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The Ultimate Gay TV Timeline


How the evolution was televised

From mincing, high-pitched uncles and villainous cowards to debauched British aristocrats, high school lovers, and Real World gays, sodomites have come a long way since the dawn of television.

Check out our TV timeline: We start in 1967 and include clips, photos, and factoids to remind you how much things have changed in the past several decades. (Just be warned, it's addictive!)


  • Gay TV and Me: Daniel Mendelsohn explains how his life would be different if boys were kissing boys onscreen 40 years ago -- like they are today.
  • Reality Bites: How a fledging cable network sidestepped the rules of America's most powerful medium and became the gay community's most visible advocate.
  • Afternoon Delight: The bold, the beautiful, and Ryan Phillippe.
  • The Other British Invasion: Don't be fooled by a stiff upper lip -- it yields to campier sensibilities.
  • My Tales of the City: Olympia Dukakis reflects on playing one of the first transgender characters on television, Anna Madrigal.
  • Please, No More Squeals and Finger Snaps!: As Bravo's long-running 'Real Housewives' franchise matures, so do the gay sidekicks.

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