s narrative and feels entirely authentic. “Akhavan has done something truly brilliant here,” wrote Heather Hogan in her review. “She’s created a show for an audience that understands the joke “Bette is a Shane trying to be a Dana” and then centers it on a character who’s meant to make everyone who gets that joke a little uncomfortable.”

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Lip Service (BBC Three) (2010 – 2012) : 2 Seasons, 12 Episodes

image: the cast of lip service sitting on a U-shaped bench in a basement with a mirror on the wall.

The closest thing we ever got to The L Word was Lip Service, a Glasgow-set drama following a group of lesbian friends: neurotic architect Cat; her best friend Frankie, a brooding Shane-esque photographer; frazzled struggling actress Tess; hot cop Sam (this is how we all discovered Heather Peace!) and notorious bad girl Sadie. Season Two introduced Sexy Lexy Price, a doctor who moved in with Tess, Frankie and Sadie. It was fun and hot and compelling, but the show never really set up the sense of a larger queer social web or the city’s scene in the same way The L Word did, mainstream critics hated it and the community’s reaction was, according to Heather Davidson, “mixed.”


Shows on Hulu with Queer Female Leads Who Are Gay The Whole Time

Killing Eve (BBC) (2018-) : 2 Seasons on Hulu So Far, 16 Episodes

Image: Jodie Comer as Villanelle in a sharp red dress, Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri wearing a blue pajama-type top over a green turtleneck? It sounds weird but it is weird. they're walking down a european street of some kind, it seems like villanelle is following eve

Jodie Comer as Villanelle, Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri – Killing Eve _ Season 2, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gareth Gatrell/BBCAmerica

Killing Eve‘s first season was the Fleabag of 2018: a smart, female-focused Phoebe Waller-Bridge project that intrigued and delighted us all. The complicated and decidedly sexual obsession of these two women with each other is the stuff lesbian dreams (and memes) are made of, and fittingly will be their respective undoings.

Anyone But Me (2008 – 2012): 3 Seasons, 31 Episodes

Image: Two older teenage girls are in bed. They appear to be naked underneath a blanket pulled up to their chest. Aster, played by Nicole Pacent, is looking at Vivian, played by Rachael Hip-Flores. They are happy.

photographed by Michael Seto for Anyone But Me

This cute little webseries is about a teenage lesbian who moves away from her girlfriend Aster (Nicole Pacent’s breakout role) while adjusting to a very different social environment in Westchester.

The Bold Type (Freeform) (2017-): 4 Seasons So Far, 46 Episodes

Image: Sutton and Kat are sitting on either side of Jane, who looks worried and sad. They are sitting in a closet full of fancy shoes.

Season One of The Bold Type captured our entire summer with its smarts and relevance and humor and beauty. The first season grounds its romantic emotion in a storyline between two queer women of color, one of whom is a Muslim immigrant. It’s one thing to write cheeky political dialogue into your show. It is entirely another to build a season-long narrative that defies the stereotypes that build the propaganda that’s used to persecute and oppress the minorities being targeted by a political party. Seasons Two and Three have been a bit hit or miss, but Season Four really managed to exceed our expectations of how terrible it could get!

Broad City (Comedy Central) (2014 – 2019): 5 Seasons, 50 Episodes

Image: Abby and Ilana are wearing brightly colored tracksuits and carring stuffed plastic bags of groceries. Their hair is frizzy because of Floria humidity.

Abbi and Ilana visit Florida in “Broad City”

Broad City, which ended its run last year, reflected an emerging queer zeitgeist but also helped construct it, delivering a breathlessly fresh take on sexual fluidity. In addition to concluding with two out queer Jewish leads, it advanced the conversation around female sexual desire and exploration. This included both its acknowledgment of bisexuality as an identity that transcends romantic relationships and its centering of a goofy, self-indulgent, transformational, hilarious and undeniably epic romantic friendship unlike anything we’ve seen on television before.

High Fidelity (Hulu Original) (2020): 1 Season So Far, 10 Episodes

Image: Rob, played by zoe Kravitz, looks a little unreadable, her friends are sitting on either side of her in a dark bar, looking confused.

Although Rob’s relationships with women aren’t central to the plot, Zoe Kravtiz’s character is a smart, wry, endearing hot bisexual mess on this truly delightful re-imagination of the original film (starring John Cusack as Rob), which was based on a Nick Hornsby book. Updated for the current era with a diverse cast of clever, passionate and musically-obsessed hipsetrs.

Queen Sugar (OWN) (2016-): 4 Seasons So Far, 55 Episodes

Image: Nova, played by Rutina Wesley, a Black woman in dreadlocks wearing a flowy shirt, is holding someone's hands while sitting at a table that has a little candle on it.

Queen Sugar is a beautifully shot family drama about how three adult siblings come back together in the wake of a family tragedy and struggle to take over their family business. It’s poignant, loving, politically aware and certainly one of the most moving portrayals of a black family over the last five years. Rutina Wesley (True Blood) stars as Nova Bordelon, the middle sibling, and a pansexual journalist/activist/spiritual healer/medical marijuana grower. Nova’s a major character throughout, but unfortunately her queerness is handled unevenly. So if that’s your main interest, pay closest attention to Season One and Season Four.

Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform) (2020 – ): One Season so far, 10 Episodes

Image: the women of motherland dressed like fierce bitches in front of a flag backdrop

Three young witches with basic training in combat magic are being trained to defend their matriarchal country against “looming terrorist threats” with supernatural tactics and weapons. This re-imagining of a world where the witches escaped the Salem Witch Trials by striking a deal with the government to serve in the military has a queer protagonist and a queer antagonist!

Little Fires Everywhere (2020-): 1 Season, Airing Currently

Image: Izzy, a young white teenage girl in a choker and sleeveless dress and an undercut, is sitting in her family kitchen. Ruby, a Black girl in a cardigan, is standing behind her. They are both looking at the same thing but not each other.

This adaptation of the bestselling book adds some queer elements that weren’t explicitly present on the page for the characters of Izzy and Mia Warren (played by Kerry Washington, who produced the series with co-star Reese Witherspoon). Set in an affluent Ohio suburb in the ’90s, Little Fires Everywhere is a searing investigation of class, race and the idea of “good white people.”

Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu Original) (2017-2020): 3 Seasons, 33 Episodes

Image: The Runaways crew staring at something that confuses them. Gertie is front and center with purple hair and a jean jacket, and Karolina and Nico (the girl-girl couple) are to her left, as well as her sister. The two boys are to her right.

This unfortunately wrapped-up but undeniably excellent comic book adaptation follows a group of fierce, supernaturally talented teenagers challenging the abhorrent compromises their parents made, supposedly in their best interest, for a “better world,” at the expense of, you know — human lives, wealth inequality, and our planet. Virginia Gardner literally shines as Karolina Dean, a human-alien hybrid initially hiding her superpowers and her lesbianism ’til coming out near the end of Season One and starting a relationship with her crush, cynical goth Nico Minoru. At times it fumbles, having bit off more than it can chew thematically and w/r/t sheer population, but it still manages to combine the easy joy of a teen drama with the satisfying anxiety of suspenseful sci-fi.


Shows on Hulu With Gay Female Leads Who Come Out a Little Later in The Show

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB) (1997-2003): 7 Seasons, 144 Episodes

Image: a promotional photo of the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Xander, Cordelia, Giles, Buffy, Angel, Willow, Oz

You know the deal: in every generation, a slayer is born? And eventually her witchy best friend Willow realizes that she’s gay?

The O.C. (Fox) (2003 – 2007): 4 Seasons, 92 Episodes

Image: Alex and Marissa are standing behind someone who i think might be famous who is sitting at a piano. Alex (Olivia Wilde) is wearing a sleeveless band t-shirt and Marissa's wearing a sparkly tank situation. It's a publicity photo so forced smiles all around.

Marissa and Alex’s sweeps-week romance left an imprint on an entire generation of bisexual girls delighted by this unexpected gift given to us in one of the year’s buzziest and most popular teen dramas. It remains a delicious, dated and soapy watch.

Harlots (Hulu Original) (2017-): 3 Seasons So Far, 24 Episodes

Image: a fancy assortment of women at a brothel in long-ago England. Charlotte is front and center in a fancy red dress, and women are posing behind her like they are art.

I declared Harlots the most accurate portrayal of indoor-market sex work ever represented onscreen in Season One — surprisingly more resonant to me as a former sex worker than any contemporary portrayals — and its extra queering in Season Two made it moreso and then some. If Season One was about sex work, Season Two is about the reality that what’s done to sex workers is inextricable from what’s done to all women — the lessons about power, violence, solidarity and struggle in stories about sex work are ones that the larger conversation about gender ignores at its peril. Season Three I would prefer not to discuss, thank you.

