The 2009 Visibility Awards


Callie tells her father that he can’t "pray away the gay" on Grey’s Anatomy 10/15/09 (ABC)

Last year, Dr. Hahn’s "I see leaves" speech took the honors as our favorite TV moment. Grey’s Anatomy had us cheering again in 2009, this time when Callie took on her father’s homophobia.

StuntDouble weighs in:

Grey’s Anatomy episode 6.5 "Invasion" — Grey’s Anatomy’s "Invasion" gave us one of the best ever coming out defenses: "You cannot pray away the gay!"

Callie doesn’t say it apologetically. In fact, she doesn’t say it at all. She shouts it at her father across a crowded hospital because he’s brought the family priest to try to talk her out of her lesbian relationship with Arizona.

When his initial confrontation doesn’t work, Callie’s dad pulls out some biblical flash cards, which causes Callie to preach:

Jesus: A new commandment that I give unto you; that you love one another. Jesus: He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Jesus: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Jesus: Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus is my savior, Daddy. Not you. And Jesus would be ashamed of you for judging me. He would be ashamed of you for turning your back in me! He would be ashamed!

Callie cries on Arizona’s shoulder and gets a sweet pep talk from her about giving Mr. Torres some time to adjust. Then Arizona finds Mr. Torres and gives him a speech of her own:

[My father had one question when I came out]: Are you still who I raised you to be?

My father is not a man who bends, but he bent for me, because I’m his daughter. I’m a good man in a storm. I love your daughter. And I protect the things I love. Not that I need to — she doesn’t need it. She’s strong, and caring, and honorable. And she’s who you raised her to be.

After work, Callie’s father finds her and wonders aloud if Arizona makes her happy. When Callie responds that she does, Mr. Torres gives her his blessing. Not that she needed it, of course. She was going to be with Arizona either way. At least this way she gets her trust fund back.


The final episode of The L Word 03/08/09 (Showtime) 

The "WTF?" heard around the world at the conclusion of the disappointing and infuriating final episode of the long-running lesbian series was a terrible end to America’s first, and only, show about queer women.

From silly plot contrivances, to false drama, to the lack of closure on most storylines (including Showtime’s over-hyped question: "Who killed Jenny?"), the final moments of The L Word not only make this easily the worst lesbian/bi moment on scripted TV this year, but any year.

Runners up: 

"Max’s baby shower on The L Word. Of all the horrific things Ilene Chaiken saddled her characters with over six seasons on The L Word (rapid cancer, pet euthanasia, drowning, dating Jenny Schecter, etc.) one of the worst was Max’s pregnancy storyline this year. Not only did Max get pregnant, he also got hormonal, and dumped, and subjected to a Wonka-themed baby shower at which his friends offered him a variety of nerve-calming drugs while still struggling to use the correct pronoun when addressing him. If Chaiken didn’t like Dana Fairbanks, she must have loathed Max Sweeney." (StuntDouble

"Nip/Tuck lesbian Liz Cruz married her narcissist boss, Christian Troy. Later, when he tries to leave her, she goes vindictive crazypants. Right. Because lesbians do that."(Dara Nai)

"Reese and Zach kiss on All My Children. Blech."
(The Linster)

"Tie between the entire Ghost Whisperer lesbian episode, Hollyoaks killing off one of the lesbian characters in a death-by-parachute stunt, and the L Word ending with interview montage of past characters that they’d never talk to again. Goodbye, Mark!" (Trish Bendix)

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