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

Sometimes a work resonates really strongly with the UsefulNotes/{{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 fetish fuel, or maybe just relatable CharacterDevelopment of an AudienceSurrogate (whether intentional or not). Not all LGBT Fanbases 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 (plus the ubiquitous RuleThirtyFour), but occasionally also in HetIsEw, BrokenBase, UnpleasableFanbase or InternetBackdraft. HoYay can be considered a subtrope of LGBT Fanbase 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). Works made by LGBT artists and explicitly aimed at LGBT people, however, go under QueerMedia. 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.

See PopularWithFurries for when a character is popular with members of the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, though it also often overlaps with this. See also the QueerShowGhetto.
!!The following works have developed a definite LGBT Fanbase:


* Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes (or, Frosties). 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: [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant "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.
* There are a considerable number of people who envy the man in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9HFH2k8bzY this]] Advertising/{{Orangina}} ad. The UsefulNotes/FurryFandom is understandably all over this particular marketing concept.
* Subaru's popularity with Lesbians and Bi-Females (and later Gay/Bi-men) in the 1990s saved the company in North America. While the advertisements would seem somewhat covert by current standards, the company was proud to be called Lesubaru and was the first major automaker to embrace the market.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The protagonist of ''Abarenbou Kishi!! Matsutarou'' is a large, bulky fellow who strikes well with bara fans, even if he is a jerk.
* ''Manga/{{Adekan}}'' is big on HoYay between scantily clad pretty boys with its daring nature and content garnering a lgbt fanbase.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** The series has attracted a large fanbase interested in the side character of Hanji, as 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. She's also popular with lesbians due to being a {{bifauxnen}}.
** There's Reiner, whose ambiguous sexuality intrigues a lot of YaoiFangirls, and ''especially'' Ymir for being confirmed to be a lesbian and in love with Krista, which caused {{Yuri Fan}}s to come flocking to the series in droves.
* 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/AzumangaDaioh'': [[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/BigWindup'' attracts a lot of gay fans and fangirls due to the close, very HoYay heavy relationship between Abe and Mihashi.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' features rampant HoYay between many of the bishonen cast members, as well as LesYay between the females. There's also trans woman Grelle. The series has quite the fanbase.
* ''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/BokuraNoHentai'' for all the same reasons that ''Manga/WanderingSon'' does. One of the characters is a barely pubescent trans girl who's taken seriously, another is a gay crossdresser, and an important character is a bi WholesomeCrossdresser (who later quits but is still flamboyant and campy). The series as a whole has a theme about puberty, sexuality, and growing up.
* Kumatetsu, of ''Anime/TheBoyAndTheBeast'', has gathered a couple amount of fanboys from the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, considering he is a muscled PettingZooPerson who is also a badass.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s works have attracted many LGBT fans (as well as many genderqueer fans, due to several of their works having characters with NoBiologicalSex), perhaps due to their themes of "love has no boundaries" and EveryoneIsBi, which are not usually questioned in-universe.
* ''Anime/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]].
* ''Manga/DaiNoDaiBouken'': Crocodine, baby!
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': Especially Leomon, [=WereGarurumon=], Exveemon, or [=WarGreymon=].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The series is prone to bara LGBT Fanbase, 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 UsefulNotes/FurryFandom LGBT fanbase seems fond of Giran. On a similar note, many Furries are also a fan of [[BigBad Freeza]], mostly for his tail and [[HandyFeet prehensile feet.]]
* ''Manga/{{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.
* The ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' [[Franchise/NasuVerse franchise]] attracts viewers of all genders and sexualities, no doubt thanks to [[EveryoneIsBi multiple canonically queer characters]] and overabundance of HoYay and LesYay. Attractive character designs that are almost ''in''famous for invoking StupidSexyFlanders no matter your sexual orientation certainly doesn't hurt either.
* ''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.
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'' attracts both a lot of fangirls and fanboys due to revolving around usually-shirtless AmbiguouslyGay boys being cute together and bonding.
* ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' attracted a following thanks to the main characters designs. There's also a fair share of HoYay in it.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': 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.
* ''Manga/{{Haikyuu}}'' has attracted a lot of LGBT fans due to the amount of HoYay amongst the cast and the general fact it features a CastFullOfPrettyBoys. The series also has a small amount of female fans drawn in due to thinking that Kiyoko and Hitoka would be good together (Hitoka's StupidSexyFlanders reaction to Kiyoko didn't help).
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** There's a huge amount of fanart depicting [[BigBad the Major]] and [[CatBoy Schrodinger.]]
** Father Anderson has an impressive bara following.
** Amusingly, Major and Schrodinger are respectively a Waffen-SS Sturmbannfuhrer and a Hitlerjugend Kameradschaftsfuhrer and Alexander Anderson is TheFundamentalist KnightTemplar, all being rampant homophobes.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', especially the 2011 anime, has attracted a LGBT fanbase due to the high amount of HoYay between Gon and Killua. Killua's younger sibling Alluka is also very strongly implied to be a trans girl.
* ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'' gained a lot of attention from the LesYay promotional material between the two female leads Izetta and Finé. After the series began airing, the relationship between Izetta and Finé quickly became one of the strongest points of the series, and anyone who is a fan of the series are many supporters for them to become a couple.
* ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is like a LGBT fanbase's assortment for different audiences:
** The [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood first]] [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency three]] [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders parts]] of the story mainly feature musclebound, stylish men with heaps of HoYay involved.
** [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Parts 4]]-[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo 5]] keep the style and bromance aspects intact but adds younger, feminine men to the mix.
** [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean Part 6]] genderflips the situation and features mainly strong, masculine women in [[GirlsBehindBars a prison setting]] attracting a lot of LesYay from the fans. And the character in love with the main protagonist was originally intended to be female.
** [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun 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.
* With its themes of gender identity (there are androgynous characters that people mistake for a gender they aren't born as), same sex relationships, and characters that attract crushes from their same sex, ''Manga/KaguyaHime'' has attracted a substantial LGBT fandom.
* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' is popular with queer fans for roughly the same reasons as [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight another work by the same writer]], in addition to having the exploration of gender identity and (to a lesser extent) sexual orientation as recurring themes throughout the story.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has a noticeable amount of lgbt fans.
** The amount of LesYay floating around [[spoiler:and the possibility that Mako and Ryuko begin dating]] fuels the fire.
** Bara fans kiss the floor in which Gamagoori and Tsumugu step. The art is not shy about their voluptuous muscles and, just like everybody, spend a lot of time in the minimun amount of clothing possible.
* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' gained a lot of lesbian/bi fans, mainly after the TV series brought a significant amount of ShipTease between female characters. The [[LovePotion Love-Love Bee]] episode took some flak for perceived [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians queerbaiting]]. WordOfGod that [[FoeYay Akko/Diana]] would never be canon also prompted some backlash (Though to be fair, this was said of ''[[NoHuggingNoKissing all romance]]''), but it certainly didn't stop the avalanche of fanart.
* The ''Franchise/LoveLive'' franchise is primarily aimed at a male audience, but it's also gained a lot of lesbian and bisexual female fans (especially in the west) thanks to all the LesYay between the characters and the [[CostumePorn pretty outfits]] they wear in ''VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival''.
* ''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/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' has something of a BrokenBase in this regard. Some people gloss over the jokes about shotacon and appreciate it as a rather pleasant SliceOfLife story with an apparently lesbian couple raising a surrogate daughter. Others point to the constant gay baiting without any actual romance between Tohru and Kobayashi, and the blatant pedophilia exhibited towards Shouta in canon, as well as towards Kanna in fanworks. While the series does still have an LGBT Fanbase, arguments about it were common when the anime was airing and the series first came to widespread attention.
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', [[HoYay/NabariNoOu unsurprisingly]], has a disproportionate percentage of LGBT fans.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Asuma Sarutobi is a popular icon amongst bara fans, with hundreds of FanArt and doujinshi dedicated to him.
** The nature of [[HoYay Sasuke and Naruto's relationship]] has garndered speculation among fans [[spoiler: even after the epilogue where it was revealed Sakura married Sasuke and Hinata married Naruto]] and is shown in a lot of official art and well as fan art. It helps that the voice actors for the two voiced a cd drama for a fanfiction where they were in a relationship.
