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Gay Iconography: Sci-Fi Superheroics From John Barrowman

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It's rare to find an LGBT protagonist at the heart of a successful science-fiction story. Rarer still to find one played by an openly gay actor. That's not the only thing special about John Barrowman and his portrayal of Torchwood's Captain Jack Harkness, but it's certainly worth celebrating.

At a time when comic book-inspired movies and television shows are dominating popular culture, one shouldn't underestimate the importance of LGBT visibility within the historically straight male genre. Spun out of the wildly popular relaunch of Doctor Who (which returns tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on BBC America), Barrowman's character went on to headline his own spin-off. Torchwood ran four seasons (or "series" as they like to call them across the pond), including one co-produced by the BBC and U.S. cable network Starz.

Harkness, written by the same guy who created the United Kingdom's Queer As Folk, is an intergalactic lothario. While many gay characters on television are still criticized for being sexless, Barrowman's work as Captain Jack didn't shy away from his sexuality (even though it did sometimes fluster the network).

“He is unique as a gay man on television in that he's overtly sexual,” Doctor Who and Torchwood scribe Russell T. Davies told the Telegraph in 2008. "But he's also an expert at modulating his own personality for different audiences while remaining essentially himself. That's a hard thing to do. He has a gift for it."

As a regular participant at comic conventions, Barrowman dazzles the crowd with his wit and candor. Whether it's discussing the power of marriage or dropping trou to reveal his Captain America underwear, he's a much-needed role model for gay geeks the world over.

Though he's best known for Doctor Who and Torchwood, that's only the tip of Barrowman's very talented iceberg. Watch some of our favorite clips of Barrowman singing, dancing and smooching, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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John Barrowman Gets Ice-Bucketed By Jock Strap-Sporting Husband: VIDEO

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Actor John Barrowman of Doctor Who and Torchwood fame took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, but "pool boy" husband Scott Gill certainly stole the show. Sporting a bright red jock strap and a massive trash can full of icy H2O, Gill seemed to have a lot of fun. 

Check out all the nippy fun, AFTER THE JUMP...

The hubbys also "iced" actor Colton Hayes, which you can watch on the next page too. 

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John Barrowman Kisses a Man, Makes Headlines at the Commonwealth Games: VIDEO

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John Barrowman stole the show at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last night, by kissing a man:

Writes The Independent:

The gay embrace has been hailed as a snub to homophobia in Commonwealth countries which criminalise homosexuality. The openly gay Doctor Who actor kissed his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the showcase at Celtic Park, Glasgow, last night.

It was an act that flew in the face of anti-homosexual legislation in 42 out of the 53 Commonwealth countries represented at the games.

Those countries include Jamaica, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Barrowman was the target of attacks on social media following the kiss. He responded:

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John Barrowman Gives Fantastic Speech About His Marriage at Dragon-Con Panel: VIDEO

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Towleroad reader Scott Alvarez sent in this video he shot at last weekend's Dragon*Con (the sci-fi, fantasy, comic book convention) in Atlanta. Actor John Barrowman held a panel on Friday at which he was asked about what it was like to finally be married to his husband Scott Gill.

Barrowman's answer, as usual, was both hilarious and inspired.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Barrowman Talks About His Impromptu Marriage, Supports Dogs for the Deaf: VIDEO

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Barrowman speaks out in a new video supporting Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Check out the adorable clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

He also praises the Supreme Court decisions on Prop 8. and DOMA, and discussed his decisions to have an impromptu wedding shortly thereafter to his partner of 20 years, Scott Gill, in a new interview with We Love Soaps:

"We always said when the opportunity arose we would go ahead and do it. We just woke up that morning, we had an argument, and then we just decided to do it."

Barrowman also spoke about the secret to longevity in a relationship:

I always say, if life is like a road, or a relationship is, then we have these speed bumps. Every so often they kind of jolt you. If there are any speed bumps in your relationship and life, is it really worth turning around and ruining everything for one little bump (or mistake)? Saying, 'We're going to stop this,' or 'End this, it's no longer valid, blah, blah, blah?' My mom and dad always said that relationships are work; you work at them. If something goes wrong or someone makes a mistake, you have to be able to forgive and forget and move on from it. If you decide to end something because of something stupid - like someone making out with someone at a party because they were drunk - is it really ruining your whole relationship over it, just because of that one little mistake?"

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