Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Television Characters
by David A. Wyatt
Copyright ©2002-2014 David Wyatt
[version=12 February 2014]
For several years now I have been trying to compile a list of television
programs that have included gay/lesbian/bisexual characters as a part of their
regular (or semi-regular) casts. Many shows have `dealt' with sexual orientation in a single
episode or story line, but just how many have included gay, lesbian or bisexual characters on a regular (or
recurring) basis? This is the list I have. My intention is to keep the list
to network and widely-syndicated entertainment shows in the English language.
To be listed a character should have appeared in
at least three episodes and be explicitly gay, lesbian,
bisexual or transgendered. Effeminate (but not gay) male characters, manish
(but not lesbian) female characters, and gender shifting science fiction
characters are generally not listed.
For the purposes of this list, a character is described as `recurring' if he
or she has appeared in at least three (3) episodes.
If you can recall any other shows, or can correct errors or omissions in this
list, please e-mail to: email@example.com
The latest version of this list is always available on the World Wide Web at
the URL: http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~wyatt/tv-characters.html
1.1 The TV networks
- United States of America
- ABC (American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.) 1948-present
- Bravo 1980-present
- CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System/CBS Inc.) 1948-present
- Comedy Central 1991-present
- CW 2006-present (merger of UPN and WB)
- Fox (Fox Broadcasting Company) 1986-present
- FX 1994-present
- HBO (Home Box Office) 1975-present
- Lifetime Television 1984-present
- MTV (Music Television) 1981-present
- NBC (National Broadcasting Company) 1944-present
- The N (Nickelodeon) 1979-present
- PBS (Public Broadcasting System)
- Showtime 1978-present
- UPN (Universal Paramount Network) 1995-2006
- USA (USA Cable Network) 1977-present
- VH-1 1985-present
- WB (Warner Brothers) 1995-2006
- ABCTV (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- 9NA (Nine Network Australia)
- TEN (Network Ten)
- 7N (Seven Network)
- APTN (Aboriginal Peoples' Television Network)
- Bravo Canada
- CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) 1953-present
- CTV (Canadian Television)
- CGS (CanWest Global System), became "Global"
- Life (Life Network)
- The Movie Network
- PrideVision, became "OutTV" circa 2005
- United Kingdom
- BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
- C4 (Channel 4)
- C5 (Channel 5)
- ITV (Independent Television)
- LWT (London Weekend Television)
- Sky One
- RTÉ (Radio Telefis Éireann)
- South Africa
- SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation)
- New Zealand
1.2 Program Index
[version= 9 February 2016 (overall)]
Characters by decade of debut:
1961-1970 (1 character documented),
1971-1980 (59 characters documented),
1981-1990 (89 characters documented),
1991-2000 (338 characters documented),
2001-present (1017 characters documented to date).
After the Beep,
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,
All In The Family,
All My Children (1983),
All My Children (1995-2004),
All My Children (2006-present),
All That Glitters,
An American Family,
And the Beat Goes On,
Anything But Love,
Are You Being Served? Again!,
Are You Being Served?,
As If (UK),
As If (USA),
As the World Turns (1988-1989),
As the World Turns (2005-2010),
At Home With the Braithwaites,
Australia's Perfect Couple,
Beane's of Boston,
Beggars & Choosers,
Being Mary Jane,
Between the Lines,
Beverly Hills 90210,
Big Brother (Australia),
Big Brother (UK, 2000),
Big Brother (UK 2001-present),
Big Brother (USA),
The Biggest Loser,
The Bob Newhart Show,
The Bold and the Beautiful,
The Book Group,
The Book of Daniel,
Boy Meets Boy,
The Brian Benben Show,
The Brittas Empire,
Brothers & Sisters,
Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
By Appointment With Dr. Keith,
Cagney and Lacey,
The Carrie Diaries,
Check It Out,
Chris & John to the Rescue!,
The Chris & John Show,
Chris & John's Road Trip,
The City (Canada),
The City (US),
The Cleveland Show,
Commander In Chief,
The Corner Bar,
Coronation Street (1998-present),
Coronation Street (2003-present),
Crapston Villas, SE69,
Dalziel & Pascoe,
Days of Our Lives (1977),
Days of Our Lives (2011-present),
Degrassi: The Next Generation,
Dirty Sexy Money,
Do Not Disturb,
Donald Strachey Mysteries,
Don't Trust the B**** In Apartment 23,
Don't Wait Up,
A Double Shot At Love,
Drop the Dead Donkey,
The Education of Max Bickford,
Emily Owens, M.D.,
First Comes Love,
413 Hope St.,
The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty,
Further Tales of the City,
Game of Thrones,
General Hospital: Night Shift,
General Hospital (1994-1998),
General Hospital (2005-2006, 2012-present),
Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie,
The Girl's Guide to Depravity,
The Good Wife,
Grace And Favour,
The Graham Norton Effect,
The Graham Norton Show,
Guiding Light (1995-1997),
Guiding Light (2009-present),
Hail To the Chief,
Half & Half,
The Hard Times of RJ Berger,
The Haves and the Have Nots,
He Shoots He Scores,
Head Over Heals,
Hill Street Blues,
Hit & Miss,
Hit the Floor,
Hollyoaks: In the City,
Homicide: Life on the Street,
Hope and Gloria,
Hot l Baltimore,
How I Met Your Mother,
How To Get Away With Murder,
I Now Pronounce You...,
In Living Color,
In Sickness and Health,
In the Big House,
In the City,
In the Flesh,
In the Life,
It Ain't Half Hot, Mum,
It Takes a Worried Man,
It's All Relative,
Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising,
The Jewel In the Crown,
John Callahan's Quads,
The John Laroquette Show,
Keeping Up Appearances,
The Kids In the Hall: Death Comes to Town,
The Kids In the Hall,
Kiss Me Guido,
The L Word,
The L.A. Complex,
The Larry Sanders Show,
Last Tango In Halifax,
Law & Order,
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,
Living in Captivity,
The Lone Ranger,
The Long Firm,
Mad About You,
Mapp & Lucia,
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,
Masters of Sex,
Me and Frankie Z,
Melrose Place (1992-1999),
Melrose Place (2009-present),
Men In Trees,
Mickey Mouse Club,
More Tales of the City,
Mrs. Brown's Boys,
My Fabulous Gay Wedding,
My Mad Fat Diary,
My Name Is Earl,
My So-Called Life,
Naked News Daily Male,
The Nancy Walker Show,
Neighbours (2004-2005, 2010-present),
The New Normal,
The Night Shift,
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency,
NY Graham Norton,
Oh Grow Up,
On the Other Hand, Death,
One Big Happy,
1 Girl 5 Gays,
One Life To Live (1992-1993, 1997-1998),
One Life To Live (2004-2005, 2009-2010),
One Tree Hill,
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,
Out Of Practice,
Party of Five,
A Place to Call Home,
The Playboy Club,
Playing the Field,
Please Like Me,
A Portrait of a Marriage,
Pretty Little Liars,
Prisoner: Cellblock H,
Pursuit of Happiness,
Queer As Folk 2,
Queer As Folk (UK),
Queer As Folk (US),
Queer Eye For the Straight Guy,
Raising the Bar,
The Real O'Neals,
The Real World (1992-2000),
The Real World (2002-present),
Red Band Society,
Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World,
The Roads to Freedom,
The Sarah Silverman Program,
Saturday Night Live (2008-2013),
Saturday Night Live (Also Rans),
Sean Saves the World,
The Secret Life of the American Teenager,
The Secret Life of Us,
Sex & Violence,
Sex and the City,
Shades of Blue,
$#*! My Dad Says,
Shock to the System,
Shortland Street (1992-2000),
Shortland Street (2006-present),
A Shot At Love,
Six Feet Under,
So Graham Norton,
Some of My Best Friends,
Sons and Daughters,
Sordid Lives: The Series,
South of Nowhere,
Spartacus: Blood and Sand,
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,
Spartacus: War of the Damned,
Spin and Marty,
Star Trek: Deep Space 9,
Star Trek: The Next Generation,
The State Within,
Steven and Chris,
The Super Adventure Team,
Tales of the City,
Terry and Julian,
These Arms of Mine,
These Friends of Mine,
Third Man Out,
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,
To Play the King,
The Tracey Ullman Show,
Two and a Half Men,
U8TV: The Lofters,
Under the Dome,
Unhappily Ever After,
The United States of Tara,
V Graham Norton,
The Vampire Diaries,
A Very Peculiar Practice,
The Walking Dead,
The War At Home,
Who Wants To Be A Superhero,
Will & Grace,
Winners & Losers,
Wizards vs. Aliens,
Women In Prison,
World Without End,
Xena: Warrior Princess,
You, Me and the Apocalypse,
You Rang, M'Lord?,
Young & Hungry,
The Young and the Restless,
2.0 The Shows and Characters
Brookside (serial drama) C4 1982-2003
See also Brookside (1985-1990).
