Bury Your Gays Merch Alert: Dead Lesbian Society Enamel Pins

“Immortality, my darlings.” 

These were the words spoken by bisexual TV character Alison DiLaurentis before being buried alive by her own mother in her backyard and getting pulled out of her grave by a witch from a neighboring town and going on the run while her friends mourned her death and various people from her hometown lurked in the shadows wearing a mask of her face. She ultimately returned home, alive and triumphant (before being tricked into marrying a psychiatrist who drugged her into a coma and walked around town with a bone saw in his messenger bag). (Which was before her friends kidnapped her from a fake hospital and accidentally murdered her husband by running under him with a car.) So, again: ultimately triumphant!

Most queer women on TV are not so lucky. They die and they stay dead. They die of gunshot wounds, stray arrows, poison darts, heart attacks, zombie attacks, vampire attacks, werewolf attacks. They are betrayed by their lovers, by their friends, by their parents and their siblings. Cars smash them. Aliens possess them. Demons stab them. Nuclear weapons blast them. Their banks get robbed, their shopping centers explode, their cancer spreads at the rate of a medieval plague. Straight showrunners kill them. Gay men kill them. Other queer women kill them. They have sex and they die. They get married and they die. They jump off buildings and stab their own selves and sometimes they are even stalked and murdered by their partners who then pretend to be their cousins who then stalk and try to murder their ex-girlfriend’s girlfriends.

We have no real control over how TV writers treat queer characters — but shouldn’t we have control over the way those characters are remembered? Of course we should! That’s why Autostraddle is pleased to announce the formation of the Dead Lesbian Society.

dead lesbian society logo

We had a trial run of the Dead Lesbian Society this year at A-Camp where we named our buildings things like The Dana, The Maya, The Lexa and presented a haunted hayride through the Ghosts of Lesbian and Bisexual TV Characters Past, led by the Ghostbusters.

go ahead and ask what goes down at #autostraddlecamp

A photo posted by Autostraddle (@autostraddle) on

let’s give ’em something to talk about #autostraddlecamp #hauntedhayride

A photo posted by Autostraddle (@autostraddle) on

But now the Dead Lesbian Society is out of its beta phase and membership is open to the homosexual and bisexual and pansexual public! All you need to do is purchase our first ever set of DEAD LESBIAN ENAMEL PINS, illustrated by Cameron Glavin.

Tara Maclay, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tara Maclay Pin
First up, we have Tara Maclay, the girl who started it all! She was the eleventh lesbian to die on American TV when she got shot in 2002, and half of the most well-known lesbian TV couple in history at the time. Fourteen years later 166 lesbian and bisexual women have been murdered on television. (Tara also initiated the ceaseless trend of lesbians getting murdered by stray bullets.)

Maya St. Germain, Pretty Little Liars

Maya Pin

Next up, we have Maya St. Germain, the girl whose death ushered in the modern day mutilation of lesbian and bisexual TV characters. Unlike Alison DiLaurentis, Maya’s death on Pretty Little Liars (and the half a dozen queer deaths that followed it) stuck. In a world where teens commit multiple felonies before lunch and never face charges, Maya went to drug camp for having half a joint stashed away in an Altoids canister. She died at the hands of a dude at camp who ultimately met his end on top of a lighthouse in the woods when Emily stabbed him in the guts to avenge her beloved.

Lexa, The 100

Lexa Pin

Finally, we have Lexa, the Commander whose death sparked a revolution! The movement that greeted her murder raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for LGBT charities; forced the Bury Your Gays conversation into the mainstream, where it received attention from every major national newspaper and entertainment magazine; and even started its own fan convention.

Wear these pins with pride and make sure these women we love remain truly immortal, my darlings.

Dead Lesbian Society Pin Pack #01 : Maya, Lexa and Tara

Get Your Pin Pack in the Autostraddle Store →

Before you go! Autostraddle runs on the reader support of our AF+ Members. If this article meant something to you today — if it informed you or made you smile or feel seen, will you consider joining AF and supporting the people who make this queer media site possible?

Join AF+!

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Heather has written 1718 articles for us.


  1. I have never truly understood what it means to want something for Christmas until right now.

  2. Existing enamel pin collection: check

    Extreme fondness for queer TV ladies, living and dead: check

    Room in my budget for another purchase: Mint says no but my heart says check, check, check!

  3. Nice! I wish I could just buy the Tara one (I haven’t seen the other two shows), but I get the idea of the series packs.

    • Same. Love BtVS and Never watched PLL or The 100
      But I really want this design in T-Shirt form

  4. Okay, I wasn’t fan of Lexa (to put this delicately), I remember being sad about Maya but I haven’t watched PLL in a very long time, but tHE TARA ONE? SIGN ME UP. I WANT THAT ONE. I love Tara. I can still randomly start crying about the future she and Willow could have. I love Tara and I love Buffy, and why, why my wallet isn’t that enthusiastic?

        • Would you mind explaining why? Sorry, I just haven’t heard this before, so I’m sure of the controversy?

          • OK having done some grown up reading of my own (which I should have done first, sorry) my impression is that the LGBT representation was very white, and yet held up as an unassailable example of diversity used to overrule any other issues raised about the show? And that Lexa was a white leader of an otherwise predominantly POC group?

            Please do fill me in if I’ve read this entirely wrong. I really liked Lexa (that’s the pin I’d want) so I would love to know if I’m missing something?

  5. If there’s ever a Naomi Campbell pin, which I hope, hope, hope comes in the next installment, I’ll buy. Especially if it’s Naomi, Poussey, and Dana in one pack. 100% take my money, those are my top three forever and ever.

  6. I know the reason there is no Root one is because she is Not.Actually.Dead
    We all know that phone call that Shaw took was from Root.

  7. as someone living in oakland, this headline made me wince. we’re struggling to bury our gays over here. not exactly as fun and light as holiday shopping :/

  8. You need the Dead Lesbian Society logo pin. I would rep that! Also I wish I could buy them singly. I don’t necessarily want to rep pins that I don’t follow the fandoms of

    • Suggestion you could always gift the pins of fandoms you don’t know. Chances are you know a queer person who watches thosee specific shows

  9. And in actual Bury Your Gays news, apparently we now need to avoid Hulu series Shut Eye (which I wasn’t watching anyway).

  10. I LOVE THIS SO FUCKING MUCH. Enamel pins are so my jam, and this is right up there with Enma Munger’s classic tv pinups. MAY I SUGGEST:

    Jennifer Check
    Jenny Schecter

    I’m sure there are more I need but my bisexual heart is still groggy feom having just woken up. BLESS YOU ALL.

  11. Can we get this in T-Shirt form
    Or pajama pants/sweatpants
    Yes, I’m morbid and want a RIP Tara pajama pant

  12. You know how in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion the paintings scroll down and show you how the former inhabitants of the house died (sinking in quicksand, sitting on a barrel of dynamite) ? I’m totally picturing this here

  13. My Buffy-loving heart!! Rest in power Tara.
    TBH I don’t know who either of the other people are, but seriously considering the set because I want Tara so bad.

Comments are closed.