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What are some representations of gay, uniformed (police, military, etc) men in television and film?
posted by Saebrial to Media & Arts (32 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Keith Charles in Six Feet Under.
posted by elsietheeel at 8:39 PM on February 10, 2011 [6 favorites]


Lt. Dangle! Or were you looking for non-lolz answers?
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 8:39 PM on February 10, 2011


Julian in The Shield. It goes poorly for him, on balance.
posted by disillusioned at 8:39 PM on February 10, 2011


The gay baby-adopting policeman couple Officers Carter and Taylor in Arrested Development's Hand to God episode were as lulzy as the rest of the show, but not played for any more lulz than anyone else.
posted by jessamyn at 8:41 PM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


There was an episode of Cold Case where they investigated a decades old murder of a cop who turned out to have been gay.
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 8:41 PM on February 10, 2011


Lt/Deputy Commissioner Rawls in "The Wire". (Subtle reference for the attentive viewer, though)
posted by Burhanistan at 8:42 PM on February 10, 2011


Vince D'Angelo, Will's boyfriend on Will & Grace
posted by Iris Gambol at 8:44 PM on February 10, 2011


Josh Brolin and Richard Jenkins play gay ATF agents in Flirting with Disaster.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:49 PM on February 10, 2011


I don't recall which role/actor, and I'm not sure if this is the kind of thing you're after, but the film Biloxi Blues had a scene in Army basic training where two male recruits were caught having sex, and later one was taken into custody for it.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:51 PM on February 10, 2011


She's plainclothes, so I'm not sure if it counts, but Shakima Greggs from The Wire.
posted by rossination at 8:52 PM on February 10, 2011


I don't recall which role/actor

Michael Dolan playing Hennessey.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:54 PM on February 10, 2011


Captain Dennis (Denis Quilley) in the John Cleese movie Privates on Parade.
posted by Iris Gambol at 8:57 PM on February 10, 2011


Officer Kerwin in the film Partners.
posted by Iris Gambol at 9:01 PM on February 10, 2011


Kima from "The Wire".

Kind of a badass...and kind of a tool at the end when she ratted out her own brethren. But she was a good cop.
posted by hal_c_on at 9:02 PM on February 10, 2011


Navy Petty Officer Simon Craig's murder is investigated in this episode of NCIS.
posted by Iris Gambol at 9:06 PM on February 10, 2011


Yossi & Jagger - 2002 movie about gay Israeli soldiers.
there's the Willem Dafoe character in Boondock Saints.
if you're looking at comics, there's Renee Montoya in Gotham Central
posted by Geameade at 9:09 PM on February 10, 2011


Zorro, the Gay Blade
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:19 PM on February 10, 2011


It's done with an extremely light touch, but Commander Ivanova and Talia Winters in Babylon 5.
posted by sbutler at 9:20 PM on February 10, 2011


I'm not sure if this fits the bill, but David Duchovny played the cross-dressing DEA agent Dennis/Denise Bryson on Twin Peaks.
posted by Anatoly Pisarenko at 9:21 PM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


He's not a main character, but Col. Fitts in American Beauty.
posted by sbutler at 9:23 PM on February 10, 2011


Ah crap, sorry - you're looking for men. I was wondering why no one had mentioned Kima yet.
posted by rossination at 9:30 PM on February 10, 2011


John Cooper in Southland.
posted by wuzandfuzz at 9:30 PM on February 10, 2011


Opps... I missed that you were looking for men, also. Forget Susan and Talia then.
posted by sbutler at 9:34 PM on February 10, 2011


Carlo the soldier in Captain Corelli's Mandolin falls in love with the Captain and saves his life.

In Peckinpah's Cross of Iron there's a scene where Stransky, the sadist CO first flirts with, then blackmails Treibig, one of his junior officers with his own homosexuality.

And "camp" roles played for ambiguous queer comedy, including inevitable drag, were a central staple of post-war British military comedy, along with the other standard stereotypes (upper class boor officers, shouting-bullying-moustached Sergeants-Major, bald glasses-wearing boffins, business-shrewd Jews, token blacks/Indians, Frenchy French, slapstick Nazis, and so on). It Ain't Half Hot Here Mum, Dads Army and 'Allo 'Allo are classics of the genre, all with effeminate/queer/camp roles.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 9:41 PM on February 10, 2011


Henry "Doc/Scylla" Levy (Roy Scheider) and Peter Janeway (William Devane) are a couple in Marathon Man. It's very subtle in the movie but clearer in the book.

And like most of the people mentioned so far, aren't in uniform.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:56 PM on February 10, 2011


Barry Winchell in Soldier's Girl.
posted by contraption at 10:25 PM on February 10, 2011


There is at least one, maybe more, episode of Law & Order SVU that have a gay male cop. Not a main character, though; is that a problem?
posted by asciident at 10:26 PM on February 10, 2011


Sheriff Chappy Dent in Happy, Texas.
posted by darksong at 10:38 PM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ving Rhames in "I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry"
posted by alchemist at 12:01 AM on February 11, 2011


I can't believe that no one has mentioned "The Gay Deceivers".

Not strictly what you're looking for, but, definitely in a military vein...
posted by Hanuman1960 at 5:54 AM on February 11, 2011


Try Michael C Hall's cop partner on 6 feet under - Keith Charles.
posted by everydayanewday at 9:44 AM on February 11, 2011


Kevin Rankin plays Tyler Briggs on the NBC show Trauma. He's an EMT.
posted by derogatorysphinx at 9:15 AM on February 21, 2011


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