A Great Big List of LGBTQ+ Characters We Love

Hey, we exist! And despite often being regulated to subtext, LGBTQ characters exist too.

In celebration of Pride Month, we’d like to point out some wonderfully proud LGBTQ+ characters in TV, film, and video games. If you haven’t read or watched them, check them out!

RULES:

  • We’re only including canonically LGBTQ+ characters, where the sexuality or gender is stated, not implied, and in some cases even a part of the plot.
  • No Dumbledoring! (A lack of in-content representation doesn’t get take-backsies, even if it comes from the writers themselves.)
  • We’re also trying to avoid one-note characters whose sexuality is the punchline or only character trait. For example, characters like Titus Andromedon and Captain Holt are humorous for reasons besides their sexuality, with plenty of snort-worthy lines about their laziness (for Titus) or seriousness (for Holt). But sometimes, the sexuality is the only joke. And it makes us feel … a touch uncomfortable? Sorry, Le Fou.
  • We’re full aware that there are plenty of LGBTQ+ sexualities that aren’t represented here – demisexual, intersex, aromantic people, just to name a few. Their lack of presence on this list isn’t meant to be an erasure. We didn’t forget you. It’s just … damn, guys … there’s not much representation, is there?
  • Some gay and lesbian characters have wandered into bisexual or pansexual territory, often for plot, safety, or self-discovery reasons, but we’re going by how the characters describe themselves. For example, there’s how Willow came to describe herself: “Yeah. I thought I might be bisexual, but I’m a lesbian.”
  • If we got it wrong, or there’s a favorite character of yours that we missed, let us know in the comments! We’re all only human after all.

 

Gay Characters

gay-flagGay characters that aren’t coded villains or one-note side-kicks? Yes, please.

 

Captain Raymond Holt

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Patrick

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Titus Andromedon

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Lionel Higgins

Dear White People

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Danny Mahealani

Teen Wolf

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Aaron and Eric

The Walking Dead

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Josh

Please Like Me

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Mac

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

mac-its-always-sunnyHis coming-out story is a bit complicated, but at least it eventually happened for real.

 

Lesbian Characters

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Willow

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Ellie

The Last of Us

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Sera

Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Ruby and Sapphire

Steven Universe

ruby-sapphire-steven-universe-lesbian-characters-on-tvAnd a lot of other characters in that show besides Rose, Greg, Steven, and Connie. (Yes, we know they’re technically space rocks … but, c’mon.)

 

Moira

The Handmaid’s Tale

moira-handmaids-tale-lesbian-characters-on-tvTriggered.

 

Santana Lopez

Glee

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Marceline the Vampire Queen

Adventure Time

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Pan & Bi Characters

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bisexual-flag-bi-flagThese characters aren’t “confused.”

 

Deadpool

Deadpool Films and Comics

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Darryl

Crazy Ex Girlfriend

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Oberyn Martell

Game of Thrones

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Rosa Diaz

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Sara Lance

Arrow

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Callie Torres

Grey’s Anatomy

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Tiana Brown

Empire

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Clarke

The 100

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Trans Characters

transgender-pride-flagHey, look at this! This is great, Hollywood! But maybe let some of your trans characters have happy endings?

 

Sophia Burset

Orange is the New Black

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Maura Pfefferman

Transparent

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Brandon Teena

Boys Don’t Cry

brandon-teena-hillary-swank-boys-dont-cryBoys Don’t Cry is based on the horrifying true story of Brandon Teena.

 

Nomi Marks

Sense8

nomi-marks-sense8-transgenderNote: Nomi is transgender and a lesbian.

 

Lili Elbe

The Danish Girl

lili-elbe-the-danish-girlThis film version of a true story received mediocre reviews, but many awards.

 

Bree Osbourne

Transamerica

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Genderqueer, Genderfluid, & Non-Binary Characters

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genderfluidity-pride-flag-genderfluidHooray for anything that isn’t Gozer from Ghostbusters.

 

Hedwig

Hedwig and the Angry Itch

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Stevonnie

Steven Universe

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Elena Alvarez

One Day at a Time

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Taylor Mason

Billions

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Zoe Hange

Attack on Titan

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Asexual Characters

asexual-pride-flagNo, we didn’t exclude you. : )

 

Todd Chavez

BoJack Horseman

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Jughead

Archie Comic

jughead-archie-comicsThere was a big controversy when Riverside featured Jughead becoming romantically involved with Betty, but the comics are explicit: Jughead is ace.

 

Voodoo

Sirens

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The Tick

The Tick

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Lord Varys

Game of Thrones

lord-varys-game-of-thronesCan you count Varys as ace? It’s hard to say if he would’ve grown up differently had he been the subject of forced castration at an early age. But, in his own words, he was “not interested in either” boys or girls before that happened.

 

Raphael Santiago

Shadowhunters

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Is this list short? Yes.

Is this list complete? No.

Even if it was complete, would it be enough? No.

Do LGBTQ+ people need more representation in media? Of course.

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