This is a list of television shows or made-for-television films that significantly include LGBT issues and/or feature prominent LGBT characters or cast members.
- 1 Dramatic series and miniseries
- 2 Films
- 3 Sitcoms
- 4 Soap operas
- 5 Family and children's series
- 6 Reality-based series
- 7 Specials, news, information and variety programs
- 8 Live Action series with occasional LGBT themes or characters
- 9 Animated series with LGBT themes or characters
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Dramatic series and miniseries[edit | edit source]
- see main article: List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters
Films[edit | edit source]
The following films made for television include central LGBT themes or characters.
|2008||Knight Rider||NBC||Carrie Ruvai||Sydney Tamiia Poitier|
|2007||Battlestar Galactica: Razor||Sci Fi Channel||Helena Cain||Michelle Forbes|
|2006||Wedding Wars||A&E||Shel Grandy
|Shel is a wedding planner and goes on strike for gay rights while planning his straight brother's wedding. Ted is his lover.|
|2006||Totally Awesome||VH1||Yamagashi||James Hong||Parody of Miyagi from the Karate Kid films, Yamagashi is an elderly gay lecher.|
|2006||A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story||Lifetime||Gwen Araujo||J.D. Pardo|
|Antonio Sabato, Jr.
|Film was released in multiple versions, with and without gay content.|
|2005||Tides of War||here!||Cmdr. Frank Habley
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Palatonio
|Film was released in multiple versions, with and without gay content.|
|2004||Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story||CTV||Marc Hall
|2003||Soldier's Girl||Showtime||Barry Winchell
|2002||Bobbie's Girl||Showtime||Bailey Lewis
|Shows committed relationship between two lesbian woman|
|2002||The Matthew Shepard Story||Showtime||Matthew Shepard||Shane Meier|
|2002||No Night is Too Long||BBC Two||Tim Cornish
|Tim is bisexual.|
|2001||What Makes a Family||Lifetime Television||Janine Neilssen
|When Sandy dies suddenly, Janine must fight to keep the child Sandy bore through artificial insemination.|
|2001||A Girl Thing||Showtime, Hallmark||Lauren Travis
|Mini-series, first part deals with lesbian women.|
|2000||Common Ground||Showtime||Dorothy Nelson,
Jonathan Taylor Thomas,
|Three short stories dealing with acceptance of gays and lesbians over three different decades.|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||HBO||Edith Tree
|Three short stories dealing with lesbian women.|
|2000||The Truth About Jane||Lifetime||Jane
Ms. Lynn Walcott
|1998||Gia||HBO||Gia Carangi||Angelina Jolie||Biopic about the bisexual supermodel.|
|1997||In the Gloaming||HBO||Danny||Robert Sean Leonard|
|1997||The Twilight of the Golds||Showtime||David Gold||Brendan Fraser|
|1995||Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story||NBC||Margarethe Cammermeyer
|1994||Family Album||NBC||Lionel Thayer
|Based on Danielle Steel's novel|
|1994||Roomates||NBC||Bill Thomas||Eric Stoltz|
|1992||Doing Time on Maple Drive||FOX||Matt Carter
|1992||Citizen Cohn||HBO||Roy Cohn||James Woods||Story of the life of Joseph McCarthy's controversial chief counsel Roy Cohn|
|1991||The Lost Language of Cranes||BBC, PBS||Owen Benjamin,
|British production based upon American novel|
|1987||Two of Us||BBC||Matthew,
|1986||Second Serve||CBS||Renée Richards||Vanessa Redgrave||Biopic of transsexual surgeon turned professional tennis player.|
|1985||An Early Frost||NBC||Michael Pierson
D. W. Moffett
|One of the first mainstream treatments of AIDS on American television.|
|1985||Consenting Adult||ABC||Jeff Lynd||Barry Tubb||TV movie about a family's struggle to accept their son's homosexuality. Based on a novel by Laura Z. Hobson, and also starring Marlo Thomas and Martin Sheen as the parents.|
|1983||Making of a Male Model||ABC||Chuck Lanyard||Jeff Conaway|
|1983||An Englishman Abroad||BBC||Guy Burgess||Alan Bates||Story of the chance encounter between gay "Cambridge spy" Burgess and actress Coral Browne.|
|1977||Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn||ABC||Sequel to the telefilm Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. Alexander becomes a hustler in Los Angeles.|
|1977||Terraces||NBC||Dr. Roger Cabe
|A married doctor has a sweet, heartfelt affair with a younger man. When the doctor breaks it off for the sake of his wife and family, his young lover cannot cope and takes drastic measures.|
|1975||The Naked Civil Servant||ITV(Thames)||Quentin Crisp||John Hurt|
|1972||That Certain Summer||ABC||Doug Salter
|A teenager deals with the knowledge that his divorced father is gay.|
Sitcoms[edit | edit source]
The following sitcoms include central LGBT themes or characters.
