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39 LGBTQ Characters We're So Obsessed With, We're Calling Hollywood And Demanding They Get Their Own Spinoffs

No more gay best friends! We want gay main characters!

Happy Pride 2021! We're celebrating being queer! The Speedos are out, the drag queens are death-dropping, and corporations are loving a rainbow logo!

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BUT we could still use a lot more movies and TV shows with LGBTQ leads, so how about, to celebrate Pride 2021, we green-light some queer projects that everyone can enjoy during Pride 2022?

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Pretty please?

And to make things really easy for the studio executives, here are 39 characters who need their own spinoffs. These are some queer AF movie and TV show ideas for y'all.

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Honestly, someone put me in charge of a film studio, because these are billion-dollar ideas I'm giving away FOR FREE!

1. Riley Johnson (Aubrey Plaza): Happiest Season

Aubrey Plaza gazes across the room while holding a white mug
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Remember all that outrage when Abby (Kristen Stewart) chose her semi-closeted girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) over the sleek, blazer-wearing, plunging-neckline queen Riley? Clearly, people LOVED Riley and her acerbic wit. Let's give her a rom-com all her own. Riley leaves her small town (ironically filmed in Grove City, Pennsylvania, mere feet from my anti-gay college) and travels to Chicago for business right before Christmas. She's seated next to Tessa Thompson. The plane is grounded, and the two fall in love while eating terminal food for Christmas. Tell me this isn't gonna be a family holiday staple for decades to come?

2. David Rose and Patrick Brewer (Dan Levy and Noah Reid): Schitt's Creek

Dan Levy looks annoyed while Noah Reid looks amused
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As Schitt's Creek comes to an end (SPOILER ALERT) and the Rose clan go their separate ways, David and Patrick stay behind in the tiny town to run their apothecary. We obviously want to know how that goes and the high jinks that ensue. So I'm pitching Rose Apothecary, a Superstore-like show that follows the employees of the ever-expanding general store chain. Workplace comedy with Dan Levy at the lead. What's not to love?

3. Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa) or Ola Nyman (Patricia Allison) or Lily Iglehart (Tanya Reynolds) or Anwar (Chaneil Kular) or Rahim (Sami Outalbali): Sex Education

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Okay, everyone. Sex Education is a miraculous queer show full of miraculous queer characters. The only problem? The cast is massive and the seasons are short. The remedy? Give all the LGBTQ characters their own spinoffs. I want one about Eric becoming a drag queen. I want one about Lily and her sci-fi erotica. I want one about Rahim's sexy adventures in France. Netflix — give us 15 spinoffs. I promise I'll watch every single one.

4. Alan and George (Austin Crute and Noah Galvin): Booksmart

Austin Crute and Noah Galvin pitching their class
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Two flamboyant gay men throw a murder-mystery party for their friends, and all is fun and games until the guests start dying ONE. BY. ONE. I'm envisioning Scream meets Game Night in this spinoff starring Booksmart's gay besties. Imagine the DRAMA. Imagine the quippy one-liners. Imagine the costumes. We need more horror-comedies, and this one sounds like a blast.

5. Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz (Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan): Riverdale

Madelaine Petsch sits on the serpent throne with Vanessa Morgan at her side.
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Riverdale's leading all-girl power couple deserves more time in the sun. Why should they be sidelined by Betty's serial killer genes and Archie's boxing matches? Cheryl and Toni deserve to be front and center like the stylish Serpent Queens they are. Perhaps they lead a band of lesbian vigilante biker gals? Perhaps they launch a maple-vodka empire and delve into corporate espionage? Perhaps Penelope Blossom goes missing and the pair go undercover to find her? Really, I don't care what the show is about as long as we get one-liners and fabulous scarlet outfits.

6. Sam and Fred (Jonathan Bailey and Amit Shah): Crashing

Amit Shah and Jonathan Bailey talk in an alleyway
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This six-part Phoebe Waller-Bridge–helmed comedy is a masterpiece, especially in how it focuses on the blossoming relationship between the openly gay Fred and Sam, who is questioning his sexuality. But the open-ended finale left me in AGONY these two friends fall in love? The entire global public is demanding to know. Phoebe — get back in the writing room and give us a Fred-and-Sam spinoff.

