Homosexuality is something which has been a part of anime for a long time. In most shows, we can find one or two characters who are homosexual. Sometimes their portrayal is quite realistic or interesting while other times they are usually used for comic purposes. Since I have already done a list on anime with lesbian characters, it’s about time I compile those who have gay characters. Here’s the list of top anime with gay characters. You can also watch many of these best gay anime on Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
The 30 Sexiest Gay Scenes In Film
Brutality and tenderness. Recklessness and wisdom. Lust and love. It’s all here.
Whatever the catalysts that spark sexual reaction, we find them here, in the 30 sexiest gay film scenes—all of which, though wildly different, capture the raw and visceral experience of passion, leaving viewers feeling both deeply aroused and self-consciously voyeuristic.
From the over-the-top hilarity of Wet Hot American Summer’s gay romp to the pugnacious fervor that drives the titular anti-hero of Querelle; the quiet longing in Bent to the bacchanal hunger that destroys Caravaggio; the affirming naïveté of My Own Private Idaho to the boundary-pushing world-weariness of Edward II.
It’s all here, eager for your eyes, waiting for you to watch:
Sweat and saliva aren’t essential to sexiness—sometimes it just takes a funny bone. Another cult classic,
3. Weekend – Dir. Andrew Haigh, 2011There’s little romance involved when it comes to the encounter that starts Glen and Russell’s isolated two-night stand. It’s raw passion and yearning, straightforward and frank, and that’s what energizes this touching and haunting indie hit about what happens when a casual hook-up turns into something more.
Lust provides the thrust of Zach and Shaun’s long-anticipated night of passion, an explosion of atavistic attraction — pull at the belt; get the fly; untangle the legs — but it’s love that wins the day in this movie about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality. The men can’t resist one another, and we can’t resist hitting rewind.
5. The Bubble – Dir. Eytan Fox, 2006″It would have to be when Noam (Ohad Knoller) and Ashraf (Yousef Sweid) first have sex in Eytan Fox’s The Bubble. The scene’s great for two reasons: first, because it dares to show an Israeli Jewish man and a Palestinian man making love, and second, because it eschews the spit-and-smile approach to movies like Brokeback Mountain to give viewers a more realistic version of what happens when someone loses his anal cherry—it’s a little awkard, a little painful, but also irresistble and tender and ineffably pleasurable. And no, it doesn’t hurt that Knoller and Sweid are totally cute, too.“—Dale Peck, novelist, ‚Sprout‘
6. Querelle – Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982From start to finish, this adaptation of Jean Genet’s novel about a dangerously handsome murderer plays like the love child of Pierre et Gilles and Tom of Finland. Fetishes abound (soldiers, sailors, cops, criminals), yet of all the rendezvous and caresses, it’s Querelle and killer construction worker Gil’s long-anticipated embrace that lingers with viewers longest.
7. Shortbus – Dir. John Cameron Mitchell, 2006Shortbus stands out for its evocative, at times confrontational portrayal of real-life sex—largely because the actors were actually having sex. But it’s the scene in which actress Sook-Yin Lee’s Sofia Lin, a sex therapist who has never had an orgasm, gets to enjoy her first orgy that is this flick’s sexiest. The participants aren’t crude or bacchanal or drugged out; they’re simply uninhibited and having fun.
8. Bent – Dir. Sean Mathias, 1997“I never thought we’d do it without touching.” But they did: Max (Clive Owen) and Horst (Lothaire Bluteau) bring each other to ecstasy without ever making a single move in Bent, about gay men who fall in love in a Nazi concentration camp. The scene in question—where the two stand side by side, never looking at or touching each other while reaching silent climax—leaves the viewer reeling.
9. Un Chant D’Amour (A Song of Love) dir. Jean Genet, 1950″My favorite movie male-on-male love scene is one in which the male couple are separated by a cell wall but brought together by a straw and a shared lungful of smoke. Is this is a bad sign? Jean Genet’s Un Chant D’Amour, his only movie, is set, of course, in a prison. A middle-aged prisoner knocks on his cell wall, frantically trying to attract the attention of his younger neighbor, who is dancing with himself in a dirty vest with a face as tender as it is tough. The old lag lights a cigarette, inserts a straw through a tiny hole, and blows smoke through it into the next cell. After studiously feigning disinterest, the young brute finally kneels at the wall, closed-eyed and open-mouthed, and receives the billowingn white smoke. It’s a great, exquisitely poetic representation of the impossibility of romance—and even desire itself. To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, I’ve looked at glory holes from both sides now, from blower and inhaler, from younger and older, and still it’s glory holes‘ illusions I recall.“—Mark Simpson, writer, Metrosexy
Confused and traumatized by an unconsummated love, Maurice (James Wilby) finally gets some relief when he succumbs to gamekeeper Scudder’s (Rupert Graves) nocturnal advances in this Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s posthumous novel. Though Maurice is initially dismayed when Scudder offers himself up, he comes to his senses and together the men find their happy ending.
11. Caravaggio – Dir. Derek Jarman, 1986Brutal and violent, artist Caravaggio’s doomed affair with street fighter Ranuccio is sexuality at its most unrestrained. The men, played by Nigel Terry and Sean Bean, know perfectly well they can’t come out of their dalliance unscathed—nor do they—but it’s those elements of danger that make this story so combustible.
12. My Own Private Idaho – Dir. Gus Van Sant, 1991It’s tenderness that fuels the sexuality in this pick, Van Sant’s beloved tale of a gay narcoleptic street hustler (River Phoenix) who is desperately in love with his best friend, Scott (Keanu Reeves). The realistic portrayal of platonic, symbiotic intimacy sticks with the viewer longer than the image of Phoenix and Reeves cuddling up by a campfire.
“Here…touch it.” Jennifer Tilly’s domineering Violet knows exactly what she’s doing when she demands Corky’s attention. Encouraged, Gina Gershon’s butch Corky goes at it with gusto. She pushes all the right buttons, leaving viewers wondering where the line between fiction and reality really lies.
14. Cruel Intentions – Dir. Roger Kumble, 1999A strand of saliva suspended between two lithe, eager lips. That was all, yet Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair’s lip-lock rocked the world when this teenage take on Dangerous Liaisons hit theaters. The reviews were less than kind, but for an entire generation, The Kiss proved that sexuality can be fluid.