A twice weekly serial. Beth, a recent addition to the cast,
had relationships with a confused female neighbour, and a lesbian college
lecturer. Beth later died in prison. Recently a second lesbian couple, Lindsey and Shelley,
was introduced, the latter of whom is currently (2000) trying to bed her lover's mother.
Paula is Shelley's jealous ex-girlfriend who is determined to win her back.
- Lindsey Corkhill 1991-1992, 1995-2001 (Claire Sweeney)
- Beth Jordache c1993-1995 (Anna Friel)
- Shelley Bowers 1999-2001 (Alexandra Westcourt)
- Paula 1999-? ( )
EastEnders (serial drama) BBC 1985-present
See also EastEnders in the 1980s
and EastEnders (2001-present).
A straight regular character learned he was HIV+ and became friends with Joe
at an HIV counselling centre. George (Colin Kerrigan), an AIDS hospice
caregiver, appeared in two episodes in 1992.
Lesbian couple Della and Binnie lived in the square for a time before moving to
Tony broke off his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend Tiffany in order to
take up with her brother Simon.
- Joe Wallace 1991, 1993 (Jason Rush)
- Della Alexander 1994-1995 (Michelle Joseph)
- Binnie Roberts 1994-1995 (Sophie Langham)
- Tony Hills 1995-1999 (Mark Homer)
- Simon Raymond 1996-1999 (Andrew Linford)
- Chris Clarke 1998?-1999? (Matthew Jay Lewis)
- Dr. Frederico "Fred" Fonseca 1999-2000 (Jimi Mistry)
E.N.G. (TV newsroom drama) CTV 1991-1994
Mac, a regular character in this series, came out to his co-workers
and his brother when he was faced with blackmail by threat of outing.
- Eric `Mac' MacFarlane (Jonathan Welsh)
Grace And Favour (sitcom) BBC 1991-1993
Yes, he's back, and as gay as ever, in spite of the fact that he's been in
bed with a woman from episode one on. This sequel to Are You Being Served?
airs on some PBS stations under the title Are You Being Served? Again!
- Mr. (Wilburforce Clayborn) Humphries (John Inman)
A Portrait of Marriage (drama
miniseries) BBC c1990/1
Biographical series about British author Vita Sackville-West.
- Vita Sackville-West (Janet McTeer)
- Violet Trefusis (Cathyrn Harrison)
Northern Exposure (ensemble comedy/drama) CBS 1990-1995
Occasional characters, Ron and Erick operated a bed-and-breakfast serving
primarily Japanese tourists. The show had another interesting gay angle.
The fictitious town of Cicely was founded by lesbian lovers Roslyn and
Cicely, when their car broke down in the Alaska wilderness. The final
episode of 1992 told the story of Roslyn (Jo Anderson) and Cicely (Yvonne
Suhor). Ron and Erick's wedding made real-world headlines in 1994.
- Ron Bantz 1991-1995 (Doug Ballard)
- Erick Hillman 1991-1995 (Don R. McManus)
The Brittas Empire (sitcom) BBC 1991-1994
Their employer, Mr. Brittas, is the only one who doesn't know they're gay.
- Gavin Featherleigh (Tim Marriott)
- Tim Whistler (Russell Porter)
The Simpsons (animated sitcom) FOX 1989-present
Smithers is the ultimate sycophant, positively doting on his boss, nuclear
power plant mogul Monty Burns. But the interest is more than business,
often extending into the romantic, and the erotic. In 2006 Patty, one of Marge Simpson's elder twin
sisters, came out. Another scene in 2008 outed Duffman.
- Waylon Smithers (Harry Shearer [voice])
- Patty Bouvier (Julie Kavner [voice])
Neighbours (serial drama) TEN 1986-present
Life on Ramsay Street. None of the gay/lesbian characters so far has lasted
long. Macca was a builder who worked with the main character Doug Willis.
Andrew Watson became the subject of school student rumours, and then a
campaign by parents for his removal from the classroom. See also
Neighbours (2004-2005, 2010-present).
- Andrew “Macca” MacKenzie 1994 (John Morris) builder
- Andrew Watson 1996 (Chris Uhlman) schoolteacher
Dream On (sitcom) HBO 1990-1996
Comedy of a divorced New York City book editor, Martin. Mickey is Martin's
father, and Roger is Mickey's lover. Occasional characters.
- Mickey Tupper 1992-1996 (Paul Dooley)
- Roger 1993? ( )
One Life To Live (serial daytime drama) ABC 1968-2012
Billy Douglas moved into Llanview in the summer of 1992, a 17 year old
highschool senior. Billy's struggle to come out to himself and his
homophobic parents, in the midst of a town bitterly divided over a rumour
that the local minister might be gay, occupied a substantial share of OLTL
air time over the summer of 1992. Jonathan, lover of the minister's late
brother, showed up to ask for help making a quilt panel. Billy met Rick
Mitchell carolling on Christmas eve 1992 and left for Yale the next summer.
Later in the 1990s transgendered Wendi appeared occasionally, as the bartender at Club Indigo.
See also One Life To Live (2004-2005, 2009-present)
- Billy Douglas 1992-1993 (Ryan Phillippe) highschool student
- Jonathan Michaelson 1992, 1993 (Bruce McCarty)
- Rick Mitchell 1992-1993 (Joe Fiske) waiter
- Wendi Mercury 1997-1998 (Shequida) mixologist
The Real World (video-verite documentary) MTV 1992-present
MTV gathers together seven young people to live in an apartment, under the
watchful eye of the television camera. Each year has involved a different
location and residents. In 1992 (New York) one of the roommates was Norman, a
bisexual. He dated Charles Perez (one episode). The 1993 (Los Angeles) cast included a lesbian named Beth. The
1994 (San Francisco) edition
included Pedro, an AIDS educator. Pedro and Sean's wedding was the principal content of one episode.
The 1996 (Miami) cast includes Dan, who dates Arnie and then Johnny. The 1997 (Boston) edition
included Genesis, a lesbian.
The 1999 (Hawaii) edition includes bi rapper-poet Ruthie and Harvard law
student Justin. The 2000 (New Orleans) edition includes Danny, and occasionally
the digitally obscured image of Paul, Danny's military boyfriend.
The 1995 (London) and 1998 (Seattle) editions included no explicitly gay, lesbian or bisexual cast members. See also The Real World 2002-present.
- Norman Korpi 1992 (New York)
- Beth Anthony 1993 (Los Angeles)
- Pedro Zamora 1994 (San Francisco)
- Sean Sasser 1994 (San Francisco)
- Dan Renzi 1996 (Miami)
- Arnie 1996 (Miami)
- Johnny 1996 (Miami)
- Genesis Moss 1997 (Boston)
- Ruthie Alcaide 1999 (Hawaii)
- Justin Deabler 1999 (Hawaii)
- Jason Daniel "Danny" Roberts 2000 (New Orleans)
- Paul (Paul Dill) 2000 (New Orleans)
Hearts Afire (sitcom) CBS 1992-1995
Political comedy about a conservative, John (John Ritter) who meets
and falls in love with a liberal, Georgie (Markie Post). John's ex-wife Diandra
and her lover Ruth make three guest appearances over the run of the show.
(Capsuto, p. 348).
- Diandra (Julie Cobb)
- Ruth (Conchata Ferrel)
Eldorado (serial drama) BBC 1992-1993
Serial following a community of expatriot Britons in Spain.
Javier was eventually discovered to be having an affair with Freddie.
- Freddie Martin (Roland Curram) retired nurse
- Javier (Iker Ortiz de Zarate) local in the Spanish town
Melrose Place (serial drama) FOX 1992-1999
Matt was a social worker who ran a shelter for runaways. The character's
sexual orientation was mentioned repeatedly in pre-premiere publicity, but
was hardly visible on the show for years. Jeffrey, a navy lieutenant, dated
Matt briefly, then returned after leaving the Navy, revealing is HIV+
status. Det. Rawlings investigated Matt's second gaybashing, and became violent
when Matt refused to date him. Paul
dated Matt behind his wife's back, and then framed Matt for her murder.
