Representation has become increasingly important for women who love women, especially in media portrayals. Often enough, storylines of lesbian female relationships are dangled at gay audiences as a form of queerbaiting only to deliver short-lived story arcs.
For many LGBTQ+ women, especially younger ones, the connection to these few characters portrayed on-screen are some of the only representation they experience. Yet popular lesbian and bi characters in the media are often met with abrupt and tragic deaths by showrunners. The trend of this trope for gay female characters has been dubbed “bury your gays” and “dead lesbian syndrome.”