7. Mo (Alex Newell): Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Alex Newell stands in a gorgeous pink dress
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Imagine this. It's a whole movie musical, but every song is belted by Alex Newell, the gender-nonconforming actor with pipes of gold. As the American Idol judges loved to say, "I could listen to you sing the phone book." So let's get a movie where Alex just sings off people's names. Honestly, I would watch, and then I would download the Spotify album and listen to it nonstop until Alex became my Spotify Wrapped artist of the year.

8. Artie (John McCrea): Cruella

John McCrae in a sheer leopard top and smudged eyeshadow
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While Artie, Cruella's fashionable bestie in the new Disney movie, was touted as the first queer character in a prominent role; that basically just meant he wore makeup. His sexuality and gender were never explored in the film, and some have accused Disney of queerbaiting yet again. And to that I say, "Well, then, let's make a movie all about Artie." Chic. Stylish. Effortlessly cool. I'd watch him breeze about London for two hours.

9. Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) and/or Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan): Game of Thrones

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It seems like every other week, we're getting news about some GoT spinoff or another. So why not green-light some gay medieval dramas? We can go for the femme gay palace intrigue with Loras in The Knight of Flowers, or the butch lesbian pirate direction in The Drowned Woman.

10. Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez): Tangerine

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez drags Mickey O'Hagan down the street by the neck
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If you haven't watched Sean Baker's revolutionary film about transgender sex workers in Los Angeles, then you need to stop what you're doing and go watch immediately. I'm not exaggerating when I say it was the best film I saw during my never-ending pandemic film binges. Sin-Dee goes on a rampage when she learns her boyfriend is dating a new woman, dragging the beleaguered Dinah around the streets of LA. I'd gladly watch a full film franchise about her life, and we need more movies about trans people starring trans people, so this is a win-win.

11. Ian Gallagher and Mickey Milkovich (Cameron Monaghan and Noel Fisher): Shameless

Cameron Monaghan and Noel Fisher make out on a couch
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If you, like me, spent part of the pandemic watching the YouTube compilations of Shameless that are only the Gallavich scenes, then you understand why there needs to be a spinoff focusing on the chaotic gay couple. They're the heart and soul of the Showtime show, and they could be the heart and soul of their own show, too.

12. Patrick Stewart (Ezra Miller): The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Ezra Miller presides over Mae Whitman and Erin Wilhelmi at a party
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We spend most of Perks focused on Charlie (Logan Lerman), but clearly Patrick is the more interesting character, and what happens to him after high school? I want a college dramedy with him at the center, please.

13. Sam Lockwood (Gideon Adlon): Blockers

Gideon Adlon pushes away Jimmy Bellinger at a pool party
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Sam agrees to a prom-night sex pact with her two best friends and spends most of the film deciding whether she should just sleep with Chad or if she should tell her friends and family that she actually likes girls. Blockers deserves a sequel anyways, and let's put Sam and a new college lesbian romance at the center of it — please?

14. Gary (Troye Sivan): Boy Erased

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We could use a Troye Sivan–led spinoff to Boy Erased at the very least because it means we'd get a few good Troye songs on the soundtrack. But his character, pretending that gay conversion therapy is working on him so he can be released from the evil establishment, deserves a more upbeat spinoff. We want to see love and romance! We want to see Troye on a dance floor vibing while one of his songs pumps in the speakers!

15. Jess Carr (Kate McKinnon): Bombshell

Margot Robbie and Kate McKinnon stand in a press room with notebooks
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The closeted lesbian liberal working at Fox News because it was the only journalism job she can get is both terribly sad and incredibly humorous at the same time. But hear me out: What if she's on a long-term, undercover con job to bring down the entire network? It's like Ocean's Eleven except it's Kate McKinnon instead of George Clooney, and instead of three casinos, it's an evil, fearmongering media conglomerate.

16. Elliott Goss (John Early): Search Party

John Early and Meredith Hagner at brunch
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He pretended to have cancer. He pretended to write a book. He pretended to be innocent of murder. He pretended to be a straight, Republican news reporter. Elliott Goss is good for a spectacle, and the one problem with Search Party is that he has to share the spotlight. Let's give him his own show. Elliott would be very into that.

17. Nadine (Phillipa Soo): The Broken Hearts Gallery

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It pains me deeply to ask for a movie where Molly Gordon and Geraldine Viswanathan are not leads, because they are the stars of the future, BUT I also deeply need a full-length film about Phillipa Soo's horny, serial-dating lesbian with great glasses. Give me a rom-com, please, and thank you. Maybe the love interest can be Hamilton costar Jasmine Cephas Jones? Think of the musical potential there!

