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17 Forgotten LGBTQ+ TV Characters

17 Forgotten LGBTQ+ TV Characters

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No matter who you are and who you love,  you certainly know the iconic LGBTQ+ TV characters like Grey’s Anatomy’s Callie and Arizona or Schitt’s Creek’s David and Patrick.

But since Pride month is finally here, we figured why not list off some of the lesser-known LGBTQ+ characters that are equally as powerful.

And maybe you’ll find some new queer TV shows to watch along the way. 

1. Fran- Shrill

Lolly Adefope as Fran on Shrill. (Credit: Shondaland)

Simply put, Fran’s a Sagittarius queen on Shrill. Although not always that way, Fran successfully depicts the internal challenges of coming out in an immigrant family. Raised in a traditional Nigerian family, she’s had to suppress herself during her early years, but once she felt ready to come out, her entire personality blossomed into the Fran we know and love.

2. Levi Schmitt- Grey’s Anatomy

Jake Borelli as Levi Schmitt on Grey’s Anatomy. (ABC/Richard Cartwright)

When Callie and Arizona left the show, there was a gay-ping hole that needed to be filled. Thus, Levi Schmitt was born. His storyline might not be as prominent as his predecessors, but his characterization has since grown, and he’s made his own place in the Grey’s Anatomy family.

3.  Edie Palmer- Almost Family

Megalyn Echikunwoke as Edie Palmer on Almost Family (Credit: Fox)

Sadly, Almost Family was cut short. But Edie Palmer’s character showed the struggles of coming out later in life in the midst of a marriage with a man. We’re sad we didn’t get to see the evolvement of her story, but if you haven’t seen the first season, make sure to add it to your list.

4. Gael Martinez- Good Trouble

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Tommy Martinez as Gael Martinez on Good Trouble (Credit: Freeform)

It’s a rarity for a show to portray a bisexual man, but it’s so important. Gael on Good Trouble is suave, sexy, and totally comfortable in his sexuality. Coming from a traditional Latino family didn’t make his coming out particularly easy, but with the support of his sister and friends, he’s able to find his way.

5. Maggie Amato- Younger

Debi Mazar as Maggie Amato on younger (Credit: TV Land)

Maggie on Younger is the OWL (old wise lesbian) that every queer woman aspires to be. An artist and a true OG of Brooklyn before it was totally gentrified, she’s not tied down to anyone and prefers to play the dating field of NYC. Because who wouldn’t when they’re surrounded by the largest pool of datable women?

6. Titus Andromedon- The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Titus Burgess as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (Credit: Netflix)

The diva that steals the show, Titus on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the stereotypical flamboyant gay man. Somehow managing to survive in NYC as an aspiring Broadway performer. He may not give off the “straight” vibe Broadway wants from him, but his wardrobe is certainly better.

7. Abbi Abrams- Broad City

Abbi Jacobson as Abbi Abrams on Broad City. (Credit: Comedy Central)

In Broad City, the show explores the fluidity of sexuality effortlessly without putting a huge emphasis on labels. Both leads date men and women, but Abbi’s understated coming-out moment mirrors the actress’s own personal experience.

8. Darryl Whitefeather- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Pete Gardner as Darryl Whitefeather on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. (Credit: The CW)

In this fun and musically driven show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend does an outstanding job including multiple queer characters into its small cast. Darryl Whitefeather is an older man, who discovers he’s bisexual early on in the first season after he divorces his wife and finds he has feelings for White Josh.

9. Rhonda Johnson- Blackish

Raven Simoné (left) as Rhonda Johnson on Blackish. (Credit: ABC)

Rhonda’s not a series regular, but she does show up on the occasional episode of Blackish. She’s able to keep her sexuality a secret from her family for so long, that Dre, her brother, doesn’t totally believe she’s gay. Until he realizes that her–roommate– is actually her partner.

10. Victor Salazaar- Love, Victor

Michael Cimino as Victor Salazaar on Love, Victor. (Credit: Hulu)

Love, Victor is a coming-of-age show set in the same universe as the movie Love, Simon. This time centering around, Victor, a Latino boy whose traditional parents aren’t as accepting of homosexuality. With its Season 2 coming out in a few days, the emphasis will on the family dynamic after Victor comes out.

11. Dani Clayton- The Haunting of Bly Manor

Victoria Pedretti as Dani Clayton in the Haunting of Bly Manor (Credit: Netflix)

In a beautifully written show about love and loss, set against the backdrop of a mild thriller, The Haunting of Bly Manor stories Dani as she grapples with her sexuality after an incident that leaves her haunted by her past.

