Ten Reasons We’re Thankful in 2010


Jane Lynch

If it were up to us, it would be a federal law that Jane Lynch always be referred to as "Jane Effing Lynch," and after this year, we don’t think many people would object. Jane has been on our radar for a long, long time — we remember when she was Nurse #2 on Gilmore Girls — but now the world has finally recognized her talent, and we couldn’t be happier.

Lynch has an Emmy on one arm and her new wife Lara Embry on the other. She hosted Saturday Night Live this year, charmed the pants off of every audience on every talk show she visited and even made a guest appearance on iCarly, her stepdaughter’s favorite Nickelodeon show. She has never kept her sexuality a secret, and when interviewers ask her about her wedding or her wife, she absolutely glows. 2010 made us remember, again, how lucky we are to have her on our team.

Lisa Cholodenko and The Kids Are All Right

Sometimes it’s still hard to believe Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right really exists. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, both Oscar-nominated actors, played a lesbian couple in a movie that screened in wide release and pulled in a 95 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, making it one of the best-reviewed films of the entire year. There’s even some Oscar buzz starting to build around Benning.

There are those who would bash Kids for the age-old "lesbian sleeps with a man" trope, but Cholodenko’s film is so much more than that. It’s organic and real; it refuses to gloss over the quirks and imperfections that make us human. It ends on a happy, hopeful note that leaves us wanting more. More authentic lesbian movies! More well-acted lesbian couples! More Nic and Jules! (Yes, we really want to see a sequel.)

Lesbian characters on British television

2010 was a banner year for lesbian characters on British television. Skins kicked it off with Naomi and Emily, taking them through every phase of heartbreak before knitting them back together. Coronation Street‘s Sophie and Sian storyline has blown us away with its tenderness and authenticity. And Lip Service made us forget why we endured those late seasons of The L Word. The fictional lesbian stories out of the UK this year were raw and real and deeply entertaining. (On a related note, American lesbians are wildly thankful for the power of YouTube.)

What are you thankful for this year?

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