In 1995 Gay rights advocate Tom Riley (Lewis Smith) helped Matt with his
wrongful dismissal suit (2 episodes) and as year-end approached Matt began
dating Alan, a struggling actor. Alan moved in with Matt in January 1996. David
got Matt's old job at the hospital, and seemed to come between Matt and Alan
while Alan entered a sham marriage with lesbian actress co-worker Valerie.
While in rehabilitation for a drug dependency in the fall of 1996, Matt met Dan,
whom he dated until Dan became physically abusive.
See also Melrose Place (2009-present).
- Matt Fielding 1992-1997 (Doug Savant) social worker, then medical student
- Jeffrey Linley 1994 (Jason Beghe) sailor
- John Rawlings 1995 (Tom Schanley) police detective
- Paul Graham 1995 (David Beecroft) doctor
- Alan 1995-1996 (Lonnie Schuyler) actor
- David 1996 (Rob Youngblood) hospital social worker
- Valerie 1996 (Jeri Lynn Ryan) actress
- Dr. Dan Hathaway 1996-1997 (Greg Evigan) rehab doctor
Seinfeld (sitcom) NBC 1990-1998
George Costanza's on and off relationship with Susan was perhaps never more off
than when Susan was dating women.
- Susan Biddle Ross 1992-1993 and 1995-1996 (Heidi Swedberg)
Drop the Dead Donkey (sitcom) C4 1991-1994
Newsroom sitcom. Helen is the deputy editor of the news program.
- Helen Cooper 1993 (Ingrid Lacey)
Absolutely Fabulous (sitcom) BBC 1992-1994
Occasional characters. Show about Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley),
a somewhat neurotic woman fashion designer and a somewhat bitter lush, respectively.
Justin is Edina's second ex-husband and her daughter Saffron's father. Patsy claimed
on more than one occasion (including in a 1996
Roseanne appearance) that she had been a female to
male transsexual for a time, until it "fell off."
- Justin (Christopher Malcolm) ex-husband
- Oliver (Gary Beadle) ex-husband's lover
Grange Hill (children's serial drama) BBC 1977-present
Youth-audience serial drama covering the lives of kids and teachers in an inner city school.
Mr B was introduced into the popular children's drama
as a gay man with no hang ups about being gay. His
sexuality wasn't discussed for the first year so that the audience would get to know him.
Eventually students, parents and other teachers [and the audience] discovered and came
to terms with his homosexuality, after which his boyfriend Don and home life were refered to regularly. [Ray 2001]
- Mr. Tom Brisley 1992-1998 (Adam Ray) art teacher
Emmerdale (serial drama) ITV 1972-present
Titled Emmerdale Farm 1972-1989.
"Twice-weekly [now thrice weekly] serial from Yorkshire TV set in the Dales. One of its regular
characters, Zoe Tate, daughter of Frank, came out as a lesbian in June
1993." (Howes, p. 224.) Richard appeared in several episodes as Zoe's first
gay friend. Two of Zoe's lovers appeared in many episodes.
Suzie took Zoe away from Emma just as the two were about to get "married".
Since Zoe has dated two previously straight women, Sophie and Becky, and Frankie.
Gavin lost his fianceé Bernice when she caught him kissing Jason.
See also Emmerdale (2004-present).
- Zoe Tate 1989-2005 (Leah Bracknell)
- Richard 1993 ( ) university student
- Jude Clayton 1993 ( ) university professor
- Emma Nightingale 1995-1996 (Rachel Ambler) Interior designer
- Susie Wilde 1996-? (Louise Heaney)
- Sophie Wright 1996-1997 (Jane Cameron) nanny
- Rebecca "Becky" Cairns 1997-1999 (Sarah Neville) receptionist
- Frankie Smith 1999-2001 (Gina Aris 1999, Madeleine Bowyer 2000-2001) truck driver
- Maggie 1999 ( ) Frankie's girlfriend
- Gavin Ferris 1999-2000 (Robert Beck) oil rigger
- Jason Kirk 1999-2002 (James Carlton) roofer
To Play the King (drama miniseries) BBC 1994 seen on PBS
Mycroft is a closeted homosexual when we first encounter him in the series,
and seems reluctant to admit even to himself that he might be gay. After meeting
and falling in love with flight steward Ken Charterhouse (Jack Fortune),
he is forced to admit his homosexuality to the press and resigns his
position in the royal service.
- David Mycroft (Nicholas Farrell) press secretary and chief of staff to the king
Beverly Hills 90210 (highschool/college drama) FOX 1990-2000
After appearing in a couple of episodes involving fraternity-related plots,
Kappa Epsilon Gamma fraternity president Mike Ryan (recast) was
accidentially outed by one of the regular characters. A couple of seasons
earlier, the apparently gay (but not yet declared or decided) high school
athlete Kyle Conner (David Lascher) appeared twice. Alison first appeared
sharing a burning building with Kelly.
In the fall of 1996
Kelly began volunteering at an AIDS hospice, she met Jimmy.
Late in the series run Steve's mother Samantha came out.
- Mike Ryan 1993-1994 (Brandon Douglas 1993-1994, Jack Armstrong 1994)
- Alison Lash 1994-1995 (Sara Melson)
- Jimmy Gold 1996 (Michael Stoyanov)
- Samantha Sanders 1991-1999 (Christine Belford)
Sisters (drama) NBC 1991-1996
Occasional character Norma is the producer of one of the title
sisters' local television talk show.
- Norma Lear 1993-1996 (Nora Dunn)
The John Laroquette Show (sitcom) NBC 1993-1996
Situation comedy set in a bus station. Recurring minor roles included
Teddi and Pat, gay transvestites.
- Teddi 1993-1994? (David Shawn Michaels)
- Patrick 1995? (Jazzmun)
Cutters (sitcom) CBS 1993
A stodgy mens barbershop merges with the neighbouring trendy women's beauty parlour.
Troy, a supporting role, was a two time Olympic track and field medal winner turned hair stylist.
(Capsuto, p. 293).
- Troy King (Julius Carry) hairstylist
Homicide: Life on the Street (police drama) NBC 1993-1999
As the 1997-98 season went on, always sexually unconventional detective Bayliss began
exploring a new tangent, eventually accepting the self-description "bi-curious."
- Detective Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor)
Between the Lines (police drama) BBC c1993-1995 or 1996
One of the main characters was a lesbian police officer who in the third
series acquired a lover named Kate. She was out to her partner Tony (Neil Pearson) on
the series, but not out to her supervisors.
She split up with her girlfriend later in the series.
- Maureen `Mo' (Siobhan Redmond) police officer
Heartbreak High (teen angst drama) TEN 1994-1999
This drama focused on the lives and loves of the disadvantaged students at Hartley High. During a story about
another teacher on the verge of an affair with a student, Graham wondered what the parents would
think if they knew he was gay. In the next episode Graham was falsely accused of fondling a male student, and
his question was answered.
- Graham Brown 1994 (Hugh Baldwin) music teacher
Tales of the City (serial drama miniseries) C4 1993 seen on PBS 1994
More Tales of the City (serial drama miniseries) C4 and Showtime 1998
Further Tales of the City (serial drama miniseries) Showtime 2001
Armistead Maupin's first and second `Tales' novels (of six) brought to television by
British financing. The residents of 28 Barbary Lane, and their friends and
lovers. The first series with gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and `others' since Number 96.
Tales cameo appearances
as the "A Gays" include Arch Gidde (Ian McKellen), Bill Hill (Lance Loud),
and Rick Hampton (Bob Mackie).
More Tales "A Gays" cameos include
Henry Callaway Kent (Brian Bedford),
Edward Bass Matheson (Dan Butler), and
Arlington Luce (Scott Thompson).
- Michael `Mouse' Tolliver (Marcus D'Amico 1993, Paul Hopkins 1998, 2001) waiter
- Mona Ramsay (Chloe Webb 1993, Nina Siemaszko 1998) advertising copy writer
- Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) landlady
- Jon Fielden/Fielding (William Campbell) doctor
- Dorothy "D'orothea" Wilson (Cynda Williams 1993, Francoise Robertson 1998) model
- Beauchamp Day 1993, 1998 (Thomas Gibson) advertising executive
- Peter Cipriani 1993 (Kevin Sessums) A-gay
- Charles Hillary "Chuck" Lord (Paul Bartel) A-gay
Shortland Street (serial drama) TVNZ 1992-present
Set in a privately run emergency clinic. Jonathan is the twenty-something son of the
clinic's original owner and has had relationships with a variety of
characters including his first boyfriend Jamie.
