The Gay Decade in Entertainment
1) Brokeback Mountain
For obvious reasons, this was THE LGBT arts event of the decade, but to reiterate: the first gay love story to break out big, let alone with full-on man-on-man sex. Only consider that this lost to the execrable and utterly forgettable Crash for the Best PIcture Oscar to realize how gun shy Hollywood still is about homosex.
2) Ellen DeGeneres
Her show broke new ground, as did her Oscar hosting in 2006, as did her marriage, as did her gay advocacy. I admit I was late to the table admiring her, but I sure do now.
3) Rosie O’Donnell
Her talkshow ended. She shut down McCall’s, a venerable Seven Sister woman’s magazine. She added, then melted down, on "The View." She also championed gay causes and started a gay family cruise line. And she starred as Harvey Feirstein’s wife in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway!
Her resurgence came with a fabulous movie and Logo’s breakout reality series on dragstar wannabes.
5) American Idol
Clay Aiken came out, as did Adam Lambert, both proving that you can be an out-gay man and draw hordes of teenage female fans. You listening, Rickie Martin?
6) Cheyenne Jackson
He’s finally proved you can be an out-gay man and do believable love scenes with the opposite sex. You listening, Ruppert Everett?