List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters

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This is a listing of dramatic television series and miniseries that feature prominent LGBT characters:


Year Title Network Character name Actor Notes
2015— Schitt's Creek CBC David Rose Daniel Levy It is said that David is pansexual and while discussing the matter of his sexuality with Stevie, comparing it with wine, he said that he likes the wine, not the label.
2015 Banana E4 Freddie Baxter
Dean Monroe
Freddie Fox
Fisayo Akinade
2015 Cucumber Channel 4 Henry Best
Lance Sullivan
Freddie Baxter
Dean Monroe
Vincent Franklin
Cyril Nri
Freddie Fox
Fisayo Akinade
2015— Backstrom Fox Gregory Valentine Thomas Dekker
2015— Eye Candy MTV Connor John Garet Stoker
2015— Empire Fox Jamal Lyon
Michael Sanchez
Tiana Brown
Ryan Morgan
Jussie Smollett
Rafael de La Fuente
Serayah McNeill
Eka Darville
Jamal Lyon, the middle son of the Lyon family, a talented, gay singer-songwriter. Michael is Jamal's ex-boyfriend. Tiana engages in a relationship with woman early in the first season. Australian videographer Ryan Morgan is another love interest for Jamal.
2014— The 100 (TV series) The CW Commander Lexa
Clarke Griffin
Alycia Debnam-Carey
Eliza Taylor
Lexa revealed to Clarke that she was once in love with a girl named Costia. The writers have revealed that Lexa is indeed queer. In season 1, Clarke has a relationship with Finn, and in season 2 Lexa and Clarke kiss. It has been confirmed that Clarke is bisexual.
2014— Jane the Virgin The CW Luisa Alver
Rose Solano
Yara Martinez
Bridget Regan
Luisa and Rose had an affair while Rose was married to Luisa's father making Rose her stepmother.
2014— Transparent Mort/Maura Pfefferman
Sarah Pfefferman
Tammy Cashman
Syd Feldman
Jeffrey Tambor
Amy Landecker
Melora Hardin
Carrie Brownstein
2014— Faking It MTV Amy Raudenfeld
Karma Ashcroft
Shane Harvey
Lauren Cooper
Duke Lewis Jr.
Rita Volk
Katie Stevens
Michael Willett
Bailey De Young
Anthony Palacios
Yvette Monreal
Skyler Maxon
Amy is bisexual, Karma is a fake lesbian in the first season, Shane is gay and Lauren is intersex. The others are gay/lesbian/bisexual and participate in just a few episodes each as boyfriends/girlfriends to the main characters.
2014— Madam Secretary CBS Blake Moran Erich Bergen
2014— The Mysteries of Laura NBC Max Carnegie Max Jenkins
2014— The Flash The CW Captain David Singh
Hartley Rathaway
Patrick Sabongui
Andy Mientus
2014-15 Red Band Society Fox Sarah Souders
Kara Souders
Kenji Gomez-Rejon
Andrea Parker
Zoe Levin
Wilson Cruz
2014— Gotham Fox Renee Montoya
Barbara Kean
Victoria Cartagena
Erin Richards
Barbara is bisexual and currently engaged to James Gordon.
Renee, similarly to her comic book counterpart is a lesbian and the ex-girlfriend of Barbara.
2014— Kingdom Audience Network Diego Diaz
Nate Kulina
Jai Rodriguez
Nick Jonas
Diego Diaz is an openly gay physical therapist treating closeted gay MMA fighter Nate Kulina.
2014— How to Get Away with Murder ABC Connor Walsh
Oliver Hampton
Aiden Walker
Pax Curtis
Jack Falahee
Conrad Ricamora
Elliot Knight
Niko Pepaj
Connor is a law student, recruited by his professor, a defense attorney, to work at her firm among four others.
Oliver is an I.T. nerd used by Connor to do his dirty works. Overtime, the two developed feelings toward each other.
Aiden is engaged to Michaela Pratt. He also had a relationship with Connor when they were teenagers.
2014— Chasing Life ABC Family Brenna Carver
Greer Danville
Haley Ramm
Gracie Dzienny
Brenna begins a relationship with out lesbian Greer, despite the fact Brenna already had a boyfriend. Later on she chooses Greer over her boyfriend and they begin a relationship.
2014— Halt and Catch Fire AMC Joe MacMillan Lee Pace
2014— Dominion Syfy Ethan Mack
Jonathan Howard
Katrine De Candole
Shivani Ghai
2014— Tyrant FX Sammy Al-Fayeed
Noah Silver
Mehdi Dehbi
Sammy is the closeted son of Barry Al-Fayeed, who returns to his Middle Eastern home country where his unstable brother inherits their late father's throne. Abdul is a closeted young man whose family has long served as security for the Al-Fayeed family. Sammy and Abdul develop a connection, but when Abdul learns that Sammy's family has extended their visit, he discontinues their relationship, reminding Sammy that there are rules he has to follow.
2014— The Night Shift NBC Drew Allister
Brendan Fehr
Luke Macfarlane
Rick is Drew's boyfriend, who is introduced in 1x06, when he and his platoon are involved in a bus accident.
2014— Penny Dreadful Showtime Dorian Gray
Ethan Chandler
Reeve Carney
Josh Hartnett
Dorian and Ethan are bisexual or pansexual. It is implied that Vanessa and Mina might be as well.
2014— Black Sails Starz Captain James Flint
Eleanor Guthrie
Anne Bonney
Toby Stephens
Hannah New
Jessica Parker Kennedy
Clara Paget
2014— Looking HBO Patrick
Jonathan Groff[1]
Frankie J. Alvarez[2]
Murray Bartlett
O.T. Fagbenle
Scott Bakula
Raúl Castillo
Russell Tovey[3]
Most of the characters are gay men living in San Francisco.
2014 Janet King ABC1 Janet King
Ashleigh Larsson
Marta Dusseldorp
Aimee Pedersen
Spin-off from Crownies, Janet King is a lesbian who lives with her partner Ashleigh Larsson and their two children.
2014 Star-Crossed The CW Sophia (first 'out' character) + all other Atrians
Taylor Beecham
Brina Palencia
Natalie Hall
All Atrians are pansexual
Sophia has a crush on Taylor.
Although she is in a serious relationship with Drake, while they are temporarily broken up, Taylor kisses Sophia.
2013 The Fall (TV series) BBC Two Danielle Ferrington
Stella Gibson
Niamh McGrady
Gillian Anderson
2013— Peaky Blinders BBC Two James Josh O'Connor James is a gay writer who lives with Ada Shelby and her son, Karl.
2013— Wentworth SoHo Franky Doyle
Erica Davidson
Kim Chang
Joan Ferguson
Maxine Conway
Nicole da Silva
Leeanna Walsman
Ra Chapman
Pamela Rabe
Socratis Otto
Australian prison drama series
2013— Defiance Syfy Stahma Tarr
Kenya Rosewater
Doc Meh Yewll
Niles Pottinger

