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Ginny & Georgia: 7 Ways The Show Did LGBTQ+ Representation Right

The comedy drama that took over everybodys screens this year Ginny and Georgia has had its fair share of great and so so reviews by viewers but the mother daughter dramedy did get one thing right representation. The LGBTQ community was given more than just a spot on the show and many of the main storylines of the show revolved around LGBTQ romances. There were plenty of ways that the show was different from predecessors of its kind and it aimed to tackle serious issues along with entertaining fans. The LGBTQ representation wasnt tokenistic or thrown in as an afterthought and Ginny and Georgia got a lot right regarding the depiction of the community with care.

Max Had Already Come Out

Many shows focus on a characters coming out as a main story arc for them but one of the main characters of the show Maxine was already out and proud by the time Ginny arrives at Wellsbury and meets her. It was refreshing to see that the show didnt make her story arc an angsty one where the only thing going on in her life was telling her friends and family about her sexuality.Maxs mother mentioned that they knew about her sexual orientation since she was a little child who played with Barbies and being lesbian was a part of Maxs character not her whole personality. Her family in Ginny and Georgia was wholesome and accepting already.

Girls Making Out At A Party Was Called Out

A tired trope used in teen dramas is that if a party is wild itll have girls making out in it much to the delight of men and others around them. When Norah and Abby did it Maxine looked upset by it at the Halloween party that MANG went to.However in her drunken state when Sophie came to the party Max also tried to do the same to her. Sophie who was sober called Max out on it and consequently also the strange fetishizing of girls getting intimate for others to watch. Its performative and awkward and the show made its stance clear on it.

Max Didnt Make A Big Deal About Sophie Being Bisexual

Ginny and Georgias Wellsbury seemed like an idyllic little place to live because it was not only accepting but also sensitive in its approach to the LGBTQ community. Max was crushing hard on Sophie and was awed by the fact that she was a senior.Many shows tend to make a big deal of the fact that bisexual characters like both men and women and also have relationships with them. Fortunately that wasnt what bothered Maxine at all. She had never been in a relationship and knew that Sophies ex Ben had been pretty good looking so she only wanted to be hot for Sophie and didnt fixate on or even care about the fact that she had dated a man before her.

LGBTQ Relationships Were Main Storylines

Ginny and Georgia was full of many realistic teenage moments but the most realistic was that there was importance given to gay relationship arcs as well as hetero ones. Many shows have token gay relationships but Maxs crush on Riley was one of the first documented love interests on the show.Post that her relationship with Sophie also had its highs and lows which were documented as well as Ginny and Hunters or Georgia and Pauls relationship. Nick too got a partner with whom he had a blooming relationship granted Gabriel was a PI but nobody knows if hes posing or actually likes Nick.

Nicks Identity Wasnt Just His Sexual Orientation

When Georgia entered Pauls office to join his campaign team Nick was the first person she met and he wasnt a stereotypical gay man as one would see in the movies. In fact it was hard to tell his sexuality from that first interaction about lunch between the two and thats as realistic and sensitive it gets.It was refreshing to see that a gay man in the series wasnt reduced to a caricature. Similarly when he turned up to Ginnys party in full costume none of the characters mentioned his getup or comment on his appearance which showed that people have different sides to them and acceptance without judgment is the way to go.

Delved Deep Into LGBTQ Relationships

Maxines relationships were elaborated upon as was her ensuing heartbreak. Her fears and expectations about virginity were given equal screen time as Ginnys first time with Hunter and Marcus. The lesbian couple on Ginny and Georgia was given the same treatment and respect as heterosexual ones.The show stayed away from coming out as the biggest challenge in a gay persons life and portrayed the common other issues they face too after being out of the closet its not all rainbows and butterflies after the fact. This exploration of LBGTQ relationships was done well on the show.

There Was An Attempt At Depicting A Spectrum

Tackling deep issues in Ginny and Georgia is commonplace and while the show may not nail it every time there is definitely an attempt to do the right thing. The creators tried to show a spectrum of sexuality on the show which included gay lesbian and bisexual people. It made for a better watch as it wasnt performative and there was a genuine desire to represent more of the community.Now if the show can cover more ground with regard to the spectrum of the LGBTQ community in season 2 they may actually perfect their representation and the care with which they can depict the community.

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