Work Out premieres on Bravo
The first out lesbian to fuse her personal and professional lives on reality TV, Jackie Warner allowed cameras into her business (Sky Sport and Spa) and into her home as she fought with her trainers and girlfriend, Mimi. Jackie has since become the crush of suburban housewives everywhere, and has a new show, Thintervention with Jackie Warner, debuting in 2010.
Kristanna Loken (officially) comes out
After filming Bloodrayne with Michelle Rodriguez, the actress appeared on the cover of Curve magazine, proclaiming she was bisexual. In 2008, she married a man, Noah Danby, but recently told AfterEllen.com they have separated and she is now dating a woman.
Amélie Mauresmo Wins Her First Grand Slam Title
The lesbian tennis player played her heart out and finished first, beating out Belgian player Justine Henin-Hardenne in the Australian Open. In 2009, Amelie retired from professional tennis, saying she was no longer able to train as hard as she used to.
Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is published
The Dykes to Watch Out For creator Alison Bechdel penned a graphic novel memoir that became a best seller and topped "best of" lists everywhere — including mainstream media.
Rosie O’Donnell joins The View
The outspoken O’Donnell returned to talk show territory, making equality a priority and offending Elizabeth Hasselbeck a daily occurrence.
Loving Annabelle, The Black Dahlia, Notes on a Scandal, Imagine Me & You and The Gymnast are released
The good seemed to balance out the bad in 2006. While The Black Dahlia and Notes on a Scandal
showed negative portraits of queer women (i.e. stalkers and deserving of
being murdered), the others were otherwise pleasant and some of the
best lesbian-themed films of the decade.
The Gossip release their first major album and Beth Ditto becomes an international star
From small indie band to superstar trio, The Gossip’s Standing in the Way of Control was widely released and then hailed as the next big thing. Meanwhile, frontwoman Beth Ditto became the focus of the press and made known her pro-queer and fat-positive messages.
Batwoman comes out
Batwoman’s alter-ego Kate Kane officially came out as a lesbian in Detective Comics 52. We were also introduced to Renee (aka The Question), Kate’s former girlfriend, proving that even lesbian superheroes can’t shake their exes.
— by Trish Bendix