With the 2014-15 television season coming to a close, we here at /bent wanted to do something to commemorate what has genuinely been the most remarkable season for LGBT representation ever to grace our various small screens. From “Transparent” to “Looking” to “Please Like Me” to “Orange is the New Black,” it’s not simply that the quantity of LGBT characters on TV right now is so substantial (though it is), but more about how wonderfully realized so many of them are.
Incredible storytellers and the actors they write and direct are collaborating to bring us layered, flawed, beautiful, inspiring, hilarious fictional LGBT characters on network, cable and streaming series all over the world. The fact that we had trouble narrowing this list down to 15 would seem entirely unheard of just a few years ago (if “Will & Grace” was still on television now, we can’t imagine either Will or Jack even making the cut). But after taking a poll of /bent’s contributors as to which LGBT characters they feel are the “best” on television right now (with all of us keeping in mind “best” is an incredibly complicated word that is obviously subjective to each person’s own identity), this is what we came up with.
Click on each link for the full blurb, and please (respectfully) use the comments section on this page to voice your own votes.
#9: Josh on “Please Like Me”
#8: Jude Foster on “The Fosters”
#7: Henry Best on “Cucumber”