Earlier this week, Showtime announced the renewal of The L Word: Generation Q and Work in Progress, both of which will return to the network for their second seasons.
The L Word: Generation Q serves as the sequel series to The L Word, which aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009. The original focused on the lives of a group of friends living in West Hollywood. Not only that, but the show introduced television to an all-lesbian ensemble cast for the first time.
The sequel series takes place a decade after The L Word and introduces a new, younger set of characters, along with some of the main cast from the original series. A large part of the series showcases how the two generations come together to share their experiences of love, work, success, loss and joy.
Work in Progress focuses on Abby, a middle-aged lesbian who originally planned on taking her life before getting into an unexpected relationship with Chris, a transgender man. Like Generation Q, the show focuses on different generations seen in the LGBTQ+ community and how they communicate with each other.
LGBTQ+ Representation in TV As a Whole
The renewal of Generation Q and Work in Progress is definitely a win for the LGBTQ+ community. Not only that, but there are more LGBTQ+ characters on television now more than ever.
According to GLAAD’s Where We Are on TV report, 10.2% of series regulars on television were LGBTQ+ identifying, jumping from 8.8% in the previous TV season. GLAAD reports these statistics as the most LGBTQ+ characterization found since they began tracking it 24 years ago. There has also been an increase of LGBTQ+ people of color shown on television, where they outnumber white LGBTQ+ people, 52% to 48%.
LGBTQ+ representation in the media is the most important it has ever been. Shows like Orange is the New Black, Pose, Killing Eve, One Day At a Time, and more can help represent those who may be struggling with their identity. By seeing characters portray what they may be going through, it gives those viewers a sense of comfort. Not only that, but these shows may also help the viewers become confident enough to be their true selves.