I was thinking about this today and was wondering who you all remember as being the first gay character on TV. For me it was an extra on the Mary Tyler Moore show. Mary and the gang had to convince a powerful TV executive that he needed to do something with the news station. Throughout the entire episode they tried everything they could think of. By the time the episode ended, they were all in the guys hotel room trying to figure out what to do to make their case. Someone suggested that someone should sleep with him. Mary said that she wouldn't do it. Another character, that was only around for this episode, said he already did it and that it wouldn't work. The audience broke out in strong laughter. That was the first time I remember even a hint of a gay character on TV. I think I was between 4 - 6 years old.