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->'''Interviewer''': How does it feel to have a huge gay fan base?
->'''Joey''': Really, me? Wow, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I don’t even know]] [[AmbiguousSyntax any huge gay people.]]
-->-- ''Series/{{Friends}}''

Sometimes a work resonates really strongly with the LGBT community, to the point of developing a definitive LGBT demographic.

The reason for this is not always known. Maybe it's intentional {{Fanservice}}, maybe it's merely unintentional FetishFuel, or maybe just relatable CharacterDevelopment of an AudienceSurrogate (whether intentional or not). Not all {{LGBT Fanbase}}s are unintentional; quite a bit revolves around canon gay or bi characters or relationships. It could be "acceptable" HomoeroticSubtext by creators who are otherwise straight, as with ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. It could even have started unintentionally but later [[WordOfGay have been made official]] to please [[AscendedFanon the acknowledged fans]], as famously happened with ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''.

Whatever the case, this trope is for when a work appeals to the gay community as well as the mainstream world.

A LGBT fanbase tends to manifest itself not just in FanArt and FanFiction (not to mention the ubiquitous RuleThirtyFour), but occasionally also in HetIsEw, BrokenBase, UnpleasableFanbase or InternetBackdraft. HoYay can be considered a subtrope of LGBTFanbase when the fans are gay, but YaoiFangirls and {{Yuri Fan}}s do that too. Whichever way you put it, the fans are here, and the fans are queer.

When editing examples, keep in mind that '''a LGBT fanbase doesn't have to be unintentional''' (compare PeripheryDemographic). Also, HoYay by gay fans should go in that article, unless there's more that the gay fanbase especially likes besides just the Ho Yay.
!!The following works have developed a definite LGBT Fanbase:


* Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. The size of his gay male fanbase is [[{{Catchphrase}} grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat]]!
* There is a commercial for a suicide prevention campaign for San Diego County in California called Up2SD that features a guy that matches the "workman bear" look, standing around in a ''bottle factory,'' describing his suicidal feelings as such: [[NotWhatItSoundsLike "I feel so empty inside, there's nothing left."]] The AccidentalInnuendo thus turns the commercial into instant {{narm}} and HehHehYouSaidX.
* The Charmin Bears, mascot of Charmin toilet paper.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Manga/{{Azumanga Daioh}}: [[SchoolGirlLesbian Kaorin]] and [[MsFanservice Sakaki]] come to mind for obvious reasons, despite the former being essentially [[DemotedToExtra demoted to extra]] later on in the show. Although people tend to pair [[FoeYay Yukari and Nyamo]] together a lot and certain cast members like [[BreakoutCharacter Osaka]] have a cult following...
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Sajin Komamura. A big anthro wolf. Don't let his appearance terrify you, he's actually [[GentleGiant one of the nicest guys in Soul Society]]. Most erotic art of him seems to be M/M. Since he's pretty shy, he works well as a bottom.
* ''Manga/DaiNoDaiBouken'': Crocodine, baby!
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': Especially Leomon, [=WereGarurumon=], Exveemon, or [=WarGreymon=].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The series is prone to bara LGBTFanbase, being an anime about giant muscle-bound men and filled with bromance. It's just oozing testosterone. Nappa is the most common candidate, being giant dumb beefcake. Since Goku is naive as a brick, many fantasize that they could lure him to bed with the promise of candy.
** The FurryFandom LGBTFanbase seems fond of Giran. On a similar note, many [[FurryFandom Furries]] are also a fan of [[BigBad Freeza]], mostly for his tail and [[HandyFeet prehensile feet.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Darius and Heinkel ([[HoYay together]] or [[MrFanservice individually]]) have an immense gay following. Much of the cast consists of [[AuthorAppeal muscular men]] and shirtless scenes abound for the main character.
** Heymans Breda is often beefed up in fanart, as well.
** Envy, being the androgynous male he is.
** The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]] is considered very gay and has a lot of gay fans. Between Alfons and Ed, Edward's lack of caring for his several potential female love interests, Roy and Riza not being quite as obviously romantic ([[spoiler:most famously Roy ditching Riza in TheMovie to hang with the Elrics and him sinking into a depression when Ed 'dies']]), the Elric brothers being obsessed with each other, and Roy's bond with Edward there's no surprise. Winry and Sheska have a nice amount of bonding as well.
* Asuma Sarutobi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a popular icon amongst bara fans, with hundreds of FanArt and doujinshi dedicated to him.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with [[EnsembleDarkHorse Kaworu]].
* ''PrettyCure'' Providing LGBT fanbases Since 2004!
* ''Anime/WildKnightsGulkeeva''. Every male knight, practically without exception. They are very {{Stripperiffic}}.
* ''ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'': Asuka's got both fangirls and fanboys (who are otherwise straight) in the fandom.
* ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' makes for great bara material. The series already has plenty of muscular men, lots of tackling, and more ass shots then you can count.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'': There's a huge amount of fanart depicting [[BigBad the Major]] and [[CatBoy Schrodinger.]]
** Father Anderson has an impressive bara following.
* ''Anime/GurrenLagann''. If Kamina doesn't sell any gay viewer on it, post-TimeSkip Simon will, and then there's also the massive amounts of HomoeroticSubtext between them.
* ''NabariNoOu'', [[HoYay/NabariNoOu unsurprisingly]], has a disproportionate percentage of LGBT fans.
* CodeGeass, for its many AmbiguouslyGay characters, Camp, and HoYay, has been the subject of much queer analysis and appreciation. The creators often tease it in some of the Fanservice material. Lelouch, regardless of how you read his sexual preferences, is a [[AgentPeacock fabulous, fierce badass.]]
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', [[NationsAsPeople Turkey and Grandpa Rome]] have humongous amounts of gay/bi male fans. Turkey's is so impressive that on Pixiv, there's more [[{{Bara}} erotic art of him]] than [[HandsomeLech France]]. [[LandDownUnder Australia]] and [[BigFun Cuba]], while mostly ignored by the majority of the fandom, have also made an impression on gay/bi fanboys. Germany himself is a poster man for Hetalia Bara Fandom.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is like a LGBT fanbase's assortment for different audiences:
** Parts 1-3 of the story mainly feature musclebound, stylish men with heaps of HoYay involved.
** Parts 4-5 keep the style and bromance aspects intact but adds younger, feminine men to the mix.
** Part 6 genderflips the situation and features mainly strong, masculine women in [[GirlsBehindBars a prison setting]] attracting a lot of LesYay from the fans. Doesn't help that the character in love with the main protagonist was originally intended to be female.
** Part 7 brings back the HoYay with the bromance between the two {{Bishonen}} protagonists, as well as a bit of canon LesYay with the bisexual character Scarlet Valentine.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has a lot of lesbian and bi/pansexual female fans. Not surprising, as it was ranked the best yuri anime by Biglobe, despite not actually being {{yuri}}.
* RevolutionaryGirlUtena is popular for Anthy/Utena, and for its deconstruction of gender roles, [[EveryoneIsBi queer subtext all around,]] and coming-of-age (coming out?) story.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Various heroes and villains alike span the full LGBT spectrum, quite possibly including [[HoYay Sailor Moon herself]]. TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] in particular is notable for introducing a gender-bending version of the Sailor Starlights. ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' follows suit, with dispelling fears of not following the manga as closely as they said they would by having Usagi go gaga over girls.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', especially ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', is popular amongst lesbian and bisexual anime fans for depicting what's essentially a happy, successful, lesbian couple that then becomes [[HasTwoMommies a happy, successful family unit]], something that's exceedingly rare even in {{yuri}} anime and manga (which tends to end after the courting stage). In fact, Okazu, a blog by [[http://www.yuricon.com/ Yuricon]] founder Erica Friedman that focuses on {{Yuri}} for the LGBT demographic, [[http://okazu.yuricon.com/2007/12/22/top-ten-yuri-anime-of-2007/ listed it as her number 1 yuri anime of 2007]].
