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2017 STAR TREK: DISCOVERY The sci-fi spinoff boldly went where the universe had never gone before in its 50-plus-year history, by introducing the first openly gay characters, Lieuten- ant Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz). Season 3 featured the franchise’s first nonbinary and transgender characters.

2018

SUPERGIRL The CW broke ground

with TV’s first transgender superhero, Dreamer. For trans actor and activist Nicole Maines, progress means getting to play a villain. “I think it’s that more and more trans char- acters [can] be less than perfect and be a–holes,” Maines told Variety . “They’re just people.”

2004

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THE L WORD Up until this show, TV would bust out “girl-on- girl action” merely for shock value. But this long- running SHOWTIME series finally featured nuanced lesbian protagonists living their authentic lives.

2007

2020

AS THE WORLD TURNS The steamy soap aired the first-ever daytime TV gay kiss between two male characters: Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer.

SCHITT’S CREEK In a pandemic year when we all desperately needed a feel-good moment, Pop TV’s cult hit may very well have saved 2020 with the Rose family’s heartwarm- ing send-off. Pansexual David finally married his business partner and best friend, Patrick, in a hilari- ously over-the-top wed- ding officiated by Moira in full papal ensemble. Simply the best!

2009

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE The lip syncs are legend- ary and the tea is served piping hot! In 2020, RuPaul made herstory by winning a fifth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. “I’ve always said, every time I bat my false eyelashes, I’m making a political statement,” he said in his acceptance speech.

2021

BATWOMAN When bisexual actor

Javicia Leslie took over the lesbian superhero’s cape and cowl for Season 2, she also made history as the first Black Batwoman.

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