Although we have come so far with film and TV, there's still massive issue with equality both on and off screen. This lack of equality significantly effects the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Out of the top 100 films of 2014, and thus out of 4,610 characters the following were LGBT:
- 10 were gay men
- 4 were lesbian
- 5 were bisexual
- 0 were transgender
Therefore, I feel it's appropriate to highlight the success and popularity of some LGBT characters in Film and TV in a bid for more LGBT characters.
Orange is the New Black — Alex Vause played by Laura Prepon
She's feisty, she's sexy, and she's one of Orange is The New Black's most controversial characters.
Known for her on-off relationship with fellow inmate, and former lover, Piper, Alex is someone who rules the roost in the Litchfield prison. Don't get on the wrong side of Vause, like she did the law.
"Rule number one. Don't ever fall in love with a straight girl."
American Horror Story: Asylum — Lana Winters played by Sarah Paulson
This determined, strong female found herself admitted to American Horror Story's asylum set in 1960s America, after trying to get a story to write on. She gets more than she bargained for:
She faced torture, neglect, and her homosexuality was attempted to be erased. Yet, she came bouncing back at the end of the season, stronger than before.
"I am tough, but I'm no cookie."
Skins — Naomi Campbell played by Lily Loveless
She's sarcastic, intellectual, and a real partygoer. After denying and suppressing her sexuality for the best part of the show's third series, Loveless' character finally embraces her sexuality through the arms of Emily Fitch.
"You couldn't make me feel alright if you stapled your tongue to my clit and stood on a cement mixer."
Carol — Carol played by Cate Blanchett
Take her with a pinch of salt, as Carol might not be everyone's cup of tea. She meets lover, Therese by accident in an apartment store while buying her daughter a Christmas gift, and it is this emotive and physical relationship with Therese that caught the attention and hearts of many.
"Just when it can't get any worse, you run out of cigarettes."
Bound — Violet played by Jennifer Tilly
This femme-fatale is confident, desirable, and manipulative and she works it so well. Violet plays her gangster husband for his money while having an affair with masculine Corky, a "handy man" and decorator working on the empty apartment next door.
"I have a tattoo. Would you like to see it?"
Brokeback Mountain — Ennis Del Mar played by Heath Ledger
He's a cowboy, he's passionate, and emotionally compelling.
Set predominately in the 1960s, Heath Ledger's Ennis meets the love of his life. He lives two identities: the heterosexual and the secretive homosexual. Ennis spends most of his summers up in the mountains with his homosexual lover, and oh my there are some steamy sex scenes.
"We can get together...once in a while, way the hell out in the middle of nowhere"
Torchwood — Captain Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman
He saves the world, he's outwardly flirtatious, and he's the man everyone wants.
Captain Jack Harkness was introduced to our screens as the first openly homosexual character on Doctor Who and continued his confident and charismatic ways in the spin off Torchwood. In between saving the world from Alien species, and flirting with everything with a pulse, it is the relationship Jack has with Welsh-boy Ianto that will pull at your heartstrings.
That was just a kiss, imagine the buzz you'd get from the rest"
High School Musical — Ryan Evans Played by Lucas Grabeel
He's sassy, Sharpay's partner in crime, and is probably really good to go shopping with.
Apparent in all films of the High School Musical franchise, Ryan Evans is the sassy gay best friend most people would want. And — might I just add — his style and dance moves are on point.
"Hey, look, I know everyone thinks that I'm Sharpay's...poodle"
Game of Thrones — Loras Tyrell played by Finn Jones
He's the Queen's brother, gay, and locked in a cell because of it.
Loras, from the house of Tyrell has is best known for his love for friend, Lord Renly Baratheon. Unfortunately, this has ended him up in quite a bit of trouble, and is imprisoned in King's Landing. We recently saw him wanting to give up in the most recent series of the TV show, is this the end for Loras?
"Where is it written that power is the sole province of the worst? That thrones are only made for the hated and the feared? You would be a wonderful king."
Ugly Betty — Justin Suarez Played by Mark Indelicato
He's clever confident, and trendy.
We've watched Justin grow up into the sexually confident homosexual young adult he becomes at the end of the Ugly Betty series. At the height of much media speculation, Justin's sexual orientation is only revealed in Season 4.
"Eww, dad tried to take me out to fast food. Chicken nuggets are 15 points. It's almost bathing suit season."
Above are some of my most memorable Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual characters in recent films of TV shows. It's important we recognize and celebrate the success of these characters in a bid to see characters and story arcs like these on our screens!