I'm bored and apparently blog posts are a thing you can do on Wikias so I thought I'd make a post about characters that could potentially be queer/lgbtq+ (whichever term you prefer); as a queer fan of the series, it's an interest of mine to see how many characters may also be canonically non-cishet. Daniel Handler has put queer characters in his other, adult novels, so it's not as if lgbtq+ characters are out of the question.
The presentation of the Henchperson is very enbyphobic/transphobic in the books; however, Daniel Handler thankfully realized this and changed the Henchperson's character in the Netflix series, making them much more likable and their androgyny non-monstrous. They are referred to as nonbinary in The Incomplete History.
This is made canon in the TV Series, and while I don't consider the Netflix series to be able to retroactively make things in the book canon, it was pretty explicit in the books too- the term "partner" is usually used by samesex couples, especially in homophobic societies. (Beatrice Letters seems to indicate that the bookverse is queerphobic, while the show makes no such indication, hence why it's probably more explicit.) They also are noted to be sharing a hotel room and holding hands in Penultimate Peril.
Jerome Squalor, Babs and Mrs. Bass (in Netflix!Canon)
Jerome and Charles's relationship was originally going to be made explicit, but due to filming difficulties Rhys Darby was unable to film the scene. Babs was added instead, and stated to be in a relationship with Mrs. Bass.
Jerome's bisexuality was later confirmed in an interview.
Fernald (in Netflix!Canon)
Fernald is heavily implied to be in love with Olaf in the Netflix series. This was later confirmed by Usman Ally in The Incomplete History and on twitter.
This is probably the theory with the most evidence. For the less obvious, she is named after famously bisexual dancer Isadora Duncan, and Sunny refers to her poetry with the word "Sappho!", referencing a famous poet who is so famously gay that both "sapphic" and "lesbian" (from her home island of Lesbos) originated in reference to her. She is also most likely transgender. She is described, multiple times, as identical to her triplet brothers- in The Austere Academy, chapter three, it is said that she is "absolutely identical to [Duncan...] the only difference seemed to be that the girl's notebook was pitch black. Seeing to people who look so much alike is a bit eerie[...]" Identical triplets must be the same assigned gender at birth. While fraternal triplets come from multiple fertilized eggs in the womb, identical triplets start as the same egg and split into multiple; by the time it splits, assigned gender is pretty much set in stone. Considering Isadora is identical to her brothers, she is almost certainly transgender.
This one is pretty much canon. We're told that they have no physical resemblance whatsoever, and that:
|“||The Talkie Brothers didn’t seem to be very talky. They didn’t seem to be brothers, either.||”|
This could imply that the Talkies are actually a couple, pretending to be brothers in order to evade homophobia. Ornette referring to them as her "uncles", in this regard, would not be a lie.
Jackie's pronouns are notably never revealed in the story, and is referred to as a "grandchild" instead of grandson or granddaughter. If the bookverse is queerphobic, it's possible that Lemony did not want to out Jackie while telling their story. It's also possible that Jackie was genderfluid and changed their pronouns, and thus Lemony didn't want to use the wrong one.
Due to this, Jackie could likely be transgender, agender, genderfluid, or another nonbinary gender.
In The Beatrice Letters, Lemony Snicket says, in a letter to Beatrice,
|“||I will love you if you marry someone else–your co-star, perhaps, or Y., or even O., or anyone Z. through A., even R.–although sadly I believe it will be quite some time before two women can be allowed to marry.||”|
— LS to BB #5
This implies that R was an option for Beatrice to date, which would mean that both of them were sapphic. Seeing as Beatrice was engaged to Lemony and married to Bertrand, she is likely bi/pan/demiromantic. R is probably a lesbian; we know that R gave her family ring to Lemony to propose to Beatrice with, which is stated to be passed down from mother to daughter. This implies that it could be a ring given to daughters as a wedding ring, and R knew she would likely not get married (perhaps due to her sexuality), so she gave it to Lemony instead.
It is very heavily implied that Theodora and Sharon's friendship was a little something more, if only on Theodora's side of things.
While their immediate closeness could be seen as platonic, Sharon is referred to as Theodora's "gal pal" twice within the book. In case you are unfamiliar with queer slang, "Gal Pal" is defined by the Urban Dictionary as "the word straight people use when they don't want to acknowledge lesbian relationships exist." It's recently been co-opted as a joke by lesbians/sapphic women, usually in meme format with a picture of two women being obviously romantic and saying something akin to "just gals being pals."
Theodora mentions having a boyfriend when she was younger, which could imply she is bi/pan/demiromantic; however, she could also have not yet realized she was a lesbian. Many lesbians state that they attempted to date men before coming to terms with their sexuality, thinking that it was something they were expected to do or that they must like men and not realize it yet. (See: Compulsory heterosexuality)
It should also be noted that it may not be one-sided. Sharon does betray Hangfire and give Theodora a skeleton key in order to sneak aboard the train, at great risk to herself if discovered.
The Penultimate Peril character Bruce (unknown if it is the same Bruce from previous books) seems to be sharing a room with a man, as evidenced by these quotes:
|“||'Come back to bed, Bruce,' said someone else.||”|
— Chapter Ten
|“||...and they heard a man call for Bruce and a woman call for her mother and dozens of people whisper to and shout at...||”|
— Chapter Thirteen
Last (so far) but not least, the Little Snicket Lad himself.
This doesn't have much evidence, but some people have pointed out that this segment from When Did You See Her Last? could imply that Lemony is a trans boy and was taught how to pass as cis by VFD.
- Ellington Feint: What do you think, Mr. Snicket? Do I look like a boy?
- Lemony Snicket: No. From a distance, maybe.
"This" could be referring to the plan on its own; however, it could also be likely they were referring to Ellington disguising herself as a boy.
- Babs - wlw, Netflix!canon
- Mrs. Bass - wlw, Netflix!canon
- Beatrice Baudelaire - possibly bi/pan/demiromantic, implied by The Beatrice Letters
- Bruce - mlm
- Charles - mlm, canon
- Fernald - mlm, Netflix!canon
- Sharon Haines - possibly wlw
- Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender - nonbinary, implied in books, confirmed in Netflix
- Isadora Quagmire - most likely a trans girl, possibly wlw
- Jackie - genderqueer, heavily implied
- S. Theodora Markson - wlw, heavily implied
- R - wlw/lesbian, heavily implied
- Talkie Brothers - mlm, heavily implied
- Sir - mlm, canon
- Lemony Snicket - possibly a trans boy
- Jerome Squalor - bisexual, Netflix!canon