List of LGBT characters in soap operas

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This is a list of characters in soap operas who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender ("LGBT"), and the soap operas which feature them. Characters belonging to a related community, such as those who are asexual or intersex, are also included.

Argentina[edit]

Sos mi hombre[edit]

Sos mi hombre is an Argentine telenovela, which aired on El Trece between August 2012 and June 2013.[1]

  • Brenda Garay, portrayed by Gimena Accardi, is the wife of a boxer who develops an attraction towards her personal trainer, Marisa. They begin a relationship and eventually marry.
  • Marisa, portrayed by Luciana González Costa, is a personal trainer who begins a relationship with Brenda. They eventually marry.

Australia[edit]

The Box[edit]

The Box is an Australian soap opera broadcast by The 0-10 Network, which aired between February 1974 and October 1977.

  • Lee Whiteman, portrayed by Paul Karo, appeared in the serial between 1974 and 1976. Lee is a high-camp television producer who is generally well liked and respected by the other characters. He had two same-sex relationships during his time in the series. Whiteman was popular with the show's viewers.
  • Vicki Stafford, portrayed by Judy Nunn, is a sardonic bisexual television reporter. She became a popular cult figure among the show's fans. In the premiere episode of the series she engaged in the first lesbian kiss on Australian television.[2]

Home and Away[edit]

Home and Away is an Australian television soap opera broadcast by Seven Network, which began airing in January 1988.

  • Shannon Reed, portrayed by Isla Fisher, appeared in the serial between 1994 and 1997.
  • Mandy Thomas , portrayed by Rachel Blake, appeared in the serial between 1995 and 1997.
  • Peter Fraser, portrayed by Helmut Bakaitis, appeared in the serial between 1997 and 1999. Peter is married but is revealed to be in an extramarital affair with a family friend.
  • Christopher Fletcher , portrayed by Rian McLean, appeared in the serial in 2003. When Christopher returned to the serial, it is revealed he is gay. He tries to kiss a heterosexual Seb Miller, who rejects him but supports him, which leads to his departure.
  • Eve Jacobsen, portrayed by Emily Perry, appeared in the serial between 2005 and 2006. Eve falls in love with a heterosexual woman and dies trying to avenge the woman's death.
  • Dean Silverman, portrayed by Gary Brun, appeared in the serial in 2006.
  • Gareth Westwood, portrayed by Benjamin Ronczka, appeared in the serial in 2006.
  • Freya Duric, portrayed by Sophie Hensser, appeared in the serial in 2009.
  • Joey Collins, portrayed by Kate Bell, appeared in the serial in 2009.
  • Charlie Buckton, portrayed by Esther Anderson, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2013. Charlie is bisexual and had a relationship with Joey.
  • Ty Anderson, portrayed by Darius Williams, appeared in the serial in 2018. Ty is a foster child who dates Raffy Morrison and later kisses a heterosexual Ryder Jackson, who rejects him but supports him which leads him to admit that he is gay.

Neighbours[edit]

Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera, originally broadcast by Seven Network. The network dropped the show and it was picked up by Network Ten, which later aired it on Eleven. The serial began airing in March 1985.[3]

  • Andrew MacKenzie, portrayed by John Morris in 1994, was a minor character and is the serial's first homosexual character.[4]
  • Gino Esposito, portrayed by Shane McNamara between 2000 and 2007, is a hairdresser who is in a relationship with Aaron Barkley.[4][5]
  • Aaron Barkley, portrayed by Stewart Adam, appeared as a recurring character between 2003 and 2004. He is introduced as the boyfriend of Gino.[4][5]
  • Lana Crawford, portrayed by Bridget Neval between 2004 and 2005, is the serial's first lesbian character. She is initially closeted but later has sex with Sky, which received criticism.
  • Sky Mangel, portrayed by Miranda Fryer from 1989 to 1991 and Stephanie McIntosh from 2003 to 2007 (with a guest appearance in 2015), was the show's first regular character to have a same-sex relationship (with Lana), which received caused controversy from conservative groups.
  • Donna Freedman, portrayed by Margot Robbie, appeared between 2008 and 2011. She is openly bisexual and kisses a heterosexual female character, Sunny Lee, as well as male characters Kyle and Zeke. She later has a relationship with Ringo, who she later marries, and also a brief affair with Andrew.[6]
  • Stephanie Scully, portrayed by Carla Bonner, appeared in the series between 1999 and 2010, making guest appearances in 2013 and returning full-time in 2015. Steph is portrayed as heterosexual until her 2015 return, where she reveals that she had previously been in a relationship with a woman, Belinda Bell. After coming out, Steph engages in relationships with men and women, including Mark Brennan and Victoria Lamb.
  • Chris Pappas, portrayed by James Mason, appeared in the series between 2010 and 2015. He is initially confused about his feelings for his best friend, before coming out as gay. He is the first on-going gay male character in the serial. He has had relationships with Aidan, Hudson and Nate.[7] Chris has a relationship with Aidan.
  • Aidan Foster, portrayed by Bobby Morley between 2011 and 2013, was and openly gay nurse introduced as a love interest for Chris.[8]
  • Scotty Boland, portrayed by Rhys Uhlich, was a recurring character between 2012 and 2013. He is a masculine man who is initially depicted a heterosexual and in a relationship with Georgia Brooks although he later makes advances towards Chris.
  • Hudson Walsh, portrayed by Remy Hii, appeared in the series between 2013 and 2014. Hudson was introduced as a love interest for Chris.
  • Ellen Crabb, portrayed by Louise Crawford, appeared as a recurring character between 2013 and 2017. She is the boss of Mark Brennan at the police station and was married to Victoria Lamb.
  • Nate Kinski, portrayed by Meyne Wyatt, appeared between 2014 and 2016. Nate is depicted as an openly gay ex-military soldier with PTSD. During his time on the show, Nate has relationships with Chris and Aaron.
  • Aaron Brennan, portrayed by Matt Wilson, joined the serial in 2015. Aaron is the openly gay brother of Mark and Tyler who has been in relationships with Nate, Tom and David.
  • Tom Quill, portrayed by Kane Felsinger, was a recurring character between 2016 and 2017. He was openly gay and had a relationship with Aaron.
  • David Tanaka, portrayed by Takaya Honda, has appeared since 2016. Although initially closeted, David comes out to his brother and enters into a relationship with Aaron.
  • Rory Zemiro, portrayed by Ash Williams, was a recurring character between 2017 and 2018. He was Aaron Brennan's ex-boyfriend, whom he met when they joined the Rough Trade dance troupe.
  • Mick Allsop, portrayed by Joel Creasey, appeared in 2018. Mick is a superfan of the dance troupe Rough Trade and was thought to have been Aaron Brennan's stalker, but Mick revealed that he liked Rory and was having sex with him while Rory was still dating Aaron.
  • Rafael Humphreys, portrayed by Ryan Thomas, appeared in 2018.

Number 96[edit]

Number 96 is an Australian television soap opera broadcast by The 0-10 Network, which aired between March 1972 and August 1977.

  • Don Finlayson, portrayed by Joe Hasham, appeared in the serial between 1972 and 1977. He is the first openly gay character on Australian TV. Don is a dependable lawyer who enjoys several gay relationships over the course of the series, the most enduring being with live-in boyfriend Dudley.[9]
  • Dudley Butterfield, portrayed by Chard Hayward, appeared in the serial between 1973 and 1977. Dudley is a camp and flighty caterer and fan of old films, who is later revealed to be bisexual.
  • Robyn Ross, portrayed by Carlotta, appeared in the serial in 1973. Robyn is revealed to be a transgender woman, which leads to her departure.

Brazil[edit]

América[edit]

América is a Brazilian telenovela broadcast by Rede Globo between March 2005 and November 2005.

  • Junior, portrayed by Bruno Gagliasso, is the son of a powerful ranch owner, struggling to accept his homosexuality and agonizing over how to tell his family and friends about it.
  • Zeca, portrayed by Erom Cordeiro, is bisexual and develops romantic feelings for Junior.

Em Família[edit]

Em Família is a Brazilian primetime telenovela broadcast by Rede Globo, which aired between February 2014 and July 2014.

  • Marina Meirelles, portrayed by Tainá Müller, is a photographer who forms an attraction to Clara, who later leaves her husband for Clara. They eventually marry.
  • Clara Fernandes, portrayed by Giovanna Antonelli, is a married housewife who leaves her husband to form a relationship with Marina. They eventually marry.
  • Vanessa, portrayed by Maria Eduarda, is the former girlfriend of Marina, who she has unrequited feelings for. Vanessa later dates Flávia.
  • Flávia Campos, portrayed by Luiza Moraes, is the assistant to Marina, who dates Vanessa.

Canada[edit]

Paradise Falls[edit]

Paradise Falls is a Canadian soap opera broadcast by Showcase, which began airing in June 2001 and ceased airing in September 2008.

