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Your Guide to 21 Shows with Queer Female Characters On TV this Fall

Your Guide to 21 Shows with Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Characters On TV this Fall

Your Guide to 21 Shows with Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Characters On TV this Fall

Because the LGBT TV is the best TV.


It's fall now, which means not only are our favorite TV shows coming back, but we're also getting a swath of new shows to look forward to. We already told which 11 premieres we declared 'Lesbian Approved,'but you may have noticed there just aren't a whole lot of, well, actual prominent queer characters in the shows. Trust us, we know. In our disappointment, we scouted out every queer female character you can catch on TV in this upcoming season and have listed them all here for you. Disclaimer: we did our best, forgive us if we're missing a few and please list them in the comments. Additionally these are only fictional characters that will be appearing in shows that air in 2015. We'll get back to you in 2016 with a fresh new list of possibilities. Now let's meet the characters we have to look forward to this year.

(RELATED: 19 Lesbian-Approved Movies We Can't Wait to See this Season)

(Note: shoutout to GLAAD and AfterEllen for source material!)

1. Nora (Teressa Laine) and Mary Louise (Scarlette Byrne) on The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

After six seasons, TVD is finally getting a lesbian couple. Or rather, a vampire lesbian couple who's been together since the 1900s and are still navigating how to deal with an increasingly more accepting world. They're both playing antagonists this season (which means they'll probably die), but we'd happily accept a spinoff TV show about just them too. Just by the way.

2. Denise (Lena Waithe) on Masters of None (Netflix)

Master of None Trailer (HD) Aziz

Masters of None is a new Netflix show co-created by and starring Aziz Ansari. Fun fact: the role is tailored around Lena after her spot-on audition made her a must-cast.

3. Pippy and TMI (Gabrielle Dennis and Anna Konkle) on Rosewood (FOX)

Pippy is the sister of Rosewood's lead character, a pathrologist who helps solve crimes the police can't. Pippy asissts him in his work, and is also engaged to TMI. Says Gabrielle about her character, "It was exciting to play a smart woman in a loving relationship that also had its humanity and quirks out there." We can't wait.

4. Sam (Jeanna Han), an angrogynous lesbian on Scream Queens (FOX)

Jeanna's only listed on IMDB as being featured in 4 episodes, but maybe that's a glitch. (It's probably not. Womp womp, Scream Queens.)

5. Harper (Carrie Anne Moss) on Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)

Jessica Jones is another Netflix show in the world of the highly successful Daredevil. Jessica Jones is set to drop in November, which means we'll probably have a hard time leaving our computers for a while.

6. Mimi (Marisa Tomei) on Empire (FOX)

Mimi is described as a “demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama.A Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.” We seriously can't wait for this appearence.

7. Tigress/Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas) on Gotham (FOX)

We love us a lady with superpowers, and Tigress will also be part of a love triangle with Barbara (Erin Richards). They had us at villainous love triangle.

8. The ladies of American Horror Story: Hotel (Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, and Lily Rabe) (FX)

American Horror Story | Hotel

There's apparently a lot of fluidity going on with many characters in AHS: Hotel, and we also know that Lily Rabe is for sure playing lesbian serial killer Aileen Wurnos for the Halloween episode.

9. Deb (Sonya Eddy) on Fresh Off the Boat (FOX)

Lead character Jessica's (Constance Wu) favorite bar is a lesbian one called The Denim Turtle, and it looks like she'll soon be making a new friend in the bartender, Deb. Sounds like somewhere we'd like to hang out too!

10. Nyssa Al-Ghul (Katrina Law) and occasionally Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) on Arrow (The CW)

Nyssa and Sara's relationship ended pretty quickly when (SPOILERS!) Sara got killed, however the season 4 teaser demonstrates Sara's getting in on some resurrection action on Arrow before heading to Legends of Tomorrow. And Nyssa's still around on Arrow, so the queer count is alive and well. Or rather, resurrected and fine for now.

11. Tara (Alanna Masterson) on The Walking Dead (AMC)

Tara is a queer character, but if you blinked during season three you might have missed her relationship with army reservist Alisha. We hope Tara finds happiness in season 6, although it seems quite possible that no one will ever find happiness on The Walking Dead.

12. Callie (Jessica Capshaw) and Arizona (Sara Ramirez) on Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Everyone’s favorite queer doc couple is back for season 12. Many fans are still devastated by the Calzona break up, but the good news is that they’ll both begin dating this season. Or is it good news? Weren’t they supposed to be each other’s lobsters for life?

13. Annelise (Kelly Jenrette) on Grandfathered (FOX)

GRANDFATHERED 2015 ¦ Official series Trailer ¦

Kelly will be playing the assistant to John Stamos' character, who finds himself struggling to deal with becoming a grandfather. Not our fave premise, but probably our fave character on the show!

14. Luisa (Yara Martinez) and Louisa (Bridget Reagan) on Jane the Virgin (The CW)

Expect EXTREMELY turbulent couple Luisa and Rose to be back in season 2, as well as a lot more drama. This show knows how to work a twist and turn, and we're exciting for many more of them this season.

15. Abby (Rachel Brosnahan) on Manhattan (WGN)

After her heartrending affair with her female neighbor Abby ended season one of WGN's Manhattan Project-based TV show in a pretty intense position, but it looks like she'll be sticking things out with potential little one on the way.

16. Root (Amy Acker) and Shaw (Sarah Shahi) on Person of Interest (CBS)

We're not sure when Person of Interest will be returning (another tricky return date strikes again), but with Root and Shaw finally having acknowledged their sparks, it'll be a return date we'll definitely want to be aware of.

17. Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell) on Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)

There's no official premiere date for the second half of the 6th season of PLL (they usually have a Halloween episode though), but when it does return, you can be darn sure that Emily Fields will return with it, and hopefully some more Paily/maybe new GF drama. Emily Fields forever.

18. Stef (Teri Polo), Lena (Sherri Saum), and SO many more on The Fosters (ABC Family)

The Fosters is a mega-inclusive program, with LGBT characters everywhere dealing with all sorts of issues. It still has no winter return date set yet, but usually there's a holiday episode in the cards so we're counting it for 2015 as well.

19. Amy (Rita Volk) on Faking It (MTV)

Amy is currently single (bye Reagan), but she's still around and we're still totally rooting for her. Perhaps there will be a new, awesome GF in her future?

20. SO many characters on Transparent (Amazon)

Transparent won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series this year, and Jeffery Tambor also won for Best Actor for his role as Maura, a transgender woman who comes out to her family later in life. Transparent also features several other LGBT characters, including Maura's bisexual daughter Sarah (Amy Landecker) and her ex-girlfriend Tammy (Melora Hardin). And that's just a small few, so you should certainly check out Transparent when it returns in December.

And lastly, with a How to Get Away With Murder spoiler alert:

21. Annalise (Viola Davis) and Eve (Famke Janssen) on How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Annalise's ex-girlfriend showed up last night and they shared the kiss heard around the Twitterverse. And since the second season premiered just a day ago, expect this to take a good, long time to unfold. Even more reason to tune into the show and catch Viola Davis' Emmy winning performance.

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