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has attracted a large fanbase interested in the side character of Hanji, due to the fact that the gender-neutral wording used to describe the character, as well as a comment made by the author indicate that they might be genderqueer. Kodansha, the company responsible for the English version of the manga, was given special instruction to keep neutral.
** Nanaba too, a character drawn with a mix of features the mangaka uses to [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics signify]] a character's gender, and who's also referred to in a neutral manner, although WordOfGod states that she's female.
** A [[StealthPun straighter]] example can be seen not only with Reiner, whose ambiguous sexuality intrigues a lot of YaoiFangirls, but ''especially'' with Ymir being confirmed to be a lesbian and in love with Krista, which caused {{Yuri Fan}}s to come flocking to the series in droves.
* The ''WanderingSon'' fanbase is full of transgender people due to the fact the series heavily revolves around realistic interpretations of trans people, specifically trans children.
* ''{{Anime/Noir}}'' attracted a sizable lesbian fanbase due to the ambiguous relationship between the two female leads, and a much less subtle lesbian attraction shown later in the series. Creator/BeeTrain's next two series in their GirlsWithGuns trilogy, ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' and ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'', attracted similar if not as large groups for the same reasons.
* ''Anime/MaiHiME'' and its followups, in no small part because of the lesbian fanservice that gradually increases upon each season.
* ''OneStormyNight'' due to the fact the movie has many parallels between Gabu's and Mei's InterspeciesFriendship and a same-gender romance.
* Because of the cast full of ripped pretty boys, ''Anime/SaintSeiya'' Has a huge male gay fanbase. There is also some HoYay subtexts and very effeminate characters as well.
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' for all the same reasons that ''HourouMusuko'' is. One of the characters is a barely pubescent trans girl who's taken seriously and another is a gay WholesomeCrossdresser. The series as a whole has a theme about puberty, sexuality, and growing up.
* ''PrincessJellyfish'' does well with young women, teen girls, gay men, trans people, and crossdressers of any sexuality. The main male character is a fashionable, androgynous guy who crossdresses because he likes the clothing.
* The protagonist of ''Abarenbou Kishi!! Matsutarou'' is a large, bulky fellow who strikes well with bara fanse even if he is a jerk.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s works have attracted many LGBT fans (as well as many genderqueer fans), perhaps due to their themes of "love has no boundries" and EveryoneIsBi, which are not usually questioned in-universe.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has managed to develop a strong following among LGBT fans, thanks to a cast of attractive characters prone to HoYay or LesYay, and several canon LGBT characters. The series includes the bisexual (or possibly pansexual) Tsukiyama, homosexual Drag Queen Nico, and leaves a rather ambiguous situation concerning [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender Juuzou]]'s gender identity. The sequel has earned considerable praise for revealing Tooru Mutsuki to be a transgender man, portraying him in a respectful and accurate fashion.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AssociatedStudentBodies''. Back in the 1990s, this was the first significantly successful gay FurryComic. So much so, that later Furry Comics are a significant improvement if they can [[AvertedTrope avert]] predictable comparisons to being "''ASB'' [[RecycledInSpace with X]]". Though groundbreaking at the time, it [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny has not aged well]] compared to newer even more successful gay Furry Comics, and new fanart seldom appears anymore. Nevertheless, considering how influential it has been, reading ''ASB'' is still something of a gay furry comics reading rite of passage.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' has plenty of [[HomoeroticSubtext scenes where Asterix and Obelix embrace]], while several of the male characters such as Fulliautomatix are bare-chested and heavily muscular. The athletes in ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'' are practically Spartan Adonises in their depiction.
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}''. [[StupidSexyFlanders Holy shit]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}''.
* ''ComicBook/HeathenCity Maranatha''.
* ''{{ISO}}''.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' has drawn gay parallels since day one. As a result, it has the highest number of queer members and supporting characters of a mainstream comic book franchise: Northstar, Mystique, Destiny, Karma, Anole, Rictor, Shatterstar, Daken, Bling, Greymalkin and Prodigy.
** Most male X-Men are sufficiently buff to have a significant amount of BaraGenre-style fanart of them. While {{Wolverine}} is far and away the most popular subject of this, as mentioned below, [[NinetiesAntiHero Cable]], [[GentleGiant Colossus]], [[GeniusBruiser Beast]] and [[StandardizedLeader Cyclops]] get quite a bit as well, and even the more lithely-built ones like [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Gambit]], [[WingedHumanoid Angel]], and [[AnIcePerson Iceman]] get their share of bara-styled fanworks.
** Many of the characters mentioned above have a fair deal of {{slash fic}}tion written about them as well.
** Due to strong women being traditionally praised by the gay community, several female X-Men have huge GLBT followings as well. Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, and Shadowcat in particular stand out the most in this regard.
* ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'', thanks to canon couple Hulking and Wiccan. Though they aren't the only ones. After all, who could resist Tommy in that skin tight suit of his? Or Patriot. At one point, the team actually had ''more'' LGBT characters than straight ones.
* Comicbook/{{Deadpool}} is starting to gain one of these. Probably due to his homosexual relationship with Cable, or his Omnisexuality.
* Comicbook/ScottPilgrim has one. Every major character - with the exclusion of Young Neil - has had some sort of gay or homoerotic experience, including the protagonist himself. There's also a lot of Male/Male and Female/Female fanart, a pleasure shared by yaoi fangirls and yuri fanboys equally.
* Franchise/SpiderMan has a large gay fandom, especially when paired with Venom.
* Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational put Booster Gold and Blue Beetle in this category. They squabbled a lot, as one might imagine in a series PlayedForLaughs.
* Most of GailSimone's comics, but especially ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' and ''Comicbook/SecretSix'', the latter especially due to the presence of several canonically queer characters and their relationships.

[[folder:Films - Animation]]
* ''[[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Disney's Tarzan]]''. Admit it, you saw it coming from miles away.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has ''quite'' the following among young trans men (especially on Website/{{Tumblr}}) who grew up wanting to be Ping and saw themselves in both "Reflection" and "I'll Make A Man Out Of You."
* A lot of people view Elsa from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', with her powers and people's reaction to them, as a metaphor for being gay, and she's become a bit of a [=LGBT=] icon. It doesn't help the fact she's voiced by Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba from ''Musical/{{Wicked}}'', and who already had quite the lesbian-related fanbase herself.
* ''Disney/RobinHood''. Specifically the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1973 {{Disney}} animated feature.

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred''. Blatant LGBTFanbase bait.
** If watching ''300'' doesn't make you long for [[BaraGenre mansex]], you're [[MisaimedFandom missing the point entirely]].
** The film reviewer from ''The Advocate'' called it "the most homoerotic '''''and''''' the most homophobic movie of the year."
** This is especially amusing considering that Leonidas derides the Athenians as "boy lovers" in the film, even though pederasty was quite common in Sparta at the time.
* ''Film/AllAboutEve''
* ''Literature/MommieDearest''
* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes''. Holmes and Watson. Most prevalent in the [[Film/SherlockHolmes 2009 film]] where the homoerotic angle was purposefully pushed.
-->'''Jude Law [Watson]:''' I knew enough about Sherlock Holmes to know that there was a lot of unchartered material. I knew [Downey's casting] was going to be something exciting, and therefore the project was going to be something exciting. And as soon as I met him, we got on very well - which is a good sign - and we both agreed that we wanted to really make this a piece about the relationship between Watson and Holmes.
-->'''Creator/RobertDowneyJr. [Holmes]:''' I think the word bromance is so passe. We are two men who happen to be roommates who wrestle a lot and share a bed.
