Television has come a long way over the years and has proven to be an essential tool for the LGBT community in developing widespread representation and awareness to the world. While we may now take for granted the presence of queer figureheads on TV, less than 30 years ago the mere presence of someone identifying as gay could send viewers into a tailspin, especially as being gay — or gay marriage — was illegal. As a result, things were often noted in code — such as flamboyancy or dress sense — in order to represent their sexuality, with kissing and romance happening off the screen. But there were moments that paved the way for greater acceptance — allowing people to finally feel seen for the way they want to love. For Metro. Here are just some of the characters and shows that broke new ground in bringing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer stories to our screens.
Fifteen Years Ago, 'Dawson's Creek' Gave Us TV's First 'Passionate' Gay Kiss. How Far Have We Come?
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It was the groundbreaking kiss heard 'round the country. Fifteen years ago today, Dawson's Creek premiered the first ever male gay kiss on primetime television when Jack McPhee and his boyfriend Ethan shared a beautiful kiss on the season finale of the show. For the last several decades, television shows have featured gay characters in their casts. But Jack and Ethan's kiss wasn't the first homosexual kiss featured on TV. This honor belongs to another popular show for its time, LA Law, featuring the first televised lesbian kiss. But with so many years of theatre, film, and television shows featuring important homosexual characters, why did it take until the year to actually see a kiss between two men unfold onscreen? Let's take a little trip down the evolution of the gay kiss on television , shall we?
'True Blood' Features Homoerotic Scene Between Ryan Kwanten's Jason And Male Faerie (VIDEO)
In one scene, Hart insists that Ferrell go to a top LA brunch spot and give oral sex to a random patron in the bathroom to learn — I guess? Yes, this movie equates consensual gay sexual activity with actual rape. Cut to Will Ferrell in a restaurant bathroom gagging at the sight of a penis for the amusement of a multiplex audience. Could it be the most homophobic scene in a comedy of the past ten years? It's certainly a candidate.
The inclusion of gay characters in mainstream television and film has been an ongoing process for the industry — one that has made the the current generation of TV shows some of the most progressive to date. The network has featured prominent gay characters in several of its series — though, admittedly, with mixed results thus far. Here are seven shows from HBO's lineup, both present and past, that prominently feature gay characters in their storylines. Six Feet Under : The premise is a bit somber — a family owns a funeral home — and morticians generally don't personify warm and fuzzy feelings. Hall as one of the lead characters, Dave.