Recently the mayor of the small town of Carbon Hills, Alabama made a threatening comment that can be viewed as nothing other than inciting violence against the LGBTQ+ community. He has since apologized and said the comment was taken out of context. Despite deleting the post, the damage was done. Let’s take a look at some of LGBTQ+ characters no mayor would want to threaten.
Omar Little (The Wire)
A man walks down the street fully armed in a trenchcoat whistling “The Farmer and The Dell.” The instant this song is heard people in Baltimore know to hit the streets because “Omar comin’.” Fueled by vengeance after his boyfriend is killed, Omar has a clear target and clear motives. He never tries to hide his feelings or any aspect of himself.
Cheryl Blossom (Riverdale)
Cheryl may be the queen bee of Riverdale High, but viewers soon learn that Cheryl is the archetypal gothic heroine. Punished because of her same sex attractions, she is sent away only to be rescued by her soon to be Serpent girlfriend. However, Cheryl proves that she is more than capable of doing the saving. Wielding a bow and arrow Cheryl evades a serial killer and rescues the Southside serpents, granting her full Serpent status and her very own red leather Serpent jacket.
Oberyn Martell (Game of Thrones)
Oberyn seemed a little shady at first, but proved to be a true ally to Tyrion when he stood in to champion him in a battle against The Mountain. Agile on his feet and quick with his sword, this bisexual character nearly succeeded in killing The Mountain. However, he relished in his victory too long and The Mountain was able to gain the upperhand and kill him, but Oberyn accomplished his task and the only reason The Mountain lived to see another season was because of some insane Frankenstein experiment. Oberyn for the win!
Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Willow may have started off as mousey and shy, but eventually learned to embrace her true nature. Not only did she realize she was a lesbian, but she came to harness the full power of her witch potential. The strength of Willow’s powers nearly caused her to destroy the world, but in the end her magic helped her save it.
Captain Raymond Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Captain Holt has endured racism and homophobia and has risen up the ranks to captain of the Nine-Nine. He is whip smart, classy, and a licensed debate monitor. He is not here for any outdated bigotry.
Dr. Callie Torres (Grey’s Anatomy)
We first meet Dr. Torres in in the second season of Grey’s Anatomy. She is a badass orthopedic surgeon. She breaks and builds bones for a living. Callie knows she’s awesome. She walks away from a job that does not value her worth. She bounces back after her husband cheats on her and she knows when to call it quits after her wife Arizona keeps bringing her down. Callie is back to dancing by herself in her underwear like a boss. Come at her, bro.
Theo Putnam (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Theo Putnam may have started off shy and unsure of himself, but soon came to embrace his identity. He explained to his father and friends that he felt better in men’s clothing and that he preferred to be called Theo instead of Susie. After that, Theo became fearless in the face of demons and other hell creatures. He makes no apologies for himself and embraces danger.
Clare Devlin (Derry Girls)
Derry Girls in set in Ireland during the political conflict in the 90’s. Clare attends an all girl Catholic school during a time when a lesbian in school was still shocking news. She bravely writes a letter that effectively draws her from out of the closet. “I’m the wee lezzer!” Clare is brave in her self acceptance.
Ellen Morgan (Ellen)
Ellen was not particularly badass, but she is the reason these other characters are possible. Ellen Morgan was funny, relatable, and silly. She managed to babble her way through any awkward situation. Then she revealed her true self and terrified the network and those who would discriminate against her. Ellen Morgan is a force to be reckoned with because she was the first.
While some political figures may absurdly call for the death of LGBTQ people, time marches on. There will always be new characters and contibutions to leave their mark on society.