|Layla is a Muslim-Australian who lives with her conservative family and is unenthusiastically engaged to be married to a man named Sharif. But when she falls in love with fellow-fencer Jackie, she has to choose between following her heart or making her family happy.|
|2007 -||The Sarah Silverman Program||Comedy Central||Brian
|2007 -||Skins||E4||Maxxie Oliver
|Maxxie is openly gay and begins to date James in the second series. Tony is bisexual, as he gave oral sex to Maxxie.|
|2006 -||The Business||IFC||Terrence von Holtzen
|Terrence is an intern who in season 2 is promoted to Associate Co-head of the Animation and Historical Adaptation Department. Wendell is the company's accountant. In a sexually charged second season episode Terrence admits his repressed homosexuality and he and Wendell hook up.|
|2006 - 2007||Cover Girl||SRC||Mathieu/Veronica
|René Richard Cyr
|Series focuses on four drag queens.|
|2006 - 2007||The Class||CBS||Kyle Lendo
Cristian de la Fuente
|Kyle was very popular at high school (all the girls wanted to be his date). He took Holly to the senior prom, only to cheat on her with a guy. He's currently in a gay relationship with Aaron. He is a second grade teacher at an elite private school. Kat is implied to be Bisexual in the episode "The Class Goes to a Bar" when, a Lesbian Woman sees Kat sitting alone and asks if she is her blind date. Kat thinks about it and stares at her Chest, until eventually she replies "No" as she had unsuccessfully Hijacked a Blind Date before.|
|2006||Crumbs||ABC||Mitch Crumb||Fred Savage|
|2005 -||All About George||ITV
|2005||It's Me...Gerald||Showcase||Gerald||Gerald L'Ecuyer|
|2005 - 2006||Out of Practice||CBS||Regina Barnes||Paula Marshall|
|2005 - 2006||Twins||The WB||Neil||Christopher Fitzgerald|
|2005 -||The War At Home||FOX||Kenny||Rami Malek|
|2004 -||Drawn Together||Comedy Central||Xandir
|Jack Plotnick (voice)
Jess Harnell (voice)
Cree Summer (voice)
|Xandir is gay; Captain Hero is pansexual; Foxxy Love is bisexual.|
|2003 -||Reno 911!||Comedy Central||Lieutenant Dangle
|2003 - 2004||It's All Relative||ABC||Simon Banks
John Benjamin Hickey
|2003 - 2006||Aquí no hay quien viva||Antena 3||Mauri Hidalgo
|Stable gay relationship between main characters Mauri and Fernando. During a time they were broken up, Mauri had a relationship with Diego, who left him for another man and later regretted it. But by then Mauri and Fernando were together again.
Mauri also has a son by artificial insemination with lesbian best friend Bea, who had a relationship with a lawyer, Rosa, for a while. Afterwards, she had a wild night with Ana, who became lesbian for her and became a stable couple.
|2001||The Ellen Show||CBS||Ellen Richmond||Ellen DeGeneres|
|2001||Some of My Best Friends||CBS||Warren Fairbanks
|Based on the film Kiss Me, Guido|
|2000||Normal, Ohio||FOX||William "Butch" Gamble||John Goodman||Normal, Ohio is an American television sitcom, which aired on the Fox Network in 2000. The show starred John Goodman as William "Butch" Gamble, a gay man returning to his home town.
Gamble, a Daddy bear type, was an average blue collar guy with many traits typical of American masculinity, including a love of football and beer, and very few of the traits stereotypically associated with gay men.
|Home Movies||UPN, [adult swim]||Walter
|Brendon Small (voice)
H. Jon Benjamin (voice)
|Walter and Perry are two eight year old vaguely Leopold and Loeb type characters who are very strongly implied to be gay. One of their dreams is to one day marry and live in a van.|
|1999 - 2000||Strangers with Candy||Comedy Central||Jerri Blank
|Jerri is bisexual. Jellineck and Noblet carried on a clandestine affair.|
|1998 - 2006||Will & Grace||NBC||Will Truman
|Will & Jack are gay. Karen's bisexuality is implied.|
|1997 -||South Park||Comedy Central||Big Gay Al, Mr. Stotch, Mr./Ms. Garrison, Mr. Slave||Trey Parker (voice)||Big Gay Al and Mr. Slave are gay and married. Mr. Stotch, (Butters's father) is technically bisexual. Mr. Garrison was a gay man in seasons 1-8, until season 9 when he had a sex change and became Ms. Garrison, becoming a lesbian in season 11, confusing his identity further. Ms. Garrison became a man once again in season 12.|
|1996||Party Girl||FOX||Derrick||John Cameron Mitchell||Short-lived sitcom based on the 1995 theatrical film|
|1996 - 2002||Spin City||ABC||Carter Sebastian Heywood||Michael Boatman|
|1995||Agony Again||BBC||Michael||Sasha Grunpeter||Short-lived sequel to 1979 sitcom "Agony". Jane Lucas's son, Michael, is gay.|
|1994 - 2004||Friends||NBC||Carol Willick
|Carol is Ross's ex-wife, who realized that she was a lesbian. In 1996, Carol marries Susan, her partner, in network TV's first lesbian wedding|
|1994 - 1998||Ellen||ABC||Ellen Morgan||Ellen DeGeneres||In an ironic twist of fate, a show in which her character comes out ends the show and changed other parts of her real life, but she still continues successfully with comedy, acting and other activities.|
|1994 - 1999||The Vicar of Dibley||BBC||Frank Pickle||John Bluthal|
|1992 - 1998||The Larry Sanders Show||HBO||Brian||Scott Thompson|
|1992 - 1997||Martin||FOX||Shanaynay,
|1991 - 1997||The Brittas Empire||BBC||Gavin Featherly
|Tim and Gavin are a couple working at the leisure centre, who, though out, choose not to tell some people due to fear of being fired. Their homophobic boss is innocently oblivious to their relationship for seven years.|
|1990 - 1993||You Rang, M'lord?||BBC||Cissy Meldrum||Catherine Rabett||Cissy Meldrum is a main character within the series. She shows affection for her "chum" Penelope, while dressing in masculine clothing and engaging in activities that were thought of as male during the period (e.g. flying).|
|1989 - present||The Simpsons||FOX||Waylon Smithers
|Harry Shearer (voice)
Julie Kavner (voice)
|Waylon Smithers is heavily implied to be in love with his boss, Mr. Burns. Patty Bouvier was in the closet from seasons 1-17.|
|1989-1991||Doctor Doctor||CBS||Richard Stratford||Tony Carreiro||Openly gay brother of lead character Mike Stratford (Matt Frewer)|
|1988 - 1997||Roseanne||ABC||Bev Harris
|In the final episode, Rosanne Conner revealed that the last season was a story she'd written. Her mother wasn't really gay but her sister was.|
|1984 - 1989||Brothers||Showtime||Cliff Waters
Philip Charles MacKenzie
|Two heterosexual brothers cope when third brother (Cliff) comes out as gay. Donald is Cliff's gay neighbor.|
|1984||Dream Stuffing||Channel 4||Richard||Ray Burdis||British sitcom about two unemployed girls who share a London flat. Their neighbour Richard was gay.|
|1979 - 1981||Agony||ITV||Michael
|First British sitcom to feature a gay couple in a non-camp fashion.|
|1977 - 1981||Soap||ABC||Jodie Dallas||Billy Crystal||By the end of the series, Jodie was romantically involved with a woman.|
|1975||Hot L Baltimore||ABC||George
|The first gay couple on American network television.|
|1972 - 1973||The Corner Bar||ABC||Peter Panama||Vincent Schiavelli||Reportedly the first continuing portrayal of a gay person on American television.|
Soap operas[edit | edit source]
The following soap operas or serial dramas include central LGBT themes or characters.
