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Feb 23, 2017

18 Queer Black TV Characters Who've Made Our Entire Lives

Captain Holt forever and ever and ever.

In honor of Black History Month and also just life in general, we recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite black queer TV characters, and why they mattered to them. Here's what they said.

1. Poussey Washington, Orange Is the New Black

Netflix

"She was the first queer character I could relate to before I came out." —sannekulper1

"She is just so loyal and sweet." —brandia4e65fcc94

2. William Hill, This Is Us

NBC

"Because bi men are so erased (and denied) in our society. And the sexuality of older people tends to be ignored." —emilyg45cdf9472

3. Unique Adams, Glee

Fox

"Unique Adams, who is so comfortable with herself she sings with pure vulnerability every single time. Being in the New Directions is difficult enough socially, but to also be black and LGBT+ throws more challenges to Unique." —Vincent Evans-Lucy, Facebook

4. Captain Raymond Holt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Fox

"I want Captain Holt to be my father. I love him, he is the best character ever." —Lauren Mitchell, Facebook

5. Tasha Williams and Bette Porter, The L Word

Showtime

"It was great to see such powerful characters who were aware of their queerness’s role in their everyday interactions — with Bette’s capacity and approach to art being questioned because of her sexuality, and with Tasha’s altercations with the military of which she was part. More importantly, they were aware of their interactions with the world as African-American queer women, with both having to face unique struggles solely because of their race. My favorites still, always!" —mylena

6. Sophia Burset, Orange Is the New Black

Netflix

"She's nothing short of iconic, to be honest. Sophia will always be important to me." —Anonymous

7. Denise, Master of None

Netflix

"Seeing her on-screen was a breath of fresh air." —Anonymous

8. Titus Andromedon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Netflix

"I think all of us have a little bit of Titus inside of us, in the sense that we are all a little bit quirky." —M.J. Cormier, Facebook

9. Annalise Keating, How to Get Away With Murder

ABC

"She's this main character who oozes power — and she's a dark-skinned queer black woman, at that. I love it so much. Viola will never not be a revelation." —Anonymous

10. Curtis Holt, Arrow

The CW

"Not only is he very intelligent, Curtis isn't afraid to take risks and to stand up for what he believes in — even to his friends." —Vincent Evans-Lucy, Facebook

11. Christina Worthy, 90210

The CW

"Christina showed me that being bi was real and that my feelings are valid." —bekir

12. Lena Adams Foster, The Fosters

Freeform

"Seeing Lena run this family and live such an aspirational — and yet consistently challenging! — cool, interesting life on The Fosters gives me life." —Anonymous

13. Calvin Owens, Greek

Freeform

"Calvin got to be such a full character, both in storylines about his sexuality and in storylines that had nothing or very little to do with it. I miss Greek." —Anonymous

14. Kelly, Black Mirror

Netflix

"Honestly, that episode meant so much. I just loved it a lot!" —Priscina Dharmadasa, Facebook

15. Lafayette Reynolds, True Blood

HBO

"Funny, loving, good-looking, a cook, and a damn good friend." —Sade Henderson, Facebook

16. Christopher Taylor, The L.A. Complex

The CW

"He was only a recurring role, but this character really spoke out to me. He was very sweet, and patient, and very sincere in his affections. He was a very positive influence on Andra Fuller’s Kaldrick King, and Christopher helped Kaldrick learn that he didn’t need to be ashamed to be himself." —heyweirdkid

17. Amanita Caplan, Sense8

Netflix

"Great to see a black bi woman. She has such a healthy, loving relationship with her girlfriend and is fearless." —Bolt_451

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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CORRECTION

Mazikeen from Lucifer is played by Lesley-Ann Brandt, who is not black. She has been removed from the list, thanks to commenter n101, who pointed out the error.

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