The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Representation in Hollywood: A Journey from Schitt’s Creek to Heartstopper

LGBTQ+ characters and narratives over the years in Hollywood have undergone a transformative journey, with notable series like ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Heartstopper’ leading the way. 

This evolution not only reflects changing societal attitudes but also marks an important step towards more authentic storytelling.

They have also helped to normalize LGBTQ+ identities in the mainstream media, which is vital for equality and acceptance 

In addition to the positive character depictions, these shows are also creating space for diverse actors and creators to tell their own stories. 

For example, both ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Heartstopper’ were created by openly LGBTQ+ showrunners, and feature many LGBTQ+ actors in leading roles. 


This is a huge shift from the days when LGBTQ+ characters were almost exclusively played by straight actors.

Schitt’s Creek,‘ a comedy series that debuted in 2015, redefined community representation by presenting a storyline where characters were displayed without being central to their identity. 

The show, created by father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, displayed a pansexual character, David Rose, with depth breaking away from fixed patterns often seen in mainstream media.


“Heartstopper” is a British television series that has been lauded for its representation of LGBTQ+ characters. The series is based on Alice Oseman’s webcomic and has gained popularity for its portrayal of teenage romance between two boys. The show explores the complexities of self-discovery and acceptance, which is a refreshing perspective in LGBTQ+ narratives. It beautifully captures the struggles and triumphs of young love, bringing a new dimension to the representation of LGBTQ+ relationships in mainstream media. The show’s attention to detail and commitment to authenticity make it a must-watch for anyone interested in compelling storytelling that resonates with a diverse audience.

What makes these productions noteworthy is their commitment to showcasing characters beyond the confines of traditional rule and their focus on portraying individuals with relatable experiences.

The journey from ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to ‘Heartstopper’ reflects not only a change in storytelling but also a broader societal shift towards recognizing and appreciating the richness of community lives on-screen.

By Precious Ndukwe