We lost a lot of queer Jewish characters this year, and we’ve never needed them more.
“Being out of the closet is really intense when you’re related to Shelly Pfefferman.”
“Do you have something to tell us?” my mom joked. It was a joke, because of course I didn’t. “No,” I said with a laugh. And I thought I was telling the truth.
“The L Word” was supposed to be the beginning of a new era of teevee shows about the real true lives of lesbian and bisexual women — and although we never quite got there, here are 15 examples of shows that don’t just have queer characters in them, but are also *about* being queer.
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.
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.
2017 was the best of times and the worst of times. LOL JK it was the absolute worst of times. But the queer TV was pretty good.
As cis white men are forced out of Hollywood to face repercussions for their actions, this could become an important moment for traditionally marginalized voices to tell stories in ways we’ve never been allowed to before.
Transparent isn’t a show about any single person. It’s a show about family. That’s what it’s always been and when it focuses on that, it’s at its absolute best.
Youtube’s LGBTQ problem, transgender veterans in Kansas, Mallory Ortberg’s latest, how internalized homophobia affects your clothing, and so, so very much more. Really, this is packed.
Planning on spending a lot of time on the couch? Here are 31 shows that would be good even without lesbian, bisexual and otherwise-identified queer female characters but luckily, they do!
This is a highlight reel of the highs and lows of the trans storylines in Transparent’s third season.
If you’re looking for trans actors playing trans characters, the absolute best place on TV to look is Jill Soloway’s show for Amazon Prime, Transparent.
Sappho protect us.
Kate McKinnon and Sarah Paulson and Jill Soloway (and Ellen and Hillary and Laverne and Tatiana Maslany and Regina King and Marcia Clark and Holland Taylor), oh my!
In honor of our seventh birthday, a look back on the seven television shows with the biggest impact on the representation of LGBTQ women over the last seven years.
“It’s precisely because Her Story is written and directed by trans women, starring trans women and featuring trans women on the crew that it’s able to be so authentic and so acutely focused on its trans characters.”
“We wrote more obituaries for murdered trans women in 2015 than TV recaps for any single show we cover.”
“Being one of the cool kids is a privilege I never had growing up, especially in school. I was one of the outcasts because I was different. So on Transparent, it’s like the tables have turned.”
We were lucky enough to peep Transparent season two ahead of time, and Jill Soloway’s family drama continues to provide complex and meaningful queer narratives with touches of humor and warmth.