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List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters: 1970s–2000s

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This is a list of dramatic television series (including web television and miniseries) that premiered in the 1970s–2000s which feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters. Non-binary, pansexual, asexual, and graysexual characters are also included. The orientation can be portrayed on-screen, described in the dialogue or mentioned.


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
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 set in a women's prison. Known internationally as Prisoner: Cell Block H.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
1984–1996 CBS Schoolbreak Special CBS Todd Bowers Richard Joseph Paul Episode "What If I'm Gay?" first aired March 31, 1987.[citation needed]
1984 Celebrity NBC Mack Crawford Joseph Bottoms Mini-series spanning the life of three famous friends from 1950 to 1975.[citation needed]
1986 Dress Gray NBC David Hand Patrick Cassidy Miniseries about the murder investigation of cadet David Hand. The character is seen mostly in flashback.[citation needed]
1981–1989 Dynasty ABC Steven Carrington Al Corley (S1, 2, Reunion)
Jack Coleman (S3–8)
The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado. At the end of the three-hour premiere episode "Oil", Blake Carrington reveals he is disgusted by Steven's homosexuality, and Steven's refusal to "conform" sets father and son at odds.[citation needed]
1988–1989 HeartBeat ABC Marilyn McGrath
Gail Strickland
Gina Hecht
Marilyn is a nurse practitioner and co-founder of a women's clinic.
Patty is a chef and the partner of Marilyn.
HeartBeat is the first prime time series in the U.S. to include a lesbian (Marilyn McGrath) as a main character. Patty is a recurring character.[1][2]
1981–1987 Hill Street Blues NBC Eddie Gregg
Officer Kate McBride
Charles Levin
Lindsay Crouse
Eddie was a gay male sex worker who becomes friends with Mick Belker after helping him take down his pimp. He appeared in a few episodes before dying of AIDS in episode "Slum-Enchanted Evening".
Kate comes out after being falsely accused of sexually harassing a female prisoner.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
1981 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls CBS Vivienne Moray Camilla Sparv Vivienne is lesbian and an artist.[3]
1986–1994 L.A. Law NBC Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb
Abby Perkins
Amanda Donohoe
Michele Greene
Cara is a British-born bisexual lawyer who has a brief involvement with Abby in Season 5. 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 of the season and the relationship between the characters was not developed further. Donohoe also left the series the following year at the end of Season 6.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
1987 Two of Us BBC Matthew
Jason Rush
Lee Whitlock
Gay teenager Matthew has strong friendship with Phil, who also has a girlfriend.
Phil decides to run away with Matthew. The girlfriend goes to get him back.
Two versions were shot, one where the boys end up together (1987), one where Phil returns with girlfriend (1988). Includes famous shower scene with two men kissing for first time on British TV. Originally cut due to Section 28 legislation, and later shown in full.[citation needed]
1989 The Women of Brewster Place ABC Lorraine
Theresa "Tee"
Lonette McKee
Paula Kelly
Lorraine is a closeted lesbian.
Theresa is a closeted lesbian but embraces her identity and prefers the company of other gay people.
Lorraine and Theresa are a couple and move into Brewster Place, where they become the subject of malicious gossip. [4]
The relationship between Lorraine and Theresa is the first black lesbian relationship portrayed on American television.[5]



Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
1990–2010 Law & Order NBC Serena Southerlyn Elisabeth Röhm Southerlyn came out as a lesbian in "Ain't No Love" (s15/ep13), her final appearance in the series.[citation needed]
1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit BBC Jess Charlotte Coleman Lesbian schoolgirl grows up in a repressive Lancashire industrial district and finds love.[citation needed]
1990 Portrait of a Marriage BBC Two Vita Sackville-West
Violet Trefusis
Harold Nicolson
Janet McTeer
Cathryn Harrison
David Haig
Vita and Harold are homosexuals maintaining an open marriage in which both can pursue their same-sex preferences.
Violet is bisexual.
Biopic miniseries about the love affair between Sackville-West and Trefusis (née Keppel).[6][7]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
1993–1999 Homicide: Life on the Street NBC Tim Bayliss Kyle Secor Tim Bayliss came out as bisexual in season 6, and was the first main character on a television drama to be a member of the LGBT community.[8]
1993–2005 NYPD Blue ABC Lt. Thomas Bale
PAA John Irvin
Officer Abby Sullivan
Currie Graham
Bill Brochtrup
Paige Turco
John Irvin was a recurring character introduced in Season 2 as the openly gay 15th Precinct's Administrative Aide.
Abby was a uniformed police officer in Seasons 4 and 5 who was a friend of Greg Medavoy (Gordon Clapp) and an open lesbian involved with a woman named Kathy (played by Lisa Darr).[citation needed]
1993–1996 Sisters NBC Norma Lear Nora Dunn Norma was a minor character; a TV producer introduced in Season 4 who was an out-and-proud lesbian, (though her partner, Chris, never appeared onscreen).[citation needed]
1993 Tales of the City PBS
Channel 4
Anna Madrigal
Michael Tolliver
Jon Fielding
D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
Beauchamp Day
Olympia Dukakis
Marcus D'Amico
Billy Campbell
Cynda Williams
Thomas Gibson
Anna Madrigal is a trans woman.
Michael Tolliver is an openly gay resident of Anna Madrigal's boarding house.
John Fielding is a closeted doctor who casually dates Michael.
