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2013 TV plotlines that addressed real world LGBT issues

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.

Guest Post: What #TheFosters means for real LGBT families, tweet about it

I had high expectations for The Fosters when it debuted on ABC Family in June, the first mainstream drama to focus on same-sex parents and their kids. I’m happy to say it more than met those expectations, while also throwing in a few pleasant surprises. The show has meant a lot to me as a lesbian mom -- and to many others as well. I therefore invite you to join me, the Family Equality Council, and GLAAD this week by tweeting about what the show has meant to you. Use the #TheFosters hashtag and write something like, "#TheFosters has meant [....]"

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