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Yitzhak and Hedwig from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

A queer character, for the purposes of this site, is a character in fiction or a person in non-fiction who is not straight and/or not cisgender. This includes characters who are described as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, non-binary, or any of the various other categories. Although it's difficult to get accurate demographics for queer people since there is no agreed upon definition, and many nations still criminalize queer behavior, it is estimated that about 5% of people are queer, so, with a world population of 7.7 billion, that equates to around 385,000,000 people in the world. Despite this large number, queer people see very little representation in media, and, when they do, they are often mocked or stereotyped. In the past couple decades, there has been an increase in the number of positive queer characters, which is fantastic, but queer people are still hugely under-represented. Because media with queer characters are noteworthy, I maintain a category of their appearance in my Wiki. This category includes any media with a queer character regardless of how they're portrayed.

In my teens I was an Evangelical Christian and was taught that queer people were evil, so I had a very negative opinion of queer characters in media and only liked seeing them when they were punished. After leaving religion and meeting plenty of wonderful queer people, I am now ashamed of how terrible I was. I now openly embrace queer people and see positive queer representation in media to be a wonderful thing.


These are works which are important to me that feature a queer character. For a complete list, see the queer character category.

Title Released Media Notes
30 Rock 2006-10-11 TV Series Devon Banks, Jonathan, J.D. Lutz, and Randy are all gay.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl 1947-??-?? Biography Anne seems bi-curious in one diary entry.
American Dad! 2005-02-06 TV Series Roger is pansexual, Greg and Terry are gay, Linda Memari is bi.
Arrested Development 2003-11-02 TV Series Gob Bluth is bi, Barry Zuckerkorn is gay.
Bob's Burgers 2011-01-09 TV Series Marshmallow, Marbles, Glitter, Cha-Cha are all transgender women.
Bohemian Rhapsody 2018-10-23 Film Freddie Mercury is bisexual.
Borderlands (series) 2009-10-20 Video Game Axton, Mad Moxxi, and Mr. Torgue are bi, Tiny Tina, Athena, and Janey are lesbian, and Sir Hammerlock is gay.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2015-10-12 TV Series Josh Wilson is gay, Darryl, Maya, and Valencia are bi.
Derry Girls 2018-01-04 TV Series Clare is lesbian.
Dune 1965-08-01 Novel Baron Harkonnen is gay.
Family Guy 1999-01-31 TV Series Meg and Stewie are bi, Jasper and Bruce are gay,
Futurama 1999-03-28 TV Series Enos Fry and Old Man Waterfall are gay.
Gone Home 2013-08-15 Video Game Sam and Lonnie are both lesbian.
The Handmaid's Tale 1985-??-?? Novel Moira is lesbian.
Harry Potter series 1997-06-26 Novel Professor Dumbledore is gay, though he never exhibits gay behavior.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch 1998-??-?? Theatre Hedwig is a transgendered woman, Yitzhak is a drag queen, and Luther is gay.
The Office 2005-03-24 TV Series Oscar Martinez, Gil, Matt, and Robert Lipton are all gay.
Ready Player One 2011-08-16 Novel Ache is lesbian.
Rent 1996-01-26 Theatre Tom and Angel are gay, Maureen is bi, and Joanne is lesbian.
Rocky Horror Show 1973-06-19 Theatre Most characters are queer in some way.
Saved! 2004-01-21 Film Dean and Mitch are gay.
Scott Pilgrim 2004-08-18 Graphic Novel Ramona is bi, Roxy is lesbian, Wallace is gay.
The Simpsons 1989-12-17 TV Series Waylon Smithers and John the owner of the collectibles shop are gay, Patty Bouvier is lesbian.
South Park 1997-08-13 TV Series Mr. Slave, Satan, Tweek, and Craig are gay. Mr. Garrison changes throughout the show.
Undertale 2015-09-15 Video Game Several characters are various forms of queer including Alphys, Undyne, and the royal guards, and possibly Frisk, Mettaton, and Napstablook.