The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

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List Criteria: Upvote the most upstanding gay role models in fiction.

List of the best gay characters ever to grace the big and silver screens. These fictional gay characters have played both lead and supporting roles in film and TV series, and many who have stolen scenes and become icons in the LGBT communities. This list includes both gay and lesbian fictional characters who have served as strong gay role models. Over the past few decades, gay characters have become more prominent and popular in film and TV. 

Vote for those characters who have had the most impact in modern culture to move them up the list. Which gay fictional character do you think sends the best message to the LGBT communiy? Who are your favorite gay fictional characters?
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    most listed
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Xena: Warrior Princess

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    Kadosh

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    Doctor Whoniverse

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    Harry Potter universe

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    Ellen

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    often listed & added by ShelliMeyers
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Modern Family

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    Will & Grace

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    Modern Family

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    added by Emily Marshall
    The 100

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    Glee

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    Glee

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    Will & Grace

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    Brokeback Mountain

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    Glee

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    added by Celebrity Lists
    Pretty Little Liars

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    added by PeteBoyle
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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    Six Feet Under

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    - 166


    torchwood

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    Philadelphia

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    added by HumbertoIbarra
    Marvel Universe

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    Queer as Folk

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    - 212


    Ugly Betty

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    - 185


    Law & Order: SVU

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    - 156


    The Birdcage

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    Queer as Folk

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    - 184


    Dawson's Creek

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    added by PeteBoyle
    Brooklyn Nine Nine

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    - 85

    added by WillHess
    Glee   

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    Lena Adams Foster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

    added by MadisonJeannineWallace
    Lena Adams Foster

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    The L Word

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    The Birdcage

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    added by smellsrank
    Brokeback Mountain

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    - 156


    Fried Green Tomatoes

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    - 162


    The L Word

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    + 147
    - 160


    The Office

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    - 37

    added by Emily Marshall

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    added by Zafuyu
    How I Met Your Mother

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    added by rburton
    Soap

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    added by Bottoms Up
    The New Normal

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    - 37

    added by Emily Marshall

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    Felix Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

    added by LanaYoshii
    Felix Dawkins Orphan Black

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    George Falconer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models


    George Falconer A Single Man

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    Beginners

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    - 26


    Lost Girl

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    - 154


    Buffyverse

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    + 104
    - 177


    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy

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    + 31
    - 51

    added by BradHarrah
    Six Feet Under Six Feet Under

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    - 159


    Ugly Betty

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