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"Shameless" Racked Up 15+ Queer Women Characters While You Were Getting High

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Mar 14, 2019 6:53 PM 3+ day ago

Shameless concluded its profoundly mediocre ninth season on Showtime this week with a finale that said goodbye to show lead Fiona (Emmy Rossum) but not to the program itself, which will seemingly live forever, just like Frank! The U.S. adaptation of the British hit by the same name, Shameless tells the story of the messy, scrappy, fiercely loyal and often profoundly fucked Gallagher family, who live in Chicago's South Side.

When you think about LGBTQ+ representation on Shameless, you think about Ian (Cameron Monaghan), and the relationship Buzzfeed called "TV's most wonderfully unique gay relationship," which at one point overlapped with another instance of groundbreaking representation -- Ian's relationship with Trevor, a trans guy who works at the local community center for LGBTQ teens. They consulted with experts on the storyline, Ian had brunch with somebody who used "ze" pronouns and it was very good and progressive, if not entirely tonally consistent with the rest of the show.

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