Most Influential LGBT Characters On TV
Television is a huge part of people’s lives these days, especially teenagers and young adults. That’s why it’s important to include a diverse set of characters in every show and for these characters to accurately represent the social category they belong to. That’s particularly essential for minorities such as the LGBT community. Nonetheless, gay, lesbian and transsexual characters on TV shows have impressively increased during the last decade and some of them have become a true inspiration. Here are the six most influential LGBT characters on television:
1- Ellen Morgan – Ellen
Ellen Degeneres coming out on her show (and publicly coming out at the same time) was one of the most groundbreaking moments of television. Initially, it received a lot of criticism which led into the decline of its viewership then its cancellation, but today we look back and recognize that that moment paved the way for many series to explore the story of gay characters.
2- David Fisher – Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under also aired in a time where there weren’t a big number of gay characters on TV (unlike the present day). So watching David coming out to his mother and trying to live his life with a man and later adopt children was truly significant back then especially that it was all done so beautifully.
3- Sophia Burset – Orange Is The New Black
Sophia is a transgender inmate on Orange Is The New Black whose story is really human and heartbreaking. And she instantly became a fan-favorite on the show with her funny attitude and her loving personality which is a nice way to represent the transgender community.
4- Emily Fields – Pretty Little Liars
In its first season, Pretty Little Liars dealt with Emily coming to terms with her sexuality and coming out to her prudish parents. That storyline was powerfully influential because millions of teenagers were watching the show and started considering her a role model giving them the courage to come out from the closet themselves.
5- Kurt Hummel – Glee
Even though Kurt’s story involved a few bullying incidents at first, the character was depicted to get happy endings instead of all the tragic gay stories we usually encounter. Also, just like Pretty Little Liars, the show is watched by millions of teenagers who look up to his character and relate to his storylines especially his love life.
6- Patrick Murray – Looking
Despite the fact that all the characters on this show are quite realistic, Patrick is the most relatable because he’s the one we’re most likely to come across in real life; he’s slightly shy and uncertain of what he’s looking for, which is a very common thing we see in gay people in their 20s.