A few weeks ago we asked readers to name their favorite gay or bisexual male characters of all time. As usual, we left the female characters to our sisters over at AfterEllen. Now, after sorting through the thirty thousand plus write-in votes, we have the results, and one thing leaps out at us: you guys certainly have a soft spot for the bad boys! Oh well, at least the guy who ranks 1 is an honest to goodness sweetheart. A few statistics before we get to the list. Almost every single character in the top 50 came from a show that ran in the current century.
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The inclusion of gay characters in mainstream television and film has been an ongoing process for the industry — one that has made the the current generation of TV shows some of the most progressive to date. The network has featured prominent gay characters in several of its series — though, admittedly, with mixed results thus far. Here are seven shows from HBO's lineup, both present and past, that prominently feature gay characters in their storylines. Six Feet Under : The premise is a bit somber — a family owns a funeral home — and morticians generally don't personify warm and fuzzy feelings.
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Neda Ulaby. You, me and that kid forever. It's a mini-boomlet, says real-life white gay dad and sociology professor Joshua Gamson. Not too long ago, he says, pop culture mainly defined gay men as promiscuous and deviant, rather than monogamous and devoted to their families.
The hard part is trying to figure out which ones you should tune into. Note: this list only includes shows that are currently on the air, or have upcoming seasons in the works. The Americans FX. Over its three-season run, the show has managed to maintain its high quality if drama with suspenseful and twisty action.