2017 somehow turned out to be the best year ever for lesbian and bisexual women on television — but we’ve still got a ways to go.
These were entire TV episodes that paid off queer storylines that had been building, or approached lesbian and bisexual and trans stuff in ways we’ve never really seen on-screen, or expanded queer storytelling into genres where it’d been lacking, or utilized new TV platforms in queer ways.
There were songs and bike races and hot air balloon rides and promises of forever and allusions to some of the most romantic tropes and movies of all times.
Sometimes, on a rare harvest moon when the mermaids sing and the unicorns take flight, we’re treated to really authentic, layered, swoon-worthy portrayals of bisexual women on our favorite shows.
Yael is coming out as genderqueer, Fun Home’s lyricist responds to de-butching allegations, Gillian Anderson also thinks The X-Files behind-the-scenes sexism is baloney, Wonder Woman continues to shine, Jennifer Lopez share a story about her lesbian aunt for The Fosters new promo campaign, Sense8 is kinda coming back, and oh so much more!
“Faking It” seems to really be going for the cold when it comes to representing every letter in the LGBTQIA umbrella at least a little bit — here are 17 other shows who’ve presented a spectrum of identities.
Kim and Sugar. Camilla and Jocelyn. Alice and Dana. A look at the legendary duos that lived the nightmare and sometimes came out alive.
Plus it’s finally time for ABC Family’s leztastic Christmas specials!
“Let’s take a moment of silence for all of us women in the U.S. who did not know until this season that in Canada y’all throw axes for fun, and who are now contemplating crossing the border. I can’t be the only one whose world was rocked this hard by axe throwing.”
Happy Halloween! Have a brand new lesbian character dressed as a dinosaur!
“Her uniform consists of a Degrassi varsity jacket, though I think she’s too cool to actually be a part of any organized sport, and, of course, an opened peanut butter jar that she is always snacking on. THIS IS THE PERSON I WANT TO BE.”
“Oh by the way, our exes are dating each other now… Marissa and Alex, no longer welcome in the red states.”
We’re finally using that plus one to a wedding! This week we’re stripping down lesbian TV couples in their finest! Style like Brittana, Sharmen, Talice, Fiona & Imogen and the Moms from The Fosters!
Vanessa and Lizz went to the NYC GLAAD Media Awards 2013 and managed to become BFFs with the girls who play lesbians on Degrassi and exclusively interview Wilson Cruz, Milla Jovovich, Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June, and more important humans!
Our favorites from this year’s inconsistent but often lovely cornucopia of women who like other women and aren’t afraid to show it (on television).
On the upside, nobody died in a fire.
I AM VAMPIRE
Degrassi, the Canadian show that “goes there,” has a transgender character and the Florida Family Association is in a hot panic!
Tellofilms.com is offering a $3.99 monthly subscription for some gay online/tv series, Real L Word’s Nikki & Jill dish on the wedding in Curve, season 2 of Pretty Little Liars, and a new No Doubt CD coming this year.
This list of TV’s greatest Television Couples is also totally biased, but it’s biased in your favor, so we think you’ll like it better than the other ones.