  • Nick Braga, portrayed by Cameron Graham, is the closeted homosexual grandson of the local mayor. He was engaged to a woman before coming out.
  • Trish Simpkin, portrayed by Michelle Latimer, is a bisexual goth teen.

Finland[edit]

Salatut elämät[edit]

Salatut elämät is a Finnish daily soap opera broadcast by MTV3, which has aired since January 1999.

  • Kalle Laitela, portrayed by Pete Lattu, is originally a closeted homosexual, who struggles to seek acceptance. Kalle eventually wins acceptance and moves on to a career as a top physician at the local hospital. Kalle later becomes involved in a love triangle with Elias and Lari.
  • Elias Vikstedt, portrayed by Petteri Paavola, is openly gay and in a relationship with Lari. They become involved in a love triangle after they separate and Lari dates Kalle, causing tension between them.
  • Lari Väänänen, portrayed by Ronny Roslöf, is a closeted homosexual who after coming out, is evicted by his father. He enters a relationship with Elias, but after they separate, he dates Kalle, creating a love triangle between them.
  • Miska Koistinen, portrayed by Juska Reiman is Elias' boyfriend and fiancé. They break up when Elias cheats him with Lari.
  • Heli Sievinen, portrayed by Sannamaija Pekkarinen, is dating her boyfriend Sauli but is unable to have sex with him not knowing why. After kissing (just to know how it feels) her teacher Teresa Ala-Uotila she realizes that she prefers girls and they begin to date. She then first comes out to her sisters and then parents who doesn't accept her first. After Teresa breaks up with her she starts to date her other teacher Taru Saaristo and later they move to Paris, France. When Heli comes back to the show it is revealed that she had a romantic relationship with Iiris Kaukovaara who is getting back with her ex-husband. After everybody knows about Heli and Iiris, they begin to date again. During the show Heli has also had a relationship with Sonya Fadiga who is originally from Africa.

When she was coming from a Finnish gay club "dtm" a female taxi driver called Kiia Hyvönen falls in love with Heli. They later move to Vaasa and are now engaged.

  • Teresa Ala-Uotila, portrayed by Sanna June-Hyde is a lesbian teacher who develops feelings for Heli and they start to date. Teresa breaks up with her to be with her ex-girlfriend Kirsi.
  • Taru Saaristo, portrayed by Minna Turunen is a lesbian teacher who develops feelings for Heli and they start to date. They move to Paris together but break up when Heli falls in love with Iiris Kaukovaara.
  • Sonya Fadiga, portrayed by Sue Willberg is a closeted lesbian who (because her super religious parents) starts to date Heli in secret. Their relationship is revealed to Heli's parents who promise not to tell Sonya's sexuality to Heli's boss because Sonya and Heli are in the same job. Sonya breaks up with Heli who is having a baby with artificial insemination because she is not ready to be mom.
  • Eva Tamminen, portrayed by Tiia Elg is a pan-/bisexual woman who has had romantic thing going on with her best friend Monica (now enemy because Eva's ex is the father of Monica's unborn baby). Eva says that she falls in love with a person, not man or woman.

France[edit]

Plus belle la vie[edit]

Plus belle la vie is a French television soap opera broadcast by France 3, which has aired since August 2004.[10]

  • Cristal Balester, portrayed by Fadia Dumont, is the partner of Lea, who she began dating after the end of her relationship with Lea's brother.
  • Lea Leroux, portrayed by Charlotte Deysine, is the sister of Valentin, who begins dating his former partner, Cristal.
  • Thomas Marci, portrayed by Laurent Kerusoré, is the openly gay bar tender of the local cafe, Le Mistral, who develops relationships with several other characters before marrying a doctor.

Germany[edit]

Alles was zählt[edit]

Alles was zählt is a German soap opera, airing on RTL since 2006. The show revolves around a fictional sports and wellness centre in Essen, initially focusing on ice skating with other sports being added to the repertoire throughout the show's run.

  • Roman Wild, portrayed by Dennis Grabosch, appeared on the show between 2006 and 2011. He was a gay competitive figure ice skater, who had relationships with Andrew, Mark and Deniz. He dies of a brain tumour.
  • Andrew Wellington, portrayed by Dennis Rodney Durant, briefly appeared on the show in 2006 as Roman's boyfriend. He leaves for a job in London.
  • Deniz Öztürk, portrayed by Igor Dolgatschew, appears on the show since 2007. He is the first Turkish character in a German soap opera who came out as gay and was later revised to bisexual. He was in a long on/ off relationship with Roman and has had a few one night stands with other men. Other relationships, especially after Roman's death in 2011 include females only.
  • Marc Hagendorf, portrayed by Timo Hübsch, briefly appeared on the show in 2010. He was Roman's first relationship but they broke up as Marc refused to come out. He comes to Essen to win Roman back.
  • Joscha Degen, portrayed by Carlo Degen, appeared on the show from 2013 to 2014. Joscha is gay and enters a relationship with Kai and is faced with homophobia as a professional soccer player.
  • Dr. Kai Seebach, portrayed by Alexander Gier, appeared on the show from 2013 - 2014. He is an openly gay sports doctor at the sports centre and has a relationship with Joscha. The two leave for Hanover.

Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten[edit]

Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten is a long-running German television soap opera, first broadcast on RTL in 1992. The program concerns the lives of a fictional neighborhood in Germany's capital city Berlin.

  • Fabian Moreno, portrayed by Ralf Benson, appeared on the show from 1996 to 2004. He entered the show with his then girlfriend presumably as a straight character but later falls in love with Philip Krüger and comes to terms with being bisexual. This remained his only same-sex relationship.
  • Philip Krüger, portrayed by Laurent Daniels, appeared on the show from 1997 to 2000. Philip is an openly gay DJ who enters a relationship with Fabian. Later he gets together with Simon and the two even join in a (pre same-sex marriage) civil partnership. After their break-up the character moves locations to appear in the serial's short-lived spin-off Großstadtträume.
  • Simon Nilsson (actually Thomas Rieplich), portrayed by Herbert Ulrich, appears on the show from 1999 to 2000. After he gets married to Philip he is being arrested for the murder of the real Simon Nilsson and stealing his identity.
  • Leonard "Lenny" Cöster, portrayed by Alexander Becht, appeared on the show from 2007 to 2010. After initially rebuffing Carsten Reimann and bullying him for being homosexual, he comes to terms with his own homosexuality, and the two begin a relationship.
  • Carsten Reimann, portrayed by Felix Isenbügel, appeared on the show from 2008 to 2010. He befriends Lenny and eventually falls in love with him, which turns out to be requited.
  • Andrea "Anni" Brehme, portrayed by Linda Marlen Runge, appeared in the serial between 2013 and 2017. Jasmin's soulmate. Anni is an openly out lesbian and working sound engineer, initially develops a tumultuous friendship with flatmate Jasmin that progresses to unrequited love, until Jasmin begins to see Anni in a new light, slowly accepting her developing sexual feelings towards Anni that turn into a full romantic and public relationship.
  • Jasmin Flemming, portrayed by Janina Uhse, appeared in the serial between 2008 and 2017. Anni's soulmate. Jasmin struggles with her developing romantic and sexual feelings towards Anni, constantly denying them and calling herself "hetero." After a bet, they fall into bed and eventually become estranged from Jasmin's constant denial of her feelings and inability to label herself. Anni leaves for Barcelona and Jasmin realizes her love for Anni. After publicly announcing it and trying to win her flatmate back, Anni decides to give their relationship a try, which becomes a full-fledged romance.

Hand aufs Herz[edit]

Hand aufs Herz is a German television soap opera broadcast by Sat.1 until June 2011 and by sixx thereafter.[11] It began airing in October 2010 and ceased airing in September 2011.

  • Emma Müller, portrayed by Kasia Borek, is a nerdy, exemplar student who forms a relationship with Jenny.
  • Jenny Hartmann, portrayed by Lucy Scherer, is a new, popular student who forms a relationship with Emma.

Lindenstraße[edit]

Lindenstraße is a German soap opera broadcast by Das Erste, which has aired since December 1985.[12]

  • Carsten Flöter, portrayed by Georg Uecker, is a young, gay student who kisses Gert. After graduating, Carsten begins a relationship with Käthe.
  • Gert Weinbauer, portrayed by Günter Barton, has a kiss with Carsten.
  • Georg "Käthe" Eschweiler, portrayed by Claus Vinçon, is gay and begins a relationship with Carsten.
  • Suzanne Richter, portrayed by Susanne Evers, is a lesbian who is in a relationship with Tanja. They are parents to a child.
  • Tanja Schildknecht, portrayed by Sybille Waury, is a lesbian who is in a relationship with Suzanne. They are parents to a child.

