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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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Xena: Warrior Princess

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Ellen

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    Harry Potter universe

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    Doctor Whoniverse

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    Kadosh

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    Modern Family

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    Will & Grace

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    Modern Family

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    The 100

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    Glee

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    Glee

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    Brokeback Mountain

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    Will & Grace

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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    Glee

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    Pretty Little Liars

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    Six Feet Under

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    Philadelphia

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    added by HumbertoIbarra
    Marvel Universe

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    torchwood

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    The Birdcage

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    Queer as Folk

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    Brooklyn Nine Nine

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    Law & Order: SVU

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    Ugly Betty

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    Queer as Folk

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    Glee   

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    The Birdcage

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    Lena Adams Foster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

    added by MadisonJeannineWallace
    Lena Adams Foster

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    Dawson's Creek

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    The L Word

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    Brokeback Mountain

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    The Office

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    often listed & added by rburton
    Soap

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    Fried Green Tomatoes

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    Stef Foster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

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    Stef Foster

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    The L Word

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    Lost Girl

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

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    Felix Dawkins Orphan Black

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    George Falconer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models


    George Falconer A Single Man

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    Beginners

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    Shameless, Shameless, Shameless

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    Connor Walsh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

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    Connor Walsh

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    The New Normal

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    Angel, Buffy the Animated Series, Al otro lado

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