List of LGBT characters in radio and podcasts

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This is a list of LGBT characters in radio and podcast programs. Podcasts are similar to radio programs in form, but they exist as audio files that can be played at a listener's convenience, anytime or anywhere.[1]

The orientation can be described in the dialogue or otherwise mentioned. Roles include lead, main, recurring, supporting, and guest.

The names are organized alphabetically by surname (i.e. last name), or by single name if the character does not have a surname.

List[edit]

Character Portrayed by Program Identity Notes
Georgie Barker Sasha Sienna The Magnus Archives Bisexual Is shown to date men[2] and eventually becomes romantically involved with a woman.[3] (2016-Present)
Martin Blackwood Alex J. Newell The Magnus Archives Gay Enters a relationship with Jon.[4]
Ray Bourbon Hal Wadell Boys Will Be Girls Gay Ray Bourbon was the stage name of an American female impersonator. In 1933, a San Francisco radio station was broadcasting live his gay drag revue, Boys Will Be Girls at Tait's Cafe. Listeners heard the police raiding the cafe to shut down his illegal "pansy show".[5][6] (1933)
Mark Bryant ___ The Bright Sessions Bisexual Uses the term bisexual, shows romantic interest in both male and female. Went with a guy to prom.[7] (2015-2018)
Carlos (the Scientist) Dylan Marron Welcome to Night Vale Gay Carlos is the boyfriend, then later husband of Cecil Palmer.[8] (2012-Present)
Ian Craig Stephen Kennedy The Archers Gay Chef at Grey Gables and is married to Adam Macy.[9] (1951-Present)
Taryon Darrington Sam Riegel Critical Role Gay Marries his former tutor, Lawrence.[10] (2015-Present)
Carey Fangbattle Griffin McElroy The Adventure Zone Lesbian Carey is married to Killian.[11] (2014-Present)
Shaun Gilmore Matthew Mercer Critical Role Gay Owner of Gilmore's Glorious Goods and sponsor of Vox Machina.[12] (2015-Present)
Hercules Grytpype-Thynne Peter Sellers The Goon Show Gay Grytpype-Thynne is the smooth spoken and sophisticated principal villain on the show, and is usually accompanied by his companion in crime, Count Jim Moriarty.[13] Grytpype-Thynne's relationship with Moriarty also goes downhill in later series; he often refers to Moriarty in very insulting tones. (1951-1960)
Hurley Griffin McElroy The Adventure Zone Lesbian The lover of Sloane.[11] (2014-Present)
J'mon Sa Ord (Devo'ssa) Matthew Mercer Critical Role Non-binary The ruler of the city of Ank'Harel. Uses they/them pronouns.[14] (2015-Present)
Killian Griffin McElroy The Adventure Zone Bisexual Married Carey Fangbattle in the finale of the Balance arc.[11] (2014-Present)
Kima of Vord Matthew Mercer Critical Role Lesbian Marries Allura Vysoren.[15] (2015-Present)
Adam Macy Andrew Wincott The Archers Gay Married to Ian Craig and works as a farmer at Home Farm.[9][16] (1951-Present)
Sir Fitzroy Maplecourt Griffin McElroy The Adventure Zone: Graduation Asexual Fitzroy is portrayed by Griffin McElroy, who said in a Q&A episode that he thinks of Fitzroy as asexual.[17] (2019–Present)
Beauregard Lionett Marisha Ray Critical Role Lesbian Has dated or expressed interest in multiple women, currently dating Yasha.[18][19] (2015-Present)
Lup Griffin McElroy The Adventure Zone Trans woman Twin sister of one of the protagonists, Taako.[11][20] (2014-Present)
Yasha Nydoorin Ashley Johnson Critical Role Lesbian Was married to a woman in her tribe, currently dating Beau.[21][22] (2017-Present)
Cecil Gershwin Palmer Cecil Baldwin Welcome to Night Vale Gay Cecil is a gay radio host who develops a crush on Carlos (the scientist) later becoming his boyfriend, and then husband.[8] (2012-Present)
Russell Paxton Keene Crockett Theatre Guild on the Air Gay The musical Lady in the Dark adapted for radio. Russell is an openly gay fashion photographer.[23]
Jonathan "Jon" Sims Jonathan Sims The Magnus Archives Asexual He is the head archivist of the Mangus Institute and has also been described as biromantic.[24] / (Voice actor Jonathan Sims noted that although he's asexual, Jon wouldn't actively identify as such.[25]) (2016–Present)
Sloane Griffin McElroy The Adventure Zone Lesbian She is in love with a woman named Hurley.[11] (2014-Present)
Keisha Taylor Jasika Nicole Alice Isn't Dead Lesbian or bisexual Married to Alice.[26] (2017-Present)
Clarence Tiffingtuffer Ray Hedge Myrt and Marge Gay Clarence is a young costume designer who is a close friend to the title characters. The show had radio's first gay character.[27][28] (1937-1946)