Another story line involved him sleeping with Mani, a bisexual male who was
also seriously dating one of the female nurses. Central character Nick Harrison's girlfriend
Willow was bisexual. Ewan and Jordan's relationship was a surprise for Jordan's mother Moira. See also Shortland Street (2006-present).
- Jonathan McKenna 1994-1996 (Kieran Hutchison) Laboratory assistant/Medical student
- Meredith Fleming 1992-1995 (Stephanie Wilkin) doctor
- Annie ( )
- Willow 199? ( )
- Jamie Forrest 1993-1997 (Karl Urban) ambulance driver
- Mani 199? ( )
- Ewan 1999 ( ) clinic pharmacist
- Jordan Crombie 1999 (Cameron Smith) navy sailor
- Dr. Laura Hall 1999-2000 (Larissa Matheson)
G.P. (medical drama) ABCTV 1988 (or 1989)-1996
Title short for `General Practitioner.' G.P. gained a positive reputation
for its presentation of AIDS, gay/lesbian, and other social/medical issues.
In 1992 a gay doctor joined the practice, but was graphically shown being
gay-bashed (twice) and murdered in the second attack. In 1994? the show added
another gay doctor to the practice.
- Martin Dempsey 1994?-1995 (Damian Rice) doctor
My So-Called Life (teen angst drama) ABC 1994-1995
Highschool drama centred on a girl and her two best friends, one of whom
is gay. When Rickie was kicked out of his home, Mr. Katimski struggled
with whether or not to open his home.
- Enrique `Rickie' Vasquez (Wilson Cruz) student
- Richard Katimski (Jeff Perry) English teacher
Daddy's Girls (sitcom) CBS 1994
Sitcom set in a clothing company. Action centred on a newly single father
and his three daughters. Dennis was a fashion designer.
- Dennis Dumont (Harvey Fierstein)
General Hospital (daytime serial drama) ABC 1963-present
Beginning in 1994 the character of John Hanley was a recurring character, each
year co-chairing the annual AIDS Ball charity fundraiser. The character and
the actor were both HIV-positive, and when actor Lee Mathis died in early
1996, John Hanley's [off screen] death was mourned on the show.
Mr. Murty [occasional from 1997] was erroneously suspected in the sexual assault of a female student.
- John Hanley 1994-1995 (Lee Mathis)
- Ted Murty 1997-1998? (Patrick Fabian) schoolteacher
This Life (serial drama) BBC2 1994-1997, 2007
Set in a town house
in London with 5 people sharing a house who met at college training to
be barristers. Ferdy is bisexual.
- Warren Jones 1994-1995? (Jason Hughes) trainee lawyer
- Ferdy Garcia 1995?-? (Ramon Tikaram) motorcycle courier
- Lenny ?-? (Tony Curran) handyman
- Sarah Newly 1996-1997 (Clare Clifford) lawyer
Friends (sitcom) NBC 1994-2004
Occasional characters. Generation X sitcom about a group of six friends,
one of whom is divorced from his pregnant ex-wife Carol. Participating
in the pregnancy and the child's life means accommodating Carol's new lifestyle, with her lover
- Carol Willig (Anita Barone 1994, Jane Sibbett 1995-?)
- Susan Bunch (Jessica Hecht)
Party of Five (drama) FOX 1994-2000
Occasional character Ross is violin teacher to Claudia, the second youngest of
the five orphans of the title. Older sister Julia (Neve Campbell)
became enamoured of a lesbian guest writer lecturing to her college writing
class (three episode guest appearance).
[Still seeking additional information on babysitter Victor (Wilson Cruz).]
- Ross 1994-2000 (Mitchell Anderson) violinist
- Perry Marks 1999 (Olivia D'Abo) writer
Revelations (drama) ITV 1994, 1996
Drama focusing on a family living near
Manchester, England. Bisexual drug addict Gabriel had an affair
with another man before marrying wife Rachel,
and when Rachel disappeared he had a one-night stand with another man. The
show also featured possibly TV's first lesbian vicar.
- Gabriel Rattigan (Stephen Mapes)
All My Children (serial daytime drama) ABC 1970-2011
See also All My Children in the 1980s.
In 1995 producers introduced a full-time (as opposed to short-term) gay character.
Michael's sexual orientation was revealed several months after his addition to
the cast. In the ensuing controversy about a gay
teacher in the classroom, `Mr. D.' developed a platonic friendship with
an employee of the local TV station. Kevin, one of Mike's students and the leading
homophobe's younger brother, came out.
By September 1996 Mike and Brad had started dating, and moved in together in January 1997.
Actor Chris Bruno was contracted for only occasional appearances (a few times per year) after April 1997.
During the summer of 1997 Kevin endured "reparative therapy" by a conversion therapist sponsored by his homophobic
- Michael Delaney 1995-1997 [occasional 1997-1998] (Chris Bruno) highschool history teacher
- Rudy 1995-1997? (Lance Baldwin) TV station stage manager
- Kevin Sheffield 1995-1998 (Ben Jorgensen, briefly billed as Ben Monk) highschool/college student and waiter
- Dr. Bradford `Brad' Phillips 1996-1997 (Daniel McDonald) orthopedic specialist
- Rick 1997 (Kohl Sudduth) waiter
- Bianca Montgomery 1988-2007 (Eden Riegel 2000-2005, occasional 2005-2006, 2006-2007)
- Rain Wilkins 2000?-2001 (Kelly Overton)
- Sarah Livingston 2000-2001 (Elizabeth Harnois)
- Lena Kundera 2003-2004 (Olga Sosnovska)
- Mary Margaret "Maggie" Stone 2002-2005 (Elizabeth Hendrickson)
In the fall of 2000 Bianca, the daughter of no less a central character than Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), began to cautiously
admit to close friends that she knew she was gay. The storyline involved
lesbian occasional characters Rain, Bianca's homeless friend and guide, and
Sarah, Bianca's anorexic former first love. Bianca eventually developed a mutual romantic relationship
with Lena, an employee of her mother's company. After a sequence of soap opera plots, Bianca moved to Paris
(For characters introduced after Bianca's full-time return to Pine Valley in 2006, see All My Children 2006-2007.)
Guiding Light (serial drama) radio 1937-1956, CBS 1952-2009
Oldest television program in the world. Known as The Guiding Light 1937-1978.
Wyatt, a recurring character, was an HIV counselor and appeared in several
episodes between 1995 and 1997.
- Wyatt Sanders 1995-1997 (Keith Christopher)
Liberty Street (drama) CBC 1995-1996
Generation X drama about the inhabitants of a warehouse converted into
apartments. Nathan is one of the tenants, a gay native ex-bicycle courier.
At the start of the second season Nathan introduced his new boyfriend James.
- Nathan Jones (Billy Merasty)
- James Wilder (Keith Knight) banker
Madison (highschool drama) CGS/Global 1993-1997
Occasional character. Member of a band in which one of the regulars plays.
- Beth 1995-1996? (Shaira Holman) band member
NYPD Blue (police drama) ABC 1993-2005
Minor character, the temp desk clerk at the stationhouse.
In 1995 detective Adrienne Lesniak (Justine Miceli) deflected an unwanted suitor by
claiming to be gay, but then began to wonder whether or not she might be.
In 1996 John Irvin transfered from the 15th precinct to the
Public Morals division (and from drama to comedy,
and from ABC to CBS). The 1996/97 season saw the addition of officer Abby
Sullivan and her lover Kathy.
- John Irvin 1995-1996 and 1998-2005 (Bill Brochtrup)
- Abby Sullivan 1997 (Paige Turco) officer
- Kathy 1997 (Lisa Darr) Abby's partner
Mad About You (sitcom) NBC 1992-1999
Occasional characters. Paul Buchman's sister Debbie came out in 1996.
Debbie's lover Joan became gynacologist to Paul's wife Jamie.
- Debbie Buchman 1994-1999 (Robin Bartlett)
- Dr. Joan Golfinos 1996-1999 (Suzie Plakson) gynacologist
The Larry Sanders Show (sitcom) HBO 1992-1998
In 1995 Larry's sidekick Hank Kingsley (Jeffrey Tambor) hired his temp
personal assistant full time.
- Brian 1995-1998 (Scott Thompson)
Muscle (serial sitcom) WB 1995
Comedy soap opera parody set in a gym. Bronwyn was a gym member and anchor
of the local news.
- Bronwyn Jones (Amy Pietz) anchorwoman
The Crew (sitcom) FOX 1995-1996
Sitcom about four flight attendents, two men and two women. One of the men is
gay and out. Although a lead character, his principal role seemed to be as a
foil for the man-hungry middle-aged woman supervisor.
