Reasons to Have Pride in 2012, Part 3

We came out, we saw ourselves in media, and we conquered hearts and minds in the last year. From major wins to small victories, here is the third of four parts of 181 reasons to feel proud of not being straight and narrow.



THE REAL L WORD X400 | ADVOCATE.COMBecause Showtime hasn’t given up on the lesbians 

The net that gave us the groundbreaking L Word has turned it into a reality franchise, The Real L Word. Season 3, which starts in June, will straddle both coasts, adding some New York lesbians to the cast, including the women of the rock band Hunter Valentine. One band member, Kiyomi McCloskey (pictured in gray sweater), says the New Yorkers add more grit and straightforwardness. “I think season three showcases a very diverse group of women within the queer community,” she says. Why would a rock band invite 24/7 cameras? “We, as a band, felt like we wanted to expose what it was like to be in a professional, touring rock band. There is often the misconception that bands just hang out and get by. This will prove otherwise.”