|2013-2014||In The Flesh||BBC||Kieren Walker
|Short lived zombie drama series, with only 9 episodes. The lead, Kieren Walker, was described as being pansexual. Having a close relationship to Rick in the beginning. Then begins a romantic relationship to Simon.|
|2006 - 2007||Watch Over Me||MyNetworkTV||Ryan
Casper Van Dien
|In this American telenovela, Ryan is the gay brother of the female lead. He has a relationship with cold and closeted assassin Andre.|
|2005 -||Dante's Cove||here!||Almost every character, with the exception of Grace Neville||See cast list||Horror/supernatural-themed soap opera in which almost the entire cast of characters is gay or lesbian and many of whom are played by openly LGBT actors.|
|2002||Spyder Games||MTV||Ivan Carlisle
|Short-lived serial drama lasted 65 episodes.|
|2001 - 2006||Footballers' Wives||ITV1||Hazel Bailey
|Hazel was a lesbian sports agent. Conrad was bisexual. Noah was gay and sought out conversion therapy.|
|2001 -||Paradise Falls||Showcase||Nick Braga||Cameron Graham||The grandson of the mayor, Nick, was engaged to a woman despite being a closet homosexual. The mayor, who dislikes gays, opposes the opening of a Bed and Breakfast designed for gay clients. The show often features sex and nudity for both straight and gay characters.|
|2000 - Present||Verbotene Liebe||Das Erste||Oliver Sabel
|Jo Weil Thore Schollerman||Oliver has been out for awhile, recently he had a sexual encounter with Christian Mann. Christian fell in love with Olli and they have since been a couple.|
|1999 - 2007||Passions||NBC||Chad Harris
|Chad began the show seemingly straight but was revealed as bisexual or possibly just gay in 2007, an aspect of himself he hates. Simone came out as a lesbian in 2005 and is open with it.|
|1998 - 2003||Dawson's Creek||WB||Jack McPhee
|Doug Witter's character constantly denied he was gay through most of the show but he finally came to terms with his relationship with Jack in the final episode of the series.|
|1995 -||Hollyoaks||Channel 4||John Paul McQueen
|John Paul and Spike are gay. Craig has a sexual and emotional relationship with John Paul. Kieron is the latest love interest for John Paul.|
|1992 -||Shortland Street||TVNZ||Jonathan McKenna (1993-)
Maia Jeffries (2004-)]]
Jay Copeland (2004-2007)
|Kieran Hutchison Anna Jullienne Jaime Passier-Armstrong|
|1992 - 1999||Melrose Place||FOX||Matt Fielding||Doug Savant||Matt was the only regular character never to have a love scene. The one time he was set to kiss another man on-screen, FOX edited it out.|
|1988 -||Home and Away||Seven Network||Eve Jacobsen||Emily Perry||Eve fell in love with Sarah Lewis and died in 2006 trying to get revenge for Sarah's death.|
|1985 -||Neighbours||Ten||Lana Crawford||Bridget Neval||Lana kissed Sky Mangel (Stephanie Macintosh) several times before revealing that she was a lesbian and had feelings for Sky.|
|1985 -||EastEnders||BBC1||John Fisher (1986)
Ruth Lyons (1985 - 1986)
Colin Russell (1986 - 1989)
Barry Clark (1986 - 1989)
Guido Smith (1988 - 1989)
Queenie Price (1988 - 1989)
Joe Wallace (1991 - 1993)
Della Alexander (1994 - 1995)
Binnie Roberts (1994 - 1995)
Tony Hills (1995 - 1999)
Simon Raymond (1996 - 1999)
Fred Fonseca (1999 - 2000)
Derek Harkinson (2001 - 2005)
Sonia Fowler (1993 - 2007)
Naomi Julien (2005 - 2007)
Marco Bianco (2007)
Charity Kase (2007)
Christian Clarke (2008 - present)
|EastEnders has used various homosexual characters to highlight gay issues since the 1980s, including homophobia, bisexuality, age of sexual consent, and HIV/AIDS among others.
EastEnders was the first UK soap to screen a gay kiss in 1987, prompting outrage from viewers and the media who branded the programme "filth" and dubbed it "EastBenders". There were even questions in parliament about whether it was appropriate to have gay men in a family show when AIDS was sweeping the country. Despite initial negativity, the characters had a powerful impact on public attitudes, and the show's handling of Colin and Barry's relationship was deemed by many gay activists as something of a breakthrough. Actor turned politician, Michael Cashman (Colin), believes the storyline started "the social change" in opinion towards homosexuals, which "happened alongside the legal reform" in the 1980s.
