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Glee Star Naya Rivera Dies at 33: Her Profound Queer Legacy

1996 TV: Living Single, Queen Latifah, and Same-Sex Marriage

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GLAAD Media Report 2019-20: Where We Are on Television

Entertainment Weekly: LGBTQ Pride Forever Issue

LGBTQ Representation in the Media

Evolution of TV's Queer Leading Men

Rachel Maddow: Smartest Lesbian on Television

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LGBTQ Television

 

Storylines and characters of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people can be found in significant numbers on television via broadcast, cable, and streaming venues. This is a partial list of television shows that feature LGBTQ characters, storylines, situations, and themes.

 

Big Sky (2020)

Uncle Frank (2020)

Transhood (202)

Hollywood (2020)

Love Victor (2020)

Ratched (2020)

First Day (2020)
Flunk (2020)

The Fortnight (2020)

911 Lone Star (2020)

Tiger King (2020)

High Fidelity (2020)

Blood and Water (2020)

I'm Not Okay With This (2020)

Hunters (2020)

Katy Keene (2020)

Council of Dads (2020)

Party of Five (2020)

Never Have I Ever (2020)

Utopia Falls (2020)

Deputy (2020)

Dickinson (2019)

The Politician (2019)

Unbelievable (2019)

Titans (2019)

The Connors (2019)

All American (2019)

Dead to Me (2019)

Stumptown (2019)

The Deuce (2019)

Elite (2019)

Batwoman (2019)

Mrs. Fletcher (2019)

Umbrella Academy (2019)

Trinkets (2019)

Good Trouble (2019)

Pose (2019)

Broad City (2019)

My House (2018)

Out in Left Field (2018)

Instinct (2018)

Vida (2018)

Million Little Things (2018)

Gentleman Jack (2018)

The Good Fight (2017)

When We Rise (2017)

Raising Hope (2017)

13 Reasons Why (2017)

 

 

Sarah Paulson Wins Emmy Award

Schitt's Creek Very Happy Ending: David and Patrick

Trinkets: Queer and Non-Binary Visibility

Advocate: LGBTQ TV Shows for 2020

The Good Place Star: Jameela Jamil Comes Out as Queer

Dex and Fiona: Scenes From Stumptown

Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston Kiss

Best Gay TV Couples of All Time

Perfect Playlist: Best High Fidelity Moments

Visible: Out on Television

Dominique Provost-Chalkley: Her Journey to Coming Out

IMDB: Television Shows with LGBTQ Main Characters

Critical Media Project: LGBTQ Representation in the Media

Golden Globes: Ellen DeGeneres Receives Achievement in Television Award

Fall 2019 TV Season: Shows for LGBTQ Viewers

Will & Grace Celebrate Pride Month

Wikipedia: Media Portrayal of LGBTQ People

LGBTQ People in Ads and Media: Makes Viewers More Accepting

Big List of TV Episodes with LGBTQ Themes

IMDB: Timeline of LGBTQ Couples in TV History

Arthur Kid's Cartoon: Mr. Ratburn Comes Out and Gets Married

Top Ten Groundbreaking Moments for LGBTQ TV Characters

Highest Paid LGBTQ TV Stars in Hollywood

Pride: Why It's Important to Have LGBTQ Characters on Kid's TV Shows

 

Same Same (2016)

Finding Prince Charming (2016)

Exes and Ohs (2016)

Degrassi: Next Class (2016)

Gaycation (2016)

Schitt's Creek (2015)

Super Girl (2015)

Skam (2015)

Cheetah in August (2015)

Sense 8 (2015)

Cucumber (2015)

Grace and Frankie (2015)

Transparent (2014)

Looking (2014)

Sirens (2014)

How to Get Away With Murder (2014)

Faking It (2014)

It Got Better (2014)

Please Like Me (2013)

Orange is the New Black (2013)

Wentworth (2013)

The Fosters (2013)

Steven Universe (2013)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)

New Normal (2012)

Shameless (2011)

Threesome (2011)

Happy Endings (2011)

 

 

 

Advocate: Most Important LGBTQ TV Shows of the Decade

Jennifer Beals Receives GLSEN Respect Awards Champion Honor

Zoe Kravitz: High Fidelity Kiss Scene

Entertainment Weekly: LGBTQ Pride Forever Issue

Golden Globes: Kate McKinnon's Tribute to Ellen DeGeneres

Best LGBTQ Media Moments of the Decade

Tig Notaro and Sarah Paulson on Jimmy Fallon Show

Schitt's Creek Very Happy Ending: David and Patrick

LGBTQ Representation in the Media

Advocate: LGBTQ TV Shows for 2020

The Good Place Star: Jameela Jamil Comes Out as Queer

IMDB: Television Shows with LGBTQ Main Characters

Critical Media Project: LGBTQ Representation in the Media

Advocate Interview: Dominique Provost-Chalkley

Golden Globes: Ellen DeGeneres Receives Achievement in Television Award

Big List of TV Episodes with LGBTQ Themes

IMDB: Timeline of LGBTQ Couples in TV History

Top Ten Groundbreaking Moments for LGBTQ TV Characters

Sarah Paulson Wins Emmy Award

Highest Paid LGBTQ TV Stars in Hollywood

 

