10 queer-coded TV and movie characters who never came out

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Was being literal too easy? Characters coded as queer have a history on screen as old as cinema itself. In some cases, the strategy created a legend without ever stating the obvious – whether initially intended as nefarious abuse or a hilarious nod.

Scroll for 10 of our favorite examples from classic TV and films.

The Little Mermaid (above)


Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde)


Marcie and Peppermint Patty


Monroe (Jm J. Bullock)
Too Close for Comfort


Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor)
Xena, Warrior Princess


Plato (Sal Mineo)
Rebel Without a Cause


Jo (Nancy McKeon)
The Facts of Life


Ernie & Bert
Sesame Street


Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris)
Lost in Space (and every other villain Jonathan Harris played)


Ryan Evans (Lucas Stephen Grabeel)
High School Musical

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