12. Lionel Higgins- Dear White People

Tyler James Williams as Lionel Higgins on Dear White People (Credit: Netflix)

Lionel from Dear White People is an important representation for Black gay men. Homophobia’s not something he often faces, instead his own flaws inhibit his dating life. However, he doesn’t need a relationship to distract from his three-dimensional characterization.

13. Frankie Coyne- Workin’ Moms

Juno Rinaldi as Frankie Coyne on Workin’ Moms (Credit: CBC)

Workin’ Moms is a comedy that depicts the realities of motherhood. One of the series regulars, Frankie, struggles with postpartum depression, ultimately leading to a split with her wife. She navigates singledom, dating women here and there, while also trying to build her real estate career.

14. Toni Shalifoe- The Wilds

Erana James as Toni Shalifoe on Amazon Prime’s The Wild (Credit/Amazon)

When The Wild’s dropped on Amazon Prime, the characters were easily lovable. Especially Toni, with her spitfire and confident personality she won over many gay hearts. She’s out and proud, and doesn’t let Shelby’s homophobic tendencies take her down.

15. Mae- Feel Good

Mae Martin as Mae on Feel Good. (Credit: Netflix)

In this comedic series that draws on the comedian Mae Martin’s real life, Mae is a drug addict who is having a hard time with sobriety as she’s too focused on her new relationship with her closeted girlfriend.

16. Elena- One Day at a Time

Isabella Gomez as Elena Alvarez on One Day at a Time. (Credit: Netflix)

Elena’s the social justice warrior of the family in One Day at a Time, and figures out she likes girls early on. She comes out to her family and the different generations seem to handle it differently, but it doesn’t stop her from being herself.

17. Eric Effiong- Sex Education

Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong on Sex Education. (Credit: Netflix)

With his impeccable fashion that is sometimes gender-bending, Eric on Sex Education shows that you can be gay and actively religious. And despite the teasing he endures at school, he doesn’t stop being proud of his identity because he’s already been in the closet and it was dark and lonely.

Please comment below with any characters that you think should be on this list!


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Inga is an avid TV watcher and critic, focusing a majority of her articles around LGBTQ+ representation in the media.

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WATCH: ‘YOU’ Season 3 Trailer Proves Joe and Love Are More Dangerous Than Ever

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Can Joe and Love be the “nice, normal neighbors” in a “soulless suburb”?

You can probably answer that question without watching the new trailer for YOU season 3, but in case you can’t, the answer is absolutely not. 

The murderous couple, now parents to a baby boy, are back to their old ways.

As Joe develops a new female obsession, Love gets jealous, and couple’s therapy… well, that doesn’t seem to work all that well for them. 

As the killing commences — and their impulses take over — it seems as though the cops are hot on their trail. 

Check out the trailer below! It’s all worth it solely for that final scene of Love and Joe burying a body of one of their victims as their adorable bundle of joy sits safely in his carseat and coos on. 

 

The new season of YOU drops on Netflix on Friday, October 15. 


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5 Biggest Moments from ‘Money Heist’ Season 5 Volume 1

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It’s the beginning of the end for Money Heist, also known as La Casa de Papel.

On Friday, September 3, the Spanish series dropped part 1 of its fifth and final season. 

WARNING: spoilers ahead, stop reading if you haven’t seen Money Heist Season 5 Volume 1

The action-packed five episodes find the Professor’s gang trapped inside the Bank of Spain as the CNI, the police, and the army attempted to infiltrate and put an end to one of the most impressive heists in history. 

Survival is the name of the game not just for the red jumpsuits but also for the mastermind behind the robbery, the Professor, who has been taken hostage by former police inspector Alicia Sierra, who has gone rogue after having her name tarnished by the people she trusted the most. 

We’re breaking down the 5 biggest and most shocking moments from the season below:

LA CASA DE PAPEL (L to R) JAIME LORENTE as DENVER, BELÉN CUESTA as MANILA, ÚRSULA CORBERÓ as TOKIO in episode 04 of LA CASA DE PAPEL. Cr. TAMARA ARRANZ/NETFLIX © 2020

1. Tokyo’s Final Hurrah

There was plenty of foreshadowing throughout indicating that Tokyo wasn’t going to survive the season, but her fate was really cemented in a flashback scene with Nairobi (RIP, girl) during which the two chatted about what happens after death. Tokyo explained that she believed that when she died, she would live on in her happiest memory. A lot of emphasis was also placed on elaborating on Tokyo’s journey prior to joining the Professor, her two loves — Rene and Rio, and the fact that joining the heist gave her life a renewed sense of purpose. 

