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.
Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Willow Rosenberg is a character created for the fantasy television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003). She was portrayed throughout the series by Alyson Hannigan and stood out as a positive portrayal of a Jewish woman, and at the height of her popularity she fell in love with another woman, a witch named Tara Maclay. They became one of the first lesbian couples on U.S. television and one of the most positive relationships in the series.
Kurt Hummel, Glee
The fans of the super-successful show are aware that Kurt Hummel was the first openly gay character introduced in the series. In the beginning, Kurt is in the closet until he comes out to Mercedes Jones and eventually to his father, Burt. He harbors a crush on Finn Hudson and tries to pursue him, despite Finn being straight. He even goes as far as to set his father up with Finn’s mother, Carole, just so he could be closer to him, which backfires when Finn uses a homophobic slur against him during an outburst.
Matt Fielding, Melrose Place
Matt Fielding is a character in the American television series Melrose Place, portrayed by Doug Savant. Matt was an openly gay man working as a social worker in LA. In contrast to the promiscuous sexual behavior and relationship issues that drove the stories of Melrose’s straight characters, Matt’s story lines tended to be about subjects like gay bashing and workplace discrimination. Matt occasionally became romantically involved with another man but was never shown in any sexual situations.
Will Truman, Will & Grace
Will Truman is a character on the American sitcom Will & Grace, portrayed by Eric McCormack. He is a homosexual lawyer who lives on the Upper West Side of New York City with his best friend, Grace Adler. The series also portrays his relationship with the two other main characters, Karen Walker and Jack McFarland.
Mitchell Pritchett, Modern Family
If you’re fan of the show then you definitely know Mitchell is the exact opposite of his boyfriend, Cameron, which usually causes disagreements. Mitchell is also known for suffering from a strange phobia named ornithophobia, which is the fear of birds. He’s also “famous” for cooking chicken better than Gordon Ramsey, which he then feeds to the people he loves.