Queer Women and Their Straight Female Friends



These two ER docs aren’t close friends in the traditional sense —
they rarely socialize outside of work, and occasionally clash on the job —
and they have very different personalities (Abby was generally likeable, Kerry
more of a crank).

But they develop an emotional bond over several years of fixing one medical crisis after another, while
Abby struggles with alcoholism, relationships, and motherhood, and Kerry comes
out as a lesbian, loses her partner, and almost loses her son in a custody battle.

While Kerry never loses her prickly personality, Abby helps bring out her softer
side, and when Kerry finally leaves her job (and the show), Abby tells Kerry
that if it had not been for her, she’d never have become a doctor or a mother.

Atypical Dialogue (their final conversation):

Abby: …I just wanted to say that I think that you’ve probably
seen me at my best and, uhm, at my worst. And even though we didn’t always
see eye to eye, you helped me go from a nurse, to a med student, to a doctor,
to a mom. (she fights back tears)
Kerry: I’m the one that’s supposed to be upset here.
Abby: I know. I’m sorry!
Kerry: You were always there as a nurse and a doctor, and
most importantly, you’ve always been here as my friend. (they hug each other
and start crying)
Abby: Do you think this happens with the guys when one of
them leaves?
Kerry: Carter bawled like a baby when he left.
Abby: Ha! (she pauses) I’m gonna miss you.
Kerry: Thank you.


Former college roommates living together again, fitness instructor Roxie
and soap star Siobhan share a dysfunctional but supportive relationship which
includes Siobhan’s tolerance of Roxie’s live-in girlfriend (Jill Bennett)
and ever-present ex-girlfriend (Maile Flanagan), and Roxie’s tolerance of Siobhan’s poor
choice in men, and general high-maintainance personality.

When Roxie’s parents kicked her out of the house in college, Siobhan is there
to take her in. When the writers on Siobhan’s soap put her character in a coma, or
Siobhan accidentally gets electrocuted at work, Roxie is there to commiserate and
bring her food. It’s the perfect friends-with-baggage relationship.

Typical dialogue:

Roxie: [standing in front of Siobhan's ex-husband's house]
I don’t remember the house being so big.
Siobhan: Probably because the last time you were here, you
were helping me sneak out of the place.
Roxie: Aww, good times!


In this sci-fi series set in the future, bike messenger Original Cindy’s lesbian
sexual orientation isn’t the big secret: It’s her friend and co-worker Max’s identity as a genetically
engineered super-soldier.

When Max finally reveals the truth about her genetics to Original Cindy in the middle of the first
season, the conversation sounds like the classic coming-out story. "When you and me
hooked up," she tells Original Cindy, "it was like, all of a sudden,
there was this part of my life where I didn’t have to be hiding or fighting
or anything else except trying to make a living and kicking it with my homegirl.
I never had that before — a friend. I was scared that if I told you what
was up it would all change." (Although she’s taken aback by the news, Original
Cindy soon assures her, "You my boo… For life. No matter what.")

Throughout the show’s two seasons, Original Cindy and Max provide emotional
support, keep each other out of trouble, and fret over the other’s safety —
all while engaging in witty repartee and wearing fashionable futuristic outfits.

Typical dialogue:

Max: I actually kind of feel sorry for guys sometimes.
Cindy: Please.
Max: They’re prisoners of their genes.
Cindy: So are dogs. I say hang Sketch out to dry. Let Natalie
see him for the heel he is. Then, maybe she’ll step to the all-girl team.
Max: Of course, there’s nothing self-serving in that scenario.

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