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This week we put out the call for nominees for our 2012 Visibility Awards. While we tally up your suggestions, we thought we'd try to weigh in with who we think deserves to win in their respective category. So, team, what's your pick?

Heather Hogan: The clear choice for Out Les/Bi Woman of the year is Rachel Maddow. When she landed her own show on MSNBC during the 2008 election, there was a real sense of Charlie Bucket's Golden Ticket novelty about it. An unabashed lesbian with a butch sensibility who earned a PhD from Oxford and refused to capitulate to the lowest common denominator in her punditry, the country just sort of patted her on the head like Willy Wonka and said, "Well, you're just lucky to be here, aren't you?" Fast forward to 2102 and Maddow is the voice of forward-thinking America. »

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