Television is brimming with LGBTQ characters that challenge and inspire viewers. Modern audiences are actually so accustomed to LGBTQ storylines that it's almost unusual when hit shows don't feature queer characters. As of 2017, there are enough influential, heartfelt, and groundbreaking queer storylines on TV to keep little gay kids crying tears of joy for days at a time.
But we're not here for that. We're here to talk about the worst LGBTQ TV characters. The offensive, the pandering, and the terminally boring. It's time to break down the rampant LGBTQ misrepresentation on television and call a stereotype a stereotype.
If you look closely enough, there are stereotypically gay TV characters on even the best shows. If there aren't enough LGBTQ writers on staff, then there's bound to be an ignorant misstep somewhere along the line. But sometimes writers are just lazy. Why not slap a gay label on a character to make him more interesting? That's progressive, right? Nah. We're also not shying away from calling out older shows on not going far enough. We can only hope that when Will & Grace comes back to TV screens, it seriously rethinks its approach to queer representation.
Click through to find out which LGBT TV characters deserved better representation than what they were given...