Adventure Time (2010)

Pretty Little Liars (2010)

Modern Family (2009)

Glee (2009)

United States of Tara (2009)

RuPaul's Drag Race (2009)

Being Erica (2009)

True Blood (2008)

90210 (2008)

Sordid Lives (2008)

The Lair (2007)

Big Gay Sketch Show (2007)

Skins (2007)

Torchwood (2006)

Brothers and Sisters (2006)

Ugly Betty (2006)

Line of Beauty (2006)

Noah’s Arc (2005)

Dante's Cove (2005)

South of Nowhere (2005)

 

 

 

The L Word (2004)

Queer Eye for Straight Guy (2003)

Reno 911 (2003)

Degrassi: Next Generation (2001)

Six Feet Under (2001)

Queer as Folk (2000)

Sex & The City (1998)

Will & Grace (1998)

Oz (1997)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

Tales of the City (1993)

In The Life (1992)

Brothers (1984)

Love Sidney (1981)

Soap (1977)

Corner Bar (1972)

 

Schitt's Creek Very Happy Ending: David and Patrick

High Fidelity: What LGBTQ Representation Should Look Like

HRC Award Presented to Nicole Maines

GLAAD Media Report 2019-20: Where We Are on Television

Anderson Cooper: Being Gay is One of the Greatest Blessings of My Life

How The L Word Changed Lesbian Television

OITNB: Tribute to Lauren and Taylor

Advocate: Most Important LGBTQ TV Shows of the Decade

Golden Globes: Kate McKinnon's Tribute to Ellen DeGeneres

Best LGBTQ Media Moments of the Decade

Intense Interview: Cast of The L Word

 

 

Supergirl: Kara and Lena

Best Gay TV Couples of All Time

TV Shows with Gay Main Characters

Pride: Why It's Important to Have LGBTQ Characters on Kid's TV Shows

Jamie Clayton: Transgender Actor and Activist

List of TV Dramas with LGBTQ Characters

Jake Borelli Stars in Gay Rom-Com: The Thing About Harry

Fall 2019 TV Season: Shows for LGBTQ Viewers

Interview: Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)

Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells Get Uncomfortably Close

List of TV Comedies with LGBTQ Characters

Golden Globes: Ellen DeGeneres Receives Achievement in Television Award

YouTube: Gay Themes TV Shows Worth Watching

 

 

 

Dominique Provost-Chalkley: Her Journey to Coming Out

Backstage: LGBTQ Representation in TV, Film, and Theatre

Interview: Meredith Baxter (Family Ties)

Gay Moments in Frazier TV Series

Interview: Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek)

GLAAD Report: LGBTQ Inclusion On Television

Raising Hope: Maggie and Sydney

Wikipedia: List of Comedy TV Series with LGBTQ Characters

Video: Hottest Openly Gay Male Actors in Hollywood

LGBTQ Representation in the Media

Visible: Out on Television

USA Today: LGBTQ TV Scenes 1971-1997

Interview: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)

Video List: Highest Paid LGBTQ TV Stars in Hollywood

 

 

Matt Baume: LGBTQ Content on Television

 

The Golden Girls Meet a Lesbian Girl

Designing Women Goes Looking for a Lesbian

Archie Bunker, Drag Queens, All in the Family

Murphy Brown Goes to a Gay Bar

Kate & Ally and the Secret of the Lesbian Landladies

Roc and TV's First Gay Wedding

How Sitcoms Handled Homos in the 70s and 80s

A Salute to Sissies

 

 

Historic LGBTQ Television Moments

 

Arthur - In 2019, the popular PBS children's carton, Arthur, featured an episode in which the students learn that their third grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn is getting married. They soon discover that he is marrying another man.

 

Andi Mack - In 2017, in a first for Disney Channel, a key character on its popular tween series Andi Mack realizes he’s gay and comes out to his friends. The story will mark the channel’s first depiction of a coming-out journey.

 

Roseanne - In 2017, the reboot of the 1990’s sitcom Roseanne included a gender fluid character. Some of the new characters in the show include the children of Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki). Their 9 year old child Mark is “gender creative.” The actor plays sensitive and effeminate and displays qualities of both young female and male traits. Roseanne originally aired on ABC television from 1988 to 1997 and was known for pushing the envelope on social issues.