EastEnders has been at the centre of much controversy regarding their gay characters kissing on-screen. Aside from Colin giving Barry a chaste peck on the forehead in 1987, EastEnders screened the first mouth-to-mouth gay soap kiss in the UK in 1989 (Colin and Guido), leading some MPs to call for the programme to be banned. EastEnders' first regular Lesbian characters provided the soap with its first lesbian kiss in 1994, provoking more complaints than any other UK television programme that year. This was followed by a "censored" kiss between Tony and Simon in 1996, which infuriated gay activists after the BBC cut the kiss from its original two seconds to a half-second, so they would not "startle" viewers. In 2007, a lesbian kiss between bisexual Sonia and lesbian Naomi prompted 211 complaints to the BBC.
|1982 - 2003||Brookside||Channel 4||Gordon Collins (1982-1987)
Beth Jordache (1993-1995)
Shelly Bower (1999-2001)
Always groundbreaking, particularly in the 1980s, Brookside was the first British soap to have an out and proud gay character in Gordon Collins. Middle class and well spoken, his sexuality was not the only thing that set him apart from his fellow residents on Brookside Close. Beth featured in the most famous Brookside storyline of all when she helped bury her father's body after her mother had killed him, however this character will be equally remembered for British television's first pre-watershed lesbian kiss. Viewers complained in droves, however it proved a turning point in the way gay relationships were handled on mainstream British television. Shelly arrived in 1999 and soon had a relationship with Lindsay Corkhill, who had always considered herself straight until she met Shelly. Shelly would leave in 2001 after admitting she had feelings for Lindsay's mother Jackie.
|1981 - 1989||Dynasty||ABC||Steven Carrington (1981-88, 1991)||Al Corley (1981-82, 1991)
Jack Coleman (1983-88)
|This show was groundbreaking in that it was the first American nighttime drama to have a core character as a bisexual. During the show's run, however, Steven's sexual identity became very muddled, as he became involved mostly with women; a few times, he would have relationships with men. By the 1991 reunion movie, however, Steven firmly declared himself as gay and was having a relationship with politician's son Bart Fallmont.|
|1974 - 1977||The Box||Network Ten||Lee Whiteman (1974-1976)
|Lee was a high-camp television producer who was generally well liked and resepcted by the show's other characters, and was a popular character with the show's viewers. |
Vicky was a bitchy journalist who became popular cult figure among the show's fans. In the first episode of the series she engaged in a lesbian kiss.
|1972 - 1977||Number 96||Network Ten||Don Finlayson (1972-1977)
Dudley Butterfield (1973-1977)
|Don was a dependable lawyer widely popular with the show's other characters. He enjoyed several gay relationships over the course of the series, the most enduring with Dudley Butterfield, who was a camp and flighty caterer and fan of old films. In later storylines Dudley straightened-out somewhat, was revealed as bisexual, and later embarked on relationships with women.|
|1972 -||Emmerdale (Emmerdale Farm until 1989)||YTV/ITV||Zoe Tate (1989-2005)||Leah Bracknell||Openly lesbian character in this long running British soap.|
|1970 -||All My Children||ABC||Dr. Lynn Carson (1982-1983)
Michael Delaney (1995-1997)
Bianca Montgomery (2000-2005)
Mary Francis "Frankie" Stone (2001)
Mary Margaret "Maggie" Stone ( 2002-2005, 2007)
Lena Kundera (2003-2004)
Freddy Luper/Zarf/Zoe (2006-2007)
|Lynn Carson, the first gay character on daytime serials was introduced in 1982, although she never had a love interest. Lynn was written out after only one year. High school teacher Michael was the second gay character when he came out to his students. Michael was also written out after two years. The character of Bianca, played by Eden Riegel,came out in late 2000, and after a very long time, her mother, Erica Kane, started to accept it.
In 2003, ratings rose nearly half a percentage point when news was leaked out that Riegel (Bianca) and Olga Sosnovska (Lena) were to share daytime's first lesbian kiss.
Maggie Stone came to Pine Valley in 2002 following the murder of her twin sister Frankie, who also was a love interest for Bianca. Maggie and Bianca developed a close friendship with undercurrents of much deeper feelings. They left Pine Valley together in 2005 for Paris, where they became lovers, both admitting on the show that they were in love with each other.
Zarf is a male to female transgender character who fell in love with Bianca. Zarf, who was born Freddy Luper, has taken the female name Zoe. Bianca and Zoe left Pine Valley in April, 2007. Zoe returned to her home in London to record an album as a female rock star and complete her transition, Bianca, with her daughter Miranda, returned to Paris and their life there.
|1968 -||One Life to Live||ABC||Billy Douglas (1992-1993)
Matt Cavanaugh (2004-2005)
|Months of story came to a climax in episodes in which Andrew Carpenter (Wortham Krimmer), who had been accused of having a sexual relationship with Billy Douglas, brought the AIDS Quilt to rest on the lawn of the Llanview Church. Billy was soon written out after only one year. Lawyer Daniel married Nora Hanen (Hillary B. Smith), but he was also a murderer who killed Paul Cramer (David Tom) and Jennifer Rappaport (Jessica Morris) to keep his affair with a college student a secret. He was caught and sent to prison.|
|1963 -||General Hospital||ABC||John Hanley (1994-1995)
Ted Murty (1997-1998)
Lucas Jones (2004-2006)
Ryan Carnes/Ben Hogestyn
|1960 -||Coronation Street||ITV||Todd Grimshaw (2001-2004)
Sean Tully (2004-present)
|First gay story in the show's 40+ year history. Previously paired with Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson) and Sarah Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien), Todd became very confused with his sexuality and kissed Sarah Lou's brother Nick; naysayers argue that the storyline was ill-formed and rewrites the character of Todd completely.|
Sean first appeared in the series as a friend of Todd. After Todd's departure, Sean moved in with Todd's family. Popular among fans of the show, his part will become bigger this summer when his own family appear for the first time.
