As 2009 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the people and events that made this the Best. Lesbian. Decade. Ever. in pop culture.
Luckily for all of us, there was far more information to have mentioned from the last ten years than we could have included in this brief survey. That’s why our lists for each year are not intended to be exhaustive, but are instead snapshots of different memorable moments that included the representation of lesbians and bisexual women in film, television, music, literature, comics, sports and the Internet since the year 2000.
Chavela Vargas comes out
Mexican ranchera music legend Chavela Vargas publicly came out as a lesbian at the tender age of 81.
Angelina Jolie wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted and told Talk Magazine, “I only play women I would date.”
Rosie O’Donnell launches Rosie magazine
Taking a note from the Oprah Winfrey manual on how to build a media empire (O, The Oprah Magazine debuted the same year), comic and talk show host O’Donnell partners with the publishers of McCall‘s and launches her own magazine. Despite a promising start, a struggle for editorial control results in O’Donnell’s departure from the magazine in 2002, and the ultimate demise of Rosie magazine in 2003.
Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres split up
After a three-year long relationship, actress Anne Heche and out comic Ellen DeGeneres part company.
Lily Tomlin drops a pretty big hint
When a reporter from The Seattle Gay Times asked Lily Tomlin, “What turns you on?” Tomlin replied bluntly “Jane Wagner.” (Tomlin officially comes out the following year.)
Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher split up
2000 was a bad year for high-profile lesbian relationships, as rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner go their separate ways after a 10-year relationship.
Dark Angel‘s Original Cindy kisses her ex-girlfriend
On the Fox network, Dark Angel‘s Original Cindy (Valerie Rae Miller) shared a kiss with her ex-girlfriend Diamond (Tangelia Rouse), a one-time guest character who died tragically and painfully at the end of the episode. Lesbian entertainment in the new millennium can only get better from here, right?
Eden Riegel joins All My Children as Bianca — the first lesbian teen on daytime television
Eden Riegel is introduced on the ABC daytime drama All My Children as the latest actress to play Bianca Montgomery. Shortly thereafter, Bianca comes out, making her the first lesbian teen on daytime television.
LGBTQ people head to Washington, D.C. for The Millennium March
The Millennium March on Washington to raise awareness and visibility of LGBT people took place in Washington, D.C. on April 30, with estimates of attendees ranging between 200,000 and 1 million people. The accompanying Equality Rocks concert featured performances by Melissa Etheridge and kd lang.
Coming out melodrama The Truth About Jane airs on Lifetime
The Truth About Jane, a coming out story about 16-year-old Jane (Ellen Muth), the daughter of Janice (Stockard Channing), airs on Lifetime.
— by Karman Kregloe