Skins relaunches its third series with a new cast, and a lesbian couple.
The teen Brit drama Skins gave us two wholly different (and authentic) coming out stories and a budding lesbian romance between Naomi (Lily Loveless and Emily (Kathryn Prescott). The couple earned an international following before the show even landed on BBC America.
All My Children gives Reese and Bianca the first lesbian wedding on daytime TV
In 2008, Reese (Tamara Braun) and Bianca (Eden Riegel) became the first lesbian couple to get engaged on daytime TV. In 2009, they put on their wedding dresses and said "I do" in one of the most-hyped episodes in AMC history. Unfortunately, the night before Reese had become inexplicably confounded by her lesbianism and kissed a dude, which led to a lesbian annulment — another daytime TV first.
The L Word ends its six-season run"
We loved them. We hated them. We couldn’t not watch them talking, laughing,
loving, breathing, fighting, f—ing, crying, drinking, writing, winning, losing, cheating, kissing, thinking, dreaming. Also: drowning. After six seasons, Showtime’s once-great lesbian soap limped off into the sunset.
Ming-Na joins Stargate Universe as a lesbian IOA Officer
When the SyFy channel revived the Stargate franchise with Stargate Universe, they cast Ming-Na as the series’ first lesbian. It was a double whammy of history-making as Camile Wray also became the first Asian American lesbian on a primetime TV.
Silvia gets married, then murdered, on Los Hombres de Paco
Silvia (Marián Aguilera) and Pepa (Laura Sanchez) enjoyed a beautiful lesbian wedding on the Spanish soap Los Hombres de Paco, but within a few hours of their vows, Silvia was shot. She bled to death in Pepa’s arms, ruining both of their white dresses, and their honeymoon.
Batwoman takes over Detective Comics
DC’s long-running Detective Comics was home to Batwoman’s relaunch in issue #854. In it, we rediscovered Batwoman’s sex appeal; we met her trainer/dad; we saw her get rough with Alice (from Wonderland). Oh, and we were also introduced to her girlfriend, who just can’t figure out what Kate Kane is doing when she stays out all night.
Ellen DeGeneres shares the cover of O Magazine with the Oprah
After an extended campaign on her talk show, Ellen finally managed to coax Oprah into putting her on the cover of O Magazine. It was a nice little historical bookend: 12 years after Oprah guest starred as Ellen’s therapist in "The Puppy Episode," the two shared the cover of O, as well as the title "Queens of Daytime."
Lady GaGa’s "Fame Monster" takes over the world
Bisexual singer Lady GaGa has long enjoyed cult-like success among her fans, but in 2009 her "Fame Monster" singles — from "Paparazzi" to "Poker Face" to "Bad Romance" — dominated air waves, iTunes downloads and TV soundtracks. Who among us didn’t wake up with "P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face" stuck in our heads it least once in ’09?
The Wanda Sykes Show premieres on Fox
After turning down talk show gigs for years, the newly married and out Wanda Sykes finally decided to launch her own talk show in ’09. When Madtv vacated Saturday night’s slot, Sykes jumped in, tackling politics, Hollywood, and current events with her caustic wit and candor. In doing so, she became the first woman of color to host her on late night talk show since Whoopi Goldberg.
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire hits theaters
Precious, the adaptation of bisexual author Sapphire‘s novel Push, gave us one of the most powerful and positive portrayals of a lesbian
characters ever captured on film. Blu Rain (Paula Patton) is an openly gay teacher who’s compassion and tenacity give Precious a reason to live, and a chance to have a real life.
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