List of LGBT characters in soap operas
This is a list of soap opera characters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and the live action television and radio soap operas which feature them. Characters who are pansexual, asexual, non-binary and intersex are also included. Character orientation and gender identity can be portrayed on-screen, described in the dialogue or mentioned. Characters are listed by soap opera, and soap operas by country of origin.
Sos mi hombre
- 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.
- 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 seen on a soap opera anywhere in the world.
Home and Away
- 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.
- Alex Neilson, portrayed by Zoe Ventoura, appeared in the serial between 2019 and 2020. A nurse at the Northern Districts Hospital, Alex enters into a brief relationship with Willow Harris before leaving her when she receives a new job.
- Willow Harris, portrayed by Sarah Roberts, has appeared in the serial since 2017. Willow initially becomes confused about her feelings when she is kissed by Alex Neilson and later she enters into her first lesbian relationship.
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.
- Andrew MacKenzie, portrayed by John Morris in 1994, was a minor character and is the serial's first homosexual character.
- Gino Esposito, portrayed by Shane McNamara between 2000 and 2007, is a hairdresser who is in a relationship with Aaron Barkley.
- Aaron Barkley, portrayed by Stewart Adam, appeared as a recurring character between 2003 and 2004. He is introduced as the boyfriend of Gino.
- 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.
- 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 until 2018. 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.
- Aidan Foster, portrayed by Bobby Morley between 2011 and 2013, was an openly gay nurse introduced as a love interest for Chris.
- 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. Aaron and David's wedding was the first same sex wedding to be broadcast on Australian television.
- Tom Quill, portrayed by Kane Felsinger, was a recurring character between 2016 and 2017. He was openly gay and had a relationship with Aaron.
- Victoria Lamb, portrayed by Claudia Greenstone, appeared as a recurring character between 2016 and 2017. Victoria is a medical consultant, the partner of Ellen Crabb and mother of their daughter Josie. Claudia is involved in Steph's surrogacy storyline and eventually develops feelings for her.
- 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. He and Aaron later marry in an episode that aired shorty after same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia, making David and Aaron the first same sex couple to legally marry on Australian television.
- 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.
- Chloe Brennan, portrayed by April Rose Pengilly, appeared in March 2018. Chloe is the younger sister of Mark, Aaron, and Tyler. Chloe is bisexual, shown mostly to have relationships with men but has dated at least one woman: Mel, is mentioned. She also falls in love with Mark's fiancée, Elly which causes complications in the buildup to their wedding.
- Melissa Lohan, portrayed by Jacqui Purvis, appeared in 2019. Mel is Chloe's ex-girlfriend who arrives in Erinsborough when she is called by Chloe's brother Aaron, who believes she can distract Chloe from her feelings for Elly. Chloe and Mel re-ignite their old relationship but Mel is later dumped by Chloe arrested for purposefully trying to burn down a garage.
- Mackenzie Hargreaves, portrayed by Georgie Stone, is the serial's first transgender character.
- 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. Don is the first regular gay character on TV anywhere in the world.
- 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. She is the first trans character played by a trans actress anywhere on TV in the world.
- Bruce Taylor, portrayed by Paul Weingott, is Don's first boyfriend and identifies as bisexual as he is also having an affair with Maggie Cameron.
- Rob Forsyth, portrayed by John McTernan, was Don's final boyfriend.
- Simon Carr, portrayed by John Orcsik, appears in the TV series to be straight, but in the film version of Number 96, he comes out as gay and has an affair with Don.
- Marie Crowther, a guest character portrayed by Hazel Phillips is caught spying on flatmate Vera Elaine Lee in the shower which could make her the first lesbian character ever seen on TV. Sadly, no footage of her exists today.
- Franky Doyle, portrayed by Carol Burns, the first lesbian character to appear in the serial.
- Angela Jeffries, portrayed by Jeanie Drynan
- Sharon Gilmour, portrayed by Margot Knight
- Judy Bryant, portrayed by Betty Bobbitt, the older girlfriend of Sharon Gilmour, she was also sexually attracted to hetrosexual prisoner Georgie Baxter and later fell in love with fellow inmate and friend Pixie Mason.
- Joan Ferguson, portrayed by Maggie Kirkpatrick, a corrupt prison officer who had a relationship with a female prisoner before being transferred to Wentworth Detention Centre. She tried to force herself on new prisoner Hannah Simpson and had even entered into a relationship with another officer, Terri Malone.
- Ray Proctor, portrayed by Alex Menglet, the camp prison cook
- Terri Malone, portrayed by Margot Knight
- 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.
- 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.
Malhação: Viva a Diferença
- Heloísa Gutierrez (Lica), portrayed by Manoela Aliperti, is initially portrayed as compulsory heterosexual. She has many relationships with men, but falls in love for women. She later comes out as lesbian (in original spin-off series As Five).
- Samantha Lambertini portrayed by Giovanna Grigio, is a bisexual who has a close friendship with Lica, which develops into a relationship after they admit their feelings.
- Gabriel Romano, portrayed by Luis Galves, is gay.
- Guto, portrayed by Bruno Gadiol, was originally portrayed as heterosexual confused until, he later comes out as gay in original spin-off series As Five.
- 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.
- Milo Vinberg, portrayed by Eric Barco, is a young gay man who moves in with his sister Lola and her then fiancé Pietari after breaking-up with his ex-boyfriend. He starts studying at university where he meets professor named Sauli Jokelainen. After some time has passed Milo and Sauli start a secret relationship despite Sauli being married to Milos good friend Krista.
- Olivia Pouru, portrayed by Sara Ritala, is a lesbian / bisexual DJ who dates multiple different women until meeting Tinder-user under a username "Kaarina". Their relationship seems to go well first but then "Kaarina" seemingly disappears. Olivia finds new interesting woman named "Rosa". Later she finds out that "Rosa" is really her ex-boyfriend Timi who rapes her after revealing to be "Rosa". Later Olivia and "Kaarina" go on a real date. Later "Kaarina" reveals that her real name is Pinja.
- Sauli Jokelainen, portrayed by Heikki Slåen , is a university professor. He is married and has two sons. Sauli stars an affair with one of his student, Milo Vinberg. He starts thinking that Milo shouldn't be near him or his sons. Therefore his wife , Krista, who is Milos best friend, stars believing that Sauli is homophobic. Saulis student, Perttu Männistö sees Sauli and Milo going to the janitors closet together and starts blackmailing him with the video he filmed. Krista learns about him and Milo, when she sees them having sex in his workplace. Krista threatens Sauli with divorce if he doesn't accuse Milo from sexual harassment. Sauli obeys his wife and Milo almost gets expelled but is saved by Perttus video, witch he shows to Sauli, who cancels the accusations.