- Paul Steadman (David Burke) flight attendent
Pursuit of Happiness (sitcom) NBC 1995
A home-and-office sitcom centred on lawyer Steve Rutledge (Tom Amandes).
His best friend and fellow lawyer has a revelation to tell.
- Alex Chosek (Brad Garrett) lawyer
Courthouse (drama) CBS 1995
Ensemble drama set among several judges and other courthouse workers, including
a lesbian judge and her lover.
- Rosetta Reide (Jenifer Lewis) judge
- Danny Gates (Cree Summer)
Live Shot (TV newsroom drama) UPN 1995-1996?
The sports anchor is very closeted, even maintaining a separate apartment from
- Lou Waller (Tom Byrd) sportscaster
Unhappily Ever After (sitcom) WB 1995-1999
Recurring character. Sitcom about a couple, Jack and Jennie Malloy, who are
having a hard go at marriage. Barry is the best
friend of the lead couple's children Ryan and Tiffany.
- Barry Wallenstein 1995-1997 (ANT)
Cybill (sitcom) CBS 1995-1998
Sitcom about Cybill (Cybill Shepherd), a mature but struggling actress and her
best friend Maryann (Christine Baranski), a divorcee lush. At their favourite
restaurant they are served by their regular waiter. Waiter rarely has more
than a line or two, and no name.
- waiter (Tim Maculan) actor-waiter
The City (daytime serial drama) ABC 1995-1997
Continuation of the 1983-1995 serial Loving, with the setting shifted to
Manhattan. Supermodel Azure C. was revealed to be a male-to-female transsexual
in 1996, much to the shock of her Latino fiance Bernardo.
- Azure C. 1995?-1996 (Carlotta Chang) supermodel
Agony Again (sitcom) BBC 1995
Maureen Lipman reprises the role of Jane Lucas from Agony, this
time with a gay son, Michael. Michael meets Will Brewer, the hunky star of
an Australian soap opera called Surfin' Around.
- Michael Lucas (Sacha Grunpeter) college student
- Will Brewer (Robert Whitson) actor
High Society (sitcom) CBS 1995-1996
Sitcom about Dott (Mary McDonnell), a woman in the publishing business, and her
best friend Ellie (Jean Smart), an author / lush. Dott's personal assistant is
- Stephano (Luigi Amodeo) secretary
Hollyoaks (teen serial drama) C4 1995-present
Teenage soap set in a fiction suburb of
Chester, England. Bazz is a DJ who came out as
bisexual to his girlfriend but later realised he was gay after
sleeping with another man.
More recently bisexual character
Jas was introduced. She had
previously been involved with another woman and has slept with
another previously heterosexual character, Ruth Benson (Terri Dwyer), who
bitterly regreted their night of passion.
See also Hollyoaks (2006-present).
- Bazz (Toby Sawyer) Disc jockey
- Jasmine "Jas" Bates (Elly Fairman)
Water Rats (police drama) 9NA 1996-2001
"If it's wet, it's ours!" Crime, the environment, and action, set in and
around the Sydney Harbour police.
- Sergent Helen Blakemore (Toni Scanlan)
Pacific Drive (serial drama) 9NA 1995-1997
The sinful saga of hungry young
professionals who work, live and play on the playground that is Pacific Drive.
Zoe is the bubbly young Office
Administrator for Kingsley Inc, the conglomerate which has real estate and
media interests as well as a swimwear design company on Pacific Drive.
- Zoe Marshall (Libby Tanner)
- Margeaux Hayes (Virginia Hey) Zoe's first love interest
- Dior Shelby (Clodagh Crowe) Zoe's second girlfriend
- Kay West (Brigid Kelly) Zoe's third girlfriend
- Sondra Westwood (Helen Dallimore) Zoe's fourth girlfriend
- Gemma Patterson (Katherine Lee) Zoe's fifth girlfriend
- Jo (Jason Langley) Tim's transexual friend
Taggart (detective drama) ITV 1983-present
Long running British detective/murder mystery series.
- Detective Constable Stuart Fraser 1994-present (Colin McCredie)
Sweat (drama) TEN 1996-1997?
Series based around the `Sports West Academy', a training academy for young
elite athletes. The young athletes are thrown in together in a 'live-in'
situation at SWA. Snowy is a 17 year old cyclist.
- Steve `Snowy' Bowles (Heath Ledger)
After the Beep (sitcom) ABCTV 1996
Series based on thirtyish Jo, who
hates her life, her job, her mother, her slutty sister, ...
Her best friend is Mae, a guppie lesbian who runs a bridal boutique.
City Life (serial drama) TVNZ 1996-1998
This serial follows the lives of several yuppies who are bequeathed a small
apartment block in Auckland city. Ryan is a permanent member of the cast
and a large part of episode five is devoted to meeting the new boyfriend
- Ryan Waters (Charles Mesure) barman
- Michael Lee 1996 (Kenneth Moraleda)
Ellen [first season title: These Friends of Mine] (sitcom) ABC 1994-1998
Ellen's friends include gay couple Peter and Barrett [occasional characters].
Ellen Morgan's self acceptance as a lesbian at the end of the 1996/97 season
occasioned more real world press attention than any other gay or lesbian
character before, as the first openly gay or lesbian lead/title character in
U.S. commercial prime time programming. ABC/Disney cancelled Ellen a year
later, apparently displeased by the show's content.
- Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres)
- Peter 1995-1998 (Patrick Bristow)
- Barrett 1995-1998 (Jack Plotnick)
- Laurie Manning 1997-1998 (Lisa Darr)
Dalziel & Pascoe (mystery) BBC 1996-present.
Murder mystery/police format. Series of 10 two-hour movies (as of 1998).
- Det. Sgt Edgar Wield (David Royle)
Casualty (hospital drama) BBC1 1986-present.
Medical drama set in the emergency department of Holby General hospital.
See also Casualty (2007- ).
- Sam Colloby 1996-2000 (Jonathan Kerrigan) nurse
Nash Bridges (police drama) CBS 1996-2001.
Occasional characters. Set in San Francisco. Stacy is Nash Bridges' sister. Pepe, who thinks partners
Nash and Joe are lovers, has a talent for office organization.
In addition, straight cop Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin) owns a gay bar.
- Stacy Bridges (Angela Dorhmann) Assistant District Attorney
- Pepe 1996-1998 (Patrick Fischler)
Party Girl (sitcom) FOX 1996
Sitcom set among librarians. Derrick is a friend of the lead character.
- Derrick (John Cameron Mitchell)
Lush Life (sitcom) FOX 1996
Gay bartender friend of the principal characters. Cancelled after three
- Nelson Margarita Marquez (John Ortiz) bartender
Profiler (crime drama) NBC 1996-2000
George is a civilian member of the Violent Crimes Task Force, an elite law enforcement agency pursuing primarily
psychopath serial killers.
- George Fraley (Peter Frechette) Computer specialist
Spin City (sitcom) ABC 1996-2002
Michael J. Fox plays the deputy mayor of New York in this sitcom about
politics and media relations. Mayor's staff includes a gay activist.
Carter's love life has included ex-lover Spence (Luke Perry), fashion
designer Isaac Mizrahi (Isaac Mizrahi) and navy officer Nate (Lou Diamond Phillips) [one episode each], and boxer Bennett (Clayton Prince) [two episodes].
- Carter Sebastian Heywood (Michael Boatman) gay activist
Relativity (drama) ABC 1996-1997
Male of the central romantic [heterosexual] couple has a lesbian sister.
From the producers of Thirtysomething and
My So-Called Life..
- Rhonda Roth (Lisa Edelstein)
Public Morals (police sitcom) CBS 1996
John Irvin went from being a minor recurring character in the police drama
NYPD Blue to a full time member of the cast in this
situation comedy based in the NYPD public morals division. Show cancelled
after a single episode aired.
- John Irvin (Bill Brochtrup)
Bedtime (drama) Showtime 1996-199?
Lesbian couple in drama about relationships, told through their bedtime conversations.
- Liz (Susan Gibney) banker
- Donna (Felicity Huffman) stage designer
ER (medical drama) NBC 1994-present.
Dr. Maggie Doyle came out as a lesbian in 1997.
In the fall of 1995 the cast included paramedics Shep and (until his death
in a fire) Raoul (Carlos Gomez). Another character once remarked that Raoul
was gay. Nurse Takata [male] began appearing in 1997.
Beginning in the fall of 2000 Dr. Carrie Weaver became closer to
out lesbian psychiatrist Kim Legaspi.