|1956 -||As the World Turns||CBS||Hank Eliot (1988-1989)
Luke Snyder (2005-present)
Noah Mayer (2007-present)
|The first gay male character on American daytime soaps was seen on, arguably, the most conservative serial. The storyline in question was supposed to involve Hank going through the process of AIDS diagnosis, but the storyline was switched to his lover, Charles, who was not seen for most of the time Hank was on the show. Hank was then written out after only a year. Head writer Douglas Marland was praised for the story and the soap won the 1990 GLAAD Media Award.|
Luke is the son of popular couple Holden and Lily and came out to his parents in May 2006. He had had a crush on his best friend, Kevin Davis, for a while, but Kevin initially rejected Luke once his sexuality came out. After Luke saved his life, however, Kevin decided to accept him, though their relationship remained strained. In 2007, Luke met another intern at WOAK named Noah.
Family and children's series[edit | edit source]
The following family and children's TV programs include LGBT themes or characters.
|2018||Adventure Time||Cartoon Network||Princess Bubbline
Marceline the Vampire Queen
|Hynden Walch (voice)
Olivia Olson (voice)
|Subtextual at first; confirmed in "Come Along with Me" with the two characters kissing.|
|2017-present||Andi Mack||Disney Channel||Cyrus Goodman||Joshua Rush||Cyrus is gay, both the first gay main and gay male character on Disney Channel, the first to have a coming out storyline, and the first to say the word "gay".|
|2017||Doc McStuffins||Disney Junior||Thea
|Alexandra Paul (voice)
Michelle Wolff (voice)
|1 episode; first Disney Junior series to feature LGBT+ characters, in this case, a couple.|
|2016-present||The Loud House||Nickelodeon||Howard McBride
Harold McBride Luna Loud
|Michael McDonald (voice)
Wayne Brady (voice)
|Recurring characters; Howard and Harold are the first married gay couple in a Nickelodeon animated series.
Luna is bisexual.
|2016-2017||The Lodge||Disney Channel UK||Josh||Joshua Sinclair-Evans||Josh is gay and the first gay character in a Disney Channel UK show.|
|2016-present||Steven Universe||Cartoon Network||Rose Quartz
|Susan Egan (voice)
Deedee Magno-Hall (voice)
Erica Luttrell (voice)
Charlyne Yi (voice)
|Although the show has been going since 2013, LGBT+ themes were introduced in 2016.|
|2014||The Legend of Korra||Nickelodeon||Korra
|Janet Varney (voice)
Seychelle Gabriel (voice)
|The final scene of the series, as confirmed by the creators, indicated a romance between the two, making it an unprecedented step in children's LGBT representation. However, it largely subtextual.|
|2014||Good Luck Charlie||Disney Channel||Susan
1 episode; the first time a Disney branded series featured LGBT+ characters: two mothers of a friend of the main characters.
|2012-2016||Gravity Falls||Disney XD||Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland||
Kevin Michael Richardson (voice)
Keith Ferguson (voice) ||
Reality-based series[edit | edit source]
The following reality TV programs include central LGBT themes or cast members.
|2008||Transamerican Love Story||Logo||Calpernia Addams
|Dating show in which the transgendered Addams must select from among eight suitors, including Jim, who is himself transgendered. James is Addams' confidant and Mapa is the host.|
|2008||Make Me a Supermodel||Bravo||Ronnie Kroell||Modeling competition show, where America votes who stays and who goes. Ronnie, from Chicago, Illinois, is the only openly gay model on Season One of the show.|
|2007||A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila||MTV||Tila Tequila||Dating show in which groups of straight men and lesbian women vie for the affections of the bisexual Tequila.|
|2006 -||Work Out||Bravo||Jackie Warner||Reality series following the life of a personal trainer. Warner is a lesbian.|
|2006||Chris & John to the Rescue!||OUTtv||Chris Carter
|Best friends and self-proclaimed "culture aficionados" are out to save the world, one gay at a time.|
|2006||Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising||Logo||Jacob Miller
|Jacob and Joshua are the openly gay pop duo Nemesis.|
|2006 -||The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency||Oxygen Network||J. P. Calderon
Rodrigo de Carli
|Stallings joined the agency in season 1. Calderon joined in season 2. Geismar and Snyder are confidants of series star Janice Dickinson. McCarron and Anderson are models who joined in season 3 and are boyfriends. de Carli joined in season 3.|
|2005||Open Bar||Logo||Tyler Robuck||Followed Robuck as he planned, built and opened a gay bar in West Hollywood, California.|
|2005||Real Gay||Logo||"Reunion show" featuring LGBT participants from many different reality shows.|
|2005 -||My Fabulous Gay Wedding||Global
|Scott Thompson (season 1)
|Reality show profiling the wedding celebrations of gay couples. Logo aired repeats of season 1, retitled First Comes Love, then picked up the show with new episodes hosted by Kurt.|
|2005||Queer Eye for the Straight Girl||Bravo||Robbie Laughlin
|Spin-off of Queer Eye that made over women instead of men.|
|2005||Showdog Moms & Dads||Bravo||Ryan Pacchiano
|Behind-the-scenes eye on the competitive, quirky world of show dogs.|
|2003||Boy Meets Boy||Bravo||James Getzlaff
|2003||Gay Weddings||Bravo||Two gay and two lesbian couples are followed as they prepare for their upcoming marriage ceremonies.|
|2003 - 2007||Queer Eye||Bravo||Kyan Douglas
|Original name Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Wardrobe and home makeover show.|
|2001 -||The Amazing Race||CBS||Joe Baldassare and Bill Bartek (season 1, 11)
Oswald Mendez and Daniel "Danny" Jimenez (season 2, 11)
Gerard (season 3)
Andrew (season 3)
Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt (season 4)
Lynn and Alex (season 7)
Patrick (season 7)
John and Scott (season 9)
Lauren (season 10)
Tom Rock and Terry Cosentino (season 10)
Kate Lewis and Pat Hendrickson (season 12)
Mel and Mike White (season 14, 18)
Luke Adams (season 14, 18, 24) LaKisha Hoffman (season 14, 18)
Sam and Dan McMillen (season 15)
Carol Rosengeld and Brandy Snow (season 16)
Jordan Pious (season 16)
Ron Zeitz and Bill Smith (season 19)
Justin Young (season 19)
Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell (season 21)
Jaymes Vaughan (season 21)
Joey Graceffa (season 22, 24)
Tim Tsao and Te Jay McGrath (season 25)
Harley Rodriguez and Jonathan Knight (season 26)
Bergen Olson and Kurt Jordan Belcher (season 26)
|Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt were the winners of season 4. |
Season 11 (All-Stars) brought back previous cast members.
