Once, it was enough to know that the guys of Queer as Folk lived in Pittsburgh and the ladies of The L Word loved in LA, but where do TV’s favorite LGBT characters live nowadays? Take our quiz, and see how finely tuned your gaydar is in LGBT television geography.
By Paul Hagen and Madison Gulbin
On Masters of Sex, lesbian office manager Betty (pictured, above) works for Masters and Johnson in their clinic in this Midwestern city starting in the 1950s; fifty years earlier, she might have met one of Judy Garland’s famous movie characters there there.
- Springfield, MO
- Montgomery, AL
- New Orleans, LA
- St. Louis, MO
Since The Real O’Neals’ Kenny (pictured, above) is loosely based on author Dan Savage, the show is set in this city where he grew up — famous for its Flamingo Sculpture, Lincoln Park and Graceland Cemetery?
- Indianapolis, IN
- Columbus, OH
- Chicago, IL
- Detroit, MI
On How to Get Away with Murder, Connor (pictured, above) works with on-again-off-again boyfriend Oliver in this historic city, so after work they could go grab a drink at long-standing gay bar Woody’s in its gayborhood.
- Philadelphia, PA
- Boston, MA
- Annapolis, MD
- Charleston, SC
On Orange is the New Black, Poussey (pictured, above) brags that before she ended up in the Litchfield Correctional Facility, she seduced Franzi — the daughter of a local army commander — in which nation?
On Gilmore Girls, Michel (pictured, above) is concerned his job at the Dragonfly Inn, located in this whimsically-named fictional town, won’t be enough to support him and partner Frederic in their quest to become gay dads.
- Stars Hollow, CT
- Brilliant, OH
- Happyland, OK
- Kissimmee, FL
The Doctors of Grey-Sloan Memorial on Grey’s Anatomy may work in rainy Seattle, but this lesbian fetal surgeon (pictured, above) is named after which much dryer state, famously home to the Grand Canyon?
On Empire, Jamal Lyon writes and records his socially progressive tracks in which city with a time-honored tradition of African-Americans creating great music?
- Nashville, TN
- Seattle, WA
- Detroit, MI
- New York, NY
The family in Modern Family may live in the Los Angeles area, but from which Asian nation — known for dishes such as pho and bánh mì — did Cam and Mitch (pictured, above) adopt their daughter Lily?
- South Korea
Though The Walking Dead’s resident lesbian Tara Chambler (pictured, above) has come a long way through the zombie apocalypse with Rick, Michonne and company, the series started in the environs which Southern city — one which was already overrun by the first episode?
- Louisville, KY
- Atlanta, GA
- Winston-Salem, NC
- Richmond, VA
On Strut, trans model Laith De La Cruz (pictured, above, center) is a Harlem native, but he is proud of his Latin heritage, which he traces back to this island nation, the capital of which is Santo Domingo?
- Dominican Republic
- The Bahamas
On Grace and Frankie, since Frankie goes job-hunting in nearby La Jolla California, the title characters and their gay former husbands (pictured, above) likely live in which California county?
- San Diego
- San Luis Obispo
On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, citizens of West Covina — home to the law firm of bisexual Darryl Whitefeather (pictured, above) — brag their town is “two hours from the beach, four in traffic.” However it would be more accurate to say the town (which is about 18 miles from LA) is…
- About 15 minutes from the beach
- About a half hour from the beach
- About an hour from the beach
- Nowhere near the beach
Though she was born and raised in Tennessee, The Voice’s pansexual pop princess Miley Cyrus (pictured, above) came of age on the Disney Channel playing a character named for which state?
- South Dakota
- North Carolina
(0 – 4 POINTS) – still scouting
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(5 – 9 POINTS) – using LGBT GPS
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(10 – 13 POINTS) – master geographer
You could make maps indicating where to find LGBT people on your favorite shows. In fact, you probably have even more than we included here. Tell us who we missed by tweeting @MetrosourceMag with the #LGBTgeography.
Last modified: August 22, 2017