canon
ca・no・n   / kan-uh /
 

(ENG) noun

A term used in
fandom to describe factual information about a part of their fandom (character traits, plot details, etc.) as verified by the original content.

ie. "I know that Superman and Lois Lane are married in canon, but I can't help shipping him with Batman."

   — A Girl of Many Fandoms



ie. "Okay. That's not Canon."

    Rey's Mom

   "Late Show 'Star Wars' Exclusive: Rey's Parents"  @ 1:01
   by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

INTRODUCTION

This is a list of celebrities, historical figures, & fictional characters in pop culture who are canonically, that is to say VERIFIED* members of marginalized minority groups (my primary focus being on LGBTQA+ representation, though I'll do my best to make note of representation of other marginalized groups).


I'm compiling this list because I believe representation matters.
 

So many people, myself included, struggle to find a proper reflection of ourselves in popular culture WHEN WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO! Popular culture, whether we like it or not, is a mirror of our society & its values. While a lot of us have no problem finding themselves in the mirror, some of us find our reflections being constantly distorted in the most unflattering ways while others can't seem to find their reflections at all. How can someone find their place in today's world if they themselves can't be seen as being part of it?! Much less if everyone around them can't be bothered to include them in the picture.

Everyone should be able to enjoy fiction in ALL of its forms!

With that said, I hope everyone can enjoy the show. <3

A + B + C + D + E + + G + H + I + J + K + L + M

N + O + P + Q + R + S + T + U + V + W + X + Y + Z

A

ADAM LAMBERT (musician)

[ Runner up in "American Idol" season 8 / Elliott "Starchild" Gilbert in "Glee" / Eddie in "the Rock Horror Picture Show" (2016) ]
 

HOMOSEXUAL

“I feel like everyone has an opinion of me, and I want a chance to say, ‘Well, do you want to hear how I really feel about all this?'”

This is a question easier posed than answered, because Lambert has a lot of thoughts on his newfound role as 
Amer­ica’s new gay runner-up Idol, and many of them are somewhat contradictory. But there’s one point on which he is complete­ly sure: “I’m proud of my sexuality,” he says. “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.”

— Adam Lambert, interview with 'Rolling Stone' (June 25, 2009)
 

ALAN CUMMING (actor)

[ Dr. Dylan Reinhart in "Instinct" Piers in "Spice World" / Nightcrawler a.k.a. Kurt Wagner in "X-Men 2" ]

BISEXUAL

ALAN TURING (inventor)
[ World War II Code-Breaker / Inventor of the Computer / Played by Benedict Cumberbatch in "the Imitation Game" ]
 

HOMOSEXUAL

ALEX BLUE DAVIS (actor/musician)
[ Dr. Casey Parker in "Grey's Anatomy" ]
 

TRANSGENDER

  • video interview with GLAAD (January 18, 2018)
    @ 01 minutes 57 seconds
    @ 03 minutes 22 seconds

ALPHA FLIGHT (marvel comics)
 

  • NORTHSTAR :
    a.k.a. Jean-Paul Beaubier

    HOMOSEXUAL
    ALPHA FLIGHT (1992) VOLUME 1 ISSUE #106

    "Alpha Flight's Northstar Proclaims Homosexuality."
    Newspaper Headline in 'Alpha Flight' Volume 1
    Issue #106, Page 28 (March 1992)
     

    • article /  confirmed by the character's creator, John Byrne, in the F.A.Q. of his personal website (August 24, 2004)

  • NORTHSTAR / KYLE JINADU :
    a.k.a. Jean-Paul Beaubier / Kyle Jinadu

    MARRIED!
    ASTONISHING X-MEN (2012) ISSUE #51

AMANDLA STENBERG (actor)
[ Rue in "the Hunger Games" ]
 

  • NON-BINARY​​

  • article /  by Noelle Devoe for Seventeen (April 21, 2016)

  • article /  personal post on tumblr RE: duality of a non binary feminist (March 2, 2016)

  • article /  personal post on tumblr RE: personal pronouns (April 21, 2016)

  • BISEXUAL

ANGELA: ASGARD'S ASSASSSIN / QUEEN OF HEL (marvel comics)
 

  • SERA :

    TRANSGENDER
    ANGELA: ASGARD'S ASSASSIN (2015) ISSUE #3 
     

    • article /  confirmed by the series writer, Kieron Gillen, in a personal post on tumblr (February 5, 2015)

  • ANGELA / SERA :

    IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP!
    ANGELA: QUEEN OF HEL (2015) ISSUE #1, PAGE 14

    "How about this? A deal. Are you ready?"

