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The 10 Most Out Gay Parents on TV and in Film

Now that gay marriage is a legal all across the U.S., we won't just see more in the way of same-sex marriages in real life, but we'll (hopefully) see this "new normal" reflected on our TVs and on movie theater screens.

While there have been plenty of LGBT characters in media, there actually hasn't been many that reflect the members of the community as moms or dads.

"About 3 million LGBT Americans are parents," a contributor at CNN said recently. "Surveys suggest that 37 percent of the more than 8 million LGBT adults in the United States report having had a child. On average, they've had two kids, so it's likely that at least 6 million Americans have an LGBT parent."

With those numbers in mind, it's surprising there aren't more in movies and on TV.

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In celebration of marriage equality, and the gay parents who have been reflected in mainstream media, here are 10 of our favorite LGBT moms and dads on TV and movies.

1. Mitchell and Cameron form "Modern Family"

Mitchell and Cameron are, by far, the most recognized gay parents on fictional TV after seven seasons of entertaining the masses. "Modern Family" hops between the lives of three related families, with Mitchell and Cameron (along with their adopted daughter Lily) often stealing the show.

2. Nic and Jules of "The Kids Are All Right"

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a lesbian couple who both bore a child using sperm from the same donor. Their son decides that he wants to meet his biological father (Paul, played by Mark Ruffalo) and his sister helps with the effort. Paul quickly becomes involved with the kids as well as Jules, complicating matters. But in the end, Nic and Jules seem to weather the storm.

3. Armand and Albert in "The Birdcage"

Drag club owner Armand Goldman (Robin Williams) has an adult son named Val, who brings home his girlfriend whom he wants to marry. Her parents want to meet him and his partner Albert (Nathan Lane), but they are extremely conservative. Val convinces Armand to pretend to be far less flamboyant than he really is. But, in the end, the jig is up, illustrating you really do need to be true to yourself.

4. Hal and Andy in "Beginners"

Oliver (Ewan McGregor) recalls the last years of his father's life (Christopher Plummer). His dad, after a lifetime of pretending, finally comes out publicly at the age 75. After he does, he is filled with a new joie de vivre, even though he is suffering from cancer and enjoying what's left of his life with his much younger boyfriend.

5. Sarah and Tammy in "Transparent" (2014)

The awarding-winning Amazon series "Transparent" is focused on Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a late-middle-aged father of three who is in the midst of a transformation from outwardly male to transgender.

He isn't the only character going through a big change. His daughter Sarah leaves her husband for another woman (an interior designer named Tammy), and the two start a new life with their children from previous relationships. While this may not be the healthiest of relationships (Tammy is pretty self-centered), they are quite passionate, and the way in which everyone accepts Sarah's new relationship is handled nicely.

6. Stef and Lena of "The Fosters"

In the ABC Family series "The Fosters", a mixed-race lesbian couple are raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children. It won the Outstanding Drama Series at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, earning critical acclaim as well as a wide fan base.

"This award means so much to all of us, because we really believe that entertainment has the power to change the world. We've seen it happen time and time again. We reach people at their most vulnerable, sitting at home … and week after week we get to tell stories about who we are and how we love and that's what makes change," Peter Paige, the show's creator, said.

7. Callie and Arizona of "Grey's Anatomy"

"Grey's Anatomy" fans were heartbroken when Callie and Arizona broke up. The two women had gotten married and had a kid, but then went their separate ways. While Arizona is a lesbian, Callie is bisexual, which isn't something portrayed very often on mainstream TV.

"I've read a lot about that concept that bisexuality has not had a lot of support. One of my favorite things that we did in the Callie and Arizona episode is Callie announcing that she's bisexual, which, by the way, I think nobody has ever done that on television, like 'I'm bisexual,' which I think is crazy," the show's creator Shonda Rhimes said. "I love that she's determinedly bisexual. She's not somebody who is straight who discovers she's a lesbian; she's bisexual and feels very strongly about that. That's been interesting for us to navigate—and the character sticks to it."

8. Kevin and Scotty from "Brothers and Sisters"

The on-screen relationship of Kevin and Scotty of "Brothers and Sisters" has been celebrated for not only being a married gay couple with two children (one adopted and one with a surrogate) but that they tackle marital issues such as infidelity.

"There have been enough gay characters on television now for there to be a serious competition over which ones are more nuanced and interesting than others," wrote The Backlot in regards to the couple's narrative."

While dozens of gay characters have flooded television since the 1990s, gay couples are rarer, gay married couples are rarer still, and gay married couples with serious problems, a weekly staple for straights that keep fans watching to see what happens next, are almost nonexistent." This is where the characters of "Brothers and Sisters" come in.

9. Carol and Susan on "Friends"

In 1996 (almost 20 years ago), the extremely popular show "Friends" aired their episode, "The One with the Lesbian Wedding," in which Ross's ex-wife Carol (and the mother of his child) marries her girlfriend Susan. While this was one of the very first mainstream portrayals of gay marriage on American TV, it was actually the second gay marriage on a sitcom that season (the first was on "Roseanne" that aired about a month before). NBC was prepared to have "thousands and thousands of phone calls and hate mail but actually received only four complaints by telephone."

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10. Bryan and David of "The New Normal"

The short-lived sitcom "The New Normal" was about a wealthy young gay couple—Bryan and David—who decide to have a baby with a surrogate named Goldie, who moves in with the couple along with her 9-year-old daughter.

"While not the first sitcom to have two gay male lead characters, (it) is the first show centered on two gay male lead characters in a loving relationship who kiss and snuggle in bed," claimed Vogue in their interview with the show's creator Ryan Murphy.

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