2012: The year of the lesbian/bi television revolution

Lesbians on TV in 2012BY HEATHER HOGAN

2012 was a remarkable year for LGBT people in the United States. We re-elected a president who spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage, who refused to continue defending DOMA, and who overturned “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We elected our first openly gay senator. And all four states that put marriage equality on their ballots in November voted in favor of gay rights. It should come as no surprise, then, that 2012 was also a revolutionary year for lesbian and bisexual women in terms of positive representation on TV. After all, if there’s one thing we’ve learned about queer visibility over the years, it’s that social change and television are locked in a perpetual symbiosis.

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