Saturday, February 7, 2015

25 Years Ago... TV's First Lesbian Kiss

Today in Gay History: LA Law's Lesbian Kiss

25 years ago today the NBC series LA Law inadvertently started a somewhat lamentable television craze: “The lesbian kiss episode.” The specific episode in question is season 5, episode 12, titled “He’s a Crowd.” In the 30-minutes episode, lesbian CJ Lamb (Amanda Donohoe) helped vulnerable lawyer Abby Perkins (Michele Greene) brush up on her skills. At the end, CJ kisses Abby, who’s apparently down with the affectionate gesture. It was the first same-sex kiss on television. It was monumental moment for pop culture, but not so much for the characters: CJ was written off and Abby ended up with a man. (OUT)

We have come a long way since that kiss... but we still have a long long way to go.

The 2014/2015 GLAAD Where We Are on TV report concluded that of 813 character regulars on broadcast networks in the 2014-2015 prime time TV season, 32 of them — 3.9 percent — are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. GLAAD pointed to Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Glee on Fox, which has more LGB characters than its network counterparts. ABC, with shows like Grey’s Anatomyand How to Get Away With Murder, dropped from 5.4 percent to 4.5 percent, but boasts more LGB characters than NBC and CBS, which have 3.8 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively. (Think Progress)

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