17: Marcy D’Arcy Has a Lesbian Cousin


“Lez Be Friends” (April 28, 1997)

For a lot of ’80s kids, Amanda Bearse was one of the first gay people they ever heard about. And while Bearse came out in 1993, she got to put LGBT themes in the spotlight in a 1997 Married… With Children episode in which she plays both Marcy D’Arcy and her lesbian cousin, Mandy. It’s a product of its time, for sure, but at its heart is a fairly thoughtful depiction of a happy, function person who’s better off for having come out of the closet. Bonus points for Elaine Hendrix.

Also check out A Love Bizarre, Los Angeles’ new queer art space.

Listen to Drew talk about Amanda Bearse in the Fright Night episode of You Have to Watch This Movie, itself the gayest episode of that podcast.


Watch the 1994 episode of Network Q that interviews Bearse about coming out and becoming a director.

And please enjoy Glen’s illustration of Marcy D’Arcy as a chicken.


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