    I will love you, and I will stay with you, and I will support and defend you for as long as you will have me. Because you are the thing that I love completely.

    And you—You love me, and stay with me, and support and care for me, for as long as you will have me. Because I am the thing that you love completely.

    “Tell me, Sera of New York City… Do we have a deal?”

    "Oh, Angela...
    Deal…"

    Angela to Sera
    'Angela: Queen of Hel' issue #7 (June 2016)
     

    • screencaps / 'Avengers Academy' A-FORCE Event Quest: "Put A Bow On It"

    • screencaps 'Avengers Academy' ANGELA Recruitment Quest: "Hel And Back" Parts 01a and 02a

    • screencaps 'Avengers Academy' ODIN Recruitment Quest: "You've Unlocked Odin" Parts 13 and 14

    • screencaps 'Avengers Academy' VALKYRIE Recruitment Quest: "Valkyrie Assemble" Part 03a

ANNA PAQUIN (actor)
[ Rogue a.k.a. Anna Marie in "X-Men" / Sookie Stackhouse in "True Blood" ]
 

BISEXUAL

"Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love not gender."
— Anna Paquin, personal tweet (June 8, 2014)
 

  • video /  'Give a Damn' campaign ad (March 30, 2010)

  • article / personal tweet (June 8, 2014)

  • video /  interview with Larry King (2014)
    @ 11 minutes 01 seconds

ARCHIE COMICS (comics)
 

THE AUTHORITY (dc comics)
 

AVATAR: THE LEGEND OF KORRA (tv)
 

 

AVENUE 5 (tv)
 

  • RYAN CLARK :

    POLYAMORY
    AVENUE 5 (2020) SEASON 01, EPISODE 03 "I'M A HAND MODEL"

 
 

B

BATMAN (dc comics)​
 

  • BATWOMAN :
    a.k.a. Katherine 'Kate' Kane

    HOMOSEXUAL
    52 (2006) ISSUE #11

    "She [Kathy Kane] is somebody who is openly gay in her own circle of friends, but keeps it a secret from her own family."
    writer Dann Didio, interview with WizardUniverse.com (May 31, 2006)

    • article /  "Batwoman Comes Out" by Michael C. Sherrin for Out (May 30, 2006)

    • article / "Dan Didio Talks Batwoman" interview with by Ben Morse for WizardUniverse.com (May 31, 06)

    • article /  "Batwoman's Lesbian Identity is No Secret to Comic Book Fans" by Sarah Warn for AfterEllen.com (July 24, 2006)

  • HARLEY QUINN :
    a.k.a. Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel

    BISEXUAL

    "When Harley falls in love, she falls in love hard and loyally no matter who they are."
     writer Jimmy Palmiotti, official DC Comics tweet (June 12, 2015)
     

    • 01 02 03 /  series of tweets by DC Comics (June 12, 2015)

    • article /  "Birds of Prey confirms that Harley Quinn is Bisexual..." by Nick Duffy for Pink News (February 10, 2020)

  • POISON IVY :
    a.k.a. Pamela Isley

    BISEXUAL

    "Yes, they are Girlfriends without the jealousy of monogamy."
     writer Jimmy Palmiotti, official DC Comics tweet (June 12, 2015)
     

    • 01 02 /  series of tweets by DC Comics (June 12, 2015)

BORDERLANDS 2 (video game)​
 

 

  • Sir HAMMERLOCK :
     

    • AMPUTEE
       

    • HOMOSEXUAL
      IN GAME QUEST: STALKER OF STALKERS

      "An old boyfriend of mine, by the name of Taggart, was hired to wipe out the Stalker population here a while back. He also, adorably, tried to write a book about his adventures in the Highlands. You find the chapters of his book and I'll plagiarize the living daylights out of them for mine. Win-win-win, as they say. Nobody says that. I say it."

      Sir Hammerlock
      "Stalker of Stalkers" quest in 'Borderlands 2'
       

  • Various Minor Characters :

    LGBTQA+
    IN GAME QUEST: DOCTOR'S ORDERS

    "Please, listen to me! I don't care what you do to me, just let my husband go! He's got the shivers, he's no good for your goddamned experiments anyway! Just please let him go!"

    Male Test Subject
    "Doctor's Orders" quest (Echo Recording #2) in 'Borderlands 2'


    "What's the hold up, Sammy?"
    "Don't call me—"
    "This subject is... unsuitable for testing. His husband has the shivers. He could have transmitted—"
    "Hey, remember that wife of yours? And how you wanted to see her, like, ever again?"

