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Melanie & Lindsay (Queer As Folk)

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Speaking of foreign shows that beat U.S. to the LGBTQ visibility punch, Canadian series Queer as Folk (which, to be fair, was made in conjunction with Showtime) was, by definition, filled with “queer” characters. The male-to-female ratio was severely lacking, with only three women in the leading cast of ten characters. Melanie Marcus was one of the lucky few, as was her longtime partner, Lindsay. They were included alongside their gay dads, which After Ellen theorizes is the reason they were integrated so deeply into the show’s core group, but it was still a major moment for lesbian visibility, especially in regards to sex.

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