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The 15 Most Groundbreaking Gay Roles on Television

Television firsts, from Rickie on 'My So-Called Life' to Kurt and Blaine on 'Glee'
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Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett on 'Modern Family'

All they want is to be good parents to adopted daughter Lily, but it's not always easy maintaining a healthy balance between subdued and flamboyant. "Can you call André and have him paint something a little less gay?" Mitchell asks Cameron after returning home from Vietnam with baby Lily only to find a painting on her wall of the two of them as angels. Eric Stonestreet, who already has garnered an Emmy for his portrayal of former football player Cameron, also has the honor of speaking the best line ever uttered by any gay character: "I can't turn it off! It's who I am!"

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