ByEmily Browne, writer at
Twitter: @emrbrowne
Emily Browne

Over a year ago I wrote an article in the wake of LexaGate which listed my favorite, most badass (and still living) queer women on TV. Since writing that article, a lot of those characters were heartbreakingly killed off (ugh), and I received many comments about many characters I haven't even considered! So, here is an updated list of TV lady-loving ladies who kick ass, survived stray bullets and life-threatening diseases, and are still around to steal your girl.

1. Clarke Griffin — Eliza Taylor (The 100)

Love interest: Commander Lexa (4eva)

Poor Clarke, after stabbing her boyfriend and witnessing the accidental death of her girlfriend, she is still around kicking ass and taking names — and is the first LGBT lead character on show. Despite losing Lexa (it's still painful) in Season 3, Clarke is still the chaotic good of , and with Season 5 on the way I doubt she will be going anywhere soon.

2. Waverly Earp — Dominique Provost-Chakley (Wynonna Earp)

'Wynonna Earp' [Credit: SyFy]
'Wynonna Earp' [Credit: SyFy]

Love interest: Officer Haught

I was a little late to the party, but it didn't take long for the show (and its leading ladies) to capture my heart. Adorbz couple Officer Haught and Waverly Earp are just one aspect of this excellent show, but they certainly know how to give us all the Wayhaught feelz! Season 3 has been confirmed so now we just have to sit and wait for all the revenants, demons and lesbians to return in 2018.

3. Yara Greyjoy — Gemma Whelan (Game Of Thrones)

Love interest: All women. Everywhere.

Season 5 of gave us the gift of Yara Greyjoy, Theon's hard-as-nails sister, determined to lead the Iron Born to victory. In one particularly memorable episode she treated herself to a little pre-voyage entertainment in a Volantis brothel, with the now infamous line: "I'm gonna go fuck the tits off this one." At the end of Season 7 things weren't looking so great for Yara, but as she is not confirmed dead, I will preemptively be keeping her alive on this list.

4. Cosmia Niehaus — Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

Love interest: Delphine Cormier / Shay

When I said 'survived life-threatening illnesses' I guess I was lying a little. As a core member of Clone Club, science genius Cosima has spent five seasons trying to cure herself of an incurable illness. However, she also enjoyed lots of 'crazy science' with her hot French lab partner Delphine, who was sort of evil for a bit, but also has amazing hair, so it totally balances out. While I am gutted the show is over, Cosima remains an excellent example of queer rep done right.

5. Willow Rosenberg — Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Love interest: Tara Maclay / Kennedy

Going on the television series alone, Willow was very much alive at the end of Season 7, standing alongside the Scooby's on the giant crater that was once Sunnydale. Willow's impact on representation should not be understated, as her relationship with fellow witch Tara was a milestone for LGBT representation. She also almost destroyed the world upon her death, which is pretty badass.

6. Lana Winters — Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum)

'American Horror Story: Asylum' [Credit: FX]
'American Horror Story: Asylum' [Credit: FX]

Love interest: Wendy Peysner

Journalist Lana Winters went through hell and back in AHS: Asylum, ending up in Briarcliff for snooping around, her lesbianism used as a way to keep her there. But that scene when she flips the bird at Bloody Face and drives away, that will always be one of the biggest moments of justice served in TV history. She's also played by Sarah Paulson who is arguably the most important lesbian in Hollywood rn.

7. Nomi Marks — Jamie Clayton (Sense8)

Love interest: Amanita (Neets)

Nomi Marks is a trans lesbian hacker living in San Francisco with her girlfriend, Neets. She is part of the August 8 cluster, and at the end of Season 1 is still alive, using her hacking skills to save and protect the others being hunted by BPO. Clayton's Nomi is so far the only queer trans woman I have come across in my hunt to make this a diverse article. While has now been canceled, are in the process of filming a two-hour special to say goodbye to the beloved original series.

8. Xena — Lucy Lawless (Xena: Worrier Princess)

Love interest: Gabrielle

You cannot have a list of badass queer women and not mention the mother of them all. For six seasons Xena owned ancient Greece, obliterating mystical creatures and mythical forces with little more than an 'aiyiyiiyiyiyi'! All with the help of her, ahem, 'friend' and 'sidekick' Gabrielle. (Also I refuse to believe she is dead, so she is staying in this list).

9. Bo Dennis — Anna Silk (Lost Girl)

Love interest: Lauren / all women & all men

Lost Girl is one of those shows that you can't quite believe made it past the pilot, let alone five seasons. Not because it was bad, oh no, because it was the story of a buxom Succubus who is powered by sexual energy, which she gets by draining the sexual energy of others, by having sex with them. Bo is powerful, beautiful and bisexual, making her a force to be reckoned with in both the Fae and human worlds.

10. Annalise Keating — Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)

Love interest: Eve Rothlow

If you're not watching How To Get Away With Murder, stop what you're doing and go watch it. The show follows defense attorney Annalise Keating as she tries to, well, get away with murder, both in court and in her private life. In Season 2, a woman from her past reappeared, who appears to have more than just the law on her mind...

11. Adena El-Amin — Nikohl Boosheri (The Bold Type)

'The Bold Type' [Credit: Freeform]
'The Bold Type' [Credit: Freeform]

Love interest: Kat

Describing herself as an "out and proud lesbian Muslim," Adena is an important step forward for intersectional representation on . Her relationship with Kat blossomed after the who meet on a shoot for Scarlet magazine where Adena is the photographer. Despite Kat's confusion over her sexual identity, the pair share their first kiss after Kat is arrested for standing up for Adena when she receives racist remarks on the street. Romance ensues.

12. Alex Danvers — Chyler Leigh (Supergirl)

Love interest: Maggie

When Alex came out to Kara and then got into a relationship with love of her life Maggie, you could almost feel the ground shifting for LGBT representation in superhero culture. While Legend's Of Tomorrow already gave us Sara Lance, felt like a turning point for positive representation in the Arrowverse. Unfortunately things haven't looked good for the couple as Floriana Lima who plays Maggie decided to leave the show — just as the couple got engaged. While this totally sucks, I'm sure it won't take long for Alex to find someone new to fight alongside her.

13. Sara Lance — Caity Lotz (Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow)

Love interest: Nyssa, many other lovely ladies

One of the first LGBT superheroes to appear on a popular show, (a.k.a. assassin White Canary) has been shamelessly open about her bisexuality, but her relationship with Nyssa al Ghul in Arrow left fans a little disappointed, as it mostly took place off screen. However, Sara's kick ass attitude and confidence in herself is what makes her such an awesome LGBT character, and watching her flirt with women throughout time is real treat for queer viewers.

'Lost Girl' [Credit: Showtime]
'Lost Girl' [Credit: Showtime]

While this is by no means a definitive list, it's good to see that there are still so many badass queer women doing the good work in the TV-sphere — and let's home they're all still alive and kicking another year from now.

Have I missed anyone out? Who is your favourite lesbian or bisexual TV character? Let us know in the comments!


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