 

 

Good Luck Charlie - In 2014, Disney featured its first openly gay characters ever on the channel on an episode of Good Luck Charlie. Two lesbian moms, Susan and Cheryl, paid a visit to the Duncan family household. The moms were received with open arms by Charlie's parents, Bob and Amy.

 

Glee - Fox debuts the 2009 American musical comedy-drama, which focuses on a high school glee club. Over the course of the show, the glee club members deal with social issues, their relationships and sexuality. It has prominent LGBTQ content.  The show is a commercial success for Fox and wins several awards.

 

The L Word - Showtime debuts the 2004 television drama which focuses on a group of lesbian, bisexual and transgender friends in Los Angeles. The series airs for five years.

 

Ellen DeGeneres Show - The daytime talk show, begins airing on NBC in 2003. As of 2011, the show has won 32 Daytime Emmy Awards.

 

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy - Bravo debuts the reality television series in 2003. The show features a team of five gay men who perform makeovers on straight men. Each of the five guys has an area of expertise: fashion, style, personal grooming, interior design and culture. The show becomes a rating success and wins an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The popular TV series, launched in 2001, paves new ground by becoming the first show to develop a gradual, accurate, and full-blown lesbian relationship between two of the major characters, Willow, played by Alyson Hannigan, and Tara, played by Amber Benson.

 

 

All My Children - Daytime soap All My Children breaks new ground in 2000 when the character Bianca Montgomery realizes she's a lesbian. Bianca, played by Eden Riegel, is the daughter of Erica Kane, arguably the most popular character in the history of American daytime soap operas. It is the first time that a major, continuing role has a homosexual orientation on daytime TV.

 

Queer as Folk - Begins airing on Showtime in 2000. Set in Pittsburgh, the series tells the story of five gay men. The show is a US version of the UK TV series.

 

Dawson’s Creek - The season 2000 finale of Dawson's Creek features the first passionate kiss between two men to ever take place during primetime. Jack McPhee (played by Kerr Smith) shares the onscreen kiss with boyfriend Ethan (played by Adam Kauffman) in this episode, titled "True Love." Earlier in the series, McPhee comes out after briefly dating Katie Holmes' character Joey.

 

Ally McBeal - In a much-watched episode in 1999, Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) and fellow lawyer and co-worker Ling Woo (Lucy Liu) engage in a 21-second-long kiss.

 

Will & Grace -  The NBC sitcom debuts in 1998. The series is built around four main characters, two gay men and two heterosexual women. The series goes on to air for 8 years, win 16 Emmys and become part of NBC's highly successful Thursday night "Must See TV" lineup.

 

 

Relativity - ABC airs a ground-breaking episode of Relativity in 1997, which features a scene in which a supporting character, out-lesbian Rhonda, played by Lisa Edelstein, shares a passionate kiss with another woman. This is the first open-mouth kiss between two women aired on prime time television.

 

Ellen - The coming-out episode of Ellen airs in 1997. In the episode, the main character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, comes out to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey. The episode, titled "The Puppy Episode", is one of the highest-rated of the series.

 

Friends - Carol is Ross's ex-wife, who realized that she was a lesbian. In 1996, Carol marries Susan, her partner, in network TV's first lesbian wedding.

 

Serving in Silence - The 1995 made-for-TV movie airs, featuring Glenn Close and Judy Davis. The film challenges the U.S. military's position on homosexuality. Close and Davis both win Emmy Awards for their roles.

 

Picket Fences – On the 1993 CBS TV show, two teenage girls kiss. The network demands that the scene be reshot in the dark.

 

LA Law - The first kiss between a homosexual couple airs in 1991 on network TV during an episode of LA Law. Abby Perkins, played by Michele Greene, and CJ Lamb, played by Amanda Donohoe, kiss after Abby gets a raise. Advertisers threaten to pull their ads over the scene.

 

Roc - A 1991 episode featured the first same-sex commitment ceremony on a TV show. Viewers were introduced to gay Uncle Russell, played by Richard Roundtree (Shaft).

 

 

My Two Loves - The 1986 made-for-TV movie airs. The film features Mariette Harley questioning her sexuality after her husband dies. She has an affair with Lynn Redgrave in the film.

 

An Early Frost – NBC airs a 1985 TV movie of the week, featuring Aidan Quinn as a Chicago attorney who goes home to tell his parents that he is gay and has AIDS. It is the first major film that deals with the subject of AIDS.

 

Soap - On the 1977 primetime TV series Soap, Billy Crystal plays Jodie Dallas, a gay man.