- Pinja Koski, portrayed by Maria Loikala is one of Olivia Pourus Tinder-matches. She goes to see Olivia, while her twin brother, Anssi (who doesn't want Pinja to see anyone) is not home (Pinja is hideing at Anssis houseboat because of her supposedly burning her familys house while she was on drugs). Later Pinja invites Olivia To Anssis houseboat while he is away. When Pinja and Olivia get closer Pinja tells Olivia about her life with drugs.
- 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. In 2020 Kalle met dentist named Lauri Rossi whom he is attracted to. Once when Lauri had forgot his camera to the hospitals break room Kalle started looking a what kind of photos Lauri had taken (photos were about heiress called Sabrina Mustavaara whom Lauri has been stalking for unknown reason). When Lauri game back Kalle got scared and dropped the camera which went broke. Out of guilt Kalle bought Lauri a new camera and to thank him Lauri wanted to take him on a date.
- 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 Katri and Annika and then parents Lasse and Paula, 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. Eva says that she falls in love with a person, not man or woman.
- Jutta Korhonen, portrayed by Maarit Poussa is transgender woman (born Juha Korhonen). After the surgery, she left her daughter Iida and wife Maria. At first, Jutta lied to Iida about Juha being dead but finally told the truth.
- Viola Helenius portrayed first by Annalisa Tyrväinen (2015-2016) and then Vivi Wahlström (2016-) is a high school student who came out as lesbian in January 2020 after having a crush on a female classmate named Mira Jokinen, who also used to bully Viola. Later she developed crush on Iida Mustonen after trying to make Mira jealous with Iidas help (Iida kissed Viola to make Mira jealous). Viola and Mira eventually started dating after Mira broke up with her boyfriend whom she didn't really love.
- Iida Mustonen portrayed by Pinja Kanon is a psychology student who revealed to Viola Helenius that she is bisexual after their kiss.
- Mira Jokinen portrayed by Olga Heikkala is Viola Helenius' classmate and former school bully. They suddenly fell in love but Mira dated a guy from their high school, just to be seen as straight student. Eventually Mira dumped her boyfriend to be with Viola. She came out to her friends and other people at school via high school's central radio and is now openly together with Viola.
- Lauri Rossi portrayed by Mikko Virtanen is a dentist who met Kalle Laitela in the hospital they both currently work at. He seems to have feelings towards Kalle.
Plus belle la vie
- 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.
Demain nous appartient
- Sandrine Lazzari, portrayed by Juliette tressanini: Pansexual; She was first with Laurence Moiret, but it is stated that she fell in love with two men, Joaquim Dulac and Guillaume Delcourt. She is currently with Morgane Ghého who is a transexual woman.
- Laurence Moiret, portrayed by Charlotte Valandrey: Lesbian; She was formerly engaged with Sandrine Lazzari.
- Sara Raynaud, portrayed by Camille Genau: Bisexual; After losing her boyfriend Lyès Beddiar, she fell in love with his cousin Yasmine Beddiar. After that ended, she went in a relationship with Bart Vallorta. She is currently with Roxane Thiemen.
- Bart Vallorta, portrayed by Hector Langevin: Pansexual; It is stated in an episode that he is pansexual.
- André Delcourt, portrayed by Vincent Nemeth: Gay; in the episode that aired on the 25/12/2018, he reveals that he doesn't feel attracted to women.
- Morgane Gého, portrayed by Marie Cattrix: Transexual and Lesbian.
- Gabin Gosselin, portrayed by Luca Malinowski: Gay.
- Hugo Quéméré, portrayed by Alexandre Prince: Gay.
- Yasmine Beddiar, portrayed by _____: Lesbian.
- Etienne Cochin, portrayed by _____: Gay.
- Julien Humbert, portrayed by Alexis Loizon: Gay.
- Roxane Thiemen, portrayed by Raphaëlle Volkoff: Lesbian.
Alles was zählt
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.
- Ina Ziegler, portrayed by Franziska van der Heide is an openly lesbian cook and the older sister of Lucie. Ina works in the snack bar "Pommes Schranke," and often does catering jobs for the Steinkamp concern. She has a one-night stand with Chiara Nadolny and which she also kissed her twice and who later falls in love with her. Ina also has feelings for her too.
- Chiara Nadolny, portrayed by Alexandra Fonsatti is a figure skater. She was in a relationship with Ronny but she chose her career over him and broke up with him. Somewhere she meets Ina Ziegler and they became good friends, but when she found out, that Ina is gay she went a little further away, because she thought Ina wants to hit her what was uncomfortable for her. But after a talk, they became good friends again. Over the time it was clear that Chiara had fallen in love with Ina which Chiara doesn't want to admit to herself. When she is with Ina, Chiara's loving side shows up, which she normally doesn't show anyone, as she is generally considered arrogant and has therefore been nicknamed "Ice Diva".
Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten
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 marries 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Leni Freytag, portrayed by Linda Schablowski, is new at the school and quickly falls for Cäcilia. After a few misunderstandings the two begin a public relationship.
- Cäcilia Amelie von Toll, portrayed by Carlotta Weide, is originally seen flirting with guys. After her first kiss with a guy she gets confused by her lack of feelings and confides into her future girlfriend Leni.
Sturm der Liebe
- 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 hoping to reunite.
- Boris Saalfeld, portrayed by Florian Frowein
- Tobias Ehrlinger, portrayed by Max Beier
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.
- Rebecca Mattern, portrayed by Imke Brüger, appeared on the show from 1997 to 2012. Originally portrayed as straight, being married twice and having several other relationships with men. When Sabine Kern came to live with her and her husband Rufus Sturm to get away from her violent fiancé Nils, Bine fell in love with Rebecca and after some time their feelings became mutual and they entered a short-lived relationship that ended when Rebecca realised how much her family meant to her and returned to Rufus. Not long after that she dies at the hands of Rolf Jäger.
- Sabine "Bine" Kern, portrayed by Ela Paul. appeared on the show from 2011 to 2012. Originally portrayed as straight, arriving together with her longterm boyfriend Nils and his brother Bela. After Nils violent outbursts and need to control her life became too much for Bine, she fled to Rebecca, who she fell in love with soon after. Their relationship was short-lived as Rebecca returned to her husband when she realised how much her family meant to her. Bine returned to Nils after he started getting help for his problems and she saw how he had changed, they left together after Bine got a job offer at the Bodensee.
- 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.
- 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.
Fair City is an Irish television soap opera broadcast by RTÉ One, which has aired since September 1989. 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.
- 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.
- Sash Bishop, portrayed by Stephanie Kelly, is bisexual and was in a relationship with Laura Halpin.
- Cristiano San Martin, portrayed by Rodrigo Ternevoy since 2016, is openly gay, briefly dated Troy Dowling, and was in an abusive relationship with Will Casey.