18. Oliver T'sien (Nico Santos): Crazy Rich Asians

Nico Santos spies over Michelle Yeoh's shoulder
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As its name implies, this film is stacked with crazy rich Asians. That means that Nico Santos's gossipy second cousin doesn't get nearly as much screen time as he deserves. I know there is already a sequel in the works, but maybe for the sequel, it's him falling in love instead of watching from the sidelines.

19. Justin Suarez (Mark Indelicato): Ugly Betty

Mark Indelicato sits on Ana Ortiz's lap
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Justin is OOZING with potential on Ugly Betty. Honestly, he knows more about fashion and style than the rest of the characters put together, but unfortunately, he is a child. Give me the Pretty Justin reboot that sees him working at Mode with Betty. Mark Indelicato is fresh off Hacks, and the world is clamoring for more.

20. Nigel Kipling (Stanley Tucci): The Devil Wears Prada

Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep talk at a fashion event
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And speaking of fabulous men at fictional fashion publications, let's give Nigel his own spinoff too. Perhaps Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) has retired and he's the new editor-in-chief of Runway? Perhaps he has to go toe-to-toe with Jacqueline Follet? Perhaps his right-hand woman is Emily Charlton? I'm seeing big box office bucks for this one.

21. Richie Tozier (Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard): It

Bill Hader and James Ransone in a cave with flashlights
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In the Stephen King books, Richie's homosexuality is only hinted at. In the movies, we see Richie's long-standing love for Eddie. What if Pennywise were to return for a third and final time, only now it's Richie and his new husband who must take on the evil clown to avenge Eddie's death? Horror, gay romance, and clowns eating children — what more could you ask for?

22. Gottmik: RuPaul's Drag Race

Gottmik performing at a drag show
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Okay, TBD on the concept of the show, but I love Gottmik and need more of her. Obvi, she'll be back for a Drag Race All Stars in the future, but in the meantime, can she host a game show or something, please?

23. Danny O'Neill (Lucas Hedges): Lady Bird

Lucas Hedges and Saoirse Ronan chat outside a gorgeous blue house
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The Lady Bird–Danny friendship is one of the most beautiful parts of the Greta Gerwig film, and you can just feel it in your gut that both of them are going to blossom in massive ways in college. So let's see it! Give me a sequel where Danny is off to college in LA and Lady Bird comes to visit for a weekend. We need more movies about the gay boy–straight girl friendship dynamic that focuses on the guy, not the girl, and goes beyond him saying "YAS, QUEEN" when she tries on dresses.

24. Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess): Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski smile on the street
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I mean, do I even need to really pitch this? The fact that Netflix hasn't already green-lit three Titus spinoffs is SHOCKING.

25. Frank Ginsberg (Steve Carell): Little Miss Sunshine

Steve Carell, all in white, looking depressed
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Yes, I understand that at first glance, doing a whole movie focused on a middle-aged, suicidal literary scholar does not sound like a great time. BUT hear me out. Frank's backstory is that he was the number one Proust scholar in the world, he fell in love with his grad student, and then the grad student left him for his rival, the number two Proust scholar in the world. That is DRAMA, and imagine what will unfold now that Frank has better mental health and they all wind up at the same Proust conference in France? I'm here for some gay literary intrigue.

26. Kevin (Andre Holland, Jharrel Jerome, and Jaden Piner): Moonlight

Trevante Rhodes sits across from Andre Holland in a diner
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The whole point of this Best Picture winner is that we're getting snapshots into Chiron's life, and pieces of those snapshots involve his first love, Kevin. But what is going on in Kevin's life? How did he find love? That's what I want to know.

27. Joe and Nicky (Marwan Kenzari and Luca Marinelli): The Old Guard

Luca Marinelli aims a gun out a window while Marwan Kenzari looks on
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Gay lovers on rival sides of the Crusades!?!?!?!?! Never in a million years would I have asked for that, but now that Joe and Nicky are telling me that's how they met, this horny queer Crusades movie is the only thing I need. Just think Troy but somehow even more gay.