Marienhof[edit]

Marienhof is a German soap opera broadcast by Das Erste, which aired between October 1992 and June 2011.[13]

  • Andrea Süsskind, portrayed by Leonore Capell.
  • Billi Vogt, portrayed by Katja Keller.
  • Annalena Töppers, portrayed by Berrit Arnold.
  • Babette von Dornhausen, portrayed by Sybille Heyen.
  • Sülo Özgentürk, portrayed by Giovanni Arvaneh.
  • Kerstin Töppers, portrayed by Maike Billitis, begins a relationship with Juliette who she moves to France with.
  • Juliette Gagnon, portrayed by Maike von Bremen, begins a relationship with Kerstin who she moves to France with.

Sturm der Liebe[edit]

Sturm der Liebe is a German television soap opera broadcast by Das Erste, which began airing in September 2005.

  • Daniel Brückner, portrayed by Daniel Buder, is originally perceived as heterosexual until his former partner, Chris, arrives and he is revealed to be bisexual.
  • Chris Brenner, portrayed by Florian Reiners, is the former partner of Daniel, who tracks him down, hoping to reunite.

Unter uns[edit]

Unter Uns is the second oldest German daily soap opera, that debuted on RTL in 1994. The show focusses on the characters that live in the same multi-family building at the fictional Schillerstaße 10 in urban Cologne. After the show had been heavily criticized for completely disregarding and non-inclusion of LGBT issues and characters, especially for being set in Cologne, one of Germany's most gay-friendly cities, changes were made in 2013.

  • Ingo "Easy" Winter, portrayed by Lars Steinhöfel, appears on the show since 2005. Originally, portrayed as straight and going through several relationships (and a marriage) with women he begins questioning his sexuality after attending Cologne Gay Pride in 2017 and meeting Finn. The two have a short-lived casual affair that confirms his assumption that he is in fact gay. His old rival Ringo helps him coming out to his family and friends and the two end up falling in love.
  • Richard "Ringo" Beckmann, portrayed by Timothy Boldt, appears on the show since 2012. Ringo is coming to terms with being bisexual during the first year of the character's run when on old summer fling Yannick enrolls at his high school. Subsequently, Ringo has short-lived affairs with each Yannick and Aaron. He becomes close friends with former rival Easy by helping him come out and eventually falling in love with him.
  • Yannick Benhöfer, portrayed by Eric Stehfest, appeared on the show in 2013, as the first love interest for Ringo.
  • Aaron Hinz, portrayed by Lukas Sauer, appeared on the show in 2014, and has a short-lived affair with Ringo.
  • Finn Welter, portrayed by Jan-Martin Mueller, appeared on the show in 2017, and has a short-lived affair with Easy.
  • Hauke "The Hawk" König, portrayed by Moritz von Zeddelmann, appeared on the show from 2017 to 2018. He was in a relationship with Easy but leaves for America to join an American Football Team.

Verbotene Liebe[edit]

Verbotene Liebe is a German television soap opera broadcast by Das Erste, which aired between January 1995 and June 2015.[14]

  • Dr. Gero von Sterneck, portrayed by Broder B. Hendrix, is originally portrayed as heterosexual, before coming out and ending his relationship with a woman. He then had a relationship with his mother's partner and his best friend.
  • Erika Sander, portrayed by Raphaela Dell, is originally perceived as heterosexual, before beginning a relationship with Nina. They separate but later reunited.
  • Nina Ryan, portrayed by Freya Trampert, is a lesbian who has a relationship with Erika.
  • Ulli Prozeski, portrayed by Andreas Stenschke, is gay. He comes out and enters a relationship with Tom but separates when Ulli leaves. They reunited when Ulli returned.
  • Dr. Tom Seifert, portrayed by Kay Böger, begins a relationship with Ulli. After Ulli leaves, Tom begins a relationship with Oliver which ends after a year. When Ulli returns, they reunite.
  • Carla von Lahnstein, portrayed by Claudia Hiersche, is a closeted homosexual. Carla began an affair with married Hanna, which continued until Hanna's death. In order to hide her sexuality, Carla married a man but later came out and married Susanne. They divorced and Carla began a relationship with Stella, who she left the show with.
  • Hanna Novak, portrayed by Katharina Dalichau, is a closeted homosexual who begins an affair with Carla, despite being married to a man. Hanna leaves her husband, but does not go public with her relationship. The relationship ended when Hanna died.
  • Susanne Brandner is a lesbian who marries Carla, although they later divorce.
  • Oliver Sabel, portrayed by Jo Weil, is openly gay who began a relationship with Christian. Following the end of their relationship, Oliver began dating Jo.
  • Christian Mann, portrayed by Thore Schölermann, is a bisexual man who begins a relationship with Oliver. They later separated.
  • Stella Mann, portrayed by Anne Wis, is a lesbian who begins a relationship with a heterosexual woman, who is experimenting with her sexuality. Stella begins a relationship with Carla and they become engaged, eventually departing the serial together.
  • Rebecca von Lahnstein, portrayed by Jasmin Lord.
  • Miriam Pesch, portrayed by Romina Becks.
  • Marlene von Lahnstein, portrayed by Melanie Kogler.
  • Dr. Jo Helmke, portrayed by Mickey Hardt, is the gay partner of Oliver.

Ireland[edit]

Fair City[edit]

Fair City is an Irish television soap opera broadcast by RTÉ One, which has aired since September 1989.[15] In 1996, three years after homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland, two male characters moved in for a clinch - only to be interrupted. It would have been the first gay kiss on Irish television.[16]

  • Yvonne Gleeson, portrayed by Ciara O'Callaghan, is bisexual and dated Connie, who she was engaged to.
  • Connie originates from Australia and dated Yvonne, who she was engaged to.
  • Laura Halpin, portrayed by Liana O'Cleirigh, is a lesbian who forms a relationship with Emily, which was broken apart following interference.
  • Emily Mahon, portrayed by Eimear Morrissey, is the former partner of Laura, whose relationship deteriorated following interference.
  • Troy Dowling, portrayed by Andrew Macklin, is openly gay.[17]

Ros na Rún[edit]

Ros na Rún is a long-running Irish soap opera broadcast on TG4, which has aired since November 1996.[18] The soap opera was the first Irish soap to feature an openly gay couple and screened the first gay kiss and the first lesbian kiss shown on Irish television.

  • Jack Hayes, portrayed by Diarmuid De Faoite, appeared in the serial between 1996 and 1999, returning in 2009.
  • Tom Doherty, portrayed by Seán Ó Tarpaigh, appeared in the serial between 1996 and 1998.
  • Róise De Búrca, portrayed by Linda Bhreathnach, has appeared in the serial since 2000.
  • Tina O'Dowd, portrayed by Tara Breathnach, has appeared in the serial since 2008.

Mexico[edit]

Antes muerta que Lichita[edit]

Antes muerta que Lichita is a Mexican telenovela broadcast by Canal de las Estrellas, which aired between August 2015 and February 2016.[19]

  • Alejandro de Toledo y Mondragón Casablanca, portrayed by Eddy Vilard, is the son of Augusto de Toledo y Mondragón (Eduardo Santamarina) and Beatriz Casablanca de Toledo y Mondragón (Gabriela Platas) who is a closeted gay, at fear of bullying.[20]

Volver a empezar[edit]

Volver a empezar is a Mexican telenovela broadcast by Canal de las Estrellas, which aired between July 1994 and February 1995.[21]

  • Paul, portrayed by Radames de Jesus, is an openly gay hairdresser. The character was one of the first openly homosexual characters to feature on the network.

New Zealand[edit]

Shortland Street[edit]

Shortland Street is a New Zealand prime-time soap opera broadcast by TVNZ 2, which began airing in May 1992. The show featured the first same-sex kiss on New Zealand television

  • Dr Meredith Fleming, portrayed by Stephanie Wilkin, appeared on the serial in 1992 and 1993. She was initially involved in relationships with men, but later became involved with women.
  • Jamie Forrest, portrayed by Karl Urban, appeared on the serial between 1993 and 1994. Jamie is an openly gay paramedic who began a relationship with Jonathan.
  • Jonathan McKenna, portrayed by Kieren Hutchison, appeared on the serial between 1993 and 1996 and again in 2011. Jonathan had a relationship with Jamie.
  • Jay Copeland, portrayed by Jaime Passier-Armstrong, appeared on the serial between 2004 and 2007. Jay is a lesbian who was married to Maia until her death.
  • Maia Jeffries, portrayed by Anna Jullienne, appeared on the serial between 2004 and 2011. Maia is a lesbia who was married to Jay. Following Jay's death, Maia began a relationship with Nicole, which ended when she departed.
  • Nicole Miller, portrayed by Sally Martin, has appeared on the serial since 2009. Nicole is a bisexual who began a relationship with Maia. Following Maia's departure, Nicole began a relationship with Harper.
  • Seth Packhurst, portrayed by Toby Leach, appeared on the serial between 2011 and 2013. Seth is gay and in a secret relationship with Henry.
  • Henry Lee, portrayed by Peter Huang, appeared on the serial between 2012 and 2013. Harper is gay and in a secret relationship with Seth.
  • Harper Whitley, portrayed by Ria Vandervis, has appeared on the serial since 2013. Harper is bisexual and began a relationship with Nicole.

