List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters
Frankie J. Alvarez
|Laurent is a member of a secret society dedicated to opposing Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Daniel is his lover.
Lucy is a rich society girl who harbors secret romantic feelings for her best friend, Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw).
|2013—||Masters of Sex||Showtime||Betty DeMillo
|Betty is a lesbian who works as a prostitute and an early research subject in Masters and Johnson's study.
Scully is the provost at the university where Masters initiates his study. Masters learns Scully is gay or bisexual in the episode "Standard Deviation".
Dale is a hustler whom Scully patronizes. It is he who informs Masters of Scully's orientation.
|2013—||The Bridge||FX||Adriana Perez||Emily Rios||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.|
|2013—||Ray Donovan||Showtime||Lena||Katherine Moennig||Lena is a personal assistant working for titular character Ray.|
|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
Carrie "Big Boo" Black
Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
|Chapman, the protagonist of the series, faces a 15-month prison term for having once held drug money for a one-time female lover (Vause). Laverne Cox, an African-American transsexual actress, plays Sophia Burset, a transgender (and lesbian) character. The Advocate suggested that Orange is the New Black contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative including a real transgender woman.|
|2013—||Under the Dome||CBS||Carolyn Hill
|Hill and Calvert are raising a daughter, Norrie Calvert-Hill (Mackenzie Lintz), together.|
|2013–||The Fosters||ABC Family||Stef Foster
|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.|
|2013–||The Carrie Diaries||CW, TheThe CW||Walt Reynolds
|Walt is one of Carrie Bradshaw's best friends.
Bennet is Larissa's friend and a columnist at Interview.
|2013–||Orphan Black||BBC America||Cosima Niehaus
|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.
|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".|
|2013—||The Following||Fox||Paul Torres
|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.|
|2013—||Da Vinci's Demons||Starz||Leonardo da Vinci
|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.|
|Todd and Raffi are an interracial couple raising two adopted children.|
|2012–||Nashville||ABC||Will Lexington||Chris Carmack||Will is a closeted up-and-coming country singer.|
|2012–||Bomb Girls||Global||Betty McRae||Ali Liebert|
|2012–||Chicago Fire||NBC||Leslie Shay
|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.|
|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.|
|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)
|Hamza is a neurosurgeon and Reis is an OR nurse. They are in a long-term relationship.|
|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.|
|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.|
Leslie Odom, Jr.
|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
|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.|
|2011–||American Horror Story||FX||Chad (season 1)
Patrick (season 1)
Peggy (season 1)
Lana Winters (season 2)
Wendy (season 2)
Kathleen Rose Perkins
|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".
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.
|2011–||Being Human||Syfy||Emily||Alison Louder||Emily is lead character Josh's sister.|
|2011–||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.|
|2011–||Borgia||Canal+||Francesc Gaset||Art Malik||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.|
|2011–||Game of Thrones||HBO||Renly Baratheon
|Renly is the brother of King Robert. Loras is the Knight of Flowers.|
|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–||The Killing||AMC (Seasons 1-3)
Netflix (Season 4)
|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 Phillip in the post-fairytale world; helped Emma Swan and Mary Margaret Blanchard return to Storybrooke and Neal returrn to Neverland to rescue Henry. Her sexual orientation was revealed in the episode "Quite a Common Fairy" when she almost told Aurora that she was in love with her, only to have her heart broken when Aurora revealed that she was pregnant. Mulan did not tell her after that announcement and left to join Robin Hood and his Merry Men.|
|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).
|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. 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
|Danny is on the lacrosse team with the titular character.
Ethan is an "alpha" werewolf who becomes romantically involved with Danny in season three.
|2011–2013||Borgias, TheThe Borgias||Showtime||Michelotto Corella||Sean Harris||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
|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||Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy Club||NBC||Bunny Alice
|Alice is a Playboy Bunny and secretly lesbian. She is in a sham marriage with Sean, who is gay.
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.|
|2010—||Strike Back||Sky1 (season 1— )
Cinemax (season 2— )
Daniel Ben Zenou
|Leatherby is a former SAS officer and an antagonist in season 4.
Fahran is his lover.
|Sammy dates Ollie in season 2.|
Duke of Crowborough
|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 Jones
|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 have chemistry and share a few kisses. Her sexuality is not defined.
|2010–||The Walking Dead||AMC||Tara Chambler
|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.
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
|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.|
|2010–||Boardwalk Empire||HBO||Angela Darmody
|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–||Lip Service||BBC Three||Cat McKenzie
Detective Sgt Sam Murray
Dr Lexy Price
Dr Declan Love
|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.|
|Antonio Te Maioha
Pana Hema Taylor
|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.|
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)
|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.|
|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–||Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries||CW, TheThe CW||Bill Forbes||Jack Coleman|
|2009–||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||ABC||Kalinda Sharma
|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
|Helena "H.G." Wells speaks of having both male and female lovers.
