Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Academy Awards
After a successful hosting gig at the Primetime Emmys, the universally loved Ellen DeGeneres was invited to host Hollywood’s big dance, The Academy Awards. She sang, she danced, she dressed like a swan — and in the process, she earned lots of laughs.
Former Friends Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox lock lips on FX’s Dirt
In their first onscreen appearance together since the Friends finale, Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston played tabloid news rivals, and Aniston played a lesbian with a longtime attraction to Cox’s character. In Aniston’s final guest appearance, the two shared a kiss.
Sarah Silverman meets "The Muffin Man"
On "The Muffin Man" episode of Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, Sarah Silverman realized she was gay after meeting a butch cop. (It happens!) Her newfound sexuality doesn’t stick, but unlike most straight actresses making jokes about us, Silverman let lesbians in on it, and she got it right: "As a lesbian, I resent your laughter. And all laughter."
Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselbeck make The View the most uncomfortable viewing experience on television
With political tension at a generational high in 2007, super liberal (and super out) Rosie O’Donnell made a sport of going head-to-head with super conservative Elizabeth Hasselbeck on the daytime talk show. It made their co-hosts uncomfortable. It made us uncomfortable. The only real winner was the person who collected royalties on split-screen technology. After a heated argument with the conservative co-host, Rosie left to never return, and ratings lowered for another year.
Angela Robinson gives us GirlTrash!
After creating a cult following with her 2004 lesbian spy movie D.E.B.S., Angela Robinson struck gold again with her webseries GirlTrash! The out writer/director/producer snagged some iconic lesbian-friendly actresses (Maeve Quinlan, Gabrielle Christian, Mandy Musgrave, Amber Benson and Rose Rollins) and wove a story about "sex, crime and double-crossing vixens."
Melissa Etheridge snags an Oscar
After beating breast cancer, Melissa Etheridge came out strong in ’07, releasing The Awakening, her ninth album. She won an Oscar for her song in Al Gore‘s global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. And she moderated a presidential primary debate, asking tough questions about equality.
Karey Dornetto feeds Ilene Chaiken to a mountain lion
Out comic Karey Dornetto earned herself millions of YouTube views (and lesbian and bisexual fans) when her "Hi, I’m Ilene" parody hit the Internet in 2007. Many L Word viewers were still mourning the death of Dana and the downward spiral of their favorite show. Dornetto’s viral video gave them a reason to laugh, and a place to commiserate. It also reminded them that Ilene Chaiken does not need tools, if you know what we mean.
Tila Tequila takes a shot (or 20) at love on MTV
Bisexual fame-grabber Tila Tequila decided to try her hand at reality show love in 2007 with MTV’s A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. It was men vs. women vs. women vs. men, as contestants tried to impress Tila and earn her undying affection. Or, at the very least, share her media attention.
Exes & Ohs premieres on Logo
For lesbian viewers who couldn’t watch another minute of The L Word after the implausible, heartbreaking third season, Logo offered something different, an original bit of lesbian programming called Exes & Ohs. It offered organic stories, strong characters, and plenty of out actresses playing lesbian and bisexual women.
The Oprah Winfrey Show shows what it’s like to be "Gay Around the World"
In late 2007, Oprah had Jamaican poet Staceyann Chin on The Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about the hate crimes perpetuated on her because of her sexual orientation. The poet spoke candidly about her assault and relocation to America. It was an eye-opener for the mainstream and a call to courage for the LGBT community.
— by StuntDouble