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The QUILTBAG Club (formerly the LGBT club)

I can't really think of many lesbians on television. Like, actually interesting characters who aren't just incidental who also happen to be lesbian. There's also a really sad lack of trans characters, but I think at the moment that might be more of a good thing than a bad thing; people find it difficult to do gays, lesbians and bisexuals right, and I think most portrayals of trans characters would be quite bad. The only trans character I can really think of too is Alexis Meade from Ugy Betty. At the time I didn't think that was one especially bad, but maybe I'm wrong?

Personally I'd be more interested in seeing more gay male protagonists in stable relationships, or just as protagonists at all, but that's because I'm slightly biased (sorry!). It's not like there's a finite amount of quiltbag that can be on TV at any one time though, right?

...right?
There was a trans character in a recent Brazilian series. They took a male actor and transformed him so well into a female-looking person that some watchers mistook him for a woman. The team behind the series did a great job with him and his portrayal was excellent as well. The voice and the mannerisms were spot on.

It's difficult to see trans characters that aren't comic relief because you won't easily find suitable actors. A trans female really has to be played by a man to be convincing, but it's not easy to find male actors with androgynous bodies. It's much easier to create a trans male character because women are more adaptable.

You can have women play trans females (like Lisa Edelstein did IIRC) but for me it seems a little off.

Oh and the very reason I liked House was because it challenges our beliefs, all the time. House isn't pro anything, and is anti-everything. He goes by his own rationality.
 
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Momo(th)

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I can't really think of many lesbians on television.
Well, Degrassi is a show that I don't like, but it has a few major lesbian characters.

On a side note, I found out what sexuality I am; asexual. I guess that's why I feel no attraction to my female friends.
 

shy ♡

whispers in gay
There was a trans character in a recent Brazilian series. They took a male actor and transformed him so well into a female-looking person that some watchers mistook him for a woman. The team behind the series did a great job with him and his portrayal was excellent as well. The voice and the mannerisms were spot on.

It's difficult to see trans characters that aren't comic relief because you won't easily find suitable actors. A trans female really has to be played by a man to be convincing, but it's not easy to find male actors with androgynous bodies. It's much easier to create a trans male character because women are more adaptable.

You can have women play trans females (like Lisa Edelstein did IIRC) but for me it seems a little off.

Oh and the very reason I liked House was because it challenges our beliefs, all the time. House isn't pro anything, and is anti-everything. He goes by his own rationality.
... what.
 

Aletheia

King Koopa
So guys
I hate to disrupt your discussion of QUILTBAG characters on TV
but I'd just like to report that I've been getting these pesky butterflies in my stomach whenever someone refers to me as a female
Wat do
 

Aletheia

King Koopa
Which is exactly what happened, though inadvertently- I gushed about my pseudo-boyfriend in an IRC I frequent, presumably leading someone to think I'm female
and the next thing I know people are referring to me as "her" and why does it feel so nice
 

Blastoise Fortooate

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The only trans character I can really think of too is Alexis Meade from Ugy Betty. At the time I didn't think that was one especially bad, but maybe I'm wrong?
As Seraph mentioned, Degrassi (whatever its flaws) tends to have a ton of queerage goin' on. Especially, the few episodes I've seen are the ones with Adam, a transgender boy who seems (as far is little old cis me can tell) to be quite a positive portrayal of the concept, in them. There's drama about it, i.e. 'my grandma doesn't know and my mom is pressuring me into being a girl again' and stuff like that, but I think drama is par for the course in that show, so. :\

In light of the news, for anyone who hasn't seen it, Prop 8 - The Musical.
 

octobr

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jumps the topic back a little

Hi I've watched Sherlock and tbh the gay tease, as we're talking about it, feels a lot nicer than a lot of other shows because instead of 'lmao ur gay!!' it's 'oh look at you two perfect for each other let me just get the candles'

but I don't see john being gay at sherlock at all, not when he's too busy being sherlock's dad and sherlock is too busy being a fourteen-year-old masquerading as a grown man.
 

shy ♡

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No Jawn and Sherlock are definitely a couple. They're an ace couple but Sherlock at least is in a relationship with Jawn whether Jawn realizes it or not.