- Will Casey, portrayed by John Cronin, dated Cristiano San Martin before it was revealed Will had a wife and daughter unbeknownst to Cristiano. After officially leaving his wife Mairéad, Will and Cristiano became more serious and lived together, but after a while Will became abusive and tortured Cristiano physically and mentally.
- John "Bosco" Walsh, portrayed by Rory Cowan since 2019, is a gay character.
Ros na Rún
Ros na Rún is a long-running Irish soap opera broadcast on TG4, which has aired since November 1996. 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, an openly gay character, appeared in the serial between 1996 and 1999, returning in 2009, was in relationships with Tom Doherty and Owen Collins.
- Tom Doherty, portrayed by Seán Ó Tarpaigh, an openly gay character, appeared in the serial between 1996 and 1998, was in a relationship with Jack Hayes.
- Owen Collins, portrayed by Niall Ó Síoradáin, an openly gay character, appeared in the serial between 1997 and 1999, was in a relationship with Jack Hayes.
- Róise De Búrca, portrayed by Linda Bhreathnach, appeared in the serial between 2000 and 2013, had a brief fling with Tina O'Dowd.
- Tina O'Dowd, portrayed by Tara Breathnach, appeared in the serial between 2008 and 2013, had a brief fling with Róise De Búrca.
- Pádraig Ó Loinsigh, portrayed by Domhnall O'Donoghue, has appeared in the serial since 2012, and is openly gay. In 2018 it is revealed that Pádraig was once married to a woman named Sonia before he realised he was gay, and they have a son together. The marriage ended when Sonia caught Pádraig in bed with her brother.
- Adam Mac Donncha, portrayed by Sean O'Baoill, has appeared in the serial since 2014, and struggled with his sexuality due to his mother's homophobia, but eventually came out as gay in 2016 thanks to the support of Pádraig and Fia, who had been Adam's girlfriend up until she discovered he was gay. In 2019 he began dating Simon Ó Muirí.
- Charlie McCabe, portrayed by Fiona Fitzpatrick, has appeared in the serial since 2019, and is a proud lesbian.
- Simon Ó Muirí, portrayed by Mark Lawrence, has appeared in the serial since 2019, is openly gay, and in a relationship with Adam Mac Donncha.
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- 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.
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- 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.
Amar a muerte
Amar a muerte is a Mexican telenovela written by Leonardo Padrón, produced by W Studios in collaboration with lemon studios for Televisa and Univision, it was broadcast from October 29 of 2018 to March 3 of 2019.
- Valentina Carvajal, portrayed by Macarena Achaga. Valentina is a smart, loving and determined young woman. Daughter of León Carvajal, a well known businessman in Mexico. Unexpectedly, she falls in love with her best friend Juliana Valdés in the midst of all her family troubles.
- Juliana Valdés, portrayed by Bárbara López. Juliana is a fearless, brave and hardworking woman, daughter of "El chino" Valdés. A sicario sentenced to die by electric chair. She falls in love with her best friend (Valentina Carvajal), both have to face their families and society when they hear about the relationship.
- 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 lesbian 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.
- Jack Hannah, portrayed by Reuben Milner
- Cam McCaskill, portrayed by Ryan Carter
- Dion Tai, portrayed by Sonny Tupu
- 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.
- Antónia Vidal, portrayed by São José Correia.
- Maria Ana Rodrigues, portrayed by Filomena Cautela.
Generations is a South African soap opera broadcast by SABC 1, which aired between February 1994 and September 2014. In 2013, it was speculated that the show had received pressure to write out its homosexual characters.
- Senzo Zondo, 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. 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. Senzo's father disapproved of the relationship and physically attacked them. They pursued their relationship and eventually married.
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Shelley 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.
- Tracy Barlow, portrayed by Kate Ford from 2002 onwards. Tracy is believed to be heterosexual her entire life; however, on New Year's Day 2020, she has a one-night stand with Paula Martin (Stirling Gallacher), and it transpires that she embarked on multiple sexual flings with women when she was imprisoned for murder.
- 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.
- 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 girlfriend, Sarah Platt's (Tina O'Brien), brother Nick Tilsley (Adam Rickitt) and later begins a relationship with Karl Foster (Chris Finch). Upon his return in 2013, Todd embarks on relationships with Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou) and Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank)
- 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 Grimshaw (Bruno Langley).
- 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 Dhillon (Pal Aron), Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou) and Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank).
- Sonny Dhillon, portrayed by Pal Aron, appeared in the serial between 2006 and 2007. Sonny is bisexual and has an affair with Sean Tully (Antony Cotton) while engaged to a woman, Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh).
- 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 Tully (Antony Cotton) and Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley). In 2012, Marcus begins a relationship with a woman, Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie) but later decides he is gay.
- Ted Page, portrayed by Michael Byrne, appeared in the serial between 2008 and 2010. Ted is the gay father of Gail Platt (Helen Worth).
- 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 Powers (Sacha Parkinson), becoming the first lesbian character in Coronation Street. She later has relationships with Amber Kalirai (Nikki Patel), Jenna Kamara (Krissi Bohn), Maddie Heath (Amy James-Kelly), Kate Connor (Faye Brookes) and Paula Martin (Stirling Gallacher).
- Sian Powers, portrayed by Sacha Parkinson, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2011. Sian is a bisexual woman who pursues a relationship with Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent); however, she also has a relationship with a man, Ryan Connor (Ben Thompson).
- 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 Webster (Brooke Vincent).
- James Cunningham, portrayed by James Roache, appeared in the serial between 2010 and 2011. James is gay, which causes his rejection by his father, Lawrence Cunningham (Linus Roache).
- Jenna Kamara, portrayed by Krissi Bohn, appeared in the serial between 2012 and 2014. Jenna is a lesbian who begins a relationship with Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent).
- Aiden Lester, portrayed by Toby Sawyer, appeared in the serial briefly in 2012. Aiden is gay and a love interest for Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou).
- 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 Webster (Brooke Vincent).
- Billy Mayhew, portrayed by Daniel Brocklebank, has appeared in the serial since 2014. Billy is a gay vicar who pursues relationships with Sean Tully (Antony Cotton), Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) and Paul Foreman (Peter Ash).
- Kate Connor, portrayed by Faye Brookes, appeared in the serial between 2015 and 2019. Kate is a lesbian who was engaged to Caz Hammond (Rhea Bailey) but later dated Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) and Imogen Pascoe (Melissa Johns), until eventually ending up with her friend Zeedan Nazir's (Qasim Akhtar) wife, Rana Habeeb (Bhavna Limbachia).
- Caz Hammond, portrayed by Rhea Bailey, appeared in the serial between 2015 and 2016. Caz is a lesbian who is engaged to Kate Connor (Faye Brookes). However, she develops an unhealthy infatuation with Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon).