* ''Film/ShowMeLove''
* ''Film/SunsetBoulevard''
* ''TheWomen''
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''
** Judy Garland in general, really. It was a RunningGag throughout the 90s that crossdressers loved impersonating her.
* ''Film/WhateverHappenedToBabyJane''
* ''Film/{{Xanadu}}''.
* ''Calamity Jane'', which has some [[HoYay Les Yay]] between the main female characters. The song "Secret Love" has been [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpreted]] by modern viewers as [[{{Tsundere}} Jane]] realizing her love for [[HeterosexualLifePartners Katie]] rather than Bill. This was discussed in ''Film/TheCelluloidCloset''.
* ''TheBirdcage'', as well as the play it's based on, ''La Cage aux Folles'', natch.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' has a pretty sizable [=LGBT=] fanbase due to the relationship between Robert Frobisher and Rufus Sixsmith. For example, if one types in the film's name in Website/{{Tumblr}}, about half of the results will involve posts revolving around their relationship. It is also popular with transgender viewers due to the numerous {{Cross Cast Role}}s and the involvement of transgender producer, writer, and director Lana Wachowski.
* The ''Film/XMen'' films for reasons similar to the comic book as well as the involvement of gay actor Creator/IanMcKellen. The recent public coming out of Creator/EllenPage also helped boost LGBT interest in the latest installment ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', even though her character was DemotedToExtra.

[[folder:Literature and Mythology]]
* The VampireChronicles by AnneRice. Gender doesn't matter much to vampires.
* Most of {{Classical mythology}} -- especially Hellenic mythology -- falls under this. Homosexual relations were widely accepted and practiced in Ancient Greece, and tolerated in Rome. As a result, vast swathes of Ancient Greek mythological figures have serious HoYay going on, and on top of that, many have explicit romantic relationships with the same-sex. Furthermore, most of the Gods were {{bi|TheWay}}sexual. Things were toned down in Roman times (the original Narcissus myth had him spurning a male suitor) but a lot still lingered on. Greek mythology has subsequently inspired a lot of homoerotic art, such as this [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/The_Death_of_Hyacinthos.gif painting]] of Apollo cradling Hyacinth.
** [[MakingASplash Poseidon]] and [[{{Bishonen}} Nerites]]. They ''mutually fell in love'' (that's ''huge'' by Greek Mythology standards) and even [[HomosexualReproduction had a son together]] (a son who went on to become the God of Reciprocated Love). Unfortunately, things didn't end well for them, after [[PowerOfTheSun Helios]] (or [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] in some versions) turned Nerites into a shellfish because he was jealous.
* Fittingly ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' which bring Greek myths into the modern day gained a LGBT following after [[spoiler: fan-favourite Nico came out as gay. (A totally unprecedented move for a series that started out aimed at middle schoolers.)]]
* ''Literature/TheBible'', namely the story of [[HerHeartWillGoOn David and Jonathan]]. Though David had no fewer than ''eight'' wives, he was said to have loved [[ClosetKey Jonathan]] with a passion above all other people. The HoYay of this relationship has been [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_and_David#Homoeroticism acknowledged and celebrated in art]] at least since the Middle Ages (and likely earlier as well).
** [[LovelyAngels Ruth and Naomi]] have some significance in the lesbian community as well.
* OlderThanDirt: ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' and its lasting appeal. Gilgamesh and Enkidu and all their abundant naked HoYay. It seems naked gay guys have been falling in love and "wrestling" for many millions of years, regardless of their species. And for as long as beings have been socially acknowledging, there have been those that have found it heartwarming and emotionally uplifting.
* Nearly any {{mytholog|y}}ical hero or WorthyOpponent in a world of [[AmbiguouslyGay ambiguous]] or [[HoYay blatantly homoerotic]] sexuality. Heracles, the Minotaur, [[YaoiGuys Zephyrus and Hyacinth]], [[CelticMythology Cú Chulainn]], Literature/{{Beowulf}}...
* The novel ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' by Creator/StephenKing, along with its [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptations]]. It's very easy to read Carrie's powers as a metaphor for homosexuality, and the plot as a ComingOutStory GoneHorriblyWrong. Carrie is a shy, sweet girl who's bullied mercilessly by her classmates, she has [[PsychicPowers a trait]] that makes her different (not evil, just different), and when she reveals this trait to her fanatically Christian mother (whose preferred method of punishing her is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything locking her in a prayer closet]]), her mother claims that she's been tempted by Satan and later tries to murder her. Finally embracing this trait results in tragedy [[spoiler:and ultimately gets the girl killed -- and in some versions, she kills ''[[DrivenToSuicide herself]]''.]]
* The ''Literature/LandOfOz'' novel ''The Marvelous Land Of Oz'' concerns a boy named Tip who seeks Princess Ozma, the rightful ruler of Oz. Tip later finds out that he ''is'' Ozma, who was transformed into a boy by a witch when she was young. The novel ends with Ozma being restored to her original gender, a happy ending that resonates with many transgender readers. There is also a healthy helping of LesYay between Ozma and Dorothy in later books.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Particularly revolving around Willow and Tara's canon relationship, but the fans also leap upon the (occasionally intentional) HoYay between other characters. Joss Whedon has explicitly stated that relationships on the show are "BYO Subtext." The Creator/{{LOGO}} channel also frequently reruns the show.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. Marco's storyline is blatant LGBTFanbase bait.
** There's also the relationship between Alex and Paige (who is either bisexual or [[IfItsYouItsOkay considers Alex an exception.]]) The later seasons have [[ArmouredClosetGay Riley]] {{coming| out story}} to terms with his homosexuality.
** Adam brought in many transgender fans.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''. As of 2012, the Doctor is snogging guys just for fun (an element that got introduced in the novels in the late 90's).
** ''Series/DoctorWho'' had attracted a large LGBT fanbase during the original series as well, as ShowRunner Creator/RussellTDavies had repeatedly referenced on his previous show ''QueerAsFolk'' ("Oh my God, you've got ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]''!"). This is commonly ascribed to the show's long-time NoHuggingNoKissing policy, which made the Doctor one of the few TV protagonists whose heterosexuality wasn't rammed down the audience's throat. And the fact that it was about a clever, snarky, flamboyantly-dressed hero who defeated bullying authoritarians with guile rather than violence.
** In the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels, ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'', it's ''entirely'' deliberate.
** The ''Doctor Who'' SpinOff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has a strong LGBT fanbase due to having an unapologetically ExtremeOmnisexual as its star and several gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. All the way. It was one of the first major slash fandoms and from the late Nineties onwards, new fans have mostly trickled in ''because'' of the slash. The main fan-run ''Series/BlakesSeven'' convention, Redemption, regularly features slash panels. This makes the somewhat homophobic, anti-slash copyright owners rather uneasy.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'', with its gay creator, several gay actors, and handling of gay story lines, has quite the gay fanbase.
** Brittany and Santana's relationship went from background [[HoYay LesYay]] to throwaway joke to full story arc due in no small part to the LGBTFanbase [[PortmanteauCoupleName Brittana]] attracted.
** While the gay community may love the show, the bisexual community isn't exactly thrilled with it, mainly due to being repeatedly told that [[NoBisexuals they don't exist]].
* ''Series/{{House}}'' does this with House and Wilson, and sometimes to a lesser degree with House and his male team members. This probably started off accidental, but by the fourth season it was obvious the writers were running with it.
** In the 6th season they raised the tease to high art, complete with an episode where Wilson "proposes" to House as part of a ploy to keep him from sleeping with their new neighbor.
* The DanSchneider stable of shows include, ''ICarly'', ''{{Victorious}}'' and ''DrakeAndJosh'' all managed to pick up an ongoing LGBT fanbase.