D'orothea is a closeted lesbian model who has a romantic history with Mona Ramsey (Chloe Webb).
Beauchamp is presumed to be bisexual for he is seen having an affair with Mary Ann Singleton and later Jon Fielding.[citation needed]
The miniseries is adapted from the novel of the same name by Armistead Maupin.
The program resulted in a Congressional investigation into U.S. public television.[citation needed]
1993 Wild Palms ABC Tully Woiwode
Tommy Lazlo
Nick Mancuso
Ernie Hudson
Tully and Tommy were a gay couple and part of the 'Friends' rebel group.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
1994–1996 Cardiac Arrest BBC One Dr. James Mortimer Jonathan Dow [citation needed]
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
Dr. Kerry Weaver questions her sexual orientation in Season 7 when she falls in love with staff psychiatrist Kim Legaspi, but was afraid to admit it to Legaspi or herself. While Legaspi is openly lesbian and willing to pursue a romantic relationship, Weaver is closeted and suffers from internalized homophobia. In Season 8, Weaver began a new relationship with firefighter Lt. Sandy Lopez. As the two got close, Lopez told Kerry she refused to date a woman who was in the closet. Lopez forcibly outed Weaver with a passionate kiss in front of her co-workers. What followed over the next two seasons was a groundbreaking story for network television as the development of the romance between the two women was treated with the courtship, passion and arguments often reserved for heterosexual couples.[citation needed]
1994–1995 My So-Called Life ABC Enrique 'Rickie' Vasquez Wilson Cruz [citation needed]
1994–2000 Party of Five Fox Ross Werkman
Perry Marks
Mitchell Anderson
Olivia d'Abo
Wilson Cruz
Ross is openly gay and the violin teacher for Claudia Salinger (main character); he was a recurring character who appeared throughout the series.
Perry is lesbian and a professor at Julia Salinger's (main character) university; she appears in three episodes in Season 5.
Victor is openly gay and the nanny of Owen Salinger; he was a recurring character who appeared in Season 6.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
1995 Courthouse CBS Judge Rosetta Reide Jennifer Lewis Reide is a single mother involved in a lesbian relationship with her housekeeper.[9]
1995–1996 Live Shot UPN Lou Waller Tom Byrd Waller is the sports anchor at television station KXZX. He comes out as gay in the final episode of the series, "Decisions, Decisions".
1995–1997 Murder One ABC Louis Hines John Fleck Louis is gay and the personal assistant to lead attorney Ted Hoffman (Daniel Benzali).[9]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
1996 Matt Waters CBS Russ Achoa Felix A. Pire Russ is a gay high school student.[9]
1996–2000 Profiler NBC George Fraley Peter Frechette While he was a main character, his being gay was only referenced a couple of times.[citation needed]
1996–1997 Relativity ABC Rhonda Roth Lisa Edelstein Rhonda is the lesbian sister of lead character Leo.[10]
1996–1997 This Life BBC Warren Jones
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Garcia
Sarah Newly
Jason Hughes
Ramon Tikaram
Tony Curran
Clare Clifford
Warren is gay and one of the lead characters from season one.
Ferdy is bisexual and Warren's on-off love interest (season 1). He begins coming to terms with his sexuality when he develops a relationship with Lenny (season 2).
Lenny is gay.
Sarah Newly is lesbian. She is attracted to Anna Forbes and tries to seduce her.[11][12]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
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
Willow is lesbian. Even though she has been in a relationship with Daniel “Oz” Osbourne in seasons three to four, she later identifies as lesbian when she and Tara enter into a relationship in season 4. [13][14][15]
Tara is lesbian.[16]
Kennedy is lesbian. Introduced in season 7, she becomes involved with Willow.[17]
Andrew was confirmed to be gay by series creator Joss Whedon although it was never directly stated on-screen.
Larry, Xander's bully from season one, tells Xander he's gay in season two.
Scott, a character in season three, is revealed to be gay in season seven.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
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.[citation needed]
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. Jack shares a passionate kiss with Ethan in an episode titled "True Love". This kiss sparks a conversation with Jack's father in which he opens up about the struggle of feeling so different and finally earn's acceptance from his father.[18]
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 as gay in the episode "Love and Marriage."[citation needed]
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
Françoise Robertson
[citation needed]
(Sequel to Tales of the City.)
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.[citation needed]
1998–2004 Stingers Nine Network Christina Dichiera Jacinta Stapleton Christina is lesbian (Seasons 6–8). She is a young constable recruited into a deep cover unit of the Victorian Police and had a brief affair with the daughter of her unit's commander.[19]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
1999–2006 Bad Girls ITV Helen Stewart
Nikki Wade
Denny Blood
Shaz Wiley
Shell Dockley
"Mad" Tessa Spall
Pat Kerrigan
Sheena Williams
Lorna Rose
Al McKenzie
Cassie Tyler
Roisin Connor
Kris Yates
Selena Geeson
Arun Parmar
Mandy Goodhue
Neil Grayling
Simone Lahbib
Mandana Jones
Alicya Eyo
Lindsey Fawcett
Debra Stephenson
Helen Schlesinger
Liz May Brice
Laura Rogers
Luisa Bradshaw-White
Pauline Campbell
Kellie Bright
Siobhan McCarthy
Jennifer Ness
Charlotte Lucas
Rebecca Hazlewood
Angela Bruce
Victoria Pritchard
James Gaddas
Helen falls in love with Nikki, although in the first two seasons she is hesitant about her sexual orientation. She breaks up with Nikki, then dates a man, but helps Nikki in the appeal of her sentence. She comes out as lesbian at the end of season 3 when, after Nikki won her appeal and she goes to her victory party, Helen tells Nikki that she had been an idiot and admits "I want a woman". Helen and Nikki are reconciled.