- Rana Habeeb, portrayed by Bhavna Limbachia, appeared in the serial between 2016 and 2019. Rana is introduced as a very experienced heterosexual and marries her best friend Alya Nazir's (Sair Khan) brother, Zeedan Nazir (Qasim Akhtar). However, she later develops strong feelings towards Kate Connor (Faye Brookes), and ultimately leaves her husband for her.
- Imogen Pascoe, portrayed by Melissa Johns, appeared briefly in both 2017 and 2018. Imogen has a brief relationship with Kate Connor (Faye Brookes) which causes Rana Habeeb (Bhavna Limbachia) to become envious and ultimately discover her sexuality.
- Paul Foreman, portrayed by Peter Ash, has appeared in the serial since 2018. Paul is gay, and has been in a relationship with Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank).
- Paula Martin, portrayed by Stirling Gallacher, has appeared since 2018. Paula is a bisexual lawyer with a daughter, who has a relationship with Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent), and later a one-night stand with Tracy McDonald (Kate Ford).
- James Bailey, portrayed by Nathan Graham, has appeared since 2019. James is a professional footballer who is yet to come out as gay to his teammates, so Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) pretends to be his girlfriend.
- Danny Tomlinson, portrayed by Dylan Brady, briefly appeared in 2020. Danny is introduced as a love interest and secret boyfriend of closeted footballer, James Bailey (Nathan Graham).
Doctors is a British soap opera broadcast on BBC One which has aired since March 2000. The serial is broadcast in the daytime, with the current slot of 1:45pm.
- Ben Kwarne, portrayed by Ariyon Bakare, appeared in the serial from 2001 to 2005. He was bisexual, and had relationships with Faith and Oliver Berg (Laurence Penry-Jones).
- Oliver Berg, portrayed by Laurence Penry-Jones, appeared in the serial from 2002 to 2003. He had relationships with Alex and Ben Kwarne (Ariyon Bakare).
- Greg Robinson, portrayed by Ben Jones, is a gay man who appeared in the serial from 2004 to 2006. Greg married Rico Da Silva (Felix D'Alviella), which marked history as the first gay wedding on British television.
- Rico Da Silva, portrayed by Felix D'Alviella, is a gay man who appeared in the serial from 2006 to 2007. Rico married Greg Robinson (Ben Jones), which marked history as the first gay wedding on British television.
- Simon Bond, portrayed by David Sturzaker, appeared in the serial from 2009 to 2011. Simon had a relationship with a married paramedic, Will Duncan. When his colleague, Charlie Bradfield (Philip McGough), discovered this, he gave Simon homophobic abuse.
- Freya Wilson, portrayed by Lu Corfield, is a bisexual woman that appeared in the serial from 2011 to 2012. She was in a relationship with Mandy Marquez (Danielle Henry), however also slept with a man, Kevin Tyler (Simon Rivers).
- Mandy Marquez, portrayed by Danielle Henry, is a lesbian that appeared in the serial from 2012 to 2014. She was in a relationship with Freya Wilson (Lu Corfield).
- Emma Reid, portrayed by Dido Miles, is a pansexual woman that has appeared in the serial since 2012. She was in a relationship with Lena Baker (Josephine Butler) and Jasmine Dajani (Lara Sawalha).
- Sean Donoghue, portrayed by Shane O'Meara, is a gay man who appeared in the serial in 2015. Chris came out as gay to his sister, Niamh Donoghue (Jessica Regan).
- Lena Baker, portrayed by Josephine Butler, is a bisexual woman who appeared in the serial from 2016 to 2020. She was married to a man, but had an affair with Emma Reid (Dido Miles).
- Will Hurran, portrayed by Robin Morrissey, is a gay man who appeared in the serial in 2018. He is the nephew of established character Jimmi Clay (Adrian Lewis Morgan). He had a short-lived relationship with Mattie Fielding (Griffin Stevens), and later had a relationship with Ben Galadima (Michael Fatogun).
- Mattie Fielding, portrayed by Griffin Stevens, is a gay man who appeared in the serial in 2018. He had a short relationship with Will Hurran (Robin Morrissey).
- Ben Galadima, portrayed by Michael Fatogun, is a gay man who appeared in the serial in 2018. Ben initially introduces himself as straight, but after he has a relationship with Will Hurran (Robin Morrissey), he comes out as gay to his colleagues.
- Jasmine Dajani, portrayed by Lara Sawalha, is a lesbian who appeared in the serial in 2020. She was in a relationship with Emma Reid (Dido Miles).
EastEnders is a British soap opera broadcast on BBC One, which has aired since 19 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. 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". 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. In 2007, a lesbian kiss prompted 211 complaints to the BBC, 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."
- 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 public house.
- 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 Clark (Gary Hailes). Colin's other relationships include Guido Smith (Nicholas Donovan) 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 Russell (Michael Cashman) 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 Russell (Michael Cashman) 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, Martin Fowler (James Alexandrou/James Bye), Sonia begins an affair, and later relationship, with Naomi Julien (Petra Letang) in 2006. Sonia later reunited with her husband, although following their divorce, she has a relationship with Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White).
- 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.
- Binnie Roberts, portrayed by Sophie Langham, appeared in the serial between 1994 and 1995. Binnie is a lesbian and the partner of Della Alexander (Michelle Joseph).
- 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 Raymond (Andrew Lynford).
- Simon Raymond, portrayed by Andrew Lynford, appeared in the serial between 1996 and 1999. Simon is gay and has a relationship with Tony Hills (Mark Homer).
- 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 Fowler (Natalie Cassidy), 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 public house.
- Steven Beale, portrayed by Aaron Sidwell, appeared in the serial regularly between 2007 and 2008, before returning from 2016 to 2017. Steven is bisexual and comes out after kissing Christian Clarke (John Partridge). Upon his 2016 return, Steven is shown to be a relationship with a woman, Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa).
- 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 Masood (Marc Elliott), although has aided the coming outs of Steven Beale (Aaron Sidwell) and Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe) and has sex with Lee Thompson (Carl Ferguson).
- Lee Thompson, portrayed by Carl Ferguson, appeared in the serial in 2008. Lee is gay and has sex with Christian Clarke (John Partridge).
- 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 Clarke (John Partridge), despite being engaged to a woman, Amira Shah (Preeya Kalidas), 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 Clarke (John Partridge), who he later has a fling with.
