20 Times Hollywood Got It Right By Casting LGBTQ+ Actors In Leading Queer Roles

    Representation is important, and these casting choices are a reminder of it.

    Casting LGBTQ+ actors in queer roles is an important step for LGBTQ+ equality in the entertainment industry. Sadly, a lot of our past favorite gay characters were played by straight actors. While we are happy about the representation, it is just not enough.

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain"

    But sometimes, Hollywood does get it right by casting queer actors in queer roles, and we love to see it. Here are 20 times Hollywood got it right:

    1. Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Rosa Diaz

    2. Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in Modern Family

    3. Indya Moore as Angel Evangelista in Pose

    4. Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres in Grey's Anatomy

    5. Dan Levy as David Rose in Schitt's Creek

    6. Brigette Lundy-Paine as Casey Gardner in Atypical

    7. Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland in Will & Grace

    8. Kristen Stewart as Abby in Happiest Season

    9. Keiynan Lonsdale as Abraham Greenfeld in Love, Victor and Love, Simon

    Lonsdale smiling

    10. Lena Waithe as Denise in Master of None

    11. Megan Fox as Jennifer Check in Jennifer's Body

    12. Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn in Euphoria

    13. Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel in Glee

    14. Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black

    15. Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters in American Horror Story

    16. Reneé Rapp as Leighton Murray in The Sex Lives of College Girls

    Renee Rapp attends the world premiere of Netflix's "Don't Look Up" at Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 05, 2021 in New York City

    17. Omar Ayuso as Omar Shanaa in Elite

    18. Olly Alexander as Ritchie Tozer in It's A Sin

    Olly Alexander of the Years and Years performs on the Other Stage at the 2022 Glastonbury Festival

    19. Lachlan Watson as Theo Putnam in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Lachlan Watson is seen arriving at the Etro fashion show during the Milan Women's Fashion Week

    20. Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt