Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a television series that aired from 1997-2003. It featured the exploits of Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a young woman destined to slay vampires, demons, and other evil creatures, and her mentor, friends, and love interests.
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Buffy's best friend, Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan), had an unrequited crush on friend Xander Harris early in the show, and later pursued an unsuccessful relationship with werewolf Oz Harris. In season 4, however, she fell in love with lesbian witch Tara Maclay (Amber Benson), and despite some bumps and bruises along the way, the pair remained together for nearly three seasons, until Tara's controversial death near the end of season 6. In season 7, Willow began a relationship with Kennedy and the two shared the first lesbian sex scene on American network television.
Willow's choice to self-identify as lesbian despite her earlier relationship with Oz (and attraction to Xander) has led to accusations of bi-erasure from some fans. Others have argued that many lesbian women date men before figuring out their true sexuality and that after Willow fell in love with Tara, she never expressed attraction to or pursued a relationship with a male character again, making her most likely a true lesbian who was simply unaware of her sexuality when she pursued a relationship with Oz.
In the comics, which continued the story after the show's cancellation, Buffy herself experiments sexually with female slayer Satsu, but writer Joss Whedon emphasized that this does not mean Buffy is lesbian. In an interview with the New York Times, he stated:
We're not going to make her gay, nor are we going to take the next 50 issues explaining that she's not. She's young and experimenting, and did I mention open-minded?
LGBT Cast and Crew
The show developed a large and enthusiastic cult following, and remains a popular subject of fanfiction even now, more than a decade after the show's end. Both slash and femslash ships are common in fanworks for the show, with some of the most popular pairings including:
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