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List of American television episodes with LGBT themes

Since the 1970s, American television and cable programs have sometimes aired episodes addressing issues relating to homosexuality. Storylines in individual episodes have concerned gay rights, or perhaps more broadly, expressed what a producer or writer believes is a need for understanding and tolerance for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.

A producer or writer may choose to address homosexuality-related topics in one of several ways:

  • The "coming out" episode – Where a main or supporting character reveals he/she is gay.
  • Integrating (often briefly) a LGBT character into the series.
  • An episode where a one-time character – seen or unseen – is revealed as being gay, and the main characters dealing with the issue (e.g., a family visiting a relative who makes his/her announcement).
  • An episode with a villain who is identified as being LGBT.
  • An episode dealing with the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Until the late 1990s (when actress Ellen DeGeneres revealed her real-life homosexuality and built this into her situation comedy, Ellen), it was relatively rare for a television series – drama or comedy – to address gay issues. However, a handful of programs did build individual episodes around the issue as early as the 1970s – most notably All in the Family, which had several "gay-themed" episodes – usually either to address a certain aspect of the topic, to make the show controversial or establish a certain philosophy among the characters.

Pre Ellen: 1950s - 1989

Alien Nation

  • Chains of Love (1989) Sikes has to deal with a male Newcomer who has developed a crush on him as a result of a love potion called "sardonac" and follows him around.
  • Real Men (1990) George contemplates paternity leave.
  • Body and Soul (1994) A gay couple are among the participates at the inter-species sex course that Matt and Cathy attend.
  • Millennium (1996) George remarks to his wife that there is nothing wrong if their son dates other men.

All in the Family

  • Judging Books By Covers – (1971) After mocking his son-in-law Mike's effeminate but heterosexual lunch guest, Archie Bunker finds out that one of his all-American drinking buddies is a gay man.
  • Archie the Hero (1975) Archie saves the life of a drag queen known as Beverly LaSalle (who he thinks is a woman) by administering artificial respiration and is chagrined when the rescue draws media attention (because he's "kissed a guy").
  • Edith's Crisis of Faith (1977)- Edith learns of Beverly's murder and this causes her to question her belief in God.
  • Cousin Liz (1977) – Archie and Edith attend the funeral of Edith's cousin, Liz. Afterward, Liz's friend Veronica (K Callan), a teacher, reveals she and Liz were more than just roommates. Edith is surprised to learn Liz and Veronica were lesbian partners, but is quickly accepting; in fact, she allows Veronica to keep a valuable tea service that had been bequeathed to her. Archie is outraged and, after ranting about how God hates gays, declares his intent to sue for the tea service. Edith warns Archie to back off, telling him that God will handle the relationship between Liz and Veronica and that a lawsuit would likely destroy her teaching career (because Veronica would likely be outed during the trial). Archie relents, but states that he does not have to like what went on between the two women.

Archie Bunker's Place

  • "The Cook" (1980) – Veronica Rooney (Anne Meara) is hired as the cook, and insists that her openly gay nephew, Fred, is hired as a waiter. Fred quits a few episodes later, stating that Archie is not ready to work with an openly gay man.

Barney Miller

  • Marty (Jack DeLeon) was a gay purse snatcher, who gave up crime and got a boyfriend named Darryl (Ray Stewart). Officer Zitelli (Dino Natali) would come out of the closet to protest anti-gay police polices.

The Bob Newhart Show

  • Some of My Best Friends Are... features Howard Hesseman as a gay patient who joins Dr. Hartley's long-standing therapy group. The title of this episode is the same as a LGBT-themed film that was released in the early 1970s.

Carter Country

  • "Out of the Closet" (1977) - Chief Roy is stunned when his old friend and fishing buddy Bill (Richard Jaeckel) reveals he's gay.

Columbo

  • "By Dawn's Early Light" (1974) - Colonel Lyle C. Rumford (Patrick McGoohan) is implied to be a gay man with an interest in S&M.
  • Another episode featured an effeminate hair stylist who is afraid that Columbo is going to arrest him.

The Cosby Show

  • "Pilot" (1984) - Cliff ask Denise if she should be worried about her boyfriend, because he has an earring in his ear.

Dallas

  • Royal Marriage (1979) - J.R. Ewing has high hopes for the upcoming marriage of his niece Lucy and Kit Mainwaring, son of an oilman with whom J.R. hopes to do business. However, when Kit reveals his homosexuality to J.R., he still insists the wedding go on. However, Bobby (to whom he comes out later) tells Kit that he must tell Lucy the truth.

Diff'rent Strokes

  • "On Your Toes" (1982) - Willis is upset that Arnold has taken up ballet, beliving that it something for sissies or "sweet" [read: gay] men.
  • "The Senior Class Queen" (1984) - Willis runs for the Senior Class Beauty Pageant in response to Kimberly's campaign to open up a school club to women.
  • "Sam's New Pal" (1985) - Sam is shocked to discover that his best friend is really a girl.

Doctor, Doctor

  • "Torch Song Cardiology" (1989) - Mike's gay brother, Richard, helps Grant write a speech and the two become close friends, prompting some homophobia from Mike, Dierdre and Abe.
  • "Accentuate the Positive" (1990) - Dierdre is uncomfortable treating a man with AIDS.

The Equalizer

  • "First Light" (1987) - Openly gay actor and author Quentin Crisp guest stars.

The Facts of Life

  • Rough Housing (1979) - In the first episode, Cindy's casual, friendly hug of a girl is misinterpreted by Blair as being "strange." Later, the tomboyish Cindy confides to Mrs. Garrett that because she likes sports, dislikes dresses, and feels uncomfortable around boys, she thinks "maybe I'm not normal", until Mrs. Garrett convinces her that two girls can show affection even if they are not gay. The episode does not specifically use the word "lesbian".

Frank's Place

  • "Season's Greetings" (1987) - "Bubba" Weisburger (Robert Harper), longtime friend of Frank, tells his mother that Frank is his lover in an effort to stop her nagging questions about when he is going to marry and settle down.

Friday the 13th: The Series

  • "Night Prey" (1988) - Implied allegory to vampires and homosexuality. The episode also featured a female prostitute being paid to kiss a female vampire.
  • "The Secret Agenda of Mesmer's Bauble" (1989) - A man is so obsessed with a female singer, that he wants to become her.

Gimme a Break!

  • The Chief's Gay Evening (1982) - During a stakeout which involves an officer (Frank Bonner) posing as a woman, another of Chief Kanisky's officers (Eugene Roche) takes offense at a distasteful gay joke, and in the argument that follows the officer reveals that he is gay.
  • Melissa (1983) - Nell sets the Chief up with a woman, not knowing that the woman is actually an MTF transgender.

The Golden Girls

  • The effeminate gay male live-in cook named Coco (Charles Levin) was eliminated after the 1985 pilot episode because series creator Susan Harris considered him unnecessary.
  • Isn't it Romantic (1986) - Dorothy's old friend Jean (Lois Nettleton), a lesbian whose partner has recently died, comes to visit, and develops a crush on Rose.
  • Scared Straight (1988) - Blanche's younger brother Clayton (Monte Markham) comes out as gay on a visit to Miami.
  • 'Ebbtide's Revenge' (1990) - Funeral for Dorothy's (Beatrice Arthur) younger brother Phil Petrillo. Phil was a heterosexual cross-dresser.
  • Sister of the Bride (1991) - Clayton returns, this time with a boyfriend with whom he intends to have a commitment ceremony.
  • 'Episode - An effeminate theatre director.
  • Goodbye, Mr. Gordon (1992) - Blanche and Dorothy are mistaken for a couple on a talk show.

Hill Street Blues

  • "Trial By Fury" - Belker befriends a gay prostitute named Eddie Gregg (Charles Levin).

Hotel

  • "Rallying Cry" (1985) - Guests (Lloyd Bochner, Marion Ross) at the hotel sue for custody of their granddaughter after learning that their late daughter's ex-husband (Douglas Barr) is gay.
  • "Contest of Wills" (1988) – Two of the guests in the San Francisco hotel are a lesbian couple. One of the women is killed in a car accident, prompting the other woman's father to accuse her grieving lover of corrupting his daughter's morals.

The Jeffersons

  • Once a Friend (1977) features one of the first, if not the first, transgender characters on American television in the person of Edie, who George knows as an old Navy buddy named Eddie.

