In our annual Visibility Awards, we formally recognize the people who have positively or negatively impacted lesbian and bi visibility in American entertainment during the year. (See previous years here: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.)
From Best Movie to Worst Song to Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year, these awards recognize the television shows, movies, music, books and people who entertained, inspired, or disappointed us in 2009.
Last year, some of the category winners were chosen by both the AfterEllen.com staff and AfterEllen.com readers. This year, AfterEllen.com staff and contributing writers chose the winners for each category, as readers will be given the opportunity to vote on a wider range of topics and categories in our first annual Lesbian/Bi Women’s Choice Awards in January.
Once again this year, we’ve included international people, shows and movies as a reflection of the increasing awareness of lesbian and bisexual visibility around the world made possible by the Internet.
Now on to the best and worst of 2009!
BEST SCRIPTED TV SERIES ON BROADCAST TV WITH LESBIAN/BI CHARACTERS (AMERICAN)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
What a difference a year makes! Grey‘s was named the worst in this category last year, only to take top honors for its lesbian and bi characters in 2009.
Here’s what AfterEllen.com writer StuntDouble had to say about the show:
WORST SCRIPTED TV SERIES ON BROADCAST TV WITH LESBIAN/BI CHARACTERS (AMERICAN)
Melrose Place (CW)
During the CW panel at the Television Critics Association in August, a reporter asked about star Katie Cassidy about her character’s bisexuality. She responded, “My character is definitely exploring her sexuality.” Encouraging, right? Not quite. Executive producer Todd Slavkin quickly added, “she is try-sexual — she will try anything,” getting a big laugh from the audience.
AfterEllen.com writer Dara Nai said of the less (intentionally) campy remake of the original, “Overly slick, tacky and idiotic as ever, except for Katie Cassidy as Ella, the bisexual publicist. The building needs to go condo so she can buy it and kick everyone else out.”
Runner up: Heroes (NBC)
According to AfterEllen.com contributor StuntDouble:
Dorothy Snarker added, “I don’t care if the cheerleader kisses another girl. Stop using us as rating stunts for your failing shows.”