50 reasons we’re thankful we’re gay ladies in 2013

 
 

21. Grey’s Anatomy

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Now entering its tenth season, Grey’s Anatomy is holding our attention better than it ever has done. From Arizona’s struggle with PTSD to Dr. Peyton Tree Hill’s on-call room seduction, to the marital fallout between Callie and Arizona, we can’t look away from this sudsy bloodbath. — Dana Piccoli

22. Dracula

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We’ve been pining for Katie McGrath to play gay on American TV since we began lusting after her Dark Magical ways on Merlin so many years ago. Dreams really do come true! — Heather Hogan

23. Lena Adams

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There have been some examples of truly terrible lesbian parents on television (I am looking at you Bette and Tina). Into that bleak, yawning chasm of parental role models came Lena Adams. If Stef and Lena are the Coach and Tami Taylor of gay parents we’ve been waiting for, Lena is the perfect Tami. She’s kind, sharp, intellectual, cultured, loving, and, of course, has perfect hair. She is a fount of empathy and strength. She loves Stef, her gun toting cop, her “piece of work,” and even lets Stef thinks she’s the stronger of the two. But we know better, Lena is the backbone of this family as well as the kind heart at its center. — Lucy Hallowell

24. Stef Foster

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And then there’s Stef Foster. At the start, Stef looked like the prototypical bad cop to Lena’s good. In reality we found that has a smart mouth but is just a big ball of mush under that badge. She fell in love with Lena the moment they met outside Brandon’s school. We saw that it was Lena who gave Stef a reason to come out, to end her marriage to Mike, and to stand up to her father who sent her running for the closet so many years earlier. Stef has a courageous soul, but she needs a reason to be brave. We got to see that on screen. We got to see, for the first time in my memory, what it looks like for an adult to deal with those old scars of being a gay teenager whose identity was harshly rejected. This was a story arc that has been missing and watching Teri Polo nail those scenes of long simmering hurt with her father was more than I ever dreamed of seeing. — Lucy Hallowell

25. Paige McCullers

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From closeted self-loathing homophobia to proposing U-Haul dreams to her girlfriend and dressing like a cowgirl, Paige McCullers continues to have one of the most satisfying lesbian character story arcs in the history of TV. We’re so glad we’re not being forced to eat mushy squash anymore. — Heather Hogan

26. Chicago Fire

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We confess to being worried about the way Chicago Fire hinted at handling Shay’s impulsive decision to have a baby, but they sidestepped that ol’ lesbian-sleeps-with-a-man trope and have managed to back-peddle their way safely into our hearts. — Heather Hogan

27. Under the Dome

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The most-watched show of the summer TV season featured a lesbian couple that was treated just the same as every other couple on the show, even if that meant one of them lost her life at the hands of the Dome. But for a couple of months this summer, we got to laugh and cry with an interracial lesbian couple on CBS. Wonders never cease. — Heather Hogan

28. R&B Divas

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I’m grateful for R&B Divas for showing Terez propose to Monifah, one of the most genuine engagements I’ve seen on TV, and to have it be between two black women is even better. Their relationship is real and warm and totally devoid of the male-gaze-y lesbianism that’s often on reality TV, and Monifah dealing with her uber-religious daughter with so much class is an example for us all. — Jill Guccini

29. Lost Girl

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Not only did Canada’s best sci-fi series continue its nonchalant exploration of the full spectrum of queer sexuality in 2013; the show also added lesbian fan favorites Ali Liebert and Mia Kirshner to the mix. Bo Dennis is the bisexual Buffy we don’t deserve, but cherish with all our hearts. — Heather Hogan

30. Brittney Griner

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You can’t help but notice a 6’8” woman on a skateboard wearing a bow tie. You also can’t help rooting for Brittney Griner the star basketball player who decided getting picked first in the WNBA Draft was as good a time as ever to come out. Coming out at the start of her career would have been enough for many of us, but not for Griner who has pledged that what she wants more than basketball championships is to be the person to end bullying. Griner has spoken again and again on the pain she felt being bullied for her looks, her gender, her voice, her height, and her sexuality. She’s taken all that hurt and channeled it into doing something positive with her position as one of the most recognizable players in the WNBA. For everyone wishing for a proud, confident, out, role model in women’s sports, here she is. And she’s incredible. — Lucy Hallowell

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