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. The orientation can be portrayed on-screen, described in the dialogue or mentioned.
|1979–1986||Prisoner||Network Ten||Franky Doyle
|Australian prison drama series set in a women's prison. Known internationally as Prisoner: Cell Block H.|
|1981||Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls||CBS||Vivienne Moray||Camilla Sparv||Vivienne is lesbian and an artist.|
|1981–1987||Hill Street Blues||NBC||Eddie Gregg
Officer Kate McBride
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|1984||Celebrity||NBC||Mack Crawford||Joseph Bottoms||Mini-series spanning the life of three famous friends from 1950 to 1975.|
|1984–1996||CBS Schoolbreak Special||CBS||Todd Bowers||Richard Joseph Paul||Episode "What If I'm Gay?" first aired March 31, 1987.|
|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.|
|1986||Dress Gray||NBC||David Hand||Patrick Cassidy||Miniseries about the murder investigation of cadet David Hand. The character is seen mostly in flashback.|
|1986–1994||L.A. Law||NBC||Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb
|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.
|1987||Two of Us||BBC||Matthew
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|1990||Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit||BBC||Jess||Charlotte Coleman||Lesbian schoolgirl grows up in a repressive Lancashire industrial district, finds love.|
|1990||Portrait of a Marriage||BBC Two||Vita Sackville-West
|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).
|1990–2010||Law & Order||NBC||Serena Southerlyn||Elisabeth Röhm||Southerlyn came out as a lesbian in her final appearance, in "Ain't No Love".|
|1993||Tales of the City||PBS
|Anna Madrigal is a male-to-female transsexual. |
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.
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.
|1993||Wild Palms||ABC||Tully Woiwode
|Tully and Tommy were a gay couple and part of the 'Friends' rebel group.|
|1993–2005||NYPD Blue||ABC||Lt. Thomas Bale
PAA John Irvin
Officer Abby Sullivan
|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).
|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).|
|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.|
Charles "Chaz" Pratt Jr.
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.|
|1994–2000||Party of Five||Fox||Ross Werkman
|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.
|1994–1995||My So-Called Life||ABC||Enrique 'Rickie' Vasquez||Wilson Cruz|||
|1994–1996||Cardiac Arrest||BBC One||Dr. James Mortimer||Jonathan Dow|||
|1995||Courthouse||CBS||Judge Rosetta Reide||Jennifer Lewis||Reide is a single mother involved in a relationship with her housekeeper.|
|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.|
|1996||Matt Waters||CBS||Russ Achoa||Felix A. Pire||Russ is a gay high school student.|
|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.|
|1996–1997||This Life||BBC||Warren Jones
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Garcia
|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.
|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 7 and becomes involved with Willow. 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.|
|1998||More Tales of the City||Showtime
| |
(Sequel to Tales of the City.)
|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.|
|1998–2004||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.|
|1998–2003||Dawson's Creek||WB||Jack McPhee
|Doug Witter constantly denied he was gay through most of the show but he finally came to terms with his relationship with Jack in the final episode of the series. Jack was originally a love interest for Joey, but after rumours of his sexuality begin to circulate the school, he comes out as gay in season 2. 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.|
|1998–2002||Playing the Field||BBC One||Gabrielle Holmes
|Gabrielle Holmes begins a relationship with her teammate Angie Gill.|
|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 as gay in the episode "Love and Marriage."|
|1999||Wasteland||ABC||Russell Baskind||Dan Montgomery, Jr.||Russell is a closeted soap opera star.|
|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".|
Randall is the son of Detective Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T).
|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
|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.|
|1999–2006||Bad Girls||ITV||Helen Stewart
"Mad" Tessa Spall
Liz May Brice
|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.
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|2000–2012||Hospital Central||Telecinco||Esther García
|Nurse Esther had several relationships with men until she fell in love and married lesbian doctor Macarena.|
|2000–2005||Queer as Folk||Showtime||Melanie Marcus
Rae Ellen Bodie
|Melanie is lesbian. |
Lindsay is bisexual. She has an affair with Sam Auerbach in season 4.
