Best. Lesbian. Year. Ever. 2006

 
 

It’s my last column of 2006, and I don’t have much new lesbian entertainment news to report this week aside from Rosie and Donald’s flame war, which Scribe Grrrl aptly described as akin to watching Jenny and Max fight on The L Word (and about as much fun).

But I do have some AfterEllen.com news for you. A few months ago, I announced that we were planning to change the name of AfterEllen.com, for a handful of reasons (hard to get taken seriously when people think you’re an Ellen DeGeneres fan site, etc.). Since then, we’ve received a deluge of emails from readers asking us to reconsider – I had no idea how attached people were to the name! – so after much discussion and thought, we’ve decided not to change the name, after all. At least, not now. That probably means we won’t be getting interviews with Anne Heche or Alex Hedison anytime soon, but I can live with that if you can.

But wait, there’s more! In early January, we’ll be relaunching AfterEllen.com with the same content, but a different look and feel, and some cool new features – like the ability to comment on articles, a search box that actually works, and a better forum.

To prepare for the relaunch – and because it’s the holidays and even professional lesbians need some time off – we won’t be updating the site next week (after we post Karman’s South of Nowhere finale recap tomorrow). But we’ve got some great new articles coming the first week of January, including reviews of Dirt and the new season of The L Word. And later next month: the return of Scribe Grrrl’s L Word recaps, new weekly recaps of Bad Girls (also written by Scribe Grrrl), AfterEllen.com podcasts, and more.

And now, on to this week’s column, which I’ve named Best. Lesbian. YEAR. Ever. because it’s – you guessed it – all about 2006.

First, here’s a clip from the 2006: The Queer Year special I took part in last month, in which a bunch of us chatted about the year’s GLBT entertainment and pop culture news – I chose this one to feature because it has a funny quote from Jenny Shimizu explaining that she’s not a big Xena fan because “I like women I can bully”:

I don’t know how exactly to square that with her dating Angelina Jolie, so I’m not even going to try. You can watch the rest of the Queer Year special online here.

Second, I’ve spent the last few days pouring over every column I’ve written this year, assembling the most interesting, newsworthy, or funniest bits to present you with the “best of” Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. in 2006, starting with last January. So stroll down memory lane and marvel at how little much has changed since this time last year.

Have a great holiday, and see you in 2007!

JANUARY

GOLDEN GLOBES
Speaking of Brokeback Mountain, queer films of the gay and trans variety–including Brokeback, Capote and Transamerica–won big at the Golden Globes this week, while lesbian-themed films…well, there were none. Out actress Cynthia Nixon was nominated for her role in Warm Springs, but she didn’t win.

In her Best Actress acceptance speech, Mary Louise Parker (who now stars in Showtime’s Weeds, but will always be Ruth in Fried Green Tomatoes to me) did say that she wanted to make out with Elizabeth Perkins, so at least we had a Funny Lesbian Moment.

And in the night’s Cool Straight Woman Moment, Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) won a Best Supporting Actress award. For those still wondering, the woman Oh called “my rock” in her acceptance speech is her sister, and not, alas, her secret lesbian lover.

L’FAUX PAS
Jennifer Beals appears to have outed fellow L Word star Katherine Moennig in a new interview with The Advocate in which she says she considers it a compliment that a studio exec thought she was bisexual, because “oftentimes I will go [to] Leisha or Kate or Ilene or Rose Troche and ask, ‘OK, is this the right thing to do? Is this not the right thing to do? Am I going to seem like a total chump if I do this?’”

Uh, Jennifer? Any mistakes you might make during filming are the least of the show’s problems so far this season. Seriously.

THERE’S GOTTA BE SOMETHING MORE
Out singer/songwriter Kristen Hall has left the popular country trio Sugarland to spend more time at home writing music. This may be good news for Kristen, but it’s a bummer for lesbian country fans, who finally had someone to moon over besides Terri Clark.

NBC THROWS THE BOOK AT THE BOOK OF DANIEL
NBC has officially canceled The Book of Daniel due to low ratings and no advertisers. Okay, one advertiser: the Burlington Coat Factory, which is almost worse than no advertisers.

Naturally, the anti-gay American Family Association is claiming responsibility for the show’s demise, nevermind that the main reasons advertisers weren’t there was because neither were the viewers, not because they were afraid of the AFA. But okay, sure, AFA, go ahead and take credit for this. You can put it on your list of accomplishments, after electing President Bush, and giving real Christians a bad name. But I repeat myself.

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