Orange Is the New Black’s hottest lesbian relationships

Amy Ashenden July 3, 2019
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Soso and Poussey in the yard at Litchfield (Netflix/Orange Is the New Black)

Poussey and Soso label themselves "happy" (Netflix/Orange Is the New Black)

From Big Boo’s “big hetero hello” to Crazy Eye’s love poem for Piper, Orange Is the New Black isn’t short of iconic lesbian relationships and hilarious gay moments.

As season seven of OITNB makes its way to Netflix—for the final time—we took a look back at the TV show’s best gay moments.

Watch Abi and Billy rate their favourite lesbian relationships:

And, in case the video didn’t fully satisfy your OITNB needs, here’s a rundown of the Netflix show’s iconic lesbian relationships.

Big Boo and her escapades

Big Boo, potentially TV’s greatest example of butch lesbian representation, often has flings in prison. She even participates in a competition with Nicky Nichols, judged by Chang, to see who can have sex with the most inmates. She also strikes up an unlikely friendship with “Pennsatucky” Doggett.

Soso and Poussey

The pair have their first encounter in season two while queuing in the lunch line. In season three, both characters are feeling lonely and join Norma’s cult. Later, in season four, it becomes clearer that they’ll become a couple as Soso shares more about her sexuality, explaining: “I like people, not genders.” Poussey agrees that they should label themselves “happy.” In a tragic end to their beautiful lesbian relationship, Poussey looks over at Soso, and mouths the words, “I’m sorry, baby…” in what becomes the last moment they interact before Poussey is killed moments later.

Flaca and Maritza aka Flaritza

Flaca and Maritza have an undeniably strong friendship in Litchfield. While fooling around in the kitchen one night, and worrying they are “wasting the best years of their lives” in prison, they share a long, steamy kiss before laughing it off.

Nicky Nichols and Morello

In between Lorna “Morello” Muccio’s obsessive wedding planning with two different husbands, she has a long-term relationship with Nicky Nichols on the inside. From having sex in church to sneaking into the showers together, Morello and Nicky arguably have the hottest sex in Litchfield.

Nicky Nichols and Alex

It doesn’t last long, but Alex and Nicky didn’t hang around before getting busy in prison. After creating handmade presents for each other, they use Nicky’s mood board gift as a shield while they have sex in view of prison guards.

Soso and Poussey kiss in their make-shift den (Netflix/Orange Is the New Black)
OITNB’s hottest couple? Soso and Poussey (Netflix/Orange Is the New Black)

Alex and Piper

Probably OITNB’s most iconic lesbian couple, but also probably the most annoying. Alex and Piper go to prison because of each other’s drug dealing and continue their toxic, fiery relationship once inside, with countless fights, break-ups and make-up sex.

Piper and Stella

Ruby Rose’s famous entrance into the prison caused quite a stir among OITNB fans—as well as inside Litchfield. Piper recruits Stella as part of her secret gang making underwear and they hit it off. Just as Piper says she’s “waiting for someone to break the suspense,” Stella leans in for a kiss.

Piper and Crazy Eyes

Suzanne, aka “Crazy Eyes,” and her obsessive crush on Piper led to many iconic lines in OITNB—including when Suzanne cries: “I threw my pie for you!” She nicknames Piper “Dandelion” and fantasies about their potential to become a “chocolate and vanilla swirl.”

Crazy Eyes and Maureen

The pair start out flirting over Suzanne’s sci-fi erotica, Time Hump Chronicles, which she writes for drama class. Maureen becomes her number-one fan and even offers to help: “If you need to research the activities, I’d be happy to join you, as I have homo-proclivities.”

Crazy Eyes tells Piper her poem in the yard (Netflix/Orange Is the New Black)
Crazy Eyes shares her love poem with Piper (Netflix/Orange Is the New Black)

Mercy and Tricia

Although we only saw them over one hot episode, Mercy and Tricia have hot chemistry. Even as Mercy walks toward freedom, she promises she’ll be back for Tricia.

Daya and Daddy

After dating prison guard John Bennett, Dayanara “Daya” Diaz hooks up with Daddy, who first appears in season six. Their relationship begins when Daddy flirtatiously offers her a Snickers bar but later supplies her with drugs.

Poussey and Taystee

While Poussey and Taystee never have a full-on lesbian relationship, their unbreakable bond as friends could perhaps be interpreted as queer friendship. After Poussey paints Taystee’s toenails in bed, the pair fool around and kiss. When the kiss ends, however, Taystee apologies and says, “I’m not…” and the pair hug it out instead.

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