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Sheila James Kuehl

We begin TV week with a show devoted to sitcoms. Many people will remember Sheila James Kuehl as Zelda Gilroy on the old TV show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Her TV career ended when rumors began to circulate that she was a lesbian — and those rumors were true. She became a prominent lesbian activist and women's rights lawyer in Los Angeles. In November 1994, she became the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California State Assembly.

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