Jaime Murray
Mia Kirschner
Trenna Keating
Hannah Cheeseman
Rob Archer
Michael Dyson
James Murray
Kenya is a bisexual prostitute. Stahma begins seeing her in 1x07 with ulterior political motives, but it is later clear that she developed genuine feelings for her.
In 2x05, Yewll is haunted by hallucinations of her late wife, Lev
Ulysses and Skevur are minor henchmen of Datak Tarr's who are mentioned to be in a sexual relationship.
In 2x05, it is revealed Pottinger attended the same boarding school as Amanda's ex-fiance Connor Lang, and had an unrequited crush on him.
Several other minor prostitute characters (Tirra, Deirdre, Gorath) are mentioned to have both male and female clients.
There are several characters who have only been shown in heterosexual relationships, but have never had their orientations explicitly confirmed as heterosexual, with some lines that seem to suggest that sexuality is not labelled anymore, and bisexuality is very common.
2013— Hemlock Grove Netflix Dr. Clementine Chasseur
Roman Godfrey
Kandyse McClure
Bill Skarsgard
Dr. Chasseur is a werewolf hunter, she is a lesbian. Roman Godfrey is shown to have feelings for his friend Peter Rumancek, who he has a threesome with in season 2. It's likely he is a closeted bisexual.
2013— Hit the Floor VH1 Jude
Brent Antonello
Adam Senn
2013–2014 Betrayal ABC Jules Whitman
Valerie McAllister
Sofia Black D'Elia
Elizabeth McLaughlin
Valerie McAllister begins dating her dads new assistant Jules Whitman.
2013—2014 Dracula NBC Lord Laurent
Daniel Davenport
Lucy Westenra
Anthony Howell
Lewis Rainer
Katie McGrath
Laurent is a member of a secret society dedicated to opposing Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Daniel is his lover.[4]
Lucy is a rich society girl who harbors secret romantic feelings for her best friend, Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw).[5]
2013— East Los High Hulu Camila Barrios
Jocelyn Reyes
Vannessa Vasquez
Andrea Sixtos
Camila and Jocelyn who have been best friends since highschool begin a romantic relationship.
2013 Dates Channel 4 Erica
Gemma Chan
Katie McGrath
2013—2014 In the Flesh BBC Three Kieren Walker
Rick Macy
Simon Monroe
Luke Newberry
David Walmsley
Emmett J Scanlan
Kieren is a PDS suffer (Partially Deceased Syndrome) who has come back to life. He committed suicide after his boyfriend Rick died in Afghanistan. Rick is found and is also a PDS suffer. He comes back home but is killed by his father before anything can happen between him and Kieren in their new life. In the second season Simon is introduced and is thought to be straight since he is with Amy. He is believed to be one of the twelve disciples of the undead prophet and is a member of the Undead Liberation Army. He reveals himself to Kieren and the two become a couple.
2013— House of Cards Netflix Frank Underwood
Edward Meechum
Rachel Posner
Lisa Williams
Michael Corrigan
John Pasternak
Thomas Yates
Kevin Spacey
Nathan Darrow
Rachel Brosnahan
Kate Lyn Sheil
Christian Camargo
Todd Alan Crain
Paul Sparks
Frank is a bisexual male who has been shown to have sexual encounters with both men and women.
Meechum has a threesome with Claire and Frank in Chapter 24.
2013— Masters of Sex Showtime Betty DeMillo
Barton Scully
Annaleigh Ashford
Beau Bridges
Finn Wittrock
Betty is a lesbian who works as a prostitute and an early research subject in Masters and Johnson's study.[6]
Scully is the provost at the university where Masters initiates his study. Masters learns Scully is gay in the episode "Standard Deviation".
Dale is a hustler whom Scully patronizes. It is he who informs Masters of Scully's orientation.[7]
2013— Originals, TheThe Originals The CW Josh Rosza
Steven Krueger
Colin Woodell
Josh Rozsa is newly turned vampire and openly gay. In season 2, he begins to date Aiden, a werewolf.
2013— Hannibal NBC Margot Verger Katharine Isabelle Margot Verger (introduced in season 2), the sister of Mason Verger, a sadistic pedophile heir to a large meatpacking company, is bisexual.
2013-2014 Bridge, TheThe Bridge FX Adriana Perez
Emily Rios
Alyssa Diaz
Adriana reveals to her coworker Daniel Frye that she is a lesbian when he asks her how she avoided getting tied down with children like other female members of her family. In season 2 her girlfriend Lucy is introduced.
2013— Ray Donovan Showtime Lena
Tommy Wheeler
Katherine Moennig
Austin Nichols
Lena is a personal assistant working for titular character Ray. Tommy is a closeted gay actor.
2013- A Place to Call Home Channel 7 James Bligh
Harry Polson
David Berry
Dominic Allburn
2013— Devious Maids Lifetime Alejandro Rubio Matt Cedeño Alejandro is a Latin music star and closeted.
2013— Orange Is the New Black Netflix Piper Chapman
Alex Vause
Sophia Burset
Nicki Nicols
Lorna Morello
Carrie "Big Boo" Black
Tricia Miller
Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
Poussey Washington
Brook Soso
Taylor Schilling
Laura Prepon
Laverne Cox
Natasha Lyonne
Yael Stone
Lea DeLaria
Madeline Brewer
Uzo Aduba
Samira Wiley
Kimiko Glenn
Piper Chapman, the protagonist of the series, is bisexual, and was in relationship with lesbian Alex Vause before breaking up with her and becoming engaged to Larry Bloom. Since they've been in prison, Piper has rekindled her relationship with Alex. Laverne Cox, an African-American trans actress, plays Sophia Burset, a transgender character. The Advocate suggested that Orange is the New Black contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative including a real transgender woman.[8] Nicky, Suzanne, Big Boo, Tricia and Poussey are lesbians. Lorna's true sexuality is undetermined, but has been involved with men and women. Most of Brook's sex life has not been shown as she is a minor character, but she's been shown having sex with a woman.
2013— Under the Dome CBS Carolyn Hill
Alice Calvert
Aisha Hinds
Samantha Mathis[9]
Hill and Calvert are raising a daughter, Norrie Calvert-Hill (Mackenzie Lintz), together.
2013– Fosters, TheThe Fosters ABC Family Stef Foster
Lena Adams
Jude Jacob
Connor Stevens
Teri Polo
Sherri Saum
Hayden Byerly
Tom Phelan
Gavin MacIntosh
Stef and Lena are married. Stef has a biological child from a previous mixed-sex marriage and the couple serve as adoptive and foster parents to additional children. The youngest of their adopted children is 13-year-old Jude, who begins to question his sexuality after developing an attraction to his best friend, Connor.[10]
Cole is a transgender teen runaway who lives at a group foster home. It is revealed in Season 2 that Connor has feelings for Jude and has kissed him.
2013–2014 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries CW, TheThe CW Walt Reynolds
Bennet Wilcox
Brendan Dooling
Jake Robinson
Walt is one of Carrie Bradshaw's best friends.
Bennet is Larissa's friend and a columnist at Interview. Walt and Bennet are a couple in season two.
2013– Orphan Black Space (Canada)
BBC America (USA)
Cosima Niehaus
Felix Dawkins
Delphine Cormier
Tatiana Maslany
Jordan Gavaris
Evelyne Brochu
Tatiana Maslany
Cosima is a graduate student in biology and one of several clones whose origin is central to the series' mystery.
Felix is the foster brother and confidant of Sarah Manning, the show's main protagonist. Delphine and Cosima are in a relationship. Tony (formerly Antoinette Zwickey) is a transgender clone introduced in Season 2.
2013– Please Like Me ABC (Australia) Josh
Josh Thomas
Wade Briggs
Charles Cottier
Keegan Joyce
Hannah Gadsby
2013— Banshee Cinemax Job Hoon Lee Job is a computer hacker and confidant to the series' protagonist, Lucas Hood (Antony Starr). The character has been described variously as transgender, a transvestite and a drag queen; Lee believes the character is "constantly evolving" and is not interested in "figuring out the label of who he is and every aspect of that".[11]
2013— Following, TheThe Following Fox Paul Torres
Jacob Wells
Adan Canto
Nico Tortorella
Paul and Jacob are initially introduced as "Bill" and "Willy", neighbors of season one antagonist Joe Carroll's only surviving victim, Sarah. This is soon revealed as a ruse engineered by Joe, who believed Sarah would perceive gay neighbors as non-threatening. Both before and after they broke cover the pair were sexually involved but both characters were killed before the full extent of their relationship was clarified.[12]
2013— Da Vinci's Demons Starz Leonardo da Vinci
Jacopo Saltarelli
Andrea del Verrocchio
Tom Riley
Christopher Elson
Allan Corduner
While historical scholarship generally regards Leonardo as homosexual, the series depicts him as sexually active with a woman. In the season one episode "The Tower", Leonardo declares that his involvement with Saltarelli was experimentation and that he refuses to label himself.[13]
In 2x05 'The Sun and Moon' it is implied that Andrea has a sexual relationship with a young man who works in his workshop.
2013 Camp NBC Todd
Adam Garcia
Christopher Kirby
Todd and Raffi are an interracial couple raising two adopted children.[14]
2013— My Mad Fat Diary E4 Archie Dan Cohen Rae Earl, the main character, discovers that Archie is gay when she catches him spying on the men's changing room in the leisure centre in which he works. He has a relationship with Lois, a girl in Chloe's group, in series 2 but she breaks up with him when Rae reveals his sexuality to Lois. He comes out subsequent to this.
2012– Nashville ABC Will Lexington Chris Carmack Will is a closeted up-and-coming country singer.[15]
2012– Arrow (TV series) CW, TheThe CW Sara Lance
Nyssa al Ghul
Caity Lotz
Katrina Law
Nyssa and Sara begin a relationship when Sara joins the league of assassins. Nyssa's father is the leader of the league.
2012–2013 Bomb Girls Global Betty McRae
Ali Liebert
Rachel Wilson
Betty McRae has an unrequited love for her best friend Kate Andrews. After being rejected by Kate, Betty starts a relationship with Teresa.
2012- Ripper Street BBC One Fred Best David Dawson
2012– Chicago Fire NBC Leslie Shay
Clarice Carthage
Lauren German
Shiri Appleby
Vedette Lim
Leslie Shay is a paramedic on Ambulance 61 and Clarice Carthage is her pregnant ex-girlfriend. They reconcile their relationship and Clarice moves back in with Shay, only for Clarice to break up with Shay for a second time and move to New York with her ex-husband to gain split-custody of her child. In season 2 Shay briefly dates Devon, who robs their apartment and disappears. She returns near the end of season 2, apologizing and promising to pay Shay back the money she stole.
2012– Girls HBO Elijah Krantz
Andrew Rannells
Billy Morrissette
Elijah is the ex-boyfriend of lead character Hannah (Lena Dunham) and she finds out that he is gay in season 1. In season 2 they become roommates. George is Elijah's boyfriend. In season 2 they get into an argument leading to Elijah's questioning his sexuality and ends up sleeping with main character Marnie (Allison Williams). Elijah then describes himself as bisexual.
2012— Returned, TheThe Returned Canal+ Julie
Céline Sallette
Alix Poisson
Julie is a nurse and Laure is a police lieutenant. They were formerly lovers but as of the series premiere had not seen each other for seven years.
2012– Saving Hope CTV (Canada)
Shahir Hamza
Victor Reis
Maggie Lin
Sydney Katz
Huse Madhavji
Salvatore Antonio
Julia Taylor Ross
Stacey Farber
Hamza is a neurosurgeon and Reis is an OR nurse. They are in a long-term relationship.

In season 3 Maggies new boss Dr Katz surprises her by kissing her which starts a complicated journey of discovery for orthodox closeted lesbian Sydney. She is engaged to a man but develop romantic feelings for Maggie. The pair kisses again after Sydney admits to Maggie that she likes women.

