If you need more gay characters in your life, Netflix is the answer! Here are 16 shows featuring gay men that you can stream right now. For shows featuring lesbian characters, check out this list.
Stranger Things generated a lot of buzz with the heartwarming moment when Will's feelings for Mike are finally revealed, and the way the writers handle the storyline is beautiful.
Élite is a sexy Spanish show that lets everyone salivate over Manu Ríos (and others, as well, but damn, he's just sexy.)
Heartstopper is a disgustingly adorable show that follows two teens, Charlie and Nick, as they navigate both high school and their ever-growing feelings for each other.
The Netflix series Special tells the story of Ryan, a gay man with cerebral palsy who decides to shed his victim mentality and go after the life he both wants and deserves.
That 90's Show
When Netflix rebooted That 70's Show with the focus on the 90's decade, they introduced us to Ozzie, the witty and sarcastic openly gay teen next door.
Kim Cattrall gave everybody life in her role as Madolyn Addison on Glamorous. The show also put Miss Benny on the map and the show is a lot of good fun.
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.
How to Get Away With Murder
Fan favorite, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), is an openly gay law student. The show’s steamy sex scenes do not disappoint.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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.
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.
Degrassi: The Next Class
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 Vampire Diaries
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.
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.
House of Cards
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.
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.