Five Great LGBT-Friendly Shows
There are so many TV shows out there, and it can be hard to narrow down what to watch. At Pink and Black, however, we are excited about the following five LBGT-friendly shows.
Pretty Little Liars
The teen thriller Pretty Little Liars has developed a cult following in just two years. Apart from insane plot twists and constant guessing games, Pretty Little Liars gives viewers love, lust and relationships. Recently, one of the Liars, Emily (Shay Mitchell was our July Girl Crush!), came out to her friends and family and began dating a fellow classmate, Maya (Bianca Lawson). While Emily may have only recently come out, writers have hinted that Emily was struggling with her identity through a strained relationship with her ex-boyfriend and flashbacks to scenes where Emily appears to be infatuated with Alison (Sasha Pieterse). Pretty Little Liars shows viewers a character who becomes comfortable with her identity through the support of friends and eventually, family.
Everyone’s favorite comedy series, Modern Family, doles out more than just laughs. Partners Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) are in a loving relationship and even adopt their very own Vietnamese baby, Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). While it took some time for the couple to be affectionate with each other, which did draw some criticism, the two became modestly affectionate soon enough.
Who knew a show about vampires, werewolves and witches could have so many relationships and love triangles? Well True Blood does, and it appears to be one of the most LGBT-friendly shows on TV. In the first three seasons, Tara (Rutina Wesley) is only in relationships with men. However, in season four, Tara is portrayed as bisexual. Tara’s cousin, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), is openly gay and, at one point, in a relationship with male nurse/witch Jesús (Kevin Alejandro). With a slew of LGBT characters, some have said that the concept of the show—vampire minority searching for equal rights)—is meant to represent the LGBT community searching for equality.
America’s Next Top Model
The fashion industry has been criticized time and time again for promoting women with unrealistic body types. But what about the absence of transgender models in the fashion and modeling industries? Well, during the show’s 11th season, America’s Next Top Model had its first transgender contestant, Isis. While she did not win the season, Isis was asked back to compete in season 17. ANTM has also embraced the LGBT community through judge Jay Manuel and “runway diva coach extraordinaire” Miss J. Alexander.
Story by Katie Richards, editorial intern.