Brooklyn 99 (Fox) (2013-): 7 Seasons So Far, 136 Episodes

Image: four women at a bar, one of them is Stephanie Beatriz in a leather jacket

In 2018, Stephanie Beatriz and her character Rosa Diaz both came out as bisexual — like, actually said the word! — on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which still regularly serves up new, emotional character arcs that peel back the layers to this lovable squad. Above all else, the show celebrates earnestness and friendship in a really lovely way that proves you don’t have to be mean or cynical to be really fucking funny.

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) (2010-2018): 10 Seasons, 283 Episodes

Adventure Time is easily the most influential show in Cartoon Network’s history; echoes of its style and themes reverberate far beyond kids TV. And really Adventure Time never was kids TV. Yeah, it was animated and as silly as bing bong ping pong. But as it evolved, it became as philosophical weighty and psychologically curious as Battlestar Galactica. Fans of Princess Bubblegum and Marceline enjoyed growing canonical support of their favorite couple over the seasons, both on-screen and in spin-off comic books — but they’d never actually confirmed their relationship physically until the series finale when Bonnie got womped in the dome piece and almost croaked and Marceline rushed to her and caressed her and professed her love and they smooched right on the mouths.


TV Shows Streaming On Hulu With Central Queer Female Characters

Utopia Falls (Hulu Original) (2020 – ): 1 Season, 10 Episodes

Image: two girls in Utopia Falls are sitting next to each other, one in a green jumpsuit, the other in an orange jumpsuit with a grey scarf around her neck.

It’s hundreds of years in the future and New Babyl, the last living colony on earth, has divided into different sectors for specific industries, from which 24 candidates are chosen to compete in The Examplar performance competition. Six of these candidates are followed by the show’s narrative, including sexually fluid Brooklyn and dancer Sage.

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu Original) (2017-): 3 Seasons So Far, 36 Episodes

Image: Moira (Samira Wiley) is sitting at a darkened bar, looking intense.

This brutal show is dripping with artistry and performed by a magnificent cast, capable of communicating entire worlds without a single spoken line. Lesbian characters Moira (Samira Wiley) and Emily (Alexis Bledel) get bigger stories as the series progresses into a dystopian nightmare gradually unraveling at its fundamentalist seams. It’s not a pleasant world to witness, yet it remains a seductive watch. Every moment of dark humor is hard-won, like freedom itself.

Shrill (Hulu Original) (2019-): 2 Seasons So Far, 14 Episodes

Image: two girls at a swimsuit party,

Aidy Bryant stars in this adaptation of writer Lindy West’s memoir, in which she navigates the world as a young journalist in a fatphobic world. Her best friend, Fran, is a black British lesbian with all the self-confidence Annie herself lacks.

Rosewood (Fox) (2015-2017): 2 Seasons, 44 Episodes

Image: two women in labcoats, one is white with long blonde hair and in the back, the other is Black and has her hands out like she's asking someone to stop

©2016 Broadcasting Co. CR: Tyler Golden/FOX

A classic procedural in a lot of ways, Rosewood was about a kind and charming forensic pathologist who solved crimes with his scientist sister week after week. His sister, Pippy, also happened to be a lesbian, in a realtionship with a woman who goes by TMI that was established before the show begins. It’s not often we see a pre-existing queer relationship in a main character, and Pippy and TMI quickly laugh and nerd their way into your heart. Also, Pippi’s relationship with her mother about their journey and their relationship through Pippy’s coming out is very powerful and well-written, and Pippy and TMI’s relationship is complicated and goes through many phases throughout the too-short run of the show.

Younger (TV Land) (2015 -): 6 Seasons So far, 72 Episodes

Younger, about a woman in her 40s who is forced to pass as a woman in her 20s in order to land a job, is a delightful brain break that will pass time without asking much of you. It’s unexpectedly funny and a genuinely great depiction of friendship between women. It gets better as the years go on (so be prepared the first season is not a reflection of its best work). Be on the lookout out for Debi Mazar as lesbian Maggie and Molly Bernard as pansexual Lauren, both are the respective best friends of the two protagonists.

The Good Wife (CBS) (2009 – 2016): 7 Seasons, 156 Episodes

Image: Alicia Florrick, played by Juliana Marguiles, is wearing a black shirt and cardigan and holding a legal brief. She is standing next to Kalinda Sharma, played by Archie Panjabi, who is wearing a black leather jacket and pointing towards the camera. Alicia is looking in the direction that Kalinda is pointing. Behind them is a green wall with a painting hanging on it.

Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Good Wife ran for seven seasons on CBS, quickly cementing itself as a standout legal procedural and ensemble drama. It follows attorney Alicia Florrick in the aftermath of her politician husband’s very public, scandalous affair. In season one, she seeks comfort in a new friend, the firm’s private investigator and instant queer icon Kalinda Sharma. All seven seasons pack a lot of red wine, emotional turbulence, and courtroom thrills.

East Los High (2013-2017) (Hulu Original): 4 Seasons, 61 Episodes

Image: Daisy Cantu, a butch latinx person, stands in front of a classroom of teenage students in a bowtie, denim shirt, suspenders and jeans.

Ser Anzoategui (Vida) made their small-screen debut playing Daysi in this show about a group of interconnected friends at a high school in East LA. The first season has a coming out arc that ends pretty brutally, but it’s a show that tackles a lot of social issues and was Hulu’s first with an all Latino cast and crew, filmed in Los Angeles.

Good Trouble (Freeform) (2019 -): 2 Seasons So Far, 31 Episodes

Image: Alice celebrates at the Coterie.

Good Trouble picks up where The Fosters left off: with Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Callie (Maia Mitchell) headed north, from their sleepy San Diego suburb to the bright lights of Los Angeles, to start their new jobs. But sooner than you think, you’ll find yourself falling for all the residents of the communal space where Callie and Mariana live. Among them? Alice Kwan, the soft-butch lesbian who’s trying to get over her ex-girlfriend and get her comedy career started.

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network) (2013 – 2019) : 5 Seasons, 160 Episodes

Steven Universe continues to explore more adult themes more fully than nearly every non-animated show on TV: family, grief, depression, commitment, betrayal, duplicitousness, forgiveness, puberty, gender, gender presentation, sexuality — and it does so in a way that’s warm and engaging and funny and, most of all, hopeful.

Light as a Feather (Hulu Original) (2019-): 2 Seasons So Far, 26 Episodes

Light as a Feather started out as a fun campy horror/teen drama that happened to have a gay character in its main ensemble, and it was all fun in games through season one and most of season two. It had the Final Destination “cheating death” kind of spook factor, mixed in with some supernatural twin stuff and secrets upon secrets upon lies. Season two gave the queer lead, named Alex of course, a girlfriend, but the end of season two took a bit of a turn re: its queer characters…

Party of Five (Freeform) (2020 -): 1 Season So Far, 10 Episodes

Image: a girl looks with frustration and disappointment at a boy wearing a shirt over another shirt

Like the original series, the 2020 reboot of Party of Five is about five children — Emilio, Beto, Lucia, Valentina and Baby Rafa — left to fend for themselves after the loss of their parents. But unlike the original, the parents aren’t lost in a car accident, they’re lost to an inhumane immigration policy. And while that story alone would make Party of Five worth watching, the slow reveal of Lucia’s sexuality over the course of its first season makes the show truly compelling. It’s the kind of intersectional storytelling we’ve been longing for.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform) (2019 -): 1 Season So Far, 10 Episodes

Image: Nicholas, Maeve and Matilda have lunch while visiting NYC.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay centers around Nicholas, a 25 year old Australian expat, forced to become the guardian to his two younger half-sisters after their father dies. When you tune into for the first time, you’re going to wonder why we recommended it…I mean, it’s very gay — oh, so very gay — from the outset but not exactly our brand of gay, you know? But still, you should stick around for two reasons: first, EGBO is the rare show featuring characters on the autism spectrum played by actors on the autism spectrum, and second, it does eventually become our brand of gay.

Star (Fox) (2016 – 2019): 3 Seasons, 48 Episodes

Image: Three young girls with their arms crossed, they seem upset

Star is a musical spin-off of TV juggernaut Empire that is in many ways sharper and smarter (no less overly-dramatic or seemingly illogical) than its predecessor. If you’d love discovering an often overlooked series about three working-class teenage girls doing everything in their power to go after their music superstar dreams, you’ll find something to love here. Simone, Star’s younger sister and 1/2 of the core musical trio, comes out as bisexual in the second season. She has multiple girlfriends on-and-off over the last two years, along with a long-term relationship with a man. Star also stars Amiyah Scott as Cotton Brown, in the first series regular role for a trans woman actor in TV history, and Queen Latifah as the girl’s mentor/mother-figure.