- Ben Mitchell, portrayed by Charlie Jones, Joshua Pascoe, Harry Reid and Max Bowden has appeared in the serial regularly on-off since 2006. Ben is originally portrayed as a camp child, who enjoys singing and dancing. After Pascoe was cast in the role, Ben comes out and loses his virginity. After receiving a negative response from his father, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), Ben hides his sexuality again and after Reid was cast in the role, Ben began a relationship with Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald), hoping to hide his sexuality. He has an affair with Paul Coker (Jonny Labey) and later comes out, having sex with Johnny Carter (Ted Reilly) in the wake of 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 Masood (Marc Elliott) and Christian Clarke (John Partridge). Upon returning in 2013, Danny has a relationship with a woman, Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks), although kisses Johnny Carter (Sam Strike).
- Tina Carter, portrayed by Luisa Bradshaw-White, has appeared in the serial since 2013. Tina is a lesbian who has had relationships with Tosh Mackintosh (Rebecca Scroggs) and Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy); her relationship with Tosh is abusive and had a positive reception from charities. However, she has also had relationships with men, such as Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick).
- 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. He has sex with Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy), Ben Mitchell (Harry Reid) and Gianluca Cavallo (Gabriele Lombardo).
- Tosh Mackintosh, portrayed by Rebecca Scroggs, appeared in the serial in 2014. Tosh is a lesbian and is in a relationship with Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White). She physically abuses Tina; the storyline received a positive reception from charities.
- 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 Carter (Sam Strike), 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 Mitchell (Harry Reid) 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.
- Luke Browning, portrayed by Adam Astill, appeared in the serial in 2017. He has a brief relationship with Ben Mitchell (Harry Reid).
- Irene Mills, portrayed by Melanie Kilburn. She is the new vicar at the church Dot Branning (June Brown) volunteers at.
- Bernadette Taylor, portrayed by Clair Norris, has appeared in the serial since 2017. She is initially shown as a heterosexual (beginning a relationship with and becoming impregnated by Callum (Shaun Aylward), but later comes out as a lesbian and confesses her love for Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith). She also has a short relationship with Brooke (Ria Lopez).
- Callum "Halfway" Highway, portrayed by Tony Clay, has appeared in the serial since 2018. He is initially portrayed as heterosexual, getting engaged to Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty), but has since been shown to sleep with men, namely Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden), and later comes out as gay to his brother Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ).
- Dan and Ashley made a guest appearance in 2018. They are a couple who adopt Daisy (Amelie Smith), who was being fostered by Arshad (Madhav Sharma) and Mariam Ahmed (Indira Joshi).
- Iqra Ahmed, portrayed by Priya Davdra, has appeared in the serial since 2019. Before moving to Walford, Iqra was in an arranged marriage with a man, but it is later revealed that she is a lesbian. Iqra is the first Muslim lesbian on EastEnders. Iqra has a girlfriend, Ash Kaur (Gurlaine Kaur Garcha).
- Brooke, portrayed by Ria Lopez, had a short relationship with established character Bernadette Taylor (Clair Norris).
- Ash Kaur, portrayed by Gurlaine Kaur Garcha, has appeared in the serial since 2019. Ash is a bisexual woman, and the girlfriend of Iqra Ahmed (Priya Davdra).
Emmerdale, previously known as Emmerdale Farm, is a British soap opera broadcast by ITV, which has aired since 16 October 1972. Emmerdale has featured numerous LGBT characters, including the first permanent lesbian character (Zoe Tate) in a British soap opera. It also featured the first civil partnership (between Paul Lambert and Jonny Foster) in a prime time British soap opera in 2008.
- Robert Sugden, portrayed by Ryan Hawley from 2014 to 2019. Upon his 2014 return, it is revealed that Robert is bisexual; he is engaged to Chrissie White (Louise Marwood) while having an affair with a man, Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller). Robert splits from Chrissie and starts a relationship with Aaron, whom he marries twice, once in 2017 and then legally in 2018.
- Zoe Tate, portrayed by Leah Bracknell, appeared in the serial from 1989 to 2005. Zoe comes out as a lesbian in 1993 and has relationships with various women including Emma Nightingale (Rachel Ambler), with whom she has a commitment ceremony in 1996. She is the first permanent lesbian character in a British soap opera.
- Emma Nightingale, portrayed by Rachel Ambler, appeared in the serial from 1995 to 1996, before returning briefly in 2004. Emma is a lesbian and has a relationship with Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell); they have a commitment ceremony in 1996.
- Susie Wilde, portrayed by Louise Heaney, appeared in 1996. Susie is Emma Nightingale's (Rachel Ambler) ex-girlfriend and has a relationship with Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell).
- Sophie Wright, portrayed by Jane Cameron, appeared in the serial from 1996 to 1997. Sophie is bisexual. She has a one-night stand with Butch Dingle (Paul Loughran) before starting a relationship with Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell.
- Becky Cairns, portrayed by Sarah Neville, appeared in the serial between 1997 and 1998. Becky is bisexual and has an affair with Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell) while married to Tony Cairns (Edward Peel).
- Frankie Smith, was portrayed by Gina Aris in 1999 and Madeleine Bowyer from 2000 to 2001. Frankie is a lesbian and has a relationship with Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell).
- Jason Kirk, portrayed by James Carlton, appeared in the serial from 1999 to 2002. Jason is the first openly gay male character to appear in the serial and has an affair with Gavin Ferris (Robert Beck).
- Gavin Ferris, portrayed by Robert Beck, appeared briefly in the serial in 1999. Gavin is bisexual and has an affair with Jason Kirk (James Carlton).
- Charity Dingle, portrayed by Emma Atkins, appeared in the serial between 2000 and 2005 and from 2009 onwards. Charity is revealed to be bisexual in 2001 when she has an affair with Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell) while in a relationship with Zoe's brother, Chris Tate (Peter Amory). Zoe was Charity's only female love interest until she had sex with Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) in 2017. The two later began a more serious relationship in 2018.
- Debbie Dingle, portrayed by Charley Webb, has appeared regularly in the serial since 2002. Debbie is bisexual and although mainly has relationships with men, she had a relationship with Jasmine Thomas (Jenna-Louise Coleman).
- Rachel Whatmore, portrayed by Zoe Lambert, appeared in the serial between 2003 and 2005. Rachel is a lesbian and has an affair with Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell).
- Paul Lambert, portrayed by Matthew Bose, appeared in the serial regularly from 2004 to 2009 as well as brief appearances in 2010 and 2015. Paul is openly gay and has sex with Ivan Jones (Daniel Brocklebank) and Grayson Sinclair (Christopher Villiers), before marrying Jonny Foster (Richard Grieve) in 2008.
- Effie Harrison, portrayed by Phillipa Peak, made a brief appearance in the serial in 2005. Effie has a brief relationship with Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell).
- Jasmine Thomas, portrayed by Jenna-Louise Coleman, appeared in the serial from 2005 to 2009. Jasmine is bisexual and has a relationship with Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb).
