50 reasons we’re thankful we’re gay ladies in 2013

41. The United States Supreme Court

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Christmas may fall on December 25, but this year on June 26 it sure felt like Christmas. On that day the Supreme Court of the United States handed the gays of America not one but two long-awaited presents. SCOTUS hurled Section 3 of DOMA into the dust heap of history, and Prop 8? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Writing for the 5-4 majority in US v. Windsor, Justice Kennedy wrote that DOMA was in violation of the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution, and the 5-4 majority in Hollingsworth v. Perry decided that the supporters of Proposition 8 had no legal standing to bring the case in the first place. And then the court packed their robes and closed shop for the season.

They sprang to their cars, to their drivers gave a whistle, and homed in on the Vineyard like a Patriot Missile. But I heard them exclaim, ‘ere they drove out of sight, “Happy Gay Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!” — Grace Chu

42. Pretty Little Liars

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To call Pretty Little Liars a teen drama would be selling the popular ABC Family series very short. Sure, it focuses on the lives of a group of teenage girls, but it’s one of the smartest shows on television today.The talented creative team, led by I. Marlene King, manages to keep fans on the edge of their seats not only in regards to the show’s omnipresent intrigue, but also when it come to the love affairs of its leading ladies. Knowing that your favorite character could end up being a bad guy in the end, just adds to the excitement. Four girls, lots of secrets, puffy drapes. What more could you ask for in a prime time show? — Dana Piccoli

43. Warehouse 13

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H.G. Wells came back to us and Myka! She came back! I mean, sure, she exiled herself to Boring, Wisconsin to try to resurrect her daughter in a way that didn’t involve destroying the planet, thereby breaking our (and Myka’s!) heart into bits. But we know it’s only a matter of time before she finds our way home to the Warehouse. — Heather Hogan

44. Concussion

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Concussion is a film that doesn’t just push through boundaries and old tropes. It demolishes them. Abby/Eleanor (played by the excellent Robin Weigert) leads the viewer on a disorienting and fascinating journey through woman’s sexual re-awakening. Writer/director Stacie Passon nails the ennui and longing of her leading character with a depth that is all too often left out in lesbian cinema. — Dana Piccoli

45. Ray Donovan

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Anything that puts Kate Moennig back on our TVs, strutting around in suit, is all right by us! — Heather Hogan

46. Rachel Maddow

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MSNBC’s go-to pundit has finally solidified her place as a national treasure. Hell, she even guest starred on The Simpsons this year! — Heather Hogan

47. Sara Gilbert

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The Talk‘s resident lesbian host talks about her girlfriend and her kids all the time, meaning she’s normalizing gay families in living rooms across the country every single day. — Heather Hogan

48. Defiance

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Jaime Murray continued her gay-for-pay streak in 2013, bringing the total number of women she’s made out with on-screen to one gajillion. As Castithan royalty Stahma Tarr, she explored a same-sex relationship with Mia Kirshner’s Kenya Rosewater. It ended in murder, but at Comic-Con this summer, Jaime Murray explained that just because you kill someone to death, it doesn’t mean you didn’t love her. — Heather Hogan

49. American Horror Story: Coven

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Half the time AHS: Coven is on the air, we’re looking away from our TVs, either because we’re scared or grossed out or wildly offended. But at least it affords us the opportunity to see Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson share a screen! — Heather Hogan

50. Liz Feldman

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She just announced she’s teaming up with Ellen to write the lesbian sitcom we’ve been begging for our whole lives. — Heather Hogan

What are you most thankful for in 2013?

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