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

The comedy-drama that took over everybody's screens this year, Ginny & 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.

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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 wasn't tokenistic or thrown in as an afterthought, and Ginny & Georgia got a lot right regarding the depiction of the community with care.

Many shows focus on a character's 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 didn't 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.

Max's 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 Max's character, not her whole personality. Her family in Ginny & Georgia was wholesome and accepting, already.

A tired trope used in teen dramas is that if a party is wild, it'll 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.

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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. It's performative and awkward and the show made its stance clear on it.

Ginny & Georgia's 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 wasn't what bothered Maxine at all. She had never been in a relationship and knew that Sophie's ex Ben had been pretty good looking, so she only wanted to be hot for Sophie, and didn't fixate on or even care about the fact that she had dated a man before her.

Ginny & 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 Max's 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 Hunter's or Georgia and Paul's relationship. Nick, too, got a partner with whom he had a blooming relationship, granted Gabriel was a PI, but nobody knows if he's posing or actually likes Nick.

When Georgia entered Paul's office to join his campaign team, Nick was the first person she met and he wasn't 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 that's as realistic and sensitive it gets.

It was refreshing to see that a gay man in the series wasn't reduced to a caricature. Similarly, when he turned up to Ginny's 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.

Maxine's relationships were elaborated upon, as was her ensuing heartbreak. Her fears and expectations about virginity were given equal screen time as Ginny's first time with Hunter and Marcus. The lesbian couple on Ginny & Georgia was given the same treatment and respect as heterosexual ones.

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The show stayed away from "coming out" as the biggest challenge in a gay person's life, and portrayed the common other issues they face too after being out of the closet — it's not all rainbows and butterflies after the fact. This exploration of LBGTQ+ relationships was done well on the show.

Tackling deep issues in Ginny & 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 wasn't 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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