- Dr. Maggie Doyle 1996-1999 (Jorja Fox)
- Yosh Takata 1997-2003 (Gedde Watanabe) nurse
- Dr. Kim Legaspi 2000-2001 (Elizabeth Mitchell) psychiatrist
- Dr. Carrie Weaver 1995-present (Laura Innes)
Chicago Hope (medical drama) CBS 1994-2000
Occasional character Dr. Lawrence collaborated with principal character Dr. Shutt (Adam Arkin) on a research project
and asked him out on a date. [Three episodes].
Dr. Hancock came out in 1998.
- Doctor Robert Lawrence 1996-1997 (Mark Benninghofen)
- Doctor Dennis Hancock 1994?-1999 (Vondie Curtis-Hall)
Suddenly Susan (sitcom) NBC 1996-2000
Occasional character. Pete works in the mail room. His partner Hank (Fred Stoller)
has also appeared. Cast revamped for the 1999/00 season.
- Pete 1996?-1999 (Bill Stevenson)
And the Beat Goes On (drama) C4 1996
Drama set in 1960s Liverpool.
Kenneth is a married but gay bar
owner who is blackmailed over the fact he has sexual encounters with
strangers in public toilets. The blackmailer turns out to be one of his
employees, who is also gay and blackmailed Kenneth apparently from
bitterness that Kenneth didn't fancy him and also from a loathing for his
own sexual feelings.
- Kenneth Fairbrother (Dominic Jephcott)
Family Affairs (serial drama) C5 1997-2005
Bisexual Susie went out with Duncan Hart, then later dated
his sister Holly. Holly announced she was gay but
the pair later split and Holly went back to dating men. A year later the
pair got back together before splitting once more.
Student Clive Starr (Huw Bevan) has suffered
gay-bashing and homophobia from his older brother, and has a crush on
his straight flatmate.
- Susie Ross 1996?-? (Tina Landini)
- Holly Hart 1996?-? (Sandra Huggett)
- Clive Starr ?-? (Huw Bevan)
Fired Up (sitcom) NBC 1997-1998
Occasional role. Ashley is the son of the owner of the bar where the principal characters congregate.
Dad is very accepting of his son.
- Ashley (Mark Davis) female impersonator
Head Over Heals (sitcom) UPN 1997
Situation comedy set in a video dating service. Characters include Ian, a celebate bisexual romance counsellor.
Raw FM (drama) ABCTV 1997-1998
Series set in a GenX radio station.
- Mark `Marco' Mulholland (Dan Spielman) DJ
- Sam (Sophie Heathcote) dancer and singer
American Journal (news magazine) Syndicated 1993-1998
Somewhat sensationalistic tabloid-style news magazine.
- Charles Perez 1997-1998, co-anchor
Riverdale (serial drama) CBC 1997-2000
Serial drama of the Coronation Street/EastEnders variety, set in a
diverse Toronto neighbourhood. George is the owner/operator of the Riverdale Community News, a
shoppers' weekly he wants to turn into a "real" newspaper, or a scandal sheet.
From the producers of Liberty Street.
- George Patillo (Hugo Dann) newspaperman
413 Hope St. (drama) FOX 1997-1998
Drama set in a New York tean crisis centre. Characters include a young, gay, HIV-positive African
American. Although Prince continued to be credited, Melvin disappeared after the first few episodes.
- Melvin 1997 (Karim Prince)
Veronica's Closet (sitcom) NBC 1997-2000
"Veronica's Closet" is a women's lingerie company. The company president's assistant Josh insists he is straight, but everyone else (including his own
mother) keep telling him he is gay. As the show wrapped up its last season
Josh came to realize that he in fact was gay.
Total Security (detective drama) ABC 1997
Private investigator drama. Characters include George, the office manager.
- George LaSalle (Bill Brochtrup)
The Practice (lawyer drama) ABC 1997-2004
Three episode guest appearance, Joey was cleared of the knife murder of his
lover, only to be charged with the knife murder of his new lover several months
- Joey Heric 1997-1999 (John Laroquette)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (supernatural teen angst drama) WB 1997-2003
Buffy and her friends have dating problems, school problems, parent problems,
and slay vampires. Larry, a fellow highschool student, appeared in three
episodes before being more prominantly featured revealing the
secret his mean demeanor was meant to shield. Larry may have been killed
in the graduation episode at the end of the 1998-99 season.
During the 1999-2000 season previously heterosexual regular character Willow developed a
intense friendship with fellow witch Tara, culminating in a declaration of love as the season ended.
- Larry Blaisdell 1997-1999 (Larry Bagby III) highschool bully
- Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) student
- Tara 1999-? (Amber Benson) student
Oz (prison drama) HBO 1997-2003
Gritty, critcally praised prison drama series contains a lot of situational, often predatory
homosexual behaviour, and
a prisoner or two has described their sexuality as (more or less) "whatever I need to do to survive."
Billie Keane, a minor character, is one of the few speaking roles self-identifying as gay [three episodes].
Richie represented gay inmates on the Em City council and took the fall for a jailhouse murder. After
an appeal got him off death row he returned to the Em City unit where he was promptly killed. Beecher and Keller, both straight on the outside, passed through
a brutal, vengeful, deceitful "courtship" to eventually admit to
being lovers by the 2000 season.
Cramer was imprisoned for murdering his lover. "Natalie" was another
member of the prison's gay faction.
- Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergesen) prisoner
- Billie Keane 1997 (Derrick Simmons) prisoner
- Richie Hanlon 1998-1999 (Jordan Lage) prisoner
- Chris Keller 1998-2003 (Christopher Meloni) prisoner
- Jason Cramer 1999-2000 (Rob Bogue) prisoner
- Nat "Natalie" Ginsberg 1999-2000 (Charles Busch) prisoner
Playing the Field (sports drama) BBC1 1997?, 1999
Drama focusing on a womens'
football team in Northern England. Angie is a lesbian in a relationship
with a previously straight woman, Gabi. The pair split
at the end of the first series but by the end of the second were back
- Angie (Tracey Whitwell)
- Gabi (Saira Todd)
South Park (animated sitcom) Comedy Central 1997-present
Popular cartoon for grown-ups, centred on a group of fourth graders in South Park, Colorado.
Occasional character "Big Gay Al" operates a boat ride and a gay animal refuge.
- Big Gay Al (Trey Parker [voice])
Push (sports drama) ABC 1998
Serial about a group of young athletes training for the 2000 Olympics.
Only two episodes aired and it's not clear if Scott's sexual orientation
made it to broadcast.
- Scott Trysfan (Eddie Mills)
Breakers (serial drama) TEN 1998-1999
Serial drama about the lives and loves of the residents and employees of a building in
Bondi, New South Wales, called Breakers. Lucy is bisexual. Kelly is her romantic interest.
Peter is Vince's boyfriend.
- Vince Donnelly (Simon Munro) waiter
- Lucy Hill (Louise Crawford) journalist
- Kelly (Gabriella Maselli) tutor
- Peter Hirsch 1999 (Vincent Atkinson)
Coronation Street (serial drama) BBC 1960-present
Thity-eight years on the air, and a dozen years after EastEnders introduced its
first gay character, Coronation Street took the plunge, not with a gay or lesbian
character but with Hayley, a male-to-female transsexual. See also Coronation Street 2003-present.
- Hayley Patterson/Cropper, formerly Harold 1998-2014 (Julie Hesmondhalgh)
Linc's (drama-sitcom) Showtime 1998-2000
Show set in a Washington DC bar. [Advocate 1998]. Rosalee is the bar owner's niece[?].
- Rosalee Lincoln (Tisha Campbell) army lieutenant
Will & Grace (sitcom) NBC 1998-2006
Grace is a straight woman, Will is her best friend. The schtick is that they are perfect for each
other, except that she's a woman.
First American post-Ellen lead gay character.
Will finally dated someone during the 2000-01 season, closeted sportscaster
Matthew (3 episodes). Will & Grace's friends Larry and Joe appear occasionally.
Karen, while usually married to or dating a man, seemed always to be running into former female lovers, including
Martina Navratilova (herself) who claimed it was Karen that made her a lesbian.
From 2001 deeply closeted Beverley Leslie appeared occasionally (11 episodes), twice with his "business associate"
Benji (Brian A. Setzer).
Will and Jack worked together to help Karen's relative Barry adapt to being gay (4 episodes).
Jack dated Stuart in 2004 (5 episodes).
In season six (March 2004) Will meets future boyfriend, police officer Vince D'Angelo.
On-again/off-again through 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons (15 episodes in all), the series ended with them on again.