Nikki is a lesbian inmate sent to prison after killing a police officer she caught raping her girlfriend, Trisha. She falls in love with Helen, the governor of the prison wing. In season 2 they kiss and have sex for the first time.
Denny is a lesbian prisoner convicted of arson. Her girlfriend is Shaz and is sometimes involved with Shell.
Shaz is a lesbian prisoner convicted of manslaughter and the girlfriend of Denny.
Shell is a bisexual inmate involved with Denny and Jim Fenner.
Tessa is an aggressive lesbian prisoner that bullies Nikki, resulting in a fight between them.
Pat is a lesbian prisoner.[20]
Sheena is a lesbian prisoner. She hooks up with Pat.
Lorna is lesbian and a prison officer.
Trisha is lesbian and Nikki's partner. She breaks up with Nikki.
Neil is gay and closeted for the most part.
[citation needed]
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).[citation needed]
1999–2002 Once and Again ABC Jessie Sammler
Katie Singer
Evan Rachel Wood
Mischa Barton
Jessie learns that she has romantic feelings for Katie in Season 3 and the two of them begin to secretly date in the series final episodes.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
1999–2007 The Sopranos HBO Vito Spatafore Joseph R. Gannascoli Vito was murdered in season 6 for being gay.[21]
1999 Wasteland ABC Russell Baskind Dan Montgomery, Jr. Russell is a closeted soap opera star.[citation needed]



Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
2000–2002 Dark Angel Fox Cynthia 'Original Cindy' McEachin Valarie Rae Miller Cynthia is a lesbian. She has a short reunion with her ex-lover Diamond (Tangelia Rouse) in episode #1.15, "Shorties in Love".[citation needed]
2000 Frank Herbert's Dune Sci Fi Channel Baron Vladimir Harkonnen Ian McNeice The wicked Baron survives an assassination attempt involving a poisoned needle planted in the body of one of his male slave lovers.[citation needed]
2000–2012 Hospital Central Telecinco Esther García
Macarena Fernández
Fátima Baeza
Patricia Vico
Nurse Esther had several relationships with men until she fell in love and married lesbian doctor Macarena.[citation needed]
2000–2005 Queer as Folk Showtime Melanie Marcus
Lindsay Peterson
Ben Bruckner
Brian Kinney
Justin Taylor
Ted Schmidt
Emmett Honeycutt
David Cameron
Michael Novotny
Vic Grassi
Michelle Clunie
Thea Gill
Robert Gant
Gale Harold
Randy Harrison
Scott Lowell
Peter Paige
Chris Potter
Hal Sparks
Jack Wetherall
Rae Ellen Bodie
Melanie is lesbian.
Lindsay is bisexual. She has an affair with Sam Auerbach in season 4.[22]
Melanie and Lindsay are in a relationship and raising a daughter (Jenny) and son (Gus) together.
Brian and Justin are in a loose relationship.
Ben and Michael are in a relationship.
Dusty is lesbian and a friend of Melanie and Lindsay.
[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
2001–2005 24 Fox Mandy Mia Kirshner Mandy is an occasional character seen in Seasons 1, 2 and 4 who is a mercenary/assassin; she is bisexual.[citation needed]
2001–2002 100 Centre Street A&E Attallah "Queenie" Sims LaTanya Richardson Attallah is ____.[citation needed]
2001–2015 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
Jack Jones
Miles Hollingsworth III
Zoe Rivas
Adamo Ruggiero
John Bregar
Lauren Collins
Alex House
Deanna Casaluce
Argiris Karras
Shannon Kook-Chun
Jordan Todosey
Annie Clark
Lyle O'Donohoe
Cristine Prosperi
Niamh Wilson
Eric Osborne
Ana Golja
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 trans man.
Fiona briefly dates Adam, then realizes she is lesbian.
Tristan is gay.
Imogen is bisexual or pansexual.
Jack dates Imogen.
In the break between seasons 13 and 14, Miles begins dating Tristan, eventually coming out as bisexual.
Zoe struggles with her sexuality until admitting to herself she is lesbian.
[23][citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2001 Further Tales of the City Showtime
Channel 4
Anna Madrigal
Michael Tolliver
Jon Fielding
D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
DeDe Halcyon Day
Olympia Dukakis
Paul Hopkins
Billy Campbell
Françoise Robertson
Barbara Garrick
DeDe is a lesbian. She came out at the end of More Tales of the City, and was romantically involved with D'orothea for a time before being separated. They are both reunited at the end and resume their romance.
[citation needed]
(Sequel to Tales of the City and More Tales of the City.)
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.[citation needed]
2001 Metrosexuality Channel 4 Max
Rikki Beadle-Blair
Karl Collins
Paul Keating
Davey Fairbanks
Carleen Beadle
[citation needed]
2001–2005 The Secret Life of Us Network 10 Simon Trader
Richie Blake
Miranada Lang
David Tredinnick
Spencer McLaren
Abi Tucker
Nina Liu
Simon is gay despite an extensive heterosexual love life in his early life.