15. Gia – Dir. Michael Cristofer, 1998Angelina Jolie and Elizabeth Mitchell’s chemistry in this biopic provided what could’ve been a tacky sex scene with real heart, making the consummation of famously doomed model Gia and lover Linda’s relationship one of the most brave, candid, and erotic explorations of lesbian desire in cinema.
16. The Hunger – Dir. Tony Scott, 1983Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon) gives herself over to absolute pleasure when she allows vampiric seductress Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) to draw blood in Scott’s drama. These women gave vampires their gay bite onscreen long before True Blood or even Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, and the iconic actresses did it with a sensuality newer blood suckers can only hope to top.
Anaïs Nin didn’t make it into the title, but Maria de Medeiros’ portrayal of the erotica author made this 1990 indie flick sizzle, especially her encounters with June Miller, played by an always smoldering Uma Thurman. One scene in particular, the women’s trip to a lesbian speakeasy, stands out for its carefree bohemian spirit, nonchalant elegance, and Anaïs and June’s scene-stealing kiss.
19. Contracorriente (Undertow) – Dir. Javier Fuentes-León, 2009A complex tale of acceptance and rejection, this Peruvian film contains a plethora of sex scenes between fisherman Miguel and artist Santiago, who pursue a forbidden relationship that blurs the line between life and death. Of all those moments, it’s their encounter in an oceanside cave that marks the film’s sexiest scene.
20. Y Tu Mamá También – Dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2001Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna capture the potent curiosity of two men questioning their sexual allegiances in Cuarón’s skin-filled, Oscar-nominated film. The pinnacle of their ambiguous relationship, a halting, yet charged, drunken kiss, changes them forever.
21. Yossi & Jagger – Dir. Eytan Fox, 2002Two Israeli soldiers are marching through the snow. They wrestle to the ground. One reveals he’s naked beneath his army-issued jumper. The other accepts the implicit invitation and they go at it as a rabbit watches. This scene from the tense Israeli military love story is pure slice of fantasy, heightened by its forbidden nature.
22. Velvet Goldmine – Dir. Todd Haynes, 1998Glam rock drama Velvet Goldmine is rife with sex, including Ewan McGregor locking lips with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and engaging Christian Bale in an out-of-this-world romp in a moon crater. There’s no one sexiest scene here; just unadulterated exploration and its climactic consequences.
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24. The Outsider – Dir. Delbert Mann, 1961″Tony Curtis’s 1961 , about an American Indian who was a hero of Iwo Jima, told the heartbreaking story of a soldier who mourned his buddy, missing in action. He shed tears drunkenly as the soundtrack played Where are you? You went away without me. I thought you cared bout me. In those homophobic days, it seemed like a great male-male love story.“—Edmund White, novelist, ‚A Boy’s Own Story‘
25. J’ai Tué Ma Mère (I Killed My Mother) – Dir. Xavier Dolan, 2009Hubert and Antonin seal their supple love in a paint-soaked encounter that’s sexy not just for the skin and kisses but for the rollicking enthusiasm the pair exudes. They’re trying to create an artistic kingdom for themselves, and they seem to be on the right track in French–Canadian director Dolan’s 2009 biographical drama.
26. Le Temps Qui Reste (Time to Leave) – Dir. François Ozon, 2005Living with terminal cancer, Romain (Melvil Poupaud), a fashion photographer who shoots subjects during orgasm, decides to fill what little time he’s left with as much sex as possible. While Romain and lover Sasha’s impetuous passion alone is reason enough to see this film, the taut narrative about life, death, and sexuality imbues it with existential gravity.
27. Edward II – Dir. Derek Jarman, 1991Gay-leaning Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe would appreciate Jarman’s adaptation of his work about King Edward II’s love affair with debaucherous nobleman Piers Gaveston. Controversial for its frank depiction of man-on-man action, this entry drips with sensuality from the get-go; the scene of Edward and Gaveston chatting as young squires cavort behind them is among the movie’s most gripping.
28. Presque Rien (Come Undone) – Dir. Sébastien Lifshitz, 2000The viewer knows from the get-go there’s no happy ending for the young men at the center of this drama, but that doesn’t detract from Mathieu and Cédric’s many joyful romps together while on holiday at the beach in coastal France. They’re playful and free and very, very nude—an unbeatably sexy, and European, combination.
29. My Beautiful Laundrette – Dir. Stephen Frears, 1985Race, sexuality, and class provide the backdrop for Omar and Johnny’s attraction, on that explodes at the titular laundrette in a scene as sexy and lustful as it is symbolic and artful. The film is essential viewing, full of unadulterated passion, instinctive longing, and, most importantly, a young, bare-chested Daniel Day-Lewis.
30. Happy Together – Dir. Wong Kar-wai, 1997The despair and self-destruction of a doomed relationship saturates this film by Hong Kong–based filmmaker Wong. From the opening scene featuring Ho Po-wing and Lai Yiu-fai reenacting their post-breakup ritual of a roll in the sheets, the viewer is given a wide, grainy view of romance at its most toxic and passion at its most irresistible. The cinematography here adds an extra layer of allure, adding a gritty vintage quality that only heightens the experience.
21 Netflix Shows With Awesome Gay Characters
If you need more gay characters in your life, Netflix is the answer! Here are 21 shows featuring gay men that you can stream right now. For shows featuring lesbian characters, check out this list.
The Showtime drama Queer as Folk ran between 2000 and 2005, and was the first hour-long drama on American television to focus on the lives of gay men and lesbians. All five seasons are currently streaming on Netflix.
The musical comedy-drama show, Glee, featured multiple LGBT characters. Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson’s epic love story is one of the best TV romances of all time.
Though technically all of sensates are pansexual according to the show’s creators, closeted actor Lito and his boyfriend Hernando, who really knows how to do the glasses/beard thing, deserve a shout out.
The first and second season of Skins gave us Maxxie Oliver, a gay young adult character who is actually popular, talented, and fairly well-adjusted. That shouldn’t be a big deal, but unfortunately, it kind of is.
You’ll have to get through (or skip through) the first four seasons of The Vampire Diaries to see the first major gay character, but Luke Parker (Chris Brochu) is worth the wait.
Nefarious White House Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene, and his journalist husband, James Novak, are major characters throughout the first few seasons of Shonda Rhimes’ addictive drama.
The CW’s reboot of The Flash features Patrick Sabongui as sarcastic, hardboiled Central City Police Captain David Singh, who comes out in an off-hand comment.
The Vampire Diaries spinoff features openly gay vampire Josh (Stephen Krueger) who is introduced in Season One.