** Sasuke and Naruto by themselves also get a ton of fans among both genders as well as fanart probably due to both being MrFanservice bait.
** Sakura and Ino's close friendship has gained them a fair amount of fans.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with [[EnsembleDarkHorse Kaworu]], the only person to tell Shinji he is loved.
* ''Anime/MaiHiME'' and its followups, in no small part because of the lesbian fanservice that gradually increases upon each season.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' unsurprisingly has a lot of lesbian fans considering it's the most famous YuriGenre anime.
* ''Manga/MyLoveStory'' is about a tall, muscular {{gonk}} of a boy who falls for a cute girl. Takeo's design is borderline bara-esque and Yamato has more than a few scenes [[CovertPervert cooing over]] his muscular physique and full lips. Even in-series Takeo caused this reaction when he began working at a gay cafe. There are also many fans who see his best friend as {{asexual}}.
* ''{{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.
* ''LightNovel/No6'' has garnered a fan base for Nezumi and Shion's canon QueerRomance in a non yaoi genre series as well as Inukashi's AmbiguousGenderIdentity hinting at them being a trans male. For added bonus, they get some subtext with Nezumi and Shion as well.
* ''Anime/OnePiece'', while the subject of romance isn't touched upon in the actual series, has its share of shipping, especially between the crew of TrueCompanions. In particular, Nami is often believed to be AmbiguouslyBi given her interactions with many female characters.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', with its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, has its fair share. For instance, Dawn and her friendship/rivalry with tomboy Zoey makes for a popular yuri ship. The series regularly has fun playing with gender roles, most famously with James's crossdressing habits, and the late voice actress for Meowth, Creator/MaddieBlaustein, was transgender.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'': Providing LGBT fanbases since 2004!
* ''Manga/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.
* ''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}}.
* ''Anime/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 [[LesYay Sailor Moon herself]]. TheNineties [[Manga/SailorMoon anime]] in particular is notable for introducing a gender-bending version of the Sailor Starlights. Haruka also passes as a man and garners crushes from girls even after they discover her female identity. She is said to be non-binary too. ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' follows suit, dispelling fears of not following the manga as closely as they said they would by having Usagi go gaga over girls.
* Because of the cast full of ripped pretty boys, ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has a huge male gay fanbase. There is also some HoYay subtext and very effeminate characters as well.
* Ferris of ''LightNovel/ReZero'' is very popular among trans anime fans, being often the unofficial mascot of serval communities dude to being heavily coded as trans (and all but stated in their side novel).
* ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'': Regardless of the FlipFlopOfGod over its canonicity, the series is popular with gay anime fans because of how the story can be read as the realistic development of a queer romance between the two main characters, while engaging in little of the kinds of fanservice and typical BoysLove tropes that a lot of queer audiences find distasteful.
* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': With its [[{{Bishonen}} pretty male characters]] and female characters who are known to get a lot of HoYay with each other, the series has quite the fanbase. It has several implied lgbt characters as well.
* ''Manga/ShounenNote'' attracts both a LGBT fanbase and a music loving fanbase. It has several canonically LGBT characters and several implied ones. This is unsurprising as it's written by the same genderqueer mangaka who made ''Manga/NabariNoOu''.
* ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' very quickly garnered one to the point where it is essentially a honorary YuriGenre series. It's a [[MusicStories band anime]] with ''heavy'' HomoeroticSubtext between Kumiko and Reina, and some other characters but mostly Kumiko and Reina.
* ''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, AmbiguouslyGay Naki who is described as having his male subordinates love, Uta who comments on liking girls and then notices Mutsuki's and Urie's good looks, homosexual Drag Queen Nico and his ambiguous yet suggestive relationship with Yamori and his flirting with various male characters, DepravedBisexual Nutcracker, and leaves a rather ambiguous situation concerning [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender Juuzou]]'s gender identity. Further more, Abara is hinted to have feelings for him and to further the ambiguous nature of Juuzuo's gender identity, Abara pictures Suzuya wearing a wedding dress in an omake. Also, the sequel has earned considerable praise for revealing Tooru Mutsuki to be a transgender man, portraying him in a respectful and accurate fashion. His [[spoiler: feelings of love towards Sasaki as revealed in chapter 114]] and ShipTease with other male characters help at least for the fans who like him. Big Madam is also hinted in the sequel as being a trans woman as she is referred to with male pronouns at her death. And then there's Matsuri who is revealed to be gay and in love with Urie who is implied to have feelings for Mutsuki. There's also Hsiao's implied crush on Saiko and Saiko's statement of how she is everyone's bride and her commenting on Hsiao's sexiness which implies her as identifying as bisexual. And although Furuta is straight and in love with Rize he is also quite campy and fabulous.
* The ''Manga/WanderingSon'' fanbase is full of transgender people as the series heavily revolves around realistic interpretations of trans people, specifically trans children.
* ''Anime/WildKnightsGulkeeva'': Every male knight, practically without exception. They are very {{Stripperiffic}}.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' is another MagicalGirlWarrior series that has attracted a lgbt fandom. What with ''literally'' having no named male characters, the LesYay between the characters, and the fact Togo is canonically in love with Yuna, it has attracted quite a lot of queer fans.
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' has a huge fanbase composed of the queer community in general, but particularly gay and bisexual men, for [[spoiler:portraying a healthy normalized relationship between the two male leads, as Yuri and Victor become the OfficialCouple as of episode 7]], a first in mainstream and sports anime.
* ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' has a lot of transgender fans as one of the two main characters, Tetsuo, is a well-written and [[{{bishonen}} handsome]] trans man. There are also [[CastFullOfGay many gay and bisexual men]] in it. [[spoiler:Tetsuo ends up the OfficialCouple with Amano, who is the protagonist and is male]].
* ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'': Asuka's got both fangirls and fanboys (who are otherwise straight) in the fandom.

[[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.
* [[CastFullOfGay Considering the vast majority of the cast is queer]], [[BiTheWay and the protagonist is bi]], it's not at all surprising that ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'' has a very large queer fanbase.
* ''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}}''
%%* ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}''
%%* ''ComicBook/HeathenCity Maranatha''
%%* ''Webcomic/{{ISO}}''
* As with the cartoon, ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' has a large LGBT following. Thus far three queer characters are major characters: Kimber, Stormer (who is also Kimber's girlfriend), and Blaze (who is a gay trans woman). The series keeps the same campy, fun nature of the cartoon for a newer audience.
* ''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 LGBT 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 HoYay moments 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 ComicBook/{{Venom}}.
* Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational put ComicBook/BoosterGold and ComicBook/BlueBeetle in this category. They squabbled a lot, as one might imagine in a series PlayedForLaughs.
* Most of Creator/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.
* ''Comicbook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', due to having a Transformer confirmed as in a homosexual (for a borderline-OneGenderRace definition) relationship with a fellow Transformer, Chromedome and Rewind, both of them from ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]'' and their relationship was a major plot for the comic and their development. The large amount of HoYay between the unconfirmed Transformers are just a bonus.
* LGBT women love ComicBook/HarleyQuinn and ComicBook/PoisonIvy together. Their (already plentiful) subtext was amped up during the ComicBook/New52. It also helps that Ivy (usually) treats Harley much better than ComicBook/TheJoker does, and that their relationship has been made canon.
* Franchise/WonderWoman's long been heavily implied to be bisexual; however, DC [[HideYourLesbians never made it explicit]] until the 2010s. Even before that, she was a popular LGBT icon due to the HomoeroticSubtext in her comics.

[[folder:Films - Animation]]
* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' has many parallels between Gabu's and Mei's InterspeciesFriendship and a same-gender romance.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' franchise seems to be gaining quite a lot of attention from gay[=/=]bisexual viewers (most of them female), due to the HotBlooded personalities of many of the racer characters as well as their statuses as either [[FoeYay enemies]], [[TrueCompanions companions]], or [[VitriolicBestBuds frenemies]].
