->''"Ugh, these preconceived notions about gay people. [[SubvertedTrope It's time to dispel that stereotype]] -- [[DoubleSubversion through a lavish musical number!]]"''
-->-- '''Greg Corbin''', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''

Characterization, narrative and sexuality tropes commonly applied to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or queer characters.

While in the real world, GSRM[[note]]Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minority, an acronym introduced to cover the ever-expanding LGBTQ+ acronym.[[/note]] persons are just as varied in personality and traits as straight/cisgender ones, it has suited television writers to use common stereotypes for their gay characters in lieu of actually making them "real people". To be fair, gay TV characters in general have become more realistic since the 1990s. But the stereotypes still remain the favorite tool of the hack writer - or the comedy auteur looking to parody or [[BlackComedy shock]].

It's been noted, by the way, that in contrast to gay characters and their stereotypes, ''bisexual'' characters are [[NoBisexuals virtually unknown]] on TV. Writers don't seem to know how to portray them, although when they do appear they tend to be TheCasanova or LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces, [[DepravedBisexual at best]]. It's also not uncommon for their same-sex attraction to only be mentioned, while their onscreen love interests are always the opposite sex.

Within media intended for gay audiences, gay writers have their own subculture of stereotypes that occasionally leak into the mainstream.

See GenderAndSexualityTropes for tropes dealing with sexuality in general.

Trope Name is a pun on the English idiom "there's nowt [[HaveAGayOldTime so queer]] as folk", used for the trope-subversive [[Series/QueerAsFolk show of the same name]].
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!!Indexes
[[index]]
* BaraGenre
* BisexualityTropes
* GenderBlendingTropes
* QueerRomance
* QueerMedia
* YaoiGenre
* YuriGenre

