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.
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.
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.”
The good, the bad, the ugly, and the revolutionarily boring queer TV storylines of the year.
“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.
Behind the scenes of Transparent, Jessica Jones’ portrayal of abuse, 12 queer hip-hop artists, Holland Taylor and Sarah Paulson sitting in a tree, Halsey on being bisexual & bipolar and so many more important pop culture stories for your day!
Amazon releases Transparent early, Lucy Lawless is lesbian-ing again, Carmilla bids adieu to season zero, and Pippy and TMI almost break up on Rosewood.