Richie is Gay despite at the start of the show he was in a relationship with Miranda.
Miranda despite having mainly heterosexual relationships through most of the show she falls in love with Chloe in series 3 as she explains "I'm Heterosexual, but I happened to have fallen in love with a woman".
Chloe is a lesbian.[citation needed]
2001–2005 Six Feet Under HBO David Fisher
Keith Charles
Michael C. Hall
Mathew St. Patrick
Gay relationship among lead characters.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
2002–2006 Everwood WB Carl Feeney
Kyle Hunter
Dylan Walsh
Steven R. McQueen
Nina leaves her husband Carl after finding out he has an affair with a man.
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.[citation needed]
2002–2003 Firefly Fox Inara Serra
Morena Baccarin
Katherine Kendall
Inara is bisexual. She is a Companion, a woman who hires herself out as a courtesan to upper-class clients and dignitaries, male or female, that seek sexual pleasure and accompaniment at social functions. In episode 1x10, "War Stories", her client is a female Councilor.
The Councilor is lesbian or bisexual (personal information about her was not provided in the episode).[24]
2002–2008 The Shield FX Julien Lowe Michael Jace Lowe was a police officer who struggled with his homosexuality due to his devout Christian beliefs.[citation needed]
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.
Nan eventually settles down with Florence.[citation needed]
2002–2008 The Wire HBO Kima Greggs
Omar Little
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
William Rawls
Brandon Wright
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.[25][citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
2003 Angels in America HBO Prior Walter
Louis Ironson
Joe Pitt
Roy Cohn
Justin Kirk
Ben Shenkman
Patrick Wilson
Al Pacino
Jeffrey Wright
[citation needed]
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 in one episode in Season 1.[citation needed]
2003 Crystal Boys PTS A-Qing
Zhao Ying
Fan Chi-wei
Yang Youning
[citation needed]
2003– NCIS CBS Ned Dorneget Matt L. Jones Ned was a Cyber operations Special agent who identified as gay.[citation needed]
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 is transgender and the trigger of a significant story arc in Season 1.
At the second season's finale, Ava Moore is revealed to be transgender, which causes deep consequences in the series.
Dr. Quentin Costa is openly bisexual.
Detective Kit McGraw is bisexual.
Cherry Peck is transgender and plays a significant role in Season 3.
Julia was married to Dr. Sean McNamara but following their divorce, fell in love and had a romance with Olivia in Season 4.[citation needed]
2003–2007 The O.C. Fox Marissa Cooper
Alex Kelly
Carson Ward
Mischa Barton
Olivia Wilde
Brian McNamara
Marissa and Alex, both bisexual, have a brief relationship in Season 2.
Luke's father Carson is gay.[citation needed]
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 rumors of her sexuality before finally coming out as a lesbian. Her family has been denying this fact for many years and once the secret is out, they move to another place.
In season 7, Josh stars as the leading male in Seven Dreams 'Til Tuesday. He is secretly gay fearing that if he came out his career would be ruined and his reputation as a party boy would come undone. After confiding in a friend and getting acceptance, he decides to come out but the reactions of the public are not shown.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
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, Felix is shown to be in a romantic relationship with Lieutenant Louis Hoshi.
D'Anna, Gaius and six were shown to be in a relationship together.[citation needed]
2004–2006 Deadwood HBO Joanie Stubbs
Jane Canary
Kim Dickens
Robin Weigert
Joanie is a lesbian and falls in love with Jane.
Jane (aka Calamity Jane) grows in love with Joanie and reciprocates her attention.[26][27]
2004–2012 Desperate Housewives ABC Andrew Van de Kamp
Alex Cominis
Peter McMillan
Bob Hunter
Lee McDermott
Katherine Mayfair
Robin Gallagher
Shawn Pyfrom
Ryan Carnes
Todd Grinnell
Lee Tergesen
Tuc Watkins
Kevin Rahm
Dana Delany
Julie Benz
Manipulative Andrew claims to be gay but confesses to be bisexual.
Justin is gay and Andrew's boyfriend.
Alex is Andrew's ex-husband.
Peter is the bisexual boyfriend of Andrew's mother.
Bob and Lee, a gay couple, move into Wisteria Lane in Season 4.

Katherine realizes she is bisexual.
Robin is lesbian and an ex-stripper. She dates Katherine (season 6).
[citation needed]
2004–2011 Entourage HBO Lloyd Rex Lee Assistant to super-agent Ari Gold.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2004–2012 House Fox "Thirteen" (Dr. Remy Hadley) Olivia Wilde "Thirteen" is bisexual and has been shown in relationships with both men and women.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2004–2009 The 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 Sweeney (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 are a lesbian couple who were in a relationship for seven years prior to the show's 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 has a relationship in Seasons 4 and 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 in Season 1.
Shane sleeps with many characters throughout the show and briefly considers marrying Carmen despite her ongoing affair with Cherie.
Shane has a brief relationship with Paige in Season 4, and a short tryst 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 Sweeney (formerly Moira Sweeney) is a transgender man. He's in a relationship with Jenny who helps him during his transition.
[citation needed]
2004–2010 Lost ABC Tom Friendly
M. C. Gainey
Francesco Simone
Tom is openly gay and one of the so-called 'Others' who reside on the island. He is later shown with a lover, Arturo.