Kate and Allie

  • Odd Boy Out (1984) - Chip's friends think he's a sissy because he lives in a house with two women.
  • Landlady (1984) - Kate and Allie pretend to be a gay couple, so that their landlady, who is gay and has a lover, will not increase their rent.
  • The Marriage Counselor (1987) - Kate and Allie visit a marriage counselor to help them settle their arguments.

Magnum PI

  • Jororo Kill (1982) — Magnum must prevent a man, discharged from the British armed forces for being a transvestite, from killing a visiting Prime Minister.
  • Limited Engagement (1983) - Two elderly sisters are robbing a chain of convenience stores by dressing up as men.

Marcus Welby, M.D.

  • "The Other Martin Loring" (1973) - A stressed, diabetic man about to be divorced faces the "illness" of homosexuality.
  • "The Outrage" (1975) - A gay male high school teacher sexually molests one of his students. After protests from gay activists, dialogue was inserted to note that most child molesters are heterosexual.

Mary Tyler Moore Show

  • "My Brother's Keeper" (1973) - Phyllis wants to set up her visiting brother Ben (Robert Morse) with Mary. Phyllis' brother is gay.

M*A*S*H

  • George - A 1974 episode featured a serviceman who was beaten by members of his own unit for being gay. He confides in Hawkeye but Major Burns overhears and seeks to initiate a discharge. Hawkeye and Trapper blackmail Major Burns (threatening to reveal he bought the answers to his medical school admission exams) and he agrees to drop the matter.

Matlock

  • The Stripper (1986) - In the final moments of the episode Matlock tells the court that the mysterious and elusive murderer named Helen Shelly is really a cross-dressing male strip club worker suffering from "identity confusion."
  • The Star (1989) - Matlock is initially reluctant to defend a Hollywood director, accused of murder, because he is wearing an earring.

Maude

  • Maude's New Friend (1974) - Maude befriends a best selling author who is gay.
  • The Gay Bar (1977) – Maude is upset when her husband and some of his friends try to prevent a gay bar from opening up in their neighborhood.

Medical Center

  • The Fourth Sex (Parts 1 and 2) (1975) - Robert Reed (a closeted gay actor in real life) plays a transsexual doctor who decides to have sexual reassignment surgery.

The Midnight Caller

  • After it Happen (1988) - A bisexual man deliberately infects a straight women with the AIDS virus.

Murder She Wrote

  • Birds of a Feather (1984) – Jessica travels to San Francisco to attend the wedding of her niece, Victoria, only to learn that her fiancé is cross-dressing at a nightclub to earn a living, and is subsequently charged with the murder of his boss. While the fiancé is really straight, the episode does feature, the only time in the series, a gay couple in the background.

Night Court

  • The Blizzard (1984) - Dan is trapped in an elevator due to an electrical outage with a gay man who's attracted to him.
  • Best of Friends (1985) – Dan is upset when an old male friend comes to visit after having become a woman.
  • Passion Plundered (1989) - Harry and Dan pursue an attractive reporter (who also is a romance writer) sent to interview Harry, only to later find out that she is a lesbian.

N.Y.P.D.

  • Shakedown (1967) - The police must track down a blackmailer who is targeting gay men.
  • Everybody Loved Him (1969) - A successful film producer was murdered by a male prostitute.

Police Squad!

  • Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh) (1982) - Detective Frank Drebin admits to the victim's wife that he knows what it is like to live with another man.

Police Woman

  • Flowers of Evil (1974) - A lesbian couple that runs a nursing home is killing off its clients.
  • Episode? (1976) - Police woman meets up with her lesbian ex-roommate.

The Rockford Files

  • The Empty Frame (1978) – A trio of Berkeley Communists raid an elite dinner party being hosted by a gay couple and steal some of their valuable paintings. The gay couple hire Rockford to recover the paintings.
  • "Requiem for a Funny Box" (1977) the gay son of a mafia leader is forced to come out to his mafia father, after being blackmailed by a comedian. When an attempt to murder the comedian fails, the mafia leader orders his son to be executed to avoid shaming the family.

Room 222

  • What Is A Man? (1971) - high school boy becomes a target of schoolyard homophobia.

Sanford and Son

  • Lamont, Is That You? (1973) – Fred gets the wrong idea when he sees Lamont and Rollo patronize a nightclub that they later learn is a gay bar. The title of this episode is a nod to series star Redd Foxx's film Norman, Is That You? which was released the same year.

Simon and Simon

  • Details at Eleven (1981) - The brothers learn that Wade Christian (Peter Graves) is gay when they track him down to a gay bar in Tijuana and take incriminating pictures.
  • Episode? - Rick Simon (Gerald McRaney) jokingly implies that his brother is gay, when he speaks to an attractive waitress and tells her that his brother has AIDS.

St. Elsewhere

  • Release (1983) - One of Dr. Craig's old friends is planning to have a sex change operation.
  • AIDS and Comfort (1983) - A Boston politician checks into St. Eligius and learns that he has AIDS. He admits privately that he has had sexual encounters with men in the recent past. One of the first American network television programs to deal with the pandemic.
  • Split Decision (1988) - An AIDS patient.

Starsky and Hutch

Death in a Different Place - Game show host Art Fleming plays a bisexual cop and Charles Pierce appears as a female impersonator in this gay-themed episode.

Thirtysomething

  • Strangers (1989) - Melissa's gay friends Russell (David Marshall Grant) and Peter (Peter Frechette), were seen in bed together after what was a post-coital scene. The controversy ensured that the couple were not seen too much afterwards, although it was mentioned that one of the character had tested positive for HIV.

Three's Company

  • Series Star Jack (John Ritter) tells his conservative, senior, landlord that he is gay, so that he can live with two beautiful women. Several subsequent episodes dealt Jack pretending to be gay, and in the final episode he tolds his landlord that he had turned straight.
  • Stange Bedfellows (1977) - Mr. Roper thinks he gay when he wakes up in bed with Jack.
  • The Love Lesson' (1980) - Ralph Furley (Don Knotts) tries to "cure" Jack.
  • Night of the Ropers (1981) - Mr. Roper returns and Jack pretends to be gay, when he is around.
  • Grandma Jack (1983) - Jack dresses up as a woman to enter a cooking contest.

Trapper John, M.D.

  • Friends and Lovers (1985) - Libby's crushed to discover an old boyfriend is both gay and suffering from AIDS.

21 Jump Street

  • Honor Bound (1987) – The team investigates a military school where cadets are killing gays.
  • A Big Disease With A Little Name (1988) – The team protects a high school student living with AIDS.
  • A Change of Heart (1990) – A lesbian student makes a pass at Hoffs.

WKRP in Cincinnati

  • Les on a Ledge (1978) - Les Nessman threatens to jump out of the station's building after rumors about his sexual orientation circulate.

Pre Ellen: 1990 - 1997

Babylon 5

  • Talia Winters and Cmdr. Susan Ivanova were lovers for a short time, although this was not definitively confirmed until the third season, after Andrea Thompson (who played Talia Winters on Babylon 5) had left the show. In another episode, two male crewmen go undercover as a recently married couple.

Beverly Hills 90210

Boston Common

  • Autumn 'Foliage (1996) - Leonard expresses in an interest in the "girl" at the impound lot.

Caroline in the City

  • Caroline and the Gay Art Show (1995) - Richard accidentally participates in an art gallery for gay artists.
  • Caroline and Victor/Victoria (1996) - Annie poses as a man to prepare for a "Victor/Victoria" audition.
  • Caroline and the Little White Lies (1998) - Del and Charlie pretend to be gay for insurance purposes.

Cheers

  • Boys In the Bar (1983) – One of Sam's best friends comes out as gay in a new autobiography, and some of the fellows at the bar worry that it might turn into a gay bar.
  • Rebecca's Lover... Not (1992) - Harvey Fierstein guest starred as a man that Rebecca had a crush on in high school, but had since come out as being gay.
  • One for the Road (1993) - Diane asks a gay friend to pose as her husband so as to one-up Sam.

Chicago Hope

Coach

  • A Real Guy's Guy (1991). Hayden pressures Kelly to date his star player, only to find out that he is gay. While Hayden deals with his homophobia he learns that some former team members were gay.
  • A Boy and His Doll (1997) Howard and Shirley give Timothy a doll, but Luther feels the boy should have more masculine influences.

Cosby

  • Older and Out (1997) - Hilton is overjoyed when he meets new friends Chuck (Joseph Bologna) and Larry (Andre De Shields), and joins their "Older and Out" team, unaware that it is a group for older gay athletes.

The Commish

  • Keeping Secrets (1994) - A recent string of anti-gay hate crimes prompts Officer Hank Radovich (Matthew Ryan) to come out and face homophobia in the police department.

