8. Annabelle — Loving Annabelle (2006)
Every lesbian knows that the best way to reveal your sexuality among
a new group of friends is a good old-fashioned game of "I Never." When
Annabelle shows up to a new Catholic boarding school, she has all of
her lesbian accessories in tow (guitar, combat boots, tattoo), but just
to make sure her friends don’t mistake her for an average emo punkster,
she busts out with, "I’ve never slept with a woman" during a tipsy
dorm-room game of "I Never." Her new classmates are shocked, intrigued,
and impressed, but not contemptuous.
Of course, that is only the first reveal in Loving Annabelle.
The second one changes not only the course of Annabelle’s life, but her
literature teacher, Simone’s, as well. When Annabelle reveals the
reason she won’t surrender her Buddhist beads, it catches Simone
completely off guard.
Simone: Why are you making this so hard?
Annabelle: The first person I fell in love with gave them to me.
Simone: You still in love with him?
Annabelle: She moved to Europe last year with her family.
Overall, Annabelle’s reveal is treated with excited deference by her
peers and guarded kindness by her teacher — until Simone’s guard drops
completely and her kindness gives way to passion.
7. Lucy Diamond — D.E.B.S. (2004)
Say you’re the top student at an elite all-girls crime-fighting
school, and you’re staking out a notorious criminal mastermind as she
rendezvous with a known killer. You’re thinking arms deal. You’re
thinking assassination. What you’re not thinking, when you accidentally
tumble into said criminal mastermind after dinner, is this:
Lucy: You know. I don’t get it. I’m minding my own business on some stupid blind date, and you guys are all over me!
Amy: A blind date?
Amy: With that Russian girl? But, I didn’t know you were a…
Lucy: Why would you know?
Amy: I just — wow. That just so totally torpedoes my thesis.
Lucy: Your what?
Amy: I’m doing a paper on you.
When Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster) reveals to Amy Bradshaw (Sara
Foster) that she is a lesbian, Amy is thrown off only for a second.
Within moments, she’s deconstructing Lucy’s sexuality and trying to
understand it in relation to feminism and Lucy’s overcompensating
The reveal is important because it forces Amy to examine her
sexuality, but Lucy Diamond’s attraction to women has nothing to do
with the fact that she’s a super-criminal. It’s a refreshing change of
pace from the timeworn lesbian criminals of yore, with their perverse
sexuality pushing them toward mass murder.
6. Patti — Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
During Season 4 of Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith Grey (Ellen
Pompeo) announced that no one would mistake her or Christina Yang
(Sandra Oh) for lesbians because they "screw boys like whores on
tequila." No wonder she’s been so miserable these past four seasons.
In Under The Tuscan Sun, Oh has a slightly bubblier role to
play, as Patti, Frances’ (Diane Lane) lesbian best friend. When Patti
and her partner, Grace (Kate Walsh) discover they’re expecting a child,
they send Frances to Tuscany on their Gay & Away tour. Even though
Patti’s sexuality is revealed in a far less dramatic way than her
subsequent arrival in Italy — plus one huge baby belly, minus one
partner — it is a reveal that added the remarkable Sandra Oh to the
lesbian canon as the fun-loving Patti. A much-needed addition that will
not soon be forgotten.