 

Hot l Baltimore - ABC debuts a short lived Norman Lear series in 1975, which features the first gay couple on TV. On the show, the characters George and Gordon are an older gay couple.

 

That Certain Summer - A 1972 made for TV movie, airs as the ABC Movie of the Week. It is the first TV movie to deal with the subject of homosexuality sympathetically. Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook, big name stars at the time, play lovers.

 

The Corner Bar - The TV series that ran from 1972 to 1973 about the life and times of the patrons of New York tavern. It was the first American sitcom to feature a recurring gay character, Peter Panama portrayed by Vincent Schiavelli.

 

Visible: Out on Television

IMDB: Gay Themed TV Shows

Advocate Interview: Dominique Provost-Chalkley

Tig Notaro and Sarah Paulson on Jimmy Fallon Show

YouTube: Best TV Lesbian Kisses

GLAAD Media Report 2019-20: Where We Are on Television

LGBTQ Representation in the Media

How The L Word Changed Lesbian Television

The Politician: Kiss Scene

Interview: Cast of Grace and Frankie

Lilly Singh: Let's Talk About LGBTQ Issues

Will & Grace Celebrate Pride Month

Interview: Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek)

 

 

 

Backstage: LGBTQ Representation in TV, Film, and Theatre

GLAAD Character List: Where We Are On TV

Best Gay TV Couples of All Time

Pride: Why It's Important to Have LGBTQ Characters on Kid's TV Shows

NYTimes: TV Shows That Broke Ground with LGBTQ Characters

Petra and JR: Small Doses

Top Ten Groundbreaking Moments for LGBTQ TV Characters

Dominique Provost-Chalkley: Her Journey to Coming Out

Interview: Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)

Video List: Highest Paid LGBTQ TV Stars in Hollywood

Huff Post: Gay TV Shows

Sarah Paulson Wins Emmy Award

Interview: Meredith Baxter (Family Ties)

Arthur Kid's Cartoon: Mr. Ratburn Comes Out and Gets Married

Interview: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)

Timeline: LGBTQ in Pop Culture

 

 

Supergirl: Lesbian Superhero From Krypton

 

Supergirl (Launched in 2015) is an important groundbreaking television series in terms of LGBTQ representation. The Supergirl character, played by Melissa Benoist, is Zor-El who was sent to Earth from Krypton just like her cousin Kal-El (Superman). Her earthly altar-ego is Kara Danvers. The wonderfully surprising thing we eventually learn about her is that she is a lesbian.

 

The Supergirl TV series may be one of the strongest, most emotionally-complex shows on The CW television network. Particularly when it comes to female characters.
 

In season two, Kara's adopted sister, Alex Danvers, meets out gay detective Maggie Sawyer and starts the best coming out story line in TV history. The Alex/Maggie relationship starts the third episode of season two and continues until season three episode five when they break up.

In season four, we are introduced to another female superhero called Nia Nal (also known by her code name Dreamer), portrayed by Nicole Maines. Nia Nal is the first transgender superhero on television.

In season five, one of the series’ most important and largely unexpected relationships is between Kara and her best friend Lena Luthor, Sister of super villain Lex Luthor (played by Katie McGrath). As the two characters become closer, the Kara/Lena relationship fully explores the story of two women in love, and the first time in DC Comics history that Supergirl is portrayed as a lesbian.

 

Overview: Supergirl TV Series

Elle: Supergirl One of the Most LGBTQ Friendly Shows on TV

IMDB: Supergirl TV Series

Kara and Lena: Scenes From Supergirl

Supergirl Season 5: The Lena and Kara Relationship

Kara and Lena: More Scenes From Supergirl

Supergirl's 100th Episiode

Nicole Maines: First Transgender Superhero on Television

Supergirl: Kara and Lana Scenes

 

LGBTQ Episodes in Mainstream TV Series

 

Murphy Brown (1994) - The Anchorman

Murphy Brown (1992) - Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are

Designing Women (1990) - Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend

Golden Girls (1986) - Isn't It Romantic

Kate & Allie (1984) - The Landladies

All in the Family (1977) - Cousin Liz

All in the Family (1975) - Archie the Hero

 

 

Featured LGBTQ Television Scenes and Montages

 

Ellen: Coming Out Scene

Dawson’s Creek: Jack and Ethan Kiss

LA Law: CJ and Abby Kiss

Love Victor: The Story of Victor and Benji

The L Word: Tina and Bette (1)

Orange is the New Black: Alex and Piper

Modern Family: Cam and Mitch Meet Lesbian Couple

Glee: Kurt’s Dad Confronts Finn

Million Little Things: Danny and Elliot

Dead To Me: Jen and Judy

Killing Eve: Vallanelle and Eve Kiss

The L Word/GenQ: Sophie and Finley

Dickinson: Emily and Sue

Friends: Lesbian Wedding

Melrose Place: Ella and Melissa Kiss

Andi Mack: TJ and Cyrus (1)