Please Like Me (Pivot/ABC2 Australia) (2013 – 2018): 4 Seasons, 32 Episodes

Image: a butch lesbian in plaid holds a little flower pot over the sink, a white boy in a striped shirt sits on the counter. The lesbian seems confused.

Emily Nussbaum writes that this “gorgeously made, psychological observant comedy” “lets vulnerable people own their jokes.” Centered on a twenty-something named Josh, a queer and “persnickety, self-abnegating student living in Melbourne.” Hannah Gadsby plays lesbian character Hannah starting in Season Two.

Siren (Freeform) (2018 – ): 3 Seasons So Far, 36 Episodes

SIREN – Freeform’s “Siren” stars Eline Powell as Ryn, Alex Roe as Ben Pownall, and Fola Evans-Akingbola as Maddie Bishop. (Freeform/Ed Herrera)

A mysterious mermaid arrives in a small fishing town to look for her captured older sister, who was abducted by the military, which obviously eads to her getting into a throuple with Marine Biologists Ben and Maddie.

Black Sails (Starz) (2014 – 2017): 4 Seasons, 38 Episodes

Eleanor Guthrie will win you over within approximately 30 seconds of her being on your TV screen, I guarantee it. A bisexual businesswoman on the pirate island of Nassau, she has to fight to keep her power at every turn, but fight she does. Her tenuous and angsty relationship with her favorite sex worker Max is one for the ages, and they aren’t the only two queer women we meet over the course of the series. (Buckle your boots for the pirate Anne Bonny.) Just…maybe stop watching before episode 406.

9-1-1 (Fox) (2018 – ): Seasons 1 and 3 Available on Hulu, 28 Episodes

Image: The 9-1-1 team of first responders are grimacing from whatever it is they are all looking at. Everybody's faces are a real mixed bag to be honest. Angela Basset looks great as always. So does Hen, I love her. They're all in various uniforms.

© 2018 FOX Broadcasting. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

This departure from typical fare for the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk follows the fast-paced lives of First Responders  — cops, paramedics, 9-1-1 dispatchers and firefighters — as they tackle all manner of bizarre disaster. Aisha Hinds plays Hen Wilson, a Black lesbian member of the squad. The show is into its fourth season, it’s unclear why only specific episodes are on Hulu!

Claws (TNT) (2017): 3 Seasons, 30 Episodes

Image: the women of the nail salon are looking at an image on a phone. Really bright colors and fun.

Five manicurists in a Florida salon enter the wonderful world of organized crime. Judy Reyes plays Annalise “Quiet Ann” Zayas, the salon’s butch bisexual lookout, doorman and enforcer.

The Purge (USA) (2018): One Season, 10 Episodes

Image: two white women who essentially look the same are standing in a kitchen looking at the same thing on the counter. The house looks nice.

It’s difficult to recommend this program after seeing how the story played out, but the fact remains that there is an intense love triangle and woman-on-woman relationship central to the narrative of this adaptation of a movie about the 12 hours every year when all crime, including murder, is legal in America.

The First (Hulu Original) (2018): 1 Season, 8 Episodes

Lisa Gay Hamilton plays Kayla Price, a former mission commander and a lesbian in this show about the first human mission to Mars. Her wife is played by Tracie Thoms, of course. Kayla is part of the main ensemble but her sexuality doesn’t come up very often.

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Freeform) 2019: One Season, 10 Episodes

Image: allie in a mini-skirt stands in front of Mona and the three other characters this show tried to make us care about but they did not succeed.

This follow up to Pretty Little Liars is bad, but also Allison, who is central to this show taking place in the perfect college town of Beacon Heights, is still queer and has some updates re: her marriage to Emily. Also it’s bad.

Grown-ish (Freeform) (2018-): 3 Seasons So Far, 42 Episodes

Image: Zoey and Nomi are sitting on the couch in their dormitory, looking a little exasperated. Nomi is white and pregnant and wearing a loud blue and teal shirt with long blonde hair. Zoey is Black and her hair is braided and up in a ponytail, and she's wearing incredible pink pants.

(Freeform/Eric McCandless)

This delightful, funny and smart Black-ish spin-off brings daughter Zoey to college, where her tight-knit group of besties includes Nomi Segal (Emily Arlook), a Jewish bisexual whose story takes a few unfortunate turns, including a close relationship with her professor played by the one and only Kate Moennig.


Shows Streaming on Hulu With Minor or Temporary Queer Characters/Storylines:

Mrs. America (Hulu) (2020): Limited Series, 9 Episodes

Image: it's nighttime and Jules, a photographer, is wearing a read leather jacket and walking with Brenda Feigen, an activist in a plaid blazer. Jules is played by Roberta Colonidrez, who is VERy hot.

Cate Blanchett, Tracy Ullman, Rose Byrne, Uzo Abuba and Melanie Lynskey are just some of the wildly talented women at the forefront of this history of the feminist movement in the 1970s and its fight against conservative activist Phyllis Shalafley (Care Blanchett) specifically. Bria Henderson plays Black lesbian early Ms. magazine editor Margaret Sloan-Hunter. In episode five, Ari Graynor shows up as Brenda Feigen, a feminist activist and attorney who falls for Jules, a lesbian photographer portrayed by the one and only Roberta Colindrez. In Episode 7, we briefly glimpse Midge Costanza and Jean O’Leary, a lesbian couple who pushed for inclusion in the feminist agenda and within the Carter administration.

The Librarians (TNT) (2014 – 2018): 4 Seasons, 42 Episodes

The magical library beneath the Manhattan Public Library houses all the mystical artifacts that are too dangerous for the world-at-large. Cassandra, who links auditory/sensory hallucinations to memory is bisexual. She’s very happy and also is Prince Charming.

Shut Eye (Hulu Original) (2016 – 2017): 2 Seasons, 20 Episodes

Charlie Haverford is a failed musician and scam artist who works as a psychic for a big psychic empire. Gina is a hypnotist introduced as someone Charlie’s wife Linda wanted to hire. After some low-key torture, Gina strikes up a relationship with Linda. It does not end well.

Empire (Fox) (2015 – 2020):  6 Seasons, 96 Episodes

Image: Bre-Z in the recording studio

©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

Like a few other notable Ilene Chaiken projects, Empire eventually killed too many lesbians and also went entirely off the rails, but the first season is incredible television and the second is fine. Bre-Z, Marissa Tomei and Naomi Campbell are the women who play gay.

The Last Man On Earth (Fox) (2015-2018): 4 Seasons, 67 Episodes)

Image: promotional photo of the cast of "Last Man on Earth"

©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Frank Ockenfels/FOX.

It’s 2022 and a cataclysm has wiped out the entire population of earth except for one man: Phil Miller. Eventually he locates additional stragglers, including Australian political nerd Erica Dundee and the woman she eventually falls in love with, Gail Klosterman, a chef and former restaurant owner. Their romance blooms!

American Horror Story (Fx) (2011 – ): 9 Seasons So Far, 103 Episodes

Image: Lana Winters, played by Sarah Paulson, is a reporter. She is white with brown hair and red lips, a green turtleneck and a mustard-colored blazer with a gold pin reading "L." She is holding a reporters notebook and a pencil. Behind her stand two nuns, as well as a man in all white. You can see one of the nuns full faces, but the other two figures are only partially visible. Lana looks confused and concerned.

The American Horror Story franchise is erratically queer, depending on the season, but like all Ryan Murphy projects, somebody’s always gay and most seasons have multiple queer women characters (although not, somehow, COVEN).  Season Two, Asylum, has a really original and complicated lesbian character, Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) who is institutionalized for her sexual orientation and loses her wife (Clea Duvall). Season Seven, Cult, is pretty bad, but it too gives Sarah Paulson a starring role — this time, she’s a Midwestern lesbian very upset about Trump. There were peripheral queer characters (or central queer characters whose queerness was not really centered) in other seasons, such as Freak Show, Murder House and Hotel.

Saving Hope (ion) (2012 – 2017): 5 Seasons, 85 Episodes

Image: two white women in a hospital with haircaps on and scrubs.

This Canadian medial drama featured Dr. Sydney Katz, a “take-no-prisoners medical prodigy and Orthodox Jewish Doogie Howser” who’s struggled all her life with her feelings for women. In Season Three, she had a relationship with OB/GYN Maggie Lin.

The Last Ship (TNT) (2014-2018): 5 Seasons, 56 Episodes

Alisha is wearing a hat and I think she's on a boat

This action-drama television series takes place after a pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world’s population, leaving the 218 people on a U.S. Navy missile destroyer to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity! Lieutenant Commander Alisha Granderson, Officer of the Deck, is a lesbian. It … does not end well for everybody.

