LGBT characters are becoming more common and better represented on television. Having characters with a variety of sexual orientations, gender identities, and personalities is very important. Straight characters have been portrayed as complex, flawed, interesting, inspirational, and hilarious characters for as long as television has been in existence, and now it’s time to get similar treatment for LGBTQ characters. The characters on this list may not be perfect, but they’re interesting, openly LGBTQ, and they are certainly loved. Some of the shows these characters appeared on were groundbreaking, featuring the first gay characters, first kisses, and more.
12. Callie Torres, “Grey’s Anatomy”
When Callie Torres, played by Sara Ramirez, came out as gay on Grey’s Anatomy, it was the first significant gay relationship on the show, and it opened up the show to having more LGBT issues addressed. After Callie came out, the show started to have more gay relationships and characters. Callie struggles with her sexuality after coming out, and so does her family. Callie is a complex character who definitely makes a great deal of mistakes, but she also shows viewers that not every woman who dates women fits a certain stereotype.Eric McCandless / ©ABC / courtesy Everett Collection