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Pride Month: Memorable LGBT Characters Through the Years – Photo Gallery

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June is Pride month around the world and in major cities in the U.S.

For the soaps; daytime and primetime, over the years, we’ve seen an evolution from having no LGBT characters, to more inclusion and representation of the gay community on your favorite shows.  However, there is still far more representation that is clearly needed.  

While several daytime and primetime dramas have given us coming out stories, love stories, same-sex weddings, and more, some have anchored their characters into the core drama of their respective shows, but others have tread lightly.  

Check out our gallery below of these moving and memorable characters played by actors who made them come to life that have represented the rainbow flag, and  some clunkers that flatlined along the way.

Let us know who your favorite LGBT character has been through the years, and which were the major flops.  Comment below.  (Note: click on any photo to enlarge the gallery slideshow. or watch as in the post with our captions)

Photo Credits: JPI, ABC, CW

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Patrick
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FIRST OFF : just how cute are Eden Reigel and Elizabeth Hendrickson !!! knock me out with that killer smile (s) and laugh. dag! HOT

2ndly: Crystal Chappell; doing, ANY THING. she’s the definition of SUPERLATIVE. this is natural sexuality bar none… smolder

Patrick
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Patrick

for top draw : WOOF ! Noah and Luke … per the caption… thee “IT” coupledom… Oakdale Magic… MAGIC

Patrick
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Patrick

I was watching All My Children !!!! Devon McFadden and Lynn Carson… OKAY I remember watching … keeping these feelings hidden… YES YES YES… just a big shout out… “ALL MY CHILDREN” my first soap to pull me in

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m SOOOOO “happy” @Days of OUR Lives… sans Paul i’m more sorry that we won’t be seeing his bond with John Black. there’s so much joy in watching Drake Hogestyn bring it for his sons (Paul and Brady).

this journey in Salem… w/Sonny , Paul, Will, Derrick.. I agree tho with @soaphound… let’s just keep THIS happy couple, once they find their way back to each other, Will AND Sonny

this show is on all cylinders. LOL.. giddy heart how can it be that DAYS is the best

Patrick
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Patrick

Felix my man : he’s – so – adorable.. LOVING his scenes as Mike, caretaker.. AND his scenes with Stella. THANK YOU @GH for giving Marc Samuel, work. thank you !

Sarah
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Sarah

My favorite character was Luke Snyder on ATWT. Van Hansis was phenomenal in that role. If ATWT had continued, I would have loved to see how the character of Dr. Reid Oliver would have progressed. Eric Sheffer Stevens was exceptional as Reid.

Carla C
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Carla C

It gets no better than Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia. These ladies have great chemistry in every pairing… Olivia and Natalia (Guiding Light), Gina and Ani (VenicetheSeries), Nico and Ivy (The Grove the Series), Lainey and Eva (A Million Happy Nows / 1 Million Happy Nows). Hopefully, that list will keep going for many years ! <3 <3

Mary
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Mary

Absolutely the best are Ashley Jones & Lexi Ainsworth on GH ad Parker & Kristina. Perfect story, Kristina falls in love with her amazingly gorgeous Professor, played by sensual, flawless beauty Ashley Jones. Their chemistry was off the charts & as as could be. You never realized they were acting!

Mary
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Mary

Absolutely the best are Ashley Jones & Lexi Ainsworth on GH as Parker & Kristina. Perfect story, Kristina falls in love with her amazingly gorgeous Professor, played by sensual, flawless beauty Ashley Jones. Their chemistry was off the charts & as HOT as could be!! You never realized they were acting!

Pri
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Pri

Love love love Kristina and Parker (Pristina) on GH. Great storyline about Kristina discovering her sexuality along with killer chemistry between Lexi and Ashley.

Linda
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Linda

Thanks for including Pristina. I love this couple and want them back on GH. The chemistry between Ashley and Lexi is .

Nat
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Nat

Hands down Ashley Jones and Lexi Ainsworth as Parker and Kristina on general hospital has been my all time favorite LGBT character. They’re totally a breathe of fresh air to me and so many other Pristina Fans. They have been phenomenal in their roles. Luv ^em!

Charleen
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Charleen

General Hospitals ♡PRISTINA♡The Amazing AshleyJones & Lexi Ainsworth nailing an Amazing S/L.It’s so realistic and helping so many in today’s world with today’s realities. These 2 ladies believed enough in this S/L to take it on. Phenomoninal. They have a WorldWideFandom. We will keep our voices heard we believe in them support and love them.Their chemistry and connection is so real.Age,race,religion,gender does not matter. Love is love.No person has the right to judge what’s right or wrong in another person’s life. We need to stick together and support one another. There’s enough hate in this world!

