Film and TV

Logo Network Goodbye: 8 Television Shows That Actually Helped the LGBT Community

Last week, the Logo network, which was the only gay-focused channel on the block, announced that it is officially dumping its LGBT programming for more mainstream fare. Sadly, the network only lasted briefly and never seemed to get its foothold in the community it tried to cater to. Its biggest show to date is RuPaul's Drag U, a drag reality show, which the network remains committed to keeping on the air. Other than this one anomaly, Logo will go the way of most of all cable's once interesting networks and air programming like Storage Hunters and America's Next Top Model.According to Lisa Sherman, Executive Vice President of Logo:

Logo says the shift in programming - which will abandon most of its gay-only TV lineup - follows a study that more closely identifies the way the LGBT community lives today. Findings suggest that 53 percent of gay people live openly but without a priority to showcase their sexual orientation. Only 30 percent of those surveyed say they preferred living and socializing in an exclusively LGBT community.

While this is sad news to read, the network never broke much ground in integrating the LGBT community into American culture, as it should have. Rather, much of the network played into stereotypes, which may be the cause of its demise. Television has helped push the envelope where gays are concerned, many times in fact. Here is our top 8.

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Abby Koenig
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