February 1, 2024

Why Does Every TV Show Have a Gay Character?

There seems to be a trend in TV shows of adding a gay character every time they can. While it is great to support the LGBT community, if they are being featured all the time it feels forced and like a fad that will eventually die out. It would be better to add them more organically and sparingly.

The characters that work best in this category are those that don’t feel like they’re trying so hard to be “gay.” These characters allow the audience to see gay people as just regular people, with all their quirks and idiosyncrasies, just as we are all the same. The best examples of these characters are Cameron and Mitchell from Modern Family, who bring a fun and lovable aspect to the show. Likewise, Dan Levy’s David Rose in Schitt’s Creek is a wonderfully complex gay man who shows how much cliches can be avoided when portraying a homosexual character.

In other cases, the characters are not out at all and they still manage to be great. The character on Friends, Ross, is openly gay but does not come out to his coworkers until the final episode of the series, an anticlimactic moment that was still good representation for gay men at the time. Similarly, Glee’s Dave Karofsky and Queer as Folk’s Drew Boyd are both well-rounded, complex gay men who show that being gay doesn’t have to be a major part of your personality.

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