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tammi

They were all special and riveting in their own way but they couldn’t hold a Candle to the UK when it comes to Same Sex Love. The First Same Sex Kiss took place on a UK Soap called Brookside where Beth fell in love with fellow classmate Margaret and almost had an affair with her Professor. On Emmerdale Zoe Tate got Married in a Blessing to her Girlfriend Emma Nightingale. Things didn’t work out, but Zoe was quite the “Playa” who had a diversified set of Girlfriends. From a Lorry aka Garbage Truck Driver, Nanny, Sales Representative, Hairdresser, Interior Decorator… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

Eastenders had the first gay kiss on a UK soap in 1987, between Michael Cashman’s Colin and Gary Hailes’ Barry. Brooksides’s first lesbian kiss was in 1994 (apparently that was the first pre-watershed, ie. daytime, gay kiss in UK soaps).

Gary
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Gary

My favorite characters have been Bianca and Reese. Bette and Tina. Kat and Adena. Vivian and Aster. Willow, Tara and Kennedy. Dana and Lara. And of course, Parker and Kristina. Who unfortunately, are still stuck off-screen in Oregon. General Hospital really, really needs to bring them back. It’s been way too long and we miss them terribly.

Alan
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Alan

Favorite gay couple is ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Oliver and Kyle whose storyline was sadly cut too short.

Favorite lesbian character is Bianca Montgomery (who sadly never had a single well written romance during her entire run).

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I loved Oliver and Kyle. Their story was so sweet. It was great watching them grow as individuals and as a couple. I was so disappointed when they disappeared from Llanview.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For bringing attention and respect to this diverse community. This feature and slideshow are indeed a trip down memory lane. I had no idea there were so many gay characters on soaps (or I clearly have forgotten some of them). It’s not to the point of oversaturation, however. For the record, more people know someone who is gay than they do someone who is a mob boss! So the relatable factor is built in. Writing for a gay character should be just another unique character with his or her own traits. I think that… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

So what you’re saying is….. they need to write for a gay mob boss?? Obviously it won’t be Sonny Corinthos, since he’s clearly the most hetero man in Port Charles. But Brad Cooper (or whatever his last name is) is apparently a descendant of the Chinese mafia boss from the “Asian quarter” storyline of the mid 80s. What if Brad got bored with being a rarely seen lab tech and decided to embrace his Grandpa Wu’s legacy?? Doubt it would happen, and Lucas would probably dump his ass if it did, but at least that would be a first for… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks for your reply, Satan. You gave me quite the chuckle today! 🙂

Tom Beavin
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Tom Beavin

I once did a fan fiction story in honor of the same sex soap couples who I loved but didn’t make it. I was absolutely taken by Bianca Montgomery and Frankie/Maggie Stone on All My Children, Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish on One Life To Live, Will Horton and Sonny on Days Of Our Lives, and now Parker Forsythe and Kristina Davis on General Hospital.

Patrick
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Patrick

CUT TOO SHORT : @GH for firing/letting go; Lexi Ainsworth AND Ashley Jones. this was so promising.

Steve
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Steve

Lexi booked other work. She wasn’t on contract and was not fired. Without Kristina, there was no need for Parker.

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

What about Katherine Chancellor and Joann Curtis on Y&R in 1977?

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Major props to you for including some of the early storylines and characters from way back: Lynn, and then later Michael, on All My Children, and Billy on One Life to Live, and especially Hank on As the World Turns. But one quibble: yes, you covered the Dynasty reboot–but nothing on Steven in the original Dynasty? That was such a seminal event in television history: a major character on a highly rated nighttime soap who was gay, came out to his family, had same-sex relationships, and even won over his bigoted father eventually. His story over the years was handled… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Yes, the backlash against Steven on the original Dynasty. Al Corley left the role because he didn’t like that they were moving away from the gay storyline. It didn’t work as Steven and Claudia were a tremendously boring couple.

Allen
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Allen

My favorite was definitely Oliver and Kyle #OLTL miss Landview very much !!

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James Reynolds Honored with On Set Celebration to Mark his 40th Anniversary on DAYS (PHOTOS)

Last Thursday, on the 40th anniversary of Days of our Lives‘ James Reynolds debut as Abe Carver, the long-running NBC soap took some time out from production to mark the milestone with an on set celebration attended by several cast members, creatives, and crew.

Taking part in the celebration wereL DAYS EP Ken Corday, Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Sal Stowers (Lani), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) , Josh Taylor (Roman), Thaao Penghlis (Tony), Marci Miller (Abigail), Lindsay Arnold (Allie), Greg Rikaart (Leo), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), and Robert Wilson (Ben).

 

With speeches and love all around, James was saluted by the show for his enduring performance as Abe.  Last Monday, a special episode was crafted in his honor, which saw Abe go to the light and being visited by his beloved late wife, Lexie in a series of scenes and flashbacks.  It was another touching performance by Reynolds, in which we also applaud him with Michael Fairman TV’s Power Performance of the Week honors (more on that in an upcoming post).

During his daytime career, Jim took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2018 for his portrayal, and remains the longest-running black actor in a continuing role on television.

Check out some of the moments from Jim’s celebration below in our photo gallery.

Then, let us know what you thought of James’ performance last week, and share your well-wishes to him for 40 years on DAYS and a job well-done, via the comment section.

