Lesbian

Here, we’ve compiled a list of lesbian media with positive portrayals of lesbian characters and happy endings. Note that not all of these are entirely happy throughout, but all of them end happily (we have not included any media that commits the “Bury Your Gays” trope). Also note that not all of these are considered appropriate for teens, and those with adult content have been marked with an asterisk.

BOOKS

  • “Beauty Queens” – Libba Bray
    • Genre: Contemporary / Adventure / Humor
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” – E.M. Danforth
    • Genre: Contemporary / LGBT Issues
    • Warnings: Conversion camp subplot
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
  • “The Dark Wife” – Sarah Diemer
    • Genre: Fantasy
    • Warnings: Rape
  • “Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel” – Sara Farizan
    • Genre: Contemporary / LGBT Issues
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Annie on My Mind” – Nancy Garden
    • Genre: Historical Fiction / LGBT Issues
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
  • “The Shattering” – Karen Healey
    • Genre: Mystery / Contemporary
    • Warnings: Discussion of suicide
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 6/10
  • “Ask the Passengers” – A.S. King
    • Genre: Contemporary / LGBT Issues
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
  • “Ascension” – Jacqueline Koyanagi
    • Genre: Space Opera / Science Fiction
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “Everything Leads to You” – Nina LaCour
    • Genre: Contemporary
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “You Know Me Well” – Nina LaCour, David Levithan
    • Genre: Contemporary
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Keeping You a Secret” – Julie Anne Peters
    • Genre: Contemporary / LGBT Issues
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Sword of the Guardian” – Merry Shannon*
    • Genre: Fantasy
    • Warnings: Attempted rape
  • “The Abyss Surrounds Us” – Emily Skrutskie
    • Genre: Science Fiction
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before” – Karelia Stetz-Waters
    • Genre: Contemporary / LGBT Issues
    • Warnings: Homophobia, attempted rape
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “Fingersmith” – Sarah Waters
    • Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Afterworlds” – Scott Westerfeld
    • Genre: Contemporary / Paranormal / Fantasy
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 7/10

MOVIES

  • “Carol” (2015)*
    • Genre: Romance
    • Warnings: Homophobia
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
  • “All About E” (2015)*
    • Genre: Romantic Comedy
    • Warnings: Sexual harassment
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “Jenny’s Wedding” (2014)
    • Genre: Romantic Comedy
    • Warnings: Homophobia
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 3/10
  • “Pride” (2014)
    • Genre: Historical drama
    • Warnings: Homophobia
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “Life Partners” (2014)
    • Genre: Comedy
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Mosquita y Mari” (2012)
    • Genre: Contemporary
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Pariah” (2011)
    • Genre: Drama
    • Warnings: Homophobia
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 8/10
  • “Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together” (2011)
    • Genre: Romance / Musical
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Room in Rome” (2010)*
    • Genre: Romance
    • Warnings: Discussion of rape
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
  • “I Can’t Think Straight” (2007)*
    • Genre: Romance
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Saving Face” (2005)
    • Genre: Romance / Drama
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “D.E.B.S” (2004)
    • Genre: Action / Romance
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “But I’m a Cheerleader” (1999)
    • Genre: Comedy
    • Warnings: Conversion camp, homophobia
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “Better Than Chocolate” (1999)*
    • Genre: Romance
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Show Me Love” (1998)
    • Genre: Contemporary
    • Warnings: Graphic self-harming scene
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
  • “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love” (1995)
    • Genre: Romantic Comedy
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “Desert Hearts” (1985)
    • Genre: Romance
    • Warnings: Unknown

TELEVISION

  • “Wynonna Earp” (2016-)
    • Genre: Horror / Paranormal
    • Warnings: Unknown
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 8/10
  • “Sense8” (2015-)*
    • Genre: Science Fiction
    • Warnings: Discussion of suicide, transphobia
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
  • “Steven Universe” (2013-)
    • Genre: Fantasy
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • “Hannibal” (2013-2015)*
    • Genre: Horror
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Bomb Girls” (2012-2013)
    • Genre: Historical Drama
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Hart of Dixie” (2011-2015)
    • Genre: Comedy / Drama
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Glee” (2009-2015)
    • Genre: Comedy / Drama / Musical
    • Warnings: Homophobia, transphobia, discussion of suicide
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 5/10
  • “South of Nowhere” (2005-2008)
    • Genre: Drama
    • Warnings: Unknown
  • “Ellen” (1994-1998)
    • Genre: Sitcom
    • Warnings: Unknown

COMICS AND WEBCOMICS

VIDEO GAMES

  • “Romance Detective” (2016)
  • “Birdland” (2015)
    • Genre: Paranormal
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
  • “Undertale” (2015)
  • “Gone Home” (2013)
    • Genre: Mystery / Contemporary
    • Warnings: None
    • BAHS QSA Rating: 10/10
  • Games with multiple gender/partner options
    • “Sunless Sea” (2015)
    • “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (2011)
    • “Fallen London” (2009)
    • Dragon Age series
    • Mass Effect series
    • Choice of Games series
      • Genre: Various (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal)
      • Warnings: None
      • BAHS QSA Rating: 9/10
    • Fallout Series
    • Fable Series