Norway[edit]

Hotel Cæsar[edit]

Hotel Cæsar is a Norwegian soap opera broadcast by TV 2, which began airing in October 1998.

  • Ellen Lavik, portrayed by Maren Bergem Owe, is a lesbian who had a brief relationship with Vilde. Ellen later began a relationship with Sara and they later move to Copenhagen.
  • Vilde Mykland, portrayed by Minken Tveitan, is bisexual and had a brief relationship with Ellen.
  • Sara, portrayed by Tuva Holmebakk, is the girlfriend of Ellen who she moves to Copenhagen with.

Portugal[edit]

Santa Bárbara[edit]

Santa Bárbara is a Portuguese telenovela broadcast by Televisão Independente, which aired between September 2015 and October 2015.[22]

  • Antónia Vidal, portrayed by São José Correia.
  • Maria Ana Rodrigues, portrayed by Filomena Cautela.

South Africa[edit]

Generations[edit]

Generations is a South African soap opera broadcast by SABC 1, which aired between February 1994 and September 2014.[23] In 2013, it was speculated that the show had received pressure to write out its homosexual characters.[24]

  • Senzo Zondom, portrayed by Thami Mngqolo, appeared in the serial between 2008 and 2014. Senzo is initially perceived as heterosexual before kissing Jason; their kiss sparked a huge controversy with viewers.[25] Senzo's father disapproved of the relationship and physically attacked them. They pursued their relationship and eventually married.
  • Jason Malinga, portrayed by Zolisa Xaluva, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2014. Jason is bisexual and kisses Senzo, which was received with criticism.[25] Senzo's father disapproved of the relationship and physically attacked them. They pursued their relationship and eventually married.

Isidingo[edit]

Isidingo is a South African soap opera, which features English dialogue. It began airing on SABC 3 in July 1998, when it was known as Isidingo: The Need, a title used until 2001.[26]

  • Steve Stethakis, portrayed by Emmanuel Castis, is gay and appeared in the serial between 1998 and 2006. He was originally involved in many relationships, before eventually marrying Luke after gay marriage was legalised.
  • Len Cooper, portrayed by Chris Beasley, is bisexual and has appeared in the serial since 2001. Len and Steve had a relationship and worked together at the television studio.
  • Paul McPherson, portrayed by Carl Beukes, is a talk show host and journalist who suffers from bipolar disorder. He appeared in the serial between 2005 and 2008 and had a relationship with Steve.
  • Luke, portrayed by Gary D'Alessandro, is the husband of Steve who appeared in the serial in 2006. They married days after the legalisation of gay marriage.
  • Prada Naicker, portrayed by Ashish Gangapersad, is the gay cousin of Priya, who appeared in the serial between 2010 and 2014. Prada and Dennis have a brief relationship.
  • Dennis M, portrayed by Ashley Dowds, appeared in the serial in 2011 and has a brief relationship with Prada.

Spain[edit]

Amar en tiempos revueltos[edit]

Amar en tiempos revueltos is a Spanish soap opera broadcast by La 1 and TVE Internacional from 2005 to 2012, and by Antena 3 since 2013.

  • Ana Rivas, portrayed by Marina San José, is a department store worker who develops romantic feelings for Teresa.
  • Teresa Garcia, portrayed by Carlota Olcina, is a department store worker who begins a relationship with Ana.

Seis Hermanas[edit]

Seis Hermanas is a Spanish soap opera broadcast by La 1, which began airing in April 2015 and ceased airing in April 2017.[27]

  • Celia Silva, portrayed by Candela Serrat, is one of six sisters whose dream is to study and to write. She realises that she has romantic feelings for a heterosexual colleague and after being rejected, she visited the doctor where she met Aurora who she began dating.
  • Aurora Alarcón, portrayed by Luz Valdenebro, is the partner of Celia.
  • Federico Velasco, portrayed by Dani Muriel, is a police detective who befriends Celia and confesses he is gay.

United Kingdom[edit]

Brookside[edit]

Brookside is a British soap opera broadcast by Channel 4, which aired between November 1982 and November 2003.[28]

  • Gordon Collins, portrayed by Nigel Cowley between 1982 and 1984, and Mark Burgess between 1986 and 1990, is the first openly gay character on a British soap opera. Gordon's main relationship is with Chris.
  • Margaret Clemence, portrayed by Nicola Stephenson, appeared in the serial between 1990 and 1994.
  • Lindsey Corkhill, portrayed by Claire Sweeney, appeared in the serial on-off between 1991 and 2003. Lindsey begins a relationship with Shelley, which ended when Shelly departs.
  • Beth Jordache, portrayed by Anna Friel, appeared in the serial between 1993 and 1995. Beth features in British television's first pre-watershed lesbian kiss, which received several complaints.
  • Shelley Bower, portrayed by Alexandra Wescourt, appeared in the serial between 1999 and 2001. Shelley begins a relationship with Lindsey, which she ends after developing feelings for Lindsey's mother.
  • Lance Powell, portrayed by Mickey Poppins, appeared in the serial between 2000 and 2003.
  • Fred Gonzalez portrayed by, Richard Calkin, appeared between 2000 and 2001.

Coronation Street[edit]

Coronation Street is a British soap opera broadcast by ITV, which has aired since December 1960.[29]

  • Hayley Cropper, portrayed by Julie Hesmondhalgh, appeared in the serial between 1998 and 2014. Hayley is a transgender woman and the first regular transgender character to be introduced into soap opera. The character was praised by British Parliament and later marries a man.[30][31]
  • Todd Grimshaw, portrayed by Bruno Langley, appeared in the serial between 2001 and 2004, in 2007 and 2011 and between 2013 and 2017. Todd is the show's first homosexual character, who is originally portrayed as heterosexual. He kisses his partner's brother and later begins a relationship with Karl.
  • Karl Foster, portrayed by Chris Finch, appeared in the serial between 2003 and 2004. Karl is an openly gay nurse, who has a relationship with Todd.
  • Sean Tully, portrayed by Antony Cotton, has appeared in the serial since 2003. Sean is openly gay and unlucky in love. Sean is criticised by press and media and has sex with Sonny, Marcus and Billy.
  • Sonny Dhillon, portrayed by Pal Aron, appeared in the serial between 2006 and 2007. Sonnny is bisexual and has an affair with Sean while engaged to a woman.
  • Marcus Dent, portrayed by Charlie Condou, appeared in the serial between 2007 and 2008, and between 2011 and 2014. Marcus is openly gay and has relationships with Sean and Todd. In 2012, Marcus begins a relationship with a woman but later decides he is gay.
  • Sophie Webster, portrayed by Brooke Vincent, has appeared in the serial regularly since 2004. Sophie comes out as a lesbian in 2010 after entering a relationship with Sian, becoming the first lesbian character in Coronation Street.[32] She later has relationships with Amber, Jenna, Maddie, Kate and Paula.
  • Sian Powers, portrayed by Sacha Parkinson, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2011. Sian is a lesbian who pursues a relationship with Sophie.
  • Amber Kalirai, portrayed by Nikki Patel, appeared in the serial between 2005 and 2009, and again between 2011 and 2012. Amber is bisexual and has a relationship with Sophie.
  • James Cunningham, portrayed by James Roache, appeared in the serial between 2010 and 2011. James is gay, which causes his rejection by his father.
  • Jenna Kamara, portrayed by Krissi Bohn, appeared in the serial between 2012 and 2014. Jenna is a lesbian who begins a relationship with Sophie.
  • Maddie Heath, portrayed by Amy James-Kelly, appeared in the serial between 2013 and 2015. Maddie is a lesbian who begins a relationship with Sophie.
  • Billy Mayhew, portrayed by Daniel Brocklebank, has appeared in the serial since 2014. Billy is a gay vicar who pursues a relationship with Sean and later, Todd.[33]
  • Kate Connor, portrayed by Faye Brookes, has appeared in the serial since 2015. Kate is a lesbian who was engaged to Caz but later dated Sophie and Imogen, until eventually ending up with her friend's wife Rana.
  • Caz Hammond, portrayed by Rhea Bailey, appeared in the serial between 2015 and 2016. Caz is a lesbian who was engaged to Kate.
  • Rana Habeeb, portrayed by Bhavna Limbachia, has appeared in the serial since 2016. Rana is introduced as a very experienced heterosexual and marries her best friend's brother Zeedan, however she later develops strong feelings towards Kate and ultimately leaves her husband for her.
  • Paula Martin, portrayed by Stirling Gallacher, has appeared in the serial from 2018. Paula is a bisexual married woman who had a relationship with Sophie.
  • Imogen Pascoe, portrayed by Melissa Johns, appeared in 2017. Imogen has a brief relationship with Kate which causes Rana to become envious and ultimately discover her sexuality.

