Quiz: Which LGBT TV Trope Are You?

There are so many fun tropes that show up in our television programs. The most famous, of course, is Bury Your Gays, which has its own quiz. But let’s take a wider view here.

You might think that you are an interesting, well-rounded person with a specific set of interests and feelings. But if you happened to find yourself inside a television show or a film, you might find yourself stuck into a strange little box, forced to relegate yourself to simple concepts about what it means to be LGBTQ. That box, my friends, is known as a “trope.”

Which of these queer tropes would your character become?

What Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Film/TV Trope Are You?

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  1. Ooh, Closet Key! I feel like I won this quiz!

    I also really appreciate that “No” was a valid answer to one question. I do sometimes worry about using so many imperatives in quiz questions and I feel like giving people the option to check out of a question is good for creating healthy boundaries.

    Right, now I need to retake to work out what the hell all the vampire stuff is about…

  2. Re: question 10 – excuse, but my vehicle of choice is 1) the bus, 2) my bicycle, or 3) my other bicycle, which is a broomstick

    Also how is a Subaru outback not one of the options? Or is that my agedness showing? ;)

  3. “lesbian jock” yes but like, the appreciative variety and not the play-the-sport variety. i once concussed myself trying to do the worm and have broken my nose three different times in attempted athletic feats so now i don’t sports

  4. So I got Closet Key, which I love.
    So now I’m curious… Other than Erica from Grey’s who else fits this trope?
    Emily Fitch.
    Dark Willow
    Gus Gibson
    Marina (Of voicemail fame)? Or does this role belong to Alice after Jenny and Marina whisper into her ears.

    Any others?

    • Def Marina!
      and Bette for Tina
      Alex for Marissa in The OC
      Alex for Paige in Degrassi
      Alex for Piper in Orange is the New Black
      Karma for Amy in Faking It
      JR to Petra Jane the Virgin
      Jules to Rue in Euphoria
      Allie to Bea in Wentworth

      this is … a common trope isn’t it

  5. got lesbian jock and feeling really seen literally *just* sent this to a friend five minutes ago:

    do yall remember when it looked like there was gonna be a fight b/w diana taurasi and seimone augustus and instead diana just kissed her and seimone after the game said, “she just wanted some of my deliciousness” LESBIANS AND SAPPHICS WHY ARE YOU NOT CHEERING WITH ME FOR THE WNBA

  6. Hide Your Lesbians apparently. Interesting, I’m non-binary and have never identified as a lesbian, for as much as I love women, I am incredibly bisexual. Gender is irrelevant to me. I want to kiss everyone.

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