The 10 Most Significant LGBTQ+ Weddings in TV History

The 10 Most Significant LGBTQ+ Weddings in TV History

Weddings are a staple of any good TV show, and while LGBTQ+ weddings are now largely commonplace on the small screen, that wasn’t always the case. As TV changes with the times to become more inclusive of all couples, we as the audience get to envy their magnificent weddings. In celebration of Pride Month, here is a list of the ten most significant LGBTQ+ weddings from scripted TV shows.

 

Roc, “Can’t Help Loving That Man”

Airing in 1991, this sitcom episode features the first gay wedding on television. Emerson’s patriarch, Andrew, is shocked when his younger brother, Russell, comes to visit and announces he’s marrying a man. What starts as confusion soon grows to acceptance as the family watches Russell wed the love of his life.

 

Roseanne, “December Bride”

Four years later, season eight episode 11 of the show follows Roseanne planning a disastrous wedding for her friend Leon. Many people will recognize Fred Willard as Leon’s fiancé Scott. This episode is significant because it is the first time a recurring character got married to a person of the same gender.

 

Friends, “The One with the Lesbian Wedding”

During the second season of this hit TV show, Ross’ ex-wife Carol marries her partner, Susan. When Carol’s parents tell her that they will not attend the wedding, Ross steps in to give Carol away in a sweet, heartwarming scene. This was the first time a lesbian wedding had been shown on TV.

 

Queer as Folk, “The Wedding”

This TV show was groundbreaking for its time, as it put members of the LGBTQ+ community front and center on the small screen. In season two, fans got to see two of the show’s main characters, Lindsay and Mel, tie the knot.

 

Brothers & Sisters, “Prior Commitments”

Beginning in 2006, this show followed the Walker family for five years before getting cancelled in 2011. Two years after the show premiered, Kevin Walker married Scotty Wandell. This episode gave us the first gay wedding with regular cast members on TV.

 

Glee, “A Wedding”

Fast forward nearly ten years, this revolutionary TV show aired its final season with two of the series’ favorite couples endearingly dubbed Brittana and Klaine tying the knot in a double wedding. Glee had a huge part in normalizing gay couples on screen which has only continued to grow through the 2010s and 2020s. As Kurt Hummel wisely said, “It’s time for all of us to walk into the sun together, forever.”

 

The Fosters, “I Do” and “The Long Haul”

Like Glee, this TV show had several LGBTQ+ couples for fans to fall in love with, but Stef and Lena were one of the most significant pairings as the parents of the Foster children. Fans got a treat with not one but two weddings throughout the series.

 

Grace and Frankie, “The Wish”

Not only does this show highlight the LGBTQ+ community, but it also emphasizes feminism and deals with older people in a much more realistic way. The entire premise of the show focuses on Grace and Frankie’s blossoming friendship after their husbands, Robert and Sol, leave them for each other. The second season opens with Robert and Sol’s wedding while Robert is in the hospital. It is refreshing to see not just gay men, but older gay men marry.

 

Sense8, “Amor Vincit Omnia”

In 2018, TV saw one of the first transgender weddings with this show’s couple Nomi and Amanita. Nomi is a transgender woman who marries Amanita in the series finale. Since then, transgender characters have become more and more common in shows like Euphoria.

 

Black Lightning, “The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter Three: Despite All My Rage…”

Finally, in the year 2021, we finally have the first LGBTQ+ and non-white wedding on the small screen. In this superhero drama, Anissa and Grace find love and get married after Grace awakes from her coma in season four.

Author: Cailey Greenwald