List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters
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|2013–||The Carrie Diaries||The 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, the show's main protagonist.
|2012–||Nashville||ABC||Will Lexington||Chris Carmack||Will is Scarlett and Gunnar's neighbour. He tries to kiss Gunnar and admits to being confused.|
|2012–||Underemployed||MTV||Sophia Swanson||Michelle Ang|
|2012–||Bomb Girls||Global||Betty McRae||Ali Liebert|
|2012–||Chicago Fire||NBC||Leslie Shay||Lauren German||Leslie Shay is a paramedic on Ambulance 61.|
|2012–2013||Emily Owens, M.D.||The CW||Tyra Dupre||Kelly McCreary||Tyra, a first-year surgical intern and daughter of the chief resident, quickly befriends Emily. She is openly gay.|
|Elijah is the ex-boyfriend of lead character Hannah (Lena Dunham) and she find out that he is gay in season 1. In season 2 they become roommates. George is Elijah's boyfriend. In season 2 they get in to a big argument leading to Elijah questioning his sexuality and ends up sleeping with main character Marnie (Allison Williams). Elijah describes himself as bisexual.|
|2012–||Saving Hope||CTV (Canada)
|Hamza is a neurosurgeon and Reis is an OR nurse. They are in a long-term relationship.|
|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.|
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–||Bedlam||Sky Living||Ryan||Will Young|
|2011–||Being Human||Syfy||Emily||Alison Louder||Emily is lead character Josh's sister.|
|2011–||The Borgias||Showtime||Michelotto Corella||Sean Harris||Michelotto is a condottiero in service to Cesare Borgia (François Arnaud).|
|2011–||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–||Game of Thrones||HBO||Renly Baratheon
|Renly is the brother of King Robert. Loras is the Knight of Flowers.|
|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 present in season 2.
|2011–2012||Ringer||The 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.|
|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 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.|
|Mr. Wolfe is the guidance counselor at the school and comes out as gay after main character Tessa inspires him. He is known for always being in a bright mood. Chef Alan is his life partner.|
|2011–||Teen Wolf||MTV||Danny Mahealani||Keahu Kahuanui||Danny is on the lacrosse team with the titular character.|
|2011||The 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.|
|2011||Sirens||Channel 4||Ashley Greenwick||Richard Madden|
|2011||SLiDE||TeenNick||Ed Newman||Ben Schumann|
|2010–||The Big C||Showtime||Lee||Hugh Dancy||Lee is introduced in season two as a fellow patient in Cathy's (Laura Linney) melanoma clinical trial.|
|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.|
|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–||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. 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.|
|2010–2012||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||The CW||Darwin||Jeremy Wong|
|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||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||The 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–||The Vampire Diaries||The CW||Bill Forbes||Jack Coleman|
|2009–||The Good Wife||ABC||Kalinda Sharma
|Kalinda is bisexual and a private investigator.
Owen is the brother of lead character Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies).
|2009–||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–||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.|
|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– )
|Officer John Cooper||Michael Cudlitz||Officer Cooper has been described as "the pained heart of the series."|
|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.|
|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.|
|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–||The 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.
Eddie is a gay vampire and former accountant, one of Lafeyette's clients.
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||The 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–||Gossip Girl||The CW||Eric van der Woodsen
|Eric is Serena van der Woodsen's brother. 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.|
|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||The 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).|
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||The Lair||here!||Most of the principal characters||see cast list||Supernatural-themed series following a vampire cult that operates a sex club.|
|2007–2009||The 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||The 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.|
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–||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
Introduced with her partner Jenny (Catrin Stewart) 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. Arizona comes along.|
|2005–2008||South of Nowhere||The 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||The 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–||House||Fox||Thirteen" (Dr. Remy Hadley)"||Olivia Wilde||"Thirteen" is bisexual and has been shown in relationships with both men and women.|
|2004–||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–||Shameless||Channel 4 (UK)||Ian Gallagher
|2004–||Entourage||HBO||Lloyd||Rex Lee||Assistant to super-agent Ari Gold.|
|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.|
|2004–2009||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.|
|2004–2009||The L Word||Showtime||Bette Porter
|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
|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
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||The 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||The 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
|2002||The 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||The 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||The 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.|
|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||The 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.|
|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)
See also 
- Lists of television programs with LGBT characters
- List of made-for-television films with LGBT characters
- Lists of American television episodes with LGBT themes
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