The most amazing LGBTQ characters on TV

TV roles that make LGBTQ people feel seen

LGBTQ characters on TV
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LGBTQ representation on television has made good progress in recent years, and though it can’t change society’s view on queer people in an instant, seeing LGBTQ role models on the small screen makes a huge difference. Positive LGBTQ representation in media can make members of the community feel seen, inspire them to live their truth, and, in the right circumstances, save their lives. Below are some of the most amazing LGBTQ characters on TV that deserve to be celebrated all year round.

Enrique Moratonas (Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll) | Kim’s Convenience

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A recurring gay character in the CBC Television sitcom Kim’s Convenience, Enrique Moratonas is a registered nurse and regular customer of the Kim family’s convenience store. Loud and sometimes over-the-top, Enrique considers the family’s patriarch, Mr. Sang-il Kim (Paul Sun-Hyung), his friend. Though this seems to be unrequited, Enrique still tries his best to get close to the store owner and remains genuinely concerned about his health.

Portrayed by Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Enrique only appeared in a total of 12 episodes throughout the five-season run of the series. Despite his small role, Enrique is considered as one of the fan-favorite characters from the show.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”