ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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Allanah Faherty

While The Walking Dead comic readers can rest assured that most of the big storylines will eventually make their way into the TV show, for smaller character details it's not always so guaranteed.

But despite deviations from the Robert Kirkman comics in the past, Sunday night's episode had comic readers overjoyed when Paul 'Jesus' Rovia was confirmed as a member of the LGBT community, just like his comic book counterpart. In the comic series, readers learned of Jesus's relationship with a man named Alex in Issue 122, but lucky for Jesus fans the reveal was brought forward for the TV series.

Jesus with his partner Alex in Issue 122 [Credit: Image Comics/Skybound[
Jesus with his partner Alex in Issue 122 [Credit: Image Comics/Skybound[

The reveal that Jesus was gay was as casual as The Walking Dead has handled the reveal of any of its other LGBT characters, with Jesus casually dropping mention of former boyfriends into a conversation with Maggie. Jesus was speaking about how Maggie and Sasha's move to the Hilltop had helped him integrate into the community when he revealed his sexuality, saying:

"For the first time, I feel like I belong. Trying to make sure you and Sasha became a part of this made me a part of this. When I was first here I was never here. I, um I always found it hard getting close to anyone — neighbors, friends, boyfriends."

Jesus reveals to Maggie he's gay [Credit: AMC]
Jesus reveals to Maggie he's gay [Credit: AMC]

While the reveal was met with a knowing smile from Maggie, it was welcomed with rapturous applause by fans, with the internet going wild celebrating the inclusion of this important detail from the comics.

But, as mentioned earlier, Jesus is by no means the first gay character on The Walking Dead, in fact he's actually the sixth! Take a look below and remind yourself of the other LGBT survivors (and some that sadly didn't survive the long haul) of The Walking Dead:

Tara Chambler

[Credit: Gene Page/AMC]
[Credit: Gene Page/AMC]

Tara was the first openly gay character introduced in The Walking Dead during Season 4, revealed when she began a relationship with Alisha while the two were living in Caesar Martinez's camp. Unfortunately Tara's girlfriends have a habit of dying, with Alisha shot by Lizzie during the siege on the prison in Season 4, and Denise dying after she was shot by Dwight's crossbow in Season 6.

Alisha

Alisha in Season 4 [Credit: AMC]
Alisha in Season 4 [Credit: AMC]

Alisha was a minor character who featured in Season 4, and was briefly in a relationship with Tara. The pair met after Tara's sister Lilly treated Alisha's wounds, and were later seen together. However, it wasn't until after Alisha's death (she was shot by Lizzie) that Tara referred to her as her girlfriend.

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Aaron and Eric Raleigh

Eric and Aaron in Season 5, Episode 11 [Credit: AMC]
Eric and Aaron in Season 5, Episode 11 [Credit: AMC]

Aaron and Eric's relationship was introduced in the first full episode the two appeared in during Season 5. Since Aaron and Eric's introduction, Aaron has become a big part of the group and he revealed to Daryl later in Season 5 that he and Eric have always been seen as outsiders due to people's homophobia, including Aaron's own mother.

Denise Cloyd

[Credit: Gene Page/AMC]
[Credit: Gene Page/AMC]

Denise was the fifth LGBT character introduced in The Walking Dead, revealed when she kissed Tara. The two later began a relationship shortly after the Wolves attack Alexandria. Unfortunately the pair did not have a lot of time together before Denise was killed by Dwight while Tara was out on a supply run.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 15 on March 26

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