“Strange Bedfellows” (November 7, 1987)
The Golden Girls is beloved by many in the queer community, and for good reason, but the series is not batting a thousand when it comes to LGBT representation. This third season episode features a character who may just be the first trans man character on American TV. It’s… not great, but not wholly a disaster, and writer Henry Giardina is here to offer the perspective of a GG newbie.
Listen to our previous Golden Girls episodes:
- Glen Writes a Golden Girls (a.k.a. “Vince Meat”)
- The Golden Girls Had a Gay Live-In Cook
- Blache’s Homo Brother Wants to Get Gay Married
- Blanche’s Brother Is a Homo
- Dorothy’s Friend Is a Lesbian
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If you are a big Golden Girls fan, check out Jim Colucci’s book on every episode of the show, Golden Girls Forever. But also here is Drew’s interview with the Golden Girls writers.
Subscribe to Katherine’s food history podcast Smart Mouth and hear Drew’s episode next week, where he talks all about egg nog, the noggiest holiday drink ever.
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