EastEnders[edit]

EastEnders is a British soap opera broadcast on BBC One, which has aired since February 1985. The show has used various homosexual characters to highlight gay issues since the 1980s, including homophobia, bisexuality, age of sexual consent, and HIV/AIDS among others.[34] It was the first UK soap to screen a gay kiss in 1987, prompting outrage from viewers and the media who branded the programme "filth" and dubbed it "EastBenders".[35] There were even questions in Parliament about whether it was appropriate to have gay men in a family show when AIDS was sweeping the country.[36] Despite initial negativity, the characters had a powerful impact on public attitudes, and the show's handling of Colin and Barry's relationship was deemed by many gay activists as something of a breakthrough.[37][38] Actor turned politician Michael Cashman believes the storyline started "the social change" in opinion towards homosexuals, which "happened alongside the legal reform" in the 1980s.[39]

The show has been at the centre of much controversy regarding its gay characters kissing on-screen. It screened the first mouth-to-mouth gay soap kiss in the UK in 1989, leading some MPs to call for the programme to be banned.[40] EastEnders' first regular lesbian characters provided the soap with its first lesbian kiss in 1994, provoking more complaints than any other UK television programme that year.[41] This was followed by a "censored" homosexual kiss in 1996, which infuriated gay activists after the BBC cut the kiss from its original two seconds to a half-second, so they would not "startle" viewers.[42][43] In 2007, a lesbian kiss prompted 211 complaints to the BBC,[44] and in 2008, a kiss between two gay characters prompted 145 complaints from viewers who were "appalled by the display of homosexual kissing before the watershed [...] whilst young children are watching". The BBC released a statement saying: "We approach our portrayal of homosexual relationships in the same way as we do heterosexual relationships. In this instance, Christian is enjoying the first flush of romance and we've shown him being affectionate with his new boyfriend in the same way any couple would."[45]

  • Ruth Lyons, portrayed by Judy Liebert, appeared in the serial between 1985 and 1986. Ruth is a lesbian social worker, who is in a relationship that she considers the same as marriage.
  • John Fisher, portrayed by Dave Dale, appeared in the serial in 1986. John is a drag queen act hired to perform in The Queen Victoria.
  • Colin Russell, portrayed by Michael Cashman, appeared in the serial between 1986 and 1989, before returning briefly in 2016. Colin is gay, although he does not originally reveal this until he introduces his boyfriend, Barry. Colin's other relationships include Guido and Eddie.
  • Barry Clark, portrayed by Gary Hailes, appeared in the serial between 1986 and 1988, before returning briefly in 1989. Barry is openly gay although he is closeted to his volatile father. Barry dates Colin until his father discovers their relationship and so, to appease his father, Barry pretends to be heterosexual, although it does not work and he reunites with Barry.
  • Guido Smith, portrayed by Nicholas Donovan, appeared in the serial between 1988 and 1989. Guido is gay and begins a relationship with Colin until their departures when they separate.
  • Queenie Price, portrayed by Jon Labonowski, appeared in the serial between 1988 and 1989. Queenie is an effeminate homosexual and a prisoner inside Dickens Hill.
  • Joe Wallace, portrayed by Jason Rush, appeared in the serial in 1991 and 1993. Joe is a young, gay chef who is HIV-positive. He is sacked from his job as a result of status.
  • Sonia Fowler, portrayed by Natalie Cassidy, has appeared in the serial on-off since 1993. Despite being married to a man, Sonia begins an affair, and later relationship, with Naomi in 2006. Sonia later reunited with her husband, although following their divorce, she has a relationship with Tina.
  • Della Alexander, portrayed by Michelle Joseph, appeared in the serial between 1994 and 1995. Della is the serial's first lesbian character, who was introduced as an attempt to portray positive examples of homosexual characters.[46]
  • Binnie Roberts, portrayed by Sophie Langham, appeared in the serial between 1994 and 1995. Binnie is a lesbian and the partner of Della.
  • Tony Hills, portrayed by Mark Homer, appeared in the serial between 1995 and 1999. Tony is bisexual and has relationships with women and men, most notably with Simon.
  • Simon Raymond, portrayed by Andrew Lynford, appeared in the serial between 1996 and 1999. Simon is gay and has a relationship with Tony.
  • Fred Fonseca, portrayed by Jimi Mistry, appeared in the serial between 1998 and 2000. Fred is the square's local GP who is gay, which is met by criticism by his patients.
  • Derek Harkinson, portrayed by Ian Lavender, appeared in the serial between 2001 and 2005, before returning in 2016. Derek is an elderly gay man, and one of his storylines includes having a conviction for gross indecency overturned under the "Alan Turing law".
  • Naomi Julien, portrayed by Petra Letang, appeared in the serial between 2005 and 2007. Naomi began an affair with married Sonia, which developed into a relationship.
  • Marco Bianco, portrayed by Bart Ruspoli, appeared in the serial in 2007. Marco is a gay interior designer whose boyfriend left him.
  • Charity Kase, portrayed by Morgan Crowley, appeared in the serial in 2007 and 2009. Charity is a drag queen act hired to perform in The Queen Victoria.
  • Steven Beale, portrayed by Aaron Sidwell, appeared in the serial regularly between 2007 and 2008, before returning in 2016. Steven is bisexual and comes out after kissing Christian. Upon his 2016 return, Steven is shown to be a relationship with a woman.[47]
  • Christian Clarke, portrayed by John Partridge, appeared in the serial between 2008 and 2012, before returning on-off between 2014 and 2016. Christian mainly involved in a relationship with Syed, although has aided the coming outs of Steven and Ben and has sex with Lee.
  • Lee Thompson, portrayed by Carl Ferguson, appeared in the serial in 2008. Lee is gay and has sex with Christian.
  • Syed Masood, portrayed by Marc Elliott, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2012. Syed is initially a closeted homosexual, whose Islamic religion prevents him from coming out. After beginning a relationship with Christian, despite being engaged to a woman, Syed is eventually outed. He and Christian later marry.
  • James Mackie, portrayed by Paul Keating, appeared in the serial in 2009. James is gay and a childhood friend of Christian, who he later has a fling with.
  • Ben Mitchell, portrayed by Charlie Jones, Joshua Pascoe and Harry Reid, has appeared in the serial regularly on-off since 2006. Ben is originally portrayed as a camp child, who enjoys singing and dancing.[48] After Pascoe was cast in the role, Ben comes out and loses his virginity. After receiving a negative response from his father, Ben hides his sexuality again and after Reid was cast in the role, Ben began a relationship with Abi Branning, hoping to hide his sexuality. He has an affair with Paul and later comes out, having sex with Johnny after Paul's death.
  • Danny Pennant, portrayed by Gary Lucy, appeared in the serial between 2012 and 2014. Danny is bisexual and originally has a love triangle with Syed and Christian. Upon returning in 2013, Danny has a relationship with a woman, although kisses Johnny.
  • Tina Carter, portrayed by Luisa Bradshaw-White, has appeared in the serial since 2013. Tina is a lesbian who has had relationships with Tosh and Sonia; her relationship with Tosh is abusive and had a positive reception from charities.[49] However, she has also had relationships with men.
  • Johnny Carter, portrayed by Sam Strike between 2013 and 2014 and by Ted Reilly between 2016 and 2018, is originally a closeted homosexual. He comes out to his father, Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), which was widely praised by critics.[50][51] He has sex with Danny, Ben and Gianluca.
  • Tosh Mackintosh, portrayed by Rebecca Scroggs, appeared in the serial in 2014. Tosh is a lesbian and is in a relationship with Tina. She physically abuses Tina; the storyline received a positive reception from charities.[49]
  • Gianluca Cavallo, portrayed by Gabriele Lombardo, appeared in the serial in 2014 as a guest character. He is openly gay and has a fling with Johnny, who he later begins an off-screen relationship with.
  • Paul Coker, portrayed by Jonny Labey, appeared in the serial between 2015 and 2016. Paul is openly gay and begins an affair with Ben which develops into a relationship, but Paul is killed in a homophobic attack.
  • Kyle Slater, portrayed by Riley Carter Millington, appeared in the serial between 2015 and 2016. Kyle is a transgender man.[52]
  • Luke Browning, portrayed by Adam Astill, appeared in the serial in 2017. He has a brief relationship with Ben.
  • Irene Mills, portrayed by Melanie Kilburn. She is the new vicar at the church Dot Cotton volunteers at.

