BEST LESBIAN/BI MOMENT ON UNSCRIPTED TV (AMERICAN)
Rachel Maddow calling out ex-gay therapist Richard Cohen 12/08/09 (MSNBC)
Sarah Warn writes, "Fans of the American’s favorite (and only) out lesbian political talk show host laughed out loud when Rachel Maddow refuted "ex-gay" Cohen’s attempts to distance himself from his inaccurate and harmful statements about homosexuality by exclaiming, ‘I read it from your book, dude!’
But most of the interview (on The Rachel Maddow Show) was deadly serious (no pun intended), as Maddow took Cohen and other anti-gay activists to task for their role in contributing to a climate of fear and mis-information that leads to the kind of persecution LGBT people face around the world."
Runner-up: Jane Velez-Mitchell on Dr. Phil (10/08/09)
TV therapist’s episodes on homo or bisexuality are usually eye roll-inducing, but this episode was unusually well-done, thanks in part to CNN talk show host Jane Velez-Mitchell‘s candid conversation about her experiences as an alcoholic and a lesbian.
BEST LESBIAN/BI MOMENT ON SCRIPTED TV (International)
Carla and Stella finally get together on Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love)
The romance of long-time character Carla and newcomer Stella was a long time coming, but it was worth it when it finally arrived. Too bad it was followed soon after by their departure from the show, but lesbian characters leaving seems to be the theme of 2009.
WORST LESBIAN/BI MOMENT ON SCRIPTED TV (International)
One of the best lesbian couples on TV anywhere came to an abrupt and gruesome end with the shooting death of Silvia immediately following her wedding to Pepa in the season finale. Although Silvia’s death was the result of the actress’s desire to leave the show, the sad event nonetheless took fans of the couple and the series by surprise, and left many angry.
BEST LESBIAN/BI MOMENT ON UNSCRIPTED TV (International)
The first out lesbian model to win one of the over 30 versions of America’s Next Top Model around the world, Nanna won the hearts of queer women around the world when she posed for one of the competitions wearing a photo with the word "homo" written on it. Ultimately, she won the hearts of Fins of all sexual orientations.