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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.

When a story (or a character within the story) resonates strongly with the LGBT community without being specifically made for them.

The reason for this is not always known. Maybe it's intentional Fanservice, maybe it's merely unintentional fetish fuel, a plotline that inadvertently acts as a metaphor for LGBT experiences, or maybe just relatable Character Development of an Audience Surrogate (whether intentional or not). Not all LGBT Fanbases are unintentional; quite a bit revolves around canon LGBT characters or relationships. It could be "acceptable" Homoerotic Subtext by creators who are otherwise straight, as with Samurai Jack. It could even have started unintentionally but later have been made official to please the acknowledged fans, as famously happened with Xena: Warrior Princess. If the trope is applied to musical artists, you can expect them to be a popular musical choice for LGBT-friendly bars and annual Pride events.

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

Ho Yay can be considered a subtrope of LGBT Fanbase when the fans are LGBT, but Yaoi Fangirls and Yuri Fans 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 Periphery Demographic). Works centering on LGBT+ experiences, often made by LGBT+ Creators, go under Queer Media. See also LGBT Representation in Media, Queer Show Ghetto, Watched It for the Representation.

The following works have developed a definite LGBT Fanbase:

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  • Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes (or, Frosties). The size of his gay male fanbase is 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, "I feel so empty inside, there's nothing left." The Accidental Innuendo thus turns the commercial into instant narm and Heh Heh, You Said "X".
  • There are a considerable number of people who envy the man in this Orangina ad. The Furry Fandom is understandably all over this particular marketing concept.

    Comic Strips 
  • Rupert Bear: Pong-Ping has a few LGBTQ+ fans who like to headcanon him as a trans girl (due to him being Gender-Flipped into Ping-Pong in Rupert Bear, Follow the Magic...)
  • Jughead of Archie Comics fame has always been interpreted by some as asexual, but when the revival series not only canonised that interpretation but actually delved into it in a nuanced and intelligent way, he exploded onto the scene as a universally beloved asexual icon. Some asexuals and aromantics have even said that that comic series was the best representation they've seen of themselves ever.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Most of Classical mythology — especially Hellenic mythology — falls under this.
    • Sexual relations between men were widely accepted and practiced in Ancient Greece, and tolerated in Rome.note  As a result, vast swathes of Ancient Greek mythological figures have serious Ho Yay going on, and on top of that, many have explicit romantic relationships with the same sex. Furthermore, most of the Gods were bisexual. 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 painting of Apollo cradling Hyacinth. For the Greeks and Romans however, who was "top" versus "bottom" were the defining aspects of relationships (same-sex or not). In ancient Rome, men "bottoming" to others was taboo and could result in the status of "infamy", i.e. a loss of civil rights. Being a "top" was acceptable however.
    • Achilles and Patroclus are, without a doubt, one of the biggest examples. Their relationship was extremely close and intimate, they speak to one another like lovers, Achilles went into a massive Roaring Rampage of Revenge when Patroclus died and his last request in his own death was to have his and Patroclus' ashes mixed together so they could be together for all eternity in death.
    • Poseidon and Nerites. They mutually fell in love (that's huge by Greek Mythology standards) and even 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 Helios (or Aphrodite in some versions) turned Nerites into a shellfish because he (or she) was jealous.
    • Several Greek Goddess are beloved by asexuals and aromantics for being boldly swearing against marriage or sexual contact with men, most often Artemis but sometimes Athena and Hestia as well. Many lesbians and bi women also find Artemis' lifestyle of living in the wilderness with her band of maidens appealing, although Artemis disallowed all sexual relationships, not just ones involving men.
  • The Bible:
  • Nearly any mythological hero or Worthy Opponent in a world of ambiguous or blatantly homoerotic sexuality. Heracles, the Minotaur, Zephyrus and Hyacinth, Cú Chulainn, Beowulf...
  • It's been noted by at least one organization and several psychologists that transgender children are often fond of merpeople. This doesn't only apply to trans girls and mermaids either, as trans boys and nonbinary children also show this interest. One theory is that merpeople are fascinating because they have human tops but nondescript, androgynous bottoms. There's also the fact that the most famous mermaid in the Western world (and especially the Disney movie most kids would be familiar with) undergoes a story arc about changing her body to be able to live the life she wants—and in the Disney movie, she succeeds. The fascination is so prominent than one trans rights charity is outright called "Mermaids".
  • Celtic Mythology has its own fair share, namely "The Tale of Niall Frossach/Niall of the Nine Showers" being popular among bi and gay women. The gist of the story is a woman who got pregnant despite not having been with a man in years and needs the king's divine wisdom to determine the father. She admits that she engaged in "playful mating" with another woman, from which the king deduces that the other woman had recently been with a man and passed on his seed to this woman when they "mated." Any embarrassment involved between the mother and the king is more about talking about such a personal issue (like asking a politician about a personal medical condition) than homophobia, and in the king's case, he's so embarrassed he shoots heat waves directly upwards that knocks down a priest being tortured by sky demons after selling his soul to quickly fix his roof. In other words, girl-on-girl sex saved a man of the cloth from eternal damnation.
  • Loki is well noted for being beloved by trans and genderfluid audiences because he shifts genders pretty casually in recorded sources. The fact that he is something of an underdog only makes him more sympathetic for marginalised audiences.

