House of Cards

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Title House of Cards
Network Netflix
Premiere February 1, 2013
Watch Watch on Netflix

House of Cards is an American polical TV show that premiered on Netflix in 2013 and stars Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, a ruthless politician, and Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, his equally conniving wife.

LGBT Representation

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Although the terms of their relationship are unlabeled by the show, Frank and Claire Underwood seem to have an open relationship by mutual agreement. Frank Underwood is depicted as pursuing (and enjoying) sexual relationships with both male and female characters, most famously in a threesome with Claire and a male Secret Service agent.

However, the show has refrained from explicitly identifying Underwood as bisexual. In an interview with the Huffington Post, creator and showrunner Beau Willimon stated:

People have asked me straight up, "Is Frank Underwood bisexual? Is he gay?" I don't think Frank Underwood really puts much stock in those sort of labels. As he says in the Sentinel episode [in Season 1], "When I'm attracted to someone, I'm attracted to them. Period."
He’s a man with a large appetite, he’s a man who does not allow himself to be placed in any sort of milieu or with one definition. I think he’s incredibly guarded with who he lets get close to him, whether that’s platonic or whether that’s sexual. And when he does, it’s not necessarily a gender or preference, it really has to do with trust. There’s very few people in this world that we’ve created that he can trust. [...] We try to approach Frank the way he approaches himself, which is not to sort of pin him down.[1]

A recurring character in seasons 1, 2, and 3, Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan) was a sex worker who began a lesbian relationship with Lisa Williams (Kate Lyn Sheil), a young Christian woman she meets on the bus, but Rachel is later forced to break up with Lisa by her client Doug Stamper.

In season three, a major subplot involved the arrest of LGBT activist Michael Corrigan (Christian Camargo) in Russia. Russian singers and activists Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of Pussy Riot appeared in one episode, in which they toast the fictional Russian president with the description that he is a "commander-in-chief who is not afraid of anyone except gays" before dumping their drinks and leaving[2].

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