Will dated James in 2006 (5 episodes).
- Will Truman (Eric McCormack)
- Jack McFarland (Sean P. Hayes)
- Karen Walker (Megan Mullally)
- Matthew Moshea 2000-2001 (Patrick Dempsey)
- Larry 2000-2006 (Tim Bagley)
- Joe 2000-2006 (Jerry Levine)
- Beverley Leslie 2001-2006 (Leslie Jordan)
- Barry 2003 (Dan Futterman)
- Stuart Lamarack 2004 (Dave Foley)
- Vince D'Angelo 2004-2006 (Bobby Cannavale)
- James Hanson 2006 (Taye Diggs)
The Brian Benben Show (sitcom) CBS 1998
TV news station sitcom. Billy was a supporting regular.
- Billy Hernandez (Luis Antonio Ramos) weatherman
So Graham Norton (chat show) C4 1998-2002
Irish comedian/presenter Graham Norton's chat show has so far spanned five titles, three broadcasters and two continents.
V Graham Norton (chat show) C4 2002-2003
NY Graham Norton (chat show) C4 2004
The Graham Norton Effect (chat show) Comedy Central 2004
The Graham Norton Show (chat show) BBC 2007-present
Living in Captivity (sitcom) FOX 1998
Sitcom centred on a group of upwardly mobile people living in a suburban gated community.
Gordon manned the gate and leered.
- Gordon (Terry Rhodes) security guard
Rude Awakenings (sitcom) Showtime 1998-2001
Lesbian AA friend of the lead. [Orientation of character reported in The Advocate 1998].
Crapston Villas, SE69 (puppet sitcom) C4 1998-1999?
From the producers of Spitting Image. Cast of characters in a fictious forgotten London slum,
Slumington. Robbie and Larry are upstairs residents. "If Larry is all depth (opera, art and rampaging
insecurity), then Robbie is all surface (Boyzone, gossip and the perfect peroxide)."
Sex and the City (sitcom) HBO 1998-2004
Stanford was Carrie's gay friend, Anthony was Charlotte's. Marcus was Stanford's boyfriend.
- Stanford Blanche (Willie Garson)
- Anthony Marantino 2000-2004 (Mario Cantone)
- Marcus 2002-2004 (Sean Palmer)
Fair City (drama) RTÉ 1988-present
Fair City is a gritty, controversial drama set in a fictional northside suburb of Dublin City, Ireland named Carrigstown which addresses real life and controversial issues in their diverse storylines [tv.com].
- Eoin Healy 1998-present (Alan Smyth)
Felicity (teen angst drama) WB 1998-2002
Javier manages the coffee house where lead character Felicity and one of her romantic interests work. Javier and
his boyfriend were married in the 1999/2000 season finale.
- Javier Clemente Quintata (Ian Gomez) coffee house manager
Dawson's Creek (teen angst drama) WB 1998-2003
Angst-ridden teens from disfunctional families form the core of the cast
of this highschool drama. Jack fits right in... his mother's mentally
unstable, his dad's missing, his sister is on psychological medication, and
after dating Joey [a girl] he can explain why he's such a non-pressuring
gentleman. During the 1999-2000 season Jack met and became friends with Ethan
but a romance was not to be. Tobey was Jack's 2000/01 potential love interest.
Jack's fraternity brother Eric's discomfort around Jack turned out to be
Jack met David in 2002. In the series finale out-of-the-closet Jack and deeply closeted Doug were living together.
- Mr. Benjamin Gold 1998-2003 (Mitchell Laurance) teacher
- Doug Witter (Dylan Neal) policeman
- Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) student
- Ethan Brody 1999-2000 (Adam Kauffman) student
- Tobey 2000-2001 (David Monahan)
- Eric 2001-2002 (Ryan Bittle)
- David 2002-2003 (Greg Rikaart)
Hollywood Squares (game show) NBC 1966-1980, Syndicated 1972-1980, 1986-1989, 1998-2004
With regulars or guest celebrities like Paul Lynde and Richard Simmons there were often
opportunities for oblique gay or fey humour, but it was not until the 1998
version when an openly gay celebrity occupied a square. Vilanch is also a
head writer for the show.
The Super Adventure Team (puppet sitcom) MTV 1998
Adult-audience satire of childrens' super hero programming. Head is closeted,
revealing his orientation in the way he reacts to other male characters.
- Chief Engineer Head (Benjamin Venom [voice])
Queer As Folk (serial drama) C4 1999
Queer As Folk 2 (serial drama) C4 2000
British drama set in and among a group of gay friends and acquaintenances.
Stuart and Vince have been friends since childhood. Nathan, as Vince says, is
"the one night stand that never went away." Bernard describes
Stuart as "Manchester's champion shagger." Lesbian couple Romey and Lisa
are parents of a newborn son. Another lesbian couple, Siobhan and Susie (Sarah Jones)
are their friends.
An American version
produced for the Showtime cable channel .
- Stuart Jones (Aidan Gillen) public relations executive
- Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly) supermarket manager
- Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam) student
- Romey Sullivan (Esther Hall)
- Lisa Levene 1999 (Saira Todd) solicitor
- Siobhan Potter 1999 (Juley McCann)
- Dane McAteer 1999 (Adam Zane)
- Bernard Thomas (Andy Devine)
- Alexander Perry (Anthony Cotton)
- Cameron Roberts 1999 (Peter O'Brien) accountant
- Phil Delaney 1999 (Jason Merrells)
- Daniel "Dazz" Collinson (Jonathon Natynczyk)
Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie (sitcom) BBC 1999
In this flatsharing comedy, the
heterosexual Kathy (always going on about sex but rarely getting any) lives
together with Tom, a gay actor (always dreaming about starring roles but rarely
- Linda La Hughs (Kathy Burke)
- Tom Farrell (James Dreyfus) actor
Bad Girls (prison drama) ITV 1999-2006
Drama set in a women's prison. Shell is bisexual and Denny's girlfriend.
Helen and Nikki became increasingly attracted to each other during the course of the
series after Nikki split from her girlfriend, and in the penultimate
episode shared a kiss in Nikki's cell.
- Denny Blood 1999-2003 (Alicia Eyo) prisoner
- Michelle "Shell" Doeckly 1999-2001, 2003 (Debra Stephenson) prisoner
- Nikki Wade 1999-2001 (Mandana Jones) prisoner
- Helen Stewart 1999-2001 (Simone Lahbib) prison administrator
Undressed (anthology serial drama/comedy) MTV 1999-2002
Serial drama focusing on the social and sexual interactions of 20-somethings.
Characters appear generally for short runs of a half-dozen episodes or so.
Two separate seasons aired in 2000.
- Evan 1999 (6 episodes) (Jon Huertas)
- Andy 1999 (6 episodes) (Nicholas Gonzalez)
- Joel 1999 (6 episodes) (Eyal Podell)
- Brick 1999 (3 episodes) (Terry Simpson)
- Ned 1999 (3 epsidoes) (Allen Cutler)
- Samantha 1999 (5 episodes) (Francesca Ingrassia)
- Joan 1999 (5 episodes) (Julie Anna Laffer)
- Jonathan 1999 (5 episodes) (Phillip Rhys)
- Kirk 1999 (5 episodes) (Peter Paige)
- Mona 2000(i) (7 episodes) (Heidi Kramer)
- Dominique 2000(i) (7 episodes) (Alissa Kramer)
- Joy 2000(i) (5 episodes) (Rose Freymuth-Frazier)
- Pilar 2000(i) (4 episodes) (Lisa Rodríguez)
- Daniel 2000(i) (3 episodes) (Marc Brett)
- Quentin 2000(i) (3 episodes) (Joe Regelbrugge)
- Rex 2000(i) (3 episodes) (Daniel Rhyder)
- Beth 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (Teresa Sherrer-Donovan)
- Helen 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (Amy Stewart)
- Zia 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (Jessica Kiper)
- Jake 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (York Shackleton)
- Chuck 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (Christopher Deslisle)
- Neil 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (Jason Lasater)
- Colin 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (Jamie Elman)
- Frank 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (Jason Widener)
- Hal 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (John Srednicki)
- Sid 2000(ii) (4 episodes) (Ryan Slater)
1999: Evan shares a dorm room with straight roommate Cliff.
Andy is troubled by boyfriend Joel's collection of straight porn.
Andy and Joel play it straight when Andy's brother Brick and his "navy buddy" Ned visit.
Samantha & Joan and Jonathan & Kirk swap partners to fool the government into letting Jonathan stay in the United States.
