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Best LGBT+ Representation (2017) (with descriptions)

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  • : 8.7

    Sense8 - 2015

    A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order.
    Of the eight central characters, one is a trans woman and another is a gay man (both are in serious, long-term same gender relationships!). It also has amazing racial and ethnic representation. Lots of action and weird sci-fi stuff going on, while still addressing Nomi's experience as a trans woman with a less than supportive family and Lito's experience as a closeted gay man in the Latin American acting industry. -
  • : 9.0

    One Day at a Time - 2017

    In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the "help" of her old-school mom.
    A true gem. The show features a Cuban American family navigating life, and as the daughter of a Cuban exile, I can definitely relate! (I'm even watching it dubbed in Spanish with my abuela, she approves!) While I could rave about any of the characters, my favorite must be Elena. She's a radical feminist (relatable) and a very big arc for her was coming out as gay. This show provides a lot of great laughs while also addressing serious topics in everyday life. -
  • : 9.8

    SKAM - 2015

    The story of young teenagers and pupils on Hartvig Nissens upper secondary school in Oslo, and their troubles, scandals and everyday life. Each season is told from a different person's point of view.
    Disclaimer: This show is in Norwegian. Don't let the language barrier stop you, though, because it's definitely worth the subtitles. It follows teenagers in Oslo, Norway, and the third season focuses on a gay character. As an added bonus, it has a good depiction of bipolar disorder and the current season (fourth season) focuses on a Muslim character. I don't typically enjoy a lot of realistic drama shows, but Skam is amazing! (plus the Evilde fanfiction is worth watching the show, I promise, even if it may never be canon) -
  • : 10.0

    Class -

    The sixth formers of Coal Hill School all have their own secrets and wants. They have to deal with the stresses of everyday life, including friends, parents, school work, sex, and sorrow, and also the horrors that come from time travel. The Doctor and his time-travelling have made the walls of space and time stretch thin, and monsters beyond imagining are planning to break through and wreak havoc upon the Earth.
    Gay alien prince. 'Nuff said. For real though, GAY ALIEN PRINCE. This is a Doctor Who spin-off and while being well-versed in that universe might provide more insight into the show, it is definitely not necessary to enjoy the ten episodes that have been released. While the alien prince's sexuality hasn't been explored that much thus far, his boyfriend's definitely has. So not only a gay alien prince but his adorable Polish boyfriend who I reALLY JUST WANT TO HUG OKAY. -
  • : 8.7

    Orange Is the New Black - 2013

    Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women's prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.
    If you've somehow escaped the rage over this show, it's set in a women's prison and features a lot of same sex relationships as well as focuses on a really remarkable trans woman. While not a lot of the show is pretty, it touches on some really deep topics and provides a lot of background on the inmates through flashbacks. The show also has incredible racial representation! -
  • : 9.7

    Carmilla - 2014

    Small town girl Laura Hollis has just finally moved out to go to Silas University. When her missing roommate is replaced without explanation, Laura vows to find out what is happening on campus while she deals with her new roomy... a vampire. Based on the J. Sheridan Le Fanu novella.
    Everyone is gay, and a few people are vampires. Plus a major character is non-binary! Basically, a lot of really weird crap goes down at Silas University and the main character's roommate goes missing. Her new roommate is a really hot lesbian vampire. The main character is hell bent on finding her roommate and uncovering the truth behind all of the wacky stuff happening on campus (as well as alerting the rest of the student body to what's going on) and she kisses some really pretty ladies along the way. -
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    When We Rise -

    “When We Rise” chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece tells the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
    I'll admit, this is much different than most of the shows on this list. It is an eight-part docudrama on the gay rights movement in San Francisco, California. If you're unfamiliar with the format, while the entire show is based on actual people's stories, it plays like a typical drama. It takes the characters from the 70s (just after Stonewall) to just a couple of years ago when gay marriage was legalized in the United States. Not gonna lie, this show left me sobbing the whole way through. -
  • : 9.0

    Person of Interest - 2011

    John Reese, a presumed dead former CIA agent who is approached by a mysterious billionaire named Harold Finch to prevent violent crimes before they happen by using an advanced surveillance system dubbed "The Machine". Their unique brand of vigilante justice attracts the attention of two NYPD officers, Joss Carter and Lionel Fusco, whom Reese uses to his advantage as he investigates persons of interest. Reese and Finch are later aided by Samantha "Root" Groves , a highly intelligent computer hacker and contract killer who the Machine later identifies as its "analog interface" and Sameen Shaw, a former ISA assassin who unknowingly dealt with the "relevant" numbers found by the Machine.
    Okay, possibly the straightest show on this list. But Person of Interest is one of my all-time favorites, and I worship Root and Shaw. The original premise is that there is an artificial super intelligence called the Machine watching over New York City and alerting its creator and his partner in crime to people who are going to be involved in violent crimes so that the situation can be prevented. However, over its five seasons, it morphed into a battle between two powerful ASIs. The best part of the show (in my incredibly biased opinion) is Root. She's a genius, as well as the villain for the first couple of seasons (turned ally, eventually). She's intelligent, badass, slightly insane, and incredibly gay. Catch her flirting with her self-diagnosed sociopath of a love interest amidst a gun fight. Amazing. -
  • : 8.1

    Lost Girl - 2010

    Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who takes up the fight for the underdog while searching for the truth about her own mysterious origins.
    Not gonna lie, I haven't quite finished this one yet, but it probably has the best bi representation out of all of the shows on this list. The main character is a bisexual succubus (essentially she drains the actual life out of people). The show (at least the first season) is about her discovering the world of the fae and fighting evil and all that good stuff. -
  • : 8.0

    Supergirl - 2015

    As Superman’s cousin, Kara Danvers (aka Supergirl) balances her work as a reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media with her work for the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), a super-secret government organization whose mission is to keep National City – and the Earth – safe from sinister threats..
    This show is a difficult one for me to recommend. While it falls short in many, many areas, Alex's (Supergirl's sister) coming out arc is truly exceptional. Watch this show if you like superhero shows and want to see a coming out arc from a slightly different perspective than most depicted on YA TV today. -