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The 10 Most Lesbian Moments Of The 90s

To celebrate her upcoming Edinburgh show, Nineties Woman, comedian and writer Rosie Wilby talked to Dattch.com about the most lesbian things that happened in the 90s. Let's all put on some denim, feather our hair and get out our Dr Martens to celebrate this formative decade.

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1. Ellen DeGeneres Comes Out

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In 1997 in a famous episode, her character comes out - inadvertently to an entire airport terminal. Simultaneously Ellen came out in real life, provoking a huge backlash and declining ratings. The show was pulled in 1998 but it all worked out ok for Ms DeGeneres in the end.

2. The first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on UK television happens on Brookside

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I was born in Liverpool so always had a soft spot for Brookie. It was the grittiest soap until it's final days when the scriptwriters clearly took acid and Jimmy Corkhill was abducted by aliens. Or something. But in its halcyon days in 1993, it featured the first ever pre-watershed lesbian kiss on terrestrial Brit TV between gorgeous Anna Friel and...er... The other one... Perhaps Anna's character Beth was reinforcing old stereotypes about 'troubled' lesbians with dead fathers under the patio.. And the kiss itself was relatively tame... But still I stayed in on a Friday night to watch this. And did star jumps around the room.

3. Kd lang getting shaved by Cindy Crawford on the cover of Vanity Fair

A genuinely queer moment.
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A genuinely queer moment.

4. Rhona Cameron presents Gaytime TV

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My personal favourite was her interview with a newly out, gorgeous Sophie Ward who had got it on with Kerry fox the previous year in A Village Affair.

5. Dyke TV

A 1995 season of lesbian themed docs, films, entertainment featuring no-longer-lesbian Jackie Clune.
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A 1995 season of lesbian themed docs, films, entertainment featuring no-longer-lesbian Jackie Clune.

6. Bound

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The 1996 noir crime thriller starring Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon. They employed sex educator Susie Bright to choreograph the super hot sex scenes.

7. Dr. Martens

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Indie fashion worked well for lesbians. Gender neutral clothes were de rigueur.

8. Lesbian Avengers

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A direct action group set up in 1992 in New York City expanded into worldwide chapters including a London one which I fleetingly attended. Actions included performing an all lesbian Romeo and Juliet outside Hackney Town Hall to support Jane Brown, the head teacher vilified by press and councillors for 'failing to take pupils to see Shakespeare's play on the grounds that it was too heterosexual'

9. Angela Eagle

Eagle became the first openly lesbian British MP in September 1997 but have many of the MPs that followed her flown where the Eagle dared? Not really; more open lezzers in parliament please!
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Eagle became the first openly lesbian British MP in September 1997 but have many of the MPs that followed her flown where the Eagle dared? Not really; more open lezzers in parliament please!

10. Bad Girls

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The women's prison drama snuck in just at the end of the decade. I once performed at a club night with all the cast. Lucky me.

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