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31 TV Characters Whose Coming-Out Scenes Are So Good And Prove Why Representation Matters

"Ask me the question again. Ask me if I'm gay."

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which TV characters had the best coming-out moments and why. Here are some of the best responses:

Warning: There are obviously massive spoilers ahead!

1. First, on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Rosa came out to her parents during dinner after they thought she was dating Jake.

Rosa telling her parents, "I'm not straight. I'm bisexual. And I don't care what you think about it"

2. On Shameless, when Mickey revealed that he's gay to a bar filled with his friends and family.

Mickey saying, "I just want everybody here to know I'm fucking gay. A big ole 'mo. I just thought everybody should know that"

3. On Sex Education, when Eric felt more comfortable with himself and told his dad that he's proud of who he is.

Eric telling his dad, "Your fear doesn't help me, Dad. It makes me feel weak. This is me"

4. On Stranger Things, when Robin admitted to Steve that she likes Tammy Thompson.

Robin telling Steve that she wanted Tammy to look at her, but she only had eyes for Steve

5. On Grey's Anatomy, when Casey let Bailey know why he hacked into the DMV when he was younger.

Casey saying, "My old license referred to me as female and the DMV where I was living wouldn't change it, so I did"

6. On Lucifer, when Maze sang "Wonderwall" to Eve at Lux.

Maze saying, "This is for a special girl. A grand gesture to help...redefine things"

7. On Dawson's Creek, when Jack emotionally told his dad he's gay after he was forced to read his poem at school.

Jack saying, "Ask me the question again. Ask me if I'm gay. Ask me"

8. On Teenage Bounty Hunters, when Sterling realized that she ~really~ liked April.

Sterling thinking of April and saying, "Oh"

9. On Glee, when Santana heartbreakingly told her grandmother how much she liked Brittany.

Santana saying, "I love girls the way that I'm supposed to feel about boys," and "When I'm with Brittany... I finally understand what people are talking about when they talk about love"

10. And on Glee, when Kurt came out to his dad and his dad revealed that he always knew.

Kurt saying, "Being a part of the glee club and football has really shown me that I can be anything. And what I am is I'm gay"

11. On Schitt's Creek, when David explained his pansexuality to Stevie with an amazing wine metaphor.

David explaining to Stevie that he likes all types of wine and saying, "I like the wine, and not the label"

12. On Wynonna Earp, when Waverly simply asked Wynonna if girls like scars too.

Wynonna saying, "Dudes dig scars," and Waverly responding, "Do chicks?"

13. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Willow confided in Buffy that she liked Tara.

Willow saying, "It's complicated because of Tara. There's something between us. It wasn't something I was looking for. It's just powerful"

14. On Batwoman, when Sophie came out to her mother, who heartbreakingly didn't approve.

Sophie telling her mom that she has been keeping this secret because she wanted to be the person her family thought she was. And her mom saying, "So the good lord didn't make it hard enough on you"

15. On BoJack Horseman, when Todd revealed to BoJack that he's asexual.

Todd saying, "I think I'm asexual," and BoJack responding, "A sexual what? Dynamo? Deviant? Harassment lawsuit waiting to happen?"

16. On Station 19, when Maya went and told her parents that she's bisexual right before marrying Carina.

Maya saying, "Hi, Dad. I'm bisexual. Or queer, I guess they say now. And I'm in love with a woman and I am marrying her tonight"

17. On Anne With an E, when Cole admitted to Aunt Jo that he's like her and Gertrude.

Cole saying, "I think I'm like you and Gertrude," and Aunt Jo saying, "You have a life of such joy before you"

18. On Degrassi, when Marco heartbreakingly came out to Spinner after going on a date with Hazel.

Spinner saying he doesn't get it and Morco saying, "Because I'm gay"

19. On Derry Girls, when Clare confided in Erin that she was the one who wrote the essay about being a lesbian.

Erin saying, "You fancy girls?" and Clare saying, "Well, that's sort of an entry-level requirement, Erin"

20. On This Is Us, when Tess told Randall and Beth that she "might like girls, not boys."

Tess saying, "Lots of girls have boyfriends, but I don't want one. It's because I think I might like girls, not boys"

21. On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, when Daryl sang "Gettin' Bi" after embracing that he's bisexual.

Daryl singing, "I don't care if you wear high heels or a tie. You might just catch my eye because I am definitely bi"

22. On Love, Victor, when Victor opened up to Felix about liking guys.

Victor and Felix hugging after Victor says, "I like guys. Like, I'm into them"

23. On The Haunting of Hill House, when Steve and Nell caught Theo after she slept with one of Nell's bridesmaids.

Nell saying, "I mean, we didn't know you were a...into..." and Theo responding with, "Bridesmaids?"

24. On One Day at a Time, when Elena told Penelope that she felt more when she saw Kristen Stewart than when she kissed a boy.

Elena saying she feels "more when I look at a picture of Kristen Stewart than I do when I kiss him"

25. On The Fosters, when Jude finally said the words "I'm gay" to Connor during the LGBTQ prom.

Jude telling Connor, "Because I am super gay for you"

26. On Supergirl, when Alex admitted to Kara that she had feelings for Maggie.

Alex telling Kara, "I just like her so much. You know she's so...she's smart, and she's tough, and she's just beautiful. She's so beautiful"

27. On Good Girls, when Ben told Annie that he is a boy and Annie said she always wanted a son.

Ben saying, "Mom? So am I." And Annie responding with, "I always wanted a boy"

28. On The Bold Type, when Kat came out to Jane and Sutton as bisexual after having sex with a guy.

Kat saying, "Maybe I might be bisexual. And you guys know that I hate labels, but this one feels important right now"

29. On Shadowhunters, when Alec walked back down the aisle at his wedding and kissed Magnus.

Alec telling his mom "enough" and then kissing Magnus

30. On Jane the Virgin, when Petra admitted that she liked JR as more than a friend.

Petra telling JR, "I really really like you. A lot"

31. And finally, on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when Mac danced for his dad.

Mac saying, "I just thought instead of saying it. Maybe I could just show you how I feel inside. Dad. I'm gay"

We can't fit everything into one post, so tell me which other TV coming-out scenes you adore in the comments below!

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