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55 Gay TV characters you need to know

No television soap, drama or comedy is complete without at least one gay character. But not so long ago, we were often just a token presence or the butt of a homophobic joke. Thankfully, times have changed, and now we’re often an integral part of the plot. We look back over 40 years of the small screen to bring you the most influential, memorable and trailblazing gay (and bi!) characters in telly history.
MODERN FAMILY

Colin Russell (played by Michael Cashman)EastEnders Soap’s first ever gay man crammed much into his three year Albert Square tenancy – an underage boyfriend, the first same-sex kiss and an HIV scare. Meanwhile, Colin’s second kiss was described by The Sun as a “love scene between yuppie poofs”.

Tinky WinkyTeletubbies Reassuring pre-toddlers that it doesn’t matter if you’re a purple alien with a gay pride shaped triangle on top of your head – if you want to carry a handbag, then carry one. Just as long as you do it with style.

Oberyn Martell (played by Pedro Pascal)Game of Thrones Oh, how we lusted after the sexy, swarthy, handy-with-a sword Oberyn. He represented the bisexual man, sharing a bed and his vociferous sexual appetite with both men and women, without having his masculinity questioned.

Titus Andromedon (played by Tituss Burgess)Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Just one of many reasons to watch this Netflix comedy is the larger-than-life Titus. He has the best lines, the best cutaways and the wildest wardrobe. Tituss plays it for laughs, but with dollops of sensitivity when required.

EASTENDERS

Nathan Maloney (played by Charlie Hunnam)Queer as Folk Yes, this gay Bieber was as irritating as hell, but much was to be admired about the 15-year-old’s impatient desire to live a life in a community where he instinctively knew he belonged. And kudos for being the recipient of TV’s first-ever rim-job.

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