** ''ICarly'' because of Sam's ambiguously lesbian, probably bisexual, tendencies, the LesYay between Carly and Sam, and that any plot involving Carly, Sam and a third female, turns into a LoveTriangle, or at least looks like {{UST}}, such as the Missy/Sam FoeYay example, and the Carly/Shelby one. Plus the guest star who kissed another girl on the lips.
** ''{{Victorious}}'', again, the LesYay is piled on from the start, with the FoeYay style {{UST}} relationship between Jade and Tori, and [[EnsembleDarkHorse Cat]]'s crush apparent on Jade.
** ''DrakeAndJosh'' picked up the slash fans, with the damn near canon relationship between the titular step-brothers.
** ''Sam & Cat'' has a moderate following, with the relationship between the eponymous duo.
* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** Back when [[HelloAttorney Alex Cabot]] was still on the show (pick a season, any season. She's the ADA for five out of eleven of them, even after she [[NotQuiteDead died]].), the series had a reputation for having a large lesbian fanbase, due to the ''blatant'' LesYay between Alex and Olivia, which Executive Producer Neal Baer not only acknowledged, but deliberately strung along. Stephanie March (Alex) said that she thinks Alex/Olivia is entirely possible - they may even have been together, a la [[Series/{{CSI}} the Grissoms]], for a long while. Which is ''spectacular''.
** Her immediate successor, Casey Novak, is AmbiguouslyBi, no on-screen love intrest, and a lot of LesYay with Olivia as well. Casey/Alex is also a decently popular pairing in the fandom, despite appearing in only one episode together.
* ''{{Neighbours}}'', specifically with regard to [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Libby and Steph]], who have a substantial lesbian following.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', specifically Doggie Cruger, who became an instant BaraGenre icon.
** His counterpart from SPD's source material, Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger, is submissive (and VERY muscular) in almost every erotic pic of him (even if it's straight!)
* ''QueerAsFolk'' due to taking place in Manchester's gay village and having several gay main characters.
* ''RizzoliAndIsles'' has this in spades. Which is unsurprising, considering it's a pair of HeterosexualLifePartners played by [[Series/LawAndOrder Abbie Carmichael]] and [[Series/{{NCIS}} Kate Todd]].
* ''{{Skins}}'' positively exploded with this during Maxxie from the first generation for the gay men, as well as Naomi and Emily's relationship for lesbians. With the introduction of the third generation, Franky and Mini's relationship got this fan support as well.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'', which was conceived as taking place in a time when all humanity had overcome all its internal prejudices. It's had plenty of homoeroticism, strong characters and is about a group of peace-loving space scientists overcoming all manners of danger through unity and with a shared, near-unbreakable sense of morality. Not to mention it made SlashFic a thing.
** Although ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is notable for HoYay to the point of inspiring the first SlashFic, the fact that there are no canonically gay or bi characters in the series has led to complaints.
** Jadzia Dax in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' could be construed as averting this. However, the nature of the [[TheSymbiote Trill]] as a joined species leaves this open to interpretation. In the episode "Rejoined" Jadzia contemplates entering into a lesbian relationship with a lover from one of her past lives. This is seen as a taboo in Trill society, while nobody ever mentions having a problem with same-sex relationships. The subtext is still undeniably there.
** Jadzia is a big old ball of ambiguous coding. She has been male and female, and had relationships with both men and women. This can often make her seem non-heterosexual and gender queer.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' unexpectedly managed to gather not just a huge female fanbase, but also a huge ''queer'' female fanbase; while many of those involved in the show's ''very'' extensive SlashFic fanbase are straight, a decent proportion are bi or even gay, many of which genuinely saw representation of themselves in Dean and his relationship with Castiel. This caused some conflict later when the Dean/Castiel subtext was heavily increased, but then the writers insisted that the characters were always intended to be straight, leading to [[http://www.tvguide.com/news/supernatural-queerbaiting-destiel-1089286.aspx some]] [[http://thescarletwoman.tumblr.com/post/54456573891/supernatural-and-queer-love-destiel-queer arguing]] that the show took advantage of queer viewers who were expecting some canonisation of the subtext.
* ''TrueBlood''. The creator is gay, so there is plenty of homoerotic fanservice.
* ''XenaWarriorPrincess''. Xena and Gabrielle weren't lovers at first, but by the end of the series due to the huge LGBT fanbase they were declared to be ''soulmates'', [[ReincarnationRomance destined to hook up in every single lifetime, and every incarnation, forever.]] In fact, their future selves were married. And even clones made from the DNA of their Ancient Greek incarnations hooked up the very day that they became sentient. Even their own mysteriously similar-looking ancestors hook up. And for some reason, Joxer is always with them.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', with its central relationship being that of Arthur and Merlin (both played by young men in this version), and the fact that the actors ColinMorgan and Creator/BradleyJames are HeterosexualLifePartners. However, there has been some CreatorBacklash to this, with one of the head writers claiming that: "we don't pander to that lot."
** And yet, in the very first episode they have the Dragon say "A half cannot truly hate that which makes it whole." Which is about as unsubtle as you can get on the subject of their relationship.
** Not to mention, co-stars KatieMcGrath and Creator/AngelCoulby both appear to ship both Arthur/Merlin and Morgana/Gwen, at least going by the DVD commentary.
* ''PrettyLittleLiars'', a show aimed at teenagers, is ridiculously popular among adult lesbian and bisexual women thanks to lesbian main character Emily Fields.
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'' had a decent lesbian following. Though none of the girls are known to be gay, the close friendships between Cassie and Diana, and Faye and Melissa definitely fuel things. Plus there's also the FoeYay between Faye with both Cassie and Diana. ''LesYay'' ''ship teasing'' is not only played up in the show ("I would do anything for my best friend"), but also by the cast & creator on Twitter ("Fayana was here").
* The [[Creator/{{LOGO}} After Elton]] website has a section dedicated to live-action dramas (especially {{Soap Opera}}s) like this called "Gays Of Our Lives".
** Anthony D. Langford also started uploading parts of soaps on YouTube that focused on male relationships. For example, uploading the Luke and Reid parts of ''AsTheWorldTurns''.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': The large amount of LesYay (possibly inevitable in a show with as many major female characters as this one has) probably contributes a lot. However, recent seasons have received some backlash as female characters in popular femslash pairings have since been given male love interests, prompting accusations of [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians queerbaiting]].
* ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' has an InUniverse example of a female pop star who had many gay fans.
* ''ProjectRunway'', unsurprisingly since it has one of the highest percentages of LGBT contestants on television, what with [[AlwaysCamp it being about fashion designers]].
* Similarly, ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'', seeing as the cast is entirely {{Drag Queen}}s, guest stars include many LGBT celebrities as judges and it airs on Creator/{{LOGO}}. It's also one of the most diverse shows in terms of race and has featured several trans* contestants.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' huge gay following (and LGBT channel Creator/{{LOGO}} plays weekly {{marathon| running}}s of the series) probably because the show was very gay-conscious even at a time when it wasn't acceptable. Besides [[CampGay Coco]] in the pilot, there are entire episodes dealing with AIDS, crossdressing, gay marriage, coming out, accepting gay family members, and one that addressed non-family members trying to see their loved ones in the hospital.
* ''LostGirl'' due to the protagonist Bo being an example of a positively portrayed bisexual and the respect with which her relationship with Lauren Lewis is treated.
* Aside from having one of its main characters as a producer of [[AllGaysLoveTheater Musical Theater]], ''TheNanny'' is quite taken with the gay community, the show itself having a few positive gay one-off characters, not to mention the HoYay relationship between Maxwell and Niles and the LesYay relationship triangle between Fran, Val, and C.C.
