30 Characters Showcasing Positive LGBT Representation on TV Right Now

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2. Carmilla- Laura Hollis

The other half of the “Hollstein” ship would be Laura Hollis (Elise Bauman)- an avid vlogger, attempting to find answers to mysterious questions. The first two seasons never mentioned her sexuality, but it was clear who she had feelings for. First, it was her English TA, Danny Lawrence (Sharon Belle). Then Carmilla (Natasha Negovanlis) was introduced.

Bauman loves working on a show that is so progressive, explaining in an interview:

"“That’s one of my favorite aspects of the show-the sexuality isn’t in the foreground, it’s just the accepted norm, and they’re dealing with other things. I’ve always applauded the show for that, and to be a part of a series that is changing the standard for LGBTQ+ representation in media. This year we do get to delve into it a little bit more which has been exciting.”"

Season 3 introduced a new character, Laura’s father (Enrico Colantoni). For the first time in this series, they stated that Laura was, in fact, a lesbian. Not because they needed to, but because they wanted to showcase a parents role in their child’s sexual identity. Laura’s relationship with her father is what makes this character so important for representation. Bauman explains:

"“With the introduction of a parent in the series, you get to see it from a different aspect than we’ve ever seen it before. Laura’s dad does know about her sexuality and is very accepting of it. That’s not where the conflict lies. It’s not about gender. It’s about “is this the right person… or vampire for you?”"

Negovanlis agrees, and in the same interview, noted, “He’s totally accepting. I think it’s so special to show a parent figure be very supportive.”

News was just released that a Carmilla movie is happening, and cream puffs couldn’t be more excited.