Chloe Turner ___ The Bright Sessions Asexual Chloe, one of the show's main characters is a panromantic asexual.[29] (2015–2018)
Allura Vysoren Matthew Mercer Critical Role Lesbian or bisexual Marries Lady Kima.[30] (2015-Present)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Massing, Michael (April 2, 2019). "Are the Humanities History?". The New York Review of Books. Archived from the original on August 6, 2020. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective". The Magnus Archives (Podcast). Rusty Quill. June 21, 2018. Archived from the original on January 24, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "MAG 157: Rotten Core". The Magnus Archives (Podcast). Rusty Quill. October 10, 2019. Archived from the original on January 24, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "MAG 159: The Last". acast. October 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Capsuto 2000, p. 15.
  6. ^ Summers, Claude J. (2002). "Bourbon, Ray (1892?-1971)" (PDF). glbtq Encyclopedia.
  7. ^ Shippen, Lauren. "Episode 52 Transcript". Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Mallikarjuna, Krutika (August 16, 2013). "11 Reasons You Should Be Listening To "Welcome To Night Vale"". BuzzFeed. Archived from the original on March 1, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Ian Craig". BBC. 2021. Archived from the original on January 11, 2021.
  10. ^ "1x94: Jugs and Rods". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. April 13, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  11. ^ a b c d e Alarcon, Daniel Ryan (October 4, 2017). "The Adventure Zone Proves Listening to Criticism Is the Way to Improve Representation, Not Avoiding It". The Mary Sue. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  12. ^ "1x14: Shopping and Shipping". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. June 11, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  13. ^ "The Goon Show (1951-60)". Contains Moderate Peril. May 26, 2017. Archived from the original on February 19, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  14. ^ "1x65: The Streets of Ank'Harel". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. August 25, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  15. ^ "1x97: Taryon, My Wayward Son". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. May 11, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  16. ^ "Adam Macy". BBC. 2021. Archived from the original on September 13, 2020.
  17. ^ "The Adventure Zone Zone: MaxFunDrive 2020". The Adventure Zone on Maximum Fun. July 30, 2020. Archived from the original on February 1, 2021.
  18. ^ "77: Talks Machina #77: 'The Stalking Nightmare". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. August 7, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  19. ^ "2x126: Worth Fighting For". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. February 18, 2021. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  20. ^ Dale, Laura K. (April 14, 2017). "How The Adventure Zone just Nailed Trans Woman Representation". The LauraKBuzz Network. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  21. ^ "2x46: A Storm of Memories". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. December 20, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  22. ^ "2x126: Worth Fighting For". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. February 18, 2021. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  23. ^ Capsuto 2000, p. 13.
  24. ^ "Season 4 Q&A Part 1". acast. November 28, 2019. Archived from the original on March 3, 2020.
  25. ^ Sims, Jonathan [@jonnywaistcoat] (June 21, 2018). "You are :) Although whether that's how the Archivist himself would actively identify, who knows? He's never struck me as the sort to discuss that sort of thing particularly openly" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 22, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ "Part 1, Chapter 1: Omelet". Night Vale Presents (Podcast). Night Vale Presents. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
  27. ^ Capsuto 2000, p. 16.
  28. ^ Heilbut, Anthony (2012). The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-307-95847-1.
  29. ^ "Episode 28". The Bright Sessions. June 2017. Archived from the original on November 30, 2019.
  30. ^ "1x97: Taryon, My Wayward Son". Critical Role Podcast (Podcast). Critical Role Podcast. May 11, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2021.

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