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Six Unforgettable Gay Moments From 'True Blood'



It’s no secret that HBO’s True Blood has built a solid gay fan base. Yes, there are parallels between the vampires' quest for civil rights and the current climate for LGBT Americans. But, beyond that, the over-the-top series serves up plenty of action with an abundance of beefcake. Don’t let the vampires, werewolves and witches fool you; this series is not for kids.

In honor of the sixth season premiere Sunday on HBO, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite gay moments from the show’s previous seasons.


Lafayette Shuts Down Homophobic Customers

Before he got that boring boyfriend, we loved Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) for standing up for himself when someone returned a burger he cooked because it “might have AIDS.”  Watch the clip here.


Jason Dances For Lafayette

True Blood must’ve saved a ton of money on wardrobe for Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) in the early seasons, because the boy was hardly every clothed. In this scene, we see him dancing in his underwear in exchange for some hallucinogenic vampire blood. Watch the clip here.


Eric and Alcide’s Nude Standoff

The arrival of Alcide (Joe Manganiello) really upped the hunk quotient in Bon Temps. Here, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Alcide try to establish their dominance in hopes of winning over Sookie. Watch the clip here.


Bill and Sam’s Shower Fantasy

Maybe it was just that pesky vampire blood wearing off, but shape-shifting barkeep Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) had Bill (Stephen Moyer) on the brain when he dreamt up this scene. Watch the clip here.


Hoyt Appears In Jason’s Dream

Jason probably shouldn’t have been fantasizing about his best friend’s girl in the first place. However, we didn’t find the idea of Hoyt (Jim Parrack) hooking up with Jason all that nightmarish. Watch the clip here.



Eric Seduces Talbot

It didn’t end very well for Talbot (Theo Alexander), but True Blood’s most explicit man-on-man scene to date certainly steamed up our TV sets. Watch the clip here.

What are your favorite moments in the series so far?

Bobby Hankinson is a Brooklyn-based writer and digital strategist. His days are spent thinking about digital engagement for non-profits, while his nights are spent shimmying to Spotify, reading comic books and watching the best (and, let's be honest, worst) TV has to offer. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Houston Chronicle.

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  1. I admit, I remember all those scenes and I watch TB because it's male beauty. Joe and Ryan are my fav.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 11, 2013 1:18:57 PM

  2. I'm glad it finally jumped the shark. I have quit watching. Period.

    Posted by: YsoSerious | Jun 11, 2013 1:19:37 PM

  3. That scene with Lafayette and the homophobes is a perfect example of how they're f*cked up that character since the first season. He was femme, buff, AND tough then, but now he's just another sissy character who waves his hands around when trouble starts.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 11, 2013 1:20:23 PM

  4. Lafayette & Jason Stackhouse first season !

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 11, 2013 1:45:46 PM

  5. I remember all of these scenes and can't wait for Season 6 to start. More Alcide please!! Joe and Ryan are both gorgeous.

    Posted by: Dirk | Jun 11, 2013 1:58:19 PM

  6. Ha! Jumped the shark! Such a funny comment about this show. Jumping the shark is a reference to a 70s sitcom about a nostalgic period in our history that ran out of material to keep people engaged so they created an unbelievable situation where a character (who never takes off his LEATHER jacket) water ski jumped over a shark.

    Compare to True Blood, the premise of which is that vampires come out of the darkness and reveal their presence once a synthetic source of human blood is made available. While the show has continued to introduce us to all manner of immortals and magickal beings over the past several years, I think the shark jumping in this instance happened when Bram Stoker wrote his book 115 years ago...but I could be wrong. ;-)

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 11, 2013 2:04:20 PM

  7. What I wouldn't give to see those TB guys fully naked! Has anybody heard rumors of who the "best man" is?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 11, 2013 2:08:00 PM

  8. Not sure if you've been living under a rock, Jay - and you sure got the source of "Jumped the Shark" correct - but since then it's become well-known shorthand for ANY show that's gone unbelievably stupid.