* ''Series/FakingIt'' has both an LGBT Fanbase ''and'' an LGBT Hatedom (the latter mostly for believing the show is either queer-baiting, implying that one can choose to turn being gay on and off like a light switch, or implying that being gay is a path to popularity rather than bullying). The Fanbase ships Karma and Amy, despite their relationship being a ruse...at least at first.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', mostly due to the addition of Agent Victoria Hand, who is a lesbian in the comics, as a recurring character. This would make her the first LGBT character to appear in the MarvelCinematicUniverse. Same-sex pairings amongst the main characters are also popular and the fandom even has their own hastag: #superqueeros.
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' has a strong LGBT fanbase due to its multiple LGBT characters and a transgender character played by a transgender actress.
* ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'', has grown a large cult following among lesbian and bisexual women, of all ages. Especially notable for being one of the first youth-orientated American shows with a gay female protagonist, as well as featuring several other gay and bisexual main characters.
* ''PersonOfInterest'' has gained one of these for the extremely [[FlirtingUnderFire flirtatious]] relationship between [[{{Yandere}} Root]] and [[EmotionlessGirl Shaw]]. [[spoiler:Escalated to the point where we actually got a BigDamnKiss / ShutUpKiss in season four, confirmed by actress Sarah Shahi to be a gift for the shippers...before Shaw went down in a hail of bullets. [[FakeKillScare Or did she???]]]]
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' has a strong LGBT fanbase, so much so that Colbert once won Gay.com's Man of the Year award (as well as several other awards from LGBT groups). It helps that one of Colbert's past roles was [[Series/StrangersWithCandy Chuck Noblet]], an instance of a sympathetic gay man in a time when such characters were still very rare.
* ''{{Arrow}}'' has [[spoiler: well, had]] a reoccurring bisexual character and a minor lesbian character. Several of its actors have a pre-existing gay fanbase (either because they're gay and/or because of previous work e.g. John Barrowman from DoctorWho/ {{Torchwood,}} Colton Haynes from TeenWolf, Stephen Amell {{Dante'sCove}} and {{Series/Hung}}, Brandon Routh and several actors from {{Series/Spartacus}}.

* Female pop musicians (tragic personal lives optional) with gay followings have nearly become a cliche, to the point where said musicians often comment on it and occasionally come out themselves. Examples include Music/LadyGaga (the most famous case, and a bisexual herself), Music/{{Madonna}}, Music/KylieMinogue, Music/{{Robyn}}, Music/DollyParton, Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds, Music/LanaDelRey, Music/TeganAndSara, Music/{{Beyonce}}, Creator/JudyGarland, and Music/BarbraStreisand. Of special note is Music/BritneySpears. When her mainstream success started to wane, leading to her very public CreatorBreakdown, she managed to successfully revive her career by appealing to gay men with uptempo dance music and hip-hop collaborations. The song "Work Bitch" in particular is dedicated to her gay fanbase.
* Music/{{ACDC}}, due to [[HaveAGayOldTime what the term means in the gay community]], had a large gay following, which the band embraced.
* Music/JudasPriest, because of Rob Halford being out as gay.
* Music/XJapan, both in Japan ''and'' later the west, for a variety of reasons, including [[{{Understatement}} quite a lot]] of onstage HoYay, the rose motifs (gay men in Japan are described as "the rose tribe" so...), lyrics embracing gay sex and love ballads that weren't "man to woman" but could be "anyone to anyone," Toshi and Yoshiki and by extension the band being some of the first most outspoken celebrity HIV/AIDS activists in Japan, that nearly all of the band members are attractive to gay or bisexual men in one way or another (Yoshiki being a princess and often fitting TheTwink / "neko" image at points yet subverting and inverting it wildly and hide's absolute androgyny on one side, with Toshi being HellBentForLeather and dominant, Taiji being a BadassBiker, and Pata being TheStoic and HellBentForLeather, and ''all'' except hide frequently showing off just how much they averted the "Asians are tiny in all ways" stereotype), and many, many other reasons. As of TheNewTens, two band members are relatively out about their own bisexuality (Yoshiki is more quiet, but has made public statements about a late band member being his soulmate, whereas Pata has even released official yaoi-themed fan art) with a third either being AmbiguouslyGay or the best actor at playing a gay man ever (Toshi, with his love for leather, the Samurai and Bear aesthetics, his songs "Crystal Piano no Kimi," "Hoshizora no Neptune," and "Pride of Man," and who has even earned a bit of BaraGenre fandom as of late ''because'' he matches the "bara" aesthetic so well.) It could be argued the only ''unquestionably'' heterosexual man in the band is Heath, and even ''he'' draws a lot of YaoiFangirl attention, usually being paired with Yoshiki or Pata in SlashFic, as well as once being propositioned at a party by a male singer from another band.
* TheWhiteStripes cover of "Jolene". Jack White didn't [[TheCoverChangesTheGender change the gender]] of the song (originally sung by DollyParton, a woman), so the song becomes about a relationship between a gay man and his bisexual lover in which the latter is going to leave him for a woman. Unsurprisingly this song earned them a huge amount of controversy, but won them a great deal of gay fans in the process.
** Curiously, that was not the first time "Jolene" were presented in a male voice, with the lyrics performed intact. In early 80's, the band TheSistersOfMercy used to present "Jolene" in the shows, sung in the deep baritone voice of Andrew Eldritch. From this time, also, is another Sisters of Mercy cover, also in the same Eldritch's voice: Abba's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" (sporting the verse "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A man after midnight!" also without any kind of gender change).
* Brazilian singer Marina Lima cover of the song "Mesmo que Seja Eu", originally composed and sung by a man, Erasmo Carlos. The verses ''"Vocę precisa de um homem pra chamar de seu/Mesmo que esse homem seja eu"'' (in english: ''"You need a man to cal yours/Even if this man just be me"'') sung on a female voice immediatly drawed attention of the Brazilian lesbian community. Is recognized nowdays as a sort of hymn of the brazilian lesbians living in prisional environments (due to the context of the lyrics as a whole: about loneliness, shattered dreams and bad companies).
* Swedish wartime diva Zarah Leander was embraced by gay men in Germany, thanks to songs like “Kann die Liebe sünde sein,” with definite subtext [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything coded in the lyrics]] from her gay male songwriters.
* DollyParton has quite the gay fanbase, and has participated in quite a bit of LGBT activism and held events at Dollywood. Then there was the time she entered a Dolly Parton look a like contest anonymously with a bunch of {{Drag Queen}}s (and [[YourCostumeNeedsWork lost]]).
* TheVillagePeople: The stereotypical masculine characters, particularly the leather-clad biker character with a horseshoe mustache, have become widespread pop culture icons associated with gay culture and Y.M.C.A. has become something of an anthem of the LGBT community.

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* ''Creator/BioWare'' is '''''very''''' aware that there is a large portion of their fanbase that are not heterosexual males. They have incurred a certain amount of fame (or infamy) for their gay and bisexual characters, and GayOption romance sidequests, enough to generate controversey over MassEffect not having a gay male option until the third game (a Male Shepherd/Kaiden romance was DummiedOut in the first game). They even managed to sneak the first openly gay character into the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, over the objection of LucasArts. When [[FanDumb some idiot]] objected to the idea that a male character could hit on his male character, lead writer David Gaider [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fired back with this]]:
-->'''David Gaider:''' ''The romances in the game are not for "the straight male gamer". They're for everyone. We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor [[GamerChick male]], and they deserve no less attention....And if there is any doubt why such an opinion might be met with hostility, it has to do with privilege. You can write it off as "political correctness" if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They're so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don't see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what's everyone's fuss all about? That's the way it should be, any everyone else should be used to not getting what they want...And the person who says that the only way to please them is to restrict options for others is, if you ask me, the one who deserves it least. And that's my opinion, expressed as politely as possible.''
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''. This behavior is encouraged by the absolutely massive [[http://community.livejournal.com/anon_press/ kink meme]]. As for Apollo Justice series? Go for BL.