Cybill

Jeff Richards (Tim Maculan) was a gay waiter at Cybill's favorite restaurant. Had brief scenes in most episodes, with a larger role in two episodes.

  • "Three Women & A Dummy" (1996) - Cybill attends a party with Jeff, hosted by his ex-boyfriend.
  • "Whose Wife Am I, Anyway?" (1998) - Cybill poses as Jeff's wife to please his conservative grandmother.

Dear John

  • "Margo"(1989) The group tells John that the knockout who's knocking him out is really a new member's transvestite husband.
  • "Kirk's Ex-wife" (1991) Kirk goes into hiding when the group discovers his wife left him for another woman.

Designing Women

  • Killing All the Right People - Tony Goldwyn plays a gay man with AIDS who asks the Sugarbaker firm to design his funeral.
  • Suzanne Goes Looking For a Friend (1990) - Suzanne mistakes the "coming out" announcement of a former beatuy queen and current television weather forecaster announcer.

Dharma & Greg

  • "The First Thanksgiving" (1997) - One of Greg's relatives is a lesbian.
  • "A Closet Full of Hell" (1998) - A lonely spirit seduces both Greg and Dharma.
  • "Invasion of the Buddy Snatchers" (1998) - One of Greg's poker buddies is gay.
  • "See Dharma Run" (1999) - Dharma pretends to be a lesbian, among other things, to win votes.
  • "Dharma Drags Edward Out of Retirement" (1999) - Edward helps a struggling store selling women's clothing for men.

Diagnosis Murder

  • All-American Murder (1996) - When a beautiful woman is murdered, Dr. Sloan learns that this woman was a male-to-female transgender person who (while still a man) was kicked out of the marines for his sexual orientation.

Dinosaurs

  • I Never Ate For My Father - Robbie adopts the herbivore life-style, forcing Earl to take his son out into the wilderness to be a "real" male dinosaur.

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

  • The Body Electric (1997) - The town welcomes the famous poet named Walt Whitman, until they learn of his homosexuality.

ER

  • "ER Confidential" (1994) - Carter helps a suicidal transgender patient.
  • "Random Acts" (1996) - Jorja Fox played a lesbian doctor named Dr. Maggie Doyle.
  • "Good Touch, Bad Touch" (1997) - Ross has a closeted young athlete as a patient.
  • "Truth & Consequences" (1999) - Benton's patient is a young gay man who has HIV.
  • "The Domino Heart" (2000) - Greene's patient is a gay man in an abusive relationship.
  • "The Greatest of Gifts" (2000) - Weaver's patient is a child with two mommies.
  • "Surrender" (2001) - Weaver and Legaspi have slept together.
  • "Thy Will Be Done" (2001) - Malucci treats a gay man who wants to contract HIV.
  • "Rampage" (2001) - Weaver comes out to Romano, after he fires Legaspi.
  • "Where The Heart Is" (2001) - Weaver comes out to Dr. Luka Kovač.
  • "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain" (2001) - Weaver meets paramedic Sandy Lopez.
  • "A River In Egypt" (2002) - Sandy Lopez plants a kiss on Weaver, thus outing her.
  • "A Hopeless Wound" (2002) - Gay couple as patients, one with serious burns.
  • "Next of Kin" (2002) - A twelve year old patient is transgender.
  • "Someone To Love" (2006) - Interacial, eldery gay couple, one is dying.
  • "Parenthood" (2006) - Lesbian couple with a child.
  • "Reason To Believe" (2006), Dr. Gregory Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) finds his brother in the shower with his boyfriend.

Friends

  • "The One with the Sonogram at the End" (1994) - Ross learns that Carol is pregant and going to raise the baby with Susan.
  • "The One Where Nana Dies Twice" (1994) - People think that Chandler is gay.
  • "The One with the Candy Hearts" (1994)- Ross bumps into Carol and Susan at a restaurant.
  • "The One with the Birth" (1995) - Carol gives birth to a baby boy named Ben.
  • "The One with Phoebe's Husband" (1995) - Phoebe is married to a gay Canadian ice dancer to help him get his green card. The guy returns and wants to divorce, because he is not really gay and wants to marry another.
  • "The One with the Baby on the Bus" (1995) - Chandler and Joey babsit Ben.
  • "The One With The Lesbian Wedding" (1996) - Carol and Susan have a commitment ceremony. The fourth shown on American network television.
  • "The One with Joey's Bag" (1999) - Joey begins to carry a "man's bag" to help him prepare for a role.
  • "The One with Joey's Porsche" (1999) - To help get an annulment, Rachel insists that Ross pretend to be gay, among other things.
  • "The One that Could Have Been" (1999) - The gang ponders what might have been if Ross and Carol stayed married.
  • "The One with Rachel's Assistant" (2000) - Chandler admits that he once kissed a guy.
  • '"The One with the Truth About London" (2001) - Rachel teaches Ben some crude jokes.
  • "The One with Joey's Award" (2001) - Joey denies being gay in an interview.
  • "The One with Rachel's Big Kiss" (2001) - Rachel runs into Melissa (Winona Ryder, an old sorority sister who Rachel shared a passionate night with.
  • "The One with Chandler's Dad" (2001) - Chandler tries to reconcile with his father, who, years earlier, had come out as being transgender, and left the family to work as an entertainer in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • "The One with the Rumor"(2001) - Will (Brad Pitt) and Ross recall how, as kids, they had started a rumor that Rachel was a transsexual.
  • "The One with the Memorial Service" (2003) - Ross and Chandler post false information about each other on their college's alumni website, i.e. Chandler is gay and Ross is dead.

Grace Under Fire

  • Emment's Secret (1995) - Grace found out that her former father-in law, Emmet, is gay, after seeing him in a gay sports bar. Emment died in the next episode, with his partner showing up to the funeral.
  • Riverboat Queen (1997), Grace and her business partner find out that their investor is gay.

Highlander

  • "Leader of the Pact" (1995). The episode's two immortal villains are cryptically depicted as a gay couple.

Homicide: Life on the Street

  • "Hate Crimes" (1995) - Neo Nazis kill a man because he is gay, in a gay neighborhood.
  • "Closet Cases" (1998) - A gay man is found dead outside of a gay nightclub. Bayliss has dinner with a resturant's owner, gay man named, Chris Rawls (Peter Gallagher.
  • "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" (1998) - Bayliss discusses his sexuality with Det. Rene Sheppard.
  • "Truth Will Out" (1999) - Bayliss dates a male sergeant he met at a crime scene, but worries about workplace discrimination and the rumors about his personal website; "In Plain Site" ("Homicide.com").
  • "Identity Crisis" (1999) - Ballard and Gharty's murder suspect is a transgender prostiute.
  • "Forgive Us Our Trespasses" (1999) - Bayliss leaves the Homicide unit.
  • Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor) identified as being "bi-curious", in the 1997-1998 season.

The John Larroquette Show

  • Officer Adam Hampton (Lenny Clarke) - Closeted police officer.
  • Pat (Jazzmun) - Transgender prostitute in the first season.
  • The Past Comes Back (1993) - A startled John begins questioning his sexuality after another male alcoholic visits to make amends.
  • Dirty Deeds(1994) - At a drag show, John runs into his old college roommate, who's playing Marlene Dietrich;
  • An Odd Cup of Tea (1995) - Hampton gets flowers from his male doctor.
  • Happy Endings (1996) - Hampton comes out, and reveals that he is gay.

L.A. Law

  • Cara Jean `C.J.' Lamb (Amanda Donohoe) appeared in forty episodes from 1990-1992. Among other things, she kissed another woman in the parking lot, and later would defend one of her ex-lovers, Maggie (Elisabeth Kemp), in a child custody case.
  • Mark Gilliam (Stanley Kamel) was another lawyer who appeared in five episodes from 1986-1991.

Law & Order

  • "The Reaper's Helper" (1990) A gay men is accused of being involved with several assisted suicides of gay men infected with AIDS.
  • "Silence" (1992) A politician opposes the prosecution of his son's murderer because it might mean revealing that his late son was gay.
  • "Manhood" (1993) During a shootout, police officers fail to respond to an officer's distress call because he is gay.
  • "Mayhem" (1994) One of the stories involves an innocent man who is afraid to tell the police that he is gay and was with his boyfriend at the time of the crime.
  • "Pride" (1995) An openly gay city councilman is murdered by a bigoted rival politician.
  • "Deception" (1996) A lawyer was fired for being gay, and then killed to prevent his sexual discrimination lawsuit from outing another lawyer.