The Fortnight: Sleeping In

Flunk: Lesbian Romance

 

 

Glee: Santana and Brittany Scenes

South of Nowhere: Ashley and Spencer

Faking It: Karma and Amy Pool Kiss

Modern Family: Mitch and Cam’s Wedding

Finding Prince Charming: Kissing Paul

Transparent: Season 1-2 Recap

Pretty Little Liars: Emily and Alison
Being Erica: Cassidy and Erica Scenes

The L Word: Tina and Bette (2)

Glee: Brittany and Santana's Wedding (Abuela Shows Up)

Chasing Life: Brenna and Greer

Disney’s Good Luck Charlie: Susan and Cheryl

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tara and Willow

The Fortnight: Sofa Conversation

Andi Mack: TJ and Cyrus (2)

All My Children: Bianca Comes Out to Erica

Glee: Santana and Brittany Montage

Dominique Provost-Chalkley: Her Journey to Coming Out

Same Same: Fluid Episode

Dead to Me: Jen and Judy

 

 

Characters Showcasing Positive LGBTQ Representation on Television

 

Schitt's Creek - David Rose

Instinct - Dr. Dylan Reinhart

The 100 - Clarke Griffin

Inhuman Condition - Michelle Kessler

How to Get Away With Murder - Connor Walsh, Annalise Keating

Fear the Walking Dead - Victor Strand

Empire - Tiana Brown, Jamal Lyon

Sense 8 - Nomi Marks, Lito Rodriguez

Supergirl - Maggie Sawyer, Kara Danvers, Lena Luthor

Shannara Chronciles - Eretria

Grey's Anatomy - Arizona Robbins

Dead of Summer - Drew Reeves

Carmilla - S. LaFontaine, Laura Hollis

The Leslie - Leslie Clark

Black Sails - James Flint, Eleanor Guthrie

Orange is the New Black - Piper Chapman

Advocates - Iris, Adrian, Casey, Oscar

The Fosters - Lena and Stef Adams-Foster, Jude Adams-Foster, Aaron Baker

Carmilla - Carmilla Karnstein

Wynonna Earp - Waverly Earp, Nicole Haught

Transparent - Mort Pfeffermann

Orphan Black - Cosima Niehaus

Shadow Hunters - Malec

 

GLAAD Media Report 2019-20: Where We Are on Television

IMDB: Television Shows with LGBTQ Main Characters

Top Lesbian TV Couples

Critical Media Project: LGBTQ Representation in the Media

Best Gay TV Couples of All Time

Wikipedia: Media Portrayal of LGBTQ People

IMDB: Timeline of LGBTQ Couples in TV History

LGBTQ Representation in the Media

List of TV Episodes with LGBTQ Themes

Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Gay

Indie Wire: Best Queer Representation on Television

 

 

First Gay Kiss on Network Television

 

The first gay kiss on network television was on LA Law, between Amanda Donohoe and Michelle Green in 1991. After that, Roseanne Barr kissed Mariel Hemingway (Roseanne), Calista Flockhart kissed Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal), and Jennifer Aniston kissed Winona Ryder (Friends).

 

In 1994, on Melrose Place, Doug Savant kisses Ty Miller. In 1997, on Relativity, a lesbian couple caresses, nuzzles and goes for some passionate, open-mouthed kissing. On the Ellen show, after coming out in 1997, Ellen DeGeneres kisses Joely Fisher. In 1999, on Party of Five, Neve Campbell kisses Olivia D’Abo. In 2000, Dawson‘s Creek featured the first “passionate” kiss between two men on primetime television, involving Kerr Smith and Adam Kauffman.

 

On the Will & Grace show, gay kisses happened fairly regularly: Will & Scott, Will & Barry, Will & Vince, Jack & Jamie, Will & Malcolm, Will & James, and, of course, for fun one time, Will & Jack. 

 

Timeline: LGBTQ in Pop Culture

Dawson‘s Creek: First Passionate Gay Kiss on Television

Wikipedia: List of Dramatic TV Series with LGBTQ Characters

Huff Post: Queer Representation in the Media

 

 

Xena: Warrior Princess

 

True Friendship Knows No Boundaries

Xena Makes a Promise

Gabrielle Confesses Her Attraction for Xena

Xena and Gabrielle Might Be Lovers

Don't Leave Me Gabrielle

Gabrielle Says I Love You For First Time

 

 

LGBTQ Television Networks

 

Gay TV Television Network (2002)

Logo TV Cable Channel (2005)

Here TV Television Network (2002)

Out TV Cable Channel (2001)