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    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppets:
    • Miss Piggy is cited as somewhat of a queer icon due to being both a classic diva and is traditionally played by a male performer. She's even made appearances at LGBT-related fundraisers at least twice.
    • Gonzo became somewhat of a meme among queer folk (arguably more so than Miss Piggy) due to being considered an outsider even by Muppet standards which a lot of queer children tend to relate to. There's also one comic strip that circulated where he goes to the bathroom labeled "Whatever", and while it's mostly in reference to his ambigious species it regardless became a meme among non-binary people.

    Tabletop Games 
  • An In-Universe example in the "Ecksian Cart Wars" setting for Discworld Roleplaying Game: Arena manager Auntie Ante (a parody of Aunt Entity in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome), is said to have a fanbase within Bugrup's trans/crossdressing community, with the explanation that her "Amazonian femininity" appeals to those who are working on their own female identities.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The elven Top God Corellon Larethian has been described as androgynous since 1980, and is able to appear as male, female, both or neither - art for the 3rd Edition Deities and Demigods sourcebook even depicts Corellon with rainbow-colored eye-liner. Then the 5th Edition Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes book explained that some elves have the "blessing of Corellon" and are able to change their sex at will after an eight-hour rest, part of a conscious attempt by Wizards of the Coast to embrace its LGBTQ players and make gender fluidity part of the game's official lore.
    • Traditionally, a character's "astral self," as generated by the spell astral projection, looked identical to their sleeping body, save for the infinitely-long silver cord extending back from their heads. But the 5E Monk subclass that follows the "Way of the Astral Self" learns to manifest their astral body in combat, and in a nod to trans players, a sidebox notes that a character's astral self doesn't necessarily look anything like the monk's physical body. "For example, the astral self of a lanky human might be reminiscent of a minotaur - the strength of which the monk feels within. Similarly, an orc monk might manifest gossamer arms and a delicate visage, representing the gentle beauty of the orc's soul. Each astral self is unique, and some of the monks of this monastic tradition are known more for the appearance of their astral self than for their physical appearance."
  • Pathfinder's publishers have explicitly stated their intent to appeal to a wide variety of players, regardless of race, gender or sexual preference. As such, many of the setting's iconic characters, NPCs, or deities are gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, or trans: for example, in the licensed comic book series the main romantic pairing is a lesbian couple (and an interspecies one between a light-skinned elf and a brown human, no less), and two prominent NPCs in the Wrath of the Righteous campaign for 1st Edition are a married trans woman and half-orc woman. Paizo has also said that unless specified otherwise, any romanceable NPC has a compatible sexuality with whatever PC chooses to romance them—and they almost never specify otherwise.