Shameless explores the tense (and arguably inappropriate) relationship between closeted teen, Ian Gallagher, and his older boss, Kash, with a sensitivity that’s not always characteristic of the show.
Fan favorite, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), is an openly gay law student. The show’s steamy sex scenes do not disappoint.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. features Marvel’s first cinematic gay male hero, Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba), who is an inhuman so hot he can melt metal.
Sadly, none of The Tudors’ gay storylines feature Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but the tragic love story between artist, Thomas Tallis, and closeted nobleman Sir William Compton, make it worth a watch.
Roommate of Kimmy Schmidt, Titus Andromedon, has been criticized for playing to gay male stereotypes. Still, Broadway star Titus Burgess brings a little depth and a lot of perfect comedic timing to the role.
Degrassi: Next Class handles LGBT storylines like it handles all Big Issue storylines—with all the subtlety of a peacock swallowing a live grenade. However, the show does feature two regular gay characters, Tristan and Vijay.
The Carrie Diaries features Brendan Dooling as Walt Reynolds, Carrie’s best friend who comes over the course of the show. Because the show is set in 1984 in New York City, HIV/AIDS is often discussed.
The sci-fi drama Warehouse 13 features Steve Jinks, also known as The Human Lie Detector, as a major, openly gay character.
Though United States of Tara is mostly about giving Toni Collette some really intense clips for her reel, the show features Marshall Gregson as a gay teen character. His sexual orientation is presented as matter-of-fact.
Salvatore Romano, the Italian-American art director, struggles with staying closeted and 1960s workplace homophobia on the first few seasons of Mad Men. Poor Sal. Also, while it’s not confirmed, I don’t think anyone is buying that Bob Benson is straight.
Serena van der Woodsen’s little brother, Eric van der Woodson, comes out over the course of the show, though he rarely gets enough screen time.
Remember Tom Mater? With the dimples, and the eyes, and the square jaw? Sexy interpreter for Jodi Lerner? Oh, then do you remember how he impregnated Max and left him when things got real? How could you, Tom? We were rooting for you. We were all rooting for you.
Though Frank Underwood and many of his male conquests (let’s not call them relationships) are bisexual, the Michael Corrigan storyline in Season Three is horrifying, heart wrenching, and completely worth the watch.
50 Must-Read Gay Romance Novels
The world of gay romance novels is, if not quite as vast as the world of m/f romance, still quite expansive. Are you looking for a royal-commoner romance? A fake marriage? Something dark and gritty, or something that’s the literary equivalent of a basket of puppies? Whatever it is that floats your romance boat, I guarantee there’s an m/m romance out there that will satisfy.
In making this list, I’ve highlighted as many #ownvoices authors as possible. There’s a misconception that the only people who write m/m romance are straight women, and while it’s true that some of the biggest names in gay romance are straight women, there are also dozens of queer men writing fantastic gay romance. But because of the biases and shortcomings of publishing (and a slew of other complicated factors), it’s straight women who often get the most recognition in the genre.
This is not to say that straight women can’t, or shouldn’t, write gay romance novels. You’ll find several (including some of my absolute favorites!) on this list. You’ll also find many wonderful books by queer men that deserve the same praise and recognition. I’ve tried to make this list as wide-ranging as possible, and it includes books about diverse characters written by queer men and women, queer authors of color, and trans and genderqueer writers.
Over the years, these tales of queer happily ever afters have brought me much joy and comfort. Whether you’re entirely new to gay romance novels, or whether you’ve been reading them for years, I hope they’ll bring you the same delight.
Note: Books marked with an asterisk are #ownvoices, which, in this case, means that the author is a queer man. Many of the other novels on this list are #ownvoices for different reasons. I’ve chosen only to make note of books written by queer men, but it is by no means intended to erase or ignore the many other identities held by the fabulous writers who have produced these works.
These Are the 18 Best LGBTQ Movies You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now
From powerful documentaries to touching rom coms, the catalog of LGBTQ-centric films isn’t so narrow anymore.
Let’s be honest: LGBTQ+ representation in movies hasn’t always been exactly up to par. For so long, good queer cinema was virtually non-existent or played into tired, tokenizing tropes. Even with that in mind, most mainstream cinema has centered on heteronormative storylines for decades.
However, where such criticisms once arose from a near-barren canon, LGBTQ+ cinema has become widespread enough to bear some award-winning, prestige films. Sure, the scarcity still has you scavenging through some painful storylines from time to time, but with all that digging eventually comes gold. Luckily for you, when it comes to Netflix, we’ve done most of the digging for you.
The beauty of LGBTQ+ representation in film is that, just like the members of its community, there is no “one-size-fits-all” story. This means it’s not just about LGBTQ+ trauma anymore: there are comedies, compelling dramas, adventures, and a few documentaries scattered in, too. Here are the best LGBTQ+ films on Netflix.
Move over A League of Their Own: One All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player and her partner have love of their own not yet portrayed on-screen. Directed by the great-nephew of Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, A Secret Love uncovers the two women’s romantic relationship, spanning across decades of secrecy.
A perfect addition to any Baby Gay™’s coming-of-age canon, The Half Of It tells the tender story of Elie, a bookish high schooler who finds herself in an unlikely love triangle when a jock recruits her help in courting Aster, her own crush. Directed by Alice Wu and starring an Asian-American lead, the film displays some much-needed representation in young adult-oriented queer cinema.
This heartwarming Bollywood romantic comedy-drama tells the story of Sweety, a young Punjabi woman and closeted lesbian, on her quest for acceptance from her family. In love with another woman but pressured by her family to marry a man, Sweety finds her fate ironically saved by a potential suitor who assists her coming-out by crafting a romantic play about the two women.
Circus of Books is a documentary about the West Hollywood bookstore of the same name that became the largest U.S. distributor of gay porn in the 1980s, including its history as a queer social club, and the husband and wife owners who stayed library-hush through it all. A textbook example of allyship, pun intended.
A teenaged boy named Song finds himself in a twisted triangle when it is revealed that his late father’s primary insurance beneficiary is his secret male lover. As Song finds his allegiance caught between the two battling widow and widower, his mother struggles with her grief and possession, determined not to lose another loved one’s favor to the elusive man.
Moonlight is hard to sum up into a sentence. It’s better described as a list of words: breathtaking, visceral, touching, devastating. The story of a young black gay man growing was handily the most powerful film of 2016 (sorry La La Land), and it’s one of those Best Picture winners whose gravitas only continues to swell with time.
