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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    Doctor Whoniverse

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    the people's #1 & added by Emily Marshall
    Kadosh

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    Harry Potter universe

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    often listed & added by ShelliMeyers
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Ellen

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    Will & Grace

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    Modern Family

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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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    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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    often listed
    Six Feet Under

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    torchwood

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    added by HumbertoIbarra
    Marvel Universe

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    added by Emily Marshall

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    Philadelphia

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    Queer as Folk

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    - 198


    Law & Order: SVU

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    The Birdcage

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    added by PeteBoyle
    Brooklyn Nine Nine

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ugly Betty

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    Queer as Folk

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    Dawson's Creek

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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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    added by WillHess
    Glee   

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    The L Word

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    - 161


    The Birdcage

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    - 107

    added by Zafuyu
    How I Met Your Mother

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    - 64

    added by smellsrank
    Brokeback Mountain

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    - 171


    Fried Green Tomatoes

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    The Office

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    The L Word

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    added by Emily Marshall

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    Lost Girl

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    added by rburton
    Soap

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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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    added by Bottoms Up
    The New Normal

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Beginners

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    - 190


    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy

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    - 166


    Buffyverse

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    + 39
    - 63

    added by BradHarrah
    Six Feet Under Six Feet Under

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    - 87
    Stef Foster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

    ranked low on reranks & added by MadisonJeannineWallace
    Stef Foster

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