  • To the (limited) extent that All Gays Love Theater is Truth in Television, all musical theater has a gay fanbase.
  • The Children's Hour is about two women being accused of being in a relationship in the early 20th century. Despite its notoriously depressing ending the play, and especially the '60s movie, are a hit with queer women. Several Fix Fics exist for the ending.
  • Elisabeth has developed a LGBT fanbase thanks to: Death being Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous in some productions being a hit with nonbinary people (and people attracted to nonbinaryness), his seduction of both Elisabeth and Rudolf (the latter is still kept in productions with an intensely masculine Death), and Takarazuka Revue's all-women cast leading to Les Yay (technically Ho Yay) abounding.
  • Takarazuka Revue also has a queer fanbase. Despite the upper management being largely comprised of men, queer fans are drawn to the Revue partially because of their portrayals of queer relationship and characters. Two out of three of Zuka's flagship shows have queer relationships and main characters that straddle the line of gender conformity: The Rose of Versailles (Oscar Francois de Jarjayes is a girl raised as a boy and typically portrayed by otokoyaku, male role actresses) and Elisabeth (Death, as mentioned above). Fans repulsed by other media's overt portrayal of sexuality (due to asexuality and/or personal trauma) have also found a home in Zuka's choreography of intimacy between characters regardless of orientation. (Zuka actresses are technically not allowed to have their lips touch during kissing scenes, but accidents do happen.)
  • A lot of William Shakespeare's work has a gay fanbase, as does the man himself, but Twelfth Night in particular is a favorite among queer readers. It makes sense when you consider all the Ho Yay (Antonio's feelings for Sebastian are nearly canon), Les Yay (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.
  • Wicked has outrageously good musical numbers, a strong emphasis on female relationships, attractive leads, and is based on The Wizard of Oz (which already has a LGBT fanbase). It has many LGBT fans as a result. Gelphie is canon per Word of Gay in the books and musical, and it shows. It's common to joke that the girls mistook their budding attraction for "loathing". So as of now, both Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West are gay icons.

  • Mattel's doll line "Creatable World" has proven to be quite popular with LGBT members of the Doll Community (Particularly Trans & Non-Binary collectors.). But considering the nature and theme of the dolls is as they put it "a doll line designed to keep labels out and invite everyone in" this was possibly intentional.
  • Surprisingly, BIONICLE gained a following of transgender women around the start of The New Twenties, most of whom grew up with brand before to their transition. It also helps that many of the sets for female characters had gender-neutral body proportions and appearances, and that the one female character that did have an obviously female appearance is a member of a species where even the males share the same body proportions and anatomy as the females.
  • BLÅHAJ, a large shark plush toy sold at IKEA, has gained a significant fan following in the transgender community. IKEA Canada eventually acknowledged this by producing a limited edition blue-and-pink striped BLÅHAJ and offering them in a giveaway to transgender people.
  • What's the best-selling doll of Ken, Barbie's boyfriend? It's Earring Magic Ken. The reason for its popularity? He looks just like a Camp Gay stereotype with a purple mesh shirt and leather vest, a single earring, and a necklace that some interpreted as a cock ring. As a result, it gained a huge Periphery Demographic of gay men, who rushed to toy stores in droves to buy it, before controversy caused Earring Magic Ken to be recalled.
  • Monster High has this in spades. The themes of acceptance, conquering prejudice, and the creator himself being gay have contributed. This only heightened with Generation 3 having Frankie Stein be nonbinary and have an implied romantic interest in Cleo De Nile.

    Web Animation 
  • Alphabet: The popular ship of F and N, as well as the simple and cute character designs have resulted in the series attracting many young LGBT fans, with ships and headcanons regarding sexuality and personal relationships flourishing.
  • Helluva Boss, being a spin-off of Hazbin Hotel (see Western Animation), largely shares the same fanbase and has a lot of content along the same veins (Blitzo is pansexual and voiced by openly gay Brandon Rogers, Moxxie is bisexual and his sister-in-law is a trans woman who is in turn voiced by trans woman Morgana Ignis, Stolas is implied to be demisexual with a single-target attraction towards Blitzo and most of Verosika Mayday's entire entourage are Succubi and Incubi with all of the tropes that imply, just to name a few examples).
  • Inanimate Insanity his a pretty sizable LGBTQ fanbase, likely due to the show having several canonically trans characters like Paintbrush and Bot.
  • RWBY: From very early on in the series, Monty and the cast, several of whom are members of the LGBTQ community, were open about the show having LGBT characters who would gradually come out to the audience. This attracted LGBTQ fans to the work, including some prominant LGBTQ fan artists. In Volume 5, Ilia became the show's first openly LGBTQ character, with Volume 6 introducing the first LGBTQ family unit through Jaune's sister, Saphron, and her wife and son. They have since been joined by other named characters, such as May Marigold, Coco Adel, and Scarlet David, with Volume 7 confirming Ship Tease exists between fan-favourite pairing, Blake and Yang.