Power (Starz) (2014-2020): 6 Seasons, 63 Episodes

Black woman with two braids and a long sleeve grey shirt stands in a room with her hands on the counter, looking slightly annoyed

Real life Disney princess Anika Noni Rose (that’s Princess Tiana to you) turned heads when she took off her crown to play dirty cop LaVerne “Jukebox” Ganner in Season Three and Season Four of Power, an adult drama about the high stakes of the drug business in New York. Jukebox is the cousin of central villain Kanan (50 Cent), but between kidnapping actual children and quite a few murders, she’s definitely no shrinking violet of her own.

What We Do In the Shadows (FX) (2019 – ): 2 Seasons So Far, 20 Episodes

The daily life of three vampires who’ve lived together on Staten Island for over 100 years, inspired by the feature film by the same name. Nadja is a Romani vampire who has had many lovers, many of whom are reincarnations of Gregor, who appears in forms including a washerwoman. The Advocate called it “Cable’s queerest comedy” because everyone is pansexual.

Salem (WGN) (2014 – 2017): 3 Seasons, 30 Episodes

Three witches looking very intense in Salem

This mediocre supernatural horror series, inspired by the 17th century Salem witch trials, follows Mary Sibley, a powerful witch who controls the trials and maddens the Puritans to serve the devil, and her (gay) mistress Tituba in a show where “sexuality is fluid.” Also it’s kinda bad.

E.R. (NBC) (1994 – 2009): 15 Seasons, 331 Episodes

Two women in hospital gowns holding a baby

Doctor Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) was one of the first major lesbian characters on television, but her treatment is consistent with the times, which were not great times for our people. Kerry joins the show in a recurring capacity in Season Two but her lesbian storyline doesn’t begin until Season Seven, when she falls in love with staff psychiatrist Kim Legaspi (Elizabeth Mitchell).


Shows Streaming on Hulu With VERY Minor or Temporary Queer Characters/Storylines:

UnREAL (Lifetime/ Hulu Original) (2015-2018): 4 Seasons, 38 Episodes

The cast of UnReal walking in the lot

Behind the scenes of Bachelor-esque reality TV show Everlasting, nobody has ethics and everybody’s ready to sell their soul for good ratings. Season One features a charming contestant from the Bible Belt who realizes she’s a lesbian, and later seasons include a few appearances by a studio executive played by perpetual gay-for-pay Tracie Thoms.

American Housewife (ABC) (2016 -): 4 Seasons So Far, 90 Episodes

(ABC/Tony Rivetti)

A confident and unapologetic mother and wife of three is raising her family in wealthy Westport, Connecticut. Her next door neighbor and close friend is a lesbian.

The Killing (AMC) (2011-2014): 4 Seasons, 44 Episodes

This American remake of a Danish TV series follows two detectives as they solve murders in a very rainy Seattle. One of Bex Taylor-Klaus’ earliest roles is street kid “Bullet” in Season Three.

Better Things (FX) (2016-): 4 Seasons So Far, 40 Episodes

CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX

You can watch past seasons and the present season of this critically acclaimed irreverent comedy as it unfolds as part of FX on Hulu. Pamela Adlon plays Sam Fox, an actress with three kids (one of whom might be trans? this is unclear and honestly frustrating) she’s raising in Los Angeles. There’s some minor queer female characters here and there, including Sam’s agent, Tressa as well as some interesting sexuality and gender stuff happening with Sam’s daughter Frankie. It was the first female-led show on FX .

Scream Queens (Fox) (2015-2017): 2 Seasons, 23 Episodes

This short-lived but pretty fun light horror Ryan Murphy project involved a short-lived lesbian named, of course, Sam, who did awaken some sexual feelings from Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd) in Kappa Tau, who are experiencing a rash of murders on their college campus. Season Two sees the remaining sisters moving their reign of terror into a local hospital owned by their former dean. If you are looking for responsible queer representation, however, this ain’t it!

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) (2015 – 2020): 6 Seasons, 116 Episodes

Fresh Off The Boat is an endearing and hilarious family sitcom all about a Taiwanese-American family living in Florida in the 90s. It contains a heartwarming teen coming out storyline and is sharp in its comedic voice. As Jessica, Constance Wu is phenomenal, and the shift in the second season to focus more on the parents and a little less on the oldest son Eddie really opens up the universe of the show and allows for complex stories about marriage and family. Also, the soundtrack slaps.

Bones (Fox) (2005 – 2017): 12 Seasons, 246 Episodes

Let Natalie tell you all about this queer love plot: “When Angela Montenegro broke the heart of her art school girlfriend, Roxie, lost her muse and went eight years without publicly displaying her work. Meanwhile, Angela put her classical art training to work at the Jeffersonian Institute in forensic facial reconstruction. But then the exes cross paths after Roxie’s implicated a crime, Montenegro is reminded that the only thing between them that’s changed is time…and once Roxie’s vindicated, the pair share a kiss.”

Mistresses (ABC) (2013 – 2016): 4 Seasons, 52 Episodes

You could watch all 52 episodes of this soapy mystery show on Hulu, but also we wouldn’t judge you if you just wanted to watch the tiny arc between real estate agent Josslyn (Jes Macallan) and lesbian character Alex (Shannyn Sossaman), who meet in the pilot and begin flirting more or less immediately. Alex sticks around for 8 episodes. It looks like Season Three involved some light lesbianing as well?

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Freeform) (2008-2013): 5 Seasons, 121 Episodes

Once you get 121 episodes deep into a show — even a show that, upon launch, was widely seen as promoting an anti-choice agenda and other “family values” philosophies — and lesbians will turn up! A lesbian played by Anne Ramsey, specifically. But also, a lesbian mom played by Molly Ringwald! There’s also a tiny sweeps situation. VERY light queer.

Letterkenny (Hulu) (2016-): 8 (short) Seasons So Far, 54 Episodes

This quirky Canadian comedy is full of quick-witted, fast-talking folks with very specifically Canadian humor that somehow seems universally hilarious. It seems all of the women are canonically queer, though the only real on-screen proof we get of that is when Katy (Michelle Mylett) walks out of the bathroom with Mrs. McMurray (Wynonna Earp‘s Melanie Scrofano) having obviously just hooked up. Still, it’s fun to see when the references do pop up, including but not limited to when Katy joins the boys in lusting after the town darling.

Clique (BBC Three / Hulu) (2017 – 2019): 2 Seasons, 12 Episodes

Two best friends get mixed up with a dangerous and mysterious clique when they begin as freshmen at University. Georgia is swept up in the glamour and exclusivity, while Holly is tentative and suspicious. Season One relies mostly on subtext and Season Two has a bigger part for Louise, a lesbian, but it doesn’t end well.


Reality & Documentary TV With Queer Talent Streaming on Hulu

America’s Next Top Model (2003 – 2015) (UPN + The CW + CBS): 22 Seasons, 285 Episodes

The first 22 Seasons of ANTM, before the VH1 reboot, are available on Hulu. The program consistently included lesbian and bisexual contestants. Notable memories include Kim Stolz being hot hooking up with Sarah in Season Five, Ebony battling homophobic models in Season One, Isis King becoming the first trans woman contestant in Season Eleven, Megan being accidentally outed and then required to be part of a Portia De Rossi / Ellen DeGeneres photoshoot in Season Seven and out-and-proud Kayla in Season Fifteen and our introduction to AZ Marie Livingston in Cycle 18 (AZMarie would later date Raven-Symone). Also interesting is the number of contestants who came out after being on the program.


Other shows on Hulu with extremely minor queer characters: The Mindy Project, Casual, Desperate Housewives, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, NYPD Blue, Weeds, Cougar Town

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Take Part in New Study on Pregnant and Postpartum LGBTQ+ People

Take Part in New Study on Pregnant and Postpartum LGBTQ+

An exciting new study on the experiences of LGBTQ+ people who are pregnant and postpartum aims to use its results to create positive changes for all LGBTQ+ childbearing people. Learn more and find out if you are eligible to take part.

The Study of Queer and Trans PREG

The Study of Queer & Trans PREG (Perinatal Resilience and Experiences of Gestation) is led by Kodiak Soled, MSN, RN, a Ph.D. candidate in the Columbia University School of Nursing and a board member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality. She’s backed by a team not only of academics but also of community advisors since, as they explain on the study’s website, “We believe in community-informed research that privileges the expertise of community members and values their priorities and needs.”

Their goal, too, goes beyond just academic results: ultimately, they want to find ways to improve the future health of the LGBTQ+ community. They say:

We hope this study will allow LGBTQ+ childbearing people to document their own challenges as well as their strengths related to the childbearing journey and bring visibility to issues the community cares about most.

We hope by documenting LGBTQ+ childbearing experiences, we can use this knowledge to educate healthcare professionals, advocacy organizations, and support services on our needs.

