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If you’d told us last summer that Pretty Little Liars was going to have us swooning over its lesbian character, and shouting at the TV over its absurd drama, we would have laughed at you — but that was before we met Shay Mitchell. Mitchell’s portrayal of Emily Fields is pitch-perfect; she is the emotional anchor of ABC Family’s breakout drama. Off-screen, Mitchell has been a vocal supporter of the LGBT community, offering advice and support for teens who are coming to terms with their sexuality, and attending various charity events. She even reached out to Glee’s Naya Rivera over Twitter, suggesting a lesbian love story cross-over between Santana and Emily. We approve!