Lesbian/Bi Characters We're Thankful For
Callie Torres, Grey's Anatomy
Arizona Robbins and Callie Torres
Choosing just one lesbian character to be thankful for is a little like going to the SPCA. So many adorable options — and I want to take every single one home with me. But I decided to go with the Sapphic surgeon who made me fall in love again: Dr. Callie Iphegenia Torres (Sara Ramirez) from Grey's Anatomy.
I was right there with all of you when Grey's kicked Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) to the curb last season. But who among us hasn't played Hahn's glasses soliloquy over and over again? Watching Callie's confusion, then delight, as she realized that she was falling for a woman was one of the best things I've seen on TV. And no face on television communicates the emotions of love like Callie's.
This year, Callie and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) have become my favorite couple, gay or straight, on screen. (Yes, that even includes Pam and Jim.) Their relationship is rocky, fun, confounding and loving. And last week's episode in which Callie did just about everything wrong in trying to give Arizona a good birthday was amazing. At the end, when Arizona said, “I love you” and Callie said, "You do?" I realized that I had fallen in love with Grey's Anatomy again. Thanks, Callie. I love you, too.
Alice Pieszecki, The L Word
Bette Porter, The L Word and Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bette Porter and Willow Rosenberg
I'm grateful for Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Bette (Jennifer Beals), for different reasons.
Willow is a brilliant, endearing, and witty embodiment of the confusion and experimentation of youth. We see her grow up, come out, and come to terms with her own power and powerlessness — experiences many of us had when we were young, just without the turning evil and trying to end the world part (and sadly, without the Vamp Willow — love her!)
Bette is lesbian life as a grown-up. Her triumphs and mistakes as a business woman, a parent, and a partner resonate with many queer women. And Bette's ongoing attempt to control everything and everyone around her, often with disastrous results, serves as a helpful cautionary tale for control freaks like me: loosen up, or you may end up with a dead psychotic "friend" floating in your pool.
Bette and Willow represent different life stages and personalities: adulthood vs adolescence, power suits vs. the softer side of Sears. But they're both likable and relatable, and they both make our own lives seem a little better — because as long as you haven't skinned a man alive or cheated on your partner in jail, your day can't be going that bad, right?
Carmen de la Pica Morales, The L Word
Carmen de la Pica Morales
On this Day of Giving Thanks, I am thankful for not only the tofurkey peacefully roasting in my oven or the plentiful Indian food my family and I share. Sure, I'm super grateful for the roof over my head and blah blah — that's all really great stuff. But there is one person, one heavenly creature, actually, who brings the most joy into my heart and a tear to my eye: Carmen de la Pica Morales (Sarah Shahi).
Carmen, with your flowing dark hair, radiant smile, and excellent taste in music (not so much girls, though: Jenny and Shane? Come on), girl, am I thankful for you. I'm totally willing to overlook the fact that you lost your V-Card to Eva Torres, aka Papi — it's kind of funny, actually — and would never do anything that would require you to use the fire extinguisher on me.
Make no mistake, I will treat you like the divine being you are and feed you vegan bon-bons after the big Indian family dinner on Thursday. With all the importance you give to your culture and family (and your hot bod), you make all us queer women of color so proud it hurts. Here's to six years of uninterrupted bliss, and here's to 600 more. Thank you.
Helen Stewart, Bad Girls
Luce, Imagine Me & You
Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show
Nancy Bartlett, Roseanne
Clarissa Vaughan, The Hours
Ms. Rain, Precious
Vivian Bell, Desert Hearts
I know ONTD hates lists, but I love gushing over female queer characters on TV and I just posted my faves.