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** A lot of people view Elsa, with her powers and people's reaction to them, as a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphor]] for being gay (or rarer {{asexual}}), and she's become quite a bit of a [=LGBT=] icon. Also, she's voiced by Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba from ''Musical/{{Wicked}}'', and who already had quite the lesbian-related fanbase herself. Even ignoring her powers, Elsa is very attractive which has caught many female fans eyes. Her relationship with [[IncestYayShipping her sister Anna]] factors in too.
** Kristoff tends to get overshadowed by the females but has his fair share of both female and male fans. He's a big, sweet GentleGiant after all.
** Oaken has developed a LGBT fandom due to many fans believing the family in the spa are his partner and their kids. ''Frozen Fever'' confirmed that they're related to him, but it didn't confirm how.
** Hans has a following amongs gay men.
** Marisol from ''Literature/AnnaAndElsa'' has quite a bit LesYay with Elsa, who as mentioned has her own following. Thus Marisol herself quickly caught on amongst LGBT fans.
* ''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." There are also some LGBT people who think she is lesbian, especially since [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation you can view]] her ImpliedLoveInterest as only being a friend instead.
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': Specifically for the Sheriff of Nottingham.
* ''[[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Disney's Tarzan]]'': Admit it, you saw it coming from miles away.
* ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'' is a film about two girls who develop a very close friendship with lots of hand-holding, physical affection, and cute dancing. Nevermind that [[spoiler:Marnie is Anna's DeadAllAlong [[DotingGrandparent grandparent]]]], it still has a large LGBT fanbase
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': There is a '''''lot''''' of fans who ship Ralph with Zangief.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** The male characters get shipped with each other a lot; these include Benjamin Clawhauser, Chief Bogo, Mayor Lionheart (each for the {{Bara}} fans), Nick Wilde, Finnick, and the wolves Gary and Larry. And of course Gazelle's tiger dancers. It also has this sort of fanbase due to Judy's neighbors being two men who are married (even if their relationship is rocky).
** Not to the degree of the male characters, but many fans pinned Gazelle as bisexual or as a [[AnimalGenderBender trans woman]] (sometimes both). Thus, she has a noticeable LGBT fanbase.

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'': Blatant LGBT Fanbase 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''
%%* ''Film/TheWomen''
%%* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''
%%** Judy Garland in general, really. It was a RunningGag throughout the 90s that crossdressers loved impersonating her. [[note]] "Friend of Dorothy" was, at one point, a slang term for a gay man [[/note]]
%* ''Film/WhateverHappenedToBabyJane''
%%* ''Film/{{Xanadu}}''
* ''Film/CalamityJane'', 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''.
* ''Film/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/XMenFilmSeries'', for reasons similar to the comic book as well as the involvement of gay actor Creator/IanMcKellen. The public coming out of Creator/EllenPage also helped boost LGBT interest in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', even though her character was DemotedToExtra.
* Some of Creator/DarioArgento's films have a pretty strong LGBT following due to their GenderBender imagery and colorful visual style.
* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise in general got quite a strong lesbian fanbase, due almost entirely to Linda Hamilton's powerful performance and muscular, androgynous appearance in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', which made her something of a sex symbol for {{Butch Lesbian}}s and women who appreciate them.
* The [[Film/Ghostbusters2016 2016 reboot of]] ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' has developed quite a solid lesbian fanbase. This is thanks in large part to EnsembleDarkhorse Jillian Holtzmann who, although not actually identified as such, is played by an openly gay actress and clearly coded as an out-and-proud lesbian. WordOfGod also claims that the character was intended to be openly identified as such in the film, but studio pressure required the makers to make it (slightly) more subtle. In addition to this, the character of Erin Gilbert also has a backstory which strikes a chord with the LGBT community, being someone who was forced to conceal a vital part of their identity and try to pass as 'normal' from an early age due to parental and societal pressure and was bullied and outcast due to this, leading to numerous issues with fitting in as an adult [[note]]The 'vital part' in this case is that she saw a ghost as a child, but it's not hard to see the parallels if so inclined[[/note]]. The two characters consequently [[FanPreferredCouple tend to get a lot of shipping]].
* ''Film/TheBabadook'' gained an LGBTFanbase almost entirely through MemeticMutation after Netflix [[https://i.redd.it/ql4yjo7s6e3y.png categorized the movie as an LGBT film]], leading to the Babadook being adopted as an [[https://www.vox.com/explainers/2017/6/9/15757964/gay-babadook-lgbtq ironic (but surprisingly strongly embraced) gay icon]], especially during 2017's Pride Month, when the meme really took off.

* The ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' by Creator/AnneRice. Gender doesn't matter much to vampires.
* 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/TheTrialsOfApollo'' increased the LGBT+ presence quite noticeably, and subsequently, the fandom. Not only does [[spoiler:Nico have a boyfriend]], but the title character, Apollo, was unabashedly bisexual in the myths and remains so here, listing both Daphne and Hyacinthus as his two great loves and revealing that Kayla, a background character, is his [[HomosexualReproduction daughter]] with [[HasTwoMommies another man]].
* 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.
* 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]]''.]]
* ''Literature/LandOfOz'': The whole Ozian canon may be TropeCodifier or MostTriumphantExample. ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'' 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. Creator/JudyGarland's portrayal of Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film adds to the appeal ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friend_of_Dorothy "friend of Dorothy"]] being an archaic slang term for a gay person, particularly a gay male), to the point where one of several theories on origin of the Pride Flag cite "Over the Rainbow" as inspiration. Add Gregory Maguire's ''{{Literature/Wicked}}'' novels, which have explicit same-sex and polyamorous relationships as well as Elphaba herself being possibly intersex.
* ''Franchise/LesMiserables'' has a substantial gay fanbase thanks to the relationship between Enjolras and Grantaire
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': WordOfGod is that Ravenpaw and Barley are a couple, and that Jake and Tallstar were in love. This helped boost the characters popularity amongst queer fans.

[[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 LGBT Fanbase 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'':
** The [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh Doctor]] was snogging guys just for fun by 2012 (an element that got introduced in the novels in the late 90s).
** The revival series saw the Doctor begin taking openly queer companions like Captain Jack Harkness and Bill Potts (something again pioneered by the Expanded Universe in the 90s).
** Creator/StevenMoffat's era introduced the idea of Time Lords being a race of {{Sex Shifter}}s, potentially changing gender upon regeneration, with the first on-screen demonstration being Missy in 2014, followed by the Doctor themselves in 2017.
** ''Series/DoctorWho'' had attracted a large LGBT fanbase during the original series as well, as revival ShowRunner Creator/RussellTDavies had repeatedly referenced on his previous show ''Series/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 meant that gay viewers didn't have the characters' heterosexuality rammed down their throats, and also made the Doctor into something of a symbol in the {{Asexual}} community. It doesn't hurt that most eras of the show were about a clever, snarky, flamboyantly-dressed hero who defeated bullying authoritarians with guile rather than violence.
** In the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels and ''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 two of the creators being gay, several gay actors, and handling of gay story lines, has quite the gay fanbase. In particular, Brittany and Santana's relationship went from background LesYay to throwaway joke to full story arc due in no small part to the LGBT Fanbase [[PortmanteauCoupleName Brittana]] attracted.
* ''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 Creator/DanSchneider stable of shows, including ''Series/ICarly'', ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' and ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', all managed to pick up an ongoing LGBT fanbase.
** ''Series/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.
** In ''Series/{{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.
** ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' picked up the slash fans, with the damn near canon relationship between the titular step-brothers.
** ''Series/{{Sam And Cat}}'' has a moderate following, with the relationship between the eponymous duo.
* ''Series/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, with no on-screen love interest, 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.
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', specifically with regard to [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Libby and Steph]], who have a substantial lesbian following.
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' has a big LGBT fanbase, because of the joyfully queer universe the show exists within, where queerness is present everywhere and normalised and unremarked-upon, and because both of the main characters are some flavour of BiTheWay. Also because the show's creators never treat the shipteasing of Howard and Vince as something that's funny or absurd because of its queerness, it's just an element of the characters. Vince's androgynous gender presentation ('I'm the Confuser! Is it a man, is it a woman? Ooh, I'm not sure I mind.') is also a big element of that, with a bigger than usual chunk of the fanbase being trans or nonbinary. Many young fans even cite Vince and the Boosh as helping them feel safe in exploring their own gender more.