There is a truth about a lot of LGBTQ movies being a bit of a tragedy fest, and make no mistake—Philadelphia is a heartbreaker. But the Tom Hanks film is so much more than another AIDS-tale that ends in tragedy. It’s possibly the most powerful performance Hanks has ever given, and it sheds an incredibly important light on an epidemic that the American government largely turned a blind eye to.
A gay man (Jesse Plemons) returns home to his conservative family to be with his cancer-stricken mom (Molly Shannon) in this sweetly comic semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Chris Kelly.
A lot of people have heard about Marsha P. Johnson… particularly as the rumored thrower of the first brick at Stonewall. But few people know the story of her death and how many believe it was unfairly ruled a suicide. A pillar of the LGBTQ community, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is simply required viewing. And that’s not a cliché in this case.
The Perfection is one of those bizarro films that isn’t particularly the best-made feature, but damn if it isn’t a lot of fun to watch. Starring Allison Williams and Logan Browning, this queer horror film is all about psychological manipulation and a bit of campiness. Always worth it for that, if nothing else.
This film won Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto Oscars at the 2014 Academy Awards. But even more than being Oscar bait, it tells the important story of real-life mid-1980s electrician Ron Woodroof, who is diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live. He smuggles unapproved therapies and drugs into the U.S., and with a fellow AIDS patient (Leto), he sells those treatments to other people in need of them.
This starts out like any other teen movie: high schooler Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) wants to lose his virginity to his girlfriend. But this one has a twist. He ends up meeting Elliot (Antonio Marziale) and falling for him. Fear not though—this still has all the teen movie maxims: a little angst, cute moments, and exploration of sexuality.
This movie, from Spanish director Isabel Coixet, is about the first same-sex marraige in Spain. The harrowing true story follows Elisa Sanchez Loriga, who took on the identity of Mario Sánchez so she could marry her partner, Marcela Gracia Ibeas. This marriage, which took place on June 8, 1901, was later discovered, but the Catholic church never ended up denouncing the union. The couple did, however, spend the rest of their life running from persecution.
This documentary tells the story of lesbian comedian Tig Notaro, who turns a breast cancer diagnosis into a powerful comedy set. The smart comic’s journey is as hysterical as it is touching, and man if it doesn’t serve a lot of both.
No, this is not the 2015 Will Smith movie about the forensic pathologist who discovers a neurological deterioration among former NFL players. This one, which requires you to search “concussion movie lesbian” in order to find the plot, is about a lesbian who gets hit in the head with a baseball, gets a concussion, and decides she needs a more sexually adventurous life than the one she has with her wife.
In this Tom Ford film, Colin Firth plays George Falconer, an English professor in Los Angeles in 1962. He is grieving the death of his partner, Jim, but Jim’s family won’t acknowledge him. George decides to end his life, but as he prepares to do so, he comes across several significant people from his past who might just convince him that there’s more to live for.
Two teenage girls fall in (and out) of love in this sexy and intense coming-of-age drama that picked up the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival—and will put you through the emotional ringer.
Director Miguel Arteta co-wrote the screenplay for this comedy with Alia Shawkat, who stars as one half of a couple (alongside Laia Costa) that meets at a club and discovers intimacy through frequent sex.
1. Queer as Folk(2000–2005)
The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Stars:Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison, Michelle Clunie
2. Queer as Folk(1999–2000)
A groundbreaking gay adult drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, as well as 15-year-old Nathan, who is in love with Stuart.
Stars:Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black
A story of love and death. Rasmus, 19, escapes to Stockholm and finds love in the religious Benjamin just as the AIDS epidemic hits the city’s gay community.
Stars:Adam Lundgren, Adam Pålsson, Björn Kjellman, Simon J. Berger
5. (2006– )
A young man becomes attached to a family that’s not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs for which he seems destined.
Stars:Dan Stevens, Tim McInnerny, Hayley Atwell, Alice Krige
8. (2012– )
A New York city writer and his friends traverse the gay world, exploring their ever-evolving sexuality, relationships, and what it means to be a true friend.
Stars:Ben Baur, Marc Sinoway, Jake Manabat, Walker Hare
A chronicled re-telling of the gay rights movement in the United States, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969.
Stars:Debra Winger, Rachel Griffiths, Austin P. McKenzie, Mary-Louise Parker
Twenty something Josh is going through a number of big changes as he navigates his first decade of adulthood. After being dumped by his girlfriend, he comes to the realization that he is gay.
Stars:Josh Thomas, Thomas Ward, John, Debra Lawrance
A young gay couple must overcome dark, mystical forces conspiring against them, starting with a vengeful 19th century witch and her cheating warlock fiance.
Stars:William Gregory Lee, Gregory Michael, Tracy Scoggins, Charlie David
A single mother’s life after she accepts the offer to be a surrogate mother for a gay couple.
Stars:Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood
Freddie Thornhill (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (Sir Derek Jacobi) are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly fifty years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity.
Stars:Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon
34. (I) (2004–2009)
Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of gay women living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them.
Stars:Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner
The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde’s life after he discovers his homosexuality.
Director:Brian Gilbert | Stars:Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle
43. (2014 TV Movie)
A gay activist attempts to raise H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. awareness during the early 1980s.
Director:Ryan Murphy | Stars:Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Frank De Julio, William DeMeritt
50. Love, Simon(2018)
Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
Director:Greg Berlanti | Stars:Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford
55. Just a Question of Love(2000 TV Movie)
After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He’s afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.
Director:Christian Faure | Stars:Cyrille Thouvenin, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Éva Darlan, Caroline Veyt
William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can’t cope with his memories.
Director:Thom Fitzgerald | Stars:Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Ian Parsons, Peter MacNeill
A drama that charts ten years in a transgender woman’s relationship with her lover.
Director:Xavier Dolan | Stars:Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuel Schwartz, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye
65. Latter Days(2003)
A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.
Director:C. Jay Cox | Stars:Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Mary Kay Place, Amber Benson
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.
Director:Tom Ford | Stars:Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult
70. Prayers for Bobby(2009 TV Movie)
True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.
Director:Russell Mulcahy | Stars:Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols
71. (I) (2008)
The story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.
Director:Gus Van Sant | Stars:Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna
73. Were the World Mine(2008)
A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s „A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.
Director:Tom Gustafson | Stars:Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Zelda Williams
75. Edge of Seventeen(1998)
A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.
Director:David Moreton | Stars:Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych, Stephanie McVay
A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father’s conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.
