25 Gay Hats, Ranked

Recently someone said to me that they’d know I was gay even if they didn’t know me because they’ve never seen my head without a hat on it. It’s true that I do wear a lot of hats! And, in general, that gays wear a lot of hats! In fact, recently, Valerie Anne and I casually started making a list of gay TV characters and real life humans looking even gayer in hats. And now I have ranked them, by gayness. I eagerly await your own contributions in the comments.

25. Shane McCutcheon’s Willy Wonka hat, The L Word

24. Beanie Feldman’s valedictorian graduation cap, Booksmart

23. Callie Torres’ surgeon cap, Grey’s Anatomy

22. Marceline the Vampire Queen’s goth sun hat, Adventure Time

21. Therese Belivet’s Santa hat, Carol


20. Blake Lively’s life-destroying rain fedora, A Simple Favor

19. Nicole Haught’s Christmas cracker hat (plus cat sweater), Wynonna Earp

18. Betty McRae’s Rosie the Riveter cap, Bomb Girls

17. Santana Lopez’s Daniel Boone cap, Glee

16. Paige McCullers’ cowboy hat, Pretty Little Liars

15. Kiersey Clemons’ bike helmet, Hearts Beat Loud

14. Willow Rosenberg’s complete and total commitment to hats, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

13. Arizona Robbins’ backwards baseball cap, Grey’s Anatomy

12. Janelle Monáe’s Met Gala hats on hats on hats


11. Brittany’s unicorn horn, Glee

10. Villanelle’s girlfriend stalker cap, Killing Eve

9. Batwoman’s softball cap, DC’s Bombshells

8. Rachel Weisz’s tricorn hat, The Favourite

7. Amanita Caplan’s Dykes on Bikes hat, Sense 8

6. Stephanie Beatriz’s Don’t Tell Me to Smile hat

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5. Ellen Page’s ball cap stuck to her head like a Lego, Tales of the City

4. Megan Rapinoe’s beanie

3. Root and Shaw’s motorcycle helmets, Person of Interest

2. Lena Waithe’s entire collection of snapbacks

1. Anne Lister’s top hat, Gentleman Jack

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. EXCELLENT LIST, thank you for this, fuck me up Anne Lister.

    Naturally you kept this list to pretty much the last decade and a half, understandable! I would, however, like to humbly add Susan and Carol’s ridiculous wedding hats and Laura Dern’s Jurassic Park floppy hat (Laura Dern’s character in Jurassic Park is GOING TO COME OUT, she just IS), because child Queer Girl definitely thought bucket hat situations was a requirement for all gay ladies!

  2. I would have put Lena Waithe’s hats at number one and also included a shot of some of the various hats from Tipping the Velvet and also given an honorable mention to Julie Andrews in all kinds of drag in Victor/Victoria, but YES.

  3. As I was scrolling this post I was like, hey, don’t skip Anne Lister! Oh, right. Number one, at the bottom. But Ashlyn Harris though. I pulled up her Insta feed for a pic as evidence and there were too many to pick just one. I think she cold hold at least five slots in the top 25.

  4. #0 the newsboy cap i proudly wore everywhere until my first theatre conference in which i realized all the other sound designers (who were exclusively kinda sweaty, kinda grody dudes) wore the exact same hat so i started wearing a ballcap instead

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