We hope that using images, along with stories, will be a compelling way to speak to people in power and spark changes in policy that support and celebrate LGBTQ+ pregnant people and parents.

We hope this study will contribute to the development of future research studies that uplift and resource the diversity of people that bear children and their families.

The study will take place online over approximately six months. After an enrollment meeting, participants will take part in three, one-to-two-hour online interviews with surveys, all about their pregnancy and postpartum experiences. Between the interviews, they will take approximately 70 photos of these experiences, guided by biweekly prompts. (Using a cell phone camera is fine.)

Participants can be compensated up to $165 if they are found to be eligible and complete all research procedures.

Learn more and see if you are eligible (and if you’re not, please pass along the info to someone who might be).

New Hampshire Governor Signs Legislation Protecting LGBTQ and Other Families

New Hampshire Governor Signs Legislation Protecting LGBTQ and Other Families

New Hampshire has become the second state within the past week that has updated its parentage laws to better protect all children and families, including those formed through assisted reproduction.

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Governor Chris Sununu (R) has signed HB1162, which clarifies that the spouses of biological parents may seek to adopt their children. In these cases where “one of the adoptee’s parents will remain a parent”—as is the case for many LGBTQ couples—no home study is necessary. Alternatively, parents who create their families through assisted reproduction may petition for a court judgment of parentage “either before, during, or subsequent to the pregnancy,” which the court must issue within 30 days. In most cases, a court appearance will not be necessary. (Once again, adoptions or court judgments are more legally solid, especially across state and national borders, than simply having both parents’ names on the birth certificate.)

The new law also expands access to adoption by unmarried couples and updates the state’s parentage laws in gender-neutral and inclusive terms.

New Hampshire follows Rhode Island in updating its laws this month to better meet the needs of families today—the Ocean State passed a similar parentage law last week. Each state’s provisions are somewhat different, though, so do call the GLAD Answers hotline or consult your own a lawyer if you have any questions about these new laws.

Will Massachusetts also revise its parentage statutes before the end of this month, giving us a New England trifecta for the legislative session? Let’s hope so—and if you live in Massachusetts like me, call or e-mail your state senators and representatives immediately and ask them to support passage of H.1485 and S.1013. Also call Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D; 617.722.1500) and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (D; 617.722.2500). GLAD and MassEquality in a webinar on July 10 suggested emphasizing not only the personal impact on children and families, but also increased efficiency (less clogging of the courts; less burden on DCF) and reduced costs—practical considerations that may sway lawmakers. A few other talking points are on this Fact Sheet from GLAD (pdf).

Yes, there are still hurdles aplenty for our families and our country—but let’s take heart that there can still be progress.

32 Lesbian, Queer & Bisexual (LGBTQ+) TV Shows Streaming Free on Amazon Prime

Tig, played by Tig Notaro, is in a hospital bed. A woman in a dress is touching her forehead lovingly.

This post was originally written in 2017 and has been updated in July 2020.


Amazon: an evil company with a lot of free television for Prime Members! What TV shows with lesbian, bisexual and queer women characters are on Amazon Prime? What a good question you may have typed into your computer browser, looking for queer television program with lesbian storylines! Lesbian bisexual queer TV shows on Amazon Prime! Streaming!

There are more programs available on Amazon for an extra fee as well as add-on channels, this post is just covering the shows that come with your subscription and for which you can watch the entire series on Amazon for free.


Amazon Streaming TV Shows With Lesbian and Bisexual and Queer Characters and Lots of Queer Stuff

One Mississippi (Amazon Original): 2 Seasons, 12 Episodes

Tig, played by Tig Notaro, is in a hospital bed. A woman in a dress is touching her forehead lovingly.

Tig Notaro’s super-good semi-autobiographical comedy series follows a Los Angeles radio host “Tig Bavaro” as she returns home to Mississippi after a double mastectomy and a C. difficile infection to be with her family when her mother is taken off life support. She moves in with her brother and stepfather and begins learning things about her mother and her home that she never knew. Then she falls for a straight girl played by her real-life girlfriend Stephanie Allynne. It’s really funny and when it got cancelled I was very sad.

Transparent (Amazon Original): 5 Seasons, 41 Episodes

It is the lesbian wedding of Tami and Sarah Pfefferman. The entire Pfefferman family is dressed in white and standing on a green area close to beaches and mountains. A photographer is attempting to photograph the entire family. The wedding party also includes the rabbi and Josh's son.

Transparent is centered on a Los Angeles based Jewish family who are basically all queer, except for the straight guy who can suck it he’s the worst. Transparent has trans women playing trans women, it has a bisexual Mom who gets kinky with Jiz Lee and has a throuple, it has a twenty-something daughter with a fluid sexuality and gender presentation, it has multiple lesbian trans women, it has Carrie Brownstein playing a bisexual named Syd and Cherry Jones playing, basically, Eileen Myles. It was brilliantly written and it employs more trans and queer folks behind the camera than any show.

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Danger & Eggs (Amazon Original): 1 Season, 13 Episodes

Image: Danger and Eggs promotional photograph. Neon green ground with two darker green trees near the back. Behind the park is a skyline. In the foreground, an egg wearing jeans with two legs is blowing a fan on a small human-like creature with a missing tooth. Words read "Danger and Eggs."

Last week we told you about Danger & Eggs and how it’s got queer themes, queer characters, a trans woman co-creator and a cast that includes so many of our favorite humans — Stephanie Beatriz, Jasika Nicole, Angelica Ross, Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, Tyler Ford, Jazz Jennings and Laura Zak. This week could be the week that you find out for yourself why everybody is so excited for Danger & Eggs! I’m also excited, generally speaking, for danger, and also for eggs, scrambled.

Anyone But Me: 3 Seasons, 31 Episodes

Image: Two older teenage girls are in bed. They appear to be naked underneath a blanket pulled up to their chest. Aster, played by Nicole Pacent, is looking at Vivian, played by Rachael Hip-Flores. They are happy.

photographed by Michael Seto for Anyone But Me

Remember this adorable webseries from 2009-2011 starring Nicole Pacent and Rachael Hip-Flores, Autostraddle’s 2009 Critters of the Year, as two teenagers who fall for each other and have all kinds of self-discovery and also so do their friends? If you do, you’ll be happy to hear it’s on Amazon and if you don’t, well GO WATCH IT.

The Fosters (Freeform): 5 Seasons, 104 Episodes

Image: Stef and Lena Foster are in the kitchen with two of their children. In the foreground, Stef and Lena are holding each other and Stef is kissing Lena on the forehead. In the background, their son is walking past the refrigerator, which has cereal boxes on top of it.

(ABC Family/Eric McCandless)

The Fosters was lauded for its portrayal of a family headed up by a lesbian couple — Stef (Teri Polo), a cop, and Lena (Sherri Saum), a school administrator. Over the course of the show the story weaves around Stef and Lena as well as their foster and biological children. This includes a foster son who comes out as gay, their daughter Callie dating a transgender boy. A dozen or so other queer characters pop in and out of this sometimes heartwarming and often messy little show.


TV Shows on Amazon With Lesbian and Bisexual and Queer Characters and a Good Amount of Queer Stuff

Humans (Channel 4): 3 Seasons, 24 Episodes

Image: In a living room with grey walls, a mirror, and an orange drape. We see the back of a woman in a dark blue shirt, possibly a cop. The focus of the image is on Niska, an android who looks human, with long white-blonde hair, bangs, a denim jacket and a striped t-shirt. She is reaching for the hand of Astrid, her girlfriend, who has long brown hair and is wearing a grey hoodie.

Humans is so good and so underrated why didn’t you all watch Humans when we told you to? Good news there’s still time, gather round for this gripping sci-fi series about a parallel present in which the must-have gadget for any busy family is a “Synth,” basically a robot servant. But what if the robots got sick of being servants! And what if Niska fell in love with a woman!

Hannibal (NBC): 3 Seasons, 39 Episodes

Season Two of this psychological thriller introduced a recurring lesbian character, Margot Verger, who, after a detour into Unfortunate Tropesville, eventually gets a love interest and offspring. You’ll have to endure some cannibalism to get there, though, but isn’t that true about everything, really?

The Good Wife (CBS): 7 Seasons, 156 Episodes

Image: Alicia Florrick, played by Juliana Marguiles, is wearing a black shirt and cardigan and holding a legal brief. She is standing next to Kalinda Sharma, played by Archie Panjabi, who is wearing a black leather jacket and pointing towards the camera. Alicia is looking in the direction that Kalinda is pointing. Behind them is a green wall with a painting hanging on it.

The Good Wife began as a story about the loyal wife of a state’s attorney embroiled in a sex and corruption scandal she was forced to publicly endure. Then it becomes a story about the wife returning to her career as a lawyer, which brings us to her law firm and to her smokin’ hot bisexual investigator Kalinda Sharma. Kalinda appears in 86% of the series episodes and sometimes (!!!!) even has involvements with ladies.

