Today is National Coming Out Day and in that spirit, this slideshow was created to show appreciation for a multitude of TV characters that had their own coming out moments.
These characters didn't always go through a coming out arc and sometimes they didn't even truly come out, but they did offer representation when they shared who they were either with others on their show or with the audience.
They are inspiring in the same ways that they are iconic, they hold the strength that every fan that feels represented by them should have as well.
These TV characters created a space of inclusion and love, something that everyone deserves every day but especially today.
What are some coming out moments that you found inspiring or that were important to you?
1. Cheryl Blossom – Riverdale
From the emotion to the chemistry to the lovely bisexual lighting in the diner, Cheryl coming out to Toni was a scene that none of us will forget any time soon.
2. Clarke Griffin – The 100
Clarke didn't necessarily come out to herself, but that didn't make this moment when she made it clear that she could be interested in anyone regardless of gender any less significant. There is nothing more inspiring than getting to see a character like Clarke Griffin on screen, leading and showcasing constant resilience.
3. Rosa Diaz – Brooklyn 99
Rosa's continued arc where she shares her sexuality with the people around her is a reminder of her courage and it is validating in a way that not many TV shows can offer.
4. Lionel Higgins – Dear White People
It was a pleasure to get to navigate Lionel's understanding of his sexuality during Dear White People, and it is an inspiration to see something that has to be so relatable.
5. Raphael Santiago – Shadowhunters
Asexuality has almost no representation on television, so to have a character like Raphael openly express his sexuality is incredible. It is important because those that identify with him can see themselves onscreen just effortlessly making preferences clear and getting moving on. Raphael is more than just his sexuality, and yet the huge value that comes from him even saying these lines is unmatched.
6. Anissa Pierce (and Grace Choi) – Black Lightning
Coming out again doesn't always have to be a character storyline where the person figures who they are out. Sometimes it is coming out to a larger audience, offering fans the chance to watch two women fall in love and just be. Anissa and Grace are a great example of that and it is truly an honor to get to see their journey together. View Slideshow