|2001-||Big Brother Australia||Network Ten,
|John Cass (season 1)
Andy Silva (season 1)
Gordon Sloan (season 1)
Nathan Morris (season 2)
Sahra Kearney (season 2)
Claire Bellis (season 3)
Jaime Cedra (season 3)
Jamie O'Brien (season 3)
Geneva Loader (season 5)
Rachael Burns (season 5)
Michael Farnsworth (season 5)
David Graham (season 6)
Rob Rigley (season 6)
Lauren Clayton (season 6)
Nick Sady (season 7)
Zach Douglas (season 7)
Renee Black (season 8)
Benjamin Norris (season 9)
Tully Smyth (season 10)
Benjamin "Ben" Zabel (season 10)
Nathan Little (season 10)
Jason Roses (season 11)
|John Cass, Nathan Morris, Jamie O'Brien, Claire Bellis, David Graham, and Rob Rigley are gay. Andy Silva, Gordon Sloan, Sahra Kearney, Jaime Cedra, Geneva Loader, Rachael Burns, and Lauren Clayton are bisexual.|
|2000 -||Survivor||CBS||Richard Hatch (Season 1, All-Stars)
Sonja Christopher (Season 1)
Brandon Quinton (Season 3)
John Carroll (Season 4)
Scout Cloud Lee (Season 9)
Ami Cusack (Season 9, Season 16)
Coby Archa (Season 10)
Rafe Judkins (Season 11)
J.P. Calderon (Season 13)
Brad Virata (Season 13)
Todd Herzog (Season 15)
Chet Welch (Season 16)
|Hatch was the Season 1 winner. |
Calderon went on to become a model with The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.
Todd Herzog is a flight attendant and a Mormon and Season 15 winner. Ami Cusack tried out for The Amazing Race with her girlfriend and producers recommended her to audition for Survivor. She then makes a second appearance as a "Favorites" in Survivor 16: Micronesia.
|2000 -||Big Brother (UK)||Channel 4||Nadia Almada
Ian 'H' Watkins
|Portuguese transsexual Nadia Almada won Big Brother 5 UK in 2004. Brian Dowling, an openly gay man, won the second series. Marco Sabba (series 5), Daniel Bryan (series 5, won third place), Derek Laud (series 6), Craig Coates (series 6, won fifth place), Kemal Shahin (series 6, also a crossdresser), Richard Newman (series 7, won fourth place), and Michael Cheshire (series 7) are gay. Anna Nolan was the first lesbian seen on Big Brother (second place, series 1). Ian Watkins (Celebrity Big Brother 2007, won fourth place) is gay; Jackiey Budden (Celebrity BB 2007, first evictee) is a lesbian.|
|2000 -||Big Brother (USA)||CBS||Bill "Bunky" Miller (Big Brother 2)
Marcellas Reynolds (Big Brother 3)
Will Wikle (Season 5)
Ivette Corredero (Season 6)
Dustin Erikstrup (Season 8)
Joe Barber (Season 8)
Joshuah Welch (Season 9)
Neil Garcia (Season 9)
|Bunky's husband at the time sent Bunky a letter during the show during Big Brother 2. Ivette's live-in girlfriend was interviewed on the show during Big Brother 6. Dustin and Joe were cast as hated ex-boyfriends on Big Brother 8. Joshua and Neil were originally "soulmates" on the show but Neil had to leave the House voluntarily due to urgent personal matters and Joshua selected formerly-evicted Sharon as his new mate.|
|1996 - 1998||All Rise for Julian Clary||Julian Clary||"Judge" Julian Clary hears "cases" of disputes between friends and neighbors.|
|1992 -||The Real World||MTV||Norman Korpi (New York)
Beth Anthony (Los Angeles)
Pedro Zamora (San Francisco)
Dan Renzi (Miami)
Genesis Moss (Boston)
Stephen Williams (Seattle)
Ruthie Alcaide (Hawaii)
Justin Deabler (Hawaii)
Danny Roberts (New Orleans)
Coral Smith (Back to New York)
Chris Beckman (Chicago)
Aneesa Ferrera (Chicago)
Simon Sherry-Wood (Paris)
Karamo Brown (Philadelphia)
Willie Hernández (Philadelphia)
Tyler Duckworth (Key West)
Davis Mallory (Denver)
|20-somethings living together, some LGB roommates. While most gay, lesbian and bisexual cast members' sexuality were discussed or shown on the program, Coral didn't come out of the closet until years after her show had ended. Norman dated Charles Perez on-camera, which had the effect of outing Perez. Pedro Zamora dated Sean Sasser on the show and the two exchanged vows in an on-air commitment ceremony.|
|1973||An American Family||PBS||Lance Loud|
Specials, news, information and variety programs[edit | edit source]
The following televisions programs include central LGBT themes, characters or cast members.