2012– Major Crimes TNT Rusty Beck Graham Patrick Martin First appearing in the series finale of The Closer, Rusty is a foster child who witnesses a crime. Captain Shannon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) decides to assume custody of Rusty.
2012– Scandal ABC Cyrus Beene
Jeff Perry
Dan Bucatinsky
Cyrus is the White House Chief of Staff. He is openly gay and in a long term relationship with (though not yet legally married to) James.
2012–2013 Underemployed MTV Sophia Swanson Michelle Ang
2012–2013 Emily Owens, M.D. CW, TheThe CW Tyra Dupre Kelly McCreary Tyra, a first-year surgical intern and daughter of the chief resident, quickly befriends Emily. She is openly gay.
2012–2013 Smash NBC Tom Levitt
Sam Strickland
John Goodwin
Ellis Boyd
Kyle Bishop
Christian Borle
Phillip Spaeth
Wesley Taylor
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Neal Bledsoe
Jaime Cepero
Andy Mientus
Daniel Abeles
Tom is a Broadway composer.
Dennis, Bobby and Sam are ensemble members and Tom had a short-term relationship with Sam.
John is a lawyer. He and Tom dated briefly.
Ellis began as Tom's personal assistant before becoming assistant to Broadway producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston). He left the series after season one and an ex-girlfriend later outed him as gay.
Kyle Bishop is the book writer for the rival show Hit List. Blake is the lighting director for Hit List and he and Kyle became involved.
2012 Political Animals USA T.J. Hammond
Diane Nash
Sean Reeves
Sebastian Stan
Vanessa Redgrave
David Monahan
T.J. is son of former President Donald "Bud" Hammond and Elaine Barrish, the first openly gay child of a sitting President of the United States.
Justice Diane Nash is the first openly gay Justice of the United States Supreme Court and a former mentor of Elaine's.
Reeves is a married, closeted Congressman with whom T.J. has had an affair.
2012 GCB ABC Blake Reilly Mark Deklin Blake is closeted and in a marriage of convenience with Cricket (Miriam Shor), who is aware of his sexual orientation.
2012 The L.A. Complex CTV (Canada)
MuchMusic (Canada)
Kaldrick King
Tariq Muhammad
Christopher Taylor
Andra Fuller
Benjamin Charles Watson
Jarod Joseph
Kaldrick King is a closeted, black rapper known for his violence, yet his personality and real self is significantly deeper than what he openly shows.
Tariq is an aspiring rapper working at the production company where Kaldrick records and the two start a secret relationship that ends in tears.
Christopher Taylor is Kaldrick's openly gay lover who works as a lawyer.
2011- Person of Interest CBS Sameen Shaw
Samantha Groves (Root)
Sarah Shahi
Amy Acker
2011– American Horror Story FX Chad (season 1)
Patrick (season 1)
Peggy (season 1)
Lana Winters (season 2)
Wendy (season 2)
Stanley (season 4)
Dell Toledo (season 4)
Andy (season 4)
Zachary Quinto[16]
Teddy Sears[17]
Kathleen Rose Perkins
Sarah Paulson
Clea Duvall
Denis O'Hare
Michael Chiklis
Matt Bomer
Chad and his partner Patrick are the former owners of the haunted house around which the first season centers.
Peggy is described as Chad's "supportive lesbian friend".[18]
Lana Winters is a reporter seeking to break a story on season 2's Briarcliff Asylum.
Wendy, Lana's lover, is a grade school teacher who is manipulated into having Lana committed to the asylum.
Stanley is a con artist who is often seen in the company of male prostitutes.
Dell Toledo is the strongman of the freakshow and married to Desiree. In the season 4 episode "Pink Cupcakes" it is revealed that he has an affair with a hustler named Andy (Matt Bomer).
2011–2014 Being Human Syfy Emily Alison Louder Emily is lead character Josh's sister.
2011– Awkward MTV Clark Stevenson
Ricky Schwartz
Joey Haro
Matthew Fahey
2011–2014 Borgia Canal+ Francesc Gaset
Giuliano della Rovere
Francesco Alidosi
Art Malik
Dejan Čukić
Matt Di Angelo
After being falsely accused of sodomy in the episode "Palm Sunday", Gaset admits to Pope Alexander VI (John Doman) that he does have the desires of a sodomite.
Della Rovere is occasionally called a sodomite by the Pope and his fellow cardinals; his relationship with Alidosi is confirmed in the episode "The Seven Sorrows".
2011– Game of Thrones HBO Renly Baratheon
Loras Tyrell
Oberyn Martell
Ellaria Sand
Sansa Stark
Gethin Anthony
Finn Jones
Pedro Pascal
Indira Varma
Will Tudor
Sophie Turner
Renly is the brother of King Robert. Loras is the Knight of Flowers.[19]
Prince Oberyn, known as the Red Viper, is a member of House Martell of Dorne. He is bisexual.[20]
Ellaria is Prince Oberyn's paramour and also bisexual.
Olyver is a gay male prostitute and spy working for Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
Sophie Turner stated that Sansa swings both ways meaning she is bisexual.
2011– Hart of Dixie CW Crickett Brandi Burkhardt Crickett comes out as a lesbian in the season finale of season 3.
2011– Hell on Wheels AMC Louise Ellison Jennifer Ferrin Louise Ellison is a newspaper reporter sent by New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley to cover the building of the Union Pacific Railroad; she reveals that the assignment was a punishment for exhibiting attraction toward Greeley's daughter.
2011–2014 Killing, TheThe Killing AMC (Seasons 1-3)
Netflix (Season 4)
Regi Darnell
Annie Corley
Bex Taylor-Klaus
Regi Darnell was protagonist Sarah Linden's social worker as a child who remained a mother figure to her; she marries her female partner in the first episode of season 3. One of the main characters introduced in season 3 is a young homeless lesbian named Bullet.
2011– Once Upon a Time ABC Mulan Jamie Chung Chinese female warrior who assisted Princess Aurora and Prince Philip in the post-fairytale world; helped Emma Swan and Mary Margaret Blanchard return to Storybrooke and Neal return to Neverland to rescue Henry. While the show has extensively committed to demonstrating Mulan's affections for Philip, her sexual orientation was potentially questioned in the episode "Quite a Common Fairy" when she was interrupted in making an ambiguous statement which may have been a profession of love either for Aurora or Philip. This was never confirmed, however, as Aurora revealed that she was pregnant, which dissuaded Mulan from any admission which might divide the new parents.
2011– Revenge ABC Nolan Ross
Tyler Barrol
Marco Romero
Patrick Osbourne
Gabriel Mann
Ashton Holmes
E.J. Bonilla
Justin Hartley
Seychelle Gabriel
Nolan rates himself a 3 on the Kinsey scale. Tyler is a "sexually ambiguous hustler" described in publicity material as a "Talented Mister Ripley type".
Marco is a past boyfriend and CEO of Nolan Ross. Marco appears in flashbacks and in present-day in season 2.
Patrick is the illegitimate son of Victoria Greyson (Madeline Stowe).
2011– Shameless Showtime Ian Gallagher
Mickey Milkovich
Monica Gallagher
Lloyd Lishman
Cameron Monaghan
Pej Vahdat
Noel Fisher
Missy Doty
Chloe Webb
Carlease Burke
Harry Hamlin
American series based on the UK original. Ian is a gay teenager involved in a sexual relationship with Kash, his boss, who is married and a father. It is unclear whether Kash identifies as other than straight, although he admits to Ian that he did not like having sex with his wife. Mickey is a delinquent and the brother of Ian's beard girlfriend Mandy; he and Ian begin a sexual relationship although Mickey does not initially show any emotional attraction toward Ian. Jess is a bartender at the neighborhood bar The Alibi Room.[21] Gallagher clan mother Monica is in a relationship with Roberta which ends in season two.
Lloyd picks up Ian in a gay bar in season two; he turns out to be the father of Jimmy (Justin Chatwin), the boyfriend of Ian's sister Fiona (Emmy Rossum).
2011– Teen Wolf MTV Danny Mahealani
Keahu Kahuanui
Charlie Carver
Zelda Williams
Lauren McKnight
Khylin Rhambo
Danny is on the lacrosse team with the titular character.[22]
Ethan is an "alpha" werewolf who becomes romantically involved with Danny in season three.[23]
Caitlin is bisexual.
Emily, Caitlin's ex-girlfriend was sacrificed by the darach.
Mason is an out and proud gay freshman athlete.
2011–2013 Necessary Roughness USA Rex Evans Travis Smith Evans is the quarterback for the New York Hawks. He comes out at the end of season 2, becoming the first openly gay active football player in the show's universe.[24]
2011–2013 Borgias, TheThe Borgias Showtime Michelotto Corella
Sean Harris
Darwin Shaw
Charlie Carrick
Michelotto is a condottiero in service to Cesare Borgia (François Arnaud).
2011–2012 Fairly Legal USA Spencer Reed Ethan Embry Spencer is the brother of lead character Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi). Formerly a working lawyer in the family law firm, he is now a stay-at-home dad. His husband's name is Terry.
2011–2012 Bedlam Sky Living Ryan Will Young
2011–2012 Ringer CW, TheThe CW Olivia Charles
Catherine Martin
Jaime Murray
Andrea Roth
Olivia was the partner of Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd) in an investment firm. Catherine is Andrew's ex-wife. They were in a secret relationship.
2011 Crownies ABC1 Janet King
Ashleigh Larsson
Marta Dusseldorp
Aimee Pedersen
Janet King is a lesbian who lives with her partner Ashleigh Larsson, she is pregnant via IVF.
2011 Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy Club NBC Bunny Alice
Sean Beasley
Frances Dunhill
Leah Renee
Sean Maher
Cassidy Freeman
Alice is a Playboy Bunny and secretly lesbian. She is in a sham marriage with Sean, who is gay.[25][26]
Frances begins dating Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) to provide him with a politically acceptable public "girlfriend" and to make her appear heterosexual to her father.
2011 Skins MTV Tea Marvelli Sofia Black D'Elia Tea, a cheerleader, replaced the popular gay character Maxxie from the UK original, sparking outrage among fans.[27]
2010-2014 Tierra de lobos Multipark Ficción y Boomerang TV Cristina
Isabel Lobo
Berta Hernández
Adriana Torrebejano
The series takes place in the 19th century in Spain. Cristina, a prostitute, wants to get back at her special client Antonio Lobo by seducing his daughter Isabel. What she doesn't anticipate is falling in her own trap. Isabel and Cristina start a forbidden love that will bring them both joy and pain.
2010— Rookie Blue Global Gail Peck
Holly Stewart
Charlotte Sullivan
Aliyah O'Brien
Gail Peck befriends Holly Stewart the new forensic specialist. The two share a kiss at Frank and Noelle's wedding and again when Gail is shot at. The two then begin a relationship.
2010— Strike Back Sky1 (season 1— )
Cinemax (season 2— )
James Leatherby
Dougray Scott
Daniel Ben Zenou
Leatherby is a former SAS officer and an antagonist in season 4.[28]
Fahran is his lover.
2010–2013 Dance Academy ABC1
Tom Green
Keiynan Lonsdale
Chris Foy
Jai asks Sammy for his number in Season 1. Sammy dates Ollie in season 2.
2010– Downton Abbey ITV Thomas
Duke of Crowborough
Rob James-Collier
Charlie Cox
Thomas is a footman in the aristocratic Crawley household. The Duke of Crowborough is Lady Mary's suitor and Thomas's lover.
2010– Lost Girl Showcase (Canada) Bo Dennis
Evony Fleurette Marquise
Anna Silk
Zoie Palmer
Athena Karkanis
Rachel Skarsten
Paul Amos
Emmanuelle Vaugier
Bo is a succubus who is romantically involved with both Lauren and Dyson. In season 2, Lauren's girlfriend, Nadia, shows up.

Tamsin and Bo had a relationship and were romantically involved with one another but Bo ended the relationship.

