In Character: Stars Who Have Played LGBT Roles

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  • Lenny Kravitz, Hunger Games
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Michael K. Williams
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Tony Bravado
  • Will Smith
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Wesley Snipes
  • Queen Latifah
  • Isaiah Washington
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  • Rockmond Dunbar
  • Ving Rhames
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Taye Diggs
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Kerry Washington
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Michael K. Williams

As gun-toting stick-up man Omar Little on The Wire, Williams gave one of the most subtle, honest and surprising portrayals of a gay man on television. The character's personal life, and the inner life Williams brought to it, was so nuanced and unique that President Obama called him his favorite character on television.

(Photos: John Ricard/BET; HBO)

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