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
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.