Emily and Maya
ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars has a lot of queer female characters, to the point that it’s a running gag for me to assume that any new female character is interested in girls (especially if she’s on the swim team). However, that doesn’t mean that all of the representation is actually positive; there are still problematic elements.
I have two major issues with the queer representation on the show that often gets called Pretty Little Lesbians. The first is that the main lesbian Liar’s relationships are all kind of poorly executed. This is because they need to be able to draw out her crush on Alison, the show’s catalyst in the form of a missing girl who floats in and out throughout the show’s four and a half seasons. The second is that the show seems to be allergic to the word “bisexual,” which is certainly not an uncommon issue in media, but it’s definitely disappointing considering the show contains so many confirmed or potentially multisexual characters.