Best. Lesbian. Decade. Ever. (2000 – 2009)

2008

The Edge of Heaven is an international success
This East-meets-West drama featured a lesbian couple (played by Nurgül Yesilçay and Patrycia Ziolkowska at the center of a fast-paced, multi-lingual movie that earned favor and accolades when it screened at the Cannes film
festival.

Katy Perry "Kissed a Girl" and loved the attention
Katy Perry‘s single "I Kissed a Girl" took fauxmosexuality to entirely new heights in 2008. It became the anthem of spring break sexuality experiments, and continued to indulge that age-old stereotype that women only lock lips to turn men on. Katy Perry kissed a girl, and liked it. She hoped her boyfriend didn’t mind it. He probably didn’t. But you know who did? Us.

Ellen and Portia say "I do"
In the short time that same-sex marriage was legal in California, America’s most famous lesbian couple, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, got married in an intimate, 19-person ceremony at their home in Los Angeles. The wedding earned its own spread in People, and public well-wishes from nearly everyone in Hollywood.

A record number of openly gay women compete in the Beijing Olympics
In the summer of ’08, 13 out lesbian and bisexual women competed in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing. Six of the 13 took home medals in their various events.

A lesbian contestant wins the second season of Shear Genius
In the last half of this decade, Bravo has transformed itself into the gay friendliest cable network, offering a variety of non-trashy, entertaining reality shows featuring queer men and women. The first season of Shear Genius featured two out lesbians: Daisy, who came in third, and Tabatha Coffey, who won the fan-favorite award. In the second season, out lesbian Dee Adames won the competition.

Rachel Maddow lands her own show on MSNBC
During the 2008′s historic presidential campaign, MSNBC launched The Rachel Maddow Show. Immediately ratings in her time slot skyrocketed, doubling the ratings of the previous host, and even eclipsing long-time CNN host Larry King. Rachel Maddow was the first openly gay woman to be hired for national primetime news in America.

Fox edits out the lesbian in Thirteen’s sex scene on House
Allowing bisexual characters to lez it up for Sweeps is nothing new, but Fox put a new twist on it when they wrote, filmed and promoted a lesbian makeout scene in House between bisexual doctor Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) and another woman. They even released the clip, but then trimmed it back to nearly nothing when the episode aired.

Erica Hahn sees leaves on Grey’s Anatomy, and then wanders off the edge of the world
After many promises and plenty of hype, ABC’s popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy added a lesbian couple to Seattle Grace in the form of Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) and Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez). In one of the most moving coming-to-terms-with-sexuality scenes ever show on TV, Hahn tells Callie that she is the glasses, and just like when she was a kid, now she can see the leaves. The next week, Hahn was unceremoniously fired from Grey’s, and Hahn wandered out into the parking lot, never to be heard from again.

Lincoln Heights gives its lesbian character a happy prom night
Authentic storylines for lesbian teen characters are rare on American TV, and almost nonexistent for women of color. ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights bucked that trend when they gave their lesbian character a happy prom night with another gay teen.

Prop. 8 passes in California, Wanda Sykes comes out

One of the biggest blows to marriage equality came in 2008 when the voters of California, one of the most progressive states in America, chose to overturn previous legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. In the wake of the grief and outrage, Wanda Sykes came out at an impromptu press conference at an equality rally. We lost a battle, but oh what an ally we gained.

— by StuntDouble

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