** One of the characters is Dick Gumshoe, a buff, scruffy, battered puppy of a man who is in desperate need of some love. The fans deliver, though they [[ButtMonkey aren't particularly kind to him]].
** Phoenix Wright is probably 3/4th way in this fandom.
** Miles Edgeworth does tend to get the brunt of it, though, between [[RealMenWearPink his frilly attire]], [[ChasteHero lack of interest]] in his [[ChickMagnet masses of female admirers]] and constant HoYay with Phoenix Wright.
** Godot/[[spoiler:Diego Armando]]'s fandom is also not scarce. If you don't see him paired up with [[spoiler:Mia]], there are abundant fanarts and fictions that paired him with Phoenix.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''. This now-obscure 1990s video game franchise used a PaperThinDisguise ExcusePlot about [[SaveThePrincess saving a girl]] to unleash one of the single most [[HoYay homo]][[FetishFuel erotic]] video games in existence. For some reason, in particular, Big Blag the LightningBruiser LeatherMan has a LGBT quotient as potent as [[{{Mario}} Bowser]], except not nearly as well known. All this from the same game that gave us [[MsFanservice The Dark Queen]].
* The ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' series, which almost seemed to be a foregone conclusion considering it was already very popular in the FurryFandom. The greatest LGBTFanbase seems to go to Garr and Rei from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' and to Cray from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' and [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 its sequel]] has a large queer fanbase due to several characters who act in gender-defying ways (including a [[spoiler: WholesomeCrossdresser]]) and a decent amount of HoYay and LesYay.
* ''{{FEDA}}''. Ain [=MacDougal=] and Arby Hcszeool have both become {{Stripperiffic}} BaraGenre icons.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. Golbez has been showing up more often in bara, thanks to the sequel TheAfterYears revealing that [[spoiler:Golbez is a tall, dark, and handsome muscle-bound hunk with flowing white hair like his brother underneath the armor.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. [[RatedMForManly Sabin René Figaro]] occasionally shows up in BaraGenre. [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Cyan Garamonde]] would also seem like a good candidate, but LGBTFanbase of him is surprisingly [[AvertedTrope scarce]](which may related to him being married man).
* Cid Highwind, the gruff, constantly swearing airship pilot from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', is often depicted as full-fledged beefcake in BaraGenre fanworks these days. This may be due to his appearance in AdventChildren being rather brawnier than in the game.
** The much beefier Barret has begun to [[RuleThirtyFour get some]]. Here's a StupidSexyFlanders [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/1192468/ fully-clothed tame example]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', mostly [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kimahri]], Wakka, Auron, and [[WalkingShirtlessScene Jecht]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. The muscled-out {{Stripperiffic}} Galka are a OneGenderRace, confirmed all male by WordOfGod. Figure out the implications yourself. Needless to say, there is a '''lot''' of gay-appealing fanart of these guys.
*** The Galkas lived on an island by themselves for hundreds, if not thousands of years before they migrated to the mainland of Vana'diel. Think about that for a moment, you are either going to have nightmares or pleasant dreams from that one.
** Also the Mithra for the yuri crowd.
** Similarly, the {{Stripperiffic}} FemmeFatale Viera in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and related continuity. If they aren't a full-on OneGenderRace, they seem to be at least a one gender ''society'', as there are no male Viera anywhere in evidence in their village, or referred to even in passing. As their culture is also very different from the local human societies, it creates a lot of speculation.
*** WordOfGod does state that Viera are a completely sex segregated society - females live in one village, males in another, and they only communicate with each other when required.
*** In a similar vein, the Bangaa race from the same game and the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' spin offs. The Bangaa are mostly displayed as muscled lizardmen that are either jerks, brutes, or have a lot of muscle to throw around in a fight, but many people in the fandom tend to view them as hunky beefcakes, especially in ''Final Fantasy XII'' where the majority of the Bangaa are modeled with a vest and no shirt or just plain shirtless. The Bangaa are quite popular in the FurryFandom.
*** Basch, and occasionally Gabranth as well, get beefed up in bara-style art of them. Balthier, too, every once in a while, but he's more of a {{Bishonen}}.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' seems to have quite the yuri-inclined fandom...Probably due to all the blatant LesYay between Fang and Vanille. At one point, Fang actually looks up Vanille's skirt [[spoiler:to check her L'Cie mark, though,]] and also says she would tear down the sky for her. Oh, and the skirt-lifting happened immediately after a rather close hug, during which Vanille's hand ''is on Fang's breast''.
** If the developers had gone with their original plan for Fang to be a male character, and nothing else about the final product were different, no one would be arguing that Fang and Vanille were anything ''BUT'' a couple.
** Snow himself is getting this treatment from the BaraGenre crowd. He even gets paired with honorable King of Bara, [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Chris Redfield]]!
** Gadot is fairly popular, as well, thanks to his muscular physique and his chest-baring er, "outfit" (if you can call it that).
* The [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Behemoth Behemoths]] of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series have become fairly popular to [[PettingZooPeople anthropo]][[FunnyAnimal morphize]] as [[StupidSexyFlanders muscled male]] [[PerverseSexualLust studs]]. Most examples are RuleThirtyFour, and very decidedly NotSafeForWork. The fact that they have become increasingly anthropomorphized in appearance in later ''Final Fantasy'' games has only accelerated this. [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/3951242/ Here's a (relatively) worksafe example]]. Special mention must go to the [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Narasimha_(Final_Fantasy_XIII-2) Narasimha]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''. Built like a brick house, wears a pair of woefully inadequate shorts and nothing else, and you can ''recruit'' one!
* ''GearsOfWar''. All the main leads are so very, very buff and manly that it invites LGBT Fanbase.
* Opinions may differ on ''{{Videogame/Knack}}'''s gameplay, but there's no denying that Doctor Vargas is one heck of a DILF! And Ryder's quite [[BaraGenre baralicious]], too!
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. There's something about Ganondorf that makes him quite the LGBT bait. In addition, the hero Link was voted hottest video game character by the LGBT magazine "Out." (He's also been known to inspire StupidSexyFlanders moments in straight male fans.)
* ''{{Mario}}''. Mario himself to a degree, but far outshadowered by '''Bowser'''. A big hairy strong guy wearing [[LeatherMan spikes and leather]] and [[{{Stripperiffic}} nothing else]]? Bowser oozes testosterone, and attracts tons of testosterone-y fans. Though both Mario and Bowser are portrayed as straight in a [[LoveTriangle struggle]] over [[SaveThePrincess Peach]], FoeYay inevitably ensues.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''. Damn. Though [[EvenTheGuysWantHim all the guys want]] Big Boss, there's a significant gay fandom for Solid Snake.
** It's the source of a fair amount of LGBTFanbase, which is perhaps not surprising, since Solid Snake and Big Boss are both handsome, muscular military men who get involved in a lot of HoYay. It's basically what {{Wolverine}} is to Westerners.
* ''{{Morenatsu}}''. A DatingSim always intended for a gay audience, but has spawned viral MemeticMutation of fanart by countless different artists. People in the FurryFandom are more likely to see lots of its fanart before ever finding out that it is actually a game.
* ''VideoGame/RedEarth''. Leo, duh.
* ''FireEmblem'' has a small but growing fanbase, rooted in the same-sex supports, courtesy of loads and loads of HoYay. The most prominent examples include [[DudeLooksLikeALady Lucius]] and [[GrumpyBear Raven]]'s supports from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', [[ModestRoyalty Joshua]] and [[NiceGuy Gerik]] from ''[[FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'', and most of the male children from the future ([[MyFriendsAndZoidburg and Severa and Kjelle]]) from ''[[FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''.
