David Soul): two cop partners who loved each other, a lot.
Although they didn't play up the gay subtext, they were ok with it, merely issuing an occasional wink-wink protest like "Anyone who watches the show can see that Starsky and Hutch like women."
During the 1980s, when AIDS was being advertised as a "Gay Disease," people assumed that Paul was gay, and had infected his wife and children. They experienced the same fear and homophobic harassment that gay people with AIDS were experiencing.
But they didn't let homophobia affect their relationship with the gay community. They were always staunch supporters of gay rights.