2010– Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead AMC Tara Chambler
Alanna Masterson
Juliana Harkavy
Ross Marquand
Jordan Woods-Robinson
Tara had aspirations of becoming a police officer before the zombie apocalypse. She enters into a brief relationship with former Marine Alisha before Alisha is killed in a firefight.[29]
Andrew, a character portrayed as in love with another man in the comic book series, also appears although his sexuality is not addressed on television.
2010– Pretty Little Liars ABC Family Emily Fields
Maya St. Germain
Paige McCullers
Samara Cook
Alison DiLaurentis
Shana Fring
Talia Sandoval
Shay Mitchell
Bianca Lawson
Lindsey Shaw
Claire Holt
Sasha Pieterse
Aeriél Miranda
Miranda Rae Mayo
Emily first begins a romance with Maya, her new neighbor. She later has a rocky relationship with Paige, then dates Samara. She then briefly reunites with Maya. Following Maya's death, she begins dating Paige once more. Alison kisses Emily before her disappearance, claiming she was "practicing" for kissing men. However, after her return, she and Emily seem to kiss sincerely. Some fans of the series now consider her character to be bisexual or bi-curious. Emily and Talia begin getting involved with each other whilst both working at Ezra's coffee shop. Emily finds out that Talia is married to a man and realizes their relationship was too complicated for her to handle.
2010–2014 Boardwalk Empire HBO Angela Darmody
Mary Dittrich
Aleksa Palladino
Lisa Joyce
Angela is the fiancée of lead character Jimmy Darmody and uses his last name. Mary and her husband run a photography studio. They have an affair in season 1.
2010–2012 Lip Service BBC Three Cat McKenzie
Frankie Alan
Tess Roberts
Detective Sgt Sam Murray
Sadie Anderson
Dr Lexy Price
Dr Declan Love
Laura Fraser
Ruta Gedmintas
Fiona Button
Heather Peace
Natasha O'Keeffe
Anna Skellern
Adam Sinclair
A series about a group of 20s to 30s lesbians and their friends, set in Glasgow, Scotland. Frankie returns from working in New York, NY for her Aunt's funeral having run away from a serious relationship with Cat two years prior. Frankie wishes to resume where they left off, but instead has a string of meaningless flings with other women as she grieves the loss of her Aunt and attempts to solve the mystery of her real identity. Tess is dumped by long-term girlfriend who had been cheating on her. Sam and Cat start to develop a serious relationship after their first (blind) date goes badly.
2010–2013 Spartacus Starz Barca
Antonio Te Maioha
Eka Darville
Josef Brown
Daniel Feuerriegel
Pana Hema Taylor
Christian Antidormi
Ellen Hollman
Aaron Jakubenko
Blessing Mokgohloa
Jaime Murray
Lucy Lawless
Viva Bianca
Barca is falsely accused of disobedience and executed; His lover, Pietros, commits suicide believing himself abandoned. Auctus was Barca's lover in the prequal, Gods of the Arena. Though Agron was initially one of those who raised voice that the former slave Nasir should be killed for attacking Spartacus, Agron and Nasir become lovers after Nasir proves his trustworthiness and skill as a fighter in the rebellion.
2010–2013 Big C, TheThe Big C Showtime Lee Hugh Dancy Lee is introduced in season two as a fellow patient in Cathy's (Laura Linney) melanoma clinical trial.
2010–2012 Upstairs Downstairs BBC Dr Blanche Mottershead Alex Kingston Publication of a scandalous novel exposes Blanche's unconventional lifestyle and her former lover Lady Portia Alresford.
2010–2011 Gigantic TeenNick Ryan Katins
Charlie Maddock
Greg Ellis
Don O. Knowlton
Ryan is the adoptive father of lead characters Piper and Finn. An action movie superstar, his children find him in bed with his boyfriend Charlie in the episode "Carpe Diem".
2010–2011 Law & Order: LA NBC Lt. Arleen Gonzales Wanda De Jesus (pilot)
Rachel Ticotin
In the episode "El Sereno", Gonzales is accused of racial bigotry in a murder investigation. At trial she comes out as a lesbian, testifying that the bigotry she has faced for being gay has led her to overcome her own bigotry.
2010–2011 Hellcats CW, TheThe CW Darwin Jeremy Wong
2010 Thorne Sky1 HD Phil Hendricks Aidan Gillen
2010 Undercovers NBC Lance Jay Scully Lance is a chef at the catering company operated by the lead couple.
2010 Outlaw NBC Lucinda Pearl Carly Pope Lucinda is bisexual and a private investigator.
2010 Rubicon AMC Kale Ingram
Arliss Howard Ingram is the supervisor of the series's lead character. Walter is his younger partner.
2010 Whole Truth, TheThe Whole Truth ABC Alejo Salazar Anthony Ruivivar Salazar is second-in-command at lead character Jimmy Brogan's (Rob Morrow) New York law firm. His husband is a lobbyist in Washington, DC.
2009-2015 Glee Fox Kurt Hummel
Blaine Anderson
Brittany S. Pierce
Santana Lopez
Wayne "Unique" Adams
Danielle "Dani"
Elliot "Starchild" Gilbert
Adam Crawford
David Karofsky
Chandler Kiehl
Cody Tolentino
Hiram Berry
LeRoy Berry
Sebastian Smythe
Sandy Ryerson
Liz Stevens
Rick Denham
Chris Colfer
Darren Criss
Heather Morris
Naya Rivera
Alex Newell
Demi Lovato
Adam Lambert
Oliver Kieran-Jones
Max Adler
Justin Castor
Bryce Johnson
Jeff Goldblum
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Grant Gustin
Ian Gilligan
Alexander Nifong
Caden Michael Gray
Stephen Tobolowsky
Kayla Kalbfleisch
Meredith Baxter
Patty Duke
Tyler Vogt
Kurt Hummel was the first gay, lead, cast member. At the start of the series he was in the closet but he soon came out and became the only out-gay kid in William McKinley high school. He dresses very flamboyantly and creates his own style which lands him a job at Vogue in Season 4. Blaine Anderson was introduced in season 2 as Kurt's love interest, he was lead-singer of Dalton Academy Warbler's a show choir competing with Kurt's, Kurt transferred to Dalton after severe bullying from his sexuality but he transferred back to McKinley in late season 2, in season 3 Blaine also transferred to McKinley to see Kurt more. In season 4 the two broke up as Blaine cheated on Kurt, they did meet at Christmas however and slept together at Will and Emma's wedding, and by the end of season 4 it was revealed the Blaine wanted to propose to Kurt to show him he loved him and would never do anything so bad ever again.

Brittany is bisexual and was used by Santana for sexual reasons only as Santana only identified herself as straight, however, in season 2 Santana admitted she was in love with Brittany and wanted to be with her, Brittany at the time was already in a relationship with Artie but by season 3 Brittany and Santana were in a secret relationship. In season 3 Santana was still closeted but following an argument with Finn Hudson she was forced to come out of the closet, her parents and classmates were accepting but her abuela (grandmother) took the news very badly. Brittany and Santana broke up in season 4 but in season 5 they met again as the glee club was ending, after meeting each other they realised they still loved each other and decided to go away together, but Santana also bought Brittany a ticket back to New York so she could move in with her.

Wayne "Unique" Adams is a transsexual introduced in late season 3. He only feels comfortable in woman's clothing and in season 4 after being fed up that her show choir 'Vocal Adrenaline' at Carmel High was exploiting this fact she transferred to McKinley. She audition for the part of Rizzo in Grease but her parents didn't want her to as they were scared it would increase the amount of bullying she received for being herself, they also told her to only dress as a woman when she was at home or when performing in a competition.

Dani was introduced in season 5 as a love interest for Santana.

Starchild was introduced in season 5 as a member of Kurt's band Pamela Lansbury alongside Dani, Santana and Rachel Berry . Kurt felt threatened by Starchild but they soon made up which resulted as a source of jealousy to Blaine.

Adam was a love interest of Kurt's introduced in season 4, however, Kurt realised he was only with Adam to get over Blaine and so he ended it off-screen.

David Karofsky was the bully who forced Kurt to move schools in season 2, the source of Karofsky's bullying was from the fact he was confused with his own sexuality, this was shown when he tried to kiss Kurt following an argument. Karofsky didn't come out the closet and became Santana's beard in late season 2 in a plot to both make Brittany jealous and to convince Kurt to move back to McKinley. In season 3 Karofsky had transferred schools to avoid people finding out about his sexuality, but after meeting Kurt at a gay bar realised he had feelings for him and so became a secret admirer over Valentine's Day, however, Kurt rejected him as he was with Blaine. However, someone from Karofsky's new school saw the two together on Valentine's Day and he spread the truth of Karofsky's sexuality leading to him being bullied and subsequent attempted suicide.

Chandler Kiehl is a boy who Kurt met at a music store in season 3, the two bonded instantly and began texting, however, this caused Blaine to become extremely paranoid and jealous and so Kurt told Chandler that they couldn't talk anymore.

Cody is a fake, bisexual, Santa he seduced Kurt and then robbed Kurt, Rachel and Santana overnight.

Hiram and Leroy Berry are Rachel's gay dads.

Sebastian Smythe is a member of rival glee club, Dalton Academy Warbler's, he wanted to be with Blaine, he even admitted to be willing to see Blaine behind Kurt's back, however Blaine rejected him as he loved Kurt too much. Sebastian became a source of jealousy of Kurt's.

Eli.C is the person Blaine cheated on Kurt with in season 4.

Jeremiah is an older guy who Blaine had a crush on in season 2, however Jeremiah rejected him as it would have been illegal.

Gavroche is very flamboyant and was named after Gavroche from Les Misérables .

Sandy Ryerson was the closeted coach of the McKinley High glee club before Rachel Berry caught him caressing student, Hank Saunders, which led to him being fired. He returned to the series as he helped Sue Sylvester try to stop the glee club.

Elaine was paid by Santana to pretend to be her girlfriend to make Brittany jealous.

Liz and Jan were a lesbian couple who appeared at the end of season 4, Jan proposed to Liz whilst at dinner with Blaine and Kurt, Liz accepted. It was said they would return in season 5 as mentors to Kurt and Blaine, but haven't made an appearance as of yet.

Rick Dunham was a show choir director that Sue pushed down a flight of stairs to take his job.

