It’s that time of year again: The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and everyone is ready to get their gamble on in their office March Madness pools. Last year, we offered an alternative to the basketball hoopla — AfterEllen’s March Madness: The Ultimate Lesbian Kissing Championship. Our readers cast almost half a million votes over six rounds before crowning Naomi and Emily from Skins the Greatest Kissers in the World!
This year, our March Madness tournament will focus on individual lesbian and bisexual characters from TV and movies. Here’s how it will work: In the comments below, nominate your favorite les/bi characters. Submissions will be open until midnight EST on Sunday, March 17th. We will take your nominations and combine them with our staff nominations, and then on Monday, March 18, we will release our 64-character brackets and begin the first round of voting.
Any lesbian/bi character from any TV show or movie is eligible to be nominated. Will you choose classic The L Word favorites like Bette Porter and Dana Fairbanks? Current queer contenders like Santana Lopez and Emily Fields? Will you take it international with the gals from Skins or Lip Service? Are you willing to hop into the way-back machine and cast a vote for Ellen Morgan? And what about those movie gays we love so much? Can Lucy Diamond shoot down “You’re a wanker, number nine!” Can Wil Pang dance circles around Corky? Your votes will decide, so get to nominating!
UPDATE: The nominations period has closed. Check back soon to vote for the 64 characters that made the list!