LGBT characters on broadcast networks

By |2006-09-21T09:00:00-04:00September 21st, 2006|News|
Lead roles

“The Class”
Kyle (Sean Maguire) is an openly gay man who reunites with his former third-grade classmates. Kyle’s jilted high school girlfriend is now married to Perry Pearl (played by out performer Sam Harris) who Kyle pegs as closeted. 8 p.m. Mondays, CBS

Supporting roles

“Brothers & Sisters”
Bryan Walker (Matthew Rhys) is the gay son in a big family dealing with the death of its patriarch. 10 p.m. Sundays, ABC

“Desperate Housewives”
Andrew Van de Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom) is the rebel of Wysteria Lane. 9 p.m. Sundays, ABC

“ER”
Lesbian hospital administrator Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) is raising her son after the death of her partner. 10 p.m. Thursdays, NBC

“Fashion House”
Harold (Garrett Swann, left) and Hans (Toni Tripoli, right) are designers caught in a war between dueling fashion divas. 9 p.m. Mondays – Fridays, MyNetworkTV

“Help Me Help You”
Jonathan (Jim Rash) is a closeted married man attending group therapy sessions. 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, ABC

“The Office”
Oscar (Oscar Nunez) is a closeted accountant for the Dunder-Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton. 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, NBC

“The Simpsons”
Waylon Smithers (Hank Azaria) is Mr. Burns’ right-hand-man. 8 p.m. Sundays, Fox

Recurring roles

“Big Day”
On his best friend’s wedding day, Fred (Leslie Odom, Jr.) realizes he has feelings for the groom. Midseason, ABC

“Grey’s Anatomy”
All the interns of Seattle Grace Hospital hang out at Emerald City Bar, owned by gay bartender Joe (Steven W. Bailey). 9 p.m. Thursdays, ABC

“The Simpsons”
Springfield houses lesbian and gay citizens, including Marge’s sister, Patty Bouvier (Julie Kavner). 8 p.m. Sundays, Fox

“Ugly Betty”
Villainous fashion guru Wilhelmina (Vanessa Williams) employs Marc (Michael Urie, pictured) as her assistant. 8 p.m. Thursdays, ABC

“The War at Home”
Larry’s best friend Kenny (Rami Malek) is a closeted gay teen. 9:30 p.m. Sundays, Fox

– Courtesy of GLAAD

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