With each passing year—even month—the LGBTQIA+ community sees more accurate and effective representation in the media. Gay characters can be protagonists and antagonists or have strong supporting roles, and TV shows and movies are even getting brave enough to say the words "bisexual" and "transgender" out loud, instead of dancing around the topic with euphemisms.

But that wasn't always the case. Each section of the community was misrepresented differently. Think of the testosterone-soaked action flicks of the early to mid-2000s, and music videos across all genres: Do lithe, lusty models making out at parties and in clubs come to mind? For a while, even when lesbians took center stage, their role seemed to be to have taboo sex and emotionally suffer ("Blue Is the Warmest Color" much?). After all, lesbians were just a "new" and different kind of woman, and a woman is still, to many filmmakers and watchers, a sexual object. Just as with their heterosexual counterparts, reducing lesbian characters to sexual spectacle obliterates the chance to really understand them as complete people.

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