The era of burying our gays is over… or at least, it should be. While this particular trope has lessened in frequency over the years, getting into queer media, particularly lesbian or WLW media, can still feel like a gamble–will yet another gay character feel the brunt of real-world cruelty? Below, I’d like to highlight four WLW romance novels that don’t end in total tragedy, because honestly, we deserve it.
If you’re a WLW (woman-loving-woman) like me, you probably already know the struggle of finding any form of meaningful bi or lesbian representation on TV. Sure, there are plenty of shows that include LGBT characters, but I’m talking about the kind of characters who actually speak to our lived experiences as LGBT women. Below, I’ve included shows that I feel represent lesbians beyond the archetypal skinny white lesbian narrative that dominates most modern WLW media.