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It's not that having lesbian characters is a problem itself, but when a story is clearly about the lives of gay men, the token lesbian often feels like an obligation more than anything else, and at worst becomes an afterthought who isn't given nearly as much attention and development as the men in the story.

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It's not that having lesbian characters is a problem itself, but when a story is clearly about the lives of centered around gay men, the token lesbian often feels like an obligation more than anything else, and at worst becomes an afterthought who isn't given nearly as much attention and development as the men in the story.


Any work with a [[CastFullOfGay predominantly gay male cast]] will always feature a single lesbian or lesbian couple. It doesn't matter how tenuous their ties with the boys are (usually the main character's best friend and her lover), or if they integrate with the main cast at all. As with any token, they're not there to actually add to the story, but to keep people from complaining that it's not inclusive enough (after all, an all-gay-male cast is still an ''all-male'' cast). It's not even guaranteed that they'll pass UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest. And you can bet your next paycheck that their plot will involve having children in some way, since AllLesbiansWantKids.

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Any work with a [[CastFullOfGay predominantly gay male cast]] will always feature a single lesbian or lesbian couple. It doesn't matter how tenuous their ties with the boys are (usually the main character's best friend and her lover), partner), or if they integrate with the main cast at all. As with any token, they're not there to actually add to the story, but to keep people from complaining that it's not inclusive enough (after all, an all-gay-male cast is still an ''all-male'' cast). It's not even guaranteed that they'll pass UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest. And you can bet your next paycheck that their plot will involve having children in some way, since AllLesbiansWantKids.

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* Patrick-Ian Polk's film ''The Skinny'' has a main cast of four gay men and one lesbian.


It's not that having lesbian characters is a problem itself, but when a story is clearly about the lives of gay men, the lone lesbian character often feels like an obligation more than anything else, and at worst becomes an afterthought who isn't given nearly as much attention and development as the men in the story.

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It's not that having lesbian characters is a problem itself, but when a story is clearly about the lives of gay men, the lone token lesbian character often feels like an obligation more than anything else, and at worst becomes an afterthought who isn't given nearly as much attention and development as the men in the story.


It is also worth noting that works centering around gay women [[DoubleStandard never include a token male couple in such a way]].

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It is also worth noting It's not that works centering around having lesbian characters is a problem itself, but when a story is clearly about the lives of gay women [[DoubleStandard never include a token male couple men, the lone lesbian character often feels like an obligation more than anything else, and at worst becomes an afterthought who isn't given nearly as much attention and development as the men in such a way]].
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* Averted with Kirsten and Dana from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndSteve'', as they are fairly prominent on the show. However, they still fall victim to the AllLesbiansWantKids storyline, albeit in several unexpected ways.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndSteveTheHappiestGayCoupleInAllTheWorld'':
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Averted with Kirsten and Dana from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndSteve'', , as they are fairly prominent on the show. However, they still fall victim to the AllLesbiansWantKids storyline, albeit in several unexpected ways.


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* ''ChelseaBoys'' has this, nearly, with Ricki and Lucie. They're there, they're lesbians, and they ask the lead male to be the father of their baby. But the comic also has Annie, who gets a decent amount of page time as Sky's lesbian friend from school.
* ''DykesToWatchOutFor'' has a rare inversion with Carlos, the male role model/babysitter for Toni and Clarice's son Raffi. Later on, there was Gerald, a gay female-to-male transsexual Lois developed a crush on.

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* ''ChelseaBoys'' ''ComicStrip/ChelseaBoys'' has this, nearly, with Ricki and Lucie. They're there, they're lesbians, and they ask the lead male to be the father of their baby. But the comic also has Annie, who gets a decent amount of page time as Sky's lesbian friend from school.
* ''DykesToWatchOutFor'' ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'' has a rare inversion with Carlos, the male role model/babysitter for Toni and Clarice's son Raffi. Later on, there was Gerald, a gay female-to-male transsexual Lois developed a crush on.



* Anne and Leslie from ''TheBrokenHeartsClub''.
* Muffler in ''AnotherGayMovie''.

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* Anne and Leslie from ''TheBrokenHeartsClub''.
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* Muffler in ''AnotherGayMovie''.''Film/AnotherGayMovie''.



* Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk's campaign manager in ''Main.Milk''. Not just token lesbian, but also token female- she is the only female character in the film with more than four speaking lines.


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* Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk's campaign manager in ''Main.Milk''.''Film/{{Milk}}''. Not just token lesbian, but also token female- she is the only female character in the film with more than four speaking lines.




* Kelli and Dawn in ''WorldOfFizz''.

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* Kelli and Dawn in ''WorldOfFizz''.''Webcomic/WorldOfFizz''.



* Averted with Kirsten and Dana from ''RickAndSteve'', as they are fairly prominent on the show. However, they still fall victim to the AllLesbiansWantKids storyline, albeit in several unexpected ways.

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* Averted with Kirsten and Dana from ''RickAndSteve'', ''WesternAnimation/RickAndSteve'', as they are fairly prominent on the show. However, they still fall victim to the AllLesbiansWantKids storyline, albeit in several unexpected ways.


* Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk's campaign manager in ''Film/Milk''. Not just token lesbian, but also token female- she is the only female character in the film with more than four speaking lines.


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* Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk's campaign manager in ''Film/Milk''.''Main.Milk''. Not just token lesbian, but also token female- she is the only female character in the film with more than four speaking lines.



* Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk's campaign manager in ''Film/Milk''.


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* Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk's campaign manager in ''Film/Milk''.


* Melanie and Lindsay in ''QueerAsFolk''.
* Australian comedy program Outland features four white gay men and a lone aboriginal australian lesbian who also uses a wheelchair. The fifth of the six episodes basically serves to highlight how separate she feels from the group.

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* Melanie and Lindsay in ''QueerAsFolk''.
''Series/QueerAsFolk''. Lindsay has been Brian's friend for years, and Brian and Michael are the fathers of their two children.
* Australian comedy program Outland features four white gay men and a lone aboriginal australian Aboriginal Australian lesbian who also uses a wheelchair. The fifth of the six episodes basically serves to highlight how separate she feels from the group.

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*Estelle in ''Theatre/TheNormalHeart''.

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