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.

Dramatic series and miniseries

see main article: List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters


The following films made for television include central LGBT themes or characters.

Year Title Network Character name Actor Notes
2008 Knight Rider NBC Carrie Ruvai Sydney Tamiia Poitier
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Sci Fi Channel Helena Cain Michelle Forbes
2006 Trapped! here! Samantha
Alexandra Paul
Michelle Wolff
2006 Wedding Wars A&E Shel Grandy
Ted Moore
John Stamos
Sean Maher
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
2005 Deadly Skies here! Donovan
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Michael Boisvert
Film was released in multiple versions, with and without gay content.
2005 Tides of War here! Cmdr. Frank Habley
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Palatonio
Adrian Paul
Mike Doyle
Film was released in multiple versions, with and without gay content.
2004 Jack Showtime Paul Ron Silver
2004 Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story CTV Marc Hall
Aaron Ashmore
Mak Fyfe
2003 Normal HBO Roy Tom Wilkinson
2003 Soldier's Girl Showtime Barry Winchell
Calpernia Addams/Scottie
Troy Garity
Lee Pace
2002 Bobbie's Girl Showtime Bailey Lewis
Roberta Langham
Bernadette Peters
Rachel Ward
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
Ivo Steadman
Thierry Massin
Lee Williams
Marc Warren
Salvatore Antonio
Tim is bisexual.
2001 What Makes a Family Lifetime Television Janine Neilssen
Sandy Cataldi
Brooke Shields
Cherry Jones
When Sandy dies suddenly, Janine must fight to keep the child Sandy bore through artificial insemination.
2001 A Girl Thing Showtime, Hallmark Lauren Travis
Casey Montgomery
Elle Macpherson
Kate Capshaw
Mini-series, first part deals with lesbian women.
2000 Common Ground Showtime Dorothy Nelson,
Gil Roberts,
Brittany Murphy,
Jason Priestley,
Mimi Rogers,
Steven Weber,
Jonathan Taylor Thomas,
James LeGros,
Andrew Airlie
Three short stories dealing with acceptance of gays and lesbians over three different decades.
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 HBO Edith Tree
Abby Hedley
Vanessa Redgrave
Marian Seldes
Michelle Williams
Chloë Sevigny
Sharon Stone
Ellen DeGeneres
Three short stories dealing with lesbian women.
2000 The Truth About Jane Lifetime Jane
Ms. Lynn Walcott
Ellen Muth
Alicia Lagano
Kelly Rowan
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
Glenn Close
Judy Davis
1994 Family Album NBC Lionel Thayer
Paul Steel
Joe Flanigan
Paul Satterfield
Joel Gretsch
Based on Danielle Steel's novel
1994 Roomates NBC Bill Thomas Eric Stoltz
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive FOX Matt Carter
William McNamara
Bennett Cale
Family Drama
1992 Citizen Cohn HBO Roy Cohn James Woods Story of the life of Joseph McCarthy's controversial chief counsel Roy Cohn
1991 Our Sons ABC James,
Donald Barnes
Hugh Grant
Zeljko Ivanek
Family Drama
1991 The Lost Language of Cranes BBC, PBS Owen Benjamin,
Elliot Abrahams,
Geoffrey Lane
Brian Cox
Angus MacFadyen
Corey Parker
Rene Auberjonois,
John Schlesinger
British production based upon American novel
1987 Two of Us BBC Matthew,
Jason Rush
Lee Whitlock
1986 Second Serve CBS Renée Richards Vanessa Redgrave Biopic of transsexual surgeon turned professional tennis player.
1985 An Early Frost NBC Michael Pierson
Peter Hilton
Aidan Quinn
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
Alex Bengston
Lloyd Bochner
James Phipps
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
Gary McClain
Hal Holbrook
Martin Sheen
A teenager deals with the knowledge that his divorced father is gay.


The following sitcoms include central LGBT themes or characters.

Year Title Network Character name Actor Notes
2007 - Kick SBS Layla
Nicole Chamoun
Romi Trower
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
Brian Posehn
Steve Agee
Sarah's neighbors.
2007 - Skins E4 Maxxie Oliver
Tony Stonem
Mitch Hewer
Nicholas Hoult
Sean Verey
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
Wendell Cooper
Matt Silver
Neil Napier
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
Cherry Sundae
René Richard Cyr
Vincent Bolduc
Frédéric Pierre
Gilles Renaud
Series focuses on four drag queens.
2006 - 2007 The Class CBS Kyle Lendo
Kat Warbler
Sean Maguire
Cristian de la Fuente
Lizzy Caplan
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
Russel Rory Jennings
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
Captain Hero
Foxxy Love
Jack Plotnick (voice)
Jess Harnell (voice)
Cree Summer (voice)
Xandir is gay; Captain Hero is pansexual; Foxxy Love is bisexual.
2004- Entourage HBO Lloyd
Shauna Roberts
Rex Lee
Debi Mazar
2003 - Reno 911! Comedy Central Lieutenant Dangle
Deputy Kimball
Thomas Lennon
Mary Birdsong
2003 - 2004 It's All Relative ABC Simon Banks
Philip Stoddard
Christopher Sieber
John Benjamin Hickey
2003 - 2006 Aquí no hay quien viva Antena 3 Mauri Hidalgo
Fernando Navarro
Bea Villarejo
Diego Álvarez
Rosa Izquierdo
Luis Merlo
Adrià Collado
Eva Isanta
Mariano Alameda
María Almudéver
Vanesa Romero
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
Vern Limoso
Jason Bateman
Alec Mapa
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.