 

Advocate: Most Important LGBTQ TV Shows of the Decade

Best LGBTQ Media Moments of the Decade

YouTube: Gay Themes TV Shows Worth Watching

GLAAD Report: LGBTQ Inclusion On Television

Top Ten Groundbreaking Moments for LGBTQ TV Characters

Wikipedia: List of Comedy TV Series with LGBTQ Characters

Video List: Highest Paid LGBTQ TV Stars in Hollywood

Backstage: LGBTQ Representation in TV, Film, and Theatre

Indie Wire: Best Queer Representation on Television

 

Television Episodes with LGBTQ Themes

 

List of 1970s TV Episodes with LGBTQ Themes

List of 1980s TV Episodes with LGBTQ Themes

List of 1990s TV Episodes with LGBTQ Themes

Big List of TV Episodes with LGBTQ Themes

 

LGBTQ Television Actors

 

Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)

Luke McFarlane (Bothers & Sisters)

Chad Allen (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman)

Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal)

Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)

Guillermo Diaz (Scandal)

Dan Butler (Frasier)

Lily Tomlin (Grace & Frankie, Laugh In)

Ellen Page (Gaycation)

Alan Cumming (Instinct)

Billy Porter (Pose)

Tan France (Queer Eye)

Nicole Maines (Super Girl)

Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace)

Zoe Kravitz (High Fidelity)

Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation)

Niecy Nash (Reno 911, Claws)

 

 

Jesse James Keitel (Big Sky)

Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live)

Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Wynonna Earp)

Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)

Joe Exotic (Tiger King)

Dino Petrera (Never Have I Ever)

Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek)

Indya Moore (Pose)

Jameela Jamil (The Good Place)

Justice Smith (Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Nicholas Ashe (Queen Sugar)

Chris Colfer (Glee)

Ricky Martin (The Voice)

Jane Lynch (Glee)

Craig Chester (True Blood)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)

BD Wong (Law & Order: SVU)

Anderson Cooper (Anderson Cooper 360)

Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black)

 

 

Robert Gant (Queer as Folk)

Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City)

Graham Norton (Graham Norton Show)

John Glover (Smallville)

Ben Platt (The Politician)

Rick Cosnett (The Flash)

Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy)

Jake Borelli (Grey's Anatomy)

Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk)

Robin Roberts (Good Morning America)

Sean Hayes (Will & Grace)

Rachel Maddow (Rachel Maddow Show)

TR Knight (Grey’s Anatomy)

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)

Eric Millegan (Bones)

Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye)

Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation)

Matt Bomer (Titans)

 

 

Sara Gilbert (Big Bang Theory, Roseanne)

Nathan Lane (Modern Family)

David Hyde Pierce (Frasier)

Rosie O’Donnell (The View)

Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development, Ally McBeal)

George Takei (Star Trek)

Sara Ramirez (Grey's Anatomy)

Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall)

Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia)

Suze Orman (Suze Orman Show)

David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H)

Meredith Baxter (Family Ties)

Gillian Anderson (X Files)

Raven-Symone (The View, Blackish, Cosby Show)

Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle USMC)

Robert Reed (Brady Bunch)

Dick Sargent (Bewitched)

 

 

IMDB: Gay Themed TV Shows

YouTube: Best TV Lesbian Kisses

Huff Post: Gay TV Shows

Best Gay TV Couples of All Time

Timeline: LGBTQ in Pop Culture

 

GLAAD Media Report 2018-19

 

GLAAD is calling on the television industry to make sure that 20 percent of series regular characters on primetime scripted broadcast series are LGBTQ by 2025. Further, we would challenge all platforms (broadcast, cable, and streaming) that within the next two years, at least half of LGBTQ characters on each platform are also people of color. This is an important next step towards ensuring that our entertainment reflects the world in which it is created and the audience consuming it. Below are some of the most remarkable points GLAAD found in its research this year:

--Of the 879 regular characters expected to appear on broadcast scripted primetime programming this season, 90 (10.2%) were identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer. This is the highest percentage GLAAD has found in the fifteen years this report has counted all broadcast series regulars. There were an additional 30 recurring LGBTQ characters.
The number of regular LGBTQ characters counted on scripted primetime cable increased to 121, while recurring characters increased to 94, making for 215 characters.

 

 

 

--There were 109 LGBTQ regular characters counted in original scripted series on the streaming services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix as well as 44 recurring characters, for a total of 153 LGBTQ characters.
 

--Bisexual characters make up 26 percent of the LGBTQ characters tracked across all platforms (broadcast, cable, streaming originals), a slight decrease in percentage from last year, but up to 128 characters from 117 in the previous report. The numbers still skew toward women, though there was an increase in bi men this year (90 women, 36 men, and two non-binary characters).
 