Arturo is gay.[citation needed]
2004–2005 Moorat ARY TV Reshma
Abid Ali
Kashif Mahmood
Ehtasham Warsi
Rashid Farooqi
Mehmood Akhtar
Moorat Aka Eunuch's Wedding, a sensitive story that unfolds their deprived and isolated world and yet portrays eloquently how they too are not far away from the human emotions and feelings and their world not much different to ours.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2004–2013 Shameless Channel 4 (UK) Ian Gallagher
Kash Karib
Monica Gallagher
Mickey Macguire
Gerard Kearns
Chris Bisson
Lindsey Dawson
Annabelle Apsion
Dystin Johnson
Ciarán Griffiths
[citation needed]
2004–2007 /
Veronica Mars UPN (S1, 2)
The CW (S3)
Hulu (S4)
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
Seth is ____.
Ryan is ____.
Marcos is ____.
Kelly is ____.
Kylie is ____.
Marlena is ____.
Peter is ____.
There are a number of positively portrayed characters, although for most their sexual orientation is incidental.[citation needed]
2004 Wonderfalls Fox Sharon Tyler
Katie Finneran
Kari Matchett
Sharon inadvertently came out in the first episode.
Beth is bisexual and dated Sharon throughout the series.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
2005 Beating Heart MBC Kim Hae-jung Harisu Hae-jung is trans woman and sibling of lead character Kim Chang-wan.[citation needed]
2005–2017 Bones Fox Angela Montenegro
Roxie Lyon
Michaela Conlin
Nichole Hiltz
Angela is bisexual. She had a brief relationship with college friend Roxie, but later married Dr. Jack Hodgins.[citation needed]
2005 The Book of Daniel NBC Peter Webster Christian Campbell Peter is Daniel's 23-year-old gay Republican son.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2005– Doctor Who BBC Captain Jack Harkness
River Song
Madame Vastra
Jenny Flint
Clara Oswald
Bill Potts
John Barrowman
Alex Kingston
Neve McIntosh
Catrin Stewart
Jenna Coleman
Pearl Mackie
Jack Harkness is an omnisexual character from the 51st century, also appearing as the lead in spin-off series Torchwood.
River Song is bisexual and has had relationships with both men and women (she is also from the 51st century).
Madame Vastra, a Silurian, and her human wife Jenny Flint are lesbians.
Clara Oswald has mentioned romantic relationships with women and has had relationships with men on screen. (The word 'bisexual' was never used in the show but has been insinuated.)
Bill Potts is a lesbian and the first openly gay companion to the Doctor.
2005 Eyes ABC Chris Didion Rick Worthy [citation needed]
2005 Fingersmith BBC Sue Trinder
Maud Lilly
Sally Hawkins
Elaine Cassidy
[citation needed]
2005– Grey's Anatomy ABC Callie Torres
Erica Hahn
Arizona Robbins
Lauren Boswell
Leah Murphy
Eliza Minnick
Penelope Blake
Carina DeLuca
Casey Parker
Levi Schmitt
Nico Kim
Amelia Shepherd
Teddy Altman
Taryn Helm
Sara Ramirez
Brooke Smith
Jessica Capshaw
Hilarie Burton
Tessa Ferrer
Steven W. Bailey
Jack Yang
Marika Dominczyk
Samantha Sloyan
Stefania Spampinato
Alex Blue Davis
Jake Borelli
Alex Landi
Caterina Scorsone
Kim Raver
Jaicy Elliot
Callie is bisexual.[36] She and Erica embark on a romantic relationship during the fifth season until Erica abruptly leaves the hospital.[37] Shortly after, Callie continues to explore her sexuality with Arizona, and the two eventually establish a relationship.
Erica is lesbian.[37]
Arizona is lesbian.[38]
Lauren is ____. She had an affair with Arizona in Season 9.[39]
Leah is _____. She had an affair with Arizona in Season 10.[40]
Joe is gay. He's the bartender and owner of the bar that the doctors frequent.[41]
Walter is gay and Joe's off-again on-again boyfriend. They end up adopting twins together (season 3).[41]
Eliza is lesbian. She's introduced as a love interest for Arizona in Season 13.[38]
Penelope (Penny) is lesbian. She was introduced as a love interest for Callie in Season 12.[42]
Carina is bisexual. She's an OB/GYN attending introduced in season 14. She has relationships with Arizona and Owen.[43]
Casey is a transgender man and war veteran who is introduced as a first-year surgical intern in Season 14.[44]
Levi is gay and came out after Nico kissed him in the elevator. He had always felt an attraction to men but hadn't understood it.
Nico is the first openly gay surgeon in the series. He is in a relationship with Levi.[45]
Amelia is bicurious. She is mostly attracted to men, but she mentions she had a crush on Carina and tried to ask her to have a threesome (season 16).[46]
Teddy is bisexual. She has been in a relationship with Owen, and was in a love triangle with Allison and Claire (Allison's girlfriend) in the past. She named her daughter after Allison and reveals that she loved Allison more than she ever loved Owen (ep. 16x19, "Love of My Life").[47][48]
Taryn is _____. She is introduced as a surgical intern in season 14 and has a crush on Meredith Grey.[49][50]
[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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 gay men of color living in the Los Angeles, California area.[citation needed]
2005–2010 Outrageous Fortune TV3 Bilkey van der Heever
Jon Brazier
Hori Ahipene
Bilkey is gay.
Angel is a trans woman.[citation needed]
2005–2006 Sleeper Cell Showtime Salim
Omid Abtahi
Michael Rady
Salim is a gay member of an Islamic terrorist cell.