Life Goes On

  • Incident on Main (1993) - Gay-bashing skinheads beat up Jesse (Chad Lowe) outside the AIDS hospice. Jesse was HIV+, but heterosexual.

Living Single

  • They Gotta Have It (1994)- A gay man is a part of the seminar lecture on how to stop being too dependent on men.
  • Woman To Woman (1995) - Max is upset to findout that her former college roommate, is gay and had a crush on her.
  • Swing Out Sisters (1996) - The girls patronize a gay bar.
  • Misleading Lady (1997) - Snyclaire poses as a man to win a part in a play.

Mad About You

  • "Ovulation Day" (1996) - Debbie (Paul's sister) comes out as being gay and having a gynecologist girlfriend named Joan.
  • "Citizen Buchman" - Paul tries to figure about what his great uncle's last words were.
  • "Fire At Riffs" (1998) - Debbie and Joan had some couple problems as they discuss their future together.
  • "Tragedy Plus Time" - Debbie and Joan get married.
  • "The Dirty Little Secret" - Debbie's exploration of the family history shows that Paul and Jamine are cousins
  • Debbie and Joan are shown in the final two-part episode.

Malcolm & Eddie

  • "The Commercial" (1997) - A television commercial for the bar, accidentially attracts lots of gay patrons.
  • "Sibling Rivalry" (1997) - Malcom, his gay sister, and Eddie all compete for the affections of a new waitress.
  • "Tough Love" (1998) Malcolm helps out his gay sister who gets fired and dumped in the same week.

Married with Children

  • Dance Show (1990) - Peg goes dancing with a man, and the man's boyfriend confronts Al.
  • Lez Be Friends (1997) - Al meets Marcy's lesbian cousin.

Millennium

In the pilot episode (1996), Frank Black comes out of retirement to help the FBI track down a serial killer that is targeting female strippers and gay men that are cruising for sex at night in a Seattle park. In a nod to the 1981 film Cruising, the killer is revealed to be a gay man.

Murder One (TV series)

Murphy Brown

  • "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are" (1992) - Miles worried that he might be gay. Rick (Brian McNamara) first and only appearance as the openly gay head of publicity.
  • "Black, White & Brown" (1992) - When rumors spread that Murphy is having an affair with the African American vice president, her current male secretary remarks that he once loved a black man too.
  • "Brown vs. the Board of Education" (1994) - The "Ducky Lucky Pre-School" representative mistakes Miles for being gay, and assures him that their pre-school welecomes same-sex parents.

The Nanny

  • Oy Vey, You're Gay (1995) Mr. Sheffield hires a beautiful publicist named Sydney Mercer (Catherine Oxenberg) to improve his image. Fran and C.C. are both fearful that Sheffield is falling in love with Mercer, until they learn that she is gay.

Nash Bridges

  • Key Witness (1996) - Near the end of the episode, the bar that Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin) bought turns out to be a gay bar.
  • Pepe (Patrick Fischler) - A gay Latino man who appeared in The Brothers McMillan, Leo's Big Score, The Counterfeiters, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Sniper, Danger Zone, High Fall Impostors, Girl Trouble, Jackpot: Part 2, Out of Miami.
  • Stacy Bridges (Angela Dorhmann) was the Assistant District Attorney and Nash Bridges' (Don Johnson) sister.

Northern Exposure

  • "Brains, Know How and Native Intelligence" (1990) - Chris angers Maurice when he reads some poetry on air by Walt Whitman and mentions the poet's homosexuality.
  • "What I Did For Love" (1991) - It is discovered that the town was founded by a lesbian couple; Roslyn and Cicely who fled Montana homophobia in the early 1900s.
  • "Slow Dance" (1991) - A gay couple, Ron Bantz (Doug Ballard) and Erick Hillman (Don R. McManus), buy a bed and breakfast from the conservative and homophobic Maurice. They have a commitment ceremony in "I Feel The Earth Move" (1994).
  • "Cicely" (1992) - The tragic story of Cicely's creation is told in flash backs.

NYPD Blue

  • Jumpin' Jack Fleishman (1994) - A transvestite murder.
  • Rockin' Robin Finale (1994) - A priest's body is located in a park used by male prostitutes.
  • Don We Now Our Gay Apparel (1995) - The detectives investigate the murder of a gay bar owner.
  • I Love Lucy (1997) - A drag queen seeks the squad's protection from her boyfriend.
  • Remembrance of Humps Past (1997) - Deadly bisexual love triangle.
  • Top Gum (1998) - Murder victim's parents try to cover up their son's homosexuality.
  • The Man with Two Right Shoes (1998) - Murder victim who hired male prostitutes.
  • Welcome to New York (2000) - John Irvin helps solve a love triangle homicide.
  • Everyone Into the Poole (2001) - Victim accuses detectives of homophobia.
  • Puppy Love (2001) - A gay couple has their valuable dogs kidnapped.
  • Gypsy Woe's Me (2002) - A gay man is killed outside of a bar.
  • Meat Me in the Park (2002) - A little girl is kidnapped at a park, while her father is having gay sex in the park's mensroom.
  • 'Laughlin All the Way to the Clink - A rich, gay man is killed.
  • Your Bus, Ted (2003) - A transvestite is killed.

Picket Fences

  • "Pageatry" (1992) - The teacher named Louise Talbot (Natalija Nogulich) is revealed to be transgender.
  • "Bye-Bye, Bey-Bey" (1996) - Laurie Bey announces that she had the baby for her brother Jerry and his boyfriend Gordy, who plan to raise the baby in the town. Christine Bey sues in court for custody of the baby.

The Pretender

Episode: Jared has a limo driver who is transgender.

Quantum Leap

  • Running For Honor (1993) - Sam leaps into a brilliant naval academy cadet (that might be gay) with a roommate that was kicked out for being gay, and may become the next victim of a group of gay-bashing cadets that call themselves The Chain.
  • Good Night Dear Heart - A young woman's apparent suicide was really the accidential murder by her jealous girlfriend.
  • One Strobe Over The Line - Sam must protect a female fashion model from her bisexual manager.
  • Play Ball - The female baseball manager's late husband used to dress up as Judy Garland.
  • What Price Gloria? (1989), 8 1/2 Months (1991), Raped (1991), A Song for the Soul (1992), Liberation (1993), and Dr. Ruth (1993) have Sam leaping into a woman and thus in drag throughout the episode.
  • M.I.A. (1990) - Sam leaps into a male police detective who, at the beginning of the episode, is undercover in drag.

Roc (TV series)

  • "Can't Help Loving That Man" (1991) - Andrew's brother, Andrew Emerson, visits with his longtime white lover and announces that the two of them plan to wed. First same-sex commitment ceremony on American network television.
  • "Brothers" (1994) Andrew Emerson returns for a second visit, and announces that he and his husband are relocating to Paris, France due to America's racism and homophobia.

Roseanne

  • "Ladies Choice" (1992) - Nancy Bartlett Thomas (Sandra Bernhard) tells Roseanne and Jackie that she is a lesbian and dating Marla.
  • "Stand On Your Man" (1992) - Nancy stands up to Arnie, who wants her back even more after learning that she is a lesbian.
  • "Tooth or Consequences" (1993) - Gay friend, Leo, reenters Roseanne's life as a health inspector. A few episodes later, "The Mommy Curse", Bev sells her interest in the Lunch Box cafe to Leo.
  • "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (1994) Roseanne visits a gay bar with Nancy and is kissed by Nancy's new girlfriend.
  • "December Bride" (1995) - Roseanne plans an outrageous wedding for Leon and Scott.
  • "Home is Where the Afghan Is" (1996) - Bev (Estelle Parsons) comes out as a lesbian.
  • "Mothers and Other Strangers" (1996) - Bev embarks on a journey, with Scott, and Leon, to find our the truth about her father.
  • "Roseanne-Feld" (1997) - Bev introduces Leon and Scott to her girlfriend, a boozy lounge singer named Joyce (Ruta Lee).
  • "Into That Good Night" (1997) - In part one, Leon and Scott announce that they are going to adopt a baby girl from China. At the end of part two, the final episode, Roseanne says that her sister, not her mother, was the one to come out as being gay.

Saved by the Bell

  • "The Video Yearbook'" (1992) - Zack shows up to the yearbook meeting in drag.

Seinfeld

  • The Outing (1993) - Jerry is mistakenly outed as being gay and in a relationship with George by a college journalist.
  • The Beard (1995) - Elaine tries to convert a gay man, who feels that his coworkers need to see him with a girlfriend.