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.
|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".|
|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
DeDe Halcyon Day
|DeeDee 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. |
(Sequel to Tales of the City and More Tales of the City.)
|2001–2015||Degrassi: The Next Generation||CTV
|Marco Del Rossi
Miles Hollingsworth III
|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 transgender male.
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, suggesting that he is bisexual.
Zoe struggles with her sexuality until admitting to herself she is lesbian.
|2001–2005||The Secret Life of Us||Network 10||Simon Trader
|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.
|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.|
|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||Attallah "Queenie" Sims||LaTanya Richardson||Attallah is ____.|
|2002||Tipping the Velvet||BBC Two||Nan Astly
|Nan is entranced by Kitty when she sees her perform. The two become friends and then lovers. Nan believes she is in love until Kitty betrays her. |
Nan lives with Diana for over a year she also has an affair with Zena.
Nan eventually settles down with Florence.
|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).
|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.|
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.
|2002–2008||The Wire||HBO||Kima Greggs
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
Michael K. Williams
Michael Kevin Darnall
|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.
|2003||Angels in America||HBO||Prior Walter
|2003–||NCIS||CBS||Ned Dorneget||Matt L. Jones||Ned was a Cyber operations Special agent who identified as gay.|
|2003–2011||One Tree Hill||WB||Anna Taggaro
|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.
Dr. Quentin Costa
Jonathan Del Arco
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.
|2003–2007||The O.C.||Fox||Marissa Cooper
|Marissa and Alex, both bisexual, have a brief relationship in Season 2. |
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 in one episode in Season 1.
|Sharon inadvertently came out in the first episode. |
Beth is bisexual and dated Sharon 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.|
|2004–2012||House||Fox||"Thirteen" (Dr. Remy Hadley)||Olivia Wilde||"Thirteen" is bisexual and has been shown in relationships with both men and women.|
|2004–2013||Shameless||Channel 4 (UK)||Ian Gallagher
|2004–2012||Desperate Housewives||ABC||Andrew Van de Kamp
|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).
|2004–2011||Rescue Me||FX||Mike Silletti||Michael Lombardi||Silletti (aka "Probie") initially secretly receives oral sex from a queer construction worker roommate, who later outs him to the other firefighters at Silletti's hall. Silletti then self-identifies as bisexual, but later reverts to stating he is heterosexual.|
|2004–2011||Entourage||HBO||Lloyd||Rex Lee||Assistant to super-agent Ari Gold.|
|2004–2009||Battlestar Galactica||Sci Fi Channel||Felix Gaeta
|Admiral Helena Cain had a romantic relationship with a civilian network analyst, Gina Inviere, who she later discovered was one of the model Six Cylons. |
In the webisodes The Face of the Enemy, 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.
|2004–2009||The L Word||Showtime||Bette Porter
Carmen de la Pica Morales
Max Sweeney (Moira Sweeney)
Lauren Lee Smith
|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.
|M. C. Gainey
|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.
|Veronica Mars||UPN (S1, 2)
The CW (S3)
Jeremy Ray Valdez
|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.
|Joanie is a lesbian and falls in love with Jane. |
Jane (aka Calamity Jane) grows in love with Joanie and reciprocates her attention.
Sky One (UK)
Peggy the Ghost
|Thelma Bates has an unrequited love on her best friend Cassie Hughes, her love is so strong that she came back from the dead as a ghost to protect Cassie. |
Tom Wright has an unrequited crush on Leon Taylor.
Maya Robertson begins a relationship with Thelma after being killed and brought back as a ghost by Malachi.
|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.|
|2005||Beating Heart||MBC||Kim Hae-jung||Harisu||Hae-jung is trans woman 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|||
|2005–||Supernatural||The CW||Charlie Bradbury
Lee Rumohr/Valin Shinyei
|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. |
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 pansexual).
Jesse and Cesar Cuevas are gay and each other's spouse.
Barnes is _____.
Demian is gay.
Lily Baker is _____.
|2005–||Doctor Who||BBC||Captain Jack Harkness
|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, where pansexuality is a norm).
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.
