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20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer


10 March, 1997, marked 20 years since we were first welcomed to Sunnydale for the very first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Throughout seven seasons over six years, the show was transformative for a generation of gay men still struggling with who they were, finding solace in the story of a strong, confident teenage girl – Buffy – who felt just as isolated and lonely as we did.

Huddled under our duvets late on a Friday night in the glow of BBC 2 – with the volume low so our parents couldn’t hear us – we fell in love with Cordelia, tolerated Dawn, felt empowered by Willow and Tara, massively crushed on Giles and Xander, and laughed along with Anya and her irrational fear of bunnies. Two decades since the show’s creator Joss Whedon changed our lives and gave us hope, we look back at the 20 biggest queer moments and LGBT+ themes that ran through the Slayerverse.

After all, Buffy didn’t come to play with you hoes. She came to slay, bitch.

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