Best portrayal of a gay character on TV

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    Oct 11, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    Are there any current shows with well-portrayed gay characters? In the past producers have often gone for the cheap obvious stereotype; do you think this is changing for the better?
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    Oct 11, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    I thought maxxie, from the british show skins, was a fairly good representation of one type of gay man.
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    Oct 11, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    Michael Cudlitz's character on Southland is pretty good. His character isn't defined by his sexuality. It wasn't revealed that he was gay until the end of the first season.

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    Same with Kevin Rankin's character on Trauma. His sexuality came up in a couple of episodes. So I don't know if the writers made his character gay as an afterthought

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    Oct 11, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    I like the British show Emmerdale. They have a thug gay character, its not the best portrayal per-say, but it is a portrayal of what a lot of more "masculine"(Loaded word) gay guys may be going through.
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    Oct 11, 2010 5:00 AM GMT
    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm....Bob Harper...Drool!
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  • cmdrkoenig67

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    Oct 11, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
    I have to say...I really loved Jack on Will & Grace. He was awesome!
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    Oct 11, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    Txbryguy saidABC's Brother and Sisters. It has a married gay couple.


    you beat me to it. i haven't watched the show in awhile but i liked how their relationship is shown. also, i think luke macfarlane's character is a well-grounded character and a good complement to kevin.

    and luke is gay in real life.

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    Oct 11, 2010 5:51 AM GMT
    Caprica's Sam Adama. His character is openly gay and married and it's a complete non-issue to his family. Also, he's a mob enforcer/assassin and his sexual orientation seems to be irrelevant in that field. And he looks real hot killing people, too! icon_razz.gif

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    Oct 11, 2010 6:08 AM GMT
    Jack and Will from Will and Grace.
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    Oct 11, 2010 7:31 AM GMT
    Suecer4 saidI like the British show Emmerdale. They have a thug gay character, its not the best portrayal per-say, but it is a portrayal of what a lot of more "masculine"(Loaded word) gay guys may be going through.
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    Watched a bunch of British stuff but never this one. But this pic gives me pause and makes me almost wish I did! Yum!
  • captproton

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    Oct 11, 2010 8:04 AM GMT
    I will always remember Chris Potter as Michael's chiropractor boyfriend, David, on the first season of "Queer as Folk."

    He was, yes, a gay man's fantasy: tall, handsome, built, articulate and wealthy. But Potter still played him as a bit self-centered and controlling, which gave the character the flaws he needed to remain grounded and real.

    There was a scene in an early episode of the first season when he explained he had been married before realizing he was gay and that, as a Type-A, had tried to will himself straight. Although it was the construction of a screenwriter, the scene was poignant and believable. I happen to know a guy much like David and I see a lot of David in him.

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    Oct 11, 2010 11:14 AM GMT
    mizu5 saidI thought maxxie, from the british show skins, was a fairly good representation of one type of gay man.


    I agree 100%
    He was portrayed as a normal teenage guy who happened to have a preference for other guys. He was an extremely realistic character. I guess some people would think that him being a proficient dancer is a stereotype but I believe everyone is a stereotype to some degree. The point is, Maxxie was just a normal dude whose homosexuality was just incidental to his character. All the tolerant characters of Skins didn't think his sexuality was a problem at all, they barely even mentioned it.

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    Oct 11, 2010 12:07 PM GMT
    As annoying as the show was, Jack on Dawson's Creek was a pretty good portrayal. I could relate to him the most out of all the gay characters I've seen on TV.

    Now, sheer entertainment is another story, and Jack from Will and Grace gets that hands down.
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    Oct 11, 2010 12:24 PM GMT
    burgoguy said
    mizu5 saidI thought maxxie, from the british show skins, was a fairly good representation of one type of gay man.


    I agree 100%
    He was portrayed as a normal teenage guy who happened to have a preference for other guys. He was an extremely realistic character. I guess some people would think that him being a proficient dancer is a stereotype but I believe everyone is a stereotype to some degree. The point is, Maxxie was just a normal dude whose homosexuality was just incidental to his character. All the tolerant characters of Skins didn't think his sexuality was a problem at all, they barely even mentioned it.

    Plus, he was a total babe icon_razz.gif
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    I agree too and he is a cute guy
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    Oct 11, 2010 12:27 PM GMT
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    Best portrayal of a stereotypical gay, yes. Otherwise, no.
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    Oct 11, 2010 12:48 PM GMT
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    Such a good show.
  • Karnage

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    Oct 11, 2010 12:58 PM GMT
    I think my all time favorite would have to be Willow from Buffy. She's one of the earlier gay characters to not play up the stereotypes.

    If I had to go with a gay man, probably Lafayette from True Blood. That girl has got some sass!
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    Oct 11, 2010 1:09 PM GMT
    Allathlete said293.modern.cam.mitch.lr.120709.jpg

    Such a good show.


    I second this!

    The red head is SO cute.
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    Oct 11, 2010 6:26 PM GMT
    In recent shows, I give it to Kevin and Scotty, Riley and Zane (who is Asian and probably the only gay Asian character on t.v.). In the past, it was Keith. It was nice to see a black gay man on television.

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    Oct 11, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
    Balljunkie saidIn recent shows, I give it to Kevin and Scotty, Riley and Zane (who is Asian and probably the only gay Asian character on t.v.). In the past, it was Keith. It was nice to see a black gay man on television.



    Keith and David from six feet under
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    keith n david were the best
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    Oct 11, 2010 6:31 PM GMT
    The hot nurse in nurse Jackie I think thats closest to a real gay guy, not flaming, but open about loving hot men