Animated series with LGBT characters: 2000s

The depiction of LGBTQ characters in animated series in the 2000s changed significantly from the previous decade. In 1999, Simpsons and The Critic producer Mike Reiss who hoped to do something "good for the gay audience" produced Queer Duck, the first animated TV series with homosexuality as a predominant theme.[1][2] The show became relatively influential after premiering online on Icebox.com, then later shown on Showtime starting in 2000, and was received well by some in the LGBTQ community. While LGBTQ characters appeared in shows such as The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Red vs. Blue, and The Boondocks, the ongoing show, American Dad, which premiered in 2005, had a LGBTQ character as a protagonist, Roger. While the gay news anchors Greg Corbin and Terry Bates were recurring characters in the show, Roger, a space alien who lives with the Smith family, has an ambiguous sexuality.[3][4][5]

For a further understanding of how these LGBTQ characters fit into the overall history of animation, please read the History of LGBTQ characters in animated series: 2000s page.

2000–04Edit

The number of animated series with LGBT characters increased from the previous decade. In 2000, Queer Duck premiered, with by Simpsons and The Critic producer Mike Reiss hoping it would do something "good for the gay audience," with the show becoming the first animated TV series to have homosexuality as a predominant theme.[1] Apart from the aforementioned show, Braceface, Drawn Together, bro'Town, The Venture Bros. would include LGBTQ characters. In contrast, anime such as Descendants of Darkness, Gravitation, Inuyasha, Fruits Basket, Cheeky Angel, and Kino's Journey would all feature LGBTQ characters. The shows during this period set the stage for those to come in 2005 to 2009, the latter part of the decade.

2005–09Edit

The number of animated series with LGBT characters, from 2005 to 2009, changed from those aired from 2000 to 2004, with the addition of various LGBTQ characters in Western animation. This included a space alien named Roger with an ambiguous sexuality in American Dad,[3][4] various gay and lesbian characters in Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World and Moral Orel. Additionally, the animated series Lizzy the Lezzy, Superjail!, Sit Down, Shut Up, The Goode Family, The Cleveland Show, Archer included various LGBTQ characters in their stories. Even so, most of the LGBTQ characters still appeared in anime such as Paradise Kiss, My-Otome, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Simoun, Shattered Angels, Macross Frontier, Mnemosyne, Sweet Blue Flowers, and Whispered Words.

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  1. ^ a b "Mike Reiss". Harry Walker Agency. March 25, 2020. Archived from the original on March 25, 2020. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  2. ^ Meisler, Andy (April 7, 2002). "Television/Radio; 'Queer Duck,' a Web-Footed Survivor, Migrates to TV". New York Times. Archived from the original on March 25, 2020. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Kurland, Daniel (February 24, 2015). "American Dad: LGBSteve Review". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on March 25, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Where We Are on TV: GLAAD's 13th Annual Diversity Study Examines 2008-2009 Primetime Television Season (PDF) (Report). GLAAD. 2009. p. 13, 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 18, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2010. There is only one male character on broadcast television counted as bisexual: Roger the Alien on Fox's animated series American Dad!..Another animated Fox program, American Dad!, features an bisexual alien named Roger as a series regular, and gay couple Terry and Greg as recurring characters.
  5. ^ Where We Are on TV Report: 2007-2008 (PDF) (Report). GLAAD. 2008. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 18, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2020. The only LGBT characters on the Fox network are found on their animated comedies, where several gay recurring characters make occasional and usually brief appearances, including Waylon Smithers and Patti Bouvier on The Simpsons, and news anchor couple Greg and Terry on American Dad!