Actress Dixie Carter has passed away at age 70. She was best known for portraying the spitfire southern lady Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show Designing Women. The show was a nationwide hit and was one of the first to feature an openly gay male character.
All of the women from the show were LGBT supporters in real life too. This clip from the 2006 Designing Women reunion at the Paley Center for Media highlights their gay fans and how the show would have tackled the issue of same-sex marriage.
After the jump is the Julia Sugarbaker "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" speech referenced in the video. Also included for your viewing pleasure is drag queen Patti O' Furniture performing the monologue at the Augusta, GA Pride Pageant last month.