LGBT representation in popular culture is important to normalize the different types of love relationships that exist in the world.
Some characters in film and television have been fearlessly openly lesbian and have become examples of inclusion.
Queen Anne from The Favorite
Usually, period films tell the story of impossible love between a man and a woman from different social classes or families who are enemies.
La Favorita found a new way to tell a period aristocratic romance with a lesbian queen, played by Olivia Colman, who took advantage of her position to have simultaneous relationships with two of her close friends.
The film is a combination of drama and comedy in which the queen’s decisions are based on the passionate impulses of her relationships.
The performances of Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz made them Oscar nominees, and Colman took home the statuette for best leading actress.
Marianne and Eloise from Portrait of a Woman on Fire
Set at the end of the 18th century, Portrait of a Woman on Fire tells the story of two women who fall in love when one of them is commissioned to paint a portrait of the other on the eve of her wedding.
The romance between them is not only prohibited because it is between people of the same sex, but because they belong to different social classes.
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Adéle is one of the most remembered lesbians in cinema because it tells an endearing story in addition to being an acclaimed film.
The film talks about discovering the protagonist’s sexuality and his first real infatuation with another woman he will remember forever.
Carol and Therese from Carol
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were nominated for an Oscar for playing two New York women in the mid-1950s who start a forbidden relationship.
The discovery of her sexual orientation and the beginning of their relationship have negative consequences in their lives since Carol has a family from which she cannot flee and has to make a difficult decision.
Amy from Booksmart
Not all lesbian-themed movies have to be sad or have unhappy endings, and Booksmart is the perfect example of that.
The film portrays diversity as a normal theme in the new generations and has an especially happy ending for the character of Amy, who is openly homosexual and goes in search of a girl he always liked.
Rosa Diaz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Another character who came out of the closet in a comical way as Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and her classmates made her feel supported and accompanied after she had family conflicts over the subject.
Rosa’s development in the series breaks gender stereotypes, sexual orientation and helps to normalize LGBT characters in popular culture.
Batwoman is a special character because she became the first openly lesbian heroine in film and television.
The character already had that identity since the comics, but the adaptation to the comics and her public discovery as a lesbian was historic for the superhero series.
Another classic DC character with a preference for women is Harley Quinn. Despite her unhealthy relationship with the Joker, Harley has made it clear that she prefers to be with women.
The comics and animated series have not been afraid to show her with other women, so the same thing is expected to happen soon in the live-action film adaptation.