Director:Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars:Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Émile Vallée
84. Weekend(II) (2011)
After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what’s expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.
Director:Andrew Haigh | Stars:Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman
A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.
Director:Kimberly Peirce | Stars:Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Director:Stephan Elliott | Stars:Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell
87. Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma(2005)
Inspired by a true story, Amnesia tells the story of a young man (Dusan Dukic) who wakes up on a Montreal street knowing nothing about himself, except that he’s gay.
Director:Denis Langlois | Stars:Dusan Dukic, Tyler Hall, Derek Lebrero, Maurizio Terrazzano
91. Clapham Junction(2007 TV Movie)
A chronicle of 36 hours in the lives of a number of interconnected gay men in Clapham, South London.
Director:Adrian Shergold | Stars:Tom Beard, James Bellamy, Robin Berry, Rachael Blake
95. The Wedding Banquet(1993)
To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.
Director:Ang Lee | Stars:Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung
The misadventures of two young gay men, trying to find a place to be alone, one night in Manhattan.
Director:Jim Fall | Stars:Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Brad Beyer
1. Queer as Folk(2000–2005)
The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Stars:Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison, Michelle Clunie
Gay lawyer Will and straight interior designer Grace share a New York City apartment. Their best friends are gleeful and proud gay Jack and charismatic, filthy-rich, amoral socialite Karen.
Stars:Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes
10. Queer as Folk(1999–2000)
A groundbreaking gay adult drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, as well as 15-year-old Nathan, who is in love with Stuart.
Stars:Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black
16. Venice the Series(2009– )
Focuses on the life of Gina Brogno, a single, gay, self-made interior designer living and working in Venice Beach, California, as she tries to navigate her love life while dealing with lifelong issues with her family.
Stars:Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia, Nadia Bjorlin, Galen Gering
18. Queer Eye(2003–2007)
Five gay men try to improve the lives and confidence of straight men by giving them makeovers and advice.
Stars:Ted Allen, Carson Kressley, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia
The Lair is a private gay club run by vampires, who use the club as a source for attractive young men to feed from. Thom, a local journalist in the small island town begins digging into the… See full summary »
Stars:David Shae, Colton Ford, Brian Nolan, Peter Stickles
24. Gimme Gimme Gimme(1999–2001)
A sitcom about two dreamy London roommate: gay unemployed actor Tom Farrell, whose career is going nowhere; and Linda La Hughes, who is about as attractive as a centenary nun, yet has … See full summary »
Stars:Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Beth Goddard, Rosalind Knight
27. Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World(2007–2009)
Welcome to the gayest of gay ghettos, West Lahunga Beach, where Rick and Steve make their fabulously decorated double-income-no-kids home. That is until Rick’s lifelong lesbian friend … See full summary »
Stars:Will Matthews, Peter Paige, Q. Allan Brocka, Wilson Cruz
Six twentysomething friends who went to college together are now living in New York trying to find themselves.
Stars:Sasha Alexander, Marisa Coughlan, Rebecca Gayheart, Eddie Mills
2 conservative men support their younger brother when he comes out as gay. The brothers help him navigate being openly gay in 1980s Philadelphia.
Stars:Robert Walden, Paul Regina, Brandon Maggart, Hallie Todd
39. Some of My Best Friends(2001– )
Warren Fairbanks is a gay Greenwich Village writer. His sexual orientation isn’t suspected initially by the fellow who has responded to his newspaper ad for a new roommate. Though the road … See full summary »
Stars:Jason Bateman, Danny Nucci, Alec Mapa, Jessica Lundy
Bump! is the world’s first gay and lesbian travel and lifestyle television series. It is unique and international in scope. In each episode Bump! presents a new gay-friendly destination in … See full summary »
Stars:Charlie David, Shannon McDonough, Deb Pierce, Bruce Vilanch
Friends and Benefits (FAB), is a queer online web series. It follows the life of Ben Fitzgerald, 21, gay university student who was recently dumped by his boyfriend. Ben turns to online … See full summary »
Stars:Stephen Walden, Kenny Cheng, Anthony Jelinic, Pia Prendiville
50. Gay, Straight or Taken?(2007)
A game show where a single woman meets three men — one is in a heterosexual relationship, one is gay and partnered, and one is single and straight. If the woman can correctly pick the … See full summary »
Stars:Laura Niles, Damian F. Sandolo, Elle Young, Ryan Anthony
51. Oi aparadektoi(1991–1993)
The adventures of four people who live next to each other somewhere in Athens. Spyros and his wife Dimitra on one apartment, and Vlassis with his gay friend Yannis on the other. Though they… See full summary »
Stars:Giannis Bezos, Vlassis Bonatsos, Dimitra Papadopoulou, Spiros Papadopoulos
54. Crazy Venice Apartment(2012– )
Crazy Venice Apartment – as the name speaks for itself – is a series that takes place in a beach apartment inhabited by an overly diverse group of friends: Cody ( an unstable, closet gay, … See full summary »
Stars:Katharine Nova, Brian Chang, Romika Annabell, Christopher Silva
56. Queer Eye for the Straight Girl(2005– )
From the creators of Bravo’s runaway hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy comes a new series that turns a tasteful eye towards the ladies. This time, a team of gay stylists will „make-better“… See full summary »
Stars:Honey Labrador, Robert Laughlin, Damon Pease, Danny Teeson
A history of how the depiction of the vulgar has been a vital part of English satire,starting with the artwork of Hogarth in the eighteenth century and Gay’s ‚Beggar’s Opera‘,the first … See full summary »
Stars:Julian Rhind-Tutt, Steve Bell, Martin Rowson, Simon Callow
Sara is a Flemish soap, on a modest budget, about the people connected to the fashion firm Présence, founded by Leon van Wyck and his late partner but artistically dependent on the gay … See full summary »
Stars:Gert Winckelmans, Sandrine André, Veerle Baetens, Kürt Rogiers
62. Under the Pink Carpet(2000– )
A Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender themed entertainment news magazine series. Irreverent, fast moving and colorful, Under the Pink Carpet features celebrity interviews and backstage … See full summary »
Stars:Tony Sawicki, Clover Welsh, Stephanie I. Butler, Michael Musto
63. (2008– )
A reality series that follows the players from San Francisco’s star gay basketball team on and off the court.
Stars:John Amaechi, Sheryl Swoopes, Francis Broome, Pete Hannibal
A team of five wedding gurus have only two short weeks to create a fabulous wedding for a lucky gay or lesbian couple.
