AfterEllen.com 2007 Visibility Awards

BEST LESBIAN COUPLE ON REALITY TELEVISION

WINNER: Dani and Tila on A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila (MTV)

Our mixed feelings about the show itself notwithstanding, Dani and Tila made
a charming couple because of their obvious chemistry, Tila’s surprise at her
own attraction to a woman who wasn’t a "lipstick lesbian," and Dani’s
likability. Tila’s spirited lap dance for Dani’s grandmother made us like her
a little more, too; choosing Bobby over Dani in the end did not.

BEST LESBIAN MOMENT ON DAYTIME TELEVISION

WINNER: "Gay Around the World" (Oct. 24, 007), The Oprah Winfrey Show

Most of Oprah’s episode about the obstacles that gays and lesbian face internationally
was focused on men, but poet Staceyann Chin‘s moving
story
about her sexual assault in Jamaica and subsequent relocation to the
United States was a powerful illustration of the challenges lesbians still face
around the world. But the fact that Staceyann went on national television to tell
that story was a testament to her courage and strength, and an inspiration to
lesbians everywhere.

WORST LESBIAN MOMENT ON DAYTIME TELEVISION

WINNER (tie): Iggygate, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ellen’s on-air crying jag about the fate of
her recently adopted dog on an October episode of her daily talk show kicked
off an embarrassing spiral of events that made everyone involved look bad: the
fans, the media, the dog adoption agency and Ellen herself. Only the dog made
it out with some dignity intact.

WINNER (tie): The Rosie O’Donnell/Elizabeth Hasselbeck Split-Screen
Argument, The View (ABC)

This on-air argument in
May between these two co-host’s of The View proved to be the final nail in the coffin of Rosie’s tenuous relationship with Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters and
the show’s producers. The argument itself, while tense, was not unusual, but
the producers’ decision to exploit it with a split screen moved up Rosie’s timeline
to leave The View. Even those who aren’t fans of Rosie’s have to admit it was a poor send-off for someone who brought so much excitement to daytime television.

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