|Year||Title||Network||Character name and/or Actor||Notes|
|2007-||The Big Gay Sketch Show||Logo||Gay-themed comedy sketch show produced by Rosie O'Donnell.|
|2006-2007||The Megan Mullally Show||MyNetworkTV||Megan Mullally||Talk show. Mullally acknowledged her bisexuality while appearing on Will & Grace.|
|2006||I've Got a Secret||GSN||Billy Bean
|Revival of the classic game show with, coincidentally or not, an all-gay panel.|
|2006||Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink||TV Land||Hour-long special on the history of homosexuality in classic TV programs.|
|2005 -||Iron Chef America||Food Network||Cat Cora||Cat Cora is one of the show's Iron Chefs. She is also a lesbian.|
|2005-||The House of Venus Show||OUTtv
|Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Venus, Dickey Doo and drag queen Cotton||All gay-themed sketch comedy show.|
|2005||Real Gay||Logo||"Reunion" show featured dozens of LGBT reality participants. Hosted by Kim Coles.|
|2005-||CBS News on Logo||Logo||Jason Bellini||News programming produced in partnership with CBS|
|2005-||Wisecrack||Logo||Stand-up comedy series featuring LGBT comics.|
|2004-||The Brini Maxwell Show||Style||Ben Sander as Brini Maxwell||Drag queen with home and hobby tips|
|2004||How Gay are You?||Sky One||'Lighthearted' look at whether it is possible to be 'too gay'?|
|2003-||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||syndicated||Ellen DeGeneres||Talk show hosted by DeGeneres.|
|2003||Totally Gay||VH1||Trev Broudy (Narrator), Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, Rupert Everett, Barney Frank, John Cameron Mitchell||Documentary about the mainstreaming of LGBT culture in the U.S.|
|2002 -||The Suze Orman Show||CNBC||Suze Orman||Orman is a financial adviser and television personality who has written a number of books. She came out publicly in 2007.|
|1998||In Through the Out Door||Showtime||Jaffe Cohen
|Sketch comedy special.|
|1997-||The View||syndicated||Rosie O'Donnell||O'Donnell joined the cast in 2006 and left in 2007.|
|1996-2002||The Rosie O'Donnell Show||syndicated||Rosie O'Donnell||O'Donnell came out shortly before leaving the show.|
|1996 - 1998||The RuPaul Show||VH1||RuPaul||Talk show hosted by drag queen.|
|1995 - 2001||10% QTV||Rogers Television||LGBT newsmagazine; first continuing LGBT-themed series in Canadian television history|
|1994-1995||The Charles Perez Show||syndicated||Charles Perez|
|1992-||In The Life||PBS||monthly LGBT news magazine.|
|1987||CBS Schoolbreak Special: What If I'm Gay?||CBS||Todd Bowers (Richard Joseph Paul)|
|1986||The Truth About Alex||HBO (US)||Alex Prager (Peter Spence)||After school special-style drama.|
|1967||CBS Reports: The Homosexuals||CBS||Hosted by Mike Wallace. Five gay men were interviewed for the program, which concealed the men's identities by seating them behind potted palm trees.|
Live Action series with occasional LGBT themes or characters[edit | edit source]
Some television programs would have a single episode with LGBT themes (a.k.a. the gay episode) or a LGBT character who made an occasional appearance in the series. See also List of television episodes with LGBT themes.
- Are You Being Served? Implicit bisexuality of senior sales staff member Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries, usually just called "Mr. Humphries", played by John Inman.
- Babylon 5 - Throughout seasons 1 and 2 a lesbian relationship is strongly implied between Talia Winters and Cmdr. Susan Ivanova. This relationship was confirmed during the third season.
- Boston Public - Drama revolving around high school teachers and students. Gay, bisexual and transgender students made occasional appearances.
- Firefly - The Companion Inara accepted male and female clients. An unaired episode that took place at a brothel had both male and female prostitutes.
- Law & Order - (Serena Southerlyn played by Elisabeth Röhm) The character was on the show from 2001-2005, and hints were dropped about her sexuality, but she only came out at the end of her last episode, Ain't No Love. Numerous cases have included gay victims, gay suspects and gay issues.
- Once and Again was nominated for the GLAAD Media Awards.
- Sex and the City - Carrie's friend Stanford Blatch is gay, as is Charlotte's friend Anthony. Samantha had a bisexual experience.
Animated series with LGBT themes or characters[edit | edit source]
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Animated series mostly aimed at young children, e.g. Saturday morning cartoon, often shy away from homosexuality or transsexuality, and when a character has any sort of romantic attachments it is always shown as being heterosexual. However, occasionally LGBT themes or characters do sneak into certain episodes in hidden or coded ways. Animated series aimed at a more mature audience often have more explicit LGBT characters.
- .hack//SIGN - The lead character, Tsukasa, is female outside of the game "The World", but plays a male character and is obviously male-identified.
- American Dad! - Stan's neighbors and local news anchors Greg Corbin and Terry Bates are a couple.
- Azumanga Daioh - The recurring minor character Kaorin is a lesbian and has an unrequinted love for one of the show's main characters.