    Handsome Jack to Dr. Samuels
    "Doctor's Orders" quest (Echo Recording #2) in 'Borderlands 2'

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (tv)
 

  • Captain RAYMOND HOLT :

    HOMOSEXUAL
    BROOKLYN NINE-NINE  (2014) SEASON 01, EPISODE 01 "PILOT"

    "With all due respect, sir, why did it take you so long to get your first command?"
    "Because I'm gay."
    "Seriously?"
    "I'm surprised you didn't know. I don't try to hide it."

    Captain Raymond Holt to Jake Peralta
    Season 1 Episode 01 'Pilot' (2013)

  • ROSA DIAZ :

    BISEXUAL
    BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (2017) SEASON 05, EPISODE 09 "99"

    "I'm a private person so this is pretty hard for me, but here we go. I'm bisexual."
    Rosa Dias
    Season 5 Episode 10 'Game Night' (2017)

C

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA by CLAMP (anime/manga)
 

  • TOUYA KINOMOTO YUKITO TSUKISHIROU :

    IN LOVE!
    CARDCAPTOR SAKURA: MASTER OF THE CLOW (MANGA) VOLUME 4, CHAPTER 1

    "Did you always know, Yukito? About…”
    "Yes. I could tell that you always love me… Like family. It made me happy."
    "And you knew the way I feel, because you have someone else you love the most too?"
    "That’s right."
    “Is it Touya?”
    “…Yes.”


    Sakura Kinomoto to Yukito Tsukishirou
    'Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow' Volume 4, Chapter 1 (2003 Tokyopop Translation)
     

    • scans /  my scans/transcript/thoughts RE: the above scene from "Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow"

 

D

DAREDEVIL (marvel comics)
 

DARK MATTER (tv)
 

DAVID BOWIE (actor/musician)
[ Jared in "Labyrinth" / Telsa in "The Prestige" ]

BISEXUAL
 

"You've been asked the question, whether you're bisexual or not."

"Too many times."

"Yes, and you've never quite answered it."

"Oh, I have. I said I'm bisexual. That's enough."

 

David Bowieinterview on 'Afternoon Plus' (February 16, 1979)

  • video interview on 'Afternoon Plus' (February 16, 1979)
    @ 5 minutes 37 seconds

DEADPOOL (movies)
 

DOCTOR WHO (bbc)
 

  • RYAN SINCLAIR :

    DYSPRAXIA
     

    • bio / by Tardis Data Core, the 'Doctor Who' Wiki

    • bio / by the official BBC 'Doctor Who' website

    • bio / by the official BBC One 'Doctor Who' website

DOOM PATROL (dc comics)
 

  • NEGATIVE MAN :
    a.k.a. Larry Trainor

    HOMOSEXUAL [[ TV ONLY]]

 

E

ELLEN DEGENERES (actor)
[ Dory in "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory" ]
 

EMILY HAMPSHIRE (actor)
[ Stevie Budd in "Schitt's Creek" / Jennifer Goines in "12 Monkeys" (TV) / Misery in "Ruby Gloom" ]
 

PANSEXUAL
 

  • article /  personal post on instagram (May 24, 2019)

THE EVIL DEAD (franchise)
 

THE EXPANSE (tv)
 

 

F

F.A.K.E. (anime/manga)
 

  • DEE LAYTNER :

    BISEXUAL
    F.A.K.E. (MANGA) VOLUME 01, ACT 2

    "And what about them calling me gay, huh? Because I'm not!! You might be, but I'm not!!"
    "What?! I'm bi, dammit! Bi!! Get it right!!"
    "Oh, like that's so different?!"
    "Yeah, actually it is, idiot!!"

    Dee Laytner to Randy 'Ryo' Maclean
    'F.A.K.E.' Volume 1, Act 02, Page 106 (2003 Tokyopop Translation)

FELICIA DAY (actor)
[ Codex in "The Guild" / Penny in "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along" / Charlie Bradbury in "Supernatural" / Vi in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ]
 

  • CLINICAL DEPRESSION

    "Which you’d think would make me feel better. People enjoying my work seems like a nice ego boost? Nope, I dodged those bullets of hope like a pessimist pro! The appearances actually made all my impostor feelings even worse. I would sob before going out to meet people because I felt like such a fraud. I didn’t deserve their compliments. […]

    In my warped state of mind
    , I had nothing new to offer my fans and I probably wouldn’t ever again. I deserved to be hated, not loved.

    These were the worst days of my life.

