The AfterEllen.com 2008 Visibility Awards

 
 

BEST REALITY TV SERIES WITH LESBIAN/BI CHARACTERS (AMERICAN)

America’s Next Top Model (The CW)

Narrowly beating out Top Chef (Bravo) to win this category, America’s Next Top Model garnered the most votes in part because this season (Cycle 11) partly because it featured yet another lesbian contestant, Elina Ivanova, and partly because of the ease with which lesbian subtext is inserted into every episode. The platonic friendship between Analeigh and Marjorie was more popular than the actual lesbian flirtation between Elina and her heterosexual love interest Clark.

The addition of a transwoman to the contestant group this season, along with the relative ease and frequency with which lesbian and bisexual women are integrated into the show and the show’s popularity among young women, makes Top Model more subversive than most reality shows.

WORST REALITY TV SERIES WITH LESBIAN/BI CHARACTERS (AMERICAN)

A Double Shot at Love with the Ikki Twins (MTV)

Incestuous bisexual twins (who aren’t really bisexual) hooking up with anything that moves? ‘Nuff said.

BEST LIVE LESBIAN/BI TV SHOW

The 2008 Olympics

Over a dozen out female athletes competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and several took home medals, including women from the U.S., Norway, and Germany. Who knew this would end up being the best lesbian visibility on broadcast TV all year?

WORST LIVE LESBIAN/BI TV SHOW

Rosie Live (NBC)

Rosie Live! was DOA: Critics didn’t like it. Viewers didn’t like it. And the Nielsen numbers definitely didn’t like it — Rosie O’Donnell‘s hour-long live variety show was one of the lowest-rated of the night.

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