The Simpsons

The Single Guy

  • "Neighbors" (1995) - Jonathan stays with his gay neighbors when his apartment requires extensive repairs.
  • "Love Train" (1996) - Jonathan, dressed as James Dean for Halloween, and mentally reminds himself that the actor was "probably bisexual" while deciding if he should talk to a lady, dressed up as a princess, on the subway.
  • Grandfather Clause (1997) - Dan and Marie have a cross-dressing contest.

Star Trek

Several episodes in the various television spinoff series have dealt with sexual orientation and gender identity issues. For more information see LGBT characters in the Star Trek universe. Some of the more notable episodes include;

  • "The Trouble With Tribbles" (1968) - The tribbles are described as "bisexual" or hermaphroditic.
  • "Turnabout Intruder" (1969) - When a female occupies Kirks body, he acts effeminate.
  • "The Host" (1990) - Dr. Crusher falls in love with a Trill ambassador.
  • "The Outcast" (1992) - Commander William Riker (played by Jonathan Frakes) falls in love with Soren who is a member of an advanced, humanoid alien race called the J'naii. The J'naii society believes that of any sort of male or female gender, and especially sexual liaisons, are primitive.
  • "Rejoined" (1995) - Jadzia Dax is reunited with the mate of a former host and the two struggle with their feelings for one another. First romantic kiss between two women in the television franchise.
  • "Profit and Lace" (1998) - Quark, while posing as a woman, kisses a Ferengi businessman. Second kiss between two men in the television franchise. The first being the kiss between Data and Worf in the wild west Hologram episode ("Fistful of Datas").
  • "Cogenitor" (2002) - A nameless Vissian Cogenitor visits the Enterprise. In Vissian biology the Cogenitor is a necessary but disliked third sex.

Suddenly Susan

  • A Boy Like That (1997) - Luis's younger brother arrives to visit from Cuba and comes out.
  • Oh, How They Danced - Mailroom worker Pete Fontaine (Bill Stevenson) and his partner Hank (Fred Stoller) get married. Two-part episode.
  • The Gay Parade (1999) - Susan's written parody of Nate's negative attitude towards gay people gets published and she has to help improve the magazines image with the gay community.

Touched by an Angel

  • The Violin Lesson (1996). Tony Du Bois (Lawrence Monoson) returns to his parents home for Christmas, to tell his homophobic father that he is gay and dying of AIDS. The angels try and persuade the father and son to reconcile and for Tony to understand that God is not the source of bigotry.

Walker, Texas Ranger

  • Royal Heist (1998) - RuPaul guest stars as "Bob".
  • Wedding Bells (2000) - Ambiguously gay wedding caterer.

The Wayans Bros.

  • Six Degrees of Marlon (1998) - Marlon gets a big romantic scene on the sitcom "Everybody Loves Everybody", with another guy.

Wings

  • There's Always Room for Cello (1990) - R.J. Biggins (Abraham Benrubi), Roy's son, first appearance.
  • Sons and Lovers (1996) – Roy's son comes to visit him for his Leap Year birthday, and brings along his boyfriend.

Xena: Warrior Princess

  • Xena and Gabrielle share passionate kisses in several episodes ("Return of Callisto" and "The Quest", season two; "Return of the Valkyrie" and "Friend in Need - part II", season six) but also a more-than-friendly attitude during all the show's run. In at least one episode, story-wise, the characters were inhabiting different bodies, having been reincarnated.

X-Files

  • Genderbender (1994) - A series of sex crimes leads Special Agent Fox Mulder and Special Agent Dana Scully to an Amish inspired alien commune where the murder is revealed to be a runaway transgender alien.
  • X-COPS (2000) - An interracial gay couple are one of the many people that the FBI agents are protecting from a monster.
  • All Things also broadly dealt with the issue.

