Lafayette Reynolds – True Blood
Thank goodness the folks over at HBO decided to keep Lafayette around instead of killing him off like the book did. If he had died, we would have never had the chance to get to know one of the most dynamic, interesting characters on television.
Lafayette could have been reduced to a silly stereotype – performing as the silly, flamboyant gay side kick. But he can’t be reduced to any one thing. He was strong-willed, multi-dimensional, and saved the lives of countless characters on that show. And he did it all while wearing a full face of makeup. Even eyelashes. That’s dedication.
His personal style defied labels and categories, just like he did, and he just pretty much wore what ever he liked, as long as it included a tight tank top and jaunty head scarf. You never knew what to expect from Lafayette’s wardrobe choice. One day he could have on cargo shorts and flip flops, and the next he could be rocking a silk caftan with a feather boa. He did what he wanted, no matter what, and that is supremely admirable.
Bon Temps was a small town in rural Louisiana, so you know he had to take his fair share of harassment and abuse. The thing about Lafayette, though, he never thought twice about pushing back. Whether it was about his choice of earrings or the vampires in his bar, he always stood up for himself.