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5 Fictional LGBTQ Characters Who Broke Barriers & Stereotypes

LGBTQ+ sci-fi and fantasy TV shows offer better representation than ever.

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It is no secret that queer representation in mainstream media isn’t ideal. It propagates some negative stereotypes that people have about members of the community. Although representation in entertainment media is gradually getting better, the process is slow.

Today, queer representation in movies can take many different shapes. It isn’t necessarily flattering. In addition, queer people might occasionally find even accurate and engaging kinds of queer depiction to be problematic.

In addition to the difficulty in accurately portraying diversity, representation is a complex problem. However, a few LGBTQ characters have broken these barriers and stereotypes. LGBTQ+ sci-fi and fantasy TV shows offer better representation than ever. Here are a few of them.

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Rosa Diaz – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Bisexual)

This bisexual icon stood up in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is great in representation thanks to its varied cast, which plays a variety of characters from different spheres of society.

Fans of the show started wondering if Rosa Diaz, played by actress Stephanie Beatriz, might possibly be bisexual after she casually revealed she was on Twitter in 2016.

During episode “99” of season 5, Rosa Diaz revealed the news in her typical blunt manner. In the episode, Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) tried to figure out who Rosa’s new lover was after overhearing a phone call and learning that his fellow detective is dating a woman.

Rosa Diaz is popular for being a beautiful badass that stands with other women. Her love for dogs makes her even more endearing.


Florance – Sex Education (Asexual)

Florence participates in the school play by playing Juliet in the Lily-written adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” sharing the spotlight with Jackson, who plays Romeo. Since her friends are pressuring her into having sex with Jackson, she is initially unhappy with her job with him. 

Florence, who has no interest in having sex, initially seeks guidance from Otis but is unsatisfied with his responses. She then visits his mother, Jean, who explains to Florence that she is asexual but not aromantic.

Florance portrays the confusion that comes with being asexual. She later turns into a confident actress at school and becomes an incredible ‘Juliet.’

Chiron – Moonlight (Gay)

Chiron, a gay black guy, is at the center of the movie. He modifies his portrayal of masculinity to escape mockery because homosexuality is seen as incompatible with black masculine norms.

In order to avoid being singled out like Chiron is as a child, Kevin hides his sexual orientation. As Chiron becomes older, he understands that in order to protect himself from violence and homophobia, he must adhere to a heteronormative ideal of black manhood.

Chiron decides to adopt the conventional black male act as an adult. He develops stereotypical black masculinity and becomes a drug dealer. Chiron highlights the helplessness that gay black men face and the struggle of being vulnerable.

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Wil and Vivian – Saving Face (Lesbian)

This lesbian romantic comedy may be from the mid-2000s, but it was ahead of its time. The film features a Chinese-American mother and daughter secretly dealing with illicit sexual relationships.

The central subject of “preserving face” stems from Wil (Michelle Krusiec) and her widowed mother, Hwei-Lan (Joan Chen), who secretly worry that their decisions will let down and dishonor their family.

In Flushing, Queens, they have a close-knit Chinese community, and they constantly fear being shunned, even if it means sacrificing their personal goals to conform to specific cultural ideals.

Wil starts dating Vivian (Lynn Chen), a dancer and the boss’s daughter but finds it difficult to show her admiration in public.

In many ways, Vivian represents Wil’s unrestricted potential. She struggles to express a stronger commitment to her.

Nia – Supergirl (Transgender MTF)

In the fourth season of Supergirl on The CW, Maines made an appearance as a series regular. She played the first transgender superhero on television in her role as Nia Nal, a distant niece of Legion member Dream Girl. Her character is portrayed as soulful and eager to defend others.

Are you interested in LGBTQ characters and films that beat common stereotypes and barriers? Consider the above options. From classics to newer options, you have endless options.



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