Do you have questions about the site? We have answers!
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Where is [show] or [character]?
The LezWatch database is continually growing with new shows and characters being added all the time. If you notice something missing please contact us and we will look into it.
Why do some shows have stars?
We developed a star system to rank the level of openly queer show creators, storylines and characters.
- Gold Star – A show with openly queer creators, majority queer female characters and stories made for a queer audience. Examples are The L Word and Anyone But Me
- Silver Star – A show with openly queer creators and majority queer characters and stories made for a queer audience, but not focused on female characters. Examples are Queer as Folk and Dante’s Cove.
- Bronze Star – A show with openly queer creators, many queer characters and plots, made for a general audience. Examples are Sense8 and American Horror Story.
Why do some shows have hearts?
A heart on a show indicates it’s a show we officially love. We wanted to make it easy for visitors to find the best shows for queer representation. The criteria for getting a heart is a high quality show with plenty of screen time given to positive LGBT characters and stories and no shock-value deaths.
What do the ratings mean?
- Realness – Are the queer characters portrayed in a realistic manner? This is in regards to the characters’ queerness being representative of the experience of a real life queer people. Being an alien, superhero or an android does not factor into or affect this rating.
- Quality – Is the show good for queers? This is in regards to the show doing a good job of queer representation and showing queer characters as 3-dimensional people. Overall show quality also factors into this rating.
- Screentime – Do queer characters and stories get equal screen time compared to straight characters? This is in regards to how often we will see queer representation on the show overall.
How do you determine is a show is worth watching?
The main factor in determining if a show is worth watching is if it’s a good, entertaining and enjoyable show overall. Personal opinion of the author does play a role in this decision. We try to have the final ruling made by a person who has watched and has in depth knowledge of the show whenever possible.
What is a ‘show score’?
That’s our attempt to mathematically calculate, based on all those ratings, the hearts, the stars, and the ‘worth it’ call, a number value for a show. The maximum score is 100, which would require perfect ratings, a thumbs up, a gold star, and for us to love it, while also having no tropes and either all characters played by queer actors, or all characters having no cliches.
It’s practically impossible, which is why the highest scored show, Take My Wife, is only a 99.
Do you list transgender characters?
Yes. We list both trans men and trans women, as well as non-binary characters and anyone on the gender spectrum who does not identify as cis male. Our database is inclusive of a diverse spectrum of the queer community.
Why is this site called ‘LEZ’ watch TV if you include non-lesbians?
Because of the pun. Lez … Let’s …
While we (Mika and Tracy) do identify as lesbian, we aim to be as inclusive as possible in regards to sexual orientation of characters included in the database.
Why do some characters have two names?
That means they were introduced as one name and became another. Characters like Adam Torres, Nomi Marks, and Ms. Hudson were all introduced as the gender they prefer. Others like Moria/Max and Coach Beiste transitioned over the course of the show.
We strive to use the most recognizable name for the character. For example, Remy Hadley on House is better known as Thirteen. This is the same reason we use ‘Coach Beiste’ instead of Shannon or Sheldon.
How sure are you that the actors you’ve marked as queer are, y’know, queer?
We only list actors as queer when they themselves have said so. This means statements in legitimate news interviews (i.e. not TMZ), their own tell-all books, or public statements. If there’s any doubt, we don’t out. This can result in the opposite problem, of course, misattributing heterosexuality and cis gender to known queers.
We do our best to properly designate the actor’s preferred gender and sexuality. In some cases (like when they state themselves to be 48% lesbian) we default to queer. If you’re an actor and would like us to correct or modify your listing, please let us know. We would much rather define you by the terms you prefer.
We apologize in advance for any misattributions and will correct listings as soon as they’re brought to our attention.
What’s “Bury Your Queers”?
Bury Your Queers is also known as “Dead Lesbian Syndrome” or “Bury Your Gays”. It basically means a disproportionate number of queers on TV die.
In the early days of queers on TV, characters were not allowed to have happy endings. If they were lucky enough to end up in a relationship it was abusive, perverse, or one had to die at the end. This also happened, in large numbers, to queers who weren’t in relationships, making being a queer character on TV in the US more deadly than being on the Titanic.
These days, there’s a thinly veiled ‘justification’ that ‘everyone dies.’ They try to make it look like the queer characters are a noble sacrifice, so they can claim they didn’t kill off character as a ‘punishment’ for being gay, but instead that they were too worthy for this earth.
The problem is that since [first-year], queer people have been seeing their television representations be disposable. And many of us strongly feel that this constant reflection in the media has a detrimental impact on our self-worth. In short, we don’t like it and we feel it’s harmful.
You know that Bill Potts from Doctor Who and Yorkie and Kelly from Black Mirror aren’t really dead, right?
Yeeeaaah. We know. And short of having a ‘kinda sorta dead?’ category for the various sci-fi characters who are dead but only in body, we default to this: If the body is dead, then you’re dead. If your spirit moves to a new body, you’re a new character. It’s not perfect, but we really couldn’t explain Black Mirror to anyone either.
How does ‘death’ work as a statistic?
We track death in two places. First all shows have a tag ‘dead queers‘. Secondly, all characters have a tag ‘dead.’ On the death stats page, the show data is taken only from the shows and the character data only from the characters except in the case of when a character is on multiple shows.
Sara Lance died on Arrow, but she’s alive (again) on Legends of Tomorrow. Only Arrow is listed as having killed a female queer. In that way, if Arrow kills off their remaining bisexual, Nyssa, it would become a show with 100% death score, while Sara is still (weirdly) Schrödinger’s bisexual.
Are you affiliated with any other site/group?
No. We are happy to know and support other LGBT entertainment, media and advocacy sites, but we are not organizers or members of any other groups or sites.