    In retrospect, crappy chemicals in my brain were working overtime, driving me to destroy myself…"

    Felicia Day'You're Never Weird On the Internet (Almost): A Memoir'
    Chapter 10 'The Deletion of Me', pages 224-225 (April 19, 2016)
     

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (anime/manga)
 

 

G

GAME OF THRONES (tv)
 

  • YARA GREYJOY :

    BISEXUALPANSEXUAL
    GAME OF THRONES (2016) SEASON 06, EPISODE 07 "THE BROKEN MAN"

    "I don’t think she’s bisexual. There’s a new saying going around, “pansexual,” which means if she’s up for it I think she says, “I’m up for anything.” That’s her ethos. I don’t think she swings any way in particular, other than the way she feels at the time. She’s just open-minded, which fits the character perfectly."

     actor Gemma Whelan, interview with 'The Vulture' (July 6, 2016)
     

GEORGE TAKEI (actor)
[ Kaito Nakamura in "Heroes" / Hikaru Sulu in "Star Trek: The Original Series" ]

HOMOSEXUAL

THE GOOD PLACE (tv)
 

GRAHAM CHAPMAN (actor)
[ Original Cast Member of  
"Monty Python's Flying Circus" / King Arthur in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" ]
 

HOMOSEXUAL

GRAVITATION (anime/manga)
 

  • TATSUHA UESUGI :

    BISEXUAL

GREY'S ANATOMY (tv)
 

 

H

HOLLAND TAYLOR (actor)
[ Professor Stromwell in 
"Legally Blonde" / Evelyn Harper in "Two and a Half Men" ]
 

IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH SARAH PAULSON !

"...I’d like to be able to just say that, without having to stop and say, ‘so have you come out?’
No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out."

Holland Taylor, interview on 'Death, Sex & Money' (November 24, 2015)

HOUSE M.D. (tv)
 

 

I

IAN McKELLEN (actor)
[ Magneto a.k.a. Erik Lehnsherr in 
 "X-Men" / Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" ]

HOMOSEXUAL

INSTINCT (tv)
 

 

J

JAKE BORELLI (actor)
[ Dr. Levi Schmitt in "Grey's Anatomy" ]


HOMOSEXUAL
 

JAMEL DEBBOUZE (actor/comedian)
[ Numérobis in "Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cléopatre" ]

AMPUTEE
 

  • wiki / actor's Wikipedia entry

  • video 1 + 2 /  interview with "Au Tableau" (February 2018) FRAAIS

JANELLE MONÁE (actor/singer)
[ Mary Jackson in "Hidden Figures" ]


BISEXUALPANSEXUAL

And she has another rumor to confirm. “Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

Janelle Monáe, interview with 'Rolling Stone' (April 26, 2018)
 

JODIE FOSTER (actor)
[ Clarice Starling in "The Silence of the Lambs" ]

HOMOSEXUAL
 

JOHN BARROWMAN (actor)
[ Malcolm Merlyn a.k.a. Dark Archer in 
"Arrow""Legends of Tomorrow" & "The Flash" / Captain Jack Harkness in "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" ]
 

  • HOMOSEXUAL

  • MARRIED TO SCOTT GILL!

 
 

K

KATE MCKINNON (actor)
[
"Saturday Night Live" 2012-2020 / Jillian Holtzmann in "Ghostbusters" (2016) ]

HOMOSEXUAL

KILLJOYS (tv)
 

  • DUTCH and JOHN 'JOHNNY' JAQOBIS :

    PLATONIC SOUL MATES!

    "What's your deal with Clara? A wifey? Boss?
    Non sexual life partner?"
    "Actually, that would be Dutch."

    Johnny Jaqobis
    Season 3 Episode 01 'Boondoggie' (2017)

KUBO and the TWO STRINGS (tv)
 

  • KUBO :

    AMPUTEE

 

L

LILY TOMLIN (actor)
[ Ms. Valerie Frizzle in
 "The Magic School Bus" / Deborah Fiderer in "The West Wing" / Frankie Bergstein in "Grace and Frankie" ]
 

 

M

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (movie)
 

MARA WILSON (actor)
[ Natalie Hillard in
 "Mrs. Doubtfire" / Matilda in "Matilda" ]

BISEXUAL

I like queer more than I like bisexual, but I have no problem with people calling me bisexual.”
Mara Wilson, interview with Lambda Legal (September 20, 2017)
 

MÉNAGE A 3 (webcomic)
 

  • AMBER :

    BISEXUAL

  • MATT :

    BISEXUAL

  • YUKI :

    BISEXUAL
    & phallophobic

MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES (tv)
 

  • Dr. ELIZABETH 'MAC' MACMILLAN :

    HOMOSEXUAL
    MISS FISHER (2012) SEASON 01, EPISODE 10 "DEATH BY MISS ADVENTURE"