Post Ellen

Show Episode Name Information
8 Simple Rules After Party Kerry writes an article in the student newspaper in support of gay rights, and then takes a high school student to the prom, who she thinks is gay. However, Rory's date is the one to come out. In an earlier episode, C.J. went to a strip bar and at the episode's end, a man stops by the house to ask Bridget out (although she had used C.J's ID; everyone therefore assumes that he is gay). In The "Three's Company" episode, a dream sequence had Bridgette and Kerry stating that Kyle was gay.
3rd Rock From the Sun The Loud Solomon Family: A Dickumentary Sally pretends to be a lesbian and other family members reveal their fake soap opera problems during Albright's documentary on the Solomon family. In Frankie Goes to Rutherford (2000), Dick is jealous of one of Mary's former students, now a professor, and mistakes his "coming out" as saying that he is a space alien. In I Enjoy Being A Dick (1996), Dick poses as a woman to sneak into a women-only study group. In World's Greatest Dick (1996), Sally's gay male dance partner, has mistaken her for a draq queen.
24 Day 4 4:00am-5:00am Richard Heller, the son of Republican Secretary of Defense James Heller, is brought in for a second round of questioning when it is revealed that his cell phone was used to make a phone call to a known terrorist. After being interrogated, he finally reveals that he met a guy and a girl at a club, which he then brought back to his apartment and subsequently had sex with the guy. He had not previously revealed this information because he did not want to deal with the contention that would result from revealing that he was gay, although his father expressed disappointment over not revealing important information about terrorist activity and seemed to ignore his homosexuality. This episode also features recurring character Mandy, who is a lesbian (although she submits herself to sex with men as a means of gaining their cooperation). Early in the first season, Kim Bauer bumps into a teenager male prostitute who has just finished servicing a client and asks for his help.
30 Days Straight Man in a Gay World A Conservative Christian man agrees to live with a gay man, socialize with his friends, work in the Castro District and talk with minister of a gay church. In "Same Sex Parenting" a conservative Christian woman agrees to live with a gay couple raising five kids.
According to Jim Dress to Kill Me Kyle wants to be Cinderella for Halloween. Jim is against it because he thinks he's growing up to be a sissy. In Plot Twist (2004), Cheryl's mother, Maggie, seems to think that Andy is gay.
Ally McBeal The Dirty Joke Fish and Cage are sued be a woman for same-sex sexual harassment. In "The Inmates", a straight waiter sues his former employer for sexual orientation based discrimination. In "In Dreams", people believe that Cage is gay. "Girls' Night Out", "Two's A Crowd", "Without A Net", and "Hats of To Larry", include transgender client Cindy McCauliff (Lisa Edelstein). Dame Edna Everage was a client and then became a regular guest start in the final season
American Dad! "Lincoln Lover" To score an invitation to speak to the Republican National Convention, Stan writes a play about Abraham Lincoln's relationship with David Derickson. The only group that invites him to speak is the Log Cabin Republicans. In "Stan of Arabia" (2005), Roger, dressed up as a woman, agrees to have sex with a Saudi prince to save the life of the family. In "Roger 'n' Me", (2006) Roger and Stan appear to engage in some type of sexual intercourse. The space alien, Roger, often wears female attire and appears to have both male and female genitalia.
Arliss "Playing it Safe" A baseball player must decide if he should come out as being gay. Cameo by Billy Bean. Earlier in "A Man Of Our Times" Arliss has a client who has entered into a same-sex marriage. In "My Job Is To Get Jobs" Arliss must help a client who faces rumors that he is gay.
Becker You Say Godson, I Say Gay Son Becker's godson comes out, while in college, only to be disowned by his father. In another episode, Becker learns that an old college friend has had a sex change operation.
The Bernie Mac Show Stop Having Sex Bernie wrongly suspects that his new neighbors are gay. In "For a Few Dollars More" Bernie hires a flamboyant party planner for Jordan. In "Maid Man", Bernie does not hire an effeminate male maid, after the maid implies that he would have sex with Bernie. In "Eye of the Tiger", Bernie is upset that Jordan is involved with rhythmic gymnastics, while Bryana excells on the soccer team.
Bones Pilot A package is delivered by an attractive woman who comes out as gay at the end of the episode. In "Bodies In The Book" one of the victims is a gay woman named Ellen Lasko (Valarie Pettiford). In "Intern in the Incinerator", an intern named Neil Tyler (Sam Jones III) is gay.
Boston Legal Do Tell A friend of Denny Crane's is facing a military discharge for being gay. In Oral Contrasts Denny is accused of soliciting gay sex by two undercover cops. In season three, Judge Clark Brown (Henry Gibson), came out when he sued an ex-gay group for failing to cure him. Lincoln Meyer (David Dean Bottrell) is an eccentric minor character.
Boston Public Several episodes Jeremy came out as bisexual, a transgender teen was elected prom queen, and the gay-bashing of a teenager forced his boyfriend to come out and Vice Principal Scott Guber to start up a Gay-Straight Alliance.
Charmed Charrrmed! Brenda (Gloria LeRoy) and Carly (Shelby Fenner) were lesbians. An ambiguously gay photographer in "House Call" (2003). In "7x17", two guys in Phoebe's office are gay. In "She's a Man Baby, a Man!" Prue turns into a man. "Scry Hard" has a gay entertainment critic. In "The Fourth Sister", Leo wrongly thinks that Phoebe and Ava are a couple.
Close to Home The Shot Annabeth and Maureen charge a boy, who is a high school basketball player, with murder of a teammate. It is eventually revealed that the two were lovers and that the boy shot his boyfriend to death to avoid coming out. Later, he shows regret for his actions.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ch-Ch-Changes Transgender victim. Iced features a gay college student. Gay women are killers in “Friends and Lovers and XX. Gay men are killers in Evaluation Day and in Committed. A transgender killer in Identity Crisis. The Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp has a young male victim who, "body looks like that of a female."
CSI: Miami My Nanny Among the suspects is a male nanny who his employer fired for wrongly believing that the nanny was gay and trying to seduce his [the employers] teenage son. In Rap Sheet (2004) a woman is suspected of killing her girlfriend.
CSI: NY In Grand Murder At Central Station (2005) a suspect claims to be gay. Trapped (2005) featured a lesbian killer.
The Closer Homewrecker A family was killed in their own suburban home. The sole survivor is a rebellious teenage son, who is gay and has a boyfriend.
Cold Case Several episodes In A Time to Hate Daniel Holtz (Patrick Macmanus) was a gay college baseball player killed outside of a gay bar in 1964. A woman has an unrequited love for her best friend in Late Returns. The episode Greed features a young gay man in love with his boss. Daniela has a 1979 love story about a young homeless transgender girl and her suburban, teenage boyfriend. It's Raining Men involves the re-investigation of a case involving a gay man, and AIDS activist, who died of strangulation in 1983. Best Friends features a teenage lesbian story back in the 1930s, between a white girl and a black girl who used to dress like a man (GLAAD Award winner episode). One Night tells the story of a kidnapped teenager who has a close friend and it's hinted that their feelings for each other are deeper than friendship. Forever Blue has a male cop being killed for having an affair with his partner in 1968. Boy Crazy has a teenage transgender victim killed in 1963.
Crossing Jordan Thin Ice The only way a female rape and murder victim will get justice is if Jordan can persuade a professional baseball player to come out of the closet. In Belivers (2001) a dying transexual wants to her her final operation post mortum. Digger (2001) has Niles trying to marry a man or a woman in order to remain in the country.
Da Vinci's Inquest The Strange Inside A transgender person is found dead. In "A Cinderella Story", a city council man is worried about being outted after a man is found dead in a bathoom. In "Oppenheimer Park" a transgender prostitute is accidentally killed by a gay male prostitute fleeing an abusive client. In "The Squirrels Are Of English Decent", the police respond to the media attention from recent string of bias motivated murders.
Dawsons Creek To Be Or Not To Be High school student Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) comes out. His life in high school and college is followed in several subsequent episodes. At the series end, Jack is in a relationship with Deputy Doug Witter (Dylan Neal) and raising a baby.
Doctor Who The Shakespeare Code
Gridlock
Reflecting the questions surrounding the sexuality of William Shakespeare, he is presented in "The Shakespeare Code" as sexually interested in both the Doctor and his companion Martha Jones. "Gridlock" features the "Cassini sisters," a married same-sex couple.
The Drew Carey Show Drew Carey and Nigel Algernon Wick pretend to be a gay couple, so that Mr. Wick could get a Green Card. Carey's brother is a heterosexual crossdresser.
Ellen The Puppy Episode Ellen discovers and announces her sexuality.
ER Several Episodes In Just as I am (2005), Kerry finally meets her birth mother, an Evangelical Christian, and comes out as being a lesbian. Kerry had started to come out to coworkers in season eight. In Next of Kin (2002), a transsexual child is treated after a car accident.
Everybody Loves Raymond What's With Robert Amy suspects that Robert might be gay. Marie asks Robert if he is gay in Stefania Arrives. In Left Back we learn that Frank is convinced that little young Geoffrey is gay. In Fairies Ray is upset that Debra signed up Michael and Geoffrey to play fairies in a school play.
Family Guy "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar" Peter comes back from a weekend long seminar on sexual harassment, acting effeminate. In "The Story on Page One" Peter rewrites his daughter school newspaper article to accuses Luke Perry of being gay. In "Brian Does Hollywood" Brain moves in with his gay cousin, Jasper, to make pornographic films in California. Peter's gay boss Mr. Weed is killed in "Mr. Saturday Knight". In "Sibling Rivalry", Stewie's sperm brother has two mothers. In "You May Now Kiss the...Uh...Guy Who Receives", Mayor West tries to ban gay marriage to distract voters. In "Boys Do Cry", Stewie dresses up as a girl while the family hides out in Texas. In "Brian Sings and Swings" Meg pretends to be a lesbian, and joins her schools Lesbian Alliance, to have friends. In Stewie Griffin Story", Meg has a sex change operation in the future. Stewie's toy teddy bar is gay and Stewie himself seems to be bisexual
