Some mile­stone media por­tray­als

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Billy Crys­tal’s prime-time por­trayal of the openly gay Jodie Dal­las seemed dar­ing when the spoofy sit­com “Soap” pre­miered in 1977. Some other key film and tele­vi­sion char­ac­ters who helped build public ac­cep­tance of gays and les­bians,


(1977-1981) Billy Crys­tal plays the first openly gay char­ac­ter in broad­cast prime­time.


(1993) Tom Hanks wins an Os­car for his per­for­mance as a gay at­tor­ney with AIDS.

‘The Real World: San Fran­cisco’

(1994) MTV’s au­di­ence sees Pe­dro Zamora’s strug­gle with AIDS and the same-sex com­mit­ment cer­e­mony be­tween Zamora and his part­ner.


(1994-1998) More than 40 mil­lion peo­ple watch as Ellen DeGeneres’ char­ac­ter comes out as gay on her sit­com in 1997.

‘Will and Grace’

(1998-2006) Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den later says the NBC sit­com did more to ed­u­cate Amer­i­cans about gay is­sues than any­thing else.

‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’

(2003-2007) Bravo’s Emmy-win­ning re­al­ity TV se­ries fea­tures five gay men who give makeovers to straight men.

‘Broke­back Moun­tain’

(2005) The Ang Lee-di­rected film stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyl­len­haal as two cowboys in a gay re­la­tion­ship.


(2009-2015) Fox’s show about a high school singing club regularly fea­tures LGBT char­ac­ters and is cred­ited with help­ing teens deal with their sex­u­al­ity.

‘Mod­ern Fam­ily’

(2009-present) The re­la­tion­ship be­tween char­ac­ters Mitch and Cam nor­mal­izes gay cou­ples in the main­stream.


(2014-2015) Gay char­ac­ters’ sto­ries and re­la­tion­ships take cen­ter stage on the HBO show.


John P. John­son HBO

“SIX FEET UN­DER,” which ran on HBO from 2001 to 2005, promi­nently fea­tured the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two gay char­ac­ters, David (Michael C. Hall) and Keith (Mathew St. Pa­trick).

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