After she was shot five times by snipers, she told Manila and Denver to jump down the elevator dumbwaiter while she stayed behind and defended them from Gandia and the rest of the ruthless army. It was an unfair fight as it was several against one, and eventually, Tokyo was overtaken as they shot bullet after bullet into her. As she lay there bleeding out, she looked up at Gandia, who had a gun pointed at her, and smirked as she revealed several grenades strapped to her body. And then… BOOM.

The only thing missing from the scene was Tokyo shouting “for Nairobi” moments before the explosion, but it was clear that this was Tokyo’s revenge on the man that killed her friend. 

And sadly, there was no way our beloved narrator could’ve survived that. 

Tokyo may have been reckless in previous seasons, but this was her moment of redemption and revenge. As she noted, if her body couldn’t be free, at least her spirit would be. Plus, her death meant that the rest of her team might have a fighting chance at escaping the Bank of Spain alive. 

 

2. Arturo Is Dead

Hopefully… because, at this point, it’s way overdue. There is no character on television more annoying than Arturito. He makes my skin crawl. His ideas are terrible, he’s a nuisance in every possible way, and he keeps trying to make Denver feel inferior. It’s slimy. He also created more problems for the Professor’s crew than any of the government agencies combined. 

So, I was the first to champion Stockholm when she had the chance to shoot him. And I agreed with Palermo when he questioned why anyone was wasting precious time and resources trying to save him. He deserved everything that happened to him. 

Unfortunately, it’s not confirmed whether or not Arturo actually died. Sure, he was haunting Stockholm as a hallucination, but that was more guilt than a solid confirmation of his death. And knowing Arturito, he somehow survived once they set him free from the Bank of Spain. 

 

3. Helsinki Is Injured

Death and injury is inevitable, especially during a heist where the stakes are so high. Nairobi’s death was gut-wrenching, Tokyo’s death, while badass, was soul-crushing, but now, it’s not looking great for our big teddy bear either. 

Helsinki, or as Palermo affectionately call him “Fatty,” was crushed by a two-ton marble column that seriously destroyed his leg. The team banded together in a risky mission to pull him out because cutting his leg off simply wasn’t an option. Sadly, even though he was rescued, it’s not looking too good for him. 

An injury that grave seriously limits what he’s able to do. How is he going to escape when he can barely stand up? How is he going to run? And since Stockholm never gave him the morphine he so desperately needed to numb the pain, is he even going to survive? 

LA CASA DE PAPEL (L to R) ÁLVARO MORTE as PROFESOR, NAJWA NIMRI as ALICIA SIERRA in episode 01 of LA CASA DE PAPEL. Cr. MANOLO PAVÓN/NETFLIX © 2020

4. Alicia Sierra’s Baby Is Born

Alicia pulled a fast one on the Professor when she cornered him in his hideout, but then something unexpected (that she definitely should’ve expected) happened: her water broke and she went into labor! While she tried to push through it herself as the Professor, Longrono, and Marseille looked on, when the baby went into a breech position, she had no choice but to cut them loose and allow them to assist. And, of course, the Professor knows how to deliver a baby. What does that man not know how to do?

After what seemed like a a very painful and natural birth, Alicia welcomed a tough baby girl into the world. When the Professor shared the news with his gang, she told Lisbon that she would name her Victoria. 

But is Alicia really on Team Professor? She accepted his kindness and seemed to be in awe of how he operates, but that was because of sheer circumstance. She had no choice, especially since Tamayo pinned everything on her publicly. She, like the rest of the Professor’s squad, was a disgraced member of society… the lowest of the low. 

However, in one of the final scenes before Tokyo’s untimely death, Alicia says that she’s always going to be there for her daughter before going to the bathroom and hiding scissors (or what appears to be scissors) up here sleeve. Is she planning on killing the Professor and his men and redeeming herself in the eyes of the public? I wouldn’t put it past her, but I sure as hell am upset with all the hospitality she was offered. 

 

5. Berlin Has a Son

This is one of the rogue storylines that we’re totally invested in, but we don’t know how it fits into the bigger picture just yet. Berlin died on Money Heist Season 2, but the writers have found a way to keep him alive in flashbacks. This one, in particular, reveals that he has an adult son named Rafael who is a skilled coder and engineer (thanks to his MIT education that was paid for by his father — a plan clearly set into motion years in advance). Berlin recruits Rafael to join him on one of his epic heists (prior to the events of the Royal Mint in Season 1 and 2) during which they swap real gold artifacts with replicas. 