Stars:Fern Cohen, Elvira Kurt, Scott Thompson, Gregory White
68. (2010– )
Take a sheltered, Canadian girl and a desperately broke, gay American and you have the perfect equation for fraudulent marriage. What seems like a mutually beneficial situation, Megan … See full summary »
Stars:Stefanie Black, Clark Harding, Jerrod Littlejohn, Jackie Tohn
70. (2005– )
NewNowNext Music offers LGBT music fans a chance to access a range of music genres that appeal to their sensibility, and is unavailable from any other outlet. Musicians, DJs, LGBT cultural … See full summary »
Stars:Logan Lynn, Bitch, Emanuel Xavier, Babydaddy
72. Don’t Quit Your Gay Job(2009– )
In the third season of this OUTtv Original Series we’ve mixed things up a bit. Rob Easton is back as host, but this time round we have Adam Rollins and Tommy D learning a new range of jobs and talents.
Stars:Rob Easton, Sean Horlor, Tommy Dolanjski, Adam Rollins
A far cry from traditional stand-up, Hot Gay Comics highlights the best in out and proud comedy. Each show features a cast that includes mainstays as well as up and comers in today’s comedy world.
Stars:Dave Rubin, Shawn Hollenbach, Anne Neczypor, Mike Singer
76. Brotherhood TV(2011–2012)
The Brotherhood TV is dedicated to educating and empowering SGL (same gender loving), Gay, Bisexual and Queer young men of color; through addressing issues that are affecting us. The … See full summary »
77. My Fabulous Gay Wedding(2005)
„Wedding fairy“ Scott Thompson and his team of five wedding gurus have only two short weeks to create a fabulous wedding for a lucky gay or lesbian couple.
Stars:Scott Thompson, Maggie Cassella, Donna Michelle Morris, Rufus Wainwright
79. Dôsôkai(1993– )
Probably the first TV drama that portrayed gay relationship/sex openly and positively on a national television in Japan. It started as ’school reunion‘ (that’s the title). This high school … See full summary »
Stars:Yuki Saitô, Kazuhiko Nishimura, Tatsuya Yamaguchi, Keiko Oginome
82. The Stereotypical Gay(2011– )
The Stereotypical Gay is comedy series produced in Vancouver, BC. It follows the (mis)adventures of a stereotypically gay man and his inability to integrate into the straight community. … See full summary »
Stars:Josh Rimer, Michael A. Cheng, Monica Hamburg, Phyllis Ho
A two-part documentary series exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people growing up in Ireland. As recently as 1993, homosexuality was illegal in … See full summary »
84. Real Momentum(2005– )
This intimate documentary takes an in-depth look at families with gay siblings and the various emotional and social conflicts they face on a daily basis. Whether it’s a mother who struggles… See full summary »
86. (2010– )
Bob is a newly out of the closet gay man and Andrew is a socially inept blow-hard. Through a charming back and forth rapport, Bob and Andrew help each other navigate the trials and tribulations of their lives.
Stars:Andrew Menzies, Bob Woolsey, Lauren Martin McCraw, April Green
Follows a group of aspiring gay models and their ambitious talent agents as they claw their way through hard work and heartbreak towards careers in gay modeling. Shot behind the scenes at a… See full summary »
91. (2005– )
BRUNCH which is on the Q Television Network is the first LIVE morning daily talk show created specifically for the LGBT and gay-friendly progressive community. This upbeat and fast paced … See full summary »
Stars:Scott Withers, Honey Labrador, Marina Anderson, Yawar Charlie
92. Fat Guy(2011– )
Follow Caskey, a 20-something gay actor from the Midwest as he navigates New York City, his fledgling career and his complicated love life. Season one finds Caskey with a big national … See full summary »
Stars:Caskey Hunsader, Eva Shure, Andrew Wehling, Kelly Shoemaker
94. Talking With… Yale Cohn(2011– )
A wide range of subjects and interests are covered ranging from politics to music to journalism to religion to art to gay issues to gun rights to media to veterans‘ issues to roller derby … See full summary »
Stars:Yale Cohn, Justin Beahm, Birgit Brun Coffman, Tom Garland
We’ve created a list of gay web series featuring gay, lesbians, bears, queers, and more.
rukkle can relate to the frustration with the lack of gay representation seen on tv today. Thankfully, there’s a number of gay web series to help fill the void. Here’s our list of 10 gay web series for you to check out. Some have recently been released and others are already on their 2nd and 3rd seasons.
Amy Rubin that features a single lesbian as she figures out her thirties in Los Angeles.
The show features a lesbian but is suitable for everyone that’s faced life’s humiliations; such as, being caught masturbating in public (yes, you read that right).
Little Horribles is deemed funny enough to be added to Funny or Die’s stable of hilarious shows.
Interested in a funny web series about the poor decisions of a self-indulgent lesbian? This is in your zone:
Watch the 1st episode of gay web series, Little Horribles on YouTube.
Where The Bears Are
Rick CoppJoe Dietl and Ben Zook created Where The Bears Are that is currently raising money for its 3rd season.
The show has been described as “Golden Girls” meets “Murder, She Wrote” featuring a bunch of gay and hairy men. It’s been the recipient of Best Gay Web Series awards from both Queerty and afterElton.
[email protected] My favorite bears are raising money for a new season! Help them out if you can!
Watch the season 1 trailer of Where the Bears Are on YouTube.
Do you remember The Great Cock Hunt? Well this show is based on that popular blog-turned-book. Hunting Season follows the sexual adventures of Alex, a columnist who works hard during the day and get raunchy in the evening. This web series is NSFW.
Im kind obcess for @HuntingSeasonTV now, and im dying cause we dont have any announcement of dates… yess, im putting you on the wall,
Watch the first episode of gay web series, Hunting Season on Vimeo.
The Outs follows young gay men in Brooklyn and their adventures in dating. It has a great mix of sharp wit, dark humour, and some drama. The Outs is is created by Adam Goldman.
Their Chanukah episode made the list of The Atlantic’s top episodes of 2013. Goldman tweeted out the news,
The Outs Chanukah Special is on @TheAtlantic‘s list of Best TV Episodes of 2013 – pretty cool!
Watch gay web series, The Outs, trailer on YouTube.
Whatever This Is
Speaking of Adam Goldman, Whatever This Is, is his latest gay web series that he’s created.
“how long are you expected to do work that you hate, for pennies, until it becomes something that you love that pays the rent? Is it even possible?”
