Let’s face it: not many of our favorite lesbian actors, musicians, comics and characters enjoy the kind of mainstream affection they do with AfterEllen.com readers. In fact, if your gaydar is in the shop, one quick queer test is to drop a name like Tegan and Sara. Or maybe mention Piper Perabo. If someone knows her as Rachel from Imagine Me & You, and not “that girl from Coyote Ugly,” you’ve probably met yourself a genuine lez.
Back in 2008, we noticed a trend: lesbian and bisexual characters were disappearing onscreen, but lesbian and bisexual actors were gaining plenty of notoriety. We were proved right — once again — when Entertainment Weekly released its “2009 Best & Worst” issue, which gave plenty of mainstream love to some of our favorite gays.
(And just to add a little “G” perspective to the “LGBT”, Adam Lambert pulled the eighth spot for Entertainer of the Year, and ABC’s super gay Modern Family was number nine.)
In more specific categories, Gossip scored the sixth best song of the year with “Heavy Cross.”
There’s one more lesbian highlight in EW‘s Best and Worst, but I’m reluctant to give it to you. [Deep breath] In “The Shaw Report,” Jessica Shaw examines what’s in, what’s five minutes ago, and what’s absolutely out. The last item on her list this year just might break your heart:
Oh, Shane. You’ll always be in with us.
Who were your favorite out performers this year?