* ''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!)
** Actually, this applies to the whole ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise, starting with the dozens of attractive young men running around in rainbow spandex. One could also cite the NoHuggingNoKissing rule as playing into it; many of the friendships which are meant to be platonic are so emotionally charged that they come off as HoYay. Many teams have had characters that fandom at large views as coded gay or bi ([[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Kelsey]], [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Vida]], [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Jayden and Antonio]], or [[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Riley]] for example). It also helps that many of the ranger alumni are LGBT+ allies, and have participated in [[http://www.morphinlegacy.com/legacy-database/noh8-rangers NoH8 photoshoots]].
* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', due to taking place in Manchester's gay village and having several gay main characters.
* ''Series/TheLWord'', which takes place in West LA (dubbed in-universe Lesboland), harvested a devout following among lesbian viewers.
* ''Series/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]].
* ''Series/{{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.
* Creator/{{Starz}}'s ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]'' series was absolutely clear in its intention to openly appeal to the gay male audience that older "sword and sandal" films had covertly appealed to, with its depiction of many manly muscular men in {{Stripperiffic}} costumes (and not infrequently fully and full-frontally nude) who were shot with just as much erotic {{Gaze}} as the female characters, and inclusion of actual m/m sex and relationships (sometimes with tragic endings, although this was mitigated by the series' general AnyoneCanDie and cynical view of life).
* ''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. And it made SlashFic a thing ([[HoYay Kirk/Spock]], anyone?). ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' also has the first LGBT character in the franchise.
** 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 even nonbinary. Her actress, Terry Ferrell, believes she was definitely pansexual.
* ''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.
** Cas in particular has a massive LGBT fanbase, owing as much to his [[OurAngelsAreDifferent canonical lack of gender]] and his "utter indifference to sexual orientation" as to his buckets of HoYay with Dean. His asexual fanbase is particularly large -- and [[WordOfSaintPaul endorsed by]] [[https://bookkbaby.tumblr.com/post/127689309205/so-i-never-really-figured-id-be-sharing-this his actor]].
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': The creator is gay, so there is plenty of homoerotic fanservice.
* ''Series/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}}'':
** The series has this, with its central relationship being that of Arthur and Merlin (both played by young men in this version), and the fact that the actors Creator/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."
** 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.
** Co-stars Creator/KatieMcGrath and Creator/AngelCoulby both appear to ship both Arthur/Merlin and Morgana/Gwen, at least going by the DVD commentary.
** Katie [=McGrath=] also has a lovely bit on the final episode commentary with one of the show main writers, Julian Murphy, in which she says she does not believe they added a certain line/scene and he replies saying that it was to be expected when 'the man he loves' is dying.
* ''Series/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 Website/YouTube that focused on male relationships. For example, uploading the Luke and Reid parts of ''Series/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]]. However, the writers responded to the criticism [[spoiler: by pairing Red Riding Hood and Dorothy Gale. Dorothy is an epic example of this fanbase in her own right - see Literature]]
* ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' has an InUniverse example of a female pop star who had many gay fans.
* ''Series/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) is 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.
* ''Series/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]], ''Series/TheNanny'' is quite taken with the gay community, the show itself having a few positive gay one-off characters, plus 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 Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. The show also gave the Marvel Cinematic Universe its first ''explicitly'' gay character with Inhuman Joey Gutierrez. Plus the whole Inhuman story arc that was introduced in Season 2 is really starting to resonate with LGBT viewers since all struggles faced by the Inhumans in the show can be applied to gay people in RealLife. Same-sex pairings amongst the main characters are also popular and the fandom even has their own hashtag: #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.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has gained one of these for the extremely [[FlirtingUnderFire flirtatious]] relationship between [[{{Yandere}} Root]] and [[EmotionlessGirl Shaw]]. [[spoiler:Escalated to the point where a ShutUpKiss was seen 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.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has a recurring 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. Creator/JohnBarrowman from ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Colton Haynes from ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stephen Amell from Series/DantesCove and {{Series/Hung}}, Brandon Routh, Bex Taylor-Klaus and several actors from {{Series/Spartacus}}).
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has quickly become a staple on gay&lesbian-friendly social-media, thanks to its BadassGay Commander Lexa, bisexual heroine and overall just the show's funky, mercurial and anti-establishment vibe.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' grew a supportive LGBT fanbase, thanks to its gay-friendly cast and its many gay and bisexual guest characters (as well as the increasingly not-so-AmbiguouslyGay Mac).
* ''Series/{{Sense8}}'': Considering the two canon LGBT characters, the pansexual orgies the main characters "sensates" (who are all [[WordOfGay confirmed]] to be [[CastFullOfGay pansexual]]) find themselves in, the strong, recurring theme of fluid sexuality, the presence of an openly transgender actress and directors, and the prominent coverage of the show on queer websites like ''[[http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/television/2014/01/10/wachowskis-new-sci-fi-series-sense8-will-include-lgbt The Advocate]]''and ''[[http://www.out.com/popnography/2015/6/08/sense8s-sexiest-scenes-episode-1-to-6 Out.com]]'', this was practically unavoidable.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has developed an extremely large LGBTQ fan following. The cast is full of [[MrFanservice absolutely gorgeous men]] who frequently [[WalkingShirtlessScene strut around without shirts on]] -- and they just keep adding more of those guys every season! The show also has [[BiTheWay plenty of bisexual characters]], and doesn't make a big deal out of gay, lesbian, or bisexual relationships -- the characters simply accept that same-sex love exists without commenting on it or calling it weird. On a more serious note, the show's central relationship is between [[HeterosexualLifePartners Scott McCall and "Stiles" Stilinski,]] who, though straight, openly admit their love for one another and have had several touching moments expressing their affection in a queer-friendly way; as a result, they're not even the most popular slash couple in the fanbase (that honor goes to Stiles and older man Derek Hale, or [[PortmanteauCoupleName Sterek]]). There's also the overall theme of the formation of a [[TrueCompanions "pack"]] as a metaphor for non-traditional family models; for instance, after Scott transforms freshman Liam into a werewolf, their relationship essentially becomes that of a single teenage father and his confused son.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' has developed one primarily for the fans of one sided FoeYay Hannibal had towards Will Graham before it eventually became mutual.
* The BBC documentary ''Series/{{Panorama}}'' also has a signficant LGBT fanbase, but ''why'' remains unknown, especially as ''Panorama'' is more known for discussing topics like [[CoolOldGuy Jeremy Corbyn]], [[BoringButPractical pension fraud]], [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity problems with union labor and workers' rights]], and only covering LGBT issues now and then. It certainly has ''no'' MrFanservice or MsFanservice, and none of the traditional things that would make a show appeal to an LGBT Fanbase - if anything, romance is rarely shown on-screen [[JustifiedTrope unless the episode calls for it]], and there's a heavy amount of undercover filming with subtitles and [[TalkingHeads pundit analyses of the situation]]. Despite this, and general criticism of Creator/TheBBC, this show gets an even bigger LGBT fanbase than ''Series/DoctorWho'' (and ''Series/{{Panorama}}'' is as much of a LongRunner as ''Series/DoctorWho''). The only explainable reason may be {{Applicability}} and the show being on nearly year-round and a CultClassic.
* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' has an extremely large LGBT following despite being set in 2002, long before LGBT issues were in the public consciousness, and despite the fact [[CoolOldGuy its protagonist is in his 50s]]. The show '''does not''' tackle any LGBT issues, so ''why'' it has this fanbase remains puzzling and headscratching for most viewers of the show.
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has one, though not to the degree of [[Series/{{Sherlock}} its BBC counterpart]]. Many LGBT people liked its positive portrayal of a trans woman side-character, who is also portrayed by a trans woman. Many women are also very into Watson (especially after she began wearing more suits in later seasons) and [[spoiler:Moriarty]]. They have some mild FoeYay which makes it the second most popular shop in the fandom (just behind Joanlock).
* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' gained a huge following amongst LGBT women in season 2 when it was revealed that [[spoiler:Alex]] is gay. Her ComingOutStory and relationship with [[spoiler:Maggie]] has been highly praised. There are also the fans who enjoy shipping Kara with Lena.
