You have questions? We have answers!
Where is [show] or [character]?
This is a work in progress. We’re working on it!
Why do some shows have stars?
You mean The L Word? The Gold Star means it’s a show about queer females with them as main characters. There aren’t many. Dante’s Cove is a Silver Star because it’s about queers in general, not just females.
Do you list transgendered characters?
Why do you list non-cisgendered characters?
If a character ever once identified as female, or was identified as such, we feel they fall on the queer spectrum.
Why is this site called ‘LEZ’ watch TV if you include non-lesbians?
Because of the pun. Lez … Let’s …
It started as just lesbian characters, but quickly we expanded.
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.
You do know her name isn’t Thirteen, right?
Sure, it’s Remy something. But she’s best known as Thirteen and we try to use the name they’re best known by. Same reason as to why we use ‘Coach Beiste.’
You know all these shows kill off straight people too?
That isn’t the point. It’s about representation mattering.
Why aren’t you tracking [X]?
Let us know and we’ll look into it.
Adding data after the fact is annoying, but we did it with adding years of death for everyone so we’re totally willing to try, provided we can actually get the data. The real problem is that if we don’t have the data for all the characters, it’s next to useless.
Why does only some data have their own pages and others only show up on the stats pages?
That’s a WordPress thing. This is nerdy and if you’re not interested in code talk, then the answer is ‘because of how we entered the data into the database.’
Code talk! Shows and Characters are separate Custom Post Types. They’re like posts, only grouped on their own. Data like Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are stored in Taxonomies. That means, by default, WordPress can sort them and organize them. Other data, like year of death and character role, are stored as Custom Meta Data. Those don’t have a quick and easy sortability, and need us to write custom queries. This mostly comes into play with the death statistics page.
For example, we have a very complicated query to list all show posts with the taxonomy ‘dead.’ Then for each show, we get a list of all character posts who have the show post listed as ‘their’ show (this is a meta data value on each character post) and count that total. Next we count all the characters on the ‘characters for this show’ list that are dead. If the total number of characters for the show is equal to the number of dead characters, the show is output as a show with 100% dead queers.
Which is sort of a depressing number. But you get the idea. Statistics are messy and complicated.
How does ‘death’ work as a statistic?
We track it in two places. First all shows have a tag ‘dead queers‘ (formerly ‘dead lesbian’). 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 happy to know the people who made The Lesbians Live via WordPress circles, but we are not organizers or members of the various “deserve better” groups. This is not to say we don’t support their goals or motives. The wonderful thing about the Internet is that there’s room for us to support multiple approaches. We all abhor the glut of deaths of LGBTQ female characters on television, and in our own ways are attempting to bring the information to light in a relatable form. Some people write articles, some organize Twitter hashtags, some protest in person, some use Tumblr, some buy billboards, and some make a massive database to prove it with statistics.
There’s room for all of us.