In Hollywood, LGBT characters still seem slightly taboo'd. Unless the movie's specific theme is sexuality or LGBT related, it seems as if nearly all characters are heterosexual. In stand-alone movies, it seems more common to feature LGBT characters, usually in a discrete manner. However, the problem is worsened in large franchises and series spanning several movies.
To be frank, from all the famous franchises that are currently popular (Transformers, Fast & Furious, Star Wars, Star Trek, MCU, Planet of the Apes, etc), the only LGBT character I can recall is Sulu, from Star Trek Beyond.
So, to properly phrase my question, when was the earliest time that a LGBT character was prominently featured in a franchise whose main focus is not sexuality?
- To be prominently featured, characters must not be a random side-character, but instead one of the main characters, with actual influence on the plot, lines, and whose appearance exists in more than half the movies of the franchise.
- A franchise is a series of movies on the same universe. Lets say that at least 3 movies is necessary to be a franchise.
- The main focus of the franchise must not be sexuality itself, or LGBT themed topics around it. While the movie/franchise may feature sexuality, it should be somewhat of an afterthought, one who is not the main point of the movie and plot.
- The specific date is the date in which the LGBT character was shown to be gay. If a franchise began 50 years ago, but the characters only showed up 20 years ago, and was only shown to be LGBT 10 years ago, then the comparison date is "10 years ago"