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The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models  

Eric Diaz
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List Rules Upvote the most upstanding gay role models in fiction.

List of the best gay and queer 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 LGBTQ communities. This list includes gay, lesbian, and queer 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 LGBTQ community? Who are your favorite queer fictional characters?

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Ennis Del Mar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Brokeback Mountain
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David Fisher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Six Feet Under
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Ianto Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Torchwood
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Patrick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
PeteBoyle added The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Sara Lance is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Mars Morris added Arrow
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Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Philadelphia
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Shane McCutcheon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
The L Word
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Oscar Martinez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
The Office
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Bo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Lost Girl
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George Huang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Law & Order: SVU
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James Stinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Zafuyu added How I Met Your Mother
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Alec Lightwood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Charlotte Lord added The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
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Idgie Threadgoode is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Fried Green Tomatoes
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Jodie Dallas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
rburton added Soap
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Mickey Milkovich is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Viktória Bacher added Shameless
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Alice Pieszecki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
The L Word
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Connor Walsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
nick.inthecloset added Connor Walsh How to Get Away with Murder
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Erica Hahn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy
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Justin Suarez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Ugly Betty
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Jack Twist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
smellsrank added Brokeback Mountain
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Albert Goldman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
The Birdcage
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Bruce the Performance Artist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
PeteBoyle added Family Guy
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Justin Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Queer as Folk
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Cosima Niehaus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
Emily Marshall added Orphan Black
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Big Gay Al is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional LGBTQ Role Models
stubb added South Park