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The Year in LGBT History: 2006
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LGBT Time Capsule: 2007

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Feb 1, 2007 - The Sarah Silverman Program debuts on Comedy Central.  Two of the sitcom's characters, Brian and Steve, are a schlubby gay couple who are the antithesis of the Chelsea boy stereotype.

 

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Feb 6, 2007 - Snickers causes a mini-controversy with its ad during the Super Bowl showing two blue collar types who inadvertently kiss each other on the mouth while eating a Snickers Bar.

Feb 22, 2007 - The Graham Norton Show premieres in the UK on BBC Two, a follow-up to his previous two chat shows, V Graham Norton and So Graham Norton

Feb 25, 2007 - Financial expert and frequent Oprah guest, Suze Orman, comes out in the New York Times.

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March 10, 2007 - The iconic Roxy dance club on West 18th St. in Chelsea closes after 29 years.

March 22, 2007 - On Ugly Betty, Betty agrees to play the role of gay co-worker Marc St. James' girlfriend when his mother comes to town (he played by Michael Urie, she played by Patti LuPone).  However, when mom makes disparaging remarks about Betty's flamboyant 14-year old nephew, Justin, Marc lashes out and tells her he's gay.

 

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April 5, 2007 - The TV character Devon Banks (played by Will Arnett) makes his first appearance as Jack Donaghey's gay nemesis on 30 Rock.  (Donaghey was played by Alec Baldwin).

May 22, 2007 - Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter Mary gives birth to a boy.

May 25, 2007 - Rosie O'Donnell's turbulent tenure on The View ends after she has one last on-screen outburst.

July 9, 2007 - The Advocate announces that it will send its magazine through the mail without a plastic overwrap unless otherwise requested by a subscriber.

Aug 9, 2007 - Democratic presidential hopefuls debate LGBT issues on LOGO.

Aug 17, 2007 - Disney Channel's wildly popular High School Movie 2 premieres to record ratings and features perhaps the gayest musical number ever devoted to baseball.  The song is called I Don't Dance and in it show tune-loving Ryan demonstrates to the school's jocks how the leaps and pirouettes of dancers aren't dissimilar to the acrobatics engaged in during a ballgame.  The song's chorus, "Hey batter, batter, hey batter, batter - SWING" is delightfully catchy.

 

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Sept 10, 2007Gay judge David Young’s syndicated TV show debuts.   It’s tagline is “Justice with a snap”.  Despite the gay angle (however, plaintiffs/defendants were of all sexual orientations) the show was unable to make headway against the glut of judge shows already on the air and was cancelled after two seasons.

 

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Sept 28, 2007 - Harry Potter author JC Rowland reveals that Hogwarts' chief wizard, Dumbledore, was gay.

 

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Dec 31, 2007 - Comic Kathy Griffin and CNN reporter Anderson Cooper bring in the New Year together on CNN for the first time.

 

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(To read about LGBT pop culture and history from other years double click here.)

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