Jinks is an ATF agent and a "human lie detector".
|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."|
|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)
|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. Dr. Naadiah is a therapist. Cassidy had a brief relationship with Erica in season one|
|2009–2011||United States of Tara||Showtime||Marshall Gregson
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
|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".|
|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
|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–||Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager||ABC Family||Griffin
|2008–||Sons of Anarchy||FX||June Stahl
Pamela J. Gray
Drea de Matteo
|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.|
|2008–||True Blood||HBO||Lafayette Reynolds
|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.
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
|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||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|
Dakota Blue Richards
Sebastian De Souza
|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–||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
|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
|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
|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)
George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford
|Joe Van Moyland
|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).|
|2007–2009||Reaper||CW, TheThe CW||Tony
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
|Darling, a United States Senate candidate, is carrying on an affair with the transgendered Carmelita, the latest of several such affairs.|
|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
|Miranda is a lesbian private investigator. Min is her partner and is having their baby.|
|2006–||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
|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–||Torchwood||BBC Three (series 1)
BBC Two (series 2)
BBC One (series 3)
Starz (season 4– )
Captain John Hart
|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.|
|2006–2011||Brothers & Sisters||ABC||Kevin Walker
|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
|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
Cliff St. Paul
|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||Line of Beauty, TheThe Line of Beauty||BBC||Nick Guest
|Nick, an Oxford graduate, starts a relationship with Leo, a black council worker.|
|Jase is a closeted man who finds a male lover, Mani. Faye is a pre-op male-to-female transsexual.|
|2005–||Doctor Who||BBC||Captain Jack Harkness
Madame Vastra The Silurian
|"Omnisexual" character from the 51st Century; Jack was spun off into the series Torchwood in Autumn 2006 on BBC Three
Vastra and Jenny were introduced in "A Good Man Goes to War".
|Angela is bisexual. She had a brief relationship with college friend Roxie.|
|2005–||Grey's Anatomy||ABC||Callie Torres
|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.
Captain Roy Till
DEA Agent Shlatter
|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
|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.|
|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
|2005–2006||Noah's Arc||Logo||Noah Nicholson
|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||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–||Shameless||Channel 4 (UK)||Ian Gallagher
|2004–2012||Desperate Housewives||ABC||Andrew Van De Kamp
|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
|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
Carmen de la Pica Morales
Lauren Lee Smith
|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 on going 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 laywer 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
Jeremy Ray Valdez
|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.|
Sky One (UK)
Peggy the Ghost
|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.|
|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
|Appearing in season 2 only, Anna is a classmate of Peyton's who struggles with rumorss of her sexuality before finally coming out as a lesbian.|
Dr. Quentin Costa
Jonathan Del Arco
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
|Marissa has a lesbian affair with Alex, who is bisexual.
Luke's father Carson is gay.
|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
|Chronicles AIDS in the 1980s|
|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
|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
Michael K. Williams
|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
|Marco Del Rossi
|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.
|2001–2005||24||Fox||Mandy||Mia Kirshner||Mandy is bisexual.|
|2001–2005||Six Feet Under||HBO||David Fisher
|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
|From the Armistead Maupin book.|
|2000–2005||Queer as Folk||Showtime||Melanie Marcus
|U.S. remake of earlier UK series.
Brian and Justin are in a loose relationship. Mel and Lindsay are raising a child togther. 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.
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||B. D. Wong||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".|
|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
James C. Leary
|Fernando and Kevin were the first openly gay characters and the first same-sex couple to marry on Spanish-language television.|
|1999–2000||Queer as Folk||Channel 4||Stuart Alan Jones
|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 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||Felicity||WB||Javier Clemente Quintata
|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
|From the Armistead Maupin book.|
|1997–2003||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||WB
|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.|
|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.|
|1996||Matt Waters||CBS||Russ Achoa||Felix A. Pire||Russ is a gay high school student.|
|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.|
|1995||Courthouse||CBS||Judge Rosetta Reide||Jennifer Lewis||Reide is a single mother involved in a relationship with her housekeeper.|
Charles "Chaz" Pratt Jr.
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
|1993–1996||Sisters||NBC||Norma Lear||Nora Dunn|
|1993||Wild Palms||ABC||Tully Woiwode
|1993||Tales of the City||PBS
|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.|
|McGrath was a nurse practitioner and her girlfriend Patty was a chef. They were the first recurring lesbian couple on American television.|
|David Marshall Grant
|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" they go on a date (off camera). 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
|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)
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