Just in time for the month of June’s end, here are a few of the most notable LGBTQ+ fictional couples that have been well worth the trip to the Pride Thirty Days period. These couples fought and walked for the rights of today’s LGBTQ+ couples to exist on television and in films.
When it comes to LGBTQ+ representation in media, some ships will be remembered for breaking new ground and for the characters’ bravery to be happy with who they are, regardless of whether they were portrayed by actors or animation, or debuted a decade ago or today.
Glee’s Kurtis and Blaine
Throughout the six seasons of Glee, Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) simultaneously crammed everyone’s hearts and broke them. While the exhibit featured a wide range of LGBTQ+ characters, it was Kurt and Blaine who set the tone for the rest of the characters.
In their first kiss and first time making love, this couple, dubbed “Klaine,” showed the difficulties of a male-male relationship while inviting all viewers into their love story. They were high school sweethearts when they graduated, but a heartbreaking breakup brought them back together and they were married by the series’ end.
Lena (from ‘The Fosters’) and Stef
The five-season run of The Fosters on Freeform was groundbreaking for a variety of reasons, most notably in the LGBTQ+ community. Only a few of the show’s main characters were openly homosexual or lesbian, but there were also a number of minor characters who were transgender, as well as bisexual and polysexual characters in its spin-off, Good Things.
To return to the lesbian mothers who fostered and adopted the majority of their children, Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum). They fit together like a puzzle piece despite their disagreements on how to raise their children.
“Days of Our Lives'” Will and Sonny
Days of Our Life’s first openly gay character, Sonny Kiriakis, was introduced when Will Horton, the show’s longtime straight lead, came out in 2012. (Freddie Smith).
Despite the fact that Days is a soap opera and has dealt the super couple a lot of drama over the years, Will and Sonny made history in 2014 when they became the first man and man to marry on daytime television. They are still together on the soap today after returning to Salem in 2021.
“Dickinson” Sisters Emily and Sue
the 19th-century writer Emily Dickinson’s formative years are chronicled by Hailee Steinfeld’s Dickinson on the Apple Television set+
Although it’s difficult to tell if the show is based solely on reality, it shows Dickinson and her best friend Sue (Ella Hunt) hiding their intimate thoughts and gestures in the form of poems at a time when their relationship would not have been accepted.
(‘lightyear’) Alisha and Kiko Hawthorne
The inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters and stories in Disney films and displays tend to be ahead of the curve, but the gradual but constant inclusion of diverse casts of animated figures by Pixar has made waves.
Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) is the result of a lesbian couple in the background of Finding Dory and Officer Specter obtaining a girlfriend in Onward.
Disney tried to remove the scene, but Pixar insisted on including Alisha despite the company’s objections.
“Steven Universe” Ruby and Sapphire Are
It was something you would never see on a kid’s cartoon in the 1990s or 2000s, let alone an openly LGBTQ+ character, but Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe took the risk when the show’s season premiered.
the first animated series to receive a GLAAD Award for Superb Children and Household System for a 22-minute extended episode in Season 5 that not only showed the characters kissing, but also invited viewers to their wedding, the show’s romantic relationship helped gain the honor.
They Are David and Patrick (from “Schitt’s Creek”)
Aside from David (Dan Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reidlike )’s story, Schitt’s Creek had many other memorable episodes.
As the exhibit progressed, it showed how David and Patrick’s love for one another and their humorous “I love you”s eventually led to their wedding collection’s culmination.
Blue and Simon (from “Love, Simon”)
“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” the film adaptation of the Becky Albertalli novel, was a huge success. Simon Spier, a teenage boy, is the protagonist of this guide-turned-movie, which follows him on his journey to coming out and slipping for his online pal, Blue.
To add to the joy of Simon’s triumphant come-out (Nick Robinson), the identity of Blue is revealed to be that of Simon’s friend Bram Greenfeld (Keiynan Lonsdale)
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Glee’s Santana and Brittany
Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris) were Glee’s female-feminine super couple, despite Kurt and Blaine being the show’s most beloved gay couple. Just a few hours after Santana’s heartfelt revelations to her family
However, Santana fell in love with her openly-bisexual classmate Brittany, who she dated off and on throughout high school and college before finally tying the knot with Kurt and Blaine in a joint wedding.
Modern Family Stars Mitch and Cam.
Ellen and Will and Grace paved the way for openly gay couples on primetime sitcoms like Modern Household, which featured Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet).
A story about an openly gay couple adopting a child was the focus of the show’s premiere, which ended with the couple performing a full-length version of “The Lion King” in front of their family and friends to introduce their new daughter.