Folks at Showtime. I thoroughly enjoy your network and would just like to explain to you how much The Real L Word has done for the LGBT community. I have been out for a few years now, but I personally know people who have come out because they have seen the positive relationships that were formed on this tv show. Think of Jane who lives in the midwest and doesn’t get to see edgy, successful lesbians when she walks down mainstreet of her town that’s too small for her. She’s in her first year of college, and as many girls at that stage, she’s not sure really if she understands what she feels about her sexuality. All of her friends are out at parties with boys when she doesn’t know if this is who she is or what society has created for her because it’s the norm. The fact that she has the ability to turn to your tv network and see girls who are out, living lives in big cities, with thousands of people around them on a daly basis and realize that it’s actually okay to not be sure about your gender identity, is the one thing that makes Jane feel okay about the questions in her mind. Sure she may not be able to go to her local gay bar and see the same people she sees on this show, but it’s not about that. This show allows you to follow REAL people’s lives, and see the love, heartbreak, success, careers, and know that being gay or even being different is OKAY. When I came out, I was in a deep dark place. All of my friends were hanging out with their girlfriends and I had no one. If I had twelve lesbians on a tv screen who weren’t being bullied because they were gay, who weren’t being questioned that they were gay, and who weren’t afraid to show that they in fact are in love with a woman, then my coming out would have gone a lot smoother. I came from a household where we didn’t talk about the fact that being gender queer existed. You have done the best thing a tv show could do. You put real people, in their real lives, with their real stories, on tv so anyone who has a tv or internet can see that being gay is okay. Not only have you done something which makes the younger, middle age, heck, even the older age realize that the world doesn’t need to be just black and white, you’ve shown the hardships and struggles that gay couples face. With trying to get pregnant and not being able to get legally married in your state, you’ve hit two of the biggest issues in the LGBT world, and you did it so classily. You’re going to be getting a lot of flack for trying to take the new ‘spin’ on the L world and not many people are going to watch it. We have formed imaginary bonds that want to know if Lauren and Kiyomi get together at Dinah, if Kacy and Cori are having a girl or a boy, if Whitney and Sara can make it to the wedding, and for one hour, every LGBTQ, straight, crooked, or whatever person gets to have hope. Hope that their lives will turn out like those who we tune into every Thursday night. Hope that one day, we are successful, comfortable, loving, and ‘out’ Jane’s who came out because we had that role model that played such a big part in our lives when they don’t even know our names. I hope you are not close-minded to editing your decision. Think about Jane. Think about the social barriers you’ve already broken. Think of the population you just served by making a tv show about people like them. Think of how many people you’ve given a role-model to. Think of the people you’ve filled with hope, and change your mind.