Happy Pride, friends! While today may mark the end of a month-long celebration chock full of love, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to lift up the LGBTQIA+ community in our day-to-day. As an avid TV lover, I’m always “shipping” certain characters or rooting for already established couples. In fact, many of my all-time favorite couples hail from the LGBTQIA+ community. Love is love is love is love, baby!
Below, I’ve compiled a list of my personal 10 favorite LGBTQIA+ TV couples, in no particular order. Peruse at your peril.
Waverly and Nicole — Wynonna Earp
Now, this one’s for all my WayHaught lovers. Wynonna Earp is a loud and proud advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole (Kat Barrell) comprise everyone’s favorite part-angel/”haught” cop pairing. Nicole helped Waverly blossom into the outgoing, jovial bubble of love that she is today. Simultaneously, Waverly elicited Nicole’s more laid back, less straitlaced side. In addition, they just love each other so damn much. They love without inhibitions and with an unadulterated passion that you seldom see in couples, regardless of orientation.
Tituss and Mikey — Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt introduced the world to Tituss (Tituss Burgess) and Mikey (Mike Carlsen). Initially, when you first meet Mikey, you think he’s the polar opposite of Tituss. Mikey was a stereotypical “man’s man” who catcalled women while working in construction. However, it was merely a ruse to mask his burgeoning sexuality. Eventually, Tituss helped Mikey embrace who he truly is. You could see the love these two harbored for each other, despite their differences. It’s a sizzling chemistry that cannot be replicated. And they’re just the cutest.
Holt and Kevin — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Now, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my two TV dads Holt (Andre Braugher) and Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson) from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has always been a huge proponent for the LGBTQIA+ community. Holt and Kevin are a match made in heaven. Two peas in a pod. Both Dads of the Year to one Cheddar the Dog. Holt overcame discrimination while climbing up the ladder in the NYPD — he was a black gay man finding his career footing in the ’80s. Through it all, Kevin wholly supported his husband and never wavered in said support. If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is.
Rachel and Dana — Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
Okay, so Rachel (Ashly Burch) and Dana (Imani Hakim) from Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet aren’t a full-fledged couple yet, but you know it’s going to happen. Season 1 slowly established a deep connection between the dynamic duo. While Rachel is out and proud, it’s unclear whether Dana is open regarding her sexuality. However, the sparks are flying and the chemistry is electrifying. No doubt about that. Of course, this “will-they-won’t-they” trope is something you’d normally see between a man and a woman on TV. But Mythic Quest blessed us with Rachel and Dana fulfilling the aforementioned trope. I can’t wait to see if Season 2 will make my dreams come true.
Cosima and Delphine — Orphan Black
Orphan Black is one of the most criminally underrated shows in existence, and it flew slightly under the radar amid its tenure on BBC America. Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Delphine (Evelyne Brochu), or “Cophine” as the Clone Club affectionately calls them, made a wonderfully developed couple on the show. Of course, there were back-stabbings and betrayals aplenty on the sci-fi series, but Cophine withstood it all. They incessantly overcame the obstacles in their path and wound up making crazy science together. Crazy science for the win.
Max and Anne — Black Sails
Now, Black Sails is another wildly underrated series. Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Anne (Clara Paget) made an unlikely pairing in 1715 Nassau. However, their chemistry was undeniable. Anne spent most of her adulthood tethered to Jack Rackham and never truly explored her sexuality. Homosexuality was forbidden back then. Once these two came together, you knew their love was pure. Unsullied. Their bond was damn near unbreakable. Even though they eventually parted ways, you could see they both left an indelible mark on each other’s hearts.
Elida and Amae — Vagrant Queen
Now, this one’s for my fellow Vagrants. Vagrant Queen smashed barriers — the show harbored a black female LGBTQIA+ lead in Elida (Adriyan Rae). In addition, she became romantically entangled with Amae (Alex McGregor). Initially, we knew Amae was interested in women, but Elida’s sexuality remained unclear. That is, until these two met and started flirting with one another. Over the course of the series, Elida and Amae’s romance organically blossomed into a thing of beauty — a full-fledged relationship rife with love and companionship. It’s a shame that Syfy cancelled Vagrant Queen after one season.
David and Patrick — Schitt’s Creek
Schitt’s Creek introduced us to a slew of delightfully quirky characters, including David (Dan Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid). Their love story was an intricately beautiful affair. David mustered up the courage to come out as pansexual and Patrick loved him regardless. David was Patrick’s first foray into same-sex relationships, and the former was very encouraging of the latter. Not only that, but it was obvious when they first met that sparks were flying. Oh, and they ended up marrying in the Schitt’s Creek series finale, in case you were in dire need of a heart explosion. Exploding from too much love, naturally.
Quentin and Eliot — The Magicians
Now, this pairing is canon as far as I’m concerned. Technically, Quentin (Jason Ralph) and Eliot (Hale Appleman) did spend a lifetime together in an alternate timeline on The Magicians. In addition, their relationship developed exponentially over the course of the series. When Quentin fought tooth and nail to free Eliot from the Monster in Season 4, you could tell that he felt more than friend-love for our El. It was wholly romantic. You cannot tell me otherwise. Anyway, Q and El were two peas in a pod and even though the former unfortunately passed on, at least we still have “A Life in the Day.”
Willow and Tara — Buffy the Vampire Slayer
It’s time to pay our respects to the true original LGBTQIA+ pairing on TV — Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson). While yes, Willow and Tara had their issues, it was abundantly clear that they loved each other. Without a shadow of a doubt. In addition, Tara played a significant role in helping Willow come out. What’s better than living and loving as the real you? Both would gladly fall on their respective swords to protect the other. This was especially obvious when, after Tara’s unfortunate demise, Willow went on a magically-fueled rampage.
Who are your favorite LGBTQIA+ TV couples? Sound off in the comments below!
This article was originally published on 6/30/20