4 Ways ‘Love, Victor’ Is A Positive Portrayal Of An LGBTQ+ Story!

In honor of the end of Pride Month, we have 4 ways Hulu’s Love, Victor is a positive portrayal of a diverse LGBTQ+ story!

Hulu’s Love, Victor wrapped up three beautiful and empowering seasons; it had a great run and will be missed. Love, Victor made leaps in creating positive LGBTQ+ representation in television and we’re sharing four ways it is a positive portal of an LGBTQ+ Story!

The Intersectionality of Race, Religion & Sexual Orientation

Victor is gay, Latino and grew up in a Catholic household. His parents not being supportive of the LGBTQ+ communitym (at first) was challenging for him, as it is for many queer people who have this experience. With conflicting identities, Love, Victor shows the complexity of navigating identity realistically and serves as the center of Victor’s story. A lot of queer people can see themselves in Victor and having that character to resonate with is important. Seeing people on screen who look like you and have similar experiences is validating.

Positive WLW & MLM Representation

It is not often that you see a healthy depiction of a queer relationship in media. It tends to end poorly and is never a positive outcome. And yes, Victor and his boyfriend Benji have those tough moments, but they end up happy and more in love than ever.

While the first two seasons focus on relationships between gay men, in season 3, we see Lake explore a relationship with a girl, Lucy. While Lake never explicitly declares her sexuality, the writers show how she navigated her first relationship with a woman. Fans grew to love the pair and are sad not to see them further explore their relationship together.


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Combatting Negative Queer Stereotypes

After coming out, Victor struggled to gain acceptance and feel comfortable around his basketball team players. His teammates felt uncomfortable about changing in the locker room with him because he was gay. As expected, Victor was upset that his friends would assume just because he is gay, that he is attracted to them. This is often a stereotype we not only see in media but real life.

Further more, during season two you see people in his life assume you can’t be gay and into sports or things heavily associated with jocks or hyper-masculinity. Victor does a great job of deconstructing that notion to remind us that there is no one way to be queer. The LGBTQ+ community is diverse and encompasses many different people who have varying interests.

The Importance & Power of Queer Mentorship/Friendship

Love, Victor is a spin-off of the film Love, Simon. In the first season, we see the power of queer mentorship and friendship between the two characters Simon and Victor. Simon’s support and advice to Victor are invaluable and was the main contributor to helping Victor in accepting and understanding sexuality. In season two, we see Victor assume the same role with Rahim. Seeing the ripple effect of having positive queer role models to look to for advice is powerful. Moreover, to see them go on and be that for someone else is extraordinary.

Even though we are sad to see Love,Victor go, it is important to reflect on the positive contrivutions it made to how LGBTQ+ people are portrayed in television.

About the Author

Mahari Blanks

Mahari Blanks is a second-year Public Relations student at the Pennsylvania State University minoring in Psychology and Spanish. Mahari is an avid DC Comics lover and huge music enthusiast!