The Women of Brewster Place

The Women of Brewster Place


In 1989, Oprah (yes, that Oprah) adapted Gloria Naylor’s National Book Award-winning novel, The Women of Brewster Place, into a miniseries (is two nights a series?). It was heavily criticized by both African Americans and non-African Americans for portraying African American men in a decidedly negative light.

You’ll have to remember that in 1989, The Cosby Show was the the number one show in the US.

Yeah. I know.

My, how things have changed.

Queer Plotline Timeline

The story takes place in some East Coast city in 1967, and tells the stories of 7 working class African American women. In the second half of the series, there’s a lesbian storyline about Lorraine, who looses her job for being a lesbian, and then is raped and kills her friend in a fit of rage. Hoo boy.


There are 2 queer characters listed for this show; none are dead.

Regulars (2)

This page was last edited on May 13th, 2019.
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