We spend a lot of time bemoaning the lack of authentic lesbian and bisexual characters on television and in movies, but with the holiday season approaching, we decided to take a look back at the last few years of queer entertainment and find a reason to merry-make.
To celebrate (American) Thanksgiving this week, we asked our bloggers (and some of our former editors!) to tell us what lesbian/bisexual characters they are most thankful for, and why.
Check out our list, then join the festivities in the comments!
Arizona Robbins and Callie Torres
Choosing just one lesbian character to be thankful for is a little like going to the SPCA. So many adorable options — and I want to take every single one home with me. But I decided to go with the Sapphic surgeon who made me fall in love again: Dr. Callie Iphegenia Torres (Sara Ramirez) from Grey’s Anatomy.
I was right there with all of you when Grey’s kicked Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) to the curb last season. But who among us hasn’t played Hahn’s glasses soliloquy over and over again? Watching Callie’s confusion, then delight, as she realized that she was falling for a woman was one of the best things I’ve seen on TV. And no face on television communicates the emotions of love like Callie’s.
This year, Callie and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) have become my favorite couple, gay or straight, on screen. (Yes, that even includes Pam and Jim.) Their relationship is rocky, fun, confounding and loving. And last week’s episode in which Callie did just about everything wrong in trying to give Arizona a good birthday was amazing. At the end, when Arizona said, “I love you” and Callie said, "You do?" I realized that I had fallen in love with Grey’s Anatomy again. Thanks, Callie. I love you, too.
The lesbian character I am most thankful for has got to be Luce (played by Lena Heady) from Imagine Me & You. Not only is she smokin’ hot but she also played out so many of my own early gay fantasies of making a straight girl (played by Piper Perabo) fall in love with her. This also happens to be one of the only good lesbian films with a — gasp! — happy ending! Yes, the ladies get to live and love each other and be fashionable, all at the same time.