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WATCH: Can You Name the Six Queers of Color on Network TV Right Now?

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Yesterday, we gave you a preview of some of the awesome new gay TV characters we’ll all be gushing about this fall. But one commenter made a very good point: “wow, hollywood is getting whiter every season.”

It’s true! All of the new characters we saw were white.

How many queer people of color can you name on television right now? We’ll give you a minute. Think hard.

We put that question to GLAAD, and they came back with an answer: six, if you only count broadcast TV. GLAAD keeps track of that sort of thing, and pointed out that there are quite a few more on cable. But on the major networks, you barely need two hands to count ’em all.

Who are they? Can you name all six? Well, let us walk you through the list, with videos of each. Here’s a hint: none of them are African American.

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    • McTallGay

      We’re only counting network, right? Because True Blood has Lafayette…not that seven queer characters of color makes a lick of difference.

      May 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JR

      If you’re going to go to True Blood, make it 8: LaFayette’s boyfriend Jesus.

      And there are more on cable, I’m sure.

      May 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ray

      There were two on Spartacus Season 1, Barca and Pietros. Both are dead now of course. The made up for it by lezing up the prequel. Also RuPaul if drag reality counts. She’s on every show on Logo.

      May 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jere

      I see we’re ignoring Darren Criss’s Filipino heritage.

      May 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Delicate Shades of Pink and Blue

      Greek charater Calvin played by Paul James


      ~kai~ *



      May 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      May 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      George Haung or whatever ISN’T GAY…I LOVE SVU and they have never mentioned his character being gay…now if the actor is that is a completely different story…but most of the examples are poor excuses anyway

      May 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·


      now if the actor is *gay* that is a completely different story…

      May 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JR

      @PATHETIC: Actually, I remembered clearly that he did talk about his sexuality once, though only in passing. I can’t remember the episode, but according to Wikipedia: “In the 2009 episode ‘Hardwired’ (#229) he mentions that he is gay after becoming involved in a case in which a pedophile rights group compares the public’s hatred of them to homophobia.”

      I know Wiki is sometimes wrong, but I saw the episode. Just looked it up to get the episode.

      May 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JR

      @Delicate Shades of Pink and Blue: Hmmm… As a good Greek boy, I never really thought of myself as a person of color.

      May 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eric


      “Greek” is the show (Which was on ABC Family before it was cancelled), Calvin is black.

      May 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JR

      @Eric: In case anyone is wondering, yes, I feel appropriately stupid.

      May 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MCM

      Justin on Ugly Betty…. however that show ended last year…

      May 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greg

      what about jonathan from 30 rock?

      May 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • eyesiq

      The chick from Pretty Little Liars?

      Kash from Shameless?

      May 26, 2011 at 12:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reason_sf

      @Jere: Criss may be hapa, but they haven’t indicated whether his character is as well.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wendy

      Andre Leon Tally and Miss Jay are on top model…and that woman who just won the amazing race is a lesbian.

      May 26, 2011 at 2:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wendy

      and wait a minute…didn’t that Don Lemon (or something) just come out. And then there’s Robin Roberts from one of those early shows

      May 26, 2011 at 2:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree

      @Wendy: True, but I think the article is about LGB characters on (network) dramas & comedies, as opposed to reality TV or news. I could be wrong.

      Robin Roberts isn’t “out” publicly as far as I know. Someday soon, maybe she’ll change that.

      May 26, 2011 at 5:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·


      That’s an episode I need to see !!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 9:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries

      I remember it. It was so low key it was throwaway: But Huang states, “as a gay man, it offends me.” And that was all that was made of it. He was talking in a group of at least four, maybe six, and it didn’t even raise an eyebrown which, in a real way, is progress.

      Maybe to some he’s a nerd, but in character George Huang is a calm center of intellect in situations where it often does much good. Both the character and the actor are an assest to the show.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott Cocktail

      @reason_sf: I believe Glee made a quick reference to the character Blaine being half asian, according to http://glee.wikia.com/wiki/Blaine_Anderson – it was implied by Rachel in Blame It On The Alcohol

      May 26, 2011 at 10:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tazz602

      How could you not know about Dr. George Huang who is played by out actor B.D. Wong who has a partner and a child via a surrogate (who has written a book about their experiences)

      May 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MR

      @tazz602: You’re confusing the actor with the characte. We all know BD Wong is out and proud. The OP was stating that he hadn’t seen confirmation that the character was gay.

      May 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • drums

      CBS continues to fail to impress. Even when they eventually give in to the pressure to have ONE homosexual character out of their whole roster of endless heteronormative shows, they try to spin it as “friendship”? WHAT?

      May 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Delicate Shades of Pink and Blue

      @JR: Its all good JR.. (Greek) refering to Fraternities not ethnicities for anyone else who may have been confused as well. JR.. I am a (Greek=Fraternity) I’m also a person of color so the storyline on the show hit home for me.


      May 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steven

      Kurt from Glee
      Max from Happy Endings
      Cam and Mitch from Modern Family

      May 29, 2011 at 1:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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