* The ITV documentary series ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'' also has a significantly huge LGBT fanbase since it returned to [=ITV4=] in 2006, although actually ''why'' is not known - the series does not contain any LGBT themes, no characters that people can [[{{Shipping}} do shippings of]], [[RealityEnsues is very no-holds-barred in showing dangerous driving and its problems on the road]], has ''no examples'' of {{Fanservice}} in any way, is very heavy on AnAesop, and is DarkerAndEdgier than many reality shows or many of the shows on this list, and also has very few issues of relevance to individuals who are LGBT. Also, due to the fact it's a documentary, that probably makes it even more confusing. Still, the show continues to have a huge LGBT fanbase.
* As with most ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''-related stories, ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a prominent LGBT following very keen on shipping Sherlock and John. There are also many asexual and aromantic fans who resonate with Sherlock and view him as asexual. However, this one also has a prominent LGBT hatedom which insists that the show is actually just 'queer-baiting' by cynically including ShipTease between Sherlock and John in order to attract such a following while simultaneously ridiculing this.
* ''Series/RavensHome'' is a ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' sequel where Raven and Chelsea are adults with children. They're both recently divorced and have decided to move in together. Their heavy LesYay has made many viewers note that it's practically a show about [[HasTwoMommies two moms raising a blended family]]. Their children even call the other's mom "Aunt" and mention that they're like siblings. This has attracted a large following amongst LGBT people.
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'', for having a heavy amount of ShipTease between Eleanor and Tahani, as well as for depicting the afterlife as perfectly LGBT-friendly.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' for having one openly gay and [[spoiler: one openly bisexual, (as of Season 5) ]] cop on the show, highlighting the discrimination people face, and overall having an open minded and likable group od characters.
* ''Series/AndiMack'' has one of the first explicitly gay characters on an American KidCom, nevermind a Creator/{{Disney Channel}} show, so it quickly garnered a fanbase amongst LGBTQ people.

* 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 (guest of honor at the 1994 Sydney Gay Mardi Gras), 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.
** ''Gloria Gaynor''s Song ''I Will Survive'' is also said to be this
* Music/{{ACDC}}, due to [[HaveAGayOldTime what the term means in the gay community]], had a large gay following, which the band embraced.
* Music/{{ABBA}}. This is sometimes said about their entire music without any specific reason given but some songs have more implications to LGB(?TQ?) topics. This gets quite obvious when the [[https://youtu.be/H-pxhhM_Jyw San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus made a whole Abba Show]].
** Is it a coincidence that ''Dancing Queen'', a song about admiring a woman for dancing does at least have one word in common with a ''Drag Queen'', a man [[note]]or otherwise non female, but quite often cis male regardless of sexual orientation[[/note]] impersonating a woman as a role, maybe in showbuisiness as admired for performing or acting? And if it was, is it a coincidence that the Gay Men's Choruses covers ([[https://youtu.be/Q1byiZtF7pQ like this]]) usually ''avert'' TheCoverChangesTheGender for this song?
** ''Gimme Gimme Gimme'' (A man after midnight) leads to quite great HoYay when coverd by a [[GenderFlip male voice]] without [[TheCoverChangesTheGender changing the lyrics]] (like [[https://youtu.be/KtSzwJpxoLc this]])
** ''Does Your Mother Know'' is written as a song about a teenage girl/ young woman going out dancing/ partying and who might be too young for that. The original lyrics addressing a girl with both male and female vocals are arranged that way. However, the main chorus line "Does your mother know that you're out?" is very easy to be interpreted as [[ComingOutStory coming out of the]] ''[[ComingOutStory closet]]''. It's amazing how obvious this becomes when just [[TheCoverChangesTheGender the addressed person's gender is flipped]] (like in the [[https://youtu.be/c1_iydHFVio San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus cover version]]).
** ''On and On and On'' is quite obviously about partying but also has a quite political allusion that fits the situation of queer people as being prosecuted and discriminated against. ("I was at a party and this fella said to me:/ Something bad is happening, I'm sure you do agree/ People care for nothing no respect for human rights/ Evil times are coming, we are in for darker nights")
* 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.
* Music/TheWhiteStripes cover of "Jolene". Jack White didn't [[TheCoverChangesTheGender change the gender]] of the song (originally sung by Music/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 Music/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).
* Music/MarilynManson, due to a combination of the entire band bucking gender norms entirely, and Manson and Twiggy being unable to keep their hands off each other, have a lot of bisexual fans. You'll find more support for Manson and Twiggy getting together than you'll ever find for any of Manson's relationships with women, and the fact that the fandom doesn't hate Twiggy's wife Laney can likely be tied to her being both adorable and bisexual herself, and the fact that the Manson/Twiggy stuff hasn't toned down at all since they got married. Manson and Twiggy make out on stage, Twiggy has given him oral sex on stage before, and they're often in public being extremely adorable. That said, Twiggy's not the only guy Manson's shipped with in the fandom. Creator/JohnnyDepp is also a popular one, due to Manson and Depp being just as physical as Manson is with Twiggy. And then there's the time John 5 gave Manson a rimjob on stage and said it tasted good. Half the Manson fanart you'll find is adorable gay coupling. Manson and Twiggy even have a couple name: Maniggy.
* Brazilian singer Marina Lima's cover of the song "Mesmo que Seja Eu", originally composed and sung by a man, Erasmo Carlos. The verses ''"Você precisa de um homem pra chamar de seu/Mesmo que esse homem seja eu"'' (in English: ''"You need a man to call yours/Even if this man must be me"'') sung in a female voice immediately attracted attention from the Brazilian lesbian community. The song is now recognized as a sort of hymn for Brazilian lesbians living in oppressive environments (due to the context of the lyrics as a whole: about loneliness, shattered dreams and bad company).
* Music/StudioKillers is an animated band, like Music/{{Gorillaz}}, where the lead singer is a bisexual BigBeautifulWoman named "Cherry". Their SignatureSong "Jenny" is about a woman pining for her best friend. The band has quite a few LGBTQ fans.
* 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.
* Music/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]]).
* The Japanese idol group ''Music/{{AKB48}}'' has a pretty sizable lesbian fanbase (obviously because they're all female). The lesbian website Gachirezu even had a poll once asking its users which member of the group was their favorite (for the record, Sayaka Akimoto was the top choice).
* Music/VillagePeople: 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.
* {{Music/Maroon 5}} is well aware of their LGBT fanbase, especially lead singer Adam Levine, who willingly lets himself be a MrFanservice to their legion of bisexual and gay male fans.
* Surprisingly enough, Music/IronMaiden have a sizeable LGBT fanbase. While there's no definite known reason, a few pointers including definitely the seemingly endless HoYay between Bruce and Janick, Janick ''himself'' (hardly surprising given his extremely flamboyant stage presence and being the LongHairedPrettyBoy, Dave Murray's beautiful moonface (just as many guys dug him in the 80s as girls), and a lot of their lyrics, including but not limited to "Tailgunner" (often misconstrued as a gay sex anthem), and "Blood Brothers", whose lyrics became especially relevant in the wake of the gay marraige ruling in 2016.
* [[Music/{{Devo}} Devo]] fit the description. Five men dressed in suits made of Tyvek that the lead singer rips apart during a song that is a UnusualEuphemism for masturbation? Yes. Doesn't hurt that they performed at San Diego Pride in 2010. According to [[https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1h1xlg/im_gerald_casale_founding_member_of_devo_ask_me/caq0s7l/ one question on Jerry's AMA]], the band members were fans of Warner labelmates ''Music/TheB52s'', which has members who are gay.
* Devo's previously-stated Warner labelmates, ''Music/TheB52s'', has members who are gay (namely Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and the late Ricky Wilson).
* Japanese pop rock star Nanase Aikawa has a massive lesbian following that she fully embraces. She once performed at a lesbians only night at a popular club in Tokyo's gay district Shinjuku Nichome to double the club's capacity. In 2010, she began a side band Rockstar Steady in which she took on a butch lesbian persona and wrote songs wholly about being in love with other women.