2009– Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries CW, TheThe CW Bill Forbes
Luke Parker
Jack Coleman
Chris Brochu
2009– Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife CBS Kalinda Sharma
Owen Cavanaugh
Lana Delany
Archie Panjabi
Dallas Roberts
Jill Flint
Kalinda is bisexual and a private investigator.
Owen is the brother of lead character Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies).
Lana and Kalinda are in a relationship in season 3.
2009– White Collar USA Special Agent Diana Barrigan Marsha Thomason Diana is in a relationship with a woman named Christie, who first appears in the season three episode "Deadline" played by Moran Atias. The couple becomes engaged but Diana later reports they have broken up.
2009–2014 Warehouse 13 Syfy Helena G. Wells
Agent Steve Jinks
Jaime Murray
Aaron Ashmore
Helena "H.G." Wells speaks of having both male and female lovers.
Jinks is an ATF agent and a "human lie detector".[30]
2009–2013 Southland NBC (season 1)
TNT (season 2–5)
Officer John Cooper Michael Cudlitz Officer Cooper has been described as "the pained heart of the series."[31]
2009–2012 Make It or Break It ABC Family Max Spencer Josh Bowman In the season two episode "What Lies Beneath", Max comes out as bisexual.
2009–2011 Being Erica CBC (Canada)
Dr. Naadiah
Cassidy Holland
Bill Turnbull
Michael Northey
Joanne Vannicola
Anna Silk
Dave and Ian are in a committed relationship. Beginning in season 3, the couple purchases the local coffee shop together and are upgraded to series regulars.[32] Dr. Naadiah is a therapist. Cassidy had a brief relationship with Erica in season one
2009–2011 United States of Tara Showtime Marshall Gregson
Ted Mayo
Lionel Trane
Noah Kane
Keir Gilchrist
Michael Hitchcock
Sammy Sheik
Andrew Lawrence
Michael Willett
Aaron Christian Howles
Marshall is the teenage son of main characters Tara (Toni Collette) and Max (John Corbett). Ted and Hany are an interracial, intergenerational couple and neighbors of the Gregsons. Jason is Marshall's closeted love interest during season 1. Jason's sexuality is left undefined, but it is suggested he is bisexual; As Kate (Marshall's sister) puts it, he is a "bi-curious church monkey". Lionel founded the gay-straight alliance at Marshall's high school. He was Marshall's first boyfriend. Noah is an openly gay classmate of Marshall and Lionel's.
2009–2011 Stargate Universe Syfy Camile Wray
Reiko Aylesworth
Camile is a civilian leader on Destiny. Sharon is her life partner back on Earth. They have been together over 12 years.
2009–2010 Trauma NBC Tyler Briggs Kevin Rankin Tyler is a gay EMT. He comes out to his partner Cameron Boone in the episode "Masquerade" and to his father in "Sweet Jane".
2009–2010 Caprica Syfy Sam Adama
Sasha Roiz
Julius Chapple
Sam is the brother of Joseph Adama and a member of the Tauron mob. Larry is his husband.
2009–2010 FlashForward ABC Janis Hawk Christine Woods Janis is an FBI agent whose sexual orientation is known to at least some of her colleagues.
2009 Prisoner, TheThe Prisoner AMC 11-12
Jamie Campbell Bower
Vincent Regan
11-12 is the son of 2 (Ian McKellen), leader of The Village. 909 is his lover, which relationship 11-12 keeps secret from his father.
2009 Kings NBC Jack Benjamin Sebastian Stan Jack Benjamin is the Prince and son of King Silas Benjamin.
2008—2013 90210 The CW Teddy Montgomery
Marco Salazar
Tripp Willinson
Adrianna Tate-Duncan
Gia Mannetti
Trevor Donovan
Ryan Rottman
Kyle Riabko
Freddie Smith
Alan Ritchson
Jessica Lowndes
Rumer Willis
2008- Murdoch Mysteries CBC (Canada) James Gillies
Chief Constable Giles
Lillian Moss
Dr. Emily Grace
Michael Seater
Nigel Bennett
Sarah Mitich
Georgina Reilly
2008–2013 Being Human BBC Three Carl
Steve John Shepherd Carl is a gay vampire. He shares a flat with his human boyfriend Dan. until he accidentally kills him during sleep. The police is looking for him so Carl escapes to Brasil.[33]
2008–2013 Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager ABC Family Griffin
Anne Juergens
Brando Eaton
Kristopher Higgins
2008–2014 Sons of Anarchy FX June Stahl
Amy Tyler
Wendy Case
Venus Van Dam
Gemma Teller Morrow
Alexander "Tig" Trager
Ally Walker
Pamela J. Gray
Drea de Matteo
Walton Goggins
Katey Sagal
Kim Coates
Agent June Stahl was bisexual. Agent Amy Tyler was her professional and personal partner during the third season. Wendy realized she likes women before season 4. Venus Van Dam is a transgender prostitute introduced in Season 5. Gemma is seen waking up next to different women on more than one occasion (she also gets called out about it by Nero Padilla, who would later become her boyfriend), making her bisexual. Tig Trager develops an interest in Venus Van Dam in Season 6 which becomes physical in Season 7. He later refers to himself as "just gay enough".
2008–2014 True Blood HBO Lafayette Reynolds
Tara Thornton
Jason Stackhouse
Eric Northman
Eddie Gautier
Steve Newlin
Jesus Velasquez
Russell Edgington
David Finch
Nelsan Ellis
Ryan Kwanten
Alexander Skarsgard
Rutina Wesley
Stephen Root
Michael McMillian
Kevin Alejandro
Denis O'Hare
Theo Alexander
Kristin Bauer
Natasha Alam
John Prosky
Lafayette is a gay short-order cook, drug dealer and prostitute.
Tara is Lafayette's cousin. After being involved with several men in the first three seasons, she is involved with a woman as of the premiere of season 4. She later shows interest in a relationship with Pam.
Jason is the brother of protagonist Sookie Stackhouse, and is shown to have multiple sexual dreams about men, though he never acts on it. He's very likely bisexual or at least bicurious.
Eric Northman is the sheriff of the vampires in his town, and a pansexual vampire who has multiple relations with males in the show.
Eddie is a gay vampire and former accountant, one of Lafeyette's clients.
Steve Newlin starts out as the leader of an anti-vampire Christian ministry. He is made a vampire sometime between the end of season two and the end of season four, coming out to Jason Stackhouse as a "gay vampire American".
Jesus joined the series in season 3 as Lafayette's love interest. He is a nurse at the nursing home where Lafayette's mother lives and a brujo (witch).
Russell is the Vampire King of Mississippi in season 3 and Talbot is his consort.
After being implied bisexual in seasons 1 and 2, Pam is seen engaging in oral sex with Yvetta in season 3.
David Finch is a hypocritical right-wing politician who was an occasional client of Lafayette's in season 1.
2008–2011 Física o Química Antena 3 Fernando "Fer" Redondo
David Ferrán
Javier Calvo
Adrián Rodríguez
Fer is one of the main characters of the series. During Season 3, Fer falls for David, the new straight soccer punk at the school. Eventually David comes out of the closet and begins a relationship with Fer which becomes an emotional roller coaster ride for both characters over several seasons. Their relationship touches on several teenage and LGBT issues such as parental problems, conversion therapy, and teen suicide.
2008–2010 Hvaler TV 2 Lone
Lisa Loven
Kaia Varjord
Lone begins a relationship with kitesurfer Heidi and the two eventually move to Cape Town together.
2008–2010 Legend of the Seeker Syndicated Cara Mason Tabrett Bethell In the television series, Cara is portrayed as bisexual.
2008–2010 In Treatment HBO Jesse Dane DeHaan Jesse, one of Dr. Paul Weston's patients, is an adopted teenager searching for his real parents.
2008–2009 Raising the Bar TNT Charlie Sagansky Jonathan Scarfe
2008–2009 No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, TheThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency HBO BK Desmond Dube
2007– Notruf Hafenkante ZDF Melanie Hansen
Helen Anneza
Sanna Englund
Dennenesch Zoudé
Melanie and Helen meet and begin a relationship towards the end of Season 7.
2007–2013 Skins E4 Maxxie Oliver
Tony Stonem
Emily Fitch
Naomi Campbell
Franky Fitzgerald
Matty Levan
Mini McGuinness
Alex Henley
Mitch Hewer
Nicholas Hoult
Kathryn Prescott
Lily Loveless
Dakota Blue Richards
Sebastian De Souza
Freya Mavor
Sam Jackson
Maxxie is openly gay. Maxxie and Tony perform oral sex on a field trip to Russia. Tony's sexuality is left unclear as he has had both male and female sexual relationships, though he has never had a boyfriend, so he may be hetero-flexible. Emily is a lesbian and her girlfriend Naomi is bisexual. The two are in a committed relationship. Franky is an androgynous pansexual, whose main love interest, Matty, is bisexual, though this trait is left unsaid in the series. Mini is suggested to be bisexual and interested in Franky. Alex is a gay character who joins the 'third generation' in the sixth series.
2007–2012 Damages FX (seasons 1–3)
The 101 Network (season 4– )
Ray Fiske Željko Ivanek Fiske was the lead defense attorney on the first season's central case. He was closeted and concealing a relationship with a key witness. Fiske shot himself to death in plaintiff's attorney Patti Hewes's office.
2007– Mad Men AMC Salvatore Romano
Bryan Batt
Kate Norby
Zosia Mamet
Edin Gali
Sal is a closeted member of the ad agency's art department. Carol is the roommate of (and in love with) the office manager, Joan. Joyce is a lesbian friend of Peggy's. Kurt is an art director with the agency.
2007–2012 Gossip Girl CW, TheThe CW Eric van der Woodsen
Harold Waldorf
Asher Hornsby
Jonathan Whitney
Freddy Parnes
Julian Rawlins
Josh Ellis
Connor Paolo
John Shea
William Abadie
Jesse Swenson
Matt Doyle
Austin Lysy
Harmon Walsh
Neal Bledsoe
Eric is Serena van der Woodsen's brother who is outed by Georgina in season 1. Harold is Blair Waldorf's father, and Roman is his boyfriend. Asher and Jonathan are Eric's ex-boyfriends. Freddy is Roman's ex-lover. Julian is school play's director. Josh is a gay man who Chuck kisses in order to ensure that he gives Blair the honorr of making NYU's freshman speech in season 3.
2007–2011 Greek ABC Family Calvin Owens
Paul James
Zack Lively
Max Greenfield
Gregory Michael
Calvin is a young man who is inadvertently outed in the first season finale. Heath, from a rival fraternity, and Calvin are casual sex partners in season 1 and in season 4 the two are a couple. Calvin had a brief relationship with the older Michael in season 2. Grant is Calvin's season 3 love interest.
2007–2010 Tudors, TheThe Tudors Showtime (US)
CBC (Canada)
Thomas Tallis
William Compton
George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford
Mark Smeaton
Joe Van Moyland
Kristen Holden-Ried
Pádraic Delaney
David Alpay
Historical figure Tallis is portrayed as being involved in a sexual relationship with nobleman Compton, although there is no supporting historical evidence. George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's brother is portrayed as gay, again there is no historical supporting evidence.
2007–2009 Pushing Daisies ABC Coroner Sy Richardson Series creator Bryan Fuller planned a slow reveal of the coroner's sexuality and his crush on Emerson Cod (Chi McBride).[34]
2007–2009 Reaper CW, TheThe CW Tony
Ken Marino
Michael Ian Black
Tony and Steve enter the series as a gay couple who live next door to the main trio of Sam, Sock, and Ben. It is later learned they are demons waging a war against the Devil. Steve is killed during the rebellion and manages to get into Heaven. He later becomes Sam's guardian angel.
2007–2009 Lair, TheThe Lair here! Most of the principal characters see cast list Supernatural-themed series following a vampire cult that operates a sex club.
2007–2009 Best Years, TheThe Best Years Global/E! (Canada)
The N (US)
Lee Campbell Alan Van Sprang Lee owns local hot spot nightclub Colony. He is bisexual and HIV-positive.
2007–2009 Heroes NBC Gretchen Berg Madeline Zima Gretchen is bisexual and is Claire Bennet's roommate in college.
2007–2008 Dirty Sexy Money ABC Patrick Darling IV
William Baldwin
Candis Cayne
Darling, a United States Senate candidate, is carrying on an affair with the transgendered Carmelita, the latest of several such affairs.
2007–2008 Dirt FX Leo Spiller
Jack Dawson
Will McCormack
Grant Show
Carly Pope
Leo is lead character Lucy Spiller's bisexual brother.
Jack is a closeted movie star.
Garbo is a lesbian drug dealer.
Other lead characters Julia Mallory and Willa McPherson experiment with bisexuality.
2007 Jekyll BBC One Miranda Calendar
Meera Syal
Fenella Woolgar
Miranda is a lesbian private investigator. Min is her partner and is having their baby.
2006–2013 Dexter Showtime Isaak Sirko Ray Stevenson Sirko was a Ukrainian mobster seeking to kill Dexter Morgan to avenge the death of Sirko's lover Viktor, whom Morgan had murdered in season 7.
2006– Waterloo Road BBC1 (UK) Jo Lipsett
Ros McCain
Matt Wilding
Josh Stevenson
Nate Gurney
Nikki Boston
Lorraine Donnegan
Sarah-Jane Potts
Sophie McShera
Chris Geere
William Rush
Scott Haining
Heather Peace
Daniela Denby-Ashe
Jo is an openly gay French teacher. In season 5, episode 17, Ros kisses Jo after completing her exams, despite already having a boyfriend. Matt Wilding, music teacher at the school was gay and was with a boyfriend for three years, but the fact that he was unwilling to live openly as a gay man was a source of constant rows between them and meant the relationship was doomed to failure. Josh is teacher Tom's son and comes out after initially having attractions for his best friend Finn Sharkey. Nate is an openly gay teenage character with romantic connections to Josh.
2006–2011 Torchwood BBC Three (series 1)
BBC Two (series 2)
BBC One (series 3)
Starz (season 4– )
Jack Harkness
Ianto Jones
Toshiko Sato
Captain John Hart
Angelo Colasanto
Charlotte Wills
John Barrowman
Gareth David-Lloyd
Naoko Mori
James Marsters
Dillon Casey
Daniele Favilli
Marina Benedict
The series' creator, Russell T Davies (who is gay), has described Torchwood as "a very bisexual series". The lead character, Captain Jack Harkness, was previously established on Doctor Who as bisexual or pansexual. Ianto begins the series in a secretive heterosexual relationship, but eventually enters a relationship with Jack. Toshiko is similarly, bisexual, entering a relationship with a woman named Mary while attracted to teammate Owen. Jack's namesake, the real Captain Jack Harkness (Matt Rippy) from 1941 was also gay and was subject to a parting kiss. Jack's ex partner, Captain John Hart James Marsters appears in the second series premiere and the second series finale. In episode nine of series four, recurring character Charolotte Willis comes out as a lesbian.
2006–2012 Eureka Syfy Vincent Chris Gauthier
2006–2011 Brothers & Sisters ABC Kevin Walker
Scotty Wandell
Chad Barry
Jason McCallister
Saul Holden
Matthew Rhys
Luke Macfarlane
Jason Lewis
Eric Winter
Ron Rifkin
Kevin is a gay attorney and part of a large family. Scotty is Kevin's husband. Chad was a bisexual former love interest for Kevin. Jason McCallister is the brother of Senator Robert McCallister and a Methodist minister and was Kevin's previous boyfriend. Saul acknowledged to his sister that years previously he had been in love with another man and Saul came out to Kevin.
2006–2011 Big Love HBO Alby Grant
Dale Tomasson
Matt Ross
Ben Koldyke
Alby is a closeted gay Mormon, scheming to control his polygamous sect. He meets Dale, an attorney who runs an "ex-gay" group, in season four and the two become lovers until Dale commits suicide.
2006–2010 Ugly Betty ABC Justin Suarez
Marc St. James
Alexis Meade
Cliff St. Paul
Mark Indelicato
Michael Urie
Rebecca Romijn
David Blue
Ryan McGinnis
Marc is the openly gay personal assistant of the fashion editor at MODE magazine. Justin is the fashion forward, performing arts-loving nephew of Betty. He came out in the second-to-last episode. Alexis (formerly Alex) is an MTF transsexual and the sibling of lead character Daniel. Cliff is a fashion photographer and Marc's boyfriend in season two. Austin and Justin begin a relationship in the final episodes of the series.
2006 The Line of Beauty BBC Nick Guest
Wani Ouradi
Leo Charles
Dan Stevens
Alex Wyndham
Don Gilet
Nick, an Oxford graduate, starts a relationship with Leo, a black council worker.
2006 Sinchronicity BBC Three Jase
Daniel Percival
Navin Chowdhry
John Sheahan
Jase is a closeted man who finds a male lover, Mani. Faye is a pre-op male-to-female transsexual.
2005– Supernatural The CW Charlie Bradbury Felicia Day
2005– Doctor Who BBC Captain Jack Harkness
Madame Vastra
John Barrowman
Neve McIntosh
Catrin Stewart
"Omnisexual" character from the 51st Century; Jack was spun off into the series Torchwood in Autumn 2006 on BBC Three
Vastra, a Silurian, and Jenny, her human lover, were introduced in "A Good Man Goes to War".
2005– Bones Fox Angela Montenegro
Roxie Lyon
Michaela Conlin
Nichole Hiltz
Angela is bisexual. She had a brief relationship with college friend Roxie.
2005– Grey's Anatomy ABC Callie Torres
Erica Hahn
Arizona Robbins
Lauren Boswell
Sara Ramirez
Brooke Smith
Jessica Capshaw
Hilarie Burton
Callie and Erica embark on a romantic relationship during the fifth season until Erica abruptly leaves the hospital. Shortly after, Callie continues to explore her sexuality with Arizona, and the two eventually establish a relationship.