--This year, there are 38 regular and recurring transgender characters tracked across all three platforms, up from 26 last year. Of those, 21 are trans women, 12 are trans men, and five are non-binary characters.
 

--Racial diversity of LGBTQ characters increased on broadcast and cable, but decreased on streaming originals. For the second year in a row, LGBTQ characters of color outnumber white LGBTQ characters on broadcast television, 52 percent to 48 percent. 47 percent of all series regulars on broadcast scripted television are people of color, a three percent increase from the previous report and a record-high.

 


 

--Only one asexual character was counted in this report, Todd Chavez on Netflix's BoJack Horseman. No additional asexual characters have been added, and BoJack Horseman is set to air its final episodes in this reporting period.
 

--Broadcast hit another record high with 46 percent of series regular characters counted on broadcast scripted primetime television being women, a three point increase from the previous year. This still underrepresents that women are estimated to be 51 percent of the US population.
 

--The amount of regular primetime broadcast characters counted who have a disability has increased to 3.1 percent, which is a record-high percentage but that number still vastly underrepresents the actualities of Americans with disabilities. There are nine characters across all three platforms tracked (broadcast, cable, streaming) who are HIV-positive.
 

--Netflix counts the highest number of LGBTQ characters on all streaming services, and Showtime counts the highest number on cable networks. The CW boasts the highest percentage of LGBTQ series regular characters of the five broadcast networks.

 

GLAAD Media Reports: Where We Are on Television

GLAAD: Read the Full Report 2019-20: Where We Are on Television

GLAAD Report: LGBTQ Inclusion On Television

Wikipedia: List of Dramatic TV Series with LGBTQ Characters

Huff Post: Queer Representation in the Media

IMDB: Television Shows with LGBTQ Main Characters

Critical Media Project: LGBTQ Representation in the Media

LGBTQ Representation in the Media

Wikipedia: Media Portrayal of LGBTQ People

Indie Wire: Best Queer Representation on Television

 

 

GLAAD Media Report 2016-17

 

--Of the 895 regular characters expected to appear on primetime scripted broadcast programming in the coming year, 43 (4.8%) were identified as LGBTQ. There were an additional 28 recurring LGBTQ characters counted.

--There was an increase in the number of regular LGBTQ characters on cable, up to 92 from 84. However, LGBTQ recurring characters dropped year-over-year from 58 to 50. This is a total of 142 LGBTQ characters, regular and recurring.

--After GLAAD introduced its first count of LGBTQ characters on streaming services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix last year, there is an increase in both regular and recurring LGBTQ characters expected this season. There will be 65 total LGBTQ characters on streaming services, up from 59.

--This year, there will be regular and recurring transgender characters on  all three platforms tracked (broadcast, cable, streaming). There are three trans characters counted on broadcast, six on cable, and seven on streaming original series. Of the 16, four are transgender men.

 

 

LGBTQ Broadcast Television

 

--Of 895 series regular characters counted on 118 primetime scripted shows on the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC), 43 characters are LGBTQ. This is an increase from 35 reported last year.

--The overall percentage of LGBTQ regular characters on scripted broadcast series is 4.8%, an increase of eight-tenths of a percentage point from the previous year. This is the highest percentage of LGBTQ series regulars GLAAD has ever found.

--GLAAD counted an additional 28 recurring LGBTQ characters on scripted primetime broadcast programming.

--ABC posts the highest percentage of LGBTQ regular characters of all five broadcast networks with 7.3%

--FOX has the second highest percentage of LGBTQ regulars (6.4%), which is still above the percentage of LGBTQ regulars on broadcast as a whole.

--The CW is third with 4.3% of its series regulars counted as LGBTQ, and NBC follows at 3.9%. CBS comes in last at 2.2%.

--Gay men still make up the majority of 71 regular and recurring LGBTQ characters at 49% (35), an increase of two percentage points from last year.

--Lesbian representation decreased dramatically from the previous year, down to 17% (12) of regular and recurring LGBTQ characters. This is a drop of 16 percentage points from last year’s 33% (23 characters).

--Bisexual representation rose to 30%, up ten percentage points. That is 16 bisexual women and five bisexual men.

--There are three (4%) transgender characters expected on broadcast networks’ primetime scripted programming, two regular characters and one recurring character. Last year, there were no transgender regular or recurring characters on scripted broadcast programming.