Rafael takes the moral high ground initially, but once he’s caught up in the action, he seems to get a thrill out of his father’s line of work, which leads us to believe that he’s somehow involved in the present-day heist. Rafael clearly also has the hots for his dad’s wife, Tatiana, which is something Berlin isn’t afraid to confront him about. Will that turn into something?

How do you think this storyline plays into what’s happening in the present? Is Rafael a “last resort” when the Professor runs out of plans?

LA CASA DE PAPEL (L to R) ESTHER ACEBO as ESTOCOLMO in episode 02 of LA CASA DE PAPEL. Cr. TAMARA ARRANZ/NETFLIX © 2020

Other Notable Moments

    • As his plan unravels, The Professor — the master of illusions — still manages to blackmail Tamayo and hold him by the cajones by threatening to expose his corruption if he doesn’t pull back his troops from entering the Bank of Spain. And how does he have that evidence? Lisbon managed to sneak a listening aide into handcuffs when she released some of the hostages! Beauty and brains! She has definitely earned the nickname Mrs. Professor!
    • In a life-or-death situation, Manila tells Denver that she’s always loved him. Denver tries to brush it off because of their friendship, but Manila insists that they talk about it since they might never get another chance. She questions whether Denver is truly happy with Stockholm and reminds him that he’s given up on his dreams to be with her. Denver assures her that he’s grown up and loves Stockholm very much, but Manila doesn’t seem convinced. And it’s possible she may have planted a seed of doubt because when Denver sees Stockholm high out of her mind, he seems upset and angry rather than understanding.
    • Which brings us to Stockholm’s problematic decision. After she maybe, possibly, hopefully killed Arturo, the father of her child, and, in her eyes, her child’s only chance at a normal life, she’s flooded with guilt. She keeps hallucinating him in the worst moments. And you better believe the one where he popped out of the dumbwaiter is going to haunt my nightmares for the rest of time. To numb the pain, she decides to shoot some morphine, which doesn’t just feel out of character, but it’s also detrimental to the rest of the group, who is slightly preoccupied fighting for their lives. She is able to find a solution that saves Manila and Denver, but it’s still a concerning turn of events for one of the most grounded characters. What does this mean for her future with Denver?

What did you think of the first half of the season? Do you really think the Professor doesn’t have a plan? How will they get out if they’re surrounded? Does the gold even matter at this point?
Let us know in the comments below. 

Money Heist Season 5 Volume 2 drops on Friday, December 3, 2021. 


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8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of ‘Outer Banks’

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Outer Banks Season 2 is all about searching for the gold (just like all those Olympic athletes in Tokyo) and embarking on a new and deadly treasure hunt.

The season is packed with action right out of the gate as it picks up with John B and Sarah’s adventure in the Bahamas. 

Throughout the season, it becomes clear that the Pogues can never catch a break. And though they don’t come out on top in the end, they never lose their sense of self or their purpose. 

They are Pogues through and through — the Pogue life might not be easy, but it is eventful. 

There are lots of jaw-dropping moments that it’s hard to narrow down to just a topline few, but we’ll do our best.

 

Sarah and John B Get Married

Their relationship was a little touch and go for a bit after they got home from the Bahamas, but as Sarah learned the ugly truth about her family and her father, she grew closer and closer to John B. It’s a little out of the ordinary for 16-year-old’s to get married (and yes, it’s sometimes easy to forget that they are only 16!), but it was more of a “promise ring” situation than an actual marriage. However, the feelings they have for each other are real and strong. They’ve been through hell and back together, and they understand each other in a way that others don’t. Sarah is officially a “P4L.”

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) RUDY PANKOW as JJ, CHASE STOKES as JOHN B, MADELYN CLINE as SARAH CAMERON, and MADISON BAILEY as KIARA in episode 208 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

Rafe Tries to Kill Sarah

Rafe was not in the right headspace throughout the season, which he himself admitted. Mental health is important, but it was completely brushed off by his father who constantly told him to “man up.” As a result, Rafe had trouble navigating his thoughts and turned into a monster that was all too comfortable with killing and was ready to do absolutely anything to protect his family. When it became obvious that Sarah was going to become an issue since she planned to testify that he murdered Sheriff Peterkin, Rafe tried to reason with her. When that failed, he dunked her head underwater and attempted to drown her. If it wasn’t for Topper, who just happened to be around (why was he around?), Sarah might not be alive today. 

 

Injuries Galore

Since the action didn’t stop for a minute, there were a lot of injuries amongst the Pogues. Sarah was shot by Rafe while trying to steal the gold in Nassau, Kiara almost drowned while scouring the sewers for the gun that killed Sheriff Peterkin (also because of Rafe), John B almost became an alligator’s snack (one of the more random moments of the season), Pope was stung by a handful of wasps while trying to find the Cross of Santo Domingo (poor guy swoll up like a balloon), and JJ almost drowned after being knocked out by the blunt end of a machete and going overboard (he survived thanks to Kiara who kept him afloat until the Pogues could pull him to safety!). It’s safe to say, it was an intense and dangerous season for everyone involved in this elaborate and high-stakes treasure hunt.

