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VOTE: /bent's First Annual Reader's Poll Asks You To Pick The Most Important LGBTQ Films, TV Shows, Songs, Books and People

By /bent | /Bent May 27, 2014 at 11:03AM

Next month is Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots and asking all of us to remember how we got where are today. So we thought it might be fun to start up an annual Pride Month poll here at /bent, asking our readers to tell us the most films, television shows, books, songs and people (both fictional and real) who have been important to them in the past 45 years.
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Next month is Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots and asking all of us to remember how we got where are today. So we thought it might be fun to start up an annual Pride Month poll here at /bent, asking our readers to tell us the films, television shows, books, songs and people (both fictional and real) that have been important to them in the past 45 years. 

We realize doing so is highly subjective, which is why we're going with "most important" and not "best." We hope what results is an eclectic mix of people and media that have helped shape the queer cultural landscape over the past four and half decades.

Note a few rules: The picks must be post-Stonewall (as in the media must have been created after 1969 -- though the people don't necessary need to be born after that year, they just need to have made a difference in the last 45 years), and should be explicitly LGBTQ (as in the people should be out, and the work shouldn't just be "read" as queer). You also don't need to answer every question, or fill them each all the way to 10. But note that they are ranked in order of preference from 1 to whatever number you stop at.

Beyond that we're pretty open, save a few more specific rules listed beside some questions. Though in an UPDATED ASIDE: Don't send us 10 emails from different addresses voting for your film. We're not idiots and these ballots will be discarded. 

Copy and paste the below ballot into an e-mail, fill it out, and send it to thebentblog@gmail.com by June 3rd at 11:59pm EST (the subject line doesn't really matter but we prefer "I VOTED"). Low-tech, but simple and easy!  And don't forget to add comments. We'll post them, along with all the results, over the month of June. HAVE FUN, and PASS IT ON ;)

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*-Narrative or documentary, though should be explicitly LGBTQ. And like every question on here, needs to be post-1969.

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#2 Most Important LGBTQ Filmmaker:* 

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*-Yes, must be openly LGBTQ.

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#3 Most Important LGBTQ Television Series:* 

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*What determines an "LGBTQ Television series" is up to you, but we definitely aren't asking you to go obvious on us. And this includes Miniseries/TV Movies

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#4 Most Important LGBTQ Actress/Actor:*

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#5 Most Important LGBTQ Musician*:

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*-Bands or duos which are entirely LGBTQ can count as one vote. Otherwise just write down the band member who is queer.

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#6 Most Important LGBTQ Anthem:* 

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*-Anthem means song, of course, and this is an incredibly vague idea as many songs could be interpreted as LGBTQ anthems to many people. But this is about you, so pick the ones that have been most important to you.

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#7 Most Important LGBTQ Writer:* 

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*Writer can mean playwright, screenwriter, novelist, journalist, scholar…  Truly someone whose written words have been important to you from an LGBTQ standpoint.

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#8 Most Important LGBTQ Book:*

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#9 Most Important LGBTQ Fictional Character:*

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#10 Most Important LGBTQ Public Figure:*

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*-This is basically any person -- living or dead, American or not -- who since 1969 has publicly affected LGBTQ rights in a positive way. This a huge question, which is why we are so excited to see the results.

Got any comments on your picks? 

Copy and paste the above ballot into an e-mail, fill it out, and send it to thebentblog@gmail.com by June 3rd at 11:59pm EST. Any questions? Tweet them at us.