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Here are some of our favorite stand out – Queer, Brown, and deeply developed characters currently streaming, and from the past. See if your favorites made the list!

#10

Titus Andromedon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt –Netflix 

 

Actor –  Tony Award Winner Titus Burgess

 

Titus starts off our list. Between his witty vernacular, hilarious commentary, and unapologetic attitude, Titus is the sass-supreme, and highlight of this this brilliant ensemble cast of Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt.

 

#9

Curtis Holt, Arrow –CW 

Actor –  Echo Kellum

 

One of my biggest crushes, and probably one of the first times we get a Black, gay, male Superhero on the screen. Not to mention “Mr. Terrific” is a regulation hottie.

 

#8

Lena Adams, The Fosters – Freeform

 

 

 

Mom, Principal, all-around bad ass. Lena Foster is Black queer royalty as one of the main characters of ABC’s hit show.

 

#7 

Kelly, Black Mirror – Netflix 

 

 

Okay So, It was one episode, but San Juniper is hands down one of the best episodes of Black Mirror. Who doesn’t love a little 70’s glamour? Also Kelly is portrayed by the consistently slept on GuGu Mbatha-Raw. 

 

#6

Noah, Noah’s Ark – LOGO

Actor – Darryl Stephens

 

It took me a while to settle on one specific character from this historic staple of a show for QTPOC. But I settled on Noah the shows protagonist – A Queer-Femme male, unapologetic, romantic, and deeply human.

 

#5 

Lafayette Reynolds, True Blood – HBO 

 

 

 

Gosh, speaking of queer feminine ICONS, we can’t forget about Bon Temps resident supernatural king. Lafayette gave us entrepreneurship, elegance, sass, and didn’t take anyone’s bullshit. Rest easy the amazing Nelsan Ellis. 

 

#4

Denise, Master of None – Netflix 

 

Actress – Lena Waithe

 

Denise in Master of None, is honestly a whole master class. The Thanksgiving episode was one of the best things I’ve ever seen on Netflix.

 

#3 

William Hill, This is Us – ABC

 

 

 

William Hill, a bi-sexual male. This Is Us is honestly the show you should be tuning in to. If you’re not already, shame on you! A father, and an artist, Ron Cephas Jones gave us one of the best performances of the year. 

 

#2 

Sophia Burset, Orange is The New Black – Netflix 

 

 

Black trans awareness, an Alabama native actress? SIGN ME UP. Sophia was human, and Laverne Cox gave us a raw, uninhibited honest performance, with some great comedic moments as well.

 

#1

Anissa Pierce, Black Lightning – CW 

“Thunder,” portrayed by Nafessa Williams

 

CW is not playing with representation this year, the new show Black Lightning follows a “retired” Black super-hero, and his super-powered family. Among that family, His Black AF, Queer AF, Powerful AF daughter Anissa a.k.a “Thunder.”

 

 

Cover photo courtesy of ABC News

Carlton Bell

Carlton V Bell II, is a all-around creative based in Birmingham, AL & An alumnus from Florida State University, Story-Telling has been apart of his life as long as he can remember; from writing prose, to writing & acting for stage and screen.He loves being able to conceptualize entire worlds through language. He is thrilled to apart of a team, that directly gives birth to QTPOC content! Twitter: iamcarltonbell Instagram: iamcarltonbell Facebook: carlton.bell

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