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) RUDY PANKOW as JJ, JONATHAN DAVISS as POPE, and MADISON BAILEY as KIARA in episode 204 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

John B Is Arrested for Murder

And he was facing the death penalty. It’s not surprising for someone accused of murdering a Sheriff in cold blood, but it was surprising considering we know that John B is innocent and being framed. The Pogues made several attempts to clear his name, and though it seemed like Shoupe was turning a blind eye to the truth because he was on Ward’s payroll, he eventually pieced it all together secretly and the charges against John B were dropped. Of course, it was almost a little too late as Ward put a hit out on John B in prison that almost killed him. 

 

Ward Kills Himself… Well, Almost

There’s a Polish idiom that basically translates to “no disaster can befall an evil person,” and that couldn’t be truer for Ward. No one is able to bring him down no matter how hard they try because he’s always one step ahead of everyone. He manipulates people and pays them off, which allows him to get away with everything.

When it seemed like the walls were caving in on him and justice would finally be served, he killed himself on his boat. My mother (who did not watch season 1 and got sucked into season 2 by accident) immediately stated that he faked his death and likely snorkeled out through the bottom. Surprisingly, she was 100% correct. Of course, Ward planned his escape in a way that would clear Rafe of all charges and allow his family to escape without being held accountable for anything. Ward never showed any remorse for all the murders he committed; he only ever thought about himself and what he wanted. 

John B almost had him again on the ship headed to Guadalupe. After he saw Ward choking Sarah out (he realized she was a Pogue and not a Kook, which meant she posed a threat to the family and had to be “taken care of”), John B knocked him out and was so close to throwing him overboard. However, John B couldn’t bring himself to do it. While it would’ve been the perfect revenge for his father as Ward killed him and threw him overboard, it’s a good thing he didn’t cross that line because he would’ve never been able to come back from it. John B is not a killer. 

While most people would naturally die from such injuries, Ward held on and was recovering in the infirmary on the ship. 

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) DREW STARKEY as RAFE and CHARLES ESTEN as WARD CAMERON in episode 206 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

The Key, Denmark Tanny, and the Cross of Monte Cristo

There was a lot happening with this B-plot, which later took over as the main storyline after Ward stole back the gold in the Bahamas. A woman named Carla Limbrey reached out to Pope looking for a key that led to the Cross of Santo Domingo. Pope wasn’t sure what she was talking about initially, but once he found the key in his MeeMaw’s old apartment, he did some digging and found out he was the descendant of Denmark Tanny, a slave who was involved with the sinking of the Royal Merchant. He was the one who hid the gold and the cross, which now belonged to Pope. The cross allegedly held a healing shroud inside, which is why Carla wanted it. However, when she got her hands on it, she was disappointed to learn that the shroud was not inside. 

Upon learning how valuable it was, Rafe and Reid, Carla’s step-brother, stole the cross from Pope and the Pogues. Pope was so fed up with having everything taken from him that he fought back. The cross ended up on the ship, and the Pogues snuck on by hiding in a shipping container. They were so close to stealing the cross back (which honestly, was probably too heavy for them to steal to begin with), but when the plan went sideways, Pope decided that he’d rather dump it in the ocean than let Rafe and the Cameron’s have it. Unfortunately, Rafe and the men on board were able to pull the cross back onto the ship as the Pogues sped off in a lifeboat.

 

Poguelandia

The Pogues docked on an uninhabited island somewhere in the Caribbean where I imagine they will likely recoup and re-strategize. My guess is that when Netflix renews the show for a third season, the fight for the treasure will continue. Pope declared that “it wasn’t over,” and with their motto being “nothing to lose,” I can’t imagine they’ll let this go so easily. The Cameron’s have taken way too much from them already. 

 

John B’s Father Is Alive

In one last shocking twist, Carla Limbrey arrived in Barbados on official Royal Merchant business and confronted John B’s father… who is very much alive. It seems as though he allowed everyone to believe he was dead and hid out on an island plotting his revenge. Like father, like son, right?

The two of them talk about the Cross of Santo Domingo and the cloth with healing powers…. but why? Why is he in cahoots with Carla, a woman who was so willing to screw over his son? Why does he want the cloth?

 

What did you think of the season? What was the most shocking moment in your opinion?


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