Jason is the man Salim begins developing a relationship with.
The characters appeared in season 2, Sleeper Cell: American Terror.[citation needed]
2005–2008 South of Nowhere The N Spencer Carlin
Ashley Davies
Gabrielle Christian
Mandy Musgrave
Spencer moves to Los Angeles from Ohio and befriends Ashley, both of whom are lesbians. Their relationship builds and Spencer's coming out to her parents is triggered by her mother walking in on the young couple. At the end of the series in the third season, they move in together.[citation needed]
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 neighbors who are raising their son Tom together.[citation needed]
2005–2020 Supernatural The CW Charlie Bradbury
Chuck Shurley/God
Jesse Cuevas
Cesar Cuevas
Lily Baker
Claire Novak
Felicia Day
Rob Benedict
Mark Sheppard
Lee Rumohr
Hugo Ateo
Ernie Grunwald
Devin Ratray
Jessica Harmon
Kathryn Newton
Misha Collins
Charlie Bradbury is an openly lesbian computer hacker and IT employee who assisted Sam and Dean Winchester in several cases in seasons 7, 8, 9, and 10.[51]
God, also known as Chuck Shurley, mentions having had girlfriends and boyfriends in the past (which suggests he's bisexual).
Crowley describes his sexuality as 'complicated' as he made deals with both men and women (he's most likely bisexual or pansexual).
Jesse and Cesar Cuevas are gay and each other's spouses.
Barnes is _____.
Demian is gay.
Lily is _____.
Claire is a lesbian. Her attraction to Kaia Nieves was confirmed in season 14/ep 3 when Jody Mills refers to Kaia as Claire's first love.
Castiel is queer and agender. He confesses his love for Dean Winchester in season 15, episode 18 before being taken by the empty. But has also shown a genuine interest in women as well
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 Dean and Celia Hodes; she identifies as lesbian.
Till and Shlatter are professional partners at the Drug Enforcement Administration and also lovers.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
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.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2006–2012 Eureka Syfy Vincent Chris Gauthier Vincent is hinted at being the only openly gay member of Eureka's recurring characters, though this is handled very lightly and only rarely appears to any major degree.[citation needed]
2006–2011 Friday Night Lights NBC Lucy Rodell
Barbara Gentry
Devin Boland
Libby Villari
Eleese Lester
Stephanie Hunt
Lucy is lesbian and the Mayor of Dillon.
Barbara is the lesbian partner of Mayor Rodell.
Devin is lesbian.[52]
2006–2010 Heroes NBC Claire Bennet
Gretchen Berg
Hayden Panettiere
Madeline Zima
Gretchen and Claire are roommates in college in Season 4. Later on, it is revealed that Gretchen is bisexual and has romantic feelings for Claire which are later reciprocated by Claire.[citation needed]
2006–2009 Hotel Babylon BBC One Ben Trueman Michael Obiora Ben is the flamboyant, openly gay front desk receptionist at the hotel.[53][54]
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.[citation needed]
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 transgender woman.[citation needed]
2006–2011 Torchwood BBC Three (series 1)
BBC Two (series 2)
BBC One (series 3)
Starz (series 4)
Jack Harkness
Ianto Jones
Toshiko Sato
Owen Harper
Captain John Hart
Angelo Colasanto
Charlotte Wills
John Barrowman
Gareth David-Lloyd
Naoko Mori
Burn Gorman
James Marsters
Dillon Casey
Daniele Favilli
Marina Benedict
Captain Jack Harkness was previously established on Doctor Who as omnisexual.
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.
Owen is also bisexual, having a threesome with a man and a woman, and confirmed intentional sexual tension with Mark Lynch.
Jack's namesake, the real Captain Jack Harkness (Matt Rippy) from 1941 was also gay and was subject to a parting kiss.
Captain John Hart, Jack's ex-partner, appears in the second series premiere and the second series finale.
In episode nine of series four, recurring character Charlotte Willis comes out as a lesbian.[citation needed]
The series' creator, Russell T Davies, has described Torchwood as "a very bisexual series".[citation needed]
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 a trans woman 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.[citation needed]
2006–2015 Waterloo Road BBC1 (UK) Jo Lipsett
Ros McCain
Matt Wilding
Josh Stevenson
Nate Gurney
Nikki Boston
Lorraine Donnegan
Vix Spark
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.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
2007–2013 Army Wives Lifetime Nicole Galassini
Charlotte "Charlie" Mayfield
Kellie Martin
Ryan Michelle Bathe
Nicole is lesbian and an Army intelligence captain. At first reluctant to be out about her relationship with Charlie because of the government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy, Nicole eventually proposes to her. (Season 6)
Charlie is lesbian and the civilian partner of Nicole.[55][56]
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.[citation needed]
2007–2012 Damages FX (seasons 1–3)
Audience Network (season 4–5)
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.[citation needed]
2007–2008 Dirt FX Leo Spiller
Jack Dawson
Julia Mallory
Will McCormack
Grant Show
Carly Pope
Laura Allen
Leo is bisexual and the brother of lead character Lucy Spiller.
Jack is a closeted movie star who has a short tryst with Leo.
Garbo is lesbian and a drug dealer.
Julia is bisexual. She has sex with Garbo.[citation needed]
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 transgender Carmelita, the latest of several such affairs.[citation needed]
2007–2012 Gossip Girl The 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 gay younger brother who is outed by Georgina in Season 1.