  • In El Goonish Shive, of the main ten characters, two are genderfluid, a third is asexual, a fourth is effectively pansexual, a fifth is questioning, a sixth is effectively trans, and a seventh and an eighth are bisexual. The last two are a lesbian and a gay guy. There are also a couple of explicitly transgender people plus several lesbians, gays, and bisexuals. Though the comic is not explicitly aimed at the LGBT community, its LGBT content receives prominent focus so it may be considered Queer Media as well. It helps that the author is bisexual and describes his gender identity as "Non-committal shrug". Also helped by the author being willing to listen to criticisms about Unfortunate Implications in early strips, admit that the parts that are problematic, and making a serious effort after that to be respectful about how gender identity and sexual orientation got treated.
  • The Glass Scientists has an entire queer main cast and deals with themes that resonate with a lot of LGBTQ-people, such as hiding your true self to gain acceptance from mainstream society, and the shame,self-loathing and anger that comes with it. Needless to say, it has a lot of queer fans.
  • Homestuck features an entire race of Everyone Is Bi trolls. Because of this (as well as a lot of Ho Yay and fairly thoughtful treatment of queerness altogether) it has become rather popular among LGBT people. 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, and Dave is bisexual. 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 Single-Target Sexuality - for her best friend Jake, and Ron Swanson.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: The comic is written with the intention of showing nothing more intimate than close friendship on-panel and leaving any Shipping to the fandom. The Odd Friendship of two of the male characters runs on a platonic version of Language of Love and went on to become a very popular romantic pairing. While cases can be made for some heterosexual couples as well, there is enough Ho Yay and Les Yay within the rest of the fairly small cast for Cast Full of Gay to show up fairly often in fanfic. Throw in Viewer Gender Confusion-inducing character designs, a world showing a few signs of Gender Is No Object and the canon situation making asexuality a possibility for the entire main cast, and you get a quite LGBT-friendly work.
  • Their Story is a Chinese webcomic about two girls who fall in love. It's terribly adorable and LGBT people love it.
  • Vinci and Arty is a comic about a canonically gay couplenote  living together, and as such gets a fair bit of interest from the LGBT portion of the Furry Fandom.
  • Wuffle has one as a decent portion of its fandom, partly because of its artist's other works and the main character.

    Web Original 
  • The Adventure Zone has a very large LGBT following. This is helped by many characters themselves being LGBT. The creators know about this and have gone to great lengths to avoid negative cliches and tropes of the LGBT in media while also providing great characters for those to look up to. In fact, when they introduced a lesbian couple only to kill them off, the podcast faced some criticism for falling under a very well known trope. They rectified this by bringing in a new lesbian couple, while also reviving the previous couple.
  • The Penumbra Podcast features a large cast of predominantly LGBT characters (particularly the Juno Steel storyline, which is set in a distant future where gender and sexuality are non-issues and, as of season 3, has an entirely LGBT main cast); as such, the series attracts a large queer following.
  • BuzzFeed Unsolved has a large gay following. Shane on Reddit said he was delighted about it, and you can find many gay women on Tumblr who adore Maizie, a holographic corn lesbian in the Hot Daga, who was introduced getting married to her girlfriend and whose whole motivation is to undo Bury Your Gays.
  • Carmilla the Series has a large LGBT following on the internet, due to the implications that none of the characters are hetereosexual, Carmilla herself, a smart nonbinary character and most of the actors and production team being LGBT themselves. It helps that the original story is a famous example of classic LGBT-related literature.
  • Dom of The Dom Reviews has garnered a significant queer following over the years due to sheer amount of respect he shows to the community. He goes out of his way to give glowing reviews to LGBT-themed novels he finds, openly calls out and gets rid of any bigotry that shows up in his comments, once checked in with the bi community because he was worried his blue-purple-pink background was appropriative, and dropped JK Rowling very quickly after her transphobic attitude became more evident.
  • The Dream SMP has quite a large one. Dream, Wilbur and Schlatt often jokingly flirt with the people around them, no matter their gender. There's also some representation in the roleplay, as several server-members have gotten into same-gender relationships with one another as characters... and by this, we mean about half the cast is either queer or implied to be queer in one way or another. About 30% of the content creators are also LGBTQ in real life.note 
  • Game Grumps quickly gained a following of LGBT fans, helped by the copious amounts of Ho Yay 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.
  • Jerma985 has a downright massive one, to the extent where "gay people talk about big Jerma streams like they're the Superbowl" is a popular joke online. Much of this stems from the campy, elaborate nature of Jerma's content and the lack of any prominent "dudebro" elements. This section of Jerma's fanbase further increased in size after he explicitly called out transphobic chat members, (video link) and voiced solidarity with the LGBT+ community.
  • Welcome to Night Vale 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.