Orphan Black (BBC America): 5 Seasons, 50 Episodes

Image: Cosima, played by Tatiana Maslany, is looking at her laptop with her friend Felix, played by Jordan Gavaris. Cosima has, unfortunately for us all, dreadlocks. She is white and wearing glasses and seems shocked by what she sees on her laptop. Felix, next to her, is pensive and might not have a full view of the laptop. The back of the laptop is decorated with bright-colored DNA strands. It is nighttime.

Photo: Jan Thijs 2013

This science fiction thriller stars Tatiana Maslany as a bunch of clones, including queer Experimental Evolutionary Developmental Biology Ph.D. student Cosima. She has a scissoring relationship with Delphine Cormier. Honestly every time I write a blurb for this show I end up getting something wrong about it. Did I do okay.

Defiance (SyFy): 3 Seasons, 38 Episodes

Defiance is a dystopian sci-fi series set in (what used to be) St. Louis after a whole bunch of alien wars ravaged and terraformed the entire earth. Now humans and aliens are living together! Kenya Rosewater (played brilliantly by your girl Mia “Jenny Schecter” Kirshner) owns a brothel called Need/Want and during season one she falls for a Castithan noble named Stahma Tarr (played deliciously by your girl Jaime “HG Wells” Murray).

American Horror Story (FX): 8 Seasons, 94 Episodes

Image: Lana Winters, played by Sarah Paulson, is a reporter. She is white with brown hair and red lips, a green turtleneck and a mustard-colored blazer with a gold pin reading "L." She is holding a reporters notebook and a pencil. Behind her stand two nuns, as well as a man in all white. You can see one of the nuns full faces, but the other two figures are only partially visible. Lana looks confused and concerned.

Seasons 1-8 are free on Amazon Prime, and Season Two is probably the queerest — that’s the one where Sarah Paulson plays a lesbian reporter trapped in an asylum and forced to undergo conversion therapy while her girlfriend Clea Duvall sits at home waiting to be murdered. Seasons Four and Five are also chock-full of LGBTQ+ characters, ranging from “pretty cool” to “super offensive.” You’ll see!

Counterpart (Starz): 2 Seasons, 20 Episodes

Image: Baldwin, a masculine-of-center woman in a hoodie, black leather jacket and black pants, is sitting on a bed in a room. She has short hair and her face is bruised. Clare, a white woman with long dark hair in a ponytail, is sitting on the ground, looking at Baldwin, who is looking away. They seem sad and alarmed.

Baldwin, a masculine-of-center lesbian and trained assassin never given the chance to develop a true emotional life or any dreams of her own, a fact laid bare when she’s forced to watch her counterpart, an accomplished classical violinist, die in an alternate dimension. Her story weaves around and connects with the primary storyline in a gripping, dark story that never got its due

Hunters (Amazon Original): 1 Season So Far, 10 Episodes

Image: Millie, an FBI agent, is a Black woman with short dark hair, wearing a blue button-up shirt and a green trenchcoat, visible from mid-torso up. She is wearing white latex gloves and writing in a notebook with a skeptical facial expression.

Three decades after World War II, a group of Jews and allies have set out to find and kill Nazis who are still living, thriving and employed in the United States. FBI Agent Millie Morton is on the case and also she’s a lesbian! Who lives with her hot girlfriend! It’s a sharply stylized series with a winning cast, although its Holocaust flashbacks can be alternately horrifying and problematic.

I Love Dick: 1 Season, 8 Episodes

Image: An art gallery in Marfa. Devon, played by Roberta Colindrez, is presenting her play to a group of artists who are sitting in a semi-circle around her. She is wearing a brown t-shirt with white stripes and has dark, curly hair. One of her hands is on a piece of paper on the floor, the play script. Wee see the backs of five students circled around her.

Joey Soloway’s series based on the book by Chris Kraus brought Roberta Colindrez as Devon into our lives, and the world has not been the same since. Chris (Kathryn Hahn) heads to Marfa for her husband  Sylvère’s (Griffin Dunne) fellowship and meets the sponsor, Dick, who she becomes immediately obsessed with. Different characters head up individual episodes, and Devon’s is SURPRISE my favorite.

Homecoming (Amazon Original): 2 Seasons, 16 Episodes

Image: A large lake surrounded by tall, vibrantly green trees. The character played by Janelle Monae is inside a red rowboat. She appears alarmed. She is wearing a white shirt and a green jacket, and clutching both sides of the boat, like she doesn't know where she is or how she got there.

Season One of Homecoming, based on a Gimlet podcast, starred Julia Roberts as a caseworker for veterans at a live-in transition center for veterans sponsored by a giant corporation with some sinister secret intentions. It’s a watch-in-one-night binge: eerie, intense, winding and worth it. Season Two opens with a new protagonist, played by Janelle Monáe, waking up in a rowboat in the middle of a river. Also, she’s gay.


TV Shows With LGBTQ Women Characters Streaming on Amazon With a Fine Amount of Queer Stuff

Red Oaks (Amazon Original): 3 Seasons, 30 Episodes

image: A busy room. A white woman in an orange dress with curly brown hair and glasses is stting in a chair near a table, leaning over to the person in the chair next to her. He is a white man wearing a yamacha with one arm around the chair, mid-clap. They both seem to be looking at the same thing.

Set in a New Jersey country-club in the mid-80s, Red Oaks has a regular character who, following a divorce, starts questioning her sexuality and tentatively wading into the waters of light kissing with other ladies. Judy is played by Jennifer Grey, who you may remember from a little dancing movie set in a Catskills summer resort in the mid-50s in which nobody put baby in a corner.

The Fall: 3 Seasons, 11 Episodes

It’s a dark, quiet, suspenseful-and-creepy-as-hell crime series starring Gillian Anderson as a sexually fluid detective psychologically rattled by a particularly challenging case. She kicks ass and takes names, working alongside an adorable lesbian police constable who unfortunately she does not make out with. Look out for Archie Pangabi playing another queer-ish character, Dr. Tanya Reed Smith.

House: 8 Seasons,

Home Fires (ITV): 2 Seasons, 12 Episodes

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Home Fires is a British period television drama about women who come together to make Jam during World War II. Also, lesbians.

American Gothic (CBS): 1 Season, 13 Episodes

American Gothic lasted for one entire season, and included a storyline where a married politician running for Mayor was having an affair with her female campaign manager.

House (Fox): 8 Seasons, 177 Episodes

Image: the hallway of a hospital. Three people walking down the hallway. In the middle is Dr. House, tall white and thin in a blazer and button-up shirt. to his right is Thirteen, played by Olivia Wilde, in dark blue scrubs and a white doctors' coat. To his left is Dr. Eric Foreman, played by Omar Epps. Foreman is Black and wearing a shirt and tie and a white doctors coat. They seem to be in a mild hurry.

Olivia Wilde plays gay yet again for us in House ad Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley, a bisexual internist who joins House’s medical team in season three. For most of the series she is dating fellow doctor Dr. Eric Forman (Omar Epps).

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Amazon Original), One Season, 8 Episodes

Image: View from above of three women lying on what seems to be a pile of differently-colored blankets: dark pink, flowered, gold and white. The three girls are all wearing white nightgowns and tangled up in each other. One is white with blonde curly hair, the girl in the middle is white with brown hair, the girl on the other side is brown with dark hair. The pose is upside-down. It is hard to tell what they are thinking.

The classic 1975 novel about three schoolgirls who vanish from Appleyard College for Young ladies on Valentine’s Day 1900 has been adapted before — Peter Weir’s 1975 film “certainly picked up on the erotic subtext” of the story, but the new Foxtel series “takes the sexual undercurrents rippling among the residents of Appleyard College and the local townsfolk and makes them a tad more obvious.” According to one writer, “this adaptation is fundamentally about queerness, about how each character discovers, experiences, and reacts to their queerness, and about the consequences of the choices each character makes as a result of their queerness.” YMMV on how much queerness you pick up on.

Vikings (The History Channel): 6 Seasons, 79 Episodes

Viking is a historical drama series inspired by the sagas of Norse hero Viking Ragnar Lothbrok. At some point, shield-maiden Astrid has a romance with legendary shield maiden Lagertha? There is also some death involved in this.

Fleabag (Amazon Prime): 2 Seasons, 12 Episodes

Image: Fleabag looks at Belinda, a lesbian priest, while they are both at a bar

In its second season, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s eponymous protagonist confirms her bisexuality while sharing a drink with a lesbian businesswoman played by Kristin Scott Thomas. But you’re gonna watch this show regardless because it’s so good!

