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Leading Characters - Broadcast
Supporing Characters - Broadcast
Recurring Characters - Broadcast
Leading Characters - Cable
Supporting Characters - Cable
Recurring Characters - Cable
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LEADING CHARACTERS – BROADCAST


SHOW

NETWORK

CHARACTER

ACTOR

ORIENTATION/ETHNICITY

Grey’s Anatomy

ABC

Callie Torres

Sara Ramirez

Bisexual/Latina

Happy Endings

ABC

Max Blum

Adam Pally

Gay/White

Modern Family

ABC

Mitchell Prichett

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Gay/White

Modern Family

ABC

Cameron Tucker

Eric Stonestreet

Gay/White

Smash

NBC

Tom

Christian Borle

Gay/White

Total Count:  5

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS – BROADCAST


SHOW

NETWORK

CHARACTER

ACTOR

ORIENTATION/ETHNICITY

90210

The CW

Adrianna Tate- Duncan

Jessica Lowndes

Bisexual/White

Allen Gregory

Fox

Jeremy

Nat Faxon

Gay/White

Allen Gregory

Fox

Richard

French Stewart

Gay/White

American Dad

Fox

Roger

Seth MacFarlane

Bisexual/Other

Bones

Fox

Angela Montenegro

Michaela Conlin

Bisexual/API

GCB

ABC

Blake Reilly

Mark Deklin

Gay/White

Glee

Fox

Blaine Anderson

Darren Criss

Gay/White

Glee

Fox

Kurt Hummel

Chris Colfer

Gay/White

Glee

Fox

Santana Lopez

Naya Rivera

Lesbian/Latina

Glee

Fox

Brittany S. Pierce

Heather Morris

Bisexual/White

The Good Wife

CBS

Kalinda Sharma

Archie Panjabi

Bisexual/API

Grey’s Anatomy

ABC

Arizona Robbins

Jessica Capshaw

Lesbian/White

The Office

NBC

Oscar Martinez

Oscar Nuñez

Gay/Latino

The Playboy Club

NBC

Alice

Leah Renee

Lesbian/White

Total Count: 14

RECURRING CHARACTERS – BROADCAST


SHOW

NETWORK

CHARACTER

ACTOR

ORIENTATION/ETHNICITY

90210

The CW

Teddy Montgomery

Trevor Donovan

Gay/White

American Dad

Fox

Terry Bates

Mike Barker

Gay/White

American Dad

Fox

Greg Corbin

Seth McFarlane

Gay/White

The Cleveland Show

Fox

Terry

Jason Sudeikis

Bisexual/White

Desperate Housewives

ABC

Bob Hunter

Tuc Watkins

Gay/White

Desperate Housewives

ABC

Lee McDermott

Kevin Rahm

Gay/White

GCB

ABC

Booth Becker

Denton Blane Everett

Gay/White

The Good Wife

CBS

Owen Cavanaugh

Dallas Roberts

Gay/White

The Good Wife

CBS

Sophia Russo

Kelli Giddish

Bisexual/White

Revenge

ABC

Tyler

Ashton Holmes

Gay/White

Rules of Engagement

CBS

Brenda

Sarah Rue

Lesbian/White

The Playboy Club

NBC

Sean

Sean Maher

Gay/White

The Simpsons

Fox

Patty Bouvier

Julie Kavner

Lesbian/White

The Simpsons

Fox

Waylon Smithers

Harry Shearer

Gay/White

Total Count:  14

LEADING CHARACTERS – CABLE


SHOW

NETWORK

CHARACTER

ACTOR

ORIENTATION/ETHNICITY

Happily Divorced

TV Land

Peter Lovett

John Michael Higgins

Gay/White

Pretty Little Liars

ABC Family

Emily Fields

Shay Mitchell

Lesbian/Multi-racial

Shameless

Showtime

Ian Gallagher

Cameron Monaghan

Gay/White

Southland

TNT

Officer John Cooper

Michael Cudlitz

Gay/White

Torchwood: Miracle Day

Starz

Jack Harkness

John Barrowman

Bisexual/White

Total Count: 5

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS – CABLE


SHOW

NETWORK

CHARACTER

ACTOR