 

Days cast and production honors James and poses for  a celebratory pic.
James along with the current longest running DAYS cast members, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes, and EP Ken Corday.
James with his on-screen daughter (well, Abe does not know yet she is not his bio-child), the beautiful Sal Stowers.
DAYS EP Ken Corday proud of James' accomplishment  ....40 years in Salem
Another enduring DAYS cast member and friend Josh Taylor, strikes a pose with Jim and Sal Stowers.
Suzanne Rogers cuddles up to Jim on his big day along with Sal Stowers.
James gets some words of wisdom and flattery from soap icon. Susan Seaforth Hayes.
Cut the cake, happy 40th to James!
Days cast and production honors James and poses for a celebratory pic.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: What Did You Think of Victoria and Ashland’s Wedding? (PHOTOS)

Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless brought with it the vows and the “I do’s” of Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) to Ashland Locke (Richard Burgi), and the couple are now officially married.  However, pangs of guilt, emotion, and ‘how to solve a problem like Ashland’ also filled the ceremony.

Leslie Brooks (Janice Lynde) played the piano, Tess (Cait Fairbanks) sang a song, and Victoria came down the aisle with her father, Victor (Eric Braden).  It was actually the moments between Eric Braeden and Amelia Heinle that were the emotional high points as you could see the love between the characters, and the actors.

 

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With the nuptials in Tuscany, which brought Hunter King and Michael Mealor’s characters of Summer and Kyle back into the mix, along with Janice Lynde, Victoria was said to never look more beautiful and she chose, after all of Sally’s (Courtney Hope) machinations, to actually wear the dress Sally designed, which was a smash!

The drama came from what was Gaines (Jamison Jones) going to do and what ammo did he have to bust up the nuptials in his revenge against Ashland.  Nick (Joshua Morrow) comes upon him in a upstairs terrace room, and instead of helping him stop the wedding, he actually locks him in the room.

Photo: JPI

Nick then has a decision to make …. does he stop the wedding, which he knows his sister would never forgiven him for (he was already uninvited to the nuptials), or bust open the situation?  It is none other than Adam (Mark Grossman) that tells Nick to look at Victoria before he makes his move saying, “She’s happy. Do you really want to be the guy who wipes that look off her face on what should be the best day of her life?” Just then, Ashland and Victoria become husband and wife, They kiss as everyone in attendance applauds.

Throughout the wedding, another highlight was every time the camera would pan to Billy.  His face said it all as it was exceedingly and increasingly hard for him to watch Victoria marry another man, let alone Ashland. Jason Thompson played those moments to perfection. After the wedding, Billy goes up to the newlyweds and wishes them well.  During the ceremony, he received a text from Gaines, but did not read it.  When he later opens it, there is a video attachment.

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Meanwhile, back in the upstairs room, Gaines is confronted by Nick, Adam, and Victor, who Adam alerted to the situation; instead of calling security, which Nick asked him to do.  A stern Victor tells Gaines that he’s still a threat to Victoria and her company, and he won’t allow that to happen.

When we go back to Billy, who is now with Lily (Christel Khalil), he looks shocked by what he just saw in the video message from Gaines.  He shows it to Lily saying: “He (Gaines) just sent us a video of himself detailing all of Ashland’s crimes including the evidence.” Lily knows this is huge news! Billy tells her that if they don’t publish within the hour, Gaines is going to send it around to other press outlets.  When Lily asks, “What should we do?”  The camera pans to Billy looking at Victoria and Ashland, where Victoria is smooching with her new hubby.  Billy looks very concerned and very torn. Will he be the person to break the backstory of Ashland and his crimes including the forged will and his conniving for Camilla Rhodes’ fortune… or will he not do anything with the intel to save his enduring relationship with Victoria?  We fade to black.  Tune-in Monday.

So, what did you think of the wedding of Ashland & Victoria? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out some of the moments and looks from the wedding in front of the camera and behind the scenes in our photo gallery below.

Photos: JPI and CBS

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Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan Baby Shower with Cast and Friends (Photos)

This past Friday, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) was treated to a very special baby shower for her newborn on the way by some of her castmates: Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Joshua Morrow (Nick).

The gathering was held at The Grove near CBS Television City, where Y&R tapes.

Attending were not only the hosts, but Missy’s other castmates including: Brytni Sarpy (Elena), Bryton James (Devon), Peter Bergman (Jack), Camryn Grimes (Mariah), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), and more.

On her Instagram, Melissa had some special shout-outs to those who worked to put together the baby shower for her: “I’m so lucky to have a job I love so much, playing a role I love so much, with THESE PEOPLE THAT I LOVE SO MUCH!! Beyond grateful. Thank you @e.c.hendrickson, @gregrikaart, @therealstafford, & @joshuamorrowyr for throwing me my work baby shower. I’m spoiled and I know it!!! Thank you guys, and thanks to all you amazingly supportive fans who watch the show, and have sent your love my way during this time. It will forever mean the world to me, @katrosar, and this new little man💙”

Take a look at some of the moments from the baby shower through our photo gallery below.

Now that Missy is on maternity leave from Y&R, share your well-wishes to her and dad-to-be Matt Katrosar via the comment section.

Photo: JPI Studios (Click to enlarge images)

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