Farscape Out of Their Minds The crew switch bodies, promoting a brief scene whereby Dominar Rygel XVI (in the body of John Crichton) faces foreplay from Chiana (in the body of Ka D'Argo). In "Won't Get Fooled Again" John gets put into a virtual reality dream sequence where Ka D'Argo is gay, Aeryn Sun and Chiana are bisexual.
Fastlane Strap On Billie goes undercover to catch a pair of lesbian home invasion robbers. This, and the pilot episode, suggested that Billie might be bisexual.
Firefly War Stories Inara has a female client, who gives Simon the technology needed to reattach Mal's ear. Male and female prostitutes are shown in Heart of Gold.
Frasier The Doctor is Out Frasier is outed on the air incorrectly. In The Impossible Dream Frasier has strange dreams about being in bed with Gil Chesterton. In The Ski Lodge the male Ski Instructor mistakes Daphne as a lesbian and also has the hots for Niles. The episode Dr. Nora is clearly a spoof on Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Openly gay station manager Tom Duran (Eric Lutes) appeared in the season two episodes The Matchmaker and Agents in America, Part 3. In Out with Dad Martin pretends to be gay to avoid dating a woman, which backfires when he is set up on a date with the woman's gay brother-in-law. In Sons and Fathers, Martin worries that a co-worker of his late wife might be Frasier's and Nile's biological father.
Futurama Raging Bender When his popularity falls, Bender is forced to become "Gender Bender" in the Ultimate Robot Fighting. In War Is the H-Word (2000), Leela poses as a man to serve in the military and Zapp Brannigan develops a crush on "him". In A Tale of Two Santas (2001), the Neptunians are coly identified as being gay. In Roswell That Ends Well, Fry learns his grandfather was probably gay. In Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch (2003), the seemingly male Kif becomes pregnant and in Bend Her (2003), Bender under goes a robot sex change operation in order to compete in the Earth Olympics, only to become the objection of Calculon. Some of the deleted scenes included on the series DVD have minor gay characters.
Ghost Whisperer Voices Melinda must help the ghost of a dead mother communicate with her talented teenage son (who has been lashing out because he learned of his mother's affair), that she is sorry for her affair and that the son needs to come out to his father.
Girlfriends Linda and her partner give birth to a baby with Sandra Bernhard as the midwife.
Grey's Anatomy The Becoming Darren is a patient who has a brain tumor and is at the hospital for an experimental treatment. He is in the army and is secretly gay, as per the army's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. Darren's boyfriend Todd visits him at the hospital, and the two share an intimate kiss. In "Piece of My Heart, The Becoming, Losing My Mind, Freedom", Sloan helps Callie realize her feelings for Erica and at the end, Callie goes to Erica and they share a kiss. In "Where The Boys Are", Joe and Walter are a couple, while Daniel is going through gender-reassignment surgery.
Grounded for Life Relax! Sean ends up outing one of his male coworkers.
House "Mob Rules" A man with Mafia ties has to face that his dying brother is gay and is going into the witness protection program. In "Hunting", a gay man dying of AIDS refuses to give up his partying or drug addiction. In "Sleeping Dogs Lie" the team must save a woman from bouts of insomnia, with her female partner close by her side. In "Skin Deep" a young model is found during treatment to be XXY. In "Fetal Position" the woman who refuses to have an abortion, got pregnant with the help of a gay best friend.
How I Met Your Mother "Single Stamina" Barney invites his gay, black brother James (Wayne Brady) to "liven" up the gang's life as all of them have been 'coupled' off and Barney is alone.
I'm with Her "Last Action Queero" Macho Hollywood action star Kyle Britton needs Patrick to pose as his girlfriend in an attempt to stay in the closet.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Several Mac has an on-again-off-again affair with a male-to-female transsexual named Carmen (Brittany Daniel).
Jack & Bobby Lost Boys Grace's openly gay younger brother comes to visit, only to face jail time for illegal drugs. One of Jack' high school track mates, Matt, comes out to him, only to commit suicide causing Jack to blame himself.
JAG People v. Gunny Gunnery Sgt. Victor Galindez, "Gunny" (Randy Vasquez) is charged with beating up a gay man, outside a gay bar, who may be the boyfriend of P.O. Jason Tiner (Chuck Carrington). In "Offensive Action", Commander Beth O'Neill (Mary Page Keller) outs herself to explain why a sexual harassment charge isn't true. The Commander was seen again in the episodes ""Secret Agent Man" and "Touchdown" working for the CIA.
Just Shoot Me! Pass The Salt Dennis Finch's fireman father and brothers come to town, convinced that Finch is gay, only to learn that one of the brothers is gay and in a committed relationship. In "Halloween? Halloween!" (2002), a lesbian thinks that Finch is really a woman. In "Two Girls For Every Boy" (1998), a supermodel is attracted to Maya and Finch wants to watch the two women make out.
The King of Queens Business Affairs Doug is jealous of the work relationship that Carrie has with Curt, even though Curt is gay.
King of the Hill My Own Private Rodeo When Dale and Nancy are going to renew their wedding vows, she insists on inviting Dale's father, whom he hasn't spoken to since the wedding because he saw him kissing Nancy. Hank, Bill, and Boomhauer find the man working as a cowboy in a gay rodeo. In "A Beer Can Named Desire" (1999), Bill Dauterive's effete and decadent gay cousin, Gilbert, is introduced. Gilbert visits Bill in, "Blood and Sauce" (2007). In the "Peggy Horror Picture Show" (2007), Peggy befriends a woman named Carolyn, unaware that she is a drag queen.
Kyle XY Free To Be You And Me Lori and Hillary are denied tickets to a school dance because they are of the same sex (although they are not dating). Josh's friend Andy organizes civil disobedience and an alternate dance, where it is learned that she has two mothers.
Las Vegas Sperm Whales and Spearmint Rhinos An old college friend of Mike, Nina, has come to Las Vegas with her partner and some lesbians and asks him to donate some sperm. In "Down and Dirty" Barry Bostwick guest stars as a gay man named "Martin" who is directing a new commercial for the casino.
Law & Order "Obsession" Bisexual woman with a psychotic personality. In "Gov Love" (2004) the Connecticut governor's affair with another man is discovered when his wife is murdered. In "Married With Children" (2004), same-sex marriage laws and child custody are examined. In "Seer" a jealous woman kills the object of her affections. In "Couples" a series of different women, and one man, kill their respective boyfriends for being unfaithful. In "Girls Most Likely" (2002), a high school teenager kills her girlfriend to avoid being outed. In "Phobia" (2001) A gay man is beaten to death and his adopted baby is kidnapped. In "Panic" (2000) A FBI agent is accused of killing his wife's female lover. In "Sideshow" (1999) the murder of a government economist leads detectives into a world of closeted lesbian and bisexual federal employees. "Castoff". (1998) has a bisexual man killing his former lovers. In "Ain't No Love" (2005), A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn came out as a lesbian, albeit at the end of her final episode.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Several episodes Seizure: Rosa Dern (Adriana Sevan), a young bisexual woman, is the victim of a possible copycat killing. Anti-Thesis: The bisexual murderess Nicole Wallace (Olivia d'Abo) is introduced. Wallace (posing as Elizabeth Hitchens) has an affair with professor Christine Fellowes (Linda Emond). Suite Sorrow (2003): a closeted gay man sets his daughter up with his boyfriend in order to provoke her into killing her mother. A Person of Interest (2003): The second appearance of Nicole Wallace. Wallace kills Connie Matson (Susan Porro), a closeted ex-Army Nurse whom she had seduced. Mis-Labeled (2004): Hemophilia medication is infected with HIV. Pharmaceutical company executive Gordon Buchanan (Terry O'Quinn) is gay. Great Barrier (2004): Nicole Wallace's third appearance. Nicole and her lover Ella Miyazaki (Grace Hsu) perpetrate a diamond heist. Tru Love (2006): Detectives Logan (Chris Noth) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) interview a lesbian automobile mechanic. Maltese Cross (2006): a murdered fireman is revealed to be gay; a former lover (Geoffrey Nauffts) is a suspect. Lonelyville (2007): Tammy Mills (Amanda Detmer) and her lawyer Leanne Baker (Lola Glaudini) are secretly having an affair. In "Ten Count" (2008) murder victim, and amateur boxer Gabriel Gardela is a closted gay man.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bad Blood A young gay man is murdered by a man who is repressed about his own sexuality. In Russian Love Poem (2000) the victim was bisexual. Folly (2001), a young male escort is beaten up. Sacrifice a shooting occurs outside of a gay bar and involves a violent world of gay-for-pay pornography. Abomination (2003) a poster boy for an ex-gay movement is murdered. Lowdown (2004) examines an African American man on the downlow. Strain' (2005) the story revolves around gay men, a new AIDS strain, meth, and Tutuola learning that his son is gay. "Alien" deals with the rights of same-sex parents. "Blue Wall" a male prisoner is sexually abused by two male cops. In Boys Will Be Boys the suspect of a murder is transgender.
The Lone Gunmen A female client is revealed to be transgender.
Malcolm in the Middle Lois v. Evil Francis pretends to be gay in order to get closer to beauty pageant contestants. Dewey brings a purse to school, to the fierce opposition of Reese in Old Mrs. Old (2001). Jessica (Hayden Panettiere) manipulates Malcolm and Reese into thinking that the other brother is gay in Pearl Harbor. Reese's friend Abby (Larisa Oleynik) is gay and has a crush on Lois in Army Buddy (2005). One of Francis' friends, Cadet Eric Hanson (Eric Nenninger, had two dads.
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman "Dykes Like Us" Lead characters Jackie and Tara pretend to be girlfriends to gain access to a lesbian SUV club that's loaded with Hollywood's powerful lesbians.
My Name Is Earl Pilot Earl's first good deed to seek forgiveness for a gay man that he picked on in elementary school. In Born a Gamblin' Man, Earl helps a gay friend become more masculine when he introduces him to gambling. In Gangs of Camden County, the leaders of rival prison gangs are a gay couple.