1999 -
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
Geoffrey Jellineck
Chuck Noblet
Amy Sedaris
Paul Dinello
Stephen Colbert
Jerri is bisexual. Jellineck and Noblet carried on a clandestine affair.
1998 - 2006 Will & Grace NBC Will Truman
Jack McFarland
Karen Walker
Eric McCormack
Sean Hayes
Megan Mullally
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
Susan Bunch
Jane Sibbett
Jessica Hecht
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,
Martin's mom
Martin Lawrence
1991 - 1997 The Brittas Empire BBC Gavin Featherly
Tim Whistler
Tim Marriott
Russell Porter
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
Patty Bouvier
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
Leon Carp
Nancy Bartlett
Estelle Parsons
Martin Mull
Fred Willard
Sandra Bernhard
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
Donald Maltby
Paul Regina
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
Peter Denyer
Jeremy Bulloch
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
Lee Bergere
Henry Calvert
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

The following soap operas or serial dramas include central LGBT themes or characters.

Year Title Network Character name Actor Notes
2013-2014 In The Flesh BBC Kieren Walker

Simon Monroe

Rick Macy

Luke Newberry

David Walmsley

Emmett Scanlan

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
Omar Avila
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
Jeff Northcutt
Byron Field
Zay Harding
Short-lived serial drama lasted 65 episodes.
2001 - 2006 Footballers' Wives ITV1 Hazel Bailey
Conrad Gates
Noah Alexander
Alison Newman
Ben Price
Marcel McCalla
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
Christian Mann
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
Simone Russell
Charles Divins
Cathy Doe
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
Ethan Brody
Kerr Smith
Dylan Neal
Adam Kauffman
David Monahan
Greg Rikaart
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
Craig Dean
Kieron Hobbs
James Sutton
Guy Burnet
Jake Hendriks
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)
Dave Dale
Judy Liebert
Michael Cashman
Gary Hailes
Nicholas Donovan
Jon Labonowski
Jason Rush
Michelle Joseph
Sophie Langham
Mark Homer
Andrew Lynford
Jimi Mistry
Ian Lavender
Natalie Cassidy
Petra Letang
Bart Ruspoli
Morgan Crowley
John Partridge
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.[1]

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".[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9][10] In 2007, a lesbian kiss between bisexual Sonia and lesbian Naomi prompted 211 complaints to the BBC.[11]

1982 - 2003 Brookside Channel 4 Gordon Collins (1982-1987)
Beth Jordache (1993-1995)
Shelly Bower (1999-2001)
Mark Burgess
Anna Friel
Alexandra Wescourt

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)
Vicki Stafford
Paul Karo
Judy Nunn
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)
Joe Hasham
Chard Hayward
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)
Donna Pescow
Chris Bruno
Eden Riegel
Elizabeth Hendrickson
Olga Sosnovska
Jeffrey Carlson
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)
Daniel Colson
Matt Cavanaugh (2004-2005)
Ryan Phillippe
Mark Dobies
Mark Solomon
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)
Lee Mathis
Patrick Fabian
Ryan Carnes/Ben Hogestyn
1960 - Coronation Street ITV Todd Grimshaw (2001-2004)
Sean Tully (2004-present)
Bruno Langley
Antony Cotton
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)
Brian Starcher
Van Hansis
Jake Silbermann
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

The following family and children's TV programs include LGBT themes or characters.

Year Title Network Character name Actor Notes
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
Asami Sato
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
Desi Lydic
Lilli Birdsell

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

The following reality TV programs include central LGBT themes or cast members.

Year Title Network Cast member Notes
2008 Transamerican Love Story Logo Calpernia Addams
Alec Mapa
Andrea James
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
John Simpson
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
Joshua Miller
Jacob and Joshua are the openly gay pop duo Nemesis.
2006 - The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency Oxygen Network J. P. Calderon
John Stallings
Gabrial Geismar
Duke Snyder
Rodrigo de Carli
Shaun McCarron
Paul Anderson
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
(s. 1)
Scott Thompson (season 1)
Elvira Kurt
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
Danny Teeson
Damon Pease
Honey Labrador
Spin-off of Queer Eye that made over women instead of men.
2005 Showdog Moms & Dads Bravo Ryan Pacchiano
Brandon Kindle
Behind-the-scenes eye on the competitive, quirky world of show dogs.
2003 Boy Meets Boy Bravo James Getzlaff
Brian Austin
Wes Culwell
Relationship contest.
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
Ted Allen
Jai Rodriguez
Thom Filicia
Carson Kressley
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,
Nine Network
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
Brian Dowling
Marco Sabba
Daniel Bryan
Kitten Pinder
Derek Laud
Kemal Shahin
Craig Coates
Anna Nolan
Richard Newman
Michael Cheshire
Ian 'H' Watkins
Jackiey Budden
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

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
Frank DeCaro
Jermaine Taylor
Suzanne Westenhoefer
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
Pink TV
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
Elvira Kurt
Lea Delaria
Bob Smith
Suzanne Westenhoefer
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

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

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


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  2. "Once upon a time in the East", The Independent. URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.
  3. "Without prejudice", The Guardian. URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.
  4. "Gay weddings on The Archers!", Outfront. URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.
  5. "EastEnders star turned MEP to hold gay marriage", URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.
  6. "Gay rights. Job done?", BBC. URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.
  7. "Tipping the Velvet", BBC. URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.
  8. "Broadcast Concerns 1994-1995", Broadcasting Standards Council. URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.
  9. "Great soap shocks", The Independent. URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.
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  11. "211 complaints to BBC over gay EastEnders storyline, but do the public care?", Pinknews. URL last accessed on 2007-10-05.

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