LGBTQ TV for Teens

Characters on TV are more diverse than ever, and there's been a notable rise in the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters, reality stars, and talk show hosts. Series that feature diverse characters (Glee, The Fosters), as well as real-life inspirations and LGBTQ icons such as Laverne Cox and RuPaul, continue to pave the way for even more representation on television. From the hilarious shenanigans on Modern Family to Ellen DeGeneres reminding viewers to "be kind to one another," these must-see TV shows (and stars) celebrate diversity and highlight the LGBTQ community in positive, relatable ways. For more great LGBTQ stories, check out our lists of LGBTQ books and movies.

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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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Supergirl TV Poster Image
Strong female lead shoulders the weight of superhero series.
Network: CBS
(2015)
(2015)
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show TV Poster Image
Ellen brings humor and positive messages to daytime.
Network: NBC, Syndicated
(2011)
(2003)
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Xena: Warrior Princess TV Poster Image
Mythology and action-adventure for teens and up.
Network: Logo, Oxygen
(2004)
(1995)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Poster Image
Cult vampire series has witty bite and strong role model.
Network: FX
(2005)
(1997)
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I Am Jazz TV Poster Image
Transgender teen's reality show is positive, poignant.
Network: TLC
(2015)
(2015)
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It Gets Better TV Poster Image
Honest accounts of LGBTQ life inspire hope for teens.
Network: Logo, MTV
(2012)
(2012)
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Modern Family TV Poster Image
Brilliant, poignant comedy series has mature content.
Network: ABC
(2009)
(2009)
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Becoming Us TV Poster Image
Honest reality show about having transgender parent.
Network: Freeform
(2015)
(2015)
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Coming Out TV Poster Image
Docu shows emotional process of coming out of the closet.
Network: MTV
(2011)
(2011)
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Degrassi TV Poster Image
Superb, socially conscious drama deals with tough issues.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
(2001)
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The Fosters TV Poster Image
Heartwarming drama about foster teens and their two moms.
Network: Freeform
(2013)
(2013)
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Glee TV Poster Image
Edgy-but-quirky comedy's music, message will win teens over.
Network: Fox
(2009)
(2009)
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My So-Called Life TV Poster Image
Mature teen angst at its best.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
(1994)
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The Out List TV Poster Image
Poignant LGBTQ docu highlights respect, acceptance.
Network: HBO
(2013)
(2013)
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The Prancing Elites Project TV Poster Image
Male dance team faces prejudice, preaches tolerance.
Network: Oxygen
(2015)
(2015)
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The Real O'Neals TV Poster Image
Everyone has secrets in this challenging family comedy.
Network: ABC
(2016)
(2016)
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV Poster Image
Charming, quirky, hilarious comedy has rich characters.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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My Mad Fat Diary TV Poster Image
Edgy but heartfelt British coming-of-age tale wows.
Network: Hulu
(2016)
(2015)
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Will & Grace TV Poster Image
Fun show about a strong friendship; rude jokes, sex, pills.
Network: NBC, Syndicated
(2005)
(1998)
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Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word TV Poster Image
Intense interviews with transgender youth promote empathy.
Network: Logo, MTV
(2014)
(2014)
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Please Like Me TV Poster Image
Aussie show tackles tough issues with humor.
Network: Pivot
(2015)
(2014)
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True Trans with Laura Jane Grace TV Poster Image
Gender-identity issues loom large on moving docuseries.
Network: AOL
(2014)
(2014)
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Empire TV Poster Image
Musical melodrama explores family, fame, and homophobia.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2015)
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Transparent TV Poster Image
Darkly comic series tours gender identity, family dynamics.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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