Identical twins Mona and Dominique swap partners (Joy and Jonathan, respectively), surprising everyone. Joy's roommate Pilar develops a romantic interest in the twins.
Quentin accepts an offer to move in with his boyfriend Daniel, leaving Quentin's roommate Rex feeling abandoned.
Zia comes between Beth and Helen.
Straight guy Ben manipulates the affections of Lauren and Jake to get his homework done.
Nicole has to move out so Chuck's boyfriend Neil can move in.
Colin diagnoses Frank's shyness over public displays of affection as homophobia.
Hal likes Sid, who isn't so sure he's gay.
For characters appearing in 2001 and 2002 Undressed (2001-2002).
Beggars & Choosers (drama) Showtime 1999-2000
Drama set behind the scenes at a struggling television network. Malcolm
sees his sexual orientation as a potential glass
ceiling for his career ambitions. Wayne is Malcolm's lover. Larry is a drag queen
friend of Malcolm's.
- Malcolm Laffley (Tuc Watkins) VP of Talent
- Wayne (Alex Zahara)
- Larry alias Lola (Alexis Arquette)
Action (sitcom) FOX 1999 [episodes unaired on FOX syndicated 2000]
Sitcom centred on a hotshot Hollywood movie producer. Stuart is the
lead character's right-hand man and Bobby G. is his boss, and his ex-wife's husband. Action-movie actor Cole Riccardi (Richard Burgi) appeared in two episodes.
- Stuart Glazer (Jack Plotnick)
- Robert "Bobby G." Gianopolis (Lee Arenberg) studio president
Oh Grow Up (sitcom) ABC 1999
Three college roomates, now in their early 30s, are once again roommates. Ford has
just moved in after coming out to his wife. Sal is the boss of one of the
- Ford Lowell (John Ducey) lawyer
- Sal (Ed Marinaro) construction boss
Wasteland (drama) ABC 1999
Short-lived series following six post-college friends including a deeply closeted soap opera actor.
- Russell Baskind (Dan Montgomery) actor
Mission Hill (animated sitcom) WB 1999-2002
Gus and Wally are the older gay couple living in the apartment next door to
the French brothers (the main characters).
- Gus Duncz (Nick Jameson [voice])
- Wally Langford (Tom Kenny [voice])
The City (drama) CTV 1999-2000
Drama centred on City Hall employees.
Burnside (police drama) ITV 2000
Dave is a sidekick to the central detective.
Survivor (game show) CBS 2000-present
The Real World, part Lord of the Flies, part
Beat The Clock and just a little bit Gilligan's Island, sixteen individuals isolated as a group for more than a month to compete
and cooperate to survive. Richard, one of the contestants, turns out to be gay.
He also turns out to be the sole survivor [contest winner] and a million dollars richer.
See also Survivor (2001-present).
- Richard "Rich" Hatch 2000 [Malaysia]
American High (teen angst video verite documentary) FOX 2000 PBS 2001
Fourteen teens at a highschool near Chicago were given video cameras and
followed by two professional camera crews during the 1999/2000 school year.
The footage was then edited into episodes. One of the teens, Brad, is gay
and out. Series cancelled after four episodes aired (two nights). Series
resurfaced in its entirety on PBS in 2001.
Rhona (sitcom) BBC2 2000
Rhona is a freelance video reviewer (BBC website).
Big Brother (game show) C4 2000-present
A group of contestants are isolated together in a house under 24-hour video and audio survelance for a few months. They are
voted out one by one, the last resident winning a cash prize. Anna voted runner up in 2000.
Remade in at least 15 other countries, including the United States and Australia.
For subsequent seasons see Big Brother (U.K.) (2001-present).
Girlfriends (sitcom) UPN 2000-2006, CW 2006-present
A look at the lives, loves, and losses of four different women, Toni, Maya, Lynn, and Joan [imdb].
Girlfriend Lynn is bisexual and was even engaged (briefly) to a woman [glaad].
- Lynn Searcy (Persia White)
Attachments (drama) BBC 2000-2001?
Drama featuring a group of twenty-somethings launching a web site. Sophie is the site's content manager.
Luce (Claudia Harrison) considers her options after a falling out with her husband and business partner Mike.
Tinsel Town (drama miniseries) BBC2 2000-2001
Drama set in the Glasgow club scene. Ryan doesn't know Lewis is a cop. Lewis doesn't know Ryan is underage.
Lex is a bisexual woman, and the target of a stalker.
Stella is the transvestite who owns the club "Tinsel Town," the
series main setting. Robin is a friend of Ryan's. Ash replaced Robin behind the bar as Ryan's work buddy in the 2001 season.
- Ryan Taylor (David Paisley)
- Lewis (Stevie Allen) police officer
- Lex (Kate Dickie) dj
- Stella (Jim Twaddale) club owner
- Robin 2000 (Chris McQuarry) bartender
- Ash 2001 (Marc Oliver) bartender
Our Hero (teen-oriented sitcom) CBC 2000-2002.
Central character is a highschool student who writes and publishes a zine. Ross is one of her circle of friends.
- Ross Korolus (Justin Peroff)
Dark Angel (science fiction) FOX 2000-2002.
Set in a post-apocalyptic America, Original Cindy is one of the central character's friends and co-workers.
- Original Cindy (Valarie Rae Miller) bicycle courier
Bette (sitcom) CBS 2000-2001
Oscar is one of several characters charged with taking care of high-maintenance diva Bette Midler (Bette Midler).
- Oscar (James Dreyfus) Bette's accompanist
Normal, Ohio (sitcom) FOX 2000.
Butch returns to his small town after coming out.
Previously announced title: Don't Ask.
- William "Butch" Gamble (John Goodman)
These Arms of Mine (drama) CBC 2000-2001.
Story of a diverse group of (mostly) thirty-somethings in Vancouver.
Randy is Steven's friend and neighbour. Adam and Steven begin dating.
- Steven Armstrong (Conrad Coates) drama teacher
- Randy (Max Martini)
- Adam 2001 (Evan Adams) florist
Queer As Folk (serial drama) Showtime 2000-2005
American adaptation of the British production
Queer As Folk transferred from Manchester,
England to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Michael's boyfriends: Dave and Ben.
Brian's boyfriends: Justin.
Justin's boyfriends: Brian and Ethan.
Emmett's boyfriends: George.
Ted's boyfriends: Blake and Kip.
- Michael Charles Novotny (Hal Sparks) supermarket assistant manager [the "Vince" character]
- Brian Kinney (Gale Harold) advertising executive [the "Stuart" character]
- Justin Taylor (Randy Harrison) highschool student [the "Nathan" character]
- Emmett Honeycutt (Peter Paige) boutique manager [the "Alexander" character]
- Theodore "Ted" Schmidt (Scott Lowell) accountant [the "Phil" character]
- Dr. Dave Cameron 2000-2001 (Chris Potter) chiropractor [the "Cameron" character]
- Lindsay Peterson (Thea Gill) art professor [the "Romy" character]
- Melanie Marcus (Michelle Clunie) lawyer [the "Lisa" character]
- Vic Grassi 2000-2004 (Jack Wetherall) [the "Bernie" character]
- Blake Wyzecki 2000-2001, 2003-2005 (Dean Armstrong)
- Kip Johnson 2001 (Barna Moricz)
- Ben Bruckner 2002-2005 (Robert Gant) professor
- Ethan Gold 2002-2003 (Fab Filippo) violinist
- George Schickel 2002 (Bruce Gray) pickle magnate
- Leda 2002 (Nancy Anne Sakovich)
Grosse Pointe (sitcom) WB 2000-2001.
Behind-the-scenes view of the production of a soap opera.
Actor Richard Towers has the hots for the younger actor who plays his son.
- Richard Towers (Michael Hitchcock) actor playing "Ted Johnson"
At Home With the Braithwaites (drama miniseries) ITV 2000.
A six part series in which middle class wife and mother of three
daughters Alison Braithwaite wins &gbp;38 million and decides to keep it a
secret from her dysfunctional family and set up a charity.
Her college dropout daughter Virginia is secretly a lesbian until an emotional
coming out scene with her mother in episode three. Her mother Alison
then reveals she was the big lottery winner. Lover is Tamsin (Lucy Whelan).
- Virginia Braithwaite (Sarah Smart)
[Still working on confirmation of the following:
Further information would be greatly appreciated.]
- Julian Clary (Julian Clary) in
Terry and Julian (sitcom) C4 1992-199?
- Robin John (Alley Mills) in
Popular (comedy) [U.S.] 1999-2001 [three or more episodes yet?]
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