Get Your Fresh Intelligence Daily

SUBMIT

Streaming Rainbow: LGBTQ+ Characters On Your Favorite Online Shows

Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp with a Vulcan greeting.
Source: Shutterstock

Mar. 19 2020, Published 3:37 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

Television has had a rocky relationship with social change. Since the days of Archie Bunker and All In The Family, television has been used to stretch boundaries while at the same time wallowing in gross stereotypes, misconceptions and targeting disadvantaged groups. With a new generation of creators coming from peak TV, combined with an abundance of streaming options, it’s starting to feel like a blossoming age of representation and acceptance. A recent report from GLAAD found that on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, there are 109 LGBTQ characters found in their original scripted series and another 44 recurring LGBTQ characters.

Article continues below advertisement

MORE: TOTAL TRANSPARENCY: CELEBS WHO HAVE COME OUT AS GAY OR BISEXUAL

From the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and from Grace and Frankie to the Haunting of Hill House, great and original LGBTQ characters are easier than ever to find and have their stories told. History is being made too as Star Trek Discovery features the franchise’s first gay couple.

MORE: WENDY WILLIAMS, TERESA GIUDICE & STARS SHOW THEIR TRUE COLORS WHILE CELEBRATING GAY PRIDE

Search this gallery for your favorite LBGTQ characters and discover a few new series you might want to binge later.

1. ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon wears a red jacket, purple cape, and purple eye covering.
Source: Shutterstock

In a nice display of the changing portrayal of LGBTQ characters over the last decade, Titus Andromedon’s sexuality is not played for laughs. The character, played by Tituss Burgess, is loud, proud and just as dumb as everyone else on the brilliantly funny Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Burgess appeared in nearly every episode and was an integral part of the show’s storyline.

Year: 2015-2019

Article continues below advertisement

2. ‘Daybreak’

Austin Crute stands on the red carpet in a multi-colored top.
Source: Shutterstock

The zombie/comedy/horror mashup Daybreak, streaming on Netflix, is based on a comic book of the same name. Based on that description alone, it would seem like the last place you would find positive LGBTQ representation. Yet, Wesley Fists (played by Austin Crute), a kick-ass take-no-names character with a giant sword puts stereotypes and expectations to rest. He’s a gay man and an action hero who is simply there to assist the main character in his quest to rescue a missing woman.

Year: 2019

Article continues below advertisement

‘American Horror Story’

Sarah Paulson smiles at the camera on the red carpet. She wears a black dress.
Source: Shutterstock

American Horror Story, streaming on Netflix, is an anthology series. It has a different story with new characters every season. But every year it is stocked with well defined LGBTQ characters and not surprisingly the series has become a tentpole annual television event in the LGBTQ community. The brilliant Sarah Paulson, who is in a same-sex relationship with Holland Taylor in real life, has played lesbian journalist Lana Winters. The series has also featured transgender actress and model Erika Ervin in the Freak Show season.

Year: 2011-Present

Article continues below advertisement

4. ‘Doom Patrol’

Matt Bomer in suit
Source: Shutterstock

The DC Network has gone where the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not wanted to go with an actual LGTBQ main character. In Doom Patrol, Larry Trainor is a badly burned test pilot who is also an extremely closeted homosexual man living in the 1930s. Played by openly gay actor Matt Bomer, the character has become a fan favorite for the graceful and humorius ways he deals with his unique daily struggles.

Year: 2019-Present

Article continues below advertisement

5. ‘Star Trek- Discovery’

Wilson Cruz, in a black suit and Anthony Rapp in black jacket and white shirt both display a ‘live long and prosper’ hand signal on the red carpet.
Source: Shutterstock

The Star Trek franchise began in 1966 and finally with this series, which began in 2017, it has its first gay couple and its first gay kiss. Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz play Lt. Paul Stamets and Dr. Hugh Culber, a same-sex couple on the Discovery.

Year: 2017-Present

Article continues below advertisement

6. ‘Stranger Things’

Maya Hawk in stripes.
Source: Shutterstock

It took three seasons, but it’s better late than never! In season three of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things, we finally meet an LGBTQ resident of Hawkins, Indiana. Robin, played by Maya Hawke the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, is a lesbian woman who works at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor and helps the regular gang decipher the strange things going down.

Year: 2016-Present.

Article continues below advertisement

7. ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Alex Borstein, in character as Susie Myerson, wears a blue striped shirt, cream jacket, and dark hat.
Source: Shutterstock

Social change was on the horizon in 1950s New York City, and that is exactly where Amazon Prime drops The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), is an up-and-coming stand up comic, and her manager is Susie (played by Alex Borstein), a lesbian woman who has very little patience for any non-essential shenanigans.

Year: 2017-Present

Article continues below advertisement

8. ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

Lachlan Watson wears a black dress on the red carpet.
Source: Shutterstock

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix’s dark reimagining of ABC’s campy Sabrina the Teenage Witch, is well stocked with LGBTQ characters. There’s pansexual warlock Ambrose Spellman (played by Chance Perdomo) and Luke Chalfant (Darren Mann). There’s also Theo (born Susie) Putnam (played by Lachlan Watson also non-binary) who is non-binary but presents as male.

Year: 2018-Present

Article continues below advertisement

9. ‘Grace and Frankie’

Sam Waterston, in dark suit and blue jacket has his arm around Martin Sheen, who wears a black suit, on the red carpet.
Source: Shutterstock

The heartwarming Netflix series Grace and Frankie scores double points for inclusivity! Not only does the show center on LGBTQ characters, it is also the rare television show that centers on the lives of two older women. Grace and Frankie focuses on two older married men who leave their wives to be with each other. The men, played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, decide to get married and it’s up to Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) to pick up the pieces. 

Year: 2015-2019

Article continues below advertisement

10. ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

Kate Siegal wears a white jacket over a white top on the red carpet.
Source: Shutterstock

One of the most popular original horror series to ever stream on Netflix, The Haunting of Hill House featured Theodora Crain as an LGBTQ character. Crain, played by Kate Siegel, is seen coming out to her family as well as scenes with a girl called Trish she’s starting to date. Crain can see psychic visions when she touches people so she wears gloves.

Year: 2018

Advertisement

© Copyright 2021 Radar Media Group LLC. Radar and RadarOnline are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.