AfterEllen.com 2007 Visibility Awards

 
 

BEST LEADING LESBIAN OR BISEXUAL CHARACTER ON
A SCRIPTED CABLE TV SERIES

WINNER (tie): Jen (Michelle Paradise), Exes & Ohs (Logo)
& Alice (Leisha Hailey), The L Word
(Showtime)

There were several worthy entrants in this category, but Jennifer and Alice
ultimately tie for the win because of how easily we can relate to them. By turns serious,
awkward and funny, Paradise and Hailey always make us feel like we’re seeing
pieces of ourselves or our friends on-screen. (It doesn’t hurt that both are
openly gay in real life, too.)

RUNNER-UP: Spencer (Gabrielle Christian), South of Nowhere (The N)

Spencer cemented her role as America’s lesbian teen sweetheart this year as
she experimented with dating, struggled to define her feelings with her ex,
and stood up to her homophobic mother, all while retaining the appealing innocence Christian brings
to the role. Spencer’s universal appeal is reflected in the fact that she is liked by viewers of all ages and sexual orientations.

BEST SUPPORTING LESBIAN OR BISEXUAL CHARACTER
ON A SCRIPTED CABLE OR BROADCAST TV SERIES

WINNER: Tasha (Rose Rollins), The L Word (Showtime)

Although the flashbacks to Iraq were a bit much, Tasha’s stoicism and pragmaticism made
her a nice addition to the cast of The L Word in its fourth season. Tasha’s
relationship with Alice injected new life into the series and quickly become a
fan favorite. Her ongoing struggle to reconcile her sexual orientation
with her military career makes for a more grounded and emotionally resonant
story line for most viewers than, say, Tina’s struggle to keep Jenny from ruining
her own movie, or Helena’s short-lived career as a high-stakes poker player.

RUNNER-UP: Sam (Marnie Alton), Exes & Ohs (Logo)

The womanizer of the group on Logo’s lesbian comedy, Sam’s powers of seduction extended to the audience, as well, as she she quickly became a fan favorite. Sam’s vulnerability and sense of humor make her more than just a player, and Alton imbues her with a warmth that makes you understand why so many women put up with Sam’s love-’em -and-leave-’em attitude.

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