A Year of Queer TV
We’re here, we’re queer, and it seems that we’re taking over the airwaves. Gay-specific networks here! TV and Logo continued to break new ground this year: here!’s Dante’s Cove just kept moving more gay goth girls into the vampire-infested hotel, while Logo premiered The Big Gay Sketch Show along with the first lesbian reality show, Curl Girls, and the first lesbian sitcom, Exes & Ohs. Reality TV was, however, the most fertile breeding ground for Sapphic storylines. On Bravo, Jackie Warner’s still flexing on Workout, and Top Chef featured three lesbian contestants: Lisa Fernandes, Jennifer Biesty and Zoe Antonitsas. MTV hit one out of the park with A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, which sped Dani Campbell into the spotlight as America’s favorite “futch,”and our beloved Top Model Kim Stolz is still on the tube as an MTV News correspondent. In the realm of fiction, there’s real-life lesbian Portia de Rossi playing a gay mom on FX’s Nip/Tuck, which features two other lesbian charcters, one of whom is played by Rosie O’Donnell (also gay, in case you didn’t know). On Showtime, besides another steamy season of The L Word, we have TV’s youngest lesbian, Isabelle, on Weeds. NBC brought us a closeted Texas mayor on Friday Night Lights, but even more surprising is ABC’s revolutionary casting of a transgender woman (Candis Cayne) in a recurring role on the primetime hit Dirty Sexy Money. When it comes to TV, it seems gay’s the new way.
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