Looking back, however, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters have been making their mark on both the big and small screens for some time. Last year, Cate Blanchett made us cry in "Carol." Hilary Swank nabbed an Oscar for bringing the life of transgender man Brandon Teena to life in "Boys Don't Cry," as did Sean Penn when he portrayed gay rights icon Harvey Milk in "Milk."
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane gave us the chuckles as Albert and Armand in "The Birdcage." And who could forget Chris Colfer as the lovable Kurt in "Glee" or Sean Hayes’ scene-stealing turn as Jack on "Will & Grace"?
In honor of LGBT Pride Month, check out 28 memorable characters that made us proud to be queer above.