Cate Blanchett: “Coolest Straight Person” of 2007


Covers of The Advocate are a tricky business. When I first

came out in the late 1980s, the covers always featured men in kind of

porn-y poses. The Advocate began featuring women sporadically

in the early ’90s and eventually moved to a sort of equal balance in

recent years. Still, with the exception of 2005, most women featured on the cover

of The Advocate are straight — or at least ostensibly straight. (This year, there hasn’t been an

out lesbian on the cover since February.)

When I got my most recent

in the mail, however, I was not unhappy with the straight

woman featured on the cover.

It seems that The Advocate

has declared Cate Blanchett

(also known as No. 48 on the Hot

100 list
) the Coolest Straight


2007. And I’m not going to argue with that. ( gave a sneak peak of this cover a while back.)

Except for Todd Haynes’

gushing (“She’s just so cool she calls ‘straight’ completely into

question … and you can quote me on that.”) about Blanchett’s gender-bending

turn in I’m Not There, it’s not really clear why she warrants

specific consideration by The Advocate.

It’s a little bit like Jennifer

‘s GLAAD Vanguard Award —she’s certainly friendly and definitely

not an enemy, but did she actually do anything? (And I’m sure

for some lesbians, Blanchett’s turn as the ephebophilic object of a deranged lesbian’s desires

in Notes on a Scandal does not warrant her winning GLBT


But I find Blanchett to be

both lovely and one of the best actresses working today. Hence,

I’m happy to see her coolth lauded. And she was certainly gracious

and pleased to be recognized:

“I heard I was going to be

the coolest straight person. How kind! There’s a lot of us to choose


For the record, Blanchett was

not the only woman recognized. Elizabeth Edwards

was dubbed “Cool Politico” for being so cool about same-sex


And Arianna Huffington

was dubbed the “Cool Pundit” for her site,, as well as general progressive punditry.

When I lived in California,

Huffington was still a conservative married to a closeted man, so I’ve had

a hard time seeing her differently. But it’s good that others don’t

view her quite so myopically, as she’s apparently done a great deal of


And, of course, a bunch of

boys were recognized: Phillipe Cousteau

(grandson of Jacques and “Cool Environmentalist”), Aaron Toleos

(“Cool Gay Rights Activist”), Frank Rich

(“Cool Columnist”) and Common

(“Cool Rapper”).

Now that we know who The

picked, who would you pick as the Coolest Straight Person

of 2007?

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