    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 Hot Men at Work don't have to be from modern times, but can be from occupations Older Than Dirt. Certain careers have since been glamorized in the LGBT Fanbase because of either a famous gay person or a person who otherwise achieved gay icon status — for example, divers, after the fame of gay American diver Greg Louganis. Anderson Cooper appears to have also done the same for newscasting.
  • Not all male fashion designers are gay or bisexual, but many of them are, and fashion being a famously gay-friendly business, various designers have developed LGBT followings over the years.
    • Gianni Versace came out in the 1990s and even before he was officially out developed a huge LGBT fanbase who were drawn to his colorful, sexy and often outrageous designs.
    • Christian Dior was never out publicly but is widely thought to have been gay. His "New Look" silhouette is a favorite among gay men, especially in its more campy iterations. There's also a persistent rumor that his death did not occur while eating lunch but while in bed with a young, male prostitute.
    • Yves Saint Laurent is another designer who came out officially in the 1990s but lived in the Transparent Closet prior to that, openly cohabitating with his lover and business partner Pierre Bergé. He pioneered androgynous styles for women that were embraced by women of all sexualities.
    • Other designers with a large LGBT following include Pierre Balman, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier, to name just a few.
  • 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 unclear sexuality include:
  • 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 (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 a fair number of lesbian or bisexual players, and has embraced it over the years. Most teams hold annual Pride Nights, mixers, or both. Not all players are welcoming.
  • As does the National Women's Soccer League, the current top level of US women's soccer.
  • Women's professional golf, especially the LPGA Tour in the US, also has a significant lesbian/bisexual presence among players and fans. In fact, one of the biggest gatherings of lesbians in the country, held in the Palm Springs, California area, had coincided for several decades with the first major championship of the LPGA season, the event now known as the Chevron Championship. While the golf tournament moved to the Houston area in 2023, the lesbian gathering continues to this day, and has frequently been called "spring break for lesbians".
  • Brazilians love volleyball, and the female version is very popular among lesbians, if not LGBT as a whole, as there's no dearth of lesbian or bisexual players.
  • Unsurprisingly, the San Francisco Bay Area's major league sports teams—the Giants (and the Oakland Athletics), the 49ers, the San Jose Sharks, and the Golden State Warriors—all acknowledge their LGBT fans in various ways, such as annual Pride Nights and anti-bullying efforts.
  • The Bodybuilding hobby has notoriously had a gay male fanbase historically, in particular during the era of the so-called "physique" magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. In much of the western world, nascent gay male culture coalesced to a degree around publications which were supposedly about fitness and training but were really created as an excuse to print photos of hot guys in minimal clothing. A few of these would later transform into more open gay porn or lifestyle publications. It should be noted that this didn't always go down well with bodybuilders themselves, some of whom were consciously homophobic with others more broadly uncomfortable with their hobby being sexualised.
  • Judy Garland 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  Her daughter, Liza Minnelli, has garnered a similar fanbase.
  • Tammy Faye Messner has a following among LGBTQ+ Christians, mainly because she was one of the few prominent Christian televangelists to support LGBT rights.
  • As stated in this article in The Atlantic, Subaru's popularity with queer women (and later queer men) in the 1990s saved the company in North America, mainly because Subaru was one of the first car companies to directly target them in advertising.
