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The New Normal

2013 TV plotlines that addressed real world LGBT issues

When scripted television turns to real-world issues faced by LGBT people for inspiration, they are also helping to educate viewers and foster greater understanding, which studies have shown translates to positive shifts in public opinion. Here are a few of the shows that tackled the LGBT community's lives and challenges in 2013, in no particular order.

VIDEO: Matt Bomer Presents Outstanding Comedy Series to The New Normal, Outstanding TV Movie or Miniseries to American Horror Story: Asylum at #GLAADAwards

The New Normal creator Ryan Murphy and series stars Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King and Jayson Blair were presented with the Outstanding Comedy Series award by Matt Bomer at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Murphy also accepted the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series for his FX show American Horror Story: Asylum.

The New Normal Takes on Boy Scouts Controversy and Star Justin Bartha Speaks Out Against the Ban

Tonight's episode of NBC's GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedy The New Normal will see former Eagle Scout David (Justin Bartha) and his fiancée Bryan (Andrew Rannells) taking on the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Bartha did a special Ask Me Anything with Redditt today where he answered a question from GLAAD about the BSA ban.

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