The 3 Bits
The 3 Bits is a gay web series that is written and directed by Max Freeman and Margaret Singer. The episodes are divided up by the three main characters — which are three siblings — so you can see the story unfold from their unique points of view. Two of the sibs are gay, while one is straight.
They’re already facing controversy with one scene featuring someone snorting cocaine off a baby resulted in a call from the actual police.
“They were worried that we were endangering a child. [An officer] called and said that he wanted to clarify that it was not a criminal investigation, it was a inquiry. But he repeated this five times and the more he said it, the more I felt like I needed to call a lawyer.”
Watch Roman’s first episode of The 3 Bits on YouTube.
Spin The Bottle
Spin The Bottle is a gay web series about six friends who talk about love and give dating advice to one another while drinking it up.
The series was created by Matthew Barnard, who describes Spin The Bottle as being…
“about six friends who give each other tips on love, relationships and sex, all while tipsy.”
The show is already in its 3rd season and you can watch the trailer for the trailer for Season 1 on YouTube.
We’ve shared ours, now we’d love to know your favourite gay web series.
14 Responses to The Top 10 Gay Web Series On YouTube
So, no urban/ethnic gay web series were found? There are some amazing and talented diverse lgbt content creators, but it is what it is, I suppose.
Hi Liki, Thanks for your comment, as we asked in the final sentence “We’ve shared ours, now we’d love to know your favourite gay web series.”
Please be sure to add your suggested content creators!
Hi Liki, Thanks for your comment, as we asked in the final sentence “We’ve shared ours, now we’d love to know your favourite gay web series.”
Please be sure to add your suggested content creators!
I think they went more for budget and mainstream exposure than audience size and so happens the color-less still get more exposure in these days and times…no shade. just truth.
There is a series called Freefall on YouTube. Lamont Pierre, Geno Brooks and the rest of the BOA collective have put together an entertaining urban series.
Production quality is great for most episodes. The situations make the episodes interesting, but I have to admit, there is a slight disconnect in the delivery of some lines.
Overall though, it’s a great series. It ventures outside of the gay comedy and gay-queen-centered shows often found on TV and on web.
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G & T is a fantastic Italian Web series. The first and most of the second season are on youtube. Italian with subtitles.
Gay is only, and only about sex. Prove me wrong. Also, all the finger pointing from those damn Christians, Muslims, Hindus and all that bullshit is really all about thier faillures……. the religions in the world condone LOVE, not same sex………. safeFour things to on to self, while others try to conform you to thier liking, at your expense.2. Learn how to self soothe constructivlely – shopping, sports etc3. Don’t react.4. Tolerate PAIN for the Dark One Prevents Truth……..
Yeah, because ‘Straight’ people only get married or have relationships JUST FOR SEX… makes perfect sense
G & T an Italian web series is at the top of my list. Matteo Rocchi is so DAYUM HAWT in it. The story is great. Please go check it out guys. You’ll surely love it like I ;s the link if your interested.
The BEST Gay web series is from, surprise-surprise, INDONESIA. It is called CONQ, and it has English Subtitles.
I can’t believe Feminin/Feminin didn’t get a mention! Another webseries 200% worth watching –
Tactical Submission by ada maria soto
MCs: a gay SWAT commander who’s mostly in the closet about being kinky and submissive and a bisexual, polyamorous kinky doctor who works for the coroner’s office.Setting: L.A. CountyTropes/themes/secondary plot: BDSM, polyamory, characters dealing with PTSD, lots of on-the-page sex (this one is definitely erotic romance) bisexual, polyamorous MC
* by damon suede
MCs: two lifelong best friends and Brooklyn firefighters (who may or may not have been hiding their feelings for each other for years) who decide to work as models for a gay porn website because one of them is basically broke.Setting: Brooklyn post-9/11Tropes/themes/secondary plot: friends to lovers; total hilarity; a satisfying and authentic secondary cast of friends and family; tasty homemade Italian food described in gay MCs
*Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
MCs: a famous football player who’s spent his life in the closet and a mega football fan who is also kinda lonely and runs an independent film festival.Setting: Melbourne, AustraliaTropes/themes/secondary plot: sports romance; lots of angst; celebrity romance; characters dealing with homophobia (from the public and in their families); a wonderful and heartwarming collection of friends and chosen family surrounding both gay MCs
Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper
MCs: a somewhat grumpy recluse who has MS, which sometimes means his body does not act as he wants it to, and a super cheerful, open and not-at-all grumpy artist/hipster.Setting: Oakland/Bay AreaTropes/themes/secondary plot: adorable opposites-attract romance; a character that deals with chronic illness on a daily basis, especially as his illness pertains to sex; BDSM; a strong sense of queer community and queer disabled MC
*Starting from Scratch by Jay Northcote
MCs: a quiet trans college student who’s just returned to university after transitioning and the outgoing ex of one of his friends.Setting: Plymouth, EnglandTropes/themes/secondary plot: college romance; authentic and sweet depiction of friendship among young gay university students; some downright adorable and geeky board game trans MC
Shame and A Disgrace by Holley Trent
MCs: a pharmaceutical sales rep who’s just dumped his much younger boyfriend who he thinks is too young to settle down and commit, and the much younger boyfriend, who is determined to win back the love of his life.Setting: New OrleansTropes/themes/secondary plot: second chance romance; age gay MCs
*For Real by Alexis Hall
MCs: a thirty-something trauma doctor and submissive who’s getting tired of the BDSM scene he’s been a part of for so long and a 19-year-old line cook who is just coming out as kinky and dominant.Setting: LondonTropes/themes/secondary plot: age gap romance; BDSM; lots of angst surrounding the MCs emotional openness; a strong circle of friends and chosen family; a slow-burn romance; a fair bit of on-the-page gay MCs
*The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney
MCs: a rising hotshot lawyer who is forced to return home to care for his three teenage brothers after his father dies and his next-door, small-town, openhearted neighbor.Setting: Austin, TXTropes/themes/secondary plot: parenting; characters dealing with grief; family gay MCs
*Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
MCs: a detective who’s about to get married and has dreamed his whole life of joining the FBI and a waiter he meets one day at a diner who turns out to be a whole lot more than he seems.Setting: Denver, COTropes/themes/secondary plot: age gap romance; murder mystery; lots of drama and angst and situations where characters frequently in danger; a fantastic supporting cast of friends and gay MCs
*King Consort by J.R. Gray
