The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

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List Criteria: Upvote the most upstanding gay role models in fiction.

List of the best gay characters ever to grace the big and silver screens. These fictional gay characters have played both lead and supporting roles in film and TV series, and many who have stolen scenes and become icons in the LGBT communities. This list includes both gay and lesbian fictional characters who have served as strong gay role models. Over the past few decades, gay characters have become more prominent and popular in film and TV. 

Vote for those characters who have had the most impact in modern culture to move them up the list. Which gay fictional character do you think sends the best message to the LGBT communiy? Who are your favorite gay fictional characters?
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Xena: Warrior Princess

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    Kadosh

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    Doctor Whoniverse

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    Harry Potter universe

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Ellen

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    Will & Grace

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    Modern Family

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    Modern Family

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    The 100

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    Glee

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    Glee

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    Will & Grace

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    Brokeback Mountain

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    Glee

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    Pretty Little Liars

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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    Six Feet Under

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    torchwood

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    Marvel Universe

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    Philadelphia

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    Queer as Folk

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    Law & Order: SVU

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    The Birdcage

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    Ugly Betty

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    Queer as Folk

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    Brooklyn Nine Nine

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    Dawson's Creek

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    Lena Adams Foster 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

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    Lena Adams Foster

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    Glee   

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    The L Word

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    The Birdcage

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    Brokeback Mountain

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    Fried Green Tomatoes

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    The Office

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    The L Word

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    Soap

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    The New Normal

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    Felix Dawkins 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Gay Role Models

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    Felix Dawkins Orphan Black

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    George Falconer 
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    George Falconer A Single Man

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    Lost Girl

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    Beginners

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    Buffyverse

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    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy

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    Six Feet Under Six Feet Under

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