Rae Thomas, Passions
Rae Thomas (Jossara Jinaro)
On soap opera Passions, Rae Thomas was introduced in the summer of 2005 as regular character Simone’s love interest. Simone, who was believed to be out of town, had been living with Rae. Simone had just realized she was a lesbian when she fell in love with Rae and declared her feelings for her. Rae was only interested in a casual relationship, leaving Simone devastated.
Rae disappeared off the show but returned in December of 2005 when Simone’s family found a video in which a man claimed to have hired Rae to seduce Simone and “turn” her into a lesbian. Rae later explained that she was never hired by anyone, but had borrowed money to open a lesbian club. Simone and Rae reconnected and started dating again. In the two years that followed the couple had little to do and made few appearances together. The relationship ended in February 2007 when Rae was stabbed to death and Simone left town with her sister to start a new life in New Orleans.
Passions was the first daytime television series to show two women in bed making love, earning the show a GLAAD award for outstanding drama series in 2006. The scene showed the camera panning to Rae’s feet as the robe she was wearing dropped to the floor, clearly implying she was wearing nothing underneath. She then climbed into bed with Simone and the two women kissed.
The show also garnered criticism for Rae’s death, Mike Perigard of the Boston Herald believed the death was a way for the show to maintain a low quota of gay characters as a male character had just come out as gay the episode before her death: “Her fate was sealed, in my opinion, when the character of Chad (Charles Divins) was outed as having an affair with a still-unseen man. Three gay characters on a daytime soap – (four if you count the mystery guy)? Not happening. Rae had to go.”
- 14 episodes.
Female love interests:
- Simone Russell (Lena Cardwell, lesbian, regular)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.