Time Lords can regenerate as male or female. In season 10 episode 11, "World Enough and Time", The Doctor tells Bill that Missy (aka The Master) had been his "man-crush"; adding, "We're billions of years beyond your petty human obsession with gender and its associated stereotypes."
|Angela is bisexual. She had a brief relationship with college friend Roxie, but later married Dr. Jack Hodgins.|
|2005–||Grey's Anatomy||ABC||Callie Torres
Steven W. Bailey
Alex Blue Davis
|Callie is bisexual. She and Erica embark on a romantic relationship during the fifth season until Erica abruptly leaves the hospital. Shortly after, Callie continues to explore her sexuality with Arizona, and the two eventually establish a relationship. |
Erica is lesbian.
Arizona is lesbian.
Lauren is ____. She had an affair with Arizona in Season 9.
Leah is _____. She had an affair with Arizona in Season 10.
Joe is gay. He's the bartender and owner of the bar that the doctors frequent.
Walter is gay and Joe's off-again on-again boyfriend. They end up adopting twins together (season 3).
Eliza is _____. She's introduced as a love interest for Arizona in Season 13.
Penelope (Penny) is _____. She was introduced as a love interest for Callie in Season 12.
Carina is bisexual. She's introduced in season 14 as a love interest for Arizona and Owen.
Casey is a transgender man who is a first-year surgical intern in Season 14.
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 attracted to Levi.
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 Dean and Celia Hodes; she identifies as lesbian.
Till and Shlatter are professional partners at the Drug Enforcement Administration and also lovers.
|2005–2008||South of Nowhere||The N||Spencer Carlin
|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.|
|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.
|2005–2006||Sugar Rush||Channel 4 (UK)||Kim Daniels
|Kim Daniels is a lesbian who has an unrequited love with her best friend Sugar. Kim attends a Christian group in the hopes of curing her homosexuality where she meets Beth and the two begin a brief relationship. In season 2 Kim begins dating Saint and the two eventually move it together. Dave and David are Kim's gay neighbours who are raising their son Tom together.|
|2005–2006||Noah's Arc||Logo||Noah Nicholson
|Shows the lives of a small group of gay men of color living in the Los Angeles, California area.|
|2005–2010||Outrageous Fortune||TV3||Bilkey van der Heever
|Bilkey is gay. |
Angel is a transwoman.
|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 transgender woman.
|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.|
|2006–2011||Friday Night Lights||NBC||Lucy Rodell
|Lucy is lesbian and the Mayor of Dillon. |
Barbara is the lesbian partner of Mayor Rodell.
Devin is lesbian.
|2006–2013||Dexter||Showtime||Isaak Sirko||Ray Stevenson||Sirko was a Ukrainian mobster seeking to kill Dexter Morgan to avenge the death of Sirko's lover Viktor, whom Morgan had murdered in season 7.|
|2006–2015||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.
|2006–2011||Torchwood||BBC Three (series 1)
BBC Two (series 2)
BBC One (series 3)
Starz (series 4)
Captain John Hart
|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.
The series' creator, Russell T Davies, has described Torchwood as "a very bisexual series".
|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.|
|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 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.
|2006–2009||Hotel Babylon||BBC One||Ben Trueman||Michael Obiora||Ben is the flamboyant, openly gay front desk receptionist at the hotel.|
|2007||Jekyll||BBC One||Miranda Calendar
|Miranda is a lesbian private investigator. |
Min is Miranda's partner and is having their baby.
|2007–||Notruf Hafenkante||ZDF||Melanie Hansen
|Melanie and Helen meet and begin a relationship towards the end of Season 7.|
|2007–2015||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.
Dakota Blue Richards
Sebastian De Souza
|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).
|2007–2013||Army Wives||Lifetime||Nicole Galassini
Charlotte "Charlie" Mayfield
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.
|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.|
|2007–2012||Gossip Girl||The CW||Eric van der Woodsen
|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.
|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. |
George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's brother is portrayed as gay.