!!Tropes
[[index]]
* AdaptationalSexuality: When a character's sexuality is changed in a work's adaptation. Often happens to gay characters.
* AgentPeacock: A campy male character, gay or straight, whose effeminacy serves to make him more badass.
* AllGaysLoveTheater: The idea that all gay men are theater fanboys, and everyone who works in theater is naturally gay.
* AllGaysArePedophiles: The idea that all gays (especially men) want to molest children.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: The idea that gay men have no self-control when presented with the possibility of sex.
* AllLesbiansWantKids: The idea that even ''lesbians'' can't live a fulfilling life without a man or a child, just like any straight woman.
* AmbiguouslyBi: A character may seem bi, but no one knows for sure.
* AmbiguouslyGay: A character may seem gay/lesbian, but no one knows for sure.
* AnythingThatMoves: A bisexual character who will have sex with absolutely anyone.
* ArmouredClosetGay: The self-loathing gay guy who hides behind a macho facade.
* BadassGay: A gay character who can kick ass.
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: Two female friends appear to be lesbians, but aren't.
* TheBear: Gay men who sport a glorious CarpetOfVirility.
* TheBeard: When a gay person dates the opposite sex to appear straight.
* BigBeautifulMan: A man whose full size is attractive. Usually a gay trope these days, and often also TheBear.
* BiTheWay: Someone's bisexuality is just one of many facets of the character's personality; present but usually not all that important to the story.
* BuryYourGays: No happy endings for gays/lesbians.
* ButchLesbian: A masculine lesbian. (contrast LipstickLesbian)
* ButNotTooBi: Bisexuality that is tilted to suit the sexuality and gender of the target audience
* ButNotTooGay: Gay affection/love not being shown as if not to offend anyone.
* CampGay: A flamboyantly effeminate gay man.
* CampStraight: A flamboyantly effeminate '''straight''' man.
* CastFullOfGay: When most of the characters in a work are gay or not straight.
* ClosetKey: An attractive character who helps another character of the same sex realize that s/he is gay or bisexual.
* ClubKid: A personification of the worst stereotypes about gay men.
* ComingOutStory: A character reveals to other characters that he/she is gay.
* ComingStraightStory: A straight character has an inverted ComingOutStory after pretending to be gay.
* CureYourGays: Gays must be made straight!
* DepravedBisexual: A psychopathically violent bisexual character.
* DepravedHomosexual: A psychopathically violent gay or lesbian character.
* DiscountLesbians: It's not gay if they aren't human.
* DragQueen: A man who puts on flamboyant woman's clothing on special occasions.
* DudeShesALesbian: A person is informed that the person he is hitting on is homosexual.
* EveryoneIsBi: Gender does not factor into the characters' formation of relationships.
* EveryoneIsGay: When everyone in a {{Fanfic}} is gay, even the originally straight characters.
* ExperimentedInCollege: Trying homosexuality or bisexuality in college. Like SchoolgirlLesbians, it might be just a phase.
* ExtremeOmnisexual: A character will have sex with anything.
* FagHag: A straight woman who prefers the company of gay men to that of straight men or other women.
* FamilyOfChoice: When a group of characters who've been disowned by their own families decide to be each others' family instead.
* FauxYay: An extended ruse where characters pretend to be homosexual.
** GayBravado: Characters making homoerotic comments and suggestions to one another is PlayedForLaughs, because of ''course'' they're too macho to really be gay.
* FlamingDevil: An implicitly or explicitly gay depiction of Satan.
* FlyingUnderTheGaydar: When a gay (or bisexual) character, who is normally very flamboyant, acts in a far less stereotypical manner to avoid suspicion.
* GayAesop: A work teaches its audience that homosexuals are people, too.
* GayBarReveal: The hero goes to a random bar for drinks, and HilarityEnsues when he finds out it's a gay bar.
* GayBestFriend: A gay person whose main lot in life is to shout "You go, girl!" to the het hero.
* GayConservative: A conservative and usually affluent man.
* GayCowboy: A gay or bi man who is a {{Western}}-flavored character or just a fan of the genre.
* {{Gaydar}}: The ability to detect gay people who haven't outed themselves to you.
* GayGroomInAWhiteTux: Gay weddings as portrayed in the media.
* GayGuySeeksPopularJock: The gay guy wants to hook up with a top athlete.
* GayMoment: A man has a moment with another man with unintentional [[HoYay homoerotic undertones]], then affirms in response that he is not gay.
* GayOption: When a player character in a video game can pursue romantic relations with a member of the same sex, if the player is so inclined.
* {{Gayborhood}}: A neighborhood where everyone is gay.
* {{Gayngst}}: Being miserable because you are gay.
* {{Gayngster}}: A gay person involved with organized crime.
* GetBackInTheCloset: When a work jumps up the rough framework for what's "inappropriate" because it contains gay content.
* GirlfriendInCanada: A character says he has a girlfriend, but she doesn't exist.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: When sexual relations between two females are used as {{fanservice}}.
* GirlsBehindBars: A women's prison setting played for fanservice, typically with strong lesbian overtones.
* GorgeousGeorge: A professional wrestler who takes on many homosexual mannerisms but stops short of admitting to being a homosexual.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Same as its DistaffCounterpart, but for the other half of the audience.
* GymBunny: A gay man who works out a lot, likely just to look good and/or meet guys.
* HasTwoMommies: Two men or two women raise a child together.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: A work repeatedly says a character is gay, but we never see him/her engage in homosexual activities.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: "Have you tried being straight?" or "Have you tried dating a man/woman?"
* HelloSailor: Men in the Navy go gay due to lack of female options.
* HetIsEw: Heterosexual couples/sex = bad.
* HideYourLesbians: Homosexual relationships/people hidden under a veil of subtext.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Gay subtext without either character being gay
* HomosexualReproduction: Two characters of the same sex somehow have a child that is biologically related to both of them.
* HoYay: Fans' delight at homoeroticism.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: When a gay or straight character makes a single exception for sex or romance with someone outside their normal gender preference.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Two characters would make a good couple, if it wasn't for their different sexuality.
* LastHetRomance: The heterosexual partner/relationship that results in a gay or lesbian character realizing they're queer and outing themselves.
* {{Leatherman}}: A (usually gay) man who wears leather.
* LesbianCop: A lesbian who's a cop. Alternatively, the assumption that all female cops are lesbians.
* LesbianJock: A lesbian who plays sports. Alternatively, the assumption that all women who play sports are lesbians.
* LesbianVampire: A female vampire who preys on young women. [[RuleOfThree Alternatively, the assumption that all female vampires are lesbians.]]
* LGBTFanbase: When a work - with or without intentional homosexual undertones - attracts an LGBT fanbase.
* LipstickLesbian: A feminine lesbian. (contrast ButchLesbian)
* LoverAndBeloved: A (sometimes ambiguously) gay couple in which one partner is much older than and acts as a mentor to the other.
* MachoCamp: A man is very large and muscular, but acts CampGay.
* MagicalQueer: A (usually {{camp| gay}}) gay man who is CloserToEarth.
* ManlyGay: A gay man who is extremely manly and in no way camp.
* NoBisexuals: There are no bisexuals, only straight people and gay/lesbian people. (And you had better ''forget'' about there being any asexuals either.)
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Older gay characters don't exist.
* OneTrueThreesome: Because it requires that people be attracted to the same gender, more than one gender, or both.
* PerformanceArtist: A CampGay who loves acting, singing, and/or performing in general.
* PetHomosexual: A gay character who exists for cheap laughs.
* PsychoLesbian: A psychotic lesbian, dangerous to others.
* PrideParade: An annual parade (and subsequent festival) celebrating gay life and culture.
* PromIsForStraightKids: Gay teenagers are discouraged or prevented from going to their high school prom.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: Where every reference to same sex attraction is a joke.
* RapeAndSwitch: A character is raped and becomes gay as a result.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Young girls who like other young girls.
* {{Seme}}: Active person in a homosexual relationship. (counterpart to the {{Uke}})
* SettledForGay: A girl settles down with a gay man because she can't connect emotionally with a straight man.
* SissyVillain: A male villain is shown to be villainous because he displays feminine traits.
* SituationalSexuality: A character changes sexuality when the plot requires it of them.
* SorryImGay: A character says they are gay to counter a seduction-in-process, regardless of whether or not it's true.
* StraightGay: A gay man with no stereotypical gay mannerisms.
* SuddenlySexuality: A character comes out of the closet with no build-up.
* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss: Promoting a same-sex kiss as a Ratings Stunt, regardless of context.
* TokenLesbian: A TokenMinority lesbian in a CastFullOfGay men.
* TokenYuriGirls: A {{Yuri}}-style lesbian relationship in a work that is not YuriGenre.
* TransparentCloset: Everyone knows a character is gay except the character himself.
* TransEqualsGay: The mistaken notion that homosexuality and transsexuality are one and the same.
* {{Transsexual}}: A character was born in a body of the opposite gender with which they identify.
* {{Transvestite}}: Someone who regularly wears clothing normally associated with the opposite sex.
* TheTwink: A young, thin pretty boy. May or may not be camp.
* {{Uke}}: Receptive person in a homosexual relationship. (Counterpart to the {{Seme}})
* YaoiGuys: A BoysLove-style gay relationship in a work that is not BoysLoveGenre.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: A gay bar/club will always be ''very'' gay.
* WordOfGay: WordOfGod claims that a character is gay, but it's never explicitly shown in the work itself.
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