Louisiana State University (LSU)'s Public Policy Research Lab recently found that the overwhelming majority of people in the state believe that transgender and gay communities deserve equal protection under the law.
Though the number of new LGBT characters on TV fell slightly this year, there were still quite a few noteworthy, new ones in entertainment media that truly stood out from the crowd. Some of them were a big hit with audiences while others broke molds and defied stereotypes, but all of them helped make 2013 increasingly diverse when it came to LGBT representations.
When scripted television turns to real-world issues faced by LGBT people for inspiration, they are also helping to educate viewers and foster greater understanding, which studies have shown translates to positive shifts in public opinion. Here are a few of the shows that tackled the LGBT community's lives and challenges in 2013, in no particular order.
"Bridegroom," the award-winning documentary directed and produced by Linda Bloodsworth-Thomason ("Designing Women") which recounts the love story of Shane Bitney Crone and his partner Tom Bridegroom and spotlights the discrimination faced by Shane in the wake of Tom's tragic death, is available in 44,000 Redbox kiosks across the country now. Pick your copy up today!
Out singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, recently nominated for two Grammy Awards, yesterday released her EP "Welcome To The Age Of My Body" and a new lyric video for "She Keeps Me Warm," the full track extension of her "Same Love" chorus.