Nash Bridges "Javelin Catcher" Part of the squad investigates a series of hate crimes against male prostitutes. Another part investigates a weapons dealer. Their cases intersect when the dealer starts picking up transgender prostitutes. In "Cuda Grace" Evan and Bettina go undercover at a drag queen beauty pageant. In the pilot episode, Inspector/Lieutenant Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin), ends up owneing a gay bar.
NCIS Lt. Jane Doe Lesbian murderers. In An Eye for an Eye (2005) a sailor commits suicide rather than be exposed as a transvestite. In A Weak Link Lt. Johnson (Tom R. Hughes) commits suicide because he is gay. In Iced (2006), prejudice and homophobia are discussed.
New Amsterdam Pilot A wealthy young man, suspected of murdering a young woman, admits that he was with his boyfriend at the time of the murder. In "Soldier's Heart", we learn that John befriended Walt Whitman during the Civil War.
The O.C. "The Secret" Luke's father comes out as being gay. In the second season Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) was sometimes bisexual. In season four, Taylor (Autumn Reeser) "hires a homosexual", Roger, to pretend to be her boyfriend. Todd and Patrick are a gay couple that bought the Cohen's Berkeley house.
The Office Gay Witch Hunt Michael inadvertently outs Oscar and tries to keep Oscar from leaving the company because of his embarrassment.
Once and Again Gay/Straight Alliance Jessie comes out to herself and her girlfriend.
Oprah Winfrey Show AIDS in West Virginia One of the first shows on American network television to talk about the AIDS-HIV pandemic. 10/12/2007 (Transgender), 10/24/2007 (What it is like to be gay in different parts of the world), “30 days: Straight Man in a Gay World.” (October 17th 2005), "Terry McMillan Confronts Her Gay Ex-Husband.” (November 9th, 2005), "When I Knew I Was Gay" (November 17th 2005). “A Secret Sex World: Living on the ‘Down Low'” (April 16, 2004), Nate Berkus talks about losing his partner during the tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004 (January 17, 2005).
Outer Limits Caught in the Act An alien takes control of the body of an engaged and chaste college student, causing her to engage in causal sex, prostitution and even lesbianism. In "Tribunal" a time travel back to a Nazi prison camp shows a brief scene where one of the prisoners is wearing the pink inverted triangle.
Pepper Dennis Charlie Babcock's Homosexual Encounter -- Film at Eleven Pepper dates Chicago's number one quarterback, only to learn that he seems more interested in Charlie and that his ex-boyfriend is going to publish a book outing the quarterback.
Providence Doug Dog Boy Boyce helps Joanie at her "Barkery". In another episode Syd tries to get a young man dying of AIDS to reconcile with his father.
Reba "Van's Agent" Van falsely tells gay sports agent Sadie (Wendie Malick) that Reba is gay.
The Shield Julien outs himself to his fiancee but says he's "cured."
Sliders Last Days At one point Conrad Bennish Junior wrongly thinks that Professor Arturo is hitting on him. In "Double Cross" Logan St. Claire is a female double of Quinn. In "The Prince of Slides" only the men get pregnant. In "Slither" Maggie and Wade hope that a handsome man they meet isn't gay. Elston Diggs (Lester Barrie) was an effeminate waiter/owner at the Royal Chancellor Hotel. The original draft for "Revelations" had a gay librarian named Wallance Pernick.
Son of the Beach B.J. Blue Hawaii Chip pretends to be gay so as to stop the female mayor's sexual advances. Bad gay men attack the beach in Queefer Madness, and an evil gay villain attacks the beach in The Gay Team.
Spin City Pilot After the mayor makes an anti-gay comment, Mike hires a black gay man named Carter Sebastian Heywood ([Michael Boatman]]) to be the head of the cities civil rights division. In "Pride and Prejudice", Carter pushes for a needle exchange program. In "Grand Illusion", Carter and Nikki plan a fake wedding to protest the ban on same-sex marriage. In "Kiss Me, Stupid", Carter's ex-boyfriend, Spence Kaymer (Luke Perry) shows up on Valentine's Day. In "Snowbound", Carter and Stuart get stuck in the basement. In "The Thirty Year Itch", the mayor wonders if his nephew is gay. In "My Life is a Soap Opera", Stuart pretends to be gay to attract sexy women. In "Gentleman's Agreement", Carter protests an exclusive club, until he learns that they welcome gay men. In "The Lady or the Tiger", Carter and Stuart go into business together to open up a gay dance club. In "The Paul-Bearer", Carter struggles to tell his childhood Catholic priest that he is gay. In "An Officer and a Gentleman", Mike learns that his childhood friend Nate Scott (Lou Diamond Phillips), on leave from the U.S. Navy, is gay. In "Politically Incorrect", Carter is dating a closeted boxer. In "Mike Royce", Carter and Stuart befriend each other's ex's, in order to get back at each other. In "The Mayor With Two Brains", Mike' is upset that a journalist is more interested in Carter then him. In "These Shoes Were Made for Cheatin", Stuart wants to join a gay gym to meet women. In "Rebel Without a Chair", a gay newspaper wrongly thinks that Mike and the Mayor are lovers. In "Suffragette City", Carter and Stuart pose as a couple to expose a landlord for anti-gay discrimination. In "Mike's Best Friend's Boyfriend", Mike suspects that Carter's boyfriend really wants to date him. In "All the Wrong Moves", Stuart pays an actor to date Carter. In "Yet Another Stakeout", Stuart's girlfriend agrees to be Carter's surrogate mother. In "She's Gotta Habit", Jennifer admits to a one-time lesbian affair. In "Age Against the Machine", Carter needs a date for a gay rights fundraiser. In "A Friend in Need", Carter gets a foster child.
Scrubs Several In "My Lunch", the macho suregon Todd (Rob Maschio), comes out as being bisexual. In "My Journey", a gay patient and his boyfriend look like J.D. and Turk, forcing them to deal with their close, but heterosexual, male friendship. Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke has an unseen brother named Barry who is gay. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins) has an unseen gay son, Harrison Kelso, who lives in Minneapolis with his boyfriend.
Still Standing Still Cheerleading Bill is upset when his son becomes a cheerleader, instead of a football player, until he learns that his son is doing it to get closer to girls. In Still Hairdressing (2003), Bill makes some crude commemnts about a hairdresser, getting his wife banned from the establishment. In Still Decorating, Brain denies that he is gay. In "Still Neighbors" (2004) a lesbian couple, with a teenage son, move in next door. Family friend, Fitzsimmons (Joel Murray), has an openly gay son, who is never seen, but is referenced in, "Still Shallow". While straight, nerdy Brian often faces jokes, from his family, about his sexuality.
Suite Life of Zack and Cody In The Suite Smell of Excess (2006), Esteban (Adrian R'Mante) is clearly pretending to be a woman named Estebanita. In Fairest of Them All (2005), Jack and Cody dress up as girls and enter a beauty pagent.
That 70's Show In "Eric's Buddy" (1998) Eric has a new rich friend named Buddy Morgan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is gay. In 2006, the Formans' new neighbors were a gay couple. In season six, Fenton (Jim Rash) was the gay employee of a department store where Eric buys Donna her wedding ring, and Donna goes to register for her wedding. In another episode, Fez had an erotic dream about Michael Kelso.
The Sopranos Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request Vito Spatafore was accidentally outed as gay and later killed for it by the mob.
Tru Calling Star Crossed Tru has to save two high school girls, forced to have a secret romance because of their feuding families, from being killed in a car accident.
Twilight Zone A man engaged to be married tries out a new virtual reality female companion who becomes too attached. At the end of the episode, the man's wife is seen to be using the VR female companion.
Two and a Half Men I Merely Slept With a Commie Evelyn befriends a gay couple who has adopted a boy from China. In Principal Gallagher's Lesbian Lover (2005), the lover is not seen, but referred to at the end of the episode. In Castrating Sheep in Montana, Jake attempt to look cool with an earring, only to learn that its infected and he has it in the "gay ear". In It Was Mame, Mom, Charlie asks Alan to pretend that he's his life partner to impress a gay ad-executive named Eric. In Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous, Alan befriends Greg, a gay man.
Veronica's Closet Veronica Helps Josh Out Josh Blair (Wallace Langham) finally comes out, just as he is about to be married to a woman.
Veronica Mars Versatile Toppings Veronica helps a group of closeted gay teens track down a blackmailer. It is revealed that a teenager, possibly gay, was responsible for the season cliffhanger that involved a bomb exploding on the school bus.
The West Wing Mr. Willis of Ohio Charlie initially thinks that Josh is inviting him to a gay bar. Take out the Trash Day the parents of a brutally murdered gay student are invited to witness the President sign a hate crimes bill into law. In Let Bartlet Be Bartlet, Sam and Toby have meetings on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". 20 Hours In L.A. a celebrity fund raiser with movie mogul Ted Marcus is at risk of being canceled when Marcus demands that the President come out against a bill banning gays in the military. In The Midterms President Bartlet criticizes a religious fundamentalist radio talk show host named Jenna Jacobs' with his detailed knowledge of scripture. In "The Portland Trip" Josh argues with a gay Republican Congressman about a bill to ban gay marriage. In Faith Based Initiative C.J.'s sexual orientation is questioned by reporters and the " Sanctity of Marriage Act" is introduced.
Whoopi Don't Hide Love Whoopie allows her gay counsin to get married at her hotel.
Will & Grace Several Episodes Coffee and Commitment (Will and Grace attend their friend's civil union ceremony in Vermont). Will Works Out (Will mocks Jack's effeminate mannerisms). Brothers, A Love Story (Will's boyfriend is a closeted sportscaster). Girls, Interrupted (Jack confronts an ex-gay organization). Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard (Rosie O'Donnell guest stars as a mother who has a tweleve year old son, from Jack's sperm. A Chorus Lie (Matt Damon guests stars as a straight man pretending to be gay to appear on the gay men's chorus.
Without a Trace Check Your Head Rachel Gibson, an agoraphobic advice columnist, goes missing from her apartment. She and her assistant, Bianca, are both lesbians.
Women's Murder Club To Drag & To Hold The women investigate the murder of a drag queen.

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