Sometimes they don’t play a big role in the TV show or movie, but gay characters are popping up all over the big screens. Whether it is TV shows like Glee and The New Normal or movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding and Mean Girls, gay characters are often shown as the best friend to the leading lady. Let’s take a look at 20 of the most famous GBFFs from TV and movies!
Tom Levitt – Smash
Played by Christian Borle, this is a new character to hit the airwaves last season on Smash on NBC. He plays the friend and co-writer of Debra Messing (she likes the gays).
Peggy – American Horror Story
Played by Kathleen Rose Perkins, she is the best friend of Chad Warwick on American Horror Story on FX. I had to include some lesbians in the mix!
Damian – Mean Girls
Played by Daniel Franzese. He is the sidekick to Janis and pretty much one of the funniest characters in the movie. Is he a Mean Girl?
George – My Best Friend’s Wedding
Played by Rupert Everett, who is gay in real life as well. He played the best friend to Julia Robert’s character and helped her get through many difficult times in the movie and even pretended to be her fiance at one point!
Marc St. James – Ugly Betty
Played by Michael Urie. He is the personal assistant to Wilhelmina Slater for MODE magazine and is a crackup! The show intended to have Wilhelmina fire her assistant each week because she was so mean, but Marc proved to be popular and they kept him on the show.
Kurt Hummel – Glee
Played by Chris Colfer. He is one of the standouts on Glee and tried to make it to New York to pursue his singing/acting career with his best friend Rachel, but we all saw at the end of last season he did not get accepted. What will happen to him now since he graduated?
Will Truman – Will & Grace
Played by Eric McCormack. He is one of the main characters on Will & Grace, but he is still the best of Grace. They gave us one of the first looks into the gay man and straight woman relationship and were a hit for NBC.
Nigel – The Devil Wears Prada
Played by Stanley Tucci. He is the fashion assistant to Miranda (Meryl Streep) and comes off as arrogant, at first, to Andy (Anne Hathaway), but in the end they form a strong relationship as they both get screwed over by Miranda.
Remy – Monster-In-Law
Played by Adam Scott. He is the friend of Charlotte (Jennifer Lopez) and is quite fun and quirky, but one could never upstage Jane Fonda in this movie!
Oscar Martinez – The Office
Played by Oscar Nunez. He plays the accountant in the office, but has his funny moments and was one of only a few openly gay characters on broadcast television when he first started on The Office.
Brandon – Easy A
Played by Dan Byrd. He is friends with Olive (Emma Stone) and he convinces her to pretend to have sex with him at a party so people will stop bullying him for being gay. You may also recognize him as the son of Courtney Cox on Cougar Town, but straight on that show.
Salvatore Romano – Mad Men
Played by Bryan Batt. He may not be a best friend, but he was a main character on a hit show. He was closeted, but eventually was found out and lost his job because of money! Too much drama for me.
Riley Stavros – Degrassi: The Next Generation
Played by Argiris Karras. Talk about the drama with this one. Star quarterback for the high school football team, struggling with his own homosexuality and kissing girls and guys and going in and out of the closet. Degrassi High School is one crazy school!
Stanford Blatch – Sex and the City
Played by Willie Garson. He was often referred to as the “fifth lady” on Sex and the City and had a long relationship as Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) best friend. They partied together in the 1980s and complained about men still in the 1990s.
Nathan – He’s Just Not That Into You
Played by Wilson Cruz. He played one of Drew Barrymore’s gay co-workers and friends and has been criticized for being a stereotypical gay character in this movie, but they were still fun to watch when talking about the pains of dating men!
Brad Goreski – The Rachel Zoe Project
Played by himself, since reality TV! He was an assistant to Rachel Zoe and they were close, but then all hell broke loose between them and they had a big fallout and words were said and nails scratched and he got his own reality show…seems fitting!
Nancy Bartlett Thomas – Roseanne
Played by Sandra Bernhard. She played one of the first portrayals of a lesbian on a sitcom. Nancy started out married to a man, but then broke that off and found her inner-lesbian! She was strong and confident and brought Roseanne to her first gay bar and kiss with a woman on national TV!
Bobby Ray – Sweet Home Alabama
Played by Ethan Embry. He was friends with Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) while they were growing up and even though they haven’t seen each other in years, that friendship sparks right back up when Melanie returns to Alabama, even after she outs Bobby Ray to the whole town!
Calvin Owens – Greek
Played by Paul James. A gay guy in a fraternity? That could never happen, right? Well, it did on Greek and Calvin was that guy.
Guy – No Strings Attached
Played by Guy Branum. This is a newer movie, but I still loved it and it showed a gay guy (Guy Branum) friends with a straight woman (Natalie Portman). They were all roommates and he had some funny moments in the movie. His character name is the same as his name…it was meant to be!