Emmerdale[edit]

Emmerdale, previously known as Emmerdale Farm, is a British soap opera broadcast by ITV, which has aired since October 1972. Emmerdale has featured numerous LGBT characters, including the first permanent lesbian character (Zoe Tate) in a British soap opera.[53][54] It also featured the first civil partnership (between Paul Lambert and Jonny Foster) in a prime time British soap opera in 2008.[55]

  • Robert Sugden (1986–2005, 2009, 2014–), portrayed by Ryan Hawley since 2014. Upon his 2014 return, it is revealed that Robert is bisexual; he is engaged to Chrissie White while having an affair with Aaron. Robert splits from Chrissie and starts a relationship with Aaron, whom he marries twice once in 2017 & then legally in 2018.
  • Zoe Tate (1989–2005), portrayed by Leah Bracknell. Zoe comes out as a lesbian in 1993 and has relationships with various women including Emma, with whom she has a commitment ceremony in 1996.[56] She is the first permanent lesbian character in a British soap opera.[57]
  • Emma Nightingale (1995–1996, 2004), portrayed by Rachel Ambler. Emma is a lesbian and has a relationship with Zoe; they have a commitment ceremony in 1996.[56]
  • Susie Wilde (1996), portrayed by Louise Heaney. Susie is Emma's ex-girlfriend and has a relationship with Zoe.[58][59]
  • Sophie Wright (1996–1997), portrayed by Jane Cameron. Sophie is bisexual. She has a one-night stand with Butch Dingle before starting a relationship with Zoe.[60]
  • Becky Cairns (1997–1998), portrayed by Sarah Neville.[58] Becky is bisexual and has an affair with Zoe while married to Tony Cairns.
  • Frankie Smith (1999–2001), portrayed by Gina Aris in 1999 and Madeleine Bowyer from 2000 to 2001. Frankie is a lesbian and has a relationship with Zoe.[58]
  • Jason Kirk (1999–2002), portrayed by James Carlton. Jason is the first openly gay male character to appear in the serial and has an affair with Gavin.[61]
  • Gavin Ferris (1999), portrayed by Robert Beck. Gavin is bisexual and has an affair with Jason.[61]
  • Charity Dingle (2000–2005, 2009–), portrayed by Emma Atkins. Charity is revealed to be bisexual in 2001 when she has an affair with Zoe while in a relationship with Zoe's brother Chris Tate.[62] Zoe was Charity's only female love interest until she slept with Vanessa in 2017. The two later began a more serious relationship in 2018.
  • Debbie Dingle (2002–), portrayed by Charley Webb. Debbie is bisexual and although mainly has relationships with men, she had a relationship with Jasmine.
  • Rachel Whatmore (2003–2005), portrayed by Zoe Lambert. Rachel is a lesbian and has an affair with Zoe.[63]
  • Paul Lambert (2004–2009, 2010–2015), portrayed by Matthew Bose. Paul is openly gay and has sex with Ivan and Grayson, before marrying Jonny in 2008.[55]
  • Effie Harrison (2005), portrayed by Phillipa Peak. Effie has a brief relationship with Zoe.[64]
  • Jasmine Thomas (2005–2009), portrayed by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Jasmine is bisexual and has a relationship with Debbie.
  • Ivan Jones (2005–2006), portrayed by Daniel Brocklebank. Ivan is bisexual and has a relationship with Paul and his sister Nicola Blackstock.
  • Grayson Sinclair (2006–2008), portrayed by Christopher Villiers. Grayson is bisexual and involved in a homophobic attack.
  • Jonny Foster (2007–2009), portrayed by Richard Grieve. Jonny is bisexual and enters a relationship with Paul, who he later marries.[55]
  • Aaron Dingle (2008–2012, 2014–), portrayed by Danny Miller. Aaron is originally a closeted homosexual who is eventually revealed as a self-lothing homosexual. He has a relationship with Jackson and later with Robert, whom he marries twice once in 2017 & then legally in 2018.
  • Matty Barton (2009–2012, 2018–), portrayed by Ash Palmisciano since 2018. Upon his 2018 return, it is revealed that Matty is transgender, making him the first transgender character on Emmerdale. He was formerly known as Hannah Barton and left the serial in 2012. He transitioned off screen before his return in 2018.[65]
  • Jackson Walsh (2010–2011), portrayed by Marc Silcock. Jackson is openly gay.[66] and He has a relationship with Aaron, before his death.
  • Ali Spencer (2010–2015), portrayed by Kelli Hollis. Ali is bisexual and was previously married to Dan Spencer, with whom she has two children. She has a relationship with Ruby, whom she marries in 2014.[67]
  • Ruby Haswell (2011–2015), portrayed by Alicya Eyo. Ruby is a lesbian and has a relationship with Ali, whom she marries in 2014.[67]
  • Vanessa Woodfield (2012–), portrayed by Michelle Hardwick. Vanessa is shown as a heterosexual but developed feelings for her best friend Rhona Goskirk in 2013. After having a serious relationship with a male she sleeps with Charity in 2017, prompting her to question whether she is bisexual. Vanessa and Charity begin a more serious relationship in 2018.
  • Finn Barton (2013–2017), portrayed by Joe Gill. Finn is openly gay and has sex with Aaron and Kasim.
  • Lawrence White (2014–2018), portrayed by John Bowe. Lawrence is a closeted homosexual who later comes out when he begins a relationship with Ronnie. He reveals that he was imprisoned for his sexuality and subjected to aversion therapy to try to "cure" his feelings for men, a process that did great damage to him psychologically.
  • Liv Flaherty (2016–), portrayed by Isobel Steele. Liv is the first asexual character on a British soap, confessing to Belle Dingle and later Gabby Thomas that she feels no attraction towards boys or girls.
  • Ronnie Hale (2016–2017), portrayed by John McArdle. Ronnie is openly gay and the former partner of Lawrence, who he reunites with upon his arrival.
  • Dr. Alex Mason (2017–2018), portrayed by Steven Flynn. A doctor at Hotten General Hospital, he was introduced as a love interest to Aaron; the two later begin a relationship.

Family Affairs[edit]

Family Affairs is a British television soap opera broadcast by Channel 5 from March 1997 until December 2005.

  • Adam Sheldrake, portrayed by Vince Leigh, appeared from 1999 to 2000.
  • Brendan Boulter, portrayed by Steven Burrell, appeared from 2003 to 2004. Brendan dates Becky and later, Melanie who he marries but has affairs with men before and during the marriage.
  • Conor Byrne, portrayed by Glen Mulhern, appeared in 2000
  • Karen Ellis, portrayed by Tanya Franks, appeared from 2000 to 2003. Tanya is engaged to Matt who she eventually marries but begins an affair with Kelly, their surrogate. Kelly later dies and Tanya reconciles with Matt.
  • Ben Galloway, portrayed by Peter England, appeared from 2002 to 2003.
  • Kelly Hurst, portrayed by Nicky Talacko, appeared from 2001 to 2002.
  • Max Lawson, portrayed by Marcus D'Amico, appeared in 2005, is in a gay relationship with Sami but it ultimately breaks down and Max returns to his wife.
  • Holly Hart, portrayed by Sandra Huggett, appeared between 1997 and 1999.
  • Alex Renshaw, portrayed by Roman Marek, appeared between 2001 and 2002.
  • Susie Ross, portrayed by Tina Landini, appeared between 1997 and 1999.
  • Sami Shafiq, portrayed by Hosh Kane, appeared in 2005.
  • Clive Starr, portrayed by Huw Bevan, appeared between 1999 and 2001.
  • Sean Steel. portrayed by Sam Barriscale, appeared from 2003 to 2005.
  • Brett Owen, portrayed by Spencer McLaren, appeared in 2005

Hollyoaks[edit]

Hollyoaks is a British soap opera broadcast by Channel 4 and E4 simultaneously. It began airing in October 1995.