- Ivan Jones, portrayed by Daniel Brocklebank, appeared in the serial from 2005 to 2006. Ivan is bisexual and has a relationship with Paul Lambert (Matthew Bose) and his sister, Nicola Blackstock (Nicola Wheeler).
- Grayson Sinclair, portrayed by Christopher Villiers, appeared in the serial between 2006 and 2008. Grayson is bisexual and involved in a homophobic attack.
- Jonny Foster, portrayed by Richard Grieve, appeared in the serial from 2007 to 2009. Jonny is bisexual and enters a relationship with Paul Lambert (Matthew Bose), who he later marries.
- Aaron Livesy, portrayed by Danny Miller, appeared in the serial from 2008 to 2012 and from 2014 onwards. Aaron is originally self-loathing regarding his homosexuality, but eventually is able to come to terms with his orientation and comes out. He has a relationship with Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock) and later with Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley), whom he marries twice, once in 2017 and then legally in 2018.
- Matty Barton, portrayed by Grace Cassidy from 2009 to 2012 and Ash Palmisciano since 2018. On his 2018 return, Matty is revealed as transgender, the first transgender character on Emmerdale. He was formerly called Hannah Barton and left the serial in 2012. He transitioned off screen before his return in 2018.
- Jackson Walsh, portrayed by Marc Silcock, appeared in the serial from 2010 to 2011. Jackson is openly gay and embarks on a relationship with Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller). and He has a relationship with Aaron, before his death.
- Ali Spencer, portrayed by Kelli Hollis, appeared in the serial from 2011 to 2015. Ali is bisexual and was previously married to Dan Spencer (Liam Fox), with whom she has two children. She has a relationship with Ruby Haswell (Alicya Eyo), whom she marries in 2014.
- Ruby Haswell, portrayed by Alicya Eyo, appeared in the serial from 2011 to 2015. Ruby is a lesbian and has a relationship with Ali Spencer (Kelli Hollis), whom she marries in 2014.
- Vanessa Woodfield, portrayed by Michelle Hardwick, has appeared in the serial since 2012. Vanessa is shown as a heterosexual but developed feelings for her best friend Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) in 2013. After having a serious relationship with a man, Kirin Kotecha (Adam Fielding), Vanessa has sex with Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) in 2017, prompting her to question whether she is bisexual or a lesbian. Vanessa and Charity begin a more serious relationship in 2018.
- Finn Barton, portrayed by Joe Gill, appeared in the serial from 2013 to 2017. Finn is openly gay and has sex with Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) and Kasim Sabet.
- Lawrence White, portrayed by John Bowe, appeared in the serial from 2014 to 2018. Lawrence is a closeted homosexual who later comes out when he begins a relationship with Ronnie Hale (John McArdle). 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, portrayed by Isobel Steele, has appeared in the serial since 2016. Liv is the first asexual character on a British soap, confessing to Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) and later Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham) that she feels no attraction towards boys or girls.
- Ronnie Hale, portrayed by John McArdle, appeared in the serial from 2016 to 2017. Ronnie is openly gay and the former partner of Lawrence White (John Bowe), who he reunites with upon his arrival.
- Dr. Alex Mason, portrayed by Steven Flynn, appeared in the serial from 2017 to 2018. A doctor at Hotten General Hospital, he was introduced as a love interest to Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller); the two later begin a relationship.
- 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. Karen is engaged to Matt who she eventually marries but begins an affair with Kelly, their surrogate. Kelly later dies and Karen 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
- 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 Taylor (Lorna Pegler).
- Emily Taylor, portrayed by Lorna Pegler, is a lesbian who enters a relationship with Gina Patrick (Dannielle Brent).
- 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. He begins a relationship with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) (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.
- 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 Zoe Carpenter (Zoë Lister) and she later develops a relationship with Lydia Hart (Lydia Kelly), who later murders Sarah.
- Zoe Carpenter, portrayed by Zoë Lister, appeared in the serial from 2006 to 2010 and briefly in 2017. Although she has initially appeared as heterosexual, she has a one-night stand with Sarah Barnes (Loui Batley) and claims that she loves her one day.
- Myra McQueen, portrayed by Nicole Barber-Lane, appeared in the serial between 2006 and 2019. Myra is originally portrayed as heterosexual, although she later comes out after developing feelings for Sally St. Claire (Annie Wallace).
- John Paul McQueen, portrayed by James Sutton, appeared in the serial between 2006 and 2008, again between 2012 and 2017 and again from 2019 onwards. John Paul questioned his sexuality and was outed by his girlfriend. He and Craig Dean (Guy Burnet) begin a relationship (see "John Paul McQueen and Craig Dean"), which ended when Craig left. John Paul then dates Spike (Tom Vaughan) and Kieron Hobbs (Jake Hendriks), before reuniting with Craig. Upon his return in 2012, he has relationships with Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan), Doug Carter (PJ Brennan), Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson), Harry Thompson (Parry Glasspool), Scott Drinkwell (Ross Adams), James Nightingale (Gregory Finnegan) and George Kiss (Callum Kerr).
- 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 Roy (Stephen Uppal) and Nancy Hayton (Jessica Fox).
- 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, Amy Barnes (Ashley Slanina-Davies), but comes out as gay after an affair with Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan), who was his boss. Ste began a relationship with Brendan but was abused by him, marking the first homosexual domestic abuse storyline in soap. Ste's other relationships have included Macca, Noah Baxter (Law Thompson), Doug Carter (PJ Brennan), John Paul McQueen (James Sutton), Harry Thompson (Parry Glasspool) and Ryan Knight (Duncan James).
- Spike, portrayed by Tom Vaughan, appeared in the serial between 2007 and 2008. Spike is openly gay and begins a relationship with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton).
- Kieron Hobbs, portrayed by Jake Hendriks, appeared in the serial in 2008. Kieron is a priest who came out to John Paul McQueen (James Sutton), 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. Ravi is involved in a bisexual love triangle between him, Kris Fisher (Gerard McCarthy) and Nancy Hayton (Jessica Fox).
- Lydia Hart, portrayed by Lydia Kelly, appeared in the series between 2009 and 2010. Lydia is the former girlfriend of Charlotte Lau (Amy Yamazaki), and the love interest of Sarah Barnes (Loui Batley) who she begins a relationship with.
- Charlotte Lau, portrayed by Amy Yamazaki, appeared in the series between 2009 and 2010. Charlotte is a lesbian and the former partner of Lydia Hart (Lydia Kelly).
- 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.
- 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 Hay (Kieron Richardson), marking the first time homosexual domestic abuse had been explored in soap. Despite his sexuality, Brendan has had heterosexual relationships and has children with a woman, Eileen Brady (Rachel Doherty).
