Michael Patel - 'Champions'
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If we could guarantee having a son like Michael, we might consider having a kid of our own, but since there is literally no (moral or legal) way to ensure that, we'll just have to settle for enjoying him on screen. Seeing a gay kid have such unabashed self-confidence and self-assuredness has been a treat and he's got his priorities straight. What else can you say about someone who, in his first weekend in New York, has the fountain where Carrie confronted Big, the church where Aiden confronted Carrie and the exteriors of Samantha Jones Public Relations on the top of his sight-seeing list?
David Rose - 'Schitt's Creek'
In addition to supplying us with a lifetime of gif-worthy reaction shots, David Rose, played to pitch perfection by Dan Levy, has evolved from spoiled brat fish-out-of-water to a fully-formed functioning human without losing any of his sarcastic edge or cutting wit. David's wine analogy to explain his pansexuality was brilliant and don't even get us started on his relationship with boyfriend Patrick, it's just been such a pleasure to watch. We'd even say it's simply the best.
The Entire Cast Of 'Queer Eye'
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We admit, we were initially hesitant about the "Queer Eye" reboot, only because we loved the original "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" (which ran on Bravo from 2003-2007) so very, very much. Who gave them permission to do a reboot? But after spending fewer than five minutes with the new Fab Five on the Netflix and can you BELIEVE? We were not only converted, we were crying, obsessing, and screaming YASSS QUEENS. Karamo, Tan, Bobby, Antoni, and of course Jonathan are more than just experts in their respective fields, they are shining lights of self-love, acceptance, serving us realness, friendship, and most importantly, positivity. During a time when a just few minutes on Twitter is enough to send you into a black hole of despair from whence you'll never return, "Queer Eye" is the beacon of tolerance and hope we all need right now. Just make sure you have the tissues handy. Excuse any spelling mistakes in here as we were typing through our tears.
Denise - 'Master Of None'
Simply put, Denise tells it like it is. She's got low-key sly one-liners and she is totally comfortable with who she is, which make sense because who she is is totally awesome. The Thanksgiving episode in the second season of "Master of None" blessed us with Denise's backstory (and Angela Bassett as her mom!) as well as her coming out story, and a look at her longstanding friendship with Dev and Denise's teen crush on Jennifer Aniston. It remains one of the best of the series. We don't know if there will be more Master of None but if there is, we need more Denise!
Titus Andromedon - 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
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"The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is wrapping up and we are praying to our Lord and Saviour Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter that Titus Andromedon gets a spinoff series. We'd watch a whole show of Titus re-enacting Beyonce videos, dispensing life advice, and regaling us via song with the benefits of "Peeno Noir" because you can't spell Andromedon without drama (if you spell it wrong).
Jack McFarland - 'Will & Grace'
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Like many people, we were pumped when it was announced "Will & Grace" would be returning to TV. Even though we'd watched our fair share of reruns on W Network over the years, we still missed the fab four. And while we were eagerly anticipating spending more time with Will, Grace, and Karen, we'd be lying if we said we weren't most pumped for "Just Jack." Jack is unapologetically himself and we could all probably benefit from having an ounce of his confidence (and rapid fire wit)
Alex Danvers - 'Supergirl'
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Season one of "Supergirl" didn't provide us with much of a personal story for Alex Danvers but that all changed in season two when it was revealed she is a lesbian and she entered into a relationship with Maggie Sawyer. While the relationship didn't last we give Supergirl super snaps for introducing a gay main character as the superhero genre hasn't and isn't always so LGBTQ-inclusive.
Sol Bergstein - 'Grace And Frankie'
While we love Sol and Robert as a couple, we also love that Sol still has such a huge spot in his heart for Frankie and takes her feelings into consideration with regard to his relationship with Robert. Plus, there really aren't enough older gay relationships on TV so we are here for this and anything Sam Waterston does because well, "Law And Order" was life.
Nomi Marks - 'Sense8'
Trans political blogger Nomi Marks has hacked her way into our hearts on "Sense8". What's extra cool is that when we meet Nomi, she's not in the beginning or middle of her transition which is the case with a lot of trans storylines. Nomi is post-transition and living loud and proud and with her fiancee.
RuPaul - 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
Sure, you can argue RuPaul isn't a character, per se, but we'd never sashay away from an opportunity to honour Mama Ru so shanté, she stays. Not only has Ru brought drag culture to the mainstream though the phenomenal "RuPaul's Drag Race" but he also spills the tea on his podcast "What's The Tee" co-hosted by BFF Michelle Visage, and more importantly, has dropped plenty of nuggets of knowledge on us over the years, like "we're all born naked, the rest is drag," and of course his weekly sign off and ode to , "If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?" Amen.
Andy Cohen - 'Watch What Happens Live'
Like RuPaul, Andy Cohen doesn't play a "character" although you could definitely call him a character. Somehow, the CEO of the "Housewives" franchise gets celebs to open up and spill the tea like no one else can on "Watch What Happens Live". We're sure the alcohol doesn't hurt but also, there's just something about Andy. We're also here in a major way for his bromance with John Mayer.
Sophia Burset - "Orange Is the New Black, 2013"
Sophia Burset has been THROUGH IT and that was even before she was the only trans woman at Litchfield Penitentiary and her time behind bars hasn't exactly been a walk in the park, either. A violent assault ending with her in solitary. We love Sophia's spirit and sass, she's a survivor and we want to see her thriving not just surviving.
Ilana - 'Broad City'
Yasss. While it's never explicitly stated that Ilana is bisexual, it's certainly implied that she, at the very least, has a crush on BFF and frond to the ond, Abbey. Ilana embodies a true KWEEN with a DGAF attitude that we all wish we could rock. Plus, she's a true ride-or-die, whether it's accompanying you to Bed, Bath, And Beyond or disposing of an errant poop during a blackout, she's there for you.