  • Bazil McCourtey, portrayed by Toby Sawyer, appeared in the serial between 1995 and 1997. Bazil is initially perceived as heterosexual but comes out as gay.
  • Gina Patrick, portrayed by Dannielle Brent, appeared in the serial between 1997 and 2001. Gina is a lesbian who establishes a relationship with Emily.
  • Emily Taylor, portrayed by Lorna Pegler, is a lesbian who enters a relationship with Gina.
  • Nick O'Connor, portrayed by Darren Bransford, appeared in the serial between 2001 and 2004. Nick is gay, although he questioned his sexuality after having sex with his female friend.
  • Craig Dean, portrayed by Guy Burnet, appeared in the serial between 2002 and 2007, returning for a guest stint in 2008. Craig is initially portrayed as heterosexual but later begins identifying as bisexual. They begin a relationship (see "John Paul McQueen and Craig Dean"), which ended when Craig left. Craig later returns and commits to a relationship with John Paul and they leave together.[68]
  • Sarah Barnes, portrayed by Loui Batley, appeared in the serial between 2005 and 2009. Sarah's sexuality is explored following a one-night stand with Zoë and she later develops a relationship with Lydia.[69]
  • Zoe Carpenter appeared in the series between 2006–10 and briefly in 2017. Although she has initially appeared as heterosexual, she has a one-night stand with Sarah and claims that she loves her one day.
  • Myra McQueen, portrayed by Nicole Barber-Lane, has appeared in the serial since 2006. Myra is originally portrayed as heterosexual, although she later comes out after developing feelings for Sally St. Claire.
  • John Paul McQueen, portrayed by James Sutton, appeared in the serial between 2006 and 2008 and again between 2012 and 2017. John Paul questioned his sexuality and was outed by his girlfriend. He and Craig begin a relationship (see "John Paul McQueen and Craig Dean"), which ended when Craig left. John Paul then dates Spike and Kieran, before reuniting with Craig.[68] Upon his return, he has relationships with Brendan, Doug, Ste, Harry and James.
  • Kris Fisher, portrayed by Gerard McCarthy, appeared in the serial between 2006 and 2010. Kris is bisexual and a crossdresser and enters a love triangle between him, Ravi and Nancy Hayton (Jessica Fox).[70]
  • Ste Hay, portrayed by Kieron Richardson, has appeared in the serial since 2006. Ste is initially perceived as heterosexual and has two children with a woman but comes out as gay after an affair with Brendan, who was his boss. Ste began a relationship with Brendan but was abused by him, marking the first homosexual domestic abuse storyline in soap.[71] Ste's other relationships have included Macca, Noah, Doug, John Paul and Harry.
  • Spike, portrayed by Tom Vaughan, appeared in the serial between 2007 and 2008. Spike is openly gay and begins a relationship with John Paul.
  • Kieron Hobbs, portrayed by Jake Hendriks, appeared in the serial in 2008. Kieron is a priest who came out to John Paul, resulting in them beginning an on-off fling.
  • Ravi Roy, portrayed by Stephen Uppal, appeared in the serial between 2008 and 2010. Ravi is bisexual but very masculine, which Uppal enjoyed.[72] Ravi is involved in a bisexual love triangle between him, Kris and Nancy.[70]
  • Lydia Hart, portrayed by Lydia Kelly, appeared in the series between 2009 and 2010. Lydia is the former girlfriend of Charlotte, and the love interest of Sarah who she begins a relationship with.[73]
  • Charlotte Lau, portrayed by Amy Yamazaki, appeared in the series between 2009 and 2010. Charlotte is a lesbian and the former partner of Lydia.
  • Jason Costello, portrayed by Victoria Atkin, appeared in the series between 2010 and 2011. Jason experiences gender dysphoria and is a transgender man who retained an attraction to males.[74]
  • Brendan Brady, portrayed by Emmett J. Scanlan, appeared in the series between 2010 and 2013. Brendan is gay and begins an abusive relationship with Ste, marking the first time homosexual domestic abuse had been explored in soap.[71] Despite his sexuality, Brendan has had heterosexual relationships and has a child with a woman.
  • Fern, portrayed by Amy Gavin, appeared in the series between 2010 and 2011. Fern is a lesbian who bullies Jason because of his GID.
  • Texas Longford, portrayed by Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove, appeared in the series between 2010 and 2013. Texas is bisexual and becomes involved in a love triangle with Jodie and Dodger Savage (Danny Mac).
  • Noah Baxter, portrayed by Law Thompson, appeared in the series in 2011. Noah is a gay personal trainer who establishes a relationship with Ste.
  • Esther Bloom, portrayed by Jasmine Franks, has appeared in the series since 2011. Esther is an open lesbian and romances Tilly as well as having relationships with Kim and Grace.
  • Tilly Evans, portrayed by Lucy Dixon, appeared in the series between 2011 and 2014. Tilly is a lesbian and comfortable with her sexuality and has relationships with Esther, Jen and Chloe.
  • George Smith, portrayed by Steven Roberts, appeared in the series between 2011 and 2014. George is gay and has a relationship with Vincent.
  • Jodie Wilde, portrayed by Montana Manning, appeared in the series between 2011 and 2012. Jodie is bisexual and introduced for a love triangle involving Texas and Dodger.
  • Doug Carter, portrayed by PJ Brennan, appeared in the series between 2010 and 2013. Doug is originally portrayed as heterosexual, although he later comes out after developing feelings for Ste. They begin a relationship and marry.
  • Jen Gilmore, portrayed by Amy Downham, appeared in the series between 2010 and 2013. Jen is a lesbian secondary school teacher, who begins a relationship with Tilly, a sixth form student.[75]
  • Vincent Elegba, portrayed by John Omole, appeared in the series between 2013 and 2014. Vincent is a closeted homosexual, who begins a secret relationship with George.
  • Chloe, portrayed by Susan Loughnane, appeared in the series between 2013 and 2014. Chloe is bisexual and begins a relationship with Tilly.[76]
  • Danny Lomax, portrayed by Stephen Billington, 2013 and 2014. Danny is bisexual and despite being married to his wife Sam Lomax (Lizzie Roper), has an affair with John Paul.
  • Peri Lomax, portrayed by Ruby O'Donnell, has appeared in the series since 2013. Peri is perceived as heterosexual until 2018, when she develops feelings for and sleeps with her female homeless friend, Harley.
  • Grace Black, portrayed by Tamara Wall, has appeared in the series since 2013. Grace is initially perceived as heterosexual, although later engages in sex with Esther and Kim, later referring to herself as bisexual.
  • Blessing Chambers, played by Modupe Adeyeye, appeared in 2014 and is a transgender woman.
  • Kim Butterfield, portrayed by Daisy Wood-Davis, has appeared in the series since 2014. Kim is a lesbian, who develops relationships with Grace and Esther, whom she later marries.
  • Lockie Campbell, portrayed by Nick Rhys, appeared in the series between 2014 and 2016. Lockie is bisexual and despite marrying Porsche McQueen (Twinnie Lee Moore), has sex with John Paul.
  • Harry Thompson, portrayed by Parry Glasspool, has appeared in the series regularly since 2015. Harry is gay, although he is closeted. After coming out, Harry has sex with John Paul, Ste and James.
  • Scott Drinkwell, portrayed by Ross Adams, has appeared in the series since 2015. Scott is openly gay and is portrayed as camp. He has a relationship with John Paul.
  • Sally St. Claire, portrayed by Annie Wallace, has appeared in the series since 2015. Like the actress who plays her, Sally is a transgender female, who is later revealed to be John Paul's father.
  • James Nightingale, portrayed by Gregory Finnegan, has appeared in the series since 2016. James is a gay lawyer who pays Harry to sleep with him and later, enters a relationship with John Paul.
  • Ryan Knight, portrayed by Duncan James, appeared on the series between 2016 and 2018. He is assumed to be bisexual as he unexpectedly has an affair with Kyle whilst married to his wife, and later begins dating Ste.
  • Kyle Kelly, portrayed by Adam Rickitt, has appeared in the series since 2017. Kyle has an affair with Ryan while he is engaged to a woman, and later begins a relationship with James.
  • Farrah Maalik, portrayed by Krupa Pattani, has appeared in the series since 2017. Farrah is a lesbian psychaiatrist who arrives in Hollyoaks with her current girlfriend, only to catch the eye of Esther. She later begins a relationship with Kim, however also kisses Grace.
  • Harley Frater, portrayed by Mollie Lambert, has appeared on the series since 2018. Harley sleeps with Peri after they spend time together while they are both homeless.

Pobol y Cwm[edit]

Pobol y Cwm is a Welsh-language television soap opera broadcast by S4C, which has aired since October 1974.[77]

  • Iolo White, portrayed by Dyfan Rees, is the village plummer who marries Tyler.
  • Gwyneth Jones, portrayed by Llinor ap Gwynedd, is bisexual.
  • Tyler Davies, portrayed by Aled Llyr Thomas, is a teacher who marries Iolo.

United States[edit]

All My Children[edit]

All My Children is an American television soap opera broadcast by the American Broadcasting Company, which aired between January 1970 and September 2011.

  • Lynn Carson, portrayed by Donna Pescow, appeared in the serial between 1982 and 1983. Lynn is the show's first homosexual character, although she was never given a love interest.
  • Michael Delaney, portrayed by Chris Bruno, appeared in the serial between 1995 and 1997. Michael is a gay high school teacher who eventually came out to his students, leading to his sacking.
  • Kevin Sheffield, portrayed by Ben Jorgensen, appeared in the serial between 1995 and 1998. Kevin is one of Michael's students who came out after Michael was sacked.
  • Brad Phillips, portrayed by Daniel McDonald, appeared in the serial between 1996 and 1997.
  • Bianca Montgomery, portrayed by Eden Riegel between 2000 and 2010 and Christina Bennett Lind between 2010 and 2011, is a lesbian. After coming out, Bianca received backlash from her mother. She has sex with Sarah, Frankie, Maggie, Lena (see Lena Kundera and Bianca Montgomery) and Zoe. When Bianca returns, she marries Reese and after their split, she has a relationship with Marissa.
  • Sarah Livingston, portrayed by Elizabeth Harnois, appeared in the serial in 2000. Sarah has sex with Bianca.
  • Frankie Stone, portrayed by Elizabeth Hendrickson, appeared in the serial in 2001. Frankie is a lesbian who has sex with Bianca.
  • Maggie Stone, portrayed by Hendrickson, appeared in the serial between 2002 and 2005, and in 2007. Maggie is a lesbian who has a close friendship with Bianca, which develops into a relationship after they admit their feelings.
  • Lena Kundera, portrayed by Olga Sosnovska, appeared in the serial between 2003 and 2004. Lena has sex with Bianca (see Lena Kundera and Bianca Montgomery).
  • Zoe, portrayed by Jeffrey Carlson, appeared in the serial between 2006 and 2007. Zoe, originally called Freddy Luper and Zarf, is a transgender female who develops an attraction towards Bianca.
  • Reese Williams, portrayed by Tamara Braun, appeared in the serial between 2008 and 2009. Reese is the partner of Bianca, who she marries.
  • Marissa Chandler, portrayed by Sarah Glendening, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2011. Marissa has a relationship with Bianca.

