Week One: It’s my pleasure to introduce my fifteen week LGBT+ masterlist project. Each week I’ll delve in different facets of LGBT+ media and share my findings with you all one post at a time. Thanks to my girlfriend, Margaux, @mightyachillis for the gifs. Stay tuned for next week’s post: LGBT+ MOVIES
EDIT (06/17/2016): I know we’re all tired of burying our gays. I’m tired too. This is why - alongside 20 new titles - I have included three articles for you to crosscheck in your search for new media. These articles will help you find out something we’re always dreading when we start a new show - does the LGBT+ character die? I hope these links help you make your decision in your quest to find new shows with LGBT+ characters.
Of course, there are several other terrible tropes that need to die when it comes to LGBT+ characters on television besides “bury your gays”. There are a lot of problems with a lot of these shows that go even beyond the scope of LGBT+ representation, such as misogyny and shows being just plain bad. This is why I will be working on putting appropriate trigger warnings for each and every show. This will take a lot of work and time, considering I have only seen about 20% of the shows listed below, so I need you to bear with me as I do my research. Please be respectful towards that.
Whatever anger you hold towards the horrible representation we have, I share it, and I encourage y’all to voice your concerns in my inbox/in the notes without taking it out on me, please.
The Fosters — This drama surrounds the story of two lesbian women and their foster and adoptive children, one of which is also gay. This show explores what’s not often seen in television — a gay child’s coming of age story.
Brooklyn 99 — This comedy is set in a Brooklyn police precinct, in which the captain, Raymond Holt, is a black gay man who has been in the force for over three decades. He is a main character.
Shadowhunters —Bisexual warlock (Magnus Bane) helps gay Shadowhunter (Alec Lghtwood) come to terms with his sexuality in the first season of this fantasy adventure series. A pansexual arc has been confirmed for season two.
My Mad Fat Diary— This short British series tackles some hard issues. Among them: mental illness and LGBT+ themes.
In the Flesh — Keiren Walker has come back from the dead and has a whole lot of introspection to do, from his former romantic involvement with Rick Macey, and his later relationship with Simon Monroe.
I’m a huge feminist and I feel really lucky to be on a show where women are the default storyline. They’re not the accessories. They’re fully autonomous in terms of being a character. I found it interesting to deal with this idea of the clones being owned or property of a corporation. It’s a cool metaphor for our bodies and our identities nowadays as women.
Tatiana Maslany ‘Orphan Black is the ultimate feminist show’ (x)