    Arguably, that's happened to True Blood. Last season was pretty lame, imo - and apparently in the opinion of many others. I await this weekend's Season 6 premier with a combination of excitement and trepidation. One more crap, stupid, shark-jumping season and I'm out.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 11, 2013 2:15:52 PM

  9. Yeah, either "jumping the shark" or "a cousin oliver moment" works depending on the situation. Cousin Oliver refers to the Brady Bunch when all the kids aged out of darling-moppetness so they introduced a NEW young kid hoping to keep it alive. It's a common sit-com ploy and it never works.

    IMO the last 2 seasons of TB have really stunk. I haven't even watched most of the last season, but I'm hoping it'll get better and make it worth while again.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 11, 2013 2:48:12 PM

  10. "Yes, there are parallels between the vampires' quest for civil rights and the current climate for LGBT Americans."

    Great. Now I'm being compared to a vampire: on a gay news website no less.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 11, 2013 2:56:41 PM

  11. @EchtKultig, the vampire/gay comparisons have been obvious and deliberate since the very beginning. The show's creator is gay.

    "Coming out of the coffin."

    "God hates Fangs" signs at anti-vamp protests.

    The Religious Right opposition and the language they use.

    I'm sure there are a ton more examples.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 11, 2013 3:04:23 PM

  12. Charlaine Harris, the author of the books from which TB comes, has stated that the comparisons are deliberate in the books also. Ms Harris is a front & center ally of the Gay Community

    Posted by: Russ | Jun 11, 2013 3:14:00 PM

  13. Also Alan Ball, the creator of the series, has gone on record to say that the allusions to the LGBT rights struggle is deliberate. Seriously, I thought the references were so obvious even the willingly ignorant could pick up on it.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 11, 2013 4:56:29 PM

  14. Maybe they should have stuck with the gay allegory then. All this militarism that characterized last season, and looks to do the same this season, is snoresville to me.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 11, 2013 5:45:12 PM

  15. Did you say unforgettable or forgettable. I can't remember.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 12, 2013 1:08:26 AM

  16. What about scene where Newlin tries to seduce Jason? That's pretty gay...

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 12, 2013 9:14:41 AM

  17. Any scene with Joe Manganiello shirtless works for me.

    Posted by: Walt | Jun 12, 2013 3:03:18 PM

  18. I've found the later seasons less compelling, like some of the previous commentators. I think the problem is that the show got away from Bon Temps and the small town feel of the show, hurting the continuity of the season. For example, Sookie is supposed to be working as a waitress and how many shifts does she actually put in at Merlotte's over a whole season nowadays? One or two? Lol.

    The first season was half-Vampire Story and half-murder mystery and I think was the best.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 12, 2013 7:59:35 PM

  19. "Unforgettable" is pushing it, out of all those scenes, only Eric's scene with Talbot is really memorable

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 13, 2013 4:24:54 PM

  20. What is it with vampires, zombies and, witches? Most of TV as this is just CRAP! Cute men and nice bodies selling themselves for commercials.

    Posted by: billmiller | Jun 15, 2013 8:53:59 AM

  21. I am a 'til-the-end' fan. I loved True Blood for 3 1/2 seasons. I wasn't about to abandon it then and I'm not going to now. If you think the direction it went is annoying, try reading all the books on top of it. Agonizing over how they took mostly upright yet complex characters and made them worthless scum trash (Calvin Norris and the other werepanthers) or made strong characters weak: ALL THE FAE!! But for gay moments, now we have a new one. Spoiler: The one between Jason and Ben. Totally corny and over-dramatic, but tantalizingly homo-erotic between two very sexy men.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 10, 2013 2:21:57 PM

  22. I'm surprised the Sam/Bill dream in which Bill asks Sam to join him in the shower didn't make the list. That was one of the most tense, heated, sexual gay sexual exchanges on the show, far mores then some of the more "silly" ones that made the list.

    Posted by: Martin | Jul 11, 2013 11:47:59 PM

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