Alpha House (Amazon Prime): 2 Seasons, 20 Episodes

Image: the lesbian chief-of staff, a white woman in glasses with long dark hair, wearing a Sarah Lawrence sweatshirt, looks at her boss. His back is to us but he's clearly a bald white man.

Inspired by several fictional Republican Senators who share a Washington DC row-house in this political satire with a long list of revered recurring/guest actors (Wanda Sykes, Amy Sedaris, Cynthia Nixon) and cameos from figures including Stephen Colbert, Rachel Maddow and Elizabeth Warren. Julie Carrel (Brooke Bloom) is the chief-of-staff for Senator Louis and her girlfriend, Katherine (Natalie Gold) is chief-of staff to a different senator. They eventually get pregnant!

Hanna (Amazon Original): 2 Seasons So Far, 16 Episodes

Image: Jules, in a yellow t-shirt, sits across a table from Hanna. Both have food trays in front of them. There is a guard standing behind the table, just his torso is visible.

Hanna lives in a remote Polish forest with her father, the only man she’s ever known. She was part of a CIA program he recruited for, where children’s DNA was enhanced with 3% wolf to form “super-soldiers.” In Season 2 we meet other children from the same program and one of them, Jules, is a lesbian.

Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Original): 4 Seasons, 40 Episodes

Image: a white woman with long flowy hair in a symphony playing the cello

This comedy-drama series was inspired by “Mozart in the Jungle: Sex Drugs and Classical Music,” in which oboist Blair Tindall recounted her professional career in high-profile symphonies. Saffron Burrows plays Cynthia Taylor, a bisexual cellist with The New York Symphony and Gretchen Mol is Nina, a union lawyer who initially hits it off with Cynthia.


TV Shows Streaming on Amazon With a Small-to-Okay Amount of Queer Stuff

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Original): 4 Seasons, 40 Episodes

Image: A blonde white woman in a v-neck white silk shirt and grey pants is sitting behind a camera with a white man, who is looking through the camera. This scene appears to take place in the 40s or 50s.

You’ve really got to pay attention to a lot of high-concept yet often quite absurd alternate history depicting a parallel universe where the Axis powers won World War II and thus Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan are in charge, each taking a piece of the United States for themselves. I can’t even get into the characters, it’s very complicated! A small lesbian storyline arrives in Season Three.

The Expanse (Syfy + Amazon): 4 Seasons, 46 Episodes

Image: a middle-aged white woman in a black v-neck shirt and green blazer stands in what appears to be the hallway of a spaceship. She looks concerned.

The Expanse follows a disparate band of antiheroes as they grapple with a conspiracy that is threatening the fragile future they’re living in a colonized Solar System. Also; being queer is not a big deal in this future! Elizabeth Mitchell plays lesbian character Anna Volovodov, a doctor who leads a small Methodist congregation.

Bones (Fox) (2005 – 2017): 12 Seasons, 246 Episodes

Image: Angela Montenegro clutches her heart while standing next to Bones, played by Emily Deschanel. Both women are wearing patterned shirts and blazers.

Let Natalie tell you all about this queer love plot: “When Angela Montenegro broke the heart of her art school girlfriend, Roxie, lost her muse and went eight years without publicly displaying her work. Meanwhile, Angela put her classical art training to work at the Jeffersonian Institute in forensic facial reconstruction. But then the exes cross paths after Roxie’s implicated a crime, Montenegro is reminded that the only thing between them that’s changed is time…and once Roxie’s vindicated, the pair share a kiss.” (This is under the “okay amount of gay stuff” because relative to the entire length of the series, there’s not a lot.)

Goliath (Amazon Original): 3 Seasons So Far, 24 Episodes

Image: A living room that exudes an air of wealth. White walls, off-whtie sofa, white lighting fixtures, some yellow accents, a gold-framed photo. On the sofa sit two white women. One is wearing a skirt her legs, bare from the knees, are crossed with her feet on the floor, and is leaning slightly towards the other, who is relaxed and sitting cross-legged on the couch in a blue sweater. She is looking at the camera.

“Down and out” lawyer Billy McBride, played by Billy Bob Thornton, gets pulled back into the work through some byzantine and unexpected cases, including a TRULY BIZARRE Season Two situation that continues to haunt me. Anyhow, there are some adjacent queer women characters who appear in Seasons One and Three, including Billy’s ex-wife, played by Maria Bello. Nina Arianda’s performance as Patty Solis-Papagian is a genuine delight!

Carnival Row (Amazon Original): One Season So Far, 8 Episodes

Image: A man in a hat with facial hair stands next to Cara Delevingne, who has short hair like an elf and a headband

This neo-Victorian fantasy-noir finds bands of mythical creatures escaping from their riotous homeland to seek comfort in a city where they are not entirely welcome. Queer model/actress Cara Delevingne plays Vignette Stonemoss, who is pansexual and was involved fellow faerie Tourmaline, although that element of her character earns only the most passing of mentions.

Forever (Amazon Original): One Series, 8 Episodes

Image: Two women walk a dusty road. One is June, played by Maya Rudolph, and the other is Kase, played by Catherine Keener. Case is wearing a big lesbian flannel and smiling at June, who's wearing a denim jacket.

Depending on who you ask, this series either contains a TON of gay stuff or barely any gay stuff. If you ask me, for example, I would edge towards the “minimal gay stuff” because none of it is explicit or consummated and I was disappointed by it on multiple levels. However, if you ask Heather, she would say that Forever “explores middle-aged queerness in a way [she’s] never seen before on TV.”

Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Amazon Original): One Season, 10 Episodes

Sarah and Katie sit relaxed on a couch together

Sarah and Katie. Where’s the VR game I can play that gets me into THIS scenario?

One episode of this anthology series tells the story of a future policewoman, played by Anna Paquin, sharing headspace with a game designer as both track down violent killers whose existence has enormous consequences.

(Re)building Our Nation: July 4th, Hamilton, and LGBTQ Families

(Re)building Our Nation: July 4th, Hamilton, and LGBTQ Families

I am thinking this July 4th week of a song from the musical Hamilton, which sees its television premiere today. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr sing together to their children about their new country, “We’ll bleed and fight for you, we’ll make it right for you./ If we lay a strong enough foundation/ We’ll pass it on to you, we’ll give the world to you/ And you’ll blow us all away.” What is the world we want to leave to our children? What do we need to do to make it happen?

American flag with children's silhouettes

Those questions feel more imperative than ever. The direction of our country is frightening for many reasons, but I want to focus here on some specific issues for LGBTQ families. Last week—the fifth anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that established marriage equality nationwide—Indiana asked the Court to take a case that would, if decided in the state’s favor, revoke the right of married nonbiological mothers in same-sex couples to be recognized as parents and be put on their children’s birth certificates without second-parent adoptions.

Indiana’s challenge seeks to deny children of same-sex parents the protection of having two legal parents from birth, one of the primary benefits of marriage equality for many same-sex parent couples (even though the major LGBTQ legal organizations still advise second-parent adoptions as well, for greater legal security). The Supreme Court has yet to say whether it will take the case—but the mere fact that Indiana is pursuing it says much about the animosity that remains towards LGBTQ families.

Additionally, the U.S. State Department is continuing to deny equal citizenship rights to children born abroad to married same-sex couples—although a federal court last week said they were wrong to do so in one case. At least three other same-sex couples have also sued the State Department for similar reasons; their cases are still pending.

And 11 states (Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) now allow foster care and adoption agencies to discriminate based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion. All but Alabama and Michigan allow them to do so even if they receive taxpayer money. One case now before the U.S. Supreme Court involves a child services agency seeking to do the same in Philadelphia; the Trump administration in early June filed a brief in support of the agency. Not only that, but the administration in November 2019 proposed a rule to allow such discrimination nationwide by all recipients of grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which could impact not only child services but also programs dedicated to youth homelessness, HIV, and more.

We did have a huge win June 15 when the Supreme Court ruled that people cannot be fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Just days before, however, the Trump administration finalized a rule that says health care anti-discrimination protections don’t cover discrimination based on LGBTQ identities. And transgender people continue to face trans-specific discrimination and anti-trans violence.

Add to all this the ongoing racism that impacts LGBTQ families as much as any others, the systemic injustice woven into the fabric of our nation from the time European settlers seized it from the indigenous peoples.

How can we celebrate the birth of such a country, especially under a current federal administration that seems only to exacerbate bias and divisiveness?

How can we celebrate the birth of such a country, especially under a current federal administration that seems only to exacerbate bias and divisiveness?

There’s no simple answer, but Hamilton may again be instructive. When Hamilton tries to convince Burr to support the new U.S. Constitution, Burr objects, “It’s full of contradictions.” Hamilton replies, “So is independence. We have to start somewhere.”

