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This is a List of LGBT characters in modern written fiction. The historical concept and definition of sexual orientation varies and has changed greatly over time; for example the word "gay" wasn't used to describe sexual orientation until the mid 20th century. A number of different classification schemes have been used to describe sexual orientation since the mid-19th century, and scholars have often defined the term 'sexual orientation' in divergent ways. Indeed, several studies have found that much of the research about sexual orientation has failed to define the term at all, making it difficult to reconcile the results of different studies. However, most definitions include a psychological component (such as the direction of an individual's erotic desire) and/or a behavioural component (which focuses on the sex of the individual's sexual partner/s). Some prefer to simply follow an individual's self-definition or identity. See homosexuality and bisexuality for criteria that have traditionally denoted lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.
Items listed here must have verifiable third-party sources commenting on the sexuality of the character(s) in question, and additional explanation may be necessary. Citing the work itself may be appropriate if an applicable quote is provided. Additionally, only notable/significant characters from a given work (which may have multiple LGBT characters) need to be listed here.
Though Lestat's sexual orientation is never implicitly specified, he is attracted to and has intense relationships with members of both sexes (though mostly men). Most notably, he shares a bed with Nicolas de Lenfent (while still human) and later falls "fatally in love" with Louis de Pointe du Lac.
Gay; main character who has a sexual & romantic relationship as a boy with another boy at school. Later has sexual relationships with other men and eventually pursues a romantic relationship with another man.
Main character who has a long term sexual relationship with another man as well as being married to a woman and having sexual relationships with other men. Critics have described him variously as gay or bisexual.
↑Shively, M.G.; Jones, C.; DeCecco, J. P. (1984). "Research on sexual orientation: definitions and methods". Journal of Homosexuality9 (2/3): pp. 127–137. doi:10.1300/J082v09n02_08. Retrieved on 2007-07-10.</cite>
↑<cite class="book" style="font-style:normal" id="Reference-Gerdes-1988">Gerdes, L.C. (1988). The Developing Adult, Second Edition, Durban: Butterworths; Austin, TX: Butterworth Legal Publishers. ISBN 0409101885.</cite>
↑<cite class="book" style="font-style:normal" id="Reference-Huff-1990">Huff, Tanya (1990). The Fire's Stone. “Darvish made certain they had plenty to report as he filled his life with wine and his bed with every willing body he stumbled across...”</cite>
↑Though Harkonnen is the biological father of Lady Jessica, it is noted in Dune that this is because he "once permitted himself to be seduced."
↑<cite class="book" style="font-style:normal" id="Reference-Herbert-1965">Herbert, Frank (1965). Dune. “'I'll be in my sleeping chambers,' the Baron said. 'Bring me that young fellow we bought on Gamont, the one with the lovely eyes. Drug him well. I don't feel like wrestling.'”</cite>
↑<cite class="book" style="font-style:normal" id="Reference-Herbert-1965">Herbert, Frank (1965). Dune. “'Why haven't you ever bought a Bene Gesserit, Uncle?' Feyd-Rautha asked. 'With a Truthsayer at your side —' 'You know my tastes!' the Baron snapped ... 'This old fool saw through the shielded needle you'd planted in that slave boy's thigh. Right where I'd put my hand on it, eh?'”</cite>
↑Amazon.com Editorial review. Abide With Me. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-12. “Basil Henderson ... is regularly attending therapy ... although it doesn't seem to be helping him deal with ... his denial of his bisexuality ...”