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Gay Iconography: Is Roseanne An Icon?

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Welcome to Gay Iconography, a new feature where we present highlights from a pop culture gay icon and ask you to weigh in on their impact for the LGBT community.

It's tough to remember what life was like when Roseanne first premiered on ABC twenty five years ago. The brash comedian came out swinging with a sitcom that wore its feminist ideals proudly on one sleeve and its Middle-America, blue-collar values on the other. Then, with both arms, Roseanne embraced the gay community.

Inspired by her gay siblings, Roseanne populated the fictional town of Lanford with LGBT characters. There was series regular Nancy (played by Sandra Bernhard, a lesbian icon in her own right), Leon (Martin Mull) and his husband Scott (Fred Willard) and even Roseanne's mom, Bev (Estelle Parsons). Then there were marquee guest stars like Mariel Hemingway and Morgan Fairchild, who both played Nancy's girlfriends. The show was daring enough with its portrayal of LGBT characters to warrant backlash from the network and advertisers, but, in its prime, mainstream audiences couldn't get enough. The show's rank was in the top four in the Nielsen Ratings for six of its nine seasons.

Relive some of Roseanne's pivotal gay moments and tell us what you think,
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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #954

LGBTQ: Transsexual, transgender and intersex community rights advocate Ashley Love confronts CNN Don Lemon over his use of the term 'gay community' at the recent NAACP convention.

PHOTOS WITHIN PHOTOS: 500 people hold more than 1500 photos, all around Israel.

COPYRIGHT LAW: Explained.

SANDRA BERNHARD: Joins The Trailblazer Campaign.

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Lt. Dan Choi, Sandra Bernhard Come Out for Homeless LGBT Youth

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Lt. Dan Choi and actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard were among the speakers at a rally for homeless LGBT youth yesterday in NYC's Union Square.

Bloggers Frank and Gabe have a thorough report: Forney  

"Putting a face to these numbers were several gay youth who stood up to tell the crowd their story. Most had experienced a similar trajectory. Having grown up in conservative, religious households, when they came out to their parents or guardians, they soon found themselves on the street. Organizations working to help LGBT youth like the Ali Forney Center took them in, and now some were even working for the same organizations that had given them a lifeline when needed it most. A representative from the Center for American Progress, a think tank that is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action, reminded the crowd that while New York City LGBT youth are fortunate to have resources dedicated to them, the same is not true in many parts of the country."

You may remember the Ali Forney Center was hit by anti-gay vandalism earlier this week.

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Fran Drescher, Aisha Tyler, and Sandra Bernhard join Joy Behar to discuss Carrie Prejean's Sex Tape, Gay Rights, and Ted Haggard

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Fran Drescher, Aisha Tyler, and Sandra Bernhard join Joy Behar to discuss Carrie Prejean's sex tape, Obama, gay rights, marriage equality, the down-low, and Ted Haggard

Deliciously bitchy.

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