The Bury Your Gays trope applies when an LGBT character is killed off, and is especially harmful when it happens shortly after or alongside a positive development with regards to their orientation, further linking the character’s orientation to the death of the character.
Members and allies of the LGBT community are demanding that TV and media stop introducing queer characters only to consistently kill them in senseless and shocking ways.
Lesbians are not unfamiliar with dying—and dying violently—in the media. In a study by Autostraddle from March 2015, an alarming 31% of lesbian or bisexual characters on American scripted TV shows between 1976-2016 ended up dead. A further 38% were simply guest characters or written off with no resolution, whilst only 10% got a “happy ending”. With our own list of dead lesbian/bisexual characters at 146 (and counting), LGBT fans demand better from media creators. These deaths almost always serve to further the plot or to provide character development for more central characters left to process the shock of the loss.