* Zig-zagged with Music/{{Prince}}. His CampStraight stage persona wasn't that big a hit with non-cishetero audiences as much as it was with straight or questioning black men who didn't fit into traditionally masculine roles and respected how he redefined masculinity on his own terms. This isn't to say he didn't have a queer fanbase at all ("If I Was Your Girlfriend" is proof), but as most of his catalogue was explicitly about [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday sex with women]], they didn't relate to it as much.
* Music/{{LittleMix}} fit the trope. "Secret Love Song" is allegedly about the struggles LGBT people are faced with when coming to terms with their sexuality and public affection, and their cover of "Word Up!" keeps the famous opening line "[[TheCoverChangesTheGender Yo, pretty ladies around the world!]]"
* Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds' "Froot" has a following amongst LGBT people and is often seen as a gay pride song by many. The song itself doesn't allude to anything LGBT related.

* Most of Myth/{{Classical mythology}} -- especially Hellenic mythology -- falls under this.
** Sexual relations between men [[note]]Although this would today percieved as gay the cultural backround of the greek ancient world has quite less in common with the present concept of homosexuality. While today being gay (or queer in any way) is associated with an identity and homosexual (or any non heterosexual) relationships as a (western, contemporary) concept/ ideal turn on romantic relationships between equal partners. However, in ancient greece it was more about pederasty (which is different from paedophilia though): A boy/ young man, usually pubescent (usually before the beard grows, but ''not'' a child), the ''beloved'', is educated and teached by an (older) adult man, the ''lover''. Sexual relations between them were seen as a normal part of the student-teacher relationship (although there were different levels of acceptance of this depending on the city state or specific time). It was not intended to be permanent (in fact it should end until the younger one grew up), romantic or monogamous (men could be in different relations like this, also with different roles) and the partners ''mustn't'' be equal (huge(r) age different, teacher-student) It was just normal, even expected for men in this relationships to be married to a woman without blaming for infidelity. This also applied to men specifically; since the ancient greek society was very patriarchic, focusing on elites (maybe more than today) there are no sources about sexual relations between women.[[/note]] or similar 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.
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** 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 Renaissance.
** [[LovelyAngels Ruth and Naomi]] have some significance in the lesbian community as well.
* 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]], [[Myth/CelticMythology Cú Chulainn]], Literature/{{Beowulf}}...

* To the (limited) extent that AllGaysLoveTheater is TruthInTelevision, all musical theater has a gay fanbase.
* ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'' is about two women being accused of being in a relationship in the early 20th century. Despite its [[BuryYourGays notoriously depressing]] ending the play, and especially the '60s movie, are a hit with queer women. Several {{Fix Fic}}s exist for the ending.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' has outrageously good musical numbers, a strong emphasis on female relationships, attractive leads, and is based on ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (which already has a LGBT fanbase). It has many LGBT fans as a result. Gelphie is canon per WordOfGay in the books and musical, and it [[HomoeroticSubtext shows]]. It's common to joke that the girls mistook their budding attraction for [[FoeYay "loathing"]].
* A lot of Shakespeare's work has a gay fanbase, as does the man himself, but ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' in particular is a favorite among queer readers. It makes sense when you consider all the HoYay (Antonio's feelings for Sebastian are nearly canon), LesYay (yes, Olivia thinks Viola's a guy, but ''still''), blurry gender lines (especially since, through a contemporary lens, it's easy to see Viola as trans or nonbinary), and the fact that most modern productions go full-force with the {{Camp}}.

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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 controversy over ''VideoGame/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 [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Star Wars Expanded Universe]], over the objection of Creator/LucasArts. When [[FanDumb some idiot]] objected to the idea that a male character could hit on his male character, lead writer David Gaider [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments 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 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 homoerotic]] video games in existence. For some reason, in particular, Big Blag the LightningBruiser LeatherMan has a LGBT quotient as potent as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], except not nearly as well known. All this from the same game that gave us [[MsFanservice The Dark Queen]].
* The titular character ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has become something of an ironic gay icon, largely because of her campiness and how her hypersexuality and delightfully bitchy attitude makes her almost feel like a DragQueen sometimes, and that's without even mentioning the LesYay shipping between her and Jeanne. The appeal of Bayonetta to gay gamers is discussed [[http://gaygamer.net/2014/10/bayonetta-the-great-exception/ here]].
* The ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' series, which almost seemed to be a foregone conclusion considering it was already very popular in the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. The greatest LGBT Fanbase seems to go to Garr and Rei from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' and to Cray from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''.
* The ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' series 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{FEDA}}'': Ain [=MacDougal=] and Arby Hcszeool have both become {{Stripperiffic}} BaraGenre icons.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Golbez has been showing up more often in bara, thanks to the sequel VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears revealing that [[spoiler:Golbez is a tall, dark, and handsome muscle-bound hunk with flowing white hair like his brother underneath the armor.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'': Faris, a pirate captain who was lost at sea as a little girl and raised as a man ever since, who occasionally flip-flops between using male or female adjectives for herself, has a lot of trans / non-binary / genderfluid fans.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': [[RatedMForManly Sabin René Figaro]] occasionally shows up in BaraGenre. [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Cyan Garamonde]] would also seem like a good candidate, but LGBT Fanbase of him is surprisingly [[AvertedTrope scarce]] (which may related to him being a married man).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
*** Cid Highwind, the gruff, constantly swearing airship pilot, is often depicted as full-fledged beefcake in BaraGenre fanworks these days. This may be due to his appearance in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' 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.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': The {{Stripperiffic}} FemmeFatale Viera as well as their appearances in 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. Garif are the male counterpart to this; World-wise, well-muscled, and separated from the female side of the race.
*** 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 UsefulNotes/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'':
*** The game 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. 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).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'':
*** The Roegadyn race in XIV attracts a fair amount of LGBT folk. [[AmazonianBeauty Both]] [[{{Hunk}} sexes]] are incredibly tall and muscular. A large sized amount of fanart is [[BaraGenre decidedly spicy]]. Likewise, the Mi'qote are a race of [[LittleBitBeastly cat people]] that are short with cute looking females and very boyish looking males. The Au Ra are a race of people that possess scales on their bodies, horns, and have massive differences between both sexes; males are very tall and muscular with a tough looking face while the females are very short and petite with cute and softer looking faces.
*** Certain main characters in the story attracted a number of fans towards them; ''Heavensward'' introduces Haurchefant, who is a {{Bishonen}} that treats the player character as their best friend and would [[spoiler: literally]] lay down their life for them. He's a tall Elezen with light blue hair and a good looking face. Aymeric is also an Elezen who is a LongHairedPrettyBoy that, like Haurchefant, looks to the player character as a confidant and seems to have a better mood when the player shows up. It also helps that Aymeric has a very soft yet soothing voice. In ''Stormblood'', Lord Hien is introduced into the story as a Hyur Samurai with a rugged yet young looking face, scars, and possessing a nice voice. There's quite a bit of fanart of these characters in both clean and NSFW material. Fueling the fire, you sometimes have a choice on how to respond to these characters in cutscenes, which can either have you accept their feelings towards you (though it doesn't go beyond that) or decide you're good comrades with them instead.
*** The Amalj'aa race have also gained quite a bit of popularity, especially within the furry fandom. The Amalj'aa are huge and beefy lizardmen that don't wear any form of clothing except for what looks like a makeshift tribal jockstrap. After an update was released that allowed players to do quests for the Amalj'aa, the lizarmen's popularity rose even further.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'': It's a game about the strong bonds between its all-male party. Go figure. All four of the main cast have their own share of gay/bisexual male fans, but [[{{Hunk}} Gladio]] takes the cake. Meanwhile [[DarkActionGirl Aranea Highwind]] is a hit with lesbian fans for being a sexy dominatrix with a take-no-shit attitude, as is Crowe from ''Anime/{{Kingsglaive|FinalFantasyXV}}''.
** 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!
* ''VideoGame/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.
** Also, in ''Skyward Sword'' the BigBad Ghirahim is a "fabulous" villain who gets FoeYay with Link and has inspired a lot of fan works pairing him and Link, though he is stated to be genderless. Then there's the queer analysis the games get especially in regards to Link with his pretty boy looks and [[http://www.zeldainformer.com/news/that_romantic_spark_part_ix_-_beyond_heterosexual shipping relationships with other male characters.]]