- Fern, portrayed by Amy Gavin, appeared in the series between 2010 and 2011. Fern is a lesbian who bullies Jason Costello (Victoria Atkin) 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 Wilde (Montana Manning) 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 Hay (Kieron Richardson).
- Esther Bloom, portrayed by Jazmine Franks, appeared in the serial between 2011 and 2018. Esther is an open lesbian and romances Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon) as well as having relationships with Kim Butterfield (Daisy Wood-Davis) and Grace Black (Tamara Wall).
- Tilly Evans, portrayed by Lucy Dixon, appeared in the series between 2011 and 2014. Tilly is a lesbian who is comfortable with her sexuality and has relationships with Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks), Jen Gilmore (Amy Downham) and Chloe (Susan Loughnane).
- George Smith, portrayed by Steven Roberts, appeared in the series between 2011 and 2014. George is gay and has a relationship with Vincent Elegba (John Omole).
- 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 Longford (Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove) and Dodger Savage (Danny Mac).
- 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 Hay (Kieron Richardson). 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 Evans (Lucy Dixon), a sixth form student.
- 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 Smith (Steven Roberts).
- Chloe, portrayed by Susan Loughnane, appeared in the series between 2013 and 2014. Chloe is bisexual and begins a relationship with Tilly Evans (Lucy Dixon).
- 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 McQueen (James Sutton).
- 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 Frater (Mollie Lambert). Peri is also due to embark on a relationship with Juliet Quinn (Niamh Blackshaw).
- 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 Bloom (Jazmine Franks), Kim Butterfield (Daisy Wood-Davis) and Farrah Maalik (Krupa Pattani), 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, appeared in the series between 2014 and 2018. Kim is a lesbian, who develops relationships with Grace Black (Tamara Wall) and Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks), whom she later marries. She later begins a relationship with Farrah Maalik (Krupa Pattani).
- 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 her cousin John Paul McQueen (James Sutton).
- Harry Thompson, portrayed by Parry Glasspool, appeared in the series regularly from 2015 to 2019. Harry is gay, although he is closeted. After coming out, Harry has sex with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton), Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) and James Nightingale (Gregory Finnegan).
- Scott Drinkwell, portrayed by Ross Adams, has appeared in the serial since 2015. Scott is openly gay and is portrayed as camp. He has a relationship with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) and an affair with Mitchell Deveraux (Imran Adams).
- 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 McQueen's (James Sutton) father.
- James Nightingale, portrayed by Gregory Finnegan, has appeared in the series since 2016. James is a gay lawyer who pays Harry Thompson (Parry Glasspool) to sleep with him and later, enters a relationship with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton). James later has sex with Liam Donovan (Jude Monk McGowan).
- Liam Donovan, has been portrayed by Maxim Baldry from 2016 to 2017 and Jude Monk McGowan from 2018 to 2020. He is initially assumed to be heterosexual, however, after sleeping with James Nightingale (Gregory Finnegan), it is hinted that he has slept with men before, and is quite comfortable with his sexuality.
- 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 Kelly (Adam Rickitt) whilst married to his wife Amy Barnes (Ashley Slanina-Davies), and later begins relationships with Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) and Tegan Lomax (Jessica Ellis).
- Kyle Kelly, portrayed by Adam Rickitt, appeared in the series from 2017 to 2020. Kyle has an affair with Ryan Knight (Duncan James) while he is engaged to a woman, Amy Barnes (Ashley Slanina-Davies), and later begins a relationship with James Nightingale (Gregory Finnegan). It is revealed that Kyle is bisexual as he pursues a relationship with Nancy Osborne (Jessica Fox).
- Farrah Maalik, portrayed by Krupa Pattani, appeared in the serial between 2017 and 2019. Farrah is a lesbian psychiatrist who arrives in Hollyoaks with her current girlfriend, only to catch the eye of Esther Bloom (Jazmine Franks). She later begins a relationship with Kim Butterfield (Daisy Wood-Davis), however also kisses Grace Black (Tamara Wall), and begins a relationship with her.
- Harley Frater, portrayed by Mollie Lambert, appeared in the series between 2018 and 2019. Harley sleeps with Peri Lomax (Ruby O'Donnell) after they spend time together while they are both homeless.
- Juliet Nightingale, portrayed by Niamh Blackshaw, has appeared in the series since 2018. Juliet initially presents herself as a confident heterosexual teenage girl, embarking on a relationship with Sid Sumner (Billy Price). However, she later comes out as a lesbian and that she has feelings for Peri Lomax (Ruby O'Donnell).
- Mitchell Deveraux, portrayed by Imran Adams, has appeared in the series since 2019. He is a closeted gay man, initially portrayed as heterosexual, and upon his arrival, he begins a relationship with Cleo McQueen (Nadine Rose Mulkerrin). He begins an affair with Scott Drinkwell (Ross Adams), and eventually chooses to be with him instead of Cleo.
- George Kiss, portrayed by Callum Kerr, has appeared in the series since 2020. George is gay, and begins a relationship with John Paul McQueen (James Sutton).
- Ripley Lennox, portrayed by Ki Griffin, has appeared in the series since 2020. Ripley is non-binary, and uses they/them pronouns.
Pobol y Cwm
- 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.
All My Children
- 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 but after their split, she falls in love with Marissa. The two later start a relationship.
- 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 woman 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. However, the two later get a divorce.
- Marissa Tasker, portrayed by Sarah Glendening, appeared in the serial between 2009 and 2011. Marissa is originally perceived as straight but later falls in love with, and develops a loving relationship with Bianca.
As the World Turns
- 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
- 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.
- Ambrosius "Bro" Vallin, portrayed by William Gregory Lee.
- Kevin Archer, portrayed by Gregory Michael.
- Toby Moraitis, portrayed by Charlie David.
- Van, portrayed by Nadine Heimann.
- Cory Dalmass, portrayed by Josh Berresford.
- Amber, portrayed by Zara Taylor.
- Tina, portrayed by Rena Riffel.
- Adam, portrayed by Stephen Amell and Jon Fleming.
- Diana Childs, portrayed by Thea Gill.
- Michelle, portrayed by Erin Cummings and Jill Bennett, is lesbian.
- Marco Laveau, portrayed by Gabriel Romero.
- Brit, portrayed by Michelle Wolff, is lesbian.
- Kai, portrayed by German Santiago.
- Griff, portrayed by Jensen Atwood, is bisexual.
- Elena, portrayed by Jenny Shimizu, is lesbian.
- Trevor, portrayed by Reichen Lehmkuhl.
Days of Our Lives
- Harold Wentworth, portrayed by Ryan Scott from 2001 to 2003, was Days first openly gay character. 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.