Harold is Blair Waldorf's divorced father, and Roman is his boyfriend.
Asher and Jonathan are Eric's ex-boyfriends.
Freddy is Roman's ex-lover.
Julian is the school play's director.
Josh is a gay man who Chuck kisses in order to ensure that he gives Blair the honor of making NYU's freshman speech in Season 3.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2007 Jekyll BBC One Miranda Calendar
Meera Syal
Fenella Woolgar
Miranda is a lesbian private investigator.
Min is Miranda's partner and is having their baby.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2007–2015 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.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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).[57]
2007–2013 Skins E4 Maxxie Oliver
Tony Stonem
Cassie Ainsworth
Emily Fitch
Naomi Campbell
Franky Fitzgerald
Matty Levan
Mini McGuinness
Alex Henley
Nick Levan
Mitch Hewer
Nicholas Hoult
Hannah Murray
Matthew Hayfield
Sean Verey
Kathryn Prescott
Lily Loveless
Dakota Blue Richards
Sebastian De Souza
Freya Mavor
Sam Jackson
Sean Teale
Daniel Black
Maxxie is openly gay (first generation, season 1 and 2).
Tony may be fluid. Tony's sexuality is left unclear as he has had both male and female sexual relationships, though he has never had a boyfriend. He had an adventure with Maxxie in Russia (first generation, season 1 and 2).
Cassie said that she was straight before that she know pussies, this happened when Sid broke her heart in season 2 (first generation, season 1 and 2).
Dale is a minor character who kissed Maxxie after he tried to hit him (first generation, season 2).
James is Maxxie's boyfriend (first generation, season 2).
Emily is a lesbian, but she had sex with JJ (second generation, season 3, 4 and 7).
Naomi is Emily's girlfriend, she is a lesbian. The two are in a committed relationship.
Franky is an androgynous pansexual (third generation, season 5 and 6).
Matty, is bisexual, though this trait is left unsaid in the series (third generation, season 5 and 6).
Alex is a gay character who joins the 'third generation' in season 6 (third generation, season 6).
Nick kissed Alex at a party, he isn't gay and doesn't look like bisexual, but he may be bicurious or fluid (third generation, season 5 and 6).
Rider is a minor bisexual character, he slept with Alex in season 2, but this scene isn't shown, it's known because there is a photo that Liv saw (third generation, season 5 and 6).
[citation needed]
2007–2010 The 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.
George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's brother is portrayed as gay.
There is no historical evidence for these orientations.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
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
Teddy dated several female characters until he realized that he was gay in Season 3 after having a tryst with Shane.
Adrianna had a short romance with Gia in Season 2.[citation needed]
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 Brazil.[58]
2008 Cashmere Mafia ABC Caitlin Dowd
Alicia Lawson
Bonnie Somerville
Lourdes Benedicto
Caitlin is bisexual or bi-curious. She met and dated Alicia, a lesbian, for a number of episodes.[citation needed]
2008–2011 Física o Química Antena 3 Fernando "Fer" Redondo
David Ferrán
Alma Núñez
Javier Calvo
Adrián Rodríguez
Sandra Blázquez
Israel 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.
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.
Alma has been in sexual relationships with both boys and girls, though she never confirmed her bisexuality.
Borja is Fer's new boyfriend and fianceé (Season 6).[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2008–2010 Legend of the Seeker Syndicated Cara Mason Tabrett Bethell In the television series, Cara is portrayed as bisexual.[citation needed]
2008– Murdoch Mysteries CBC Dr. Emily Grace
Lillian Moss
Detective Llewelyn Watts
James Gillies
Chief Constable Percival Giles
Georgina Reilly
Sarah Mitich
Daniel Maslany
Michael Seater
Nigel Bennett
Emily is bisexual. She was in a relationship with George Crabtree and dated Leslie Garland. In Season 8 episode "High Voltage", she meets suffragette Lillian Moss; and thereafter falls in love with her.[59]
Lillian is lesbian. She was disowned by her family for refusing to marry a hand-picked husband. Lillian's real name was Helen and she had once been involved with a married woman. She was attracted to Emily and they subsequently enter into a romantic relationship.[60]
Llewelyn is revealed to have a male love interest in season 13.
James is _____.
Percival is ____.
The series has included episodes where homosexuality was an aspect of the story ("Till Death Do Us Part" (1x05) is about the murder of a secretly gay man, shows the underground gay community, and sodomy laws are referred; "Victor, Victorian" (3x03) is about cross-dressing women in a private club; in "Murdochophobia" (7x06) a woman in a group commits suicide after her relationship with another woman in it is exposed; "What Lies Buried" (8x07) reveals a constable that used to extort young male prostitutes).
[citation needed]
2008–2009 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency HBO BK Desmond Dube [citation needed]
2008–2009 Raising the Bar TNT Charlie Sagansky Jonathan Scarfe [citation needed]
2008–2013 Raw RTÉ Two (Season 1)
RTÉ One (Season 2–5)
Geoff Mitchell
Pavel Rebien
Damon Gameau
Kryštof Hádek
[citation needed]
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager ABC Family Griffin
Anne Juergens
Brando Eaton
Kristopher Higgins
[citation needed]
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 June's professional and personal partner during the third season.
Wendy realizes she likes women before season 4.
