Belonging to the LGBT community has always been difficult. From a young age, when the individual realizes that he or she is different from the majority, normal things start to feel complicated. To begin with, within family circles most parents want and expect their children to marry someone of the opposite sex and provide grandchildren. A lot of the time when they find out their child is gay, a war erupts at home, and in many cases kids begin to feel isolated, or in more extreme cases, they are kicked out. Even in film and TV, it wasn’t until the late 1990’s that LGBT characters started to become more mainstream and find acceptance from audiences. From the rigid, repressive fifties when you had to be aware of the signs to “read” and realize there was a homosexual character in a film, such as John “Plato” Crawford in Rebel Without A Cause (1955), to the more recent Jack Harkness in Doctor Who, an openly gay character who became a role model for young LGBT people in the UK, we have come a long way. On today’s list we remember 25 Most Influential Fictional LGBT Characters In Pop Culture History.
Agador, The Birdcage
Do you remember the flamboyant Guatemalan housekeeper with the catchy name Agador in The Birdcage? How couldn’t you, right? For this hysterical role, which Hank Azaria considers his “big break,” he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, and critically branded “the most hilarious performance in the film,” by Alison Macor of The Austin Chronicle, while Empire wrote that he “[stole] the show.”
Jack McPhee, Dawson’s Creek
Jack McPhee is a character from the WB drama Dawson’s Creek, portrayed by Kerr Smith. Initially introduced in the series’ second season, he dated girl-next-door Joey Potter before discovering his sexuality. Jack later became openly gay and was lucky to have one of the most awesome fathers who accepted his sexuality as every father who loves and respects his child should do.
Jack McFarland, Will & Grace
Jack McFarland is a character on the American sitcom Will & Grace, played by Sean Hayes. A “campy” gay man, Jack has always had a passion for acting and the theater, although his friends, among others, doubt his abilities in this area. He never gets discouraged, though, and changes careers a lot, from cater waiter, Banana Republic and Barneys New York sales clerk, and acting teacher, to student nurse, surfer, and backup dancer for J. Lo and Janet Jackson. An epic character by any measure indeed.
Catherine Tramell, Basic Instinct
Catherine Tramell is the hidden true antagonist of the Basic Instinct movies. She is portrayed by Sharon Stone, and other than being a psycho serial killer, she is also an openly bisexual woman who had many short-lived, empty affairs with people of both sexes which ended when she killed them.
Maya Avant, The Bold and the Beautiful
Maya Avant is a character on The Bold and the Beautiful, who has been portrayed by the beautiful Karla Mosley since January 2013. Despite most fans of soap operas being used to story lines they never saw coming, this one really shocked them. For two years fans had known Maya Avant as a supermodel and fashion industry executive, but a few months ago her sister confronted her about her past, dramatically demanding answers after her birth certificate listed her as a boy named Myron. Yep, you guessed right— gorgeous Maya was born a boy.