GLAAD recounts the last year
Wanda Sykes dishes Rush Limbaugh, and Neil Patrick Harris is suddenly everywhere
• Lady Gaga comes out as bisexual and confirms that fantasizing about women is the subject of her song “Poker Face.”
• Wanda Sykes causes a ruckus at the annual White House Correspondents’ Assn. dinner, with jokes attacking Rush Limbaugh and others.
• Cher’s oldest child, Chaz (nee Chastity) Bono, comes out as transgender and announces that he had begun his transition from female to male.
• Adam Lambert appears on the cover of Rolling Stone and confirms that he is gay.
• Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 63rd Tony Awards.
• Premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen’s gay-themed “Bruno,” which grosses less than half the domestic B.O. of his previous pic, “Borat.”
• A month in which LGBT news, much like the French, takes a vacation.
• “Glee” debuts on Fox, with gay-teen character Kurt (Chris Colfer) a major player in its ensemble cast.
• Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.
• Cynthia Nixon, Lady Gaga, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel and Dustin Lance Black join thousands at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C., insisting on equal protection for LGBT citizens.
• Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile comes out as a lesbian in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
• “Precious,” in which an openly lesbian teacher (Paula Patton) plays a pivotal role in the empowerment of an abused ghetto girl, opens in limited release.
• “The Wanda Sykes Show” bows on Fox, bringing a liberal voice to the right-leaning net.
• “A Single Man” — written, produced and directed by ex-Gucci honcho Tom Ford — opens in limited release. Pic, based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, follows the peregrinations of a gay man (Colin Firth) during a single day in 1962.
• “The Kids Are All Right,” starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as a lesbian couple, makes a splash at the Sundance Film Festival, with Focus Features eventually besting stiff competition for distribution rights.
FEBUARY 2009• Lee Daniels, director of “Precious,” follows Gus Van Sant and John Schlesinger as an openly gay helmer who’s nommed for an Oscar.
• Ellen DeGeneres joins “American Idol” as a judge, replacing Paula Abdul.
• Sean Hayes comes out on the eve of his