ORIENTATION/ETHNICITY

Archer

FX

Pam

Amber Nash

Bisexual/White

Archer

FX

Ray Gillette

Adam Reed

Gay/White

Boardwalk Empire

HBO

Angela Darmody

Aleksa Palladino

Bisexual/White

Degrassi

TeenNick

Fiona Coyne

Annie Clark

Lesbian/White

Degrassi

TeenNick

Zane Park

Shannon Kook-Chun

Gay/API

Degrassi

TeenNick

Riley Stavros

Argiris Karras

Gay/White

Degrassi

TeenNick

Adam Torres

Jordan Todosey

Straight/White

Entourage

HBO

Lloyd Lee

Rex Lee

Gay/API

HawthoRNe

TNT

Kelly

Vanessa Lengies

Lesbian/White

Hung

HBO

Damon Drecker

Charlie Saxon

Bisexual/White

Love that Girl!

TV One

Adonis

Mark Adair-Rios

Gay/Multi-racial

Love that Girl!

TV One

Fabian

Peter Oldring

Gay/White

Nurse Jackie

Showtime

Dr. Eleanor O’Hara

Eve Best

Bisexual/White

Nurse Jackie

Showtime

Thor Lundgren

Stephen Wallem

Gay/White

Single Ladies

VH!

Omar

Travis Winfrey

Gay/Black

Spartacus: Vengeance

Starz

Lucretia

Lucy Lawless

Bisexual/White

True Blood

HBO

Pam De Beaufort

Kristin Bauer

Lesbian/White

True Blood

HBO

Lafayette Reynolds

Nelsan Ellis

Gay/Black

True Blood

HBO

Tara Thornton

Rutina Wesley

Bisexual/Black

True Blood

HBO

Jesus Velasquez

Kevin Alejandro

Gay/Latino

Warehouse 13

Syfy

Steve Jinks

Aaron Ashmore

Gay/White

White Collar

USA

Diana Barrigan

Marsha Thomason

Lesbian/Black

Total Count: 22

RECURRING CHARACTERS – CABLE


SHOW

NETWORK

CHARACTER

ACTOR

ORIENTATION/ETHNICITY

American Horror story

FX

Character 1

Zachary Quinto

Gay/White

American Horror Story

FX

Character 2

Teddy Sears

Gay/White

Being Human

Syfy

Emily

Alison Louder

Lesbian/White

The Big C

Showtime

Lee

Hugh Dancy

Gay/White

The Closer

TNT

Dr. Morales

Jonathon Del Arco

Gay/Latino

Children’s Hospital

Adult Swim

Dr. Brian

Jordan Peele

Bisexual/Black

Game of Thrones

HBO

Renly Baratheon

Gethin Anthony

Gay/White

Game of Thrones

HBO

Loras Tyrell

Finn Jones

Gay/White

Mad Men

AMC

Joyce Ramsay

Zosia Mamet

Lesbian/White

Pretty Little Liars

ABC Family

Maya St. Germain

Bianca Lawson

Lesbian/Black

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

ABC Family

Griffin

Brando Eaton

Gay/White

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

ABC Family

Nora Underwood

Anne Ramsay

Lesbian/White

Shameless

Showtime

Bob

Carlease Burke

Lesbian/Black

Shameless

Showtime

Kash

Pej Vahdat

Gay/API

Shameless

Showtime

Jess

Missy Doty

Lesbian/Black

Shameless

Showtime

Monica Gallagher

Chloe Webb

Bisexual/White

Shameless

Showtime

Mickey Milkovich

Noel Fisher

Gay/White

South Park

Comedy Central

Mr. Garrison

Trey Parker

Bisexual/White

Teen Wolf

MTV

Danny

Keahu Kahuanui

Gay/API

True Blood

HBO

Naomi

Vedette Lim

Lesbian/White

True Blood

HBO

Nan Flanagan

Jessica Tuck

Lesbian/White

Weeds

Showtime

Zoya

Olga Sosnovska

Bisexual/White

Total Count: 22

ADDENDUM:

These characters were not announced or identified as LGBT in time to be included in the Where We Are on TV report

SHOW

NETWORK

CHARACTER

ACTOR

ORIENTATION/ETHNICITY

STATUS

Glee

Fox

Sebastian

Grant Gustin

Gay/White

Recurring

 

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