Laurence Olivier’s famous, unreciprocated pass at Tony Curtis in the baths in Spartacus (1960) – “My taste,” he hisses, “includes both snails… Still, things are getting better – if even James Bond is allowed a suggested previous sex life with males, as is hinted in Skyfall (2012), then Hollywood cinema is at least acknowledging other sexualities.Bi women are even less visible in Hollywood films, particularly before the last couple of decades (a surprising exception being Lauren Bacall’s psychiatrist in 1949’s Young Man with a Horn).During the period of the Great Depression in the late 1920s, the cinema audience had decreased significantly.Filmmakers produced movies with themes and images that had high shock-value to get people returning to the theaters.The first notable form of homosexuality depicted in film was in 1895 between two men dancing together in the William Kennedy Dickson motion picture The Dickson Experimental Sound Film, commonly labeled online and in three published books as The Gay Brothers.Though, at the time, men were not seen this way as queer or even flamboyant, but merely acting fanciful.Anyone But Me produced not one but two of the most popular characters, Aster and Vivian.Finally, The L Word’s strong ensemble cast made an impressive showing in our poll.
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During the late nineteenth century and into the 1920s–30s, homosexuality was largely depicted in gender-based conventions and stereotypes.
Oftentimes male characters intended to be identified as gay were flamboyant, effeminate, humorous characters in film.
As a result, these unofficially queer characters went on to become positive iconic figures in pop culture who are still beloved by their queer fans.
While our poll welcomed nominations from film, television and internet shows, only one web series was represented in the Top 50.