MCs: a prince and heir to the throne of England and a paparazzi photographer with whom, against his better judgment, he shares a one-night stand.Setting: Toronto and LondonTropes/themes/secondary plot: royal/commoner romance; a character dealing with being closeted due to his position (English royalty); fantastic supporting characters (especially the MC’s grandmother, the Queen); gay MCs
*Galley Proof by Eric Arvin
MCs: a fiction writer and the editor of his latest book.Setting: small town America and ItalyTropes/themes/secondary plot: snarky, hilarious first-person narration; a great supporting cast including the MCs mom and best friend/roommate; engaging depictions of small town gay MCs
*Home by William Neale
MCs: an ad exec who returns to his hometown after the death of his father and the man who bullied him in high school, now the deputy chief of police.Setting: small-town Southern AmericanTropes/themes/secondary plot: characters who share a past traumatic relationship (which involved one MC bullying the other); a stalker situation; a return-to-hometown romance; characters dealing with homophobia from various gay MCs
*Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day
MCs: an event planner and a paramedic (who also happens to be the brother of his newest, most important client).Setting: Wilde City (fictional)Tropes/themes/secondary plot: a man working to build up his business and the challenges he faces; a love interest in an existing relationship; a cast of endearing supporting gay MCs
*Shaking the Sugar Tree by Nick Wilgus
MCs: a single dad and failed writer struggling to make ends meet and a nurse who recently moved to Mississippi from Boston.Setting: MississippiTropes/themes/secondary plot: parenting; complicated family dynamics; lots of interesting supporting characters; a lot of emotional backstory; characters dealing with various gay MCs, deaf secondary character (the son of one of the MCs)
Daddy, Daddy, and Me by Sean Michael
MCs: a single dad who finds himself raising his biological kids after his best friend, to whom he donated sperm, dies and a young man who just finished his degree in early childhood education and is looking for a nannying job.Setting: OntarioTropes/themes/secondary plot: parenting; fantastic depiction of queer family building; an adorable meet-cute (involving screaming children); almost no gay MCs
by Rick R. Reed
MCs: a man who’s given up on romantic love, so decides to marry a woman and (of course!) his wedding planner.Setting: SeattleTropes/themes/secondary plot: marriage of convenience; forced proximity; various relationships explored besides the main love interest; an arc of self-discovery and affirmation that’s separate from the love gay MCs
*Witches of London-Lars by Aleksandr Voinov
MCs: a pagan man and contractor who’s just joined a new circle of queer witches and a man who has just quit his stressful job and bought an old house in the suburbs, due to his failing health.Setting: LondonTropes/themes/secondary plot: a character with a life-threatening illness; queer witches who practice various forms of paganism; an exploration of spirituality and faith; a lovely portrayal of queer family among the gay MCs
The Alpha’s Claim by Holley Trent
MCs: the alpha of the New York coyote pack and an aspiring actor/waiter.Setting: small town New YorkTropes/themes/secondary plot: a condensed time frame (most of this book takes place over a weekend); coyote shifter pack politics; lots of witty gay MCs
*The Lightning Struck Heart by T.J. KLune
MCs: a wizard’s apprentice and a dreamy knight who spends altogether too much time dating other people.Setting: a fantasy kingdom populated by beautiful queer creaturesTropes/themes/secondary plot: a creative and unique cast of characters and creatures including gay dragons; lovely friendships; a totally fun and wacky fantasy world; dangerous quests; many moments of total laugh-out-loud gay MCs
Chaos Station by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
MCs: a spaceship engineer and an ex-supersoldier, both with traumatic pasts, who are also childhood best friends (and former boyfriends), reunited after being separated for years.Setting: a spaceship roaming the galaxy after a major interplanetary warTropes/themes/secondary plot: second-chance romance, friends-to-lovers, a lot of fast-paced action; a truly wonderful sense of chosen family among the spaceship crew; fascinating aliens; characters dealing with PTSD from a brutal bisexual MC
by Michael Barakiva
MCs: a high school freshman from an Armenian family and the brash, irreverent boy he meets at summer school.Setting: NYCTropes/themes/secondary plot: family dynamics; a coming-out storyline that’s not the center of the book at all; first love; so many amazing food scenes; an exploration of culture and heritage and how important their Armenian identity is to the MCs gay MCs
*Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez
MCs: a teenage boy from the South Bronx and his childhood best friend, whom he distanced himself from when folks around the neighborhood started teasing him for being gay.Setting: NYC (specifically the South Bronx)Tropes/themes/secondary plot: beautiful descriptions of the neighborhood and community; characters dealing with homophobia; friends-to-lovers; nuanced supporting characters; exploration of masculinity and Latinx MCs
*The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
MCs: two boys raised as “love interests” (forced to compete for the interest of the same girl) by a secret and powerful organization that trains teenage spies.Setting: dystopian AustraliaTropes/themes/secondary plot: fascinating world-building; lots of high-stakes action; a queer and creative twist on the spy novel; lots of angst; a creepy dystopian gay MCs
Looking for more gay romance novels? Check out 8 of the Best M/M Romances and A (Semi) Comprehensive Guide to LGBTQ Romance. Gay romance novels also appear on this list of must-read YA romances and this list of must-read LGBT fantasy books.
11. Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
This anime belongs to the fantasy/magic genre. The plot follows the life of a young girl named Sakura. One day she finds a book filled with cards and before she could understand anything the cards are accidentally blown away and scattered all over the world. Later, a beast from the books tells her that the cards are magical and can pose a great threat to the world. She needs to get them back and seal them in the book. The gay characters here are Toya, Sakura’s older brother and Yukito, his best friend.
7. Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom (1996)
Mizuki is a Japanese track and field star. She wants to become better at it. She decides to join the high school in which her idol Izumi, a high jumper, goes to. But wait! That’s an all-boys school. Mizuki decides to cross-dress and hide her true identity from everyone but the coming of a new student who makes people question their orientation can be a bit troublesome for her. There are many instances of homosexuality in this anime. Hokuto Umeda, Akiha Hara are some of the queer characters.
1. Doukyuusei (2016)
Unlike many of the other anime on this list which has a few gay characters who don’t affect the storyline much, Doukyuusei is a romantic genre anime movie that is based on the homosexuality between the two male protagonists. Rhito is an A-level student while Hikaru is a guitarist in a band. Though they walk on completely different paths fate pulls them together and Hikaru helps Rhito prepare for a chorus. From here onwards the two start meeting regularly, eventually developing a romantic relationship.