As the World Turns[edit]

As the World Turns is an American television soap opera broadcast by CBS, which aired between April 1956 and September 2010.[78]

  • Hank Eliot, portrayed by Brian Starcher, appeared in the serial between 1988 and 1989. Hank is gay and was set to go through the process of an AIDS diagnosis, before producers decided a different character would, instead..
  • Luke Snyder, portrayed by Van Hansis, appeared in the serial between 2005 and 2010. Luke came out and developed a crush on his heterosexual friend. He later began a relationship with Noah and afterwards, Reid.
  • Noah Mayer, portrayed by Jake Silbermann, appeared in the serial between 2007 and 2010. Noah came out to begin a relationship with Luke.
  • Reid Oliver, portrayed by Eric Sheffer Stevens, appeared in the serial in 2010. Reid began a relationship with Luke, but later died.

The Bold and the Beautiful[edit]

The Bold and the Beautiful is an American television soap opera broadcast by CBS, which has aired since March 1987.

  • Karen Spencer, portrayed by Joanna Johnson, was originally portrayed as heterosexual until her daughter introduces Karen's long-term partner, Danielle.
  • Danielle Spencer, portrayed by Crystal Chappell, is the long-term partner of Karen.
  • Maya Avant, portrayed by Karla Mosley, is a transgender woman. Maya marked the first trans female character to feature on a US daytime soap opera as a series regular and the first transgender bride to be married on a US daytime soap opera.[79]

Dante's Cove[edit]

Dante's Cove is an American LGBT-oriented supernatural soap opera broadcast by here!, which aired between October 2005 and December 2007.

Days of Our Lives[edit]

Days of Our Lives is an American daytime soap opera broadcast by NBC, which has aired since November 1965.

  • Harold Wentworth, portrayed by Ryan Scott from 2001 to 2003, was Days first openly gay character.[82] He is a flamboyant fashionista, who, according to Scott, is "about being honest with everyone; anything less is not living". Harold is involved in a storyline with Jack Deveraux, where Jack pretends to be gay in a crazy plot to win back his ex-wife.[83]
  • Sonny Kiriakis, portrayed by Freddie Smith, first appeared in the serial in 2011.[84] He is an open-minded, confident, proudly-out gay man.[85][86] Sonny has relationships with Will Horton (whom he marries), Brian, Paul Narita, and Leo Starke. His wedding with Will in April 2014, was the first male-male gay wedding in US daytime drama.[87] He helps raise Will's daughter, Arianna, and is effectively a father to her.[88] See also: Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis.
  • Will Horton is one of the show's legacy characters who was "born onscreen" (in 1995) and "grew up in front of the audience".[89][90] He is kind-hearted,[91] and yet audacious.[92][93] He comes out as gay in 2012, when portrayed by Chandler Massey;[94] and he marries Sonny in 2014 when portrayed by Guy Wilson.[95] Will has a daughter, Arianna Horton,[96] with his friend and ex-girlfriend Gabi Hernandez.[97] Gabi, Will and Sonny all raise Arianna.[98] Will is killed off in 2015, and is resurrected in 2017 (with Massey)[99] after major viewer backlash.[100] In 2015, Will gets into a love triangle with Sonny and his ex, Paul Narita.[101] Will's relationship with Sonny is known to fans as "WilSon",[102] and his relationship with Paul as "Horita".[103]
  • Neil Hultgren, played by Jesse Kristofferson, is a gay friend of Sonny and Will, who is kissed by Will in the show's "first gay kiss", in February 2012.[90][104][105]
  • Brian, portrayed by Brant Daugherty, appears in the serial in 2012 and 2013. He is keen on Sonny, and briefly dates him when Sonny and Will are on a break.[106][107][108]
  • Jensen, portrayed by Derek Magyar, is an ex-convict who sexually assaults Will's cousin, Nick Fallon, when they are cellmates in prison. It is implied that this is the cause of Nick's homophobia.[109][110]
  • Brent is an old friend of Sonny's from his adventuring days, who comes to town when Sonny is living with Will, Gabi and Arianna, and tries to lure Sonny away from their family life together.[111]
  • Paul Narita, portrayed by Christopher Sean, is initially a professional baseball player, who comes to town in 2014 for surgery. Will is assigned to interview him.[112] Paul is gay and comes onto Will,[113] and they end up having sex. Both are unaware that they both know Sonny – Will being married to him, and Paul being Sonny's "first love".[114] After Will is believed to be killed, Paul and Sonny re-unite, and are set to marry – but news of Will being alive stops the wedding,[115] and Sonny dumps Paul for Will.[116] But Will has amnesia and does not remember Sonny. Instead Will is attracted to Paul, and they fall in love and become a couple.[117]
  • Derrick, portrayed by Spencer Neville, is a hotel bellhop who flirts with and dates Paul.[118][119][120]
  • Leo Starke, portrayed by Greg Rikaart, dates Sonny after Will and Sonny's divorce, but is actually being paid to date him by Sonny's business rival Vivian Alamain.[121][122]

Dynasty[edit]

Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera broadcast by the American Broadcasting Company, which aired between January 1981 and May 1989.[123]

  • Steven Carrington, portrayed by Al Corley and Jack Coleman, is initially portrayed as bisexual. He has many relationships with women and some relationships with men, however, he later comes out as gay.

Guiding Light[edit]

Guiding Light (also known as The Guiding Light) is an American television soap opera broadcast by NBC Radio, followed by CBS Radio and then CBS Television, which aired between January 1937 and September 2009.

The Haves and the Have Nots[edit]

The Haves and the Have Nots is an American prime time television soap opera created, executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry.[124][125] It began airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network from 28 May 2013.

  • Jeffery Harrington, portrayed by Gavin Houston, is a drug counselor who is originally closeted until he is entrapped by his client, Wyatt Cryer (Aaron O'Connell), who he comes out to.[126]

Melrose Place[edit]

Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera broadcast by Fox, which aired between July 1992 and May 1999. The show never featured any LGBT characters in sexual scenes, with the scene featuring Matt kissing another man cut.

One Life to Live[edit]

One Life to Live is an American soap opera broadcast by the American Broadcasting Company, which aired between July 1968 and January 2012.

  • Billy Douglas, portrayed by Ryan Phillippe, appeared in the serial between 1992 and 1993.
  • Daniel Colson, portrayed by Mark Dobies, is a lawyer who married a woman. He had an affair with a male college student and murdered two people to keep his secret hidden.
  • Matt Cavanaugh, portrayed by Mark Solomon, appeared in the serial between 2004 and 2005.
  • Kyle Lewis, portrayed by Brett Claywell, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2010. Kyle is a lab tech who had a relationship with Oliver in college, but is rejected when Oliver insists he is heterosexual. Kyle starts a relationship with Nick, but reunites with Oliver after he comes out.
  • Oliver Fish, portrayed by Scott Evans, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2010. Oliver is a police officer who had a relationship with Kyle in college. He is a closeted homosexual who reunites with Kyle after coming out.
  • Nick Chavez, portrayed by Nicholas Rodriguez, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2010. Nick begins a relationship with Kyle, which ends when he decides to reunite with his ex-partner.

Passions[edit]

Passions is an American television soap opera broadcast by NBC between July 1999 and September 2007, and The 101 Network from September 2007 until August 2008.[127]

Santa Barbara[edit]

Santa Barbara is an American television soap opera broadcast by NBC, which aired between July 1984 and January 1993.

  • Channing Capwell, Jr., portrayed by Robert Brian Wilson, is bisexual. During his relationship with a woman, Channing maintained a relationship with Lindsay, who he appeared to be in love with.
  • Lindsay Smith, portrayed by Joel Bailey, has a relationship with Channing, despite him being in a relationship.

El Señor de los Cielos[edit]

El Señor de los Cielos is an American telenovela broadcast by Telemundo, which has aired since 15 April 2013.

  • Esperanza Salvatierra, portrayed by Sabrina Seara, is a young bisexual and leads a relationship of "friends with rights" with Aurelio Casillas.[128]
  • Omar Terán, portrayed by Jesús Moré, he is the president of Mexico. Omar is a womanizing man. But her biggest secret is that he is bisexual.[129]
  • Jaime Ernesto Rosales, portrayed by Alan Slim, he is Omar's partner. He becomes Omar's lover, after he reveals his secret.[129]

The Young and the Restless[edit]

The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera broadcast by CBS, which has aired since March 1973.[130]

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