Lafayette Named One of 15 Most Groundbreaking Gay Roles on Television

February 3, 2011 by  

True Blood Character Makes The List at Number 7

Lafayette and JesusIn a show filled with vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and more it is hard for non-supernatural characters to stand out.  On HBO‘s True Blood, Merlotte’s flamboyant short-order cook Lafayette, played by the incredible Nelsan Ellis, provides much needed comic relief along with having sincerity and emotion in moments with his cousin, the ever tortured Tara.  Ellis and the wonderful writing team at HBO have done a fantastic job with not going overboard with the gay stereotypes. 

It is this combination of ingredients that have landed Lafayette on a list of the 15 Most Groundbreaking Gay Roles on Television put out by Rolling Stone Magazine.  In describing why Lafayette made the list they say:

Thanks to creator Alan Ball’s brilliant thinking, Bon Temps’ most flashy short-order cook/V dealer is alive and well instead of dead in the back of Andy Bellefleur’s car (his character’s fate in Book Two of the Sookie Stackhouse novels). Although Lafayette embodies certain gay stereotypes (eyeliner, lipstick, jewelry, he prefers the ladies’ room – “I is gorgeous”), he is easily one of the most trustworthy characters in a world filled with devious vampires, werewolves, maenads, shape-shifters and, most recently, a witch – the latter of whom just happens to be Lafayette’s new boyfriend. Hookah, please!

Other entries on the list include Kurt and Blaine from Glee, Rickie Vasquez from My So Called Life and Joyce Ramsay from Mad Men.  Click here to view the entire list of characters.


Photo Credit:  HBO Inc.