While primetime TV continues to play catch-up in terms of lesbian story lines, the Internet continues to build steam with such series as Anyone But Me, Venice and countless others. As our stories continue to unfold with a few clicks, so, too, does the recognition.
At Sunday’s second Streamy Awards — the annual awards show recognizing new media acting, directing, production and more than 30 other creative categories — Anyone But Me’s Rachael Hip-Flores, aka Vivian, put LGBT visibility front and center with her win as best female actor in a drama series. The newcomer defeated stiff competition in the category including Zoe Bell (Angel of Death), Tatyana Ali (Buppies), Sophie Tilson (OzGirl) and Crystal Chappell who also plays gay in Venice.
An elated Hip-Flores nearly pulled a Hilary Swank and narrowly escaped thanking her fiancé but caught up after her onstage acceptance speech with the Kodak Sharecam, where she also thanked her parents.
The ceremony, which fittingly was streamed online via Ustream, also was easily followed on Twitter, where fellow nominee Chappell responded to Hip-Flores’ victory:
Castmate Nicole Pacent, who also attended the event with Anyone But Me’s Tina Cesa Ward (executive producer/writer/director), Susan Miller (executive producer/writer) and Lida Orzeck (co-exec producer/exec producer), also celebrated via Twitter:
The best ensemble cast in a web series went to Easy to Assemble which stars Illeana Douglas, Justine Bateman, Cheri Oteri and Ricki Lake, among others.
A full list of winners can be found at Streamys.org.