2012 Visibility Awards: Results!

Favorite Real Life Lesbian Couple: Ellen and Portia

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Staff Pick: Ellen and Portia

We’ve never stopped being awestruck about the fact that the most beloved couple in the world plays for our team. They’re sweet, they’re funny, they’re gorgeous, and they’re gay, gay, gay. Everyone loves them, but they’re ours, ours, ours.

Best Coming Out Story: Megan Rapinoe

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Staff Pick: Megan Rapinoe

The Team USA soccer star came out on her own terms before the London Olympics last summer and she never looked back. She celebrated her victories with her girlfriend, she kissed her on camera while wearing her gold medal, and she did it all while being adored by generations of women, from little girls with tiny cleats to women who remember life long before Title IX.

Best Lesbian/Bi Moment: President Obama announces support of same-sex marriage

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Staff Pick: President Obama announces support of same-sex marriage

No one will ever really know why President Obama sat down with Robin Roberts to profess his belief in marriage equality during the 2012 election. Was it simply altruism? The desire to speak up against oppression? Or was it a politically motivated strategy to ensure the financial and vocal support of the LGBT community? The answer is probably both, which, itself, is pretty amazing. Gay marriage is now so popular it’s impossible to win a national election without supporting it. The moment President Obama acknowledged that truth was a revolutionary moment for gay rights.

Out Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year: Ellen DeGeneres

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Staff Pick: Rachel Maddow

There doesn’t seem to be an end to the way Ellen DeGeneres makes the world a better place for lesbian and bisexual women. Her talk show continues to be the most-watched program on daytime TV. Simply by virtue of landing in living rooms around the country every day for a decade, she has normalized lesbianism. But that’s not all. In 2012, she became the spokesperson for JC Penny, and when the Million Moms organization protested, the department store responded by including gay and lesbian couples in their advertising. Because that’s just how popular Ellen is with regular Americans. She also won the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in 2012. And she got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And she was back on the big screen in Pixar’s re-release of Finding Nemo. The most famous lesbian in the world is also one of the most universally adored people in the world. How lucky are we that we came after Ellen?

Our staff also wanted to shout out Rachel Maddow who ruled the 2012 election with her clever, savvy brain supremacy. She anchored MSNBC’s election coverage, she released a book, and she even found time to teach us more about making cocktails.

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