- Sonny Kiriakis, portrayed by Freddie Smith, first appeared in the serial in 2011. He is an open-minded, confident, proudly-out gay man. 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. He helps raise Will's daughter, Arianna, and is effectively a father to her. 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". He is kind-hearted, and yet audacious. He comes out as gay in 2012, when portrayed by Chandler Massey; and he marries Sonny in 2014 when portrayed by Guy Wilson. Will has a daughter, Arianna Horton, with his friend and ex-girlfriend Gabi Hernandez. Gabi, Will and Sonny all raise Arianna. Will is killed off in 2015, and is resurrected in 2017 (with Massey) after major viewer backlash. In 2015, Will gets into a love triangle with Sonny and his ex, Paul Narita. Will's relationship with Sonny is known to fans as "WilSon", and his relationship with Paul as "Horita".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Paul is gay and comes onto Will, 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". 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, and Sonny dumps Paul for Will. But Will has amnesia and does not remember Sonny. Instead Will is attracted to Paul, and they fall in love and become a couple.
- Derrick, portrayed by Spencer Neville, is a hotel bellhop who flirts with and dates Paul.
- 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.
Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera broadcast by the American Broadcasting Company, which aired between January 1981 and May 1989. The show was rebooted in 2017 on The CW.
- Steven Carrington, portrayed by Al Corley and Jack Coleman in the original series, is initially portrayed as bisexual. He has many relationships with women and some relationships with men, however, he later comes out as gay. In the 2017 reboot, Steven is portrayed by James Mackay, and is openly gay from the beginning.
- Sam Jones, portrayed by Rafael de la Fuente, is a character from the 2017 rebooted series and Steven's husband. He is a male version of Sammy Jo Carrington from the original series.
- Ted Dinard, portrayed by Mark Withers in the original series, is Steven's former boyfriend who is accidentally killed by Steven's father, Blake Carrington. Michael Patrick Lane plays an altered version of Steven's ex-boyfriend Ted Dinard in the rebooted series.
- Chris Deegan, portrayed by Grant Goodeve in the original series, is a gay lawyer friend of Steven's whom Blake mistakes as his son's lover.
- Luke Fuller, portrayed by Billy Campbell in the original series, is Steven's coworker with whom he falls in love despite being married to Claudia.
- Bart Fallmont, portrayed by Kevin Conroy in the original series and Cameron Watson in the 1991 reunion miniseries, is a lawyer who spars with both Steven and his brother Adam Carrington (Gordon Thomson). Steven and Bart find that they are attracted to each other, while Adam blackmails Bart under threat of publicly revealing his homosexuality. Bart refuses to cooperate, Adam reveals his secret, and Bart leaves town. Years later in Dynasty: The Reunion, Steven and Bart are in a committed relationship in Washington, D.C.
- Mr. Murty Mr. Murty was Liz's teacher in HS. After she got raped by an unknown assailant, she suspected Mr. Murty based on the smell of his cologne. She and Liz broke into Mr. Murty's house to get proof when he appears with a man named Richard and Lucky realizes and proclaims that the two are a couple.
- Lucas Jones, currently portrayed by Ryan Carnes, was born on the show in 1989 and grew up onscreen (played by various actors), and he came out as gay in 2005. He was written out of the show in 2006, but returned in 2014. He dated and eventually married Brad Cooper.
- Felix DuBois, portrayed by Marc Anthony Samuel, debuted in 2012, and dated Brad Cooper.
- Brad Cooper, portrayed by Parry Shen, began as a villainous character in 2013, and eventually dated both Felix DuBois and Lucas Jones, eventually marrying Jones.
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- Dr. Terry Randolph, played by transgender actress Cassandra James, is a transgender physician. She is Elizabeth Webber's childhood friend and was her first kiss. She is a pediatric oncologist.
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.
- Olivia Spencer, portrayed by Crystal Chappell, appeared in the serial between 1999 and 2009. Olivia has a relationship with Natalia.
- Natalia Rivera, portrayed by Jessica Leccia, appeared in the serial between 2007 and 2009. Natalia has a relationship with Olivia.
- Doris Wolfe, portrayed by Orlagh Cassidy, appeared in the serial between 1999 and 2009. Doris is revealed to be a lesbian when she gets involved in the storyline between Oliva and Natalia.
The Haves and the Have Nots
The Haves and the Have Nots is an American prime time television soap opera created, executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry. 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.
- Justin Lewis, portrayed by Nicholas James, a closeted cop that Jeffrey develops a sexual relationship with. The relationship soon becomes obsessive and abusive on Justin's part and begins to stalk Jeffery once he is rejected.
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
- 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.
- Chad Harris, portrayed by Charles Divins, is originally perceived as heterosexual, although it later transpires that he is either bisexual or homosexual, which he resents himself for.
- Simone Russell, portrayed by Cathy Doe, is a lesbian who came out in 2005 and enters a relationship with Rae.
- Rae Thomas, portrayed by Jossara Jinario, is a lesbian who enters a relationship with Simone.
- Vincent Clarkson, portrayed by Phillip Jeanmarie, is intersex.
- Channing Capwell, Jr., portrayed by Robert Brian Wilson, is bisexual. During his relationship with a woman, Channing maintained a relationship with Lindsay, a man with whom he appeared to be in love.
- Lindsay Smith, portrayed by Joel Bailey, has a relationship with Channing, despite him being in a relationship.
El Señor de los Cielos
- Esperanza Salvatierra, portrayed by Sabrina Seara, is a young bisexual and leads a relationship of "friends with rights" with Aurelio Casillas.
- 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.
- Jaime Ernesto Rosales, portrayed by Alan Slim, he is Omar's partner. He becomes Omar's lover, after he reveals his secret.
The Young and the Restless
- Katherine Chancellor, portrayed by Jeanne Cooper, has a crush on Joann. She starts lavishing her with gifts, but when Joann realises this, she ends their friendship.
- Joann Curtis, portrayed by Kay Heberle, is the recipient of Katherine's crush. When Joann realises this, she ends their friendship.
- Phillip Chancellor III, portrayed by Thom Bierdz, came out during his 2009 return.
- Rafe Torres, portrayed by Yani Gellman, is openly gay.
- Mariah Copeland, portrayed by Camryn Grimes, explored her bisexuality after best friend Tessa comforted her.
- Tessa Porter, portrayed by Cait Fairbanks, revealed her attraction to her bestie Mariah though she was dating Mariah's brother Noah.
- List of LGBT characters in television and radio
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- List of comedy-drama television series
- List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters: 1970s–2000s
- List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters: 2010s
- List of dramatic television series with LGBT characters: 2020s
- List of made-for-television films with LGBT characters
- List of comedy and variety television programs with LGBT cast members
- List of reality television programs with LGBT cast members
- List of news and information television programs featuring LGBTQ+ subjects
- Television works about intersex
- List of television series with bisexual characters
- List of fictional bisexual characters
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