    "You loved her. And you suffered in silence while I showed you those photographs of the blood on the machine."
    "What could I have said?"
    "The truth would have given me a running start."
    "I went to Daisy’s funeral service. Her mother came and thanked me for being such a good doctor. I was so much more to her than that."
    "Oh, Mac."
    "I didn’t kill him."
    "How long have we known each other?"
    "Too bloody long."
    "Then you know there are some things that don’t need to be said."
    *hug*

    Miss Fisher to Doc Mac
    Season 1 Episode 10 "Death by Miss Adventure" (2012)

MONEY HEIST (tv)
LA CASA DE PAPEL

 

 

N

NATHAN LANE (actor)
[ Timon in
 "The Lion King" (1994) / Albert Goldman in "The Birdcage" / Max Bialystock in "The Producers" (2005) / Pepper in "Modern Family" ]

HOMOSEXUAL

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (actor)
[ Dr. Doogie Howser in
"Doogie Howser, M.D." / Carl Jenkins in "Starship Troopers" / Dr. Horrible in "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along" / Barney Stinson in "How I Met Your Mother" ]

HOMOSEXUAL

NEW AMSTERDAM (tv)
 

NEW AMSTERDAM (tv)
 

 

O

ONCE UPON A TIME (tv)
 

OVERWATCH (video games)
 

  • DOOMFIST :
    a.k.a. Akande Ogundimu


    AMPUTEE
     

    • article /  "story" tab of the official character profile on Overwatch website

  • JUNKRAT :
    a.k.a. Jamison Fawkes


    AMPUTEE

  • SOLDIER 76 :
    a.k.a. Jack Morrison


    HOMOSEXUAL
    OVERWATCH SHORT STORY "BASTET"​ (2019)

    "Jack and Vincent were in a romantic relationship many years ago. Both identify as gay."
    Michael Chu, lead writer for 'Overwatch' (January 7, 2019)
     

  • TRACER :
    a.k.a. Lena Oxton



    HOMOSEXUAL
    OVERWATCH (2016) ISSUE #10 "REFLECTIONS"

    "For those who have asked specifically, Tracer identifies as a lesbian."
    Michael Chu, lead writer for 'Overwatch' (December 22, 2016)
     

  • TRACER / Emily :
    a.k.a. Lena Oxton / Emily


    IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP!

 

P

PORTIA DE ROSSI (actor)
[ Lindsay Bluth Fünke in "Arrested Development" / Dr. Cora Wolf in "Santa Clarita Diet" / Veronica Palmer in "Better Off Ted" ]

 

Q

QUANTICO (tv)
 

 

R

REBECCA SUGAR (artist/writer/musician)
[ Creator/Writer/Artist/Musician of "Steven Universe" ]
 

BISEXUAL

"It’s clear that Steven Universe has strong themes that center on women empowerment and LGBT issues. I just wanted to ask Rebecca what inspired you to include these themes in the show?"

"Um. Uh, well… In the large part it’s based on 
my experiences as a bisexual woman
."

Rebecca Sugar, San Diego Comic Con (2016)
 

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA (anime/manga)
SHOUJO KAKUMEI UTENA

 

ROSEWOOD (tv)
 

  • PIPPY ROSEWOOD :

    HOMOSEXUAL

  • TARA IZIKOFF :

    HOMOSEXUAL

  • PIPPY ROSEWOOD / TARA IZIKOFF :

    ENGAGED!

 

S

SAILOR MOON (franchise)
 

SANTA CLARITA DIET (tv)
 

SARA RAMIREZ (actor)
[ Dr. Callie Torres in
"Grey's Anatomy" ]

BISEXUAL
 

SARAH PAULSON (actor)
[ MULTIPLE characters in
"American Horror Story" / Tammy in "Ocean's Eight" / Dr. Ellie Staple in "Glass" ]
 

IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH HOLLAND TAYLOR !

...I refuse to give any kind of label just to satisfy what people need. I understand that everybody wants to have a person to look toward that is actively making change around this issue, and I understand for young people coming out they want to attach that hope to a particular person, but I think that honesty is the most important piece of this for me.

All I can say is, I’ve done both, and I don’t let either experience define me. I don’t let having been with a man make me think I am heterosexual, or make me want to call myself that, because I know I have been attracted to women – and have lived with women. So, for me, I’m not looking to define myself, and I’m sorry if that is something that is seen as a rejection of or an unwillingness to embrace (my sexuality) in a public way, but it’s simply not. It’s simply what’s true for me, and that’s all I can speak to.

Sarah Paulson, interview with 'Pride Source' (November 18, 2015)