Arizona and Lauren have an affair in season 9.

2005–2012 Weeds Showtime Sanjay Patel
Isabelle Hodes
Captain Roy Till
DEA Agent Shlatter
Maulik Pancholy
Allie Grant
Jack Stehlin
Andrew Rothenberg
Sanjay declared his love for lead character Nancy Botwin but later speculated that it was a case of diva worship.
Isabelle is the young daughter of lead characters Doug and Celia Hodes; she identifies as lesbian.
Till and Shlatter are professional partners at the Drug Enforcement Administration and also lovers.
2005–2008 South of Nowhere N, TheThe N Spencer Carlin
Ashley Davies
Gabrielle Christian
Mandy Musgrave
In this show targeted at teen viewers Spencer Carlin moves to Los Angeles from Ohio and befriends Ashley Davies. The relationship builds and Spencer's coming out to her parents is triggered by her mother walking in on the young couple. In the end of the third season they move in together.
2005–2006 Sleeper Cell Showtime Salim
Omid Abtahi
Michael Rady
Salim is a gay member of an Islamic terrorist cell. Jason is the man with whom he begins developing a relationship. The characters appeared in season 2, Sleeper Cell: American Terror.
2005–2006 Sugar Rush Channel 4 (UK) Kim Daniels
Olivia Hallinan
Laura Donnelly
Sarah-Jane Potts
Matthew Vaughan
Daniel Coonan
Kim Daniels is a lesbian who has an unrequited love with her best friend Sugar. Kim attends a Christian group in the hopes of curing her homosexuality where she meets Beth and the two begin a brief relationship. In season 2 Kim begins dating Saint and the two eventually move it together. Dave and David are Kim's gay neighbours who are raising their son Tom together.
2005–2006 Noah's Arc Logo Noah Nicholson
Alex Kirby
Ricky Davis
Chance Counter
Wade Robinson
Darryl Stephens
Rodney Chester
Christian Vincent
Doug Spearman
Jensen Atwood
Shows the lives of a small group of black gay friends living in the Los Angeles, California area.
2005 Beating Heart MBC Kim Hae-jung Harisu Hae-jung is an MTF transsexual and sibling of lead character Kim Chang-wan.
2005 Commander in Chief ABC Vince Taylor Anthony Azizi Vince is the Special Aide to the President. In Episode 8, it is revealed that he is gay and has been found to have HIV.
2005 Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of Daniel NBC Peter Webster Christian Campbell Peter is Daniel's 23-year-old gay Republican son.
2005 Inconceivable NBC Scott Garcia David Norona Scott is a gay attorney who works at the Family Options Fertility Clinic. In the pilot episode, he and his partner have their child.
2005 Fingersmith BBC Sue Trinder
Maud Lilly
Sally Hawkins
Elaine Cassidy
2005 Eyes ABC Chris Didion Rick Worthy
2004–2012 House Fox Thirteen"Thirteen" (Dr. Remy Hadley) Olivia Wilde "Thirteen" is bisexual and has been shown in relationships with both men and women.
2004–2013 Shameless Channel 4 (UK) Ian Gallagher
Kash Karib
Monica Gallagher
Mickey Macguire
Gerard Kearns
Chris Bisson
Lindsey Dawson
Annabelle Apsion
Dystin Johnson
Ciaran Griffiths
2004–2012 Desperate Housewives ABC Andrew Van De Kamp
Peter McMillan
Bob Hunter
Lee McDermott
Robin Gallagher
Katherine Mayfair
Shawn Pyfrom
Ryan Carnes
Lee Tergesen
Tuc Watkins
Kevin Rahm
Julie Benz
Dana Delany
Manipulative Andrew claims to be gay but confesses to be bisexual. Andrew's boyfriend Justin is gay. Peter McMillan is the bisexual boyfriend of Andrew's mother. Bob and Lee, a gay couple, move onto Wisteria Lane during the 4th season. Robin is a lesbian ex-stripper who dates Katherine, who discovers she is a bisexual.
2004–2011 Rescue Me FX Mike Silletti Michael Lombardi Silletti (aka "Probie") initially secretly receives oral sex from a queer construction worker roommate, who later outs him to the other firefighters at Silletti's hall. Silletti then self-identifies as bisexual, but later reverts to stating he is heterosexual.
2004–2011 Entourage HBO Lloyd Rex Lee Assistant to super-agent Ari Gold.
2004–2009 Battlestar Galactica Sci Fi Channel Felix Gaeta
Helena Cain
Alessandro Juliani
Tricia Helfer
Lucy Lawless
Michelle Forbes
Admiral Helena Cain had a romantic relationship with a civilian network analyst, Gina Inviere, who she later discovered was one of the model Six Cylons. In the webisodes The Face of the Enemy, Gaeta is shown to be in a romantic relationship with a man, Lieutenant Hoshi. D'Anna, Gaius and six were shown to be in a relationship together.
2004–2009 L Word, TheThe L Word Showtime Bette Porter
Dana Fairbanks
Marina Ferrer
Tina Kennard
Shane McCutcheon
Alice Pieszecki
Jenny Schecter
Jodi Learner
Carmen de la Pica Morales
Cherie Jaffe
Molly Kroll
Max/Moira Sweeney
Tasha Williams
Lara Perkins
Phyllis Kroll
Nadia Karella
Niki Stevens
Joyce Wischnia
Paige Sobel
Jennifer Beals
Erin Daniels
Karina Lombard
Laurel Holloman
Katherine Moennig
Leisha Hailey
Mia Kirshner
Marlee Matlin
Sarah Shahi
Rosanna Arquette
Clementine Ford
Daniela Sea
Rose Rollins
Lauren Lee Smith
Cybill Shepherd
Jessica Capshaw
Kate French
Jane Lynch
Kristanna Loken
Bette and Tina were in a relationship 7 years prior to the show beginning. They are on and off throughout the show. Tina is shown to be with both men and women when she is not with Bette. Tina and Helena have a brief relationship in season 2. Bette also has a relationship in season 4-5 with Jodi. Bette has a small fling with student Nadia Alice and Dana are together in season 2. Jenny discovers her lesbianism after an affair with Marina. Shane sleeps with many characters throughout the show and briefly considers marrying Carmen despite her ongoing affair with Cherie. She has a brief relationship with Paige and another with Molly (Phyllis's Daughter). Shane ends the show in a relationship with Jenny. Dana's first love interest is Lara who she later gets back together with. Alice also has a relationship with Bette's boss Phyllis. Phyllis settles down with Bette's lawyer Joyce. Max is a Female to Male transgender who is in a relationship with Jenny who helps him to transition.
2004–2009 Lost ABC Tom Friendly M. C. Gainey
2004–2007 Veronica Mars UPN Seth Rafter
Marcos Oliveres
Kelly Kuzzio
Kylie Marker
Marlena Nichols
Peter Ferrer
Robert Clark
Bradford Anderson
Jeremy Ray Valdez
Lucas Grabeel
Kristin Cavallari
Miriam Korn
Luke Frydenger
There are a number of positively portrayed minor gay characters in Veronica Mars, although for most being gay is incidental to their characters, similar to their portrayal of ethnic minorities.
2004–2005 Hex Arena (Aus)
Sky One (UK)
Thelma Bates
Peggy the Ghost
Maya Robertson
Tom Wright
Jemima Rooper
Katy Carmichael
Laura Donnelly
Samuel Collings
Thelma Bates has an unrequited love on her best friend Cassie Hughes, her love is so strong that she came back from the dead as a ghost to protect Cassie. Tom Wright has an unrequited crush on Leon Taylor. Maya Robertson begins a relationship with Thelma after being killed and brought back as a ghost by Malachi.
2004 Wonderfalls Fox Sharon Tyler
Katie Finneran
Kari Matchett
Sharon inadvertently came out in the first episode. She and Beth (who is bisexual) dated throughout the series.
2004 Jack & Bobby WB Jimmy McCallister Tom Cavanagh Brother of Grace McCallister and uncle to the boys. Also a gay teenage character who commits suicide which emotionally affects Jack.
2003–2011 One Tree Hill WB Anna Taggaro
Josh Avery
Daniella Alonso
Paul Teal
Appearing in season 2 only, Anna is a classmate of Peyton's who struggles with rumours of her sexuality before finally coming out as a lesbian.
2003–2010 Nip/Tuck FX Liz Cruz
Sophia Lopez
Ava Moore
Dr. Quentin Costa
Kit McGraw
Ridley Lange
Vanessa Bartholomew
Cherry Peck
Julia McNamara
Olivia Lord
Roma Maffia
Jonathan Del Arco
Famke Janssen
Bruno Campos
Sophia Bush
Kate Mara
Rhona Mitra
Willam Belli
Joely Richardson
Portia de Rossi
Liz Cruz is openly lesbian.
Sophia Lopez's transgenderism is the trigger of a significant story arc in Season 1.
At the second season's finale, Ava Moore is revealed to be a transsexual, which causes deep consequences in the series.
Dr. Quentin Costa is openly bisexual.
Detective Kit McGraw is bisexual.
Cherry Peck is a transgender who plays a significant role in Season 3. Julia was married to Dr. Sean McNamara but following their divorce fell in love with Olivia.
2003–2007 O.C., TheThe O.C. Fox Marissa Cooper
Alex Kelly
Carson Ward
Mischa Barton
Olivia Wilde
Brian McNamara
Marissa has a lesbian affair with Alex, who is bisexual.
Luke's father Carson is gay.
2003–2005 Carnivàle HBO Gecko
Libby Dreifuss
John Fleck
Clea DuVall
Carla Gallo
Gecko, the show's "lizard man," has dialogue that indicates he is gay or bisexual. Fortune teller Sophie seduces cootch dancer Libby.
2003 Angels in America HBO Prior Walter
Louis Ironson
Joe Pitt
Roy Cohn
Justin Kirk
Ben Shenkman
Patrick Wilson
Al Pacino
Chronicles AIDS in the 1980s
2003 Crystal Boys PTS A-Qing
Zhao Ying
Fan Chi-wei
Yang Youning
2002–2008 Shield, TheThe Shield FX Julien Lowe Michael Jace
2002–2006 Everwood WB Kyle Hunter Steven R. McQueen Kyle is the sensitive gay character and music student tutored by lead character Ephram Brown. Ephram is sensitive and accepting of Kyle and helps him come out. Steven R. McQueen is the grandson of US actor Steve McQueen.
2002–2004 Stingers Nine Network Constable Christina Dichiera Jacinta Templeton Christina was a young police constable who was recruited into a deep cover unit of the Victorian Police. She is gay and had a brief affair with the daughter of her unit's commander.
2002 Tipping the Velvet BBC Two Nan Astly
Kitty Butler
Diana Lethaby
Florence Banner
Zena Blake
Rachael Stirling
Keeley Hawes
Anna Chancellor
Jodhi May
Sally Hawkins
Nan is entranced by Kitty when she sees her perform. The two become friends and then lovers. Nan believes she is in love until Kitty betrays her. Nan lives with Diana for over a year she also has an affair with Zena. Eventually she settles down with Florence.
2002 Wire, TheThe Wire HBO Kima Greggs
Omar Little
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
William Rawls
Sonja Sohn
Michael K. Williams
Felicia Pearson
John Doman
Melanie Nicholls-King
Michael Kevin Darnall
Ernest Waddell
Ramon Rodriguez
Kima and Omar are both consistently gay ensemble members. Throughout the show they each have multiple partners. William's sexuality is not openly discussed, but he is seen in a gay bar during Season 3.
2001– Degrassi: The Next Generation CTV
The N
Marco Del Rossi
Dylan Michalchuk
Paige Michalchuk
Alex Nuñez
Riley Stavros
Zane Park
Adam Torres
Fiona Coyne
Tristan Milligan
Imogen Moreno
Miles Hollingsworth III
Adamo Ruggiero
John Bregar
Lauren Collins
Alex House
Deanna Casaluce
Argiris Karras
Shannon Kook-Chun
Jordan Todosey
Annie Clark
Lyle O'Donohoe
Cristine Prosperi
Eric Osborne
Marco is gay.
Dylan is Marco's boyfriend, also Paige's older brother.
Paige is bisexual.
Tim is gay and briefly dates Marco.
Alex is lesbian and Paige's girlfriend.
Riley is gay and initially struggles with his sexuality.
Zane is Riley's boyfriend.
Adam is a female to male transgender person.
Fiona briefly dates Adam, then realizes she is lesbian.
Tristan is in grade 9.
Imogen dates Fiona.
In the break between seasons 13 and 14, Miles begins dating Tristan, suggesting that he is bisexual.
2001–2005 024 Fox Mandy Mia Kirshner Mandy is bisexual.