* Chris Redfield of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' has become a pretty huge presence in BaraGenre fanart due to his RatedMForManly makeover in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. It's intensified in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations'' with his [[YourRewardIsClothes unlockable outfit]]
* ''ShiningWind''. Rouen sees a lot of {{Kemono}} BaraGenre fanart.
* [[ByTheBookCop Norman Jayden]] and [[RabidCop Carter Blake]] from ''HeavyRain'' are paired together in the fandom more than Ethan and Madison, [[spoiler:who at least have an optional sex scene.]]
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog and Shadow get this treatment a lot thanks to the fact that: a. [[FurryFandom they have fur]] b. in the furry circles, [[YaoiGenre they're both considered attractive]], and c. they have a massive amount of FoeYay between them.
** Sonadow is definitely a Furry Fangirl favorite, even if little between them in the games is romantic in any way.
** Meanwhile, the Sonic / Tails pairing has had a strong following since the beginning. Though Tails tends to be paired with anyone.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox''. In Japan, the [[FanPreferredCouple most common fan-pairing]] is Fox with Falco, in both [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther tame romance]] and in RuleThirtyFour. (Even Fox and Krystal are [[HetIsEw not paired as often]] overall.) Other popular LGBT pairings include Fox with Wolf, James with Peppy, Wolf with Leon, or [[TriangRelations Wolf with Leon and Panther]]. In the West, all the above also are paired to some degree, but have long been utterly eclipsed in popularity by non-LGBT pairing of Fox with [[MsFanservice Krystal]]. Krystal [[AmericansHateTingle hasn't had quite the popularity]] in Japan she's had in the West, and even the writers have been [[TheArtifact increasingly unkind to her]].
** To be honest, thanks to RuleThirtyFour and her being MsFanservice Krystal gets paired up with anything...[[AnythingThatMoves one way or another]].
** Don't forget that not only the Japanese can't stand her -- [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks most of the Star Fox players before Adventures don't]]. Their substitute? [[ComicBook/StarFox Fara Phoenix]]. She's likable enough even when she's ''not'' being paired with anyone.
** ''VGCats'' [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=221 illustrates the Star Fox LGBT angle effectively]].
** ''Star Fox Assault'' has so much Wolf/Fox stuff in it that it was really begging for it.
** There's the famous Leon commentary scene in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl''.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''. Adray Lasbard is a WalkingShirtlessScene BadassGrandpa with sex appeal. There is BaraGenre, [[RuleThirtyFour yes there is]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. With a predominately female cast (there have been exactly six male characters out of over a hundred in the entire series--of those six, only three are even remotely human--of those three, only one is alive), the Touhou fanbase is a breeding ground for happy yuri fans. ZUN seems to be aware of this and has actually admitted that he likes the idea of his characters paired together, although he hasn't said which pairings he likes (although Marisa and Alice are hinted at in canon). Most of the Touhou fans are male by the way.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms2'' had tall, dark and hunky GentleGiant / MightyGlacier Brad Evans, who was sweetly devoted to his war buddy Billy Pilder. While debate continues over whether they were actually intended to be gay, their TearJerker HoYay has made Brad a video game StraightGay icon. Brad and Billy might have been HeterosexualLifePartners, if not for there being zero demonstration of their heterosexuality and [[HoYay all evidence to the contrary]].
* ''WorldOfWarcraft''. Asric and Jadaar, Koltira and Thassarian, and Quae and Kinelory are the most obvious ones that come to mind.
** Not to mention the large amounts of gay fanart of WoW Tauren, Orcs, Dwarves, and even the occasional Draenei. From all the fanart alone, one would believe that [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex everybody has lots of]] [[EveryoneIsGay man orgies]].
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' gets a lot of love from BaraGenre fans. HeterosexualLifePartners Ken and Ryu get the most fan works, but there's also plenty [[RuleThirtyFour rule #34]] of Zangief. You can expect to find bara-style art of almost any male character, given that most of them are muscular and often shirtless.
** Blanka gets quite a lot, too.
** Not surprising with Urien, given that he already looks an oiled-up bodybuilder in a white bikini in the games.
** Abel and El Fuerte when ''Street Fighter IV'' was released. One of Akuma's alternate costumes had him wear nothing except a fundoshi, a rope belt, and some torn cloth.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', in the same vein as Street Fighter. Any series with lots of half-naked muscular men fighting each other is bound to have lots of homoerotic fanart. The later series added customizable outfits for the characters. For male characters, this often allowed them to fight shirtless or in wrestling singlets and trunks.
** The pairings of Kazuya/Lee and Jin/Hwaorang respectively are quite popular for their FoeYay. Likewise, bara art featuring [[FireForgedFriends King and Marduk]] (and occasionally Armor King as well) became popular after the fifth game.
* ''MortalKombat'', at least the early installments, is a giant WalkingShirtlessScene source for several male fighters. And thanks to the movie, Johnny Cage and [[HalfHumanHybrid Goro]] have a nicely developed FoeYay potential that wouldn't have existed otherwise.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' anyone? The [[BandOfBrothers all-male cast]] has lead to a variety of shipping opportunities, a surprising chunk of which involve the [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave 40 or 50-something]] Medic and the [[BigBeautifulMan bulky]] Heavy.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' gives us [[WalkingShirtlessScene Rock]] who is much beloved in the [[BaraGenre Bara]] community.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has plenty of bara style art, of both human characters and Pokémon. Machop's evolutionary line is by far the most popular choice. Popular human characters include Lt. Surge, Bruno, Giovanni, Koga, Chuck, Brawly, Archie, Byron, Drayden, Marshal, and Alder.
* All the main characters from the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' franchise to varying extents. For whatever reason King Hippo seems especially popular, even more so than the {{Camp}} Disco Kid or MountainMan Bear Hugger.

* ''Webcomic/CarpeDiem''.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt''.
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Profiles}}''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates 2009}}''
* ''Webcomic/VinciAndArty'' is a FurryWebcomic about a canonically gay couple[[note]]one of them is CampGay, the other doesn't concern himself that much with gender issues in his romantic interests[[/note]] living together, and as such gets a fair bit of interest from the LGBT portion of the FurryFandom.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features an entire race of EveryoneIsBi trolls. Because of this (as well as a lot of HoYay, at least one canonically queer human character, and thoughtful treatment of queerness altogether) it has become rather popular among LGBT people. [[LipstickLesbian Kanaya]] is especially popular. Other queers include: Dirk is gay, Jake is bisexual or pansexual, and Rose is in a relationship with the aforementioned Kanaya (though whether she's a lesbian or bi/pan is fairly ambiguous, she's definitely queer). The only ones confirmed to ''not'' be gay are John and (offhandedly) Jane, and there's some evidence towards the former being asexual, and the latter having a SingleTargetSexuality - for her best friend Jake, and [[CelebrityCrush Ron Swanson]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Wuffle}}'' has one as a decent portion of its fandom, partly because of its artist's other works and the [[MemeticSexGod main]] [[MrFanservice character]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Creator/DougWalker is more than happy to flirt with his male fans, indulge them in the occasional marriage proposals or brag about them finding his ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' PantyShot hot. His getting married to his long-term girlfriend has not lessened this {{fanservice}}. All this is why the excessive amounts of Critic!Reboot homophobic humor is getting complained about so much.
** In terms of his shows, WebVideo/DemoReel, with the [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys cast of attractive men]] (and one {{badass}} lady played by an hilarious [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer model]]) who constantly participated in bromance, was the one most loved by his queer audience.