- The New Batman Adventures - An episode (""Legends of the Dark Knight") featured a young, ambiguously gay, youth who is probably a homage to director Joel Schumacher.
- Cardcaptor Sakura - Tomoyo Daidouji, a lesbian character who's in love with the protagonist of the show, Sakura, however, Sakura doesn't return her feelings. Tomoyo's mother, Sonomi Daidouji, is also in love with Sakura's mother. Sakura's brother, Touya Kinomoto and his best friend, Yukito Tsukishiro are a couple, they are stated to be in love within the series. However, before meeting Yukito, Touya dated Kaho Mizuki when she was his junior high school teacher, and she broke up with him when she left to study in England. Also, the creator of the series, CLAMP also confirms that the protagonist of the show, Sakura Kinomoto, does not see gender as barrier for her romantic attraction. Although she doesn't have romantic feelings for Tomoyo in particular and she confesses she has a crush on a female teacher, Kaho Mizuki. Moreover, it was stated that the character Ruby Moon has no biological sex. They are always seen presenting as female, even though Spinel Sun often asks them why don't they present as male for a change. At some points, Ruby Moon states that their gender does not matter because they are not actually human and also that girls have cuter clothes.
- Code Monkeys - Clarence is a flamboyantly gay African American man who composes music for video games.
- Family Guy - Brian's cousin Jasper is gay and married his Filipino boyfriend. Stewie has both gay and straight fantasies although his character should not be old enough to be aware of sexual identity.
- Futurama - Enos Fry, believed to be Fry's Grandfather, had strong homosexual tendencies, at one point wondering why boys are supposed to like girls. Hubert J. Farnsworth is alluded to be Homosexual in the episode "Anthology of Interest 2", but is more likely to be Bisexual, since he has sex with Mom. Bender and Fry had unidentified gay neighbors when they moved into a new apartment. Fry was harassed by a gay professional beach bully.
- Gargoyles - According to the show's creator, the character "Lexington" is gay.
- InuYasha - The character Jakotsu is a member of antagonists known as the Band of Seven. He is openly gay and frequently flirts with his male opponents, especially InuYasha and Sesshomaru.
- King of the Hill - Dale Gribble's father is gay. In one episode a member of Dale's gun club, named Earl, is also gay. One of Bill Dauterive's relatives at the Château d’Haute Rive is a gay man. Peggy Hill becomes friends with a drag queen named Carolyn; however, Carolyn believes that Peggy is a drag queen as well and Peggy is under the impression that Carolyn is a biological woman.
- Lilo and Stitch - The male alien character Pleakley constantly wears female clothing (and makeup) and acknowledges this.
- One Piece - The character named "Mr. 2 Bon Clay" is gay based on his flamboyant dress. In the original Japanese manga, his clothing refers to him as such with slang.
- Proud Family - A flamboyant magican appears in a handful of episodes.
- Pokemon - The main villains of the show, Team Rocket, are often seen in cross dressing disguises. In a banned episode in North America, Team Rocket enters a bathing suit contest. James, the male member of Team Rocket, sports a bikini with inflatable fake breasts. He has also worn several other outfits, such as a ballerina tutu, Southern bell-style dress, and a kogal outfit with make-up.
- Queer Duck - Short-lived animated series, originating as a Flash cartoon and moved to Showtime. Inspired a direct-to-DVD film.
- Sailor Moon- Zoisite, one of the 4 Shintennous, was a gay man and in a relationship with another Shintennou, Kunzite, but was changed into a woman in the English version due to his feminine appearance and to censor their same-sex relationship. The same was done with two other villains, Fish-Eye (also a gay man and a transvestie) and Zirconia (originally a woman, but a man in the English dub), who appeared later in the series. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are a lesbian couple (they are referred to as "cousins" in English). The Sailor Starlights are male in human form, but become female after transforming. On some occasions, the protagonist of the show, Sailor Moon, even though she is destined to be end up with Mamoru (a man), also expresses attraction toward women multiple times throughout the series, like Sailor Uranus and Sailor Star Fighter. In the OVA "Ami's First Love", Sailor Mercury was shown to have a crush on someone without knowing their gender.
- Superman: The Animated Series - In the animated series that aired in the late 1990s, Maggie Sawyer appeared in a few episodes and was seen with another woman who fans of the comic books would understand as being her girlfriend.
- Space Goofs- the character Candy is openly gay. He finds guys attractive, likes jewellery and dresses up as a girl and loves it.
- Teen Titans - Brotherhood of Evil villains the Brain and Monsieur Mallah are lovers in their modern DC Comics appearances; the animated series, however, gives no indication of such a relationship.
- Trollz - "Simon" the villain in the series often dressed up in women's clothing.
- X-Men - In the 1992 - 1997 animated series, bisexual Mystique and homosexual Northstar both appear in the series although no mention or suggestion is made of their sexual orientation.
- X-Men: Evolution - the bisexual Mystique appears as a recurring villain but the only hint at her orientation is when Destiny, who was her female lover in several comics, is described as her "best friend."
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters
- List of television episodes with LGBT themes
- List of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films
- List of gay, lesbian, or bisexual figures in fiction and myth
- Transgender in film and television
- Queer culture
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- About Gay Movies: Compendium of LGBT-themed movies and television series. With reviews, pictures, wallpapers, forum, glbt filmfestivals, gay movie history, sweepstakes and more
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- Queer TV Database an online listing of lesbian, gay and bisexual characters in TV shows broadcast in the UK and Éire
- TV Gayed, GLAAD's weekly guide to what's leasbian, gay, bisexual or transgender on television
- Where We Are on TV, GLAAD's overview of diversity on television
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