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10 HIV-Positive LGBT Characters We Love


Queer as Folk

Vic Grassi (Jack Wetherall), Ben Bruckner (Robert Gant) and James "Hunter" Montgomery (Harris Allan) -- Queer as Folk (Showtime, 2000-2005)

The American version of the British series Queer as Folk boasted not one, but three HIV-positive characters, each from a different generation. Uncle Vic played the loveable long-term survivor who, thanks to the HAART era, rose from his deathbed to live his life to the fullest. Ben Bruckner is the intellectual English professor who fell in love with HIV-negative Michael Novotny (Hal Sparks). The couple ends up adopting James "Hunter" Montgomery, the HIV-positive teen hustler. Hunter is a hilarious smart-ass teen with a lot of depth -- he was a gay sex worker, but shocked his gay adoptive parents when he came out as straight (GASP!). The writers tackled HIV with much integrity as they explored a range of topics such as bug chasers, being outed at school and the complexities of being in a mixed-serostatus couple.

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