  • Similar to Subaru, Volkswagen has a following among gay men, mainly for their inclusiveness towards the LGBTQ+ community (which earned Volkswagen of America honors from the Human Rights Campaign in 2017) and being another one of the few car companies to regularly target LGBTQ+ audiences in advertising.
  • Laura Dern's open advocacy for gay rights and media representation throughout The '90s led to a huge LGBT following, notably from gay men. Infamously, starring as Ellen DeGeneres' lesbian friend in Ellen's eponymous sitcom (which was also the same episode two-parter where DeGeneres came out) caused a backlash so huge, her A-list popularity from being in Jurassic Park dropped like a stone and she only regained it in the 2010s, particularly from Enlightened and Big Little Lies. In 2020, the Spirit Awards guest starred the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, whose song about gay subtext in 2019's films turned into serenading Dern for almost a minute.
  • Standup comic Paula Poundstone identifies herself as asexual and androgynous and has a large following amongst LGBTs, particularly lesbians.
  • Inverted and doubling as If It's You, It's OK, transgender porn star Vaniity has a prominent straight male fanbase that are fully aware of her biological sex, but don't care. Her appearance at a convention showed them taking pictures, receiving kisses and happily letting her grind her (underwear-clad) junk on their heads no different than a typical night at a strip club.
  • Pedro Pascal earned LGBT fans by portraying people on the spectrum, such as Oberyn Martell, in a non-degrading manner, and by advocating for LGBT rights and acceptance, helped by putting his pronouns in his Twitter name and his younger sister Lux coming out as transgender. While Pascal hasn't publicly referred to himself as gay, he doesn't seem to mind those who do; when he actively used Twitter for non-promotional purposes, he pushed Like on posts reading, "Pedro Pascal gay".
  • Cate Blanchett. Due to portraying a lesbian in the incredibly popular lesbian romance Carol, along with her tendency to often portray very powerful, assertive, badass female characters and also often wear suits or other androgynous clothing in Real Life, she has amassed an increasingly huge lesbian fanbase, to the extent that she's often referred to as being 'Queen of the Lesbians' or 'Queen of the Gays' on social media.
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  • Katie McGrath has a very large lesbian fanbase from her LGBT roles in both Dates and Dracula (2013). This only grew due to the amount of Les Yay between Lena Luthor and Kara Danvers on Supergirl (2015) and her support of the SuperCorp ship.
  • Lana Parrilla has a large fanbase of lesbian and bisexual women going all the way back to her role as the Ambiguously Bi Trina Decker on the short-lived Swingtown. This only increased after the airing of Once Upon a Time, where her character, Regina Mills, has loads of Les Yay with nearly every female character on the show, particularly Emma. Lana being very supportive to shippers of OUAT's Fan-Preferred Couple, Regina/Emma (also known as Swan Queen), has only endeared her more to her LGBT fans, especially in comparison to what many of them felt was her castmates' indifference.
  • Charlize Theron has a large group of LGBT fans online who openly admit to finding her drop dead gorgeous, especially following her Career Resurrection with her role as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. It helps that she has played members of the LGBT community in films like Monster and Atomic Blonde, as well appearing in LGBT friendly films like The Old Guard. In fact, a large part of the lesbian and bisexual female fans of The School for Good and Evil (2022) have admitted to watching it just to see Theron in a pantsuit.
  • Ross Lynch has a large fanbase of gay men thanks to his status as a teen heartthrob turning him into Mr. Fanservice.
  • Gwendoline Christie has a very vocal lesbian and bisexual fanbase online, even as far back as her role as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, and it was only increased by her time on Wednesday as Larissa Weems. This is mainly due to both her tendency to play strong female roles and her being very beautiful.
  • Alycia Debnam-Carey has a large group of lesbian and bisexual fans, mainly due to her role as the lesbian Lexa on The 100.


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