16 Queer TV Show Characters Who Proved It Is Never Too Late To Come Out

    It's never too late to live as your authentic self.

    Queer representation matters. Seeing queer people living their true selves onscreen has positive effects on the queer population offscreen. Here are 16 TV characters who came out later in their shows or during adulthood and reassured us that it is OK to come out at your own time.

    1. Petra Solano played by Yael Grobglas from Jane the Virgin.

    Yael at a promo event

    2. Charlie St. George played by Tyler Barnhardt from13 Reasons Why.

    Alex and Charlie hugging

    3. Patrick Brewer played by Noah Reid from Schitt's Creek.

    4. Annalise Keating played by Viola Davis from How to Get Away With Murder.

    Annalise looking at someone angrily

    5. Cheryl Blossom played by Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale.

    Cheryl looking at someone

    6. Rosa Diaz played by Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn 99.

    Rosa talking over the phone

    7. Evelyn Harper played by Holland Taylor from Two and a Half Men.

    (from left) Holland Taylor, Carl Reiner (front), Tim Conway

    8. Carol Willick played by Jane Sibbett from Friends.

    Carol and Susan

    9. Fabiola Torres played by Lee Rodriquez from Never Have I Ever.

    10. Adam Groff played by Connor Swindells from Sex Education.

    Eric and Adam having a picnic

    11. Callie Torres played by Sara Ramirez from Grey's Anatomy.


    The longest-running LGBTQ+ character in TV history, Callie Torres is another bisexual icon to stan. Callie becomes aware of her sexuality in the third season of the show. As her storyline progresses, we see her date women, deal with self-acceptance, rejection from family, and more.

    12. Darryl Whitefeather played by Pete Gardner from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

    13. Alex Standall played by Miles Heizer from 13 Reasons Why.

    Alex in the Principal's office

    14. Ola Nyman played by Patricia Allison from Sex Education.

    Ola and Lilly looking up

    15. Mickey Milkovich played by Noel Fischer from Shameless.

    16. Kat Edison played by Aisha Dee from The Bold Type.