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Television needs more LGBT characters, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some great people out there already.

Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) in Doctor Who

Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) in Doctor Who

“It's awesome to see a black gay woman who is just casually queer and no one cares. I'm super upset she's not going to be in Season 11 though, because of course that's what happens.”
– Charlotte, email

“I find her so inspiring and such a badass. She's a role model for younger girls and boys.”
harrietm4bc79670d

“Why did she have to leave so soon?!”
georgiap40209bbcb

Watch it on: BBC iPlayer (UK), BBC America (US)

BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

“This is a man who's endured years of discrimination for being a black gay cop, and he's using it to be a force for good in his precinct and in his community. He's given all of them advice on how to overcome adversity.”
emilyadder

“What really does it for me is how this comedy show deals with issues around race/ethnicity, sexual identity, and gender. The characterisation of Holt just reiterates the struggles of being a black gay man rising up in the ranks of the NYPD and how defiance and hope allowed him to end up captaining a great squad who accept him.”
Justisabel

Watch it on: Netflix (excluding US), FOX Now (US)

NBCUniversal Television Distribution / Via youtube.com

Josh (Josh Thomas) in Please Like Me

Josh (Josh Thomas) in Please Like Me

“[Please Like Me is] so funny and sincere, and represents the best and hardest aspects of coming out, looking for love, and trying to figure out what you want to do and who you want to be.”
– Michael, Facebook

“Josh is, at times, stubborn, childish, and spiteful. Other times he is lovable, charming, and very insightful. The show does a wonderful job in its portrayals of mental illness and portrayals of real relationships.”
– Jacob, Facebook

“The portrayal is so real and I can imagine a lot of people will relate to his experience.”
megnas

Watch it on: Amazon Prime (UK), Hulu (US), ABC TV (Oz)

ABC / Pivot / Via Amazon Prime


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