 

 

Breakdown of LGBTQ characters in primetime programming on broadcast networks:

 

LESBIAN 17% (12 CHARACTERS)

GAY 49% (35 CHARACTERS)

BISEXUAL FEMALE 23% (16 CHARACTERS)

BISEXUAL MALE 7% (5 CHARACTERS)

TRANSGENDER 4% (3 CHARACTERS)

 

LGBTQ Cable Television

 

--The number of LGBTQ regular characters on scripted cable programs rose, with 92 this year from 84 the previous year. Recurring characters, however, decreased from 58 to 50. This brings the overall count to 142 regular and recurring LGBTQ characters expected, equal to the previous year’s total.

--Gay men still represent the majority of LGBTQ regular and recurring cable characters at 46% or 65 characters (up from 41% last year).

--Lesbians make up 20% (29) of the LGBTQ characters, which is a drop of two percentage points from the previous report.

--Bisexual women account for 25% (35) of LGBTQ characters on cable which is up two percentage points from last year, while bisexual men make up 7% (down from 13% in the previous report), or 10 characters.

--Six of the 142 characters (4%) are transgender, compared to just three characters last year. Among the 142 characters counted, ten are not expected to return due to series cancellations, format, or characters being written off but which appeared during the stated research period.

 

 

Breakdown of LGBTQ characters in primetime programming on cable networks:

 

LESBIAN 20% (29 CHARACTERS)

GAY 46% (65 CHARACTERS)

BISEXUAL FEMALE 25% (35 CHARACTERS)

BISEXUAL MALE 7% (10 CHARACTERS)

TRANSGENDER FEMALE 1% (2 CHARACTERS)

TRANSGENDER MALE 3% (4 CHARACTERS)

 

LGBTQ Streaming Television

 

--Last year, for the first time, GLAAD made a count of the regular and recurring LGBTQ characters in scripted series on the streaming content providers Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. GLAAD included both original series created by these companies, as well as foreign series they have acquired for exclusive U.S. distribution.

--GLAAD found 45 regular LGBTQ characters, an increase of two from last year’s count. There were an additional 20 recurring LGBTQ characters, up from 16. This totals to 65 regular and recurring LGBTQ characters.

--Lesbians account for the majority of LGBTQ representation in streaming series at 43% (28 characters), up seven percentage points from last year. This is a far higher percentage than is found on either broadcast or cable.

--Gay men make up 23% (15) of those 65 characters, down from 39% in the previous year.

--Bisexual women make up 20% (13) of LGBTQ representations with bisexual men at 6% (four). This is up from 15% and 5% respectively last year.

--Streaming original series again boast the highest percentage of transgender characters of all programming platforms tracked at 11% (seven characters). This is a four percentage point increase from last year.

 

 

--This list includes four characters who have been killed off their respective series, but were included within our research period. All four were lesbian or bisexual female characters (Poussey Washington in Orange Is the New Black, Bea Smith in Wentworth, Cara Thomas in Marcella, Camila Barrios in East Los High).

--The Amazon original dark comedy One Mississippi, inspired by series creator Tig Notaro’s life, premiered this fall to rave reviews. Amazon’s critically acclaimed comedy Transparent returned for a third season in September. The series, which tells the story of Maura who is transitioning later in life, includes seven LGBTQ regular or recurring characters and three of those characters are transgender (with two played by trans actors). This makes it the most trans-inclusive series on all three platforms (broadcast, cable, streaming) tracked. It is also notable that of the three streaming services tracked, Amazon is the most inclusive of LGBTQ characters with disabilities, as four of 14 (29 percent) LGBTQ characters counted have a disability. Other LGBTQ-inclusive Amazon originals include Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch, and Red Oaks.

--Netflix is the most LGBTQ-inclusive of the three streaming services counted with nearly 40 LGBTQ regular and recurring characters expected in the 2016-17 season.

-- The flagship hit Orange Is the New Black is the most inclusive of all series with 11 LGBTQ characters, though the most recent season did include the tragic death of series regular Poussey Washington.

--Other LGBTQ-inclusive Netflix programming includes The Fall, DreamWorks’ Dragons, The Get Down, Grace and Frankie, House of Cards, Master of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and others. GLAAD is also keeping an eye on the previously announced series Dear White People, based on the film of the same name, which centers on Lionel, a student who is gay and black and is struggling to find a place to fit in at his university.

--Some of Hulu’s LGBTQ-inclusive series include Difficult People, Casual, Dimension 404, East Los High, and The Mindy Project, which the platform picked up after cancellation by FOX. The service has also announced a series adaptation of the novel The Handmaid’s Tale, in which Samira Wiley will play a lesbian character.

 

 

Breakdown of LGBTQ characters on streaming content providers:

 

LESBIAN 43% (28 CHARACTERS)

GAY 23% (15 CHARACTERS)

BISEXUAL FEMALE 20% (13 CHARACTERS)

BISEXUAL MALE 6% (4 CHARACTERS)

TRANSGENDER FEMALE 11% (7 CHARACTERS)

 

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