** Kass and Prince Sidon in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are massively popular among the furry crowd and LGBT crowd since both characters are very tall, full out hunk, and have very likable personalities. Fans also love to ship Sidon and/or Kass with Link.
** Link's pretty boy looks make him look especially girly in some games, with him even being able to cross dress as a Gerudo woman in ''Breath of the Wild''. Cue many male fans questioning their sexuality. He's also shown to be flirted with by other men when either cross dressing or dressed normally. Players being able to play Link while he's shirtless and wearing boxers help. Not to mention his shirtless scene in ''Twilight Princess''.
** Both Sheik and Link (particularly ''Breath of the Wild'''s Link) have a following among trans and non-binary fans, as well. The former of course is obvious in the reasoning, but with Link it's a bit more complex. [[note]] A big chunk of it likely has to do with Aonuma's teasing earlier in development that the pretty-faced main character wasn't necessarily Link, leading to wild speculation, including theories that the character was actually female. The statement was later retracted and the character confirmed to indeed be Link, but some fans now prefer to think of Link as a trans man or otherwise not cisgender. Alternatively, Link's apparent comfort in wearing traditional Gerudo "vai" garb has other fans reading the character as being more feminine. [[/note]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Mario himself to a degree, but far outshadowed 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.
** Birdo is canonically a trans woman. Though this gets thrown under the rug [[ShesAManInJapan due to censorship]] and is usually PlayedForLaughs, she's still notable for being one of the first explicitly trans characters in gaming, being from a kid-friendly franchise, and often being depicted in a loving relationship with Yoshi. Thus, she has a fanbase amongst trans fans.
** Vivian is heavily implied to be transgender in Japan. Thus she has a fanbase amongst trans people.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' re-introduced Pauline as the mayor of New Donk City, complete with a snazzy new work suit. Cue queer women cooing over her and shipping her with Peach.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** 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 LGBT Fanbase, 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.
** Solid Snake and Otacon live together and raise a child together, and are closer than any two characters in the franchise. Subsequently, they're the biggest couple in fandom.
** Vamp's relationship with Raiden gets a lot of focus. He flirts with and gets uncomfortably close to Raiden all throughout MGS 2. Their encounter in 4 drops any pretense of subtlety, with a scene that's more erotic than some actual sex scenes, including Vamp licking Raiden's thick white artificial blood off of his crotch-knives, and a session of grappling and groaning that involves Raiden penetrating Vamp with his sword (the non-metaphorical one).
* ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}'': A DatingSim always intended for a gay audience, but has spawned viral MemeticMutation of fanart by countless different artists. People in the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom are more likely to see lots of its fanart before ever finding out that it is actually a game.
* ''{{VideoGame/Overwatch}}'':
** The game gathered fans of [[{{Bara}} bara]], particularly to Hanzo and [=McCree=], who make up the FanPreferredCouple for those of that circle. Soldier: 76, Reaper and Genji also have gay fans. Roadhog gets his fair share of attention too considering his status as a BigBeautifulMan.
** Zarya, a burly Russian woman got many lesbian fans. Bara fans also liked her, though obviously not in the same way as with the male characters. Tracer was canonically confirmed to be a lesbian in the ''Reflections'' comic, but even before that had a sizable group who had the hots for her. Widowmaker, Mercy and Symmetra have their own share of lesbian fans too, but for different reasons as they are definitely the "femme" to Zarya and Tracer's "butch."
%%* ''VideoGame/RedEarth'': Leo, duh.
* ''VideoGame/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 ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'', and most of the male children from the future ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Severa and Kjelle]]) from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''. The fanbase is large enough that as of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' the series now has CANON same-sex S-Rank (aka marriage) partners. However, it's strictly reserved for the PC and each gender is limited to only one option. The most popular fan-patch for the game is the "Fire Emblem Fates gay marriage hack" which vastly expands the chose of same-sex love interests.
* 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]]
* ''VideoGame/ShiningWind'': Rouen sees a lot of {{Kemono}} BaraGenre fanart.
* [[ByTheBookCop Norman Jayden]] and [[RabidCop Carter Blake]] from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' are paired together in the fandom more than Ethan and Madison, [[spoiler:who at least have an optional sex scene.]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Sonic and Shadow get this treatment a lot thanks to the fact that: a. [[UsefulNotes/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 fan 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/{{Splatoon}}'':
** ''Splatoon'' has one for nothing within the game itself. People just ''really'' like inklings and shipping inklings with each other (and occasionally [[FoeYayShipping Octolings]]). In the [[VideoGame/{{Splatoon2}} second game]], this becomes even more noticeable, with pro-LGBT plaza posts frequently rising to the top, and inspiring waves of the same.
** Pearl and Marina have a fandom amongst women and trans people. The former comes from their LesYay, while the latter comes from a few people on Tumblr headcanoning that she is trans and it catching on.
* ''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 previous pairings 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]].
** ''Webcomic/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, and of those three, only one is alive), the Touhou fanbase is a breeding ground for happy yuri fans; most of them are male, but there are female yuri fans in the mix as well. ZUN seems to be aware of this and has actually admitted that he likes the idea of his characters paired together, though he doesn't participate in shipping himself since he considers the characters he creates to be like his kids.
* ''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]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Asric and Jadaar, Koltira and Thassarian, and Quae and Kinelory are the most obvious ones that come to mind. There's also the large amounts of gay fanart of [=WoW=] Tauren, Orcs, Dwarves, Pandaren, 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}}'':
** 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.
* ''Franchise/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.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' has an enormous LGBT fanbase, which will quickly become apparent to anyone who visits the official and unofficial fan forums.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' gives us [[WalkingShirtlessScene Rock]] who is much beloved in the [[BaraGenre Bara]] community.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The series has plenty of bara style art, of both human characters and Pokémon. Machop's evolutionary line is by far the most popular choice while Zangoose also has a large following. Popular human characters include Lt. Surge, Bruno, Giovanni, Koga, Chuck, Brawly, Archie, Tabitha, Byron, Drayden, Marshal, Alder, and Red as an adult.
** Sylveon and Primarina are often seen as trans symbols, thanks to their 7/1 gender ratio that favors males, as well as both having nearly identical color schemes to the trans flag (blue, pink, and white).
** Elesa is a fashionable AmbiguouslyBi woman who has a lot of female fans.
** Erika's female-only gym and rainbow gym badge make it easy to view her as lesbian, leading to her being one of the oldest examples of this in the fandom.
** Lillie and Shauna have LesYay with the female protagonists that isn't much different from how they treat the male protagonists, leading many to view them as bisexual. This led to them having a lot of queer women fans.
** A few characters, such as Cheren from the Unova games, Ilia from the Alola games, and Blanche from ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' have followings amongst transgender fans who headcanon them as trans.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** Asgore, a really huge goat guy, is the King of all monsters with a pair of massive horns, manly facial hair, and wears armor that would suggest you should stay away from him. Despite his imposing figure, he's an absolute dork, a sweet guy, and is loved by everyone under his rule. Thanks to Asgore's positive personality traits, he gained quite a following in the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom with many fans drawing him as either a BigBeautifulMan, a massive {{Hunk}}, or [[TakeAThirdOption both]].
** The game on the whole has gotten a few appreciative nods from LGBT fans, for reasons including the commitment to keeping an AmbiguousGender for the protagonist and the presence of two happy same-sex {{Official Couple}}s (one between two miniboss monsters in a mostly silly scene, the other between two members of the main cast).
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'': In addition to being an early pioneer in allowing for gay romances, got favorable press for adding gender variant options in a patch for ''VideoGame/TheSims4''.
* ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'' has a prominent LGBT following (in addition to its [[PopularWithFurries furry following]]):
** The player character, Mae, is pansexual. She expresses attraction to both men and women but isn't treated like a [[DepravedBisexual Depraved Pansexual]] for it.
** Two of the other main characters, Gregg and Angus, are gay and in a relationship with each other. Like Mae, they're handled in a realistic way and given depth that both relates to their sexuality and also doesn't.
** Minor character Jackie is a trans woman, but this was only confirmed [[WordOfGod outside of the game]], due to time constraints during development.