* Tangentially related to Doug Walker, above, fellow internet reviewers [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] and [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] have a not-inconsiderable LGBT fanbase, particularly Linkara. While his works are enjoyable by any demographic, he does have a fair number of non-heterosexual fans. Some of this may have to do with his personality as much as the show he produces and the characters he plays--he is openly feminist as well as very supportive of LGBT rights. Spoony plays a little more to HoYay in some of his collaborations with Linkara (''"You are giving the slash ficcers material!"''), obviously aware of what some fans are seeing.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' has a pretty large queer following, considering its only featured canon couple is a gay couple.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has a mostly female cast and a predominantly male fanbase, but you wouldn't know that if you followed the Tumblr fanbase (who post a ''ton'' of LesYay fanart over the RWBY ladies).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars''. Shirtless, muscular anthropomorphic mice who ride motorcycles and are fond of wrestling one another? Yes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Goliath, Brooklyn and Broadway are all LGBTFanbase favorites, and to a lesser extent even Hudson is featured. But Lexington, the only actual WordOfGay character, is too much of TheTwink for the BaraGenre crowd.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. Oh Pete, you [[StupidSexyFlanders sexy beast]]. RuleThirtyFour of him (sometimes even [[IncestIsRelative paired with PJ]]) occasionally [[IncrediblyLamePun pops]] up.
* ''JemAndTheHolograms'' has a large gay male fanbase. So much so that Out Magazine did an [[http://www.out.com/detail.asp?page=1&id=26105 interview with Jem's voice actress]] about it. It's also popular with gay/bi women due the noticeable about of LesYay.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. MostFanFicWritersAreGirls, almost all Kim Possible FanFic is about a [[LesYay lesbian relationship]] between [[FoeYay Kim and Shego]], so [[YuriFan some girls]] must be working out some issues for one of the two.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is already known for its large [[PeripheryDemographic adult male fanbase]] ({{Fan Nickname}}d "bronies"). But there is a particular LGBT fanbase for Big Macintosh. RuleThirtyFour of him is also abundant, including as a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]] and even {{Race Lift}}ed as a human male. There is also a small but fervent cluster of trans fans who headcanon certain ponies as trans. Rainbow Dash or Scootaloo as FTM, and Fluttershy or Rarity as MTF, are particularly popular.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', later aided by WordOfGay.
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers''. Exile and his "weird boy" Blitz. Hunter seemed oddly disinterested in the flirtatious Colleen, [[SorryImGay for some odd reason]].
* ''SamuraiJack''. How can he not, when he spends half the show [[ShirtlessScene nearly naked]] (and one episode fully naked)?
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', to the point where extreme conservative religious figures occasionally [[MoralGuardians condemned it]] as part of "[[ConspiracyTheory the homosexual agenda]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''. Fans had no trouble picking up the HoYay between the two main characters, even with them both being clearly interested in the opposite sex.
** They were just too damn close, even for best friends who were also room-mates. And partners. [[HeterosexualLifePartners And co-workers]].
** A lot of LGBT folk either has them being [[BiTheWay bi]], or only [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday pretending to be straight]].
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''. Especially [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Bebop and Rocksteady]]. And more controversially, [[{{Twincest}} the Turtles among themselves]]. This is also helped along with various incidents along the way that were borderline HoYay.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** [[MrFanservice Brock]] [[TestosteronePoisoning Samson]]'s character design was totally asking for this. Creator/PatrickWarburton's voice and the occasional FanService helped even more.
** In-universe, ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Rusty Venture Show]]'' is HUGE in the gay community according to [[MachoCamp Shore Leave]], much to Rusty's dismay.
* ''WildWestCOWBoysOfMooMesa''. More manly anthropomorphic characters, in the form of three [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cowboys]].
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' gets this a lot. Considering Prince Adam is soft-spoken, likes to cook, and wears pink and lavender with furry underpants over his tights, and he transforms into a muscular barbarian when he 'holds his sword aloft'. ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' tends to attract a lot of this as well. Just look at Bo.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' has run on Creator/{{LOGO}}. Granted, many fans tend to see LesYay in Daria and Jane's relationship, but every major character is canonically straight. Daria's repeated struggles with everyone who [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster kept trying to change her]] just for the convenience of [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer easily grouping her together with the other kids]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything resonated with many Gay fans]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Marceline/Bubblegum had quite a bit of [[YuriGenre fanart]]. But thanks to the "What Was Missing" episode and the Recap video, the pairing has garnered a huge following with lots of fanart. Natasha Allegri, the show's character designer, made suggestive art of the two as well. They even starred in a six issue comic book series together. "Sky Witch" then tease the two like "What Was Missing" did, only about a hundred times more.
** Transgender and genderqueer fans have gravitated towards BMO due to the character's gender ambiguity.
* A very large percentage of the ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' fandom is LGBT, mostly due to EveryoneIsBi and the surprisingly positive portrayal of the token gay character.
* ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had Harley and Ivy as two very close 'best friends', confirmed by WordOfGay to be on-and-off. It's since become rare to talk of either without each other and they've gained a large LGBT fanbase.
* Bluto from ''{{Popeye}}'' is ''adored'' by BaraGenre fans to the point where they consider him an icon for it.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' had a sizable one, evidenced by the popularity of [[SlashFic Korrasami]] even when it was a {{Crack Pairing}}. It has only grown since, especially [[spoiler: when the {{Grand Finale}} and then subsequent {{Word of Gay}} confirmed the relationship.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has one with the [[HoYay Les Yay]] between the Crystal Gems and canonical nonbinary characters (including Steven and [[spoiler:Connie]]'s fusion).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many job occupations have earned the LGBTFanbase of gay men everywhere, especially the manliest, most rugged and hottest-looking careers. Sometimes the HotMenAtWork don't have to be from modern times, but can be from occupations OlderThanDirt. Certain careers have since been glamorized in LGBTFanbase because of either a famous [[TruthInTelevision gay person]] or a person who otherwise achieved gay icon status -- for example, divers, after the fame of gay American diver Greg [[SignificantName Louganis]]. [[TransparentCloset Anderson Cooper]] appears to have also done the same for newscasting.
* Various famous people past and present have developed significant gay admiration today, and often believed to have been gay or bi. Examples that are either straight or of [[AmbiguouslyGay unclear sexuality]] include:
** Famously with UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, believed by many to have possibly been either the first gay, or the first bisexual, President of the United States. Same goes for Buchanan
** ColePorter. He was in the closet (and had a [[TheBeard beard]]), but some of his lyrics are believed to contain HomoeroticSubtext.
** James Whale, the gay director of ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein''. The film ''Film/GodsAndMonsters'' is about his life. His films are also thought to have homoerotic subtext, especially ''Bride''.
* This tends to happen with medieval Arabic and Persian poetry, since in order not to ruin a woman's honour, Islamic poets often wrote odes to beautiful young boys. And in mystical Sufi poetry, God was seen as a distant, teasing beloved, also male--the poems were about agape but presented through eros. Historians and translators often throw apoplectic fits when gay readers ''dare'' love poets like Rumi because of the m/m symbolism.
* There are a number of straight male athletes who have large gay followings, to which they respond with varying degrees of warmth; some, like rugby star Ben Cohen, go so far as to pose for nude pictures and market them to their male fans.
* Kellan Lutz ([[Film/{{Twilight}} Emmett Cullen]]) has quite a few gay fans. He has lampshaded this in interviews, but has said that he really loves his gay fanbase.
* The WNBA has a healthy LGBT fanbase, and has embraced it over the years. Most teams hold annual Pride Nights, mixers, or both. Not all players are welcoming.
* The Golden State Warriors (the NBA team in [[{{Gayborhood}} San Francisco]]) hosts an annual Pride Night. The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team does the same as well.
* Creator/JudyGarland had a large LGBT fanbase. In fact, it's believed that her song "Over the Rainbow" is what inspired the LGBT movement's Rainbow Flag. Her daughter, Liza Minnelli, has become one as well.
* Tammy Faye Messner, one of the few prominent Christian televangelists to support LGBT rights.