In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres made the bold move and came out publicly as a lesbian. The character she portrayed on her television sitcom, which was loosely based on her real life, followed suite shortly after. It wasn’t the first instance of a lesbian on television, but it was absolutely the largest and most high-profile one. Ellen made headlines everywhere, breaking a proverbial glass ceiling that had previously existed. The stigma of same-sex couples on television had been broken, and since then, we’ve seen the number of lesbian roles increase dramatically. Here are some of the hottest fictional lesbian characters from television and movies. Enjoy!