2005: The year NBC’s Will & Grace filmed its last groundbreaking episode and the year Showtime’s Queer as Folk went off the air. Ellen had already proven that an out lesbian could be accepted as a daytime talk show host, and Neil Patrick Harris was one year away from proving that an out actor could be a sitcom star. It was in this climate of rapid change that Viacom premiered Logo TV, the first advertising-supported cable channel targeting the LGBT community. Expectations were high. Logo TV was a promise to the gay community that their lives would finally be reflected back to them on television.

Yeah, so that never happened. Logo instead focused on two things: reality television that makes Honey Boo Boo look like Ingmar Bergman (with the exception of the wonderful RuPaul’s Drag Race) and reruns of shows like Daria, Roseanne, and The Golden Girls (all great shows, but haven’t we already seen those on straight networks?). They never created the gay Mad Men, the gay Homeland, or the gay Sex and the City. (And no, Sex and the City doesn’t count as the gay Sex and the City.)

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Author: Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian is the screenwriter of The Quiet, Celeste in the City, Beautiful Girl, and the short film Revolution, which he also directed. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension. He lives in Los Angeles with his two children, and his dog Hedy Lamarr. The Walk-In Closet is his first novel.

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