The 2013 AfterEllen Visibility Awards Winners are…


The results of the 2013 AfterEllen Visibility Awards are in and while would have you believe it was The Year of The Water Snake, our voting numbers painted an entirely different picture. According to AfterEllen readers, 2013 was actually The Year of Zoie Palmer. She took home not one, not two (not three, not four, not five), but six Visibility Awards this year. Add that to her #2 spot on the 2013 AfterEllen Hot 100 and suck on that, Water Snake.

Below, you will find the results of all 20 Visibility Awards categories. If you’re unfamiliar with any of the winners, be sure to check out our comprehensive Year In Review posts on Lesbian/Bi: Movies, Books, TV, Music, Poltics, Theater, and Sports.

Now, onto the winners!

Favorite TV Comedy: Orange Is the New Black


Netflix’s original series blew our mindgrapes in the very best way in 2013. A cast of female-centric characters of various races, ethnicities, sexualities, and body types? Welcome to the future (we hope)!

Editor’s Pick: Orange Is the New Black

The most-talked about show this year happened to be a well-written women-led dramedy starring people of color and queerness. Jodie Foster even directed an episode and there’s an out female in the writer’s room. It’s no surprise we can all agree that Orange is the new awesome.

Favorite TV Drama: Lost Girl


The Canadian import continued to rock our world—and SyFy’s, too!—with it’s honest portrayal of the spectrum of female sexuality and badassery. Adding three new queer characters and plenty of Bo and Lauren sexy goodness also went a long way with us.

Editor’s Pick: The Fosters

A show about lesbian moms who take in parentless children could be trite or just plain boring, but ABC Family’s show from out producers Peter Paige and Joanna Johnson gave us inspired storylines and impeccable casting choices. We haven’t seen this kind family on TV before, and now we can’t get enough.

Favorite TV Actress: Zoie Palmer


She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s sassy, she’s talented, she’s sexy as hell. Also, she fights with her cat on Twitter. What’s not to love?

Editor’s Pick: Tatiana Maslany

How many roles can one woman play in one episode? At least five, if you’re Tatiana Maslany. The Orphan Black star wowed us with her chameleon abilities, especially as Cosima, the queer nerd who has a thing for French girls.

Favorite Lesbian/Bi Character: Lauren Lewis, Lost Girl


Oh, you know, just your standard Yale-educated doctor who has done humanitarian work in the Congo, saved lives (and built bombs?) during her service time in Afghanistan, and knows more about fantastical creatures than even Hermione Granger. No big deal. (Just kidding. She’s kind of a huge deal.)

Editor’s Pick: Arizona Robbins, Grey’s Anatomy

Good characters are not always likable. In fact good characters are written to be human. Shonda Rhimes wrote a very real woman in Arizona Robbins this year when she showed she’s not without flaws, and Jessica Capshaw performed the role perfectly.

Favorite Fictional Lesbian Couple: Bo and Lauren, Lost Girl


It’s almost like we didn’t really understand what it meant to be a shipper until Lauren and Bo lit up our TV screens.

Editor’s Pick: Piper and Alex, Orange Is the New Black

The will they/won’t they scenario is good in any situation, but in prison? Even better. Self-obsessed Piper is reminded of her past everytime she looks at her ex, which is frequently because they’re locked in a building together. Tension mounts, and eventually Piper’s “lesbian phase” has returned with a vengeance.

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