Saturday, June 21, 2008

Thanks, Ellen

Last night Ellen DeGeneres won another Emmy for her upbeat talk show "Ellen," and there next to her when the win was announced was her partner Portia deRossi. You can see their reaction in this photo.
I am so glad we have Ellen representing us lesbians in the world today. She's sweet, funny, kind, cute and she (finally) has great taste in women.
I had a long chat with her mom Betty at a Human Rights Gala in Austin a few years back, and it was really nice to see a mom love her kid so much that she actually went on the HRC circuit, advocating for all of us.
Apparently, Ellen and Portia have set a date for their wedding. Justin Timberlake and a zillion other stars are set to sing and/or entertain for the event. I wish I could wangle an invitation, but I'm not holding my breath.
We need more really good lesbians out there representing us.
Rosie O'Donnell's cool, but we all know she has a dark, sort of crazy side.
This season of Top Chef brought us three lesbians: the sweet San Francisco couple Jennifer and Zoi, and the horrible Lisa, whose reptilian countenance at the Judge's Table always made me want to punch her in the neck, then run for my life.
Comedians Sandra Bernhardt, Lea DeLaria and Margaret Cho all scare the hell out of me for various reasons.
Melissa Etheridge, Melissa Ferrick and k.d. lang--not bad but they lack Ellen's charisma.
I adore Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, but they are no longer mainstream enough to make much impact. I met them both at Ann Richard's wake and Jane bought me a drink, then they had dinner with big sis and me. Charming ladies.
Jodie Foster would be a sensational lesbian role model if she'd just come out of the closet once and for all.
But Ellen is out.
And happy.
And rich, popular and successful.
Let's take a look at more lesbians who aren't as cool as Ellen:
Joan Armatrading
Chastity Bono
Tracy Chapman
Mary Cheney
Fannie Flagg
Sarah Gilbert
Candace Gingrich
Lesley Gore
Leisha Hailey
Sophie B. Hawkins
Janice Ian
Billie Jean King
Kristy McNichol
Martina Navratilova
Cynthia Nixon
Camille Paglia
Paula Poundstone
Liz Smith
Jackie Warner
See? Nothing to get too excited about when compared to Ellen.


Lulu Maude said...

I love Joan Armatrading! Didn't know she belonged to The Church.

karenzipdrive said...

A musician friend of mine has known her well for 20 years at least.

info said...

Excellent post/list!
And day-um - why is my profile posting as "info"? WTF?????


karenzipdrive said...

I think 'info' is a great name for you. Who has more info than Julien Sharp? ;)

bigsis said...

Margaret Cho? I don't think so. I believe the ascerbic/unfunny Ms Cho is just another hag cashing in on g's&l's.

Agreed 100% on Ellen, everyone loves her and I'm proud that she represents us.

dguzman said...

Your big sis is dead-on about Margaret Cho, man. But you know, all the gay guys LOVE her.

I think Martina's pretty cool, though. I'd like to see her host a show--bet she's got some great stories! Although she's not as cute and sweet as Ellen, admittedly. That's one hot couple.

FranIAm said...

What a list. I agree about Ellen.

Rosie lives in the town that I used to live in until November. Two words - CRAZY ASS.

I actually have some soft spots for(as well as healthy fear of) Sandra, Margaret and Lea.

I have seen Sandra live, many many times. She is indeed an acquired taste. I saw Margaret live once and that was enough!

bigsis said...

How about adding Linda Ronstadt? She and Jerry Brown fooled the nation for a very long time while we in the know had a good laugh. And because she shares our ethnicity Zip.

Dusty said...

What a beautiful homage to Ellen KZ. She is truly a wonderful representative. I love her humor and her smile lights up a room.

Rosy is strange as a human in general. She seems to relish the negative image she projects.

Dusty said...

A wonderful representative of the human race..I forgot to add that part..its hot and humid as hell here today and I will be sitting in this shit in a few hours watching an outdoor concert with Joe Bonamassa as the headliner. ugh..I hate humidity with a passion usually reserved for Bushies.

Distributorcap said...

i will start saying i do like ellen -- i have met her several times -- she is awfully shy at first

i love how ellen smacked down mccain when he was on --- and she did it so subtlely

but i do have issues with ellen - she seems to like laura bush. she does like jenna.

jenna whoc ares? but the laura thing is a problem for me. -- that woman deserves a major smackdown.

and why is Martina a bad lesbian? i think she has done a lot......

but what do i know?

karenzipdrive said...

I too think Ellen went overboard with the Jenna and Laura stuff, but she is by nature a kind person. She'd have to be to host clowns like them on her show, but then it might be one reason why everyoneon both sides loves her.

kzip said...

Martina is sensational- just not as lovable as Ellen.