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Bradford singled out this sci-fi drama, co-created by Lilly and Lana Wachowski, both of whom are trans, as a strong example of diverse storytelling. Jamie Clayton, a trans woman, has a lead role on the show as Nomi.
"Sense8 is one standout in that Nomi, a hacker who happens to be trans and a lesbian, is living her life beyond the 'coming out' narrative we so often see in trans-inclusive stories," he explained.
ABC's hit sitcom has won plaudits for showing a long-term, loving relationship between two gay men, bringing topics like gay marriage and adoption to the mainstream. The show has also faced criticism from those who accuse Cam and Mitchell (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) of reinforcing stereotypes. Like Eric McCormack's Will Truman, Cam is played by a straight man, Stonestreet, who has won two Emmys for the role.
This year's BBC drama series focuses on the romance between Ben Whishaw's Danny and Edward Holcroft's Alex. Steamy sex scenes between the men leave little to the imagination, prompting a short-lived rumor that British broadcasting watchdog Ofcom would be investigating the show. Ofcom declined to do so, explaining that its "broadcasting rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same-sex couples."
Orange Is the New Black
Lesbian sex runs rampant within the walls of Litchfield Prison. Diversity counts, too, with Black inmates Poussey (Samira Wiley) and Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) among those pursuing same-sex relationships.