Not sure what to watch when you should be studying for exams? Check out this list of the top 10 binge-worthy television shows featuring LGBTQ+ characters!
1: Queer as Folk
This 2000s-era show follows five men and their adventures in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The series, based off the UK show of the same name, is memorable thanks to the characters’ gritty storylines, frank discussion of HIV and drug use, and impactful sweet moments.
2: Noah’s Arc
This two-season show follows the lives of four gay black men in Los Angeles. With its city-esqe vibes and the portrayal of black gay men, Noah’s Arc broke the mould and created a new standard in gay storytelling. The cast are all people of colour, and the issues that these characters are faced with coincide with what minority gay men go through.
3: Degrassi Next Generation/Next Class
This long-running Canadian series continually covers difficult topics like mental illness, body dysphoria, drug abuse, and sexual assault. In a high school setting, each season showcases relationships, coming out, violence inflicted on LGBTQ+ teens and more. In total, Degrassi has had over 20 LGBTQ+ characters—each with their own stories that the community can relate to.
4: Grey’s Anatomy
This medical drama is an hour full of laughter, tears and love. Grey’s does an amazing job at creating relatable characters that are multi-layered and full of emotion. The show does an amazing job at showcasing diversity within its storylines, including strong and driven LGBTQ+ men and women.
5: South of Nowhere
This amazing show is about a girl named Spencer, who moves across America to Los Angeles while coming to terms with being a lesbian. With a great supporting cast, this teen show is the perfect blend of storyline, real-world issues and character-building, allowing viewers to feel closer to the characters and themselves.
6: The L Word
This is a show that will forever be ingrained in the hearts and minds of the LGBTQ+ community. Set in L.A., it is a gritty, yet fun, drama-filled portrayal of LGBTQ+ life, and the show tackles tough topics like infidelity, transphobia, discrimination, cancer and death.
This sleeper hit is based around the lives of four gay men in San Francisco. Each of the main cast shows diversity amongst gay men while not feeding into stereotypes. It follows the journey of main character Patrick, along with his friends, Augie and Richie, as they go through the trials and tribulations of relationships.
Glee uniquely mixes show tunes, top 40 songs and drama with real-life problems. The characters are extremely funny, relatable and diverse, and represent different racial and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations. Having roughly 10 LGBTQ+ characters with amazing storylines (and voices to die for), this show is a must-watch for musical lovers.
From the creators of the Matrix trilogy, this boundary-pushing Netflix drama takes viewers on wild ride with a unique cast of multicultural characters. The show is beautifully filmed, and features strong LGBTQ+ representation, including interracial lesbian relationships and proud trans woman in the first season.
10: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The quirky show follows Kimberly Schmidt and her crazy adventures, and features gay, showbiz-loving black man Titus Andromedon as a lead side-character. This show gives viewers characters that are eccentric, funny and lovable, and Titus’ story grows with each season. If you’re looking for an easy watch that tackles many of today’s issues regarding race, politics and LGBTQ+ representation, definitely add this to your watch list.
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