Venus Van Dam is a transgender sex worker 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), indicating Gemma is 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".[citation needed]
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
Rutina Wesley
Ryan Kwanten
Alexander Skarsgård
Stephen Root
Michael McMillian
Kevin Alejandro
Denis O'Hare
Theo Alexander
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Natasha Alam
John Prosky
Lafayette is a gay short-order cook, drug dealer and sex worker.
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 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 a pansexual vampire and the sheriff of the vampires in his town. He has multiple relations with males.
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 4, 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 (male 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 sex client of Lafayette's in Season 1.[citation needed]


Year Show Network Character Actor Notes
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.[61]
Dr. Naadiah is _____ and a therapist.
Cassidy is lesbian and had a brief relationship with Erica in season one.[citation needed]
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 Sam's husband.[citation needed]
2009–2010 FlashForward ABC Janis Hawk
Christine Woods
Navi Rawat
Janis is an FBI agent and a closeted lesbian. However, her sexual orientation is known to some of her colleagues.
Maya is an artist who has a romantic tryst with Janis in episode #1.5, "Gimme Some Truth".[citation needed]
2009–2015 Glee Fox Kurt Hummel
Blaine Anderson
Brittany S. Pierce
Santana Lopez
Wade "Unique" Adams
Danielle "Dani"
Elliot "Starchild" Gilbert
Adam Crawford
David Karofsky
Quinn Fabray
Chandler Kiehl
Cody Tolentino
Hiram Berry
LeRoy Berry
Sebastian Smythe
Sandy Ryerson
Liz Stevens
Rick Denham
Spencer Porter
Chris Colfer
Darren Criss
Heather Morris
Naya Rivera
Alex Newell
Demi Lovato
Adam Lambert
Oliver Kieran-Jones
Max Adler
Dianna Agron
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
Marshall Williams
Finneas O'Connell
Kurt Hummel is gay. 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.
Blaine Anderson was introduced in Season 2 as Kurt's love interest. At the end of Season 4 it was revealed the Blaine wanted to propose to Kurt.
Brittany is bisexual.
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.
Santana is a lesbian. In Season 3 Santana was still closeted but following an argument with Finn Hudson she was forced to come out. Her parents and classmates were accepting but her grandmother took the news very badly.
Brittany and Santana broke up in Season 4 but in Season 5 they met again, realized they still loved each other, and move in together.
Wade "Unique" Adams is a trans woman introduced in late Season 3. She only feels comfortable in woman's clothing. She auditioned 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. 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 realized he was only with Adam to get over Blaine and so he ended it off-screen.
Quinn Fabray has a one-night stand with Santana Lopez in Season 4, Episode 14 entitled "I Do".
David Karofsky was the bully who forced Kurt to move schools in Season 2. The reason for Karofsky's bullying was that was confused with his own sexuality. In Season 3 Karofsky transferred schools to avoid people finding out about his sexuality, however, someone from his new school saw him with Kurt on Valentine's Day and spread the gossip, leading to his subsequent attempted suicide.
Chandler Kiehl is a boy who Kurt met at a music store in Season 3. Their bond caused Blaine to become 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, but 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.
Rick Dunham was a show choir director that Sue pushed down a flight of stairs to take his job.
[citation needed]
2009–2016 The Good Wife CBS Kalinda Sharma
Lana Delany
Sophia Russo
Owen Cavanaugh
Archie Panjabi
Jill Flint
Kelli Giddish
Dallas Roberts
Kalinda is bisexual and a private investigator. She has an ex-husband, female lovers, and dates Cary Agos.[62]
Lana is lesbian and an F.B.I. agent. She has been involved in an on/off relationship with Kalinda for a long time. In 2x14, she asked Kalinda why she liked to have sex with men, and was it because she didn't want intimacy.[63][64]
Sophia is bisexual and a private investigator. She has a husband and is lovers with Kalinda.[62]
Owen is the gay brother of lead character Alicia Florrick.[citation needed]
2009 Kings NBC Jack Benjamin
Joseph Lasile
Sebastian Stan
Michael Arden
Jack Benjamin is the Prince and son of King Silas Benjamin.
Joseph is Jack's clandestine boyfriend. Both are gay.[citation needed]
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.[citation needed]
2009–2013 Misfits E4 Greg Adley
Shaun Dooley
Oliver Lansley
Kehinde Fadipe
Hannah Britland
[citation needed]
2009 The Prisoner AMC 11-12
Jamie Campbell Bower
Vincent Regan
11-12 is the son of 2 (Ian McKellen), leader of The Village.
909 is the lover of 11-12, which 11-12 keeps secret from his father.[citation needed]
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."[65]
2009–2011 Stargate Universe Syfy Camile Wray
Reiko Aylesworth
Camile is a civilian leader on Destiny.
Sharon is Camile's life partner back on Earth. They have been together over 12 years.[citation needed]
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".[citation needed]
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 gay 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.[citation needed]
2009–2017 The Vampire Diaries The CW Bill Forbes
Luke Parker
Mary Louise
Jack Coleman
Chris Brochu
Teressa Liane
Scarlett Byrne
Bill Forbes is Caroline's father who divorced her mother after coming out as gay (Season 3).
Luke Parker is a warlock and Liv's twin brother who appears in Season 5 and 6.
Mary Louise and Nora are a lesbian couple and two members of the Heretic witch/vampire coven who appear in Season 7.[citation needed]
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".[66]
2009–2014 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.[citation needed]

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