Nine years ago — all the way back in the Dark Ages of lesbian/bi television, when the only queer thing to watch on TV was The L Word or The L Word—we began handing out yearly Visibility Awards to the actresses, characters, movies, and TV personalities that promoted positive visibility for gay and bi women. Five years ago, we began asking our readers to weigh in with nominations for the awards. And last year, after light years of progress on the LGBT pop culture front, we were finally able to axe all of our “worst of” categories because we finally had plenty of positive things to celebrate.
We logged nearly one million votes in the 2012 Visibility Awards, and now we’re opening up the floor for you to nominate your favorites for 2013. Below, you will find the 20 Visibility Awards categories we’ve selected for this year. You can click on each category and leave your nominations in the comments section of the individual posts. Voting will be open until Sunday, December 15th. And on Monday, December 16th, we’ll announce the official nominees for each category and you can begin campaigning for your favorites.