There is no historical evidence for these orientations.
|2007–2009||Pushing Daisies||ABC||Coroner||Sy Richardson||Series creator Bryan Fuller planned a slow reveal of the coroner's sexuality and his crush on Emerson Cod (Chi McBride).|
|2007–2009||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.|
|2007–2008||Dirty Sexy Money||ABC||Patrick Darling IV
|Darling, a United States Senate candidate, is carrying on an affair with the transgender Carmelita, the latest of several such affairs.|
|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.
|2008||Cashmere Mafia||ABC||Caitlin Dowd
|Caitlin is bisexual or bi-curious. She met and dated Alicia, a lesbian, for a number of episodes.|
|2008–2013||Raw||RTÉ Two (Season 1)
RTÉ One (Season 2–5)
|2008–2013||90210||The CW||Teddy Montgomery
|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.
|2008–||Murdoch Mysteries||CBC||Dr. Emily Grace
Detective Llewelyn Watts
Chief Constable Percival Giles
|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. |
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.
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).
|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.|
|2008–2013||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||ABC Family||Griffin
|2008–2014||Sons of Anarchy||FX||June Stahl
Venus Van Dam
Gemma Teller Morrow
Alexander "Tig" Trager
Pamela J. Gray
Drea de Matteo
|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".
|2008–2014||True Blood||HBO||Lafayette Reynolds
Kristin Bauer van Straten
|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.
|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. |
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).
|Lone begins a relationship with kitesurfer Heidi and the two eventually move to Cape Town together.|
|2008–2010||Legend of the Seeker||Syndicated||Cara Mason||Tabrett Bethell||In the television series, Cara is portrayed as bisexual.|
|2008–2010||In Treatment||HBO||Jesse||Dane DeHaan||Jesse, one of Dr. Paul Weston's patients, is an adopted teenager searching for his real parents.|
|2008–2009||Raising the Bar||TNT||Charlie Sagansky||Jonathan Scarfe|||
|2008–2009||The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency||HBO||BK||Desmond Dube|||
|Jamie Campbell Bower
|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.
|Jack Benjamin is the Prince and son of King Silas Benjamin. |
Joseph is Jack's clandestine boyfriend. Both are gay.
Brittany S. Pierce
Wade "Unique" Adams
Elliot "Starchild" Gilbert
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Caden Michael Gray
|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.
|2009–2017||The Vampire Diaries||The CW||Bill Forbes
|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.
|2009–2016||The Good Wife||CBS||Kalinda Sharma
|Kalinda is bisexual and a private investigator. She has an ex-husband, female lovers, and dates Cary Agos. |
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.
Sophia is bisexual and a private investigator. She has a husband and is lovers with Kalinda.
Owen is the gay brother of lead character Alicia Florrick.
|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.|
|2009–2014||Warehouse 13||Syfy||Helena G. Wells
Agent Steve Jinks
|Helena "H.G." Wells speaks of having both male and female lovers. |
Jinks is an ATF agent and a "human lie detector".
|2009–2013||Southland||NBC (season 1)
TNT (season 2–5)
|Officer John Cooper||Michael Cudlitz||Officer Cooper has been described as "the pained heart of the series."|
|2009–2012||Make It or Break It||ABC Family||Max Spencer||Josh Bowman||In the season two episode "What Lies Beneath", Max comes out as bisexual.|
|2009–2011||Being Erica||CBC (Canada)
|Dave and Ian are in a committed relationship. Beginning in season 3, the couple purchases the local coffee shop together and are upgraded to series regulars. |
Dr. Naadiah is _____ and a therapist.
Cassidy is lesbian and had a brief relationship with Erica in season one.
|2009–2011||United States of Tara||Showtime||Marshall Gregson
Aaron Christian Howles
|Marshall is the teenage son of main characters Tara (Toni Collette) and Max (John Corbett). |
Ted and Hany are an interracial, intergenerational 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.
|2009–2011||Stargate Universe||Syfy||Camile Wray
|Camile is a civilian leader on Destiny. |
Sharon is Camile's 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 Sam's husband.
|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".
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- List of fictional non-binary characters
- List of fictional pansexual characters
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- List of films with LGBT characters
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