28. Trini Kwan, aka the Yellow Ranger (Becky G): Power Rangers

Becky G in a yellow T-shirt
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, I understand that the whole point of the Power Rangers is that they team up and stick together to fight the bad guys. But I would also like to just watch Becky G kick ass as the lesbian Yellow Ranger for an entire film. Maybe she forms her own team of only female rangers? We've got potential here.

29. Aech (Lena Waithe): Ready Player One

Lena Waithe drives a truck with Tye Sheridan inside
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I, unfortunately, did read Ready Player Two. Don't make that same mistake. Instead of turning that into a movie, however, the studio should focus on an Aech spinoff starring Lena Waithe. She's clearly a force to be reckoned with in the OASIS, and I'd like to see her save the day a second time.

30. Giles (Richard Jenkins): The Shape of Water

Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins sit on a couch
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I know it's hard to remember anything from this movie aside from the fish penis, but if you really think hard, you may remember the very sweet, closeted neighbor who helps rescue the fish man. It's the 1960s, and all Giles has been doing is pining after men at the diner. Please give this man a boyfriend! Hell, I'll even take another fish boyfriend if need be.

31. Tammy Metzler (Jessica Campbell): Election

Jessica Campbell holds a campaign sign in the school hallway while Chris Klein looks on.
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Tammy Metzler is unequivocally an icon. When her girlfriend dumps her for HER BROTHER, Tammy signs up to run against said brother and his new girlfriend for student body president. It is the level of petty that we can all only hope to aspire to. In the end, Tammy is sent to an all-girls school, and THAT, my friends, is where her spinoff should take place.

32. Gabe Leib (Dylan Gage): Pen15

Maya Erskine looks annoyed to be holding Dylan Gage's hand
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Awwwwww. poor Gabe is just really going through those adolescent "What is my sexuality?" growth pains. And Pen15, while incredible, spends most of its time focused on other characters. Let's get a whole show about Gabe and what it's like, not necessarily to come out to other people, but to come out to yourself.

33. Damian Leigh (Daniel Franzese): Mean Girls

Daniel Franzese and Lindsay Lohan sit on the lawn
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We all know that Damian is "too gay to function," but that doesn't stop him from being one of the best parts of this classic teen comedies of the early aughts. Now just imagine this line over a new movie trailer: "If he thought the girls in high school were mean, just wait until college!" Tell me you wouldn't spend $18 on a ticket to see that film. I dare you.

34. Dean Pelton (Jim Rash): Community

Jim Rash looks at a student inquisitively
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The cross-dressing, gay (but maybe not gay?) dean of Greendale Community College deserves his own show, if only so that we can see another six seasons' (and a movie's) worth of incredible costumes. The school is always under threat of closure. He's always falling in love with a hunky student. There's plenty of fertile ground here.

35. Taylor Amber Mason (Asia Kate Dillon): Billions

Asia Kate Dillon stands in front of Maggie Siff's desk
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In a show mostly about straight white men arguing about money, Asia Kate Dillon's nonbinary character is a bright spot. Now maybe let's stick Taylor in a new show where they are in control. And instead of a straight white rival, let's fill the whole cast with queer people of color. Sound good?

36. Max Blum (Adam Pally): Happy Endings

Adam Pally plays tennis with Elisha Cuthbert on the ground behind him
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Not all gay men are femme, if you didn't know, and Max is here to prove that. The magic that was Happy Endings has been off the air for far too long. Time for a reboot focusing on how being queer doesn't look any one way.

37. Dr. Emily Malek (Alexis Bledel): The Handmaid's Tale

Alexis Bledel being led down a hallway by guards with a mask over her mouth
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We've seen A LOT of Alexis Bledel's character being miserable on this dystopian series. Maybe now it's time to see her in a power position. She's fled to Canada. She's with her wife and son. Now let's see her fighting back against Gilead. We love a revenge story.

38. Valerie (Natasha Wightman): V for Vendetta

Natasha Wightman and Mary Stockley lean together on the couch
Warner Bros. Pictures

One of the most visceral memories from my life as a gay teenager was watching the story-within-a-story doomed romance of Valerie and Ruth in V for Vendetta. I was watching it, closeted, in my dorm with a bunch of guys, desperately trying not to sob. Their love story is incredibly beautiful, and deserves the full motion picture treatment.

39. Nearly the Entire Cast of Pose

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I mean, it's probably easier to do an article on characters from Pose who shouldn't get a spinoff. The talent here is off the charts. The characters are fascinating. Give anyone a new show and I'll watch it.

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