Pride Month: Do you know these LGBTQ characters from TV?
Both Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) have done a sensational job of making the gay community visible on television. There are already 10 seasons with the couple as part of the main cast and fundamental protagonists of the series.
After 11 seasons and 239 chapters in the series, Sara Ramírez's character is a real LGBTQ icon. It is the gay protagonist with the longest trajectory in the history of TV. Her relationship with Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) was applauded by critics and became a television inspiration for the community.
Roger Smith is the character that nobody expected to be in a list like this but he is a definite must. He's an androgynous, pansexual and selfish alien and he's an LGTBQ icon. One of the reasons is that he recreated Madonna's 'Papa Don't Preach' at a time that it was already ancient television history.
Laverne Cox made history in television for being the first transsexual person nominated for an Emmy for Best Actress. Her character Sophia Burset is an example of the discrimination and abuse suffered by the community and particularly in prison. As an anecdote, it's the actress's twin brother who plays the character before her sex change.
This mythical character of 'The Simpsons' took 27 seasons to come out of the closet, but finally he did. There were 27 seasons of jokes, insinuations and chapters dedicated to his undeniable feelings for Mr. Burns. In the end, Smithers came out and the second thing he did was to create a profile for himself in Grindr.
This is one of the most powerful characters Sarah Paulson has played. Lana Winters is a journalist who is mistakenly locked up in the Briarcliff Manor psychiatric hospital for trying to expose the horrors that take place there. Not only is she a female journalist in a male-dominated world in the 1960s, but she has to hide her lesbian relationship to society. All this is perfected by Sarah Paulson's glorious interpretation.
For many viewers, this is the best character in the best series in history. Omar Little (Michael K. Williams) is a notorious and feared drug dealer with a strict moral code: he never threatens or steals from anyone who isn't in the business. During the series he was seen with three different boyfriends.
The coming out of Ellen Morgan, the character of Ellen DeGeneres in the series 'Ellen', turned 'The Puppy Episode' into one of the most watched in the history of U.S. television. The pressure not to broadcast on ABC was considerable, but it had no effect. The series did get cancelled after that season, however, and Ellen spent years without making movies or TV.
Jussie Smollett's character caught on very quickly in the LGBTQ community. A gay character raised by a homophobic and abusive father, his appearance also referenced the African American LGBTQ community.
Lucy Lawless's character never declared herself gay or bisexual. She didn't have to. Her relationship with Gabriell (Renee O'Connor) was enough for the LGBTQ Community to embrace them as two lesbian icons. Years later, Lucy Lawless confirmed that Xena was "openly bisexual".
Jack was Will's best friend in the mythical comedy. He idolized Cher, was a big fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and formed the extravagant counterpart for relaxed Will. Sean Hayes made his character a legend.
Lena Waithe wrote and starred in what is perhaps the best chapter in an already sublime series, 'Master of None'. "Thanksgiving" (2x08) is a hard and realistic journey into what it's like to be black and lesbian in a Catholic and homophobic family. It is one of the best chapters ever written for television in all of history.
The power of the character played by Nelsan Ellis was such that HBO decided to keep him on for seven seasons, even though he was murdered much earlier in the novels. The fact that he was a vampire, underestimated because of his sexual condition, was used by his character to rise above all those who challenged him, especially in close combat.
The 'Andi Mack' series, broadcast by Disney Channel, was the first to feature an openly gay character on the internet. Cyrus Goodman (Joshua Rush), the 13-years-old protagonist, confessed to his friend Buffy that he was in love with Jonah, a schoolmate. A historic moment for Disney and the queer community.
According to the fans, he is the best character in 'Glee'. The reason is that Blaine (Darren Criss) is clear about his sexuality. He is gay and he isn't afraid to admit it or let himself be intimidated by bullies. He has been an example reaching millions of people all over the world.
Jack McPhee was the protagonist of the first gay kiss broadcast on U.S. television. The character by Kerr Smith opened the doors to later generations, just at the dawn of a 21st century in which everything changed. He faced a conservative father and a whole town that wasn't too tolerant.
Noah Galvin's character took on more relevance than anyone expected because of the actor's statements off set. For example, in New York Magazine he said about Colton Hayes' confession in 'Arrow': "that's not coming out of the closet." Critics were all over him but he multiplied Kenny O'Neal's fame.
Mackenzie Davies (Yorkie) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Kelly) formed one of the best lesbian couples in television history. And they did it with just one episode, 'San Junipero', of 'Black Mirror'. The chemistry between the actresses, their story and the end of it, had an immediate impact on the LGBTQ community.
It takes Chris Colfer's character a whole season to admit he's gay. When he does, he uses his full potential. He does so in an adverse environment, with a old- fashioned father and an institute where respect is not a given. Despite this, he finds in Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) the ideal person to form one of the most powerful LGBTQ couples on television.
She has the honor of being the first black lesbian superhero on television. An honor that the actress Nafessa Williams meets with an excellent performance. The actress told Entertainment Weekly that "love is love. I am very grateful to tell the story of young lesbians and especially young black lesbians, who are not the ones usually seen on television."
Nicky Nichols is a heroin addict with a wit genius. She says everything that comes into her head. Natasha Lyone turned Nicky into a character that everyone ends up loving. She lives her sexuality freely and has relations with half of Litchfield Penitentiary, an achievement of which she is very proud. Without a doubt, she is one of the jewels in the LGBTQ crown of 'Orange is the New Black'.
MJ Rodriguez has recently arrived in television. Her character, Blanca Evangelista, is the heart of 'Pose', Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking series in which the main cast is made up of transsexuals.
Rayn Murphy knew how to masterfully draw the plot of Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris). The first is eternally angry. The second is always absent-minded. Both are cheerleaders, the best friends in the world and, in the end, one of the most beautiful couples of the series. But it wasn't easy.
Despite being only one year old, Stewie is clear about what he wants: to destroy the world and sometimes kill his mother. He also seems to be clear about his sexuality, as he is attracted to both men and women. The fact that a baby shows its sexuality in an open and natural way is a milestone that is not valued by everyone. However, Seth McFarlane, who created Stewie, says that he is "almost certainly gay".
Ronald Wilkerson spent his high school years hiding his sexual orientation, even making prom king. But on his wedding day he has to tell the truth to his fiancee Vonda Jeanne Brooks. Titus Andromedon, an aspiring Broadway star and heart of the Netflix series, is born on that day.
'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer' may be the best series of the 90s. And it is for characters like Willow (Alyson Hannigan). At first shy and withdrawn, her character grew as her power did, At the same time, her attraction for Tara MacLay grew. They would end up having an unexpected relationship which many praised at the time.