2001–2005 Six Feet Under HBO David Fisher
Keith Charles
Michael C. Hall
Mathew St. Patrick
Gay relationship among lead characters.
2001–2002 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford CBS Erica Bettis Helen Shaver Erica used to be a man named Steve; she went through a sex reassignment surgery.
2001–2002 Leap Years Showtime Gregory Paget Garret Dillahunt Series follows characters in three different time settings, 1993, 2001 and 2008. Gregory pursues heterosexual relationships in 1993 but in present and future time settings he is exclusively gay.
2001–2002 100 Centre Street A&E Judge Attallah "Queenie" Sims LaTanya Richardson
2001 Dice Movie Network, TheThe Movie Network Patrick Styvesant Martin Cummins Patrick's sexual orientation was ambiguous until he told a woman who tried to seduce him that he is gay in episode 5.
2001 Further Tales of the City Showtime
Channel 4
Anna Madrigal
Michael Tolliver
Jon Fielding
D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
Olympia Dukakis
Paul Hopkins
Billy Campbell
Françoise Robertson
From the Armistead Maupin book.
2001 Metrosexuality Channel 4 Max
Rikki Beadle-Blair
Karl Collins
Paul Keating
Davey Fairbanks
Carleen Beadle
2000–2005 Queer as Folk Showtime Melanie Marcus
Ben Bruckner
Lindsay Peterson
Brian Kinney
Justin Taylor
Ted Schmidt
Emmett Honeycutt
David Cameron
Michael Novotny
Vic Grassi
Michelle Clunie
Robert Gant
Thea Gill
Gale Harold
Randy Harrison
Scott Lowell
Peter Paige
Chris Potter
Hal Sparks
Jack Wetherall
U.S. remake of earlier UK series. Brian and Justin are in a loose relationship. Mel and Lindsay are raising a child together. David and Michael are in a relationship.
2000–2002 Dark Angel Fox Original Cindy Valarie Rae Miller
2000–2001 Grosse Pointe WB Ted Johnson
Kevin the P.A.
Michael Hitchcock
Nat Faxon
Jonathan Del Arco
Ted Johnson has a crush on his acting mate Johnny Bishop. Kevin the P.A. has a briefly crush on Dave May.
2000 Frank Herbert's Dune Sci Fi Channel Baron Vladimir Harkonnen Ian McNeice The wicked Baron survives an assassination attempt which involves planting a poisoned needle in the body of one of his male slave lovers.
1999– Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC Dr. George Huang
Ken Randall
B. D. Wong
Ernest Waddell
Huang is a psychiatrist and FBI agent who frequently consults with the Special Victims Unit. He first casually mentions his homosexuality in the 2009 episode "Hardwired".
Randall is the son of Detective Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T).
1999–2007 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos HBO Vito Spatafore Joseph R. Gannascoli Vito was murdered in season 6 for being gay.
1999–2002 Once and Again ABC Jessie Sammler Evan Rachel Wood
1999–2001 Los Beltrán Telemundo Fernando Salazar
Kevin Lynch
Gabriel Romero
James C. Leary
Fernando and Kevin were the first openly gay characters and the first same-sex couple to marry on Spanish-language television.
1999–2006 Bad Girls ITV Helen Stewart
Nikki Wade
Shell Dockley
Denny Blood
Lorna Rose
Shaz Wiley
Al McKenzie
Neil Grayling
Cassie Tyler
Roisin Connor
Kris Yates
Selena Geeson
Arun Parmar
Pat Kerrigan
Sheena Williams
Mandy Goodhue
Simone Lahbib
Mandana Jones
Debra Stephenson
Alicya Eyo
Luisa Bradshaw-White
Lindsey Fawcett
Pauline Campbell
James Gaddas
Kellie Bright
Siobhan McCarthy
Jennifer Ness
Charlotte Lucas
Rebecca Hazlewood
Liz May Brice
Laura Rogers
Angela Bruce
1999–2000 Queer as Folk Channel 4 Stuart Alan Jones
Vince Tyler
Nathan Maloney
Alexander Perry
Lisa Levene
Romey Sullivan
Cameron Roberts
Aidan Gillen
Craig Kelly
Charlie Hunnam
Antony Cotton
Saira Todd
Esther Hall
Peter O'Brien
Ground-breaking Channel Four show which included scenes of a 15-year-old boy involved in gay sex acts. The shows sponsors, Scottish & Newcastle withdrew their sponsorship and canceled their Becks beer advertising, from the show.
1999 Wasteland ABC Russell Baskind Dan Montgomery, Jr. Russell is a closeted soap opera star.
1998–2009 All Saints Seven Network Dr. Charlotte Beaumont Tammy MacIntosh Started out in the series identifying as a lesbian, but then had a relationship with a man, had a child, and is now more bisexual than gay.
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek WB Jack McPhee
Doug Witter
Ethan Brody
Professor Freeman
Kerr Smith
Dylan Neal
Adam Kaufman
David Monahan
Sebastian Spence
Ryan Bittle
Greg Rikaart
Doug Witter 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. Jack was originally a love interest for Joey, but after rumours of his sexuality begin to circulate the school, he comes out as gay in season 2.
1998–2002 Playing the Field BBC One Gabrielle Holmes
Angie Gill
Saira Todd
Tracy Whitwell
Gabrielle Holmes begins a relationship with her teammate Angie Gill.
1998–2002 Felicity WB Javier Clemente Quintata
Ryan Crane
Ian Gomez
Eddie McClintock
Austin Tichenor
Javier is Felicity's boss at Dean and Deluca; his partner throughout most of the series is Samuel. Ryan, the brother of Noel Crane, Felicity's on-and-off boyfriend, comes out in the episode "Love and Marriage."
1998 More Tales of the City Showtime
Channel 4
Anna Madrigal
Michael Tolliver
Jon Fielding
D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
Olympia Dukakis
Paul Hopkins
Billy Campbell
Cynda Williams
From the Armistead Maupin book.
1997–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer WB
Willow Rosenberg
Tara Maclay
Andrew Wells
Larry Blaisdell
Scott Hope
Alyson Hannigan
Amber Benson
Iyari Limon
Tom Lenk
Larry Bagby
Fab Filippo
Larry, Xander's bully from season one, later tells Xander he's gay in season two. Scott Hope, a character in season three is revealed to be gay in season seven. Willow and Tara enter into a relationship in season 4. Kennedy, also a lesbian, is introduced in season seven. Andrew was confirmed to be gay by series creator Joss Whedon although it was never directly stated on-screen.
1997–2003 Oz HBO Tobias Beecher
Christopher Keller
Alonzo Torquemada
Lee Tergesen
Christopher Meloni
Bobby Cannavale
Toby and Chris have an intense love/hate relationship.
1996–2000 Profiler NBC George Fraley Peter Frechette While he was a main character his being gay was only referenced a couple of times.
1996–1997 Relativity ABC Rhonda Roth Lisa Edelstein Rhonda is the lesbian sister of lead character Leo.[35]
1996 Matt Waters CBS Russ Achoa Felix A. Pire Russ is a gay high school student.[36]
1995–1997 Murder One ABC Louis Hines John Fleck Louis is the personal assistant to lead attorney Ted Hoffman (Daniel Benzali).
1995–1996 Live Shot UPN Lou Waller Tom Byrd Waller is the sportscaster at fictional television station KXZX.[36]
1995 Courthouse CBS Judge Rosetta Reide Jennifer Lewis Reide is a single mother involved in a relationship with her housekeeper.[36]
1994–2009 ER NBC Kerry Weaver
Yosh Takata
Maggie Doyle
Kim Legaspi
Sandy Lopez
Courtney Brown
Charles "Chaz" Pratt Jr.
Laura Innes
Gedde Watanabe
Jorja Fox
Elizabeth Mitchell
Lisa Vidal
Michelle Hurd
Sam Jones III
1994–2000 Party of Five Fox Ross Werkman Mitchell Anderson Ross Werkman was a recurring role as the violin teacher for Claudia Salinger, one of the main characters. Ross appeared in all six seasons of the series.
1994–1995 My So-Called Life ABC Enrique 'Rickie' Vasquez Wilson Cruz
1993–2005 NYPD Blue ABC Lt. Thomas Bale
PAA John Irvin
Officer Abby Sullivan
Currie Graham
Bill Brochtrup
Paige Turco
1993–1996 Sisters NBC Norma Lear Nora Dunn
1993 Wild Palms ABC Tully Woiwode
Tommy Lazlo
Nick Mancuso
Ernie Hudson
1993 Tales of the City PBS
Channel 4
Anna Madrigal
Michael Tolliver
Jon Fielding
D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
Olympia Dukakis
Marcus D'Amico
Billy Campbell
Cynda Williams
Adapted from the novel by Armistead Maupin. Resulted in Congressional investigation into U.S. public television.
1990–2010 Law & Order NBC Serena Southerlyn Elisabeth Röhm Southerlyn came out as a lesbian in her final appearance, in "Ain't No Love".
1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit BBC Jess Charlotte Coleman Lesbian schoolgirl grows up in a repressive Lancashire industrial district, finds love.
1988–1989 HeartBeat ABC Marilyn McGrath
Gail Strickland
Gina Hecht
McGrath was a nurse practitioner and her girlfriend Patty was a chef. They were the first recurring lesbian couple on American television.
1987–1991 thirtysomething ABC Russell Weller
Peter Montefiore
David Marshall Grant
Peter Frechette
First primetime television program to show two men in bed together, in the 1989 episode "Strangers". Five of the show's ten sponsors dropped out, costing ABC $1.5 million.
1986–1994 L.A. Law NBC C. J. Lamb Amanda Donohoe Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb is a British-born bisexual lawyer who has a brief involvement with Abby Perkins (Michele Greene). The two share a kiss in the 1991 episode "He's a Crowd" and later go on a date (off screen). This was during Greene's final episodes and their relationship was not developed further. Donohoe also left the series the following year.
1986 Dress Gray NBC Cadet David Hand Patrick Cassidy Miniseries about the investigation of Hand's murder; character is seen mostly in flashback.
1985 Hollywood Beat NBC George Grinsky John Matuszak George was a gay man who ran the coffee shop where the two principal characters hung out.
1984–1996 CBS Schoolbreak Special CBS Todd Bowers Richard Joseph Paul Episode "What If I'm Gay?" first aired March 31, 1987.
1984 Celebrity NBC Mack Crawford Joseph Bottoms Mini-series spanning the life of three famous friends from 1950 to 1975.
1983 One Summer Channel 4 Kidder James Hazeldine Five-part drama series about two teenage boys from Liverpool who run away to Wales. They stay with Kidder, a reclusive gay painter.
1981–1987 Hill Street Blues NBC Eddie Gregg
Officer Kate McBride
Charles Levin
Lindsay Crouse
Eddie was a gay male prostitute who becomes friends with Mick Belker (Bruce Weitz) after helping him take down his pimp. He would guest star in a few episodes of the show before dying of AIDS in the episode "Slum-Enchanted Evening". McBride comes out after being falsely accused of sexually harassing a female prisoner.
1981 Brideshead Revisited Granada (UK)
Charles Ryder
Sebastian Flyte
Jeremy Irons
Anthony Andrews
1979-1986 Prisoner Network Ten Franky Doyle
Sharon Gilmour
Judy Bryant
Joan Ferguson
Terri Malone
Carol Burns
Margot Knight
Betty Bobbitt
Maggie Kirkpatrick
Margot Knight
Australian prison drama series
Known internationally as Prisoner: Cell Block H
1974-1977 The Box Network Ten Lee Whiteman
Vicky Stafford
Paul Karo
Judy Nunn
The high camp Lee is a respected television producer and later director, who had two same sex relationships during his time in the series. Karo won a Logie Award in 1976 for the portrayal. Vicky was a sardonic bisexual magazine reporter turned TV presenter who seduced Felicity (Helen Hemingway) in the first episode of The Box, a scene featuring the first lesbian kiss on Australian TV.
1972-1977 Number 96 Network Ten Don Finlayson Joe Hasham The first openly gay character appears on Australian TV when Don (Joe Hasham) comes out as gay to Bev (Abigail), who is in love with him.[37] Don later enjoys several relationships, the most enduring being with live-in boyfriend Dudley (Chard Hayward).