This is my canon get out. >|

(Honestly though it happens a lot with ace people that one will latch onto a person and the other will not realize it because it is so similar to friendship. Jawn/Sherlock pretty much is an ace relationship. Although in my canon they are homoromantic asexuals, as VPLJ said, it can easily be a one-way relationship with Jawn not realizing it.)
 

Diz

Overdosing on placebos
Well, as for the House discussion, it's pretty clear throughout the show that we're not supposed to agree with House or sometimes even sympathize with him. For the most part, in the asexuality episode, I sympathized and agreed with Wilson. House just treats everything like a disease, and in this case it was, which is unfortunate.

I'd like to think of Susan and Carol from Friends and Jack and Karen from Will and Grace almost like Lucy from I Love Lucy. Sure, they didn't play characters that were very positive about their stereotype (LGBT+ People/Women) but they were on TV and paved the way for shows that had more positive LGBT+/Feminine roles.

As for a show that does amazingly with it's LGBT+ Characters, I'd like to point out Warehouse 13, featuring a bisexual female HG Wells, and a gay member of the team, Steve Jinks.

Ummmm, right now I have a girlfriend, so that's not very LGBT related...but I did get kissed on the neck by a boy a couple of weeks ago.
 
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shy ♡

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Oh I completely forgot! White Collar has lesbians. Well, only one is a main character, but. She's pretty cool. The show itself isn't mind-blowing but it's good enough? And has lesbians, so. (Also Matt Bomer, who is awesome and gay irl.)
 

Butterfree

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House did have that pregnancy episode where House spent most of it making fun of everyone who called the fetus a baby but then when he was doing the surgery to fix the fetus somehow suddenly its arm kind of touched him and there was a long meaningful shot of his eyes and then at the end of the episode he totally did think it was a baby!!1 So it really shouldn't have been beyond them to make an episode where House thinks asexuality is some kind of disease (which fits with his character so I'm not opposed to that part) but is then either proven wrong or at least completely fails to find evidence that they're sexual despite repeated attempts.

Did Wilson at least point out that even if these particular people weren't "really" asexual there are plenty of real asexuals out there?
 

Phantom

Uh, I didn't do it.
House did have that pregnancy episode where House spent most of it making fun of everyone who called the fetus a baby but then when he was doing the surgery to fix the fetus somehow suddenly its arm kind of touched him and there was a long meaningful shot of his eyes and then at the end of the episode he totally did think it was a baby!!1 So it really shouldn't have been beyond them to make an episode where House thinks asexuality is some kind of disease (which fits with his character so I'm not opposed to that part) but is then either proven wrong or at least completely fails to find evidence that they're sexual despite repeated attempts.

Did Wilson at least point out that even if these particular people weren't "really" asexual there are plenty of real asexuals out there?
Wilson is really confused by it and starts researching it, and he does say that, 'It's an actual orientation.'.


I understand where people are coming from, but as an asexual trying to explain to my mother, (Who basically thinks it's 'the end of the world I will never have granbabies'), who watches that show it's her ONLY experience with asexuality. She actually said I should try to go to the doctor about it. She's so naive it makes me sad. But that's the first open time I've heard of an ACTUAL asexual couple, even though they weren't... it's really confusing.
 

Lorem Ipsum

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Hello QUILTBAG, very real question here for everyone. Pubic hair or no pubic hair - which do you prefer on your sexual partner?
 

Jolty

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Hello QUILTBAG, very real question here for everyone. Pubic hair or no pubic hair - which do you prefer on your sexual partner?
bit of an odd question
for me i probably wouldn't care either way

i have a question i want to ask people too (the trans people in particular) but i will wait for more replies to this one first so i don't clog.
 

Zora of Termina

forget your high society
QUILTBAGs, I have a question.
It might sound a bit dumb, but. If you're planning on participating in the Day of Silence, does it still count if you're talking to your fiance via microphone?
 
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