Television might be just a bit more queer this season, and we’re not mad.
LGBTQ representation in television is improving, but diversity issues across racial, gender and disability lines are still prominent, according to the latest GLAAD Where We Are On Television report. The annual report measures representation of LGBTQ characters and stories in broadcast and cable television, and this year’s new fall schedule gives more options than before. Here are the LGBTQ major roles we’re looking out for this season (in no particular order, and in no way comprehensive):
1. Calzona – Callie and Arizona (Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw) from Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
We have been rooting for Callie and Arizona since that very unfortunate bus accident (or gay slur drama) took our beloved O’Malley away. We followed Callie as she came to terms with herself, and we cried real tears at the Calzona wedding, and that baby melts our hearts! But since those days there has been much turmoil in Shonda’s first queer TV couple’s relationship…lies…cheating…a plane crash…more lies and cheating. And this season is set to be the ultimate test if the first episode was any indication. No spoilers, but this couple is going to put us through it this year I can tell.
2. Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) from How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Shondaland does it to us again with her new drama “How to Get Away With Murder” starring the amazing Viola Davis. But it wasn’t Davis’ sex scene with a hunky detective that caught our eye (well, it did, but not the same way…) Actor Jack Falahee is bringing us a little Chuck Bass, a little Brian Kinney and a lot of hot gay action as Connor Walsh. After we learn that Connor has a bit of a competitive nature, we see exactly how far he’ll go to get what he needs. Hopefully he keeps striving all season.
3. Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) from The Good Wife (CBS)
Kalinda’s milkshake brings all the boys, and the girls, to the yard. Archie Panjabi plays the bisexual investigator on the small screen in the Good Wife this season. I wonder if she’ll pick the sexy cop or finally give Cary his day (or night) in court. History tells us, however, it will probably be both. And that’s totally ok.
4. Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) from Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
When Cpt. Holt came out on this show, for just a moment, I was distracted from how adorable Andy Samberg looks. Andre Braugher’s character is more of a daddy-type, but it was a nice addition to an awesome show. His role of the stern-but-soft precinct leader makes him surprisingly likeable, and his comedic timing is flawless. Now here’s to hoping that Mr. Samberg takes a cue from Seth Rogen and James Franco and…well…you get the picture. And if you aren’t watching the nine-nine, you betta watch, because after 3 hours of Shondaland programming, one needs something to decompress.
5. Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) from Nashville (NBC)
Nashville has been a show that has yet to take a prominent spot on the DVR for us, despite trying because of all the jeans. But, the character Will played by Chris Carmack certainly makes us want to save a horse. This country star-to-be is struggling to accept who he is, in an industry where GLBT people may be seen, but are rarely heard. This season we get to see the fallout of his marriage, and something that could lead to a coming-out…but it’s too soon to tell. We will take more kisses with hot country hunks though, sure thing!
The report from GLAAD also indicated that some more of our favorite shows, such as Scandal, Moms, The Mindy Project, Hart of Dixie and other shows will increase screentime for gay characters or more gay storylines. New shows like The McCarthy’s (CBS), Gotham, Empire, Backstrom (FOX) will all have LGBTQ people represented on the show.