* Many fans of ''VideoGame/TinkerQuarry'' have offered their own interpretations of each character's sexuality, and Connisaur, the developer, accepts them all. She says that she's happy with giving her characters different orientations because she feels they need more representation in media.

* ''Webcomic/CarpeDiem''
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features an entire race of EveryoneIsBi trolls. Because of this (as well as a lot of HoYay and fairly thoughtful treatment of queerness altogether) it has become rather popular among LGBT people. [[LipstickLesbian Kanaya]] is especially popular. Among the humans, Dirk is gay (though he doesn't identify with the term), Jake is bisexual or pansexual, Rose is in a relationship with the aforementioned Kanaya (though whether she's a lesbian or bi/pan is ambiguous), and Dave is bi/pan. 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/LastRes0rt''
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' has a big LGBT fanbase as a majority of the cast can be seen to fall into EveryoneIsBi and the HoYay and LesYay is not in short supply.
%%* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie''
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Profiles}}''
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates 2009}}''
* ''Webcomic/TheGlassScientists'' tends to attract people that don't identify as straight or cisgender. Given that nearly the entire main cast is confirmed as bi (as well as both a major and minor character confirmed as nonbinary) and that it is written by a bi author, it's perhaps not surprising.
* ''Webcomic/TheirStory'' is a Chinese webcomic about two girls who fall in love. It's terribly {{adorkable}} and LGBT people love it.
* ''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 UsefulNotes/FurryFandom.
* ''Webcomic/{{Wuffle}}'' has one as a decent portion of its fandom, partly because of its artist's other works and the [[MrFanservice main character]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' has a pretty large queer following, considering its only featured canon couple is a gay couple,and the fact it never makes a big deal out of them being gay.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** This originated from assumptions fans made about the personalities of the four heroines during the show's original four advertising trailers. While the show proved the assumptions wrong, interviews revealed the creators do want LGBT characters, but the teens will develop self-awareness slowly and realistically. Confirmed creator support boosted fan interest, making it a very prominent part of the fandom.
** On specific characters, Blake, Yang, and Scarlet have strong LGBT followings. The former two come from the assumption that they might become an OfficialCouple (though Yang being bisexual is a popular {{fanon}} even disregarding any ships) and the latter is frequently headcanoned as transgender. Weiss also has a following, though not to the degree of Yang and Blake.
* ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' has a large LGBT following on the internet, due to the implications that [[EveryoneIsGay none of the characters are hetereosexual]], [[LesbianVampire Carmilla herself]], a [[{{Transgender}} smart nonbinary character]] and most of the actors and production team being [[CastFullOfGay LGBT themselves.]] It helps that the original story is a [[Literature/{{Carmilla}} famous example]] of classic LGBT-related literature.
* ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' quickly gained a following of LGBT fans, helped by the copious amounts of HoYay the various Grumps use in any episode. No really, pick any episode with Arin and count how many times he talks about penetrating an asshole, most often Dan's or Jon's.
--> '''Jon:''' Wow, we're close to the microphone now!
--> '''Arin:''' ''(suggestively)'' Oh my god. Take it.
--> '''Jon:''' So, next time on Game Grumps, we-
--> '''Arin:''' Take it, Jon.
--> '''Jon:''' Take what?
--> '''Arin:''' ''Take it''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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. They have since been confirmed as canon.
** Transgender and genderqueer fans have gravitated towards BMO due to the character's gender ambiguity.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'': Shirtless, muscular anthropomorphic mice who ride motorcycles and are fond of wrestling one another? Yes.
* ''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]].
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Goliath, Brooklyn and Broadway are all LGBT Fanbase 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.
* Some fans of ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' believe Hector and Wordsworth are a gay couple.
* ''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/{{Jem}}'':
** ''Jem'' 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. There even goes a story that Jem's singing voice was allowed into a gay club once (some fans from a convention took her), when she didn't have her [=ID=], just because someone said she was Jem's singing voice.
** Many fans also believe that Stormer is a lesbian, and Kimber is bi. This comes from the "The Bands Break-Up" episode being ''heavy'' on their RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. In [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms the comic reboot]], [[AdaptationalSexuality they're both lesbians]].
* ''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/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** ''The Legend of Korra'' 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.]]
** Bolin's muscular physique and cute personality make gay men fond of him.
** Many fans began pinning Kya as either lesbian or asexual rather quickly. As it turns out, [[AscendedFanon she is lesbian]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** ''Friendship Is Magic'' 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 humanize as a human male. Braeburn got similar treatment, with the [[AscendedMeme meme]] [[https://www.derpibooru.org/tags/everypony%27s+gay+for+braeburn Everyone's gay for Braeburn]]. 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. LGBT women also enjoy shipping characters together, especially Lyra/Bonbon which is [[HideYourLesbians borderline]] [[HomoeroticSubtext canon]] as of the LowerDeckEpisode.
** The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' spinoff movies are also noted for the absolutely ''huge'' amount of LesYay between Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle (both the human and pony versions). In the first movie, Sunset's obsession and jealousy over pony-Twilight comes across as borderline {{Yandere}}, while by Camp Everfree Sunset and human-Twilight have a much stronger emotional bond and much, much greater concern for each others' wellbeing than they have for either of their alleged male romantic interests.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' gets praise from the LGBT community for being the first Nickelodeon show to feature an official gay couple (Clyde's dads). Some fans also believe that Luna is bisexual (which later turns out to be true) and Luan is a lesbian.
* Bluto from ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' is ''adored'' by BaraGenre fans to the point where they consider him an icon for it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' has also garnered one due to the rampant homosexual overtones between the eponymous characters. 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]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': How can he not, when he spends half the show [[ShirtlessScene nearly naked]] (and one episode fully naked)?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shezow}}'''s very concept of a crossdressing superhero has made it quite popular among transgenders and homosexuals galore.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', to the point where extreme conservative religious figures occasionally [[MoralGuardians condemned it]] as part of "[[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories the homosexual agenda]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has gained one of these due to a popular fan-theory on Website/{{Tumblr}} that Marco is a closeted trans girl. There are also fans who ship Marco and Tom, along with fans who think Star is AmbiguouslyBi.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The series has one with the romance between the OneGenderRace Gems and canonical nonbinary characters (including Steven and Connie's fusion).
** Garnet's component gems being [[WordOfGay confirmed]] [[OfficialCouple as a couple]] has only fueled the blaze. Ruby and Sapphire's romantic relationship is not only said by the crew, but they're stated to be in love several times in the show itself, and they're SickeninglySweethearts with ''no'' subtlety whatsoever.
** Pearl has an especially strong lesbian and bi following. She has canon romantic feelings for Rose Quartz, which get explored in several TearJerker episodes. She also tends to blush around the other Crystal Gems, instigates most of the subtext, and she's a developed, well-rounded and flawed ([[ThisLoserIsYou occasionally relatable]]) character.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCOWBoysOfMooMesa'': More manly anthropomorphic characters, in the form of three [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cowboys]].
* ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'' always had this due to the large amount of female characters combined with the LesYay between them (especially Apple White towards Raven Queen). However, it really boomed after [[spoiler:Darling Charming gave Apple White CPR]]. It wasn't confirmed to be romantic, however fans noted its similarities to True Love's Kiss and [[spoiler:pinned Darling as Apple's "prince charming".]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many job occupations have earned the LGBT Fanbase 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 LGBT Fanbase 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.[[note]]It's also been argued that Lincoln's immediate predecessor, UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan, was gay. However, given Buchanan's distinct lack of esteem compared to Lincoln, turning up on most historians' lists of America's ''worst'' presidents, he tends not to come up nearly as often.[[/note]]
** Music/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.
* Unsurprisingly, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco's major league sports teams--the [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Giants]], the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball 49ers]], and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} Golden State Warriors]]--all acknowledge their GLBT fans in various ways, such as annual Pride Nights and anti-bullying efforts.
* 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. [[note]] In the mid 20th century, "friend of Dorothy" was a euphemistic slang term for a gay man. Her funeral may have been one of the contributing factors to the Stonewall Riots as well. [[/note]] Her daughter, Liza Minnelli, has become one as well.
* Tammy Faye Messner, one of the few prominent Christian televangelists to support LGBT rights.