Our country is imperfect. For many, it is oppressive. Our country, like our constitution, is messy and full of contradictions. Yet here we are at this messy, contradictory moment in time. This is the somewhere from which we must start.

During this July 4 week, then, perhaps we can best celebrate our country not with fireworks, but by taking action to improve it. A few ideas, if you need them:

Those are only a few ideas. I hope you find others with causes that matter to you.

Hamilton speaks in the musical of “the notion of a nation we now get to build.” Let’s use our nation’s birthday to reflect on our vision of that notion and then get to work, building and rebuilding.

(Originally published as my Mombian newspaper column.)

Supporting LGBTQ Families Requires that Black Lives Matter

Supporting LGBTQ Families Requires that Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. Black LGBTQ lives matter. And we will never have a just world for LGBTQ families until we have racial justice.

Black Lives Matter

Black and Latino same-sex couples are roughly twice as likely as White same-sex couples to be raising a biological, step, or adopted child, according to UCLA’s Williams Institute. And 50 percent of children under 18 living with same-sex couples are non-White compared to 41 percent of children living with different-sex couples. (Statistics were not available for other LGBTQ identities) Even if the numbers were far less, of course, these families would still deserve equality and justice—but the numbers underscore just how many LGBTQ families are impacted by ongoing racism in our country.

Racism is a formidable enemy, though, sometimes overt but often subtle. I can only speak to it from my perspective as a White person with a White child, but here are some of the things I am trying to do—and resolve to do better—to help dismantle it. I offer them as suggestions for others engaging in this work as well.

Educate myself. My day job is with a nonprofit program focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, which requires a fair bit of reading on the subject, but I’ve found there’s always more to learn about racism’s history, impact, and the perspectives of those impacted. I continue to read, consume podcasts and videos, and listen to colleagues and friends of color when they choose to share their thoughts.

There are a lot of good resource lists on racism going around right now, but I want to caution us White folks not to get caught up in feeling that we need to get through every article, book, movie, and podcast on a multi-page list before taking action. Educating ourselves on racism is an ongoing process. We shouldn’t feel we need to “finish” (no one ever can) before getting out into the real world and trying to make a difference. We should also not see resource lists as ends in themselves or view our progress through them as a sign of how “woke” we are. Read and listen humbly. Know there is always more.

I’m not going to offer my own list here, as there are many others already, but if you need a place to begin, I suggest the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s new Talking About Race portal.

Self-reflect and self-improve. I try not to act in racist ways, but as a White person, I know there are times when I am, albeit unintentionally. And simply by my privilege as a White person in our society, I am tainted by the systemic racism woven into its fabric, benefiting me in ways I may not even realize. This is not a reason to punish myself; instead, I need to ask what I can do to be more thoughtful about my words and actions, to use my privilege to be a better ally and accomplice, and to work towards a more just world.

Teach my son. One of the most important anti-racist actions parents can take, I believe, is to show our children how to be anti-racist as well. My spouse and I have tried to teach our son not only that people of all skin tones are to be valued and respected, but that his peers of color may have very different experiences in the world because of systemic racism. We want him to be thoughtfully color aware, not color blind. We’ve tried to expose him at every age to books, shows, and movies that not only include characters of color, but that are told from their perspectives.

Hand in hand with finding “diverse” media, however, we parents should talk with our children in age-appropriate ways when we find biases and lack of representation in any children’s media. Why don’t we see people of color here? How is this character a stereotype? And why might there sometimes be representation in one way but biases in another?

My suggested place for parents to begin is EmbraceRace, which offers not only resources but also a community of support for parents, teachers, and others of all racial identities. Additionally, award-winning author and Black queer mom Jacqueline Woodson has offered a list of recommended books on racism and race for children of all ages at the Oprah Magazine website. These are just starting points.

Take action in the world. First, we should each speak out any time we see racism, from overt slurs, to subtle microaggressions, to lack of representation in workplaces, schools, and other venues. That necessary work can be supplemented by attending rallies and vigils, signing petitions, contacting our elected officials, and donating money and time to civil rights organizations and others that work with marginalized communities, as we are able.

Yes, we may not always do or say the right thing; we may feel awkward; we may stumble. We should not let these fears keep us from doing anything, however. We need to come into the work knowing it is a process and being willing to listen, apologize, learn, and keep trying.

Pride was born from protest and resistance, led by people of color like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, and Stormé DeLarverie. Many of our LGBTQ families would not exist today if it wasn’t for the smoldering revolution that they sparked into open flame. May we honor their legacy as we work for inclusion, equality, and justice.

(Originally published with slight variation as my Mombian newspaper column.)

Queer Black Love in Literature, The Rise of the Queer Novella, and Censoring LGBTQ+ Kids’ Books – The Lesbrary

Queer Black Love in Literature, The Rise of the Queer


This has been a Pride like no other. Our usual celebrations were cancelled for COVID-19, and police brutality protests take us right back to where Pride began. LGBTQ people have Black trans people to thank for the LGBTQ rights movement, for Pride, and for so much that we take for granted, which is why it’s even more important for us to stand by them now. Police continue to target Black people of all genders, Black trans people continue to face so much violence, and the fight for rights is far from over. Black Lives Matter protests continue (even if they’re not getting as much news coverage), and there are many ways to support the movement. Check out the Black Lives Matter carrd for continually updated petitions to sign, places to donate, and ways to educate yourself. For white and white-passing people, I highly recommend reading Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. It guides you through digging into your own internal racism and the work to be done, and it’s really opened my eyes to how far I have to go, and how much anti-racism education is a lifelong process.

The world of LGBTQ books and publishing has began to reckon with its own racism, with Black Lives Matter protests bringing more attention to the inequalities that Black authors have been raising the alarm about for years. Check out the Lesbrary’s recent article Let’s Talk About Racism in Lesbian Publishing for a brief overview of the most recent iteration of the conversation.

Breaking Jaie by S. Renée Bess  You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson  Pink Slip by Katrina Jackson  The Days of Good Looks by Cheryl Clarke  Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells  Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden  Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron  Bestiary by K-Ming Chang  Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

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Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History by E. Patrick Johnson   We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown  How We Get Free edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor   Butch by Kanithea Powell  Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  Odd One Out by Nic Stone   Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore   Kings Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju   Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

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the intersectionality of the Black wedding industry and the LGBTQ+ community

All Black Lives Matter: the intersectionality of the Black wedding industry and the LGBTQ+ community

All Black Lives Matter: the intersectionality of the Black wedding industry and the LGBTQ+ community

SCOTUS victory for LGBTQ rights – Lesbian.com

SCOTUS victory for LGBTQ rights – Lesbian.com

BY NCLR

“For the first time, this historic decision ensures that LGBTQ people have nationwide employment protection and represents a monumental step that will help to create a safer working environment for everyone.” — Imani Rupert-Gordon, NCLR Executive Director

To say we were happily surprised this morning is an understatement. Just last week the federal administration repealed HHS rules protecting LGBTQ people from denials of healthcare, even though the Affordable Care Act prohibits such discrimination. That callous targeting of vulnerable communities happened on the same day we remembered and mourned those lives lost in the Pulse Orlando shooting.

Today is a celebration! The Supreme Court of the United States has now issued its ruling in three Title VII cases, holding —in no uncertain terms— that LGBTQ people ARE protected from discrimination under federal law.

“This is a huge victory not just for LGBTQ people, but for our country, which benefits enormously when LGBTQ people are permitted to participate and contribute on equal terms,” said Shannon Minter, Legal Director of NCLR. “Today’s decision will be remembered as a watershed in the history of LGBTQ rights, even as our country continues to grapple with the brutal legacy of racism. The transgender movement owes a particular debt of gratitude to Aimee Stephens, who courageously fought this battle in the final months of her life.” — Shannon Minter, NCLR Legal Director

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: HISTORIC SUPREME COURT TITLE VII RULING
with NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
12:00 PM (PT)/3:00 PM (ET)
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While LGBTQ people now have legal protection from discrimination at work, we still have a long way to go to secure comprehensive federal protections for our community. But this ruling gives us something we haven’t had in a long time: Hope. This ruling opens the door to progress. We will continue to fight for equality and we will continue to win.

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Supreme Court protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination

Supreme Court protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination

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In a major defeat for the Trump Administration, the Supreme Court decided that civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers.

The landmark ruling will extend protections to millions of workers nationwide and is a defeat for the Trump administration, which argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based on sex did not extend to claims of gender identity and sexual orientation.

The 6-3 opinion was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices. 

“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” Gorsuch wrote.

“There is simply no escaping the role intent plays here: Just as sex is necessarily a but-for cause when an employer discriminates against homosexual or transgender employees, an employer who discriminates on these grounds inescapably intends to rely on sex in its decisionmaking,” the opinion read.

via New York Times