Six of My Favorite Gay Fictional Couples

14 February 2017 by , 1 Comment

We all know February is really for lovers. For some of us, it’s especially for gay lovers. Alexander the Great and Hephaestion (though not as portrayed by Colin Farrell and Jared Leto in that really bad movie). Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley. John and Palmer. (If you haven’t yet had a chance to read Man & Beast, this last one might have stumped you, but I think they are a pretty great couple.

To celebrate, here are six of my favorite fictional gay male couples of all time!

1) Captain Jack and Ianto (Torchwood)

A swash-buckling Timelord and his geeky office assistant who team up to save the world again and again? What’s not to love! And three cheers for the show for never shying away from showing their relationship.

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2) John and Fergus (Playing for Keeps)

Trying to pick one favorite couple from this series is like trying to pick one favorite brand of dark chocolate — they are all pretty awesome. But I’ll go with John and Fergus because Avery Cockburn does such a fantastic job of weaving all sorts of Scottish issues from politics to religion to class into the plot. Maybe it’s because their story was the first I read in The Glasgow Lads series, but this couple really stuck with me for the way they overcame so many obstacles to be together.

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3) David and Keith (Six Feet Under)

While these two had a very complicated relationship, there was little doubt that they loved each other. Watching them struggle to make it is a couple was exhilarating, exhausting, and ultimately worthwhile. And this was another show that didn’t hesitate to show gay men expressing their feelings for each other.

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4) Whyborne and Griffin (The Widdershin series)

This paranormal series features the dashing Griffin, a former Pinkerton agent (who reminds me a bit of Captain Jack, come to think of it) and his lover, the repressed scholar Whyborne, who becomes more confident as his adventures with Griffin and the indomitable Christine force him to come out of his shell — and get into Whyborne’s pants again and again.

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5) Russel Middlebrook and Kevin Land (Geography Club)

I know Brent is my husband, but that doesn’t mean I don’t really mean it when I say Russel and Kevin make up one of my all time favorite gay couples. What’s not to love? The uptight, too-much-in-his-head Russel and the self-confident Kevin go together like peanut butter and dark chocolate. Mmm, peanut butter and dark chocolate…

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6) Oliver and Connor, How to Get Away With Murder

Showing affection between same-sex characters is one thing. Putting their sex lives on equal footing is something else entirely, and HTGAWM did that and more. Plus, I really like what the show has done with Oliver. Yes, he’s a (hot) geeky nerd, but he’s also a pretty complicated guy who dives into the moral world that Annalise Keating has created. And kudos for making Oliver HIV positive and showing how he deals with that.

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One Response to “Six of My Favorite Gay Fictional Couples”

  1. JemGirl 28 June 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    I’m going to be honest, not that I haven’t been so far, I don’t know most of these couples. Heck, I don’t even know where they come from. No, I have not and am not interested in watching ‘How to get away with murder’.

    Long live Ianto. 🙁 Love, love ‘Torchwood’. I followed Jack over from ‘Dr. Who’.

    The only other couple that I’m remotely familiar with is the one from ‘Six Feet Under’. But I think I stopped watching the show just before they became a thing so I heard about it, but didn’t see it.

    I think it’s a slight shame that there aren’t more out there. And yes, Torchwood was very brave to put them out there like there did. I thought that when I first watched the show. But I think I might have chalked it up to being made outside of the US.


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