The Bold Type, a US drama about women who work at a feminist magazine in New York City, features Kat Edison – one of the show’s main characters – slowly realising she’s not straight.
The woman who helps her to find her queer side is Adena El-Amin, a proud Muslim lesbian artist who wears a hijab.
The character, played by Nikohl Boosheri, talks openly about why she prays and wears a head covering.
She also asks Kat about her sexual orientation in the first episode, adding that she has always been more concerned with what’s in someone’s heart, rather than their trousers.
Lesbian representation in popular culture is still sparse, let alone involving two women of colour, and even more so when it involves one of the characters proudly embracing their religion.
Despite this, complications between the two are come from Kat discovering more about her sexual identity and the fact that Adena has a girlfriend, rather than sensationalising lesbians or Islam.
In the latest episode of the show on Disney-ABC’s Freeform channel, Kat hits a man after he makes a racist remark towards Adena and gets arrested.
After she’s bailed out of prison, the two reunite and share their first kiss.