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LGBT Entertainment Preview 2016: What to watch on TV

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Dean Buscher/The CW; Craig Sjodin/Freeform; Chuck Hodes/FOX

Each year in honor of Pride month, Entertainment Weekly celebrates the LGBT community through its boldest and most fearless creative forces. In our new issue, available now, we honor the TV shows, music, movies, and books that help promote a better understanding of LGBT culture.

 

I AM JAZZ

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

TLC’s docuseries on transgender activist Jazz Jennings balances the 15-year-old’s fight to normalize her gender identity with typical teen drama. Case in point: In the second season, Jazz starts dating — and considers having gender-affirming surgery before she’s 18—while also learning to drive.

THE FOSTERS

Returns June 20, 8 p.m.

One of TV’s most inclusive series, Freeform’s family drama chronicles the ups and downs of an interracial lesbian couple and their biological and foster children, including Jude (Hayden Byerly), the youngest, who questions and learns to accept his sexuality after falling for his best friend, Connor (Gavin MacIntosh).

TAKE MY WIFE

Debuts Aug. 11

Newlywed comics Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher bring their humor on relationships to the small screen in this semiautobiographical half-hour comedy, streaming on Seeso, about a married lesbian couple mining their domestic life for material.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Fall

Überproducer Greg Berlanti’s latest DC Comics-based series includes one of the only LGBT superheroes on screen: Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), a time-traveling assassin. “It’s never our sole agenda,” Berlanti told EW in May of his CW shows, “but we want the shows that we work on to be representative of society.”

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THE REAL O’NEALS

Fall

When each member of the eponymous conservative IrishCatholic family reveals a secret— the parents are divorcing, the older son is anorexic, the youngest questions her faith, and the middle son comes out as gay— the family learns to accept one another’s confessions in ABC’s stereotype-busting sitcom.

EMPIRE

Fall

Fox’s breakout star and openly gay actor Jussie Smollett returns as Jamal Lyon, the out son of homophobic hip-hop mogul Lucious (Terrence Howard). “This is the gig of a lifetime,” Smollett told EW about Jamal’s significance to the African-American LGBT community. “These are the types of stories that I want to tell.”

SUPERSTORE

Fall

NBC’s workplace sitcom revolves around a diverse cast of kooky characters, including Mateo (Nico Santos), a gay Filipino man who’s just as capable of stocking shelves as he is at glibly reminding his religious boss, Glenn (Mark McKinney), to be open-minded.

TRANSPARENT

Fall

Amazon’s Emmy-winning dramedy about the Pfefferman family and their transgender parent (Jeffrey Tambor) takes an intimate look at how sexuality affects close-knit relationships. Caitlyn Jenner has a cameo in season 3.