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  2. ^ "Frankie J. Alvarez". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (August 29, 2013). "Russell Tovey Joins Gay-Themed HBO Dramedy 'Looking'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ "Dracula" And The Gay Reveal
  5. ^ Webb, Claire. "Katie McGrath: In the book Lucy is very sweet, mine has much more sass". RadioTimes. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  6. ^ “Masters of Sex” explores all kinds of sexuality
  7. ^ "The Compelling Gay Story in "Masters Of Sex"". The Backlot. November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Anderson, Diane. "Why You Should Watch 'Orange Is the New Black'". Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ CBS to Rebroadcast the Series Premiere of "Under the Dome" This Sunday, June 30 at 9:00/8:00c
  10. ^ Christian Clinton (14 March 2014). "Our Favorite LGBTQ Characters on TV". Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Interview: “Banshee’s” Hoon Lee
  12. ^ Those Hot ‘Psychos’ On “The Following”: Gay or Not Gay?
  13. ^ Exclusive “DaVinci’s Demons”: Gay Goodbye Kiss
  14. ^ Camping With The New Gays Of Summer
  15. ^ Nashville's Chris Carmack
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 26, 2011). "Zachary Quinto To Join FX’s ‘Horror Story’, Show To Do 2-Part Halloween Episode". Deadline. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  17. ^ Jensen, Michael (September 1, 2011). "Teddy Sears Cast as Zachary Quinto's Partner on "American Horror Story"". Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  18. ^ 'American Horror Story' scoop: Zachary Quinto's lesbian friend is played by... -- EXCLUSIVE
  19. ^ Review: "A Game of Thrones" is Terrific Fantasy TV (Even if it Starts Slow)
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  21. ^ “Shameless” has lesbians, they’re just a little under the radar
  22. ^ Exclusive! MTV's "Teen Wolf" Has Out Gay Teen Character!
  23. ^ Jeff Davis Talks “Teen Wolf” Gay Love Scenes and Pushing the Envelope.
  24. ^ Travis Smith on “Necessary Roughness” and His Gay Pro Quarterback Character
  25. ^ Will "Firefly"'s Sean Maher Play Gay Again on NBC's "Playboy"
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  27. ^ Skins, Shameless, and Being Human. Which Won the Ratings Battle in the USA?
  28. ^ The New Big Baddie On “Strike Back” Is Brutal, Unhinged, and Gay
  29. ^ “The Walking Dead” gives us a lesbian character to root for
  30. ^ Exclusive: Warehouse 13 Goes Gay
  31. ^ 'Southland' review: Superb police drama
  32. ^ “Being Erica” Adds a Extra Dose of Gay for Season Three
  33. ^ Ed Kennedy (January 6, 2010). ""Being Human" Season Two: Gay Vampires, Bad Boyfriends and Good Bromances". Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  34. ^ Exclusive: Bryan Fuller reveals the gay "Pushing Daisies" character, steals our hearts
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