Freedom to love: Our favourite LGBT couples on Netflix
Do you support the freedom to love? The LGBT couples in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jane the Virgin, Grace and Frankie and Orange is the New Black redefine what it means to be in a relationship
1. Piper and Stella, Orange Is The New Black Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby — Kaiser Chiefs had already predicted in 2007 that a certain Ruby would be doing things to them, and they're certainly right. Aussie Ruby Rose came onto Orange Is The New Black in season three as fellow inmate Stella, ruffling feathers and getting Piper's panties in a twist (literally: They were both working on a used panty business at the time). Rocky road: It's pretty uncool to steal the profits your girlfriend made, even when you're part of the business too, Stella. If you've been screwed over, take a cue from Piper. She got her way in the end by setting Stella up to the guards before her release. Be careful folks, it's a very blurred line between business and relationship partner.
Relationship goal: When Stella herself tattooed "Trust No Bitch" on Piper's arm in between bouts of love-making. Love is pain.
2. Luisa and Rose, Jane the Virgin Equally successful, attractive and well, insane, the screen heats up whenever doctor Luisa and drug lord/former lawyer Rose are in a scene together. We were introduced to the on again, off again couple in the first episode when we found out that redhead Rose is Luisa's stepmother and former lover. Their chemistry's explosive — even more so than romantic leads Rafael and Jane. What is it about dangerous women that make both men and women alike drop their pants in a heartbeat? Rocky road: What do you expect when the woman you're dating is also sleeping with your father? Perhaps the worst thing Rose has done was place Luisa in a mental facility just to cover up the fact that they're lovers. Oh, and that time she murdered her own husband, Luisa's father...and kidnapped Luisa's niece. There's no stopping this sociopath. Relationship goal:Preseverance is key, people.Despite the turbulent turns in their relationship, both Luisa and Rose still strive to be together. They've both claimed that their relationship is "the greatest love story ever told". Call it crazy, call it delusional...call it love.
3. Robert and Sol, Grace and Frankie They've spent 20 years hiding their love for each other from their wives Grace and Frankie, and now that the two lawyers are finally out, everyone's happy. Well, almost everyone. Robert still struggles to settle into his new life as a publicly gay man, while Sol's all emotion and theatrics. Rocky road: We didn't know who to root for when Sol had a "straight relapse" (is that what you call it when a gay man sleeps with a woman?) with ex-wife Frankie. While we felt for Frankie's fragile heart, we sobbed for Robert as well, who had spent an entire day crafting his vows for their upcoming nuptials. Relationship goal: "Sol, I love you for who you are and who I am with you. From this date forth, I freely and joyfully join my life with yours. Wherever you go, I will go. Whatever you face, I will face. I will care for you should you become ill. I will comfort you should you feel sad. I will bathe in your joy. I am yours completely and forever. I take you as my partner for life, and I will give myself... to no other," writes Robert in his vows. Time to copy and paste onto yours.
4. Titus and Mike, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt It's funny how Mike went from just another rude construction worker who hit on Kimmy to a sensitive, down-to-earth man who's eager to explore his sexuality. And who better to help him embrace his true self than Titus? Loud and proud, Titus obviously wears the pants in the relationship — but Mike helps to keep those fancy pants grounded.
Rocky road: Moving from guy to guy swiftly and smoothly in the past, Titus is in for the real deal this time with Mike, and it's something he's learning how to deal with. Relationship goal: The way the duo support one another is something to strive to. When Mike struggles to come out to his strict Italian family, Titus was there to accompany him all the way, even preparing a short skit. When Titus received a job offer to work on Dionne Warwick's four-month cruise hours after they moved in together, Mike urged him forward, believing their relationship could go the distance. We could, too.
5. Poussey and Taystee, Orange is the New Black Okay, so they're technically not a romantic couple. But the best relationships are often the ones that result out of a deep, mutual platonic affection, which is exactly what Poussey and Taystee possess. While they're first shown as a wise-cracking tag team, their dynamics and character history start shifting as the series deepens. While they're of the same race, Poussey and Taystee come from vastly different economic backgrounds and upbringing, which have been causes for friction. Then there's Poussey's unrequited love for the heterosexual Taystee, which is just heartbreaking. Rocky road: When Vee, Taystee's former foster mother came into the picture, all hell broke loose. So did the strong ties between Taystee and Poussey, with Vee even mocking the latter's affection for the former. Fortunately, Vee exited the series after a few tumultuous episodes and the pair reunite again. Relationship goal: Despite her appearance, Poussey's character doesn't succumb to the stereotype of boyish men. "Love. It's just chilling, you know? Kicking it with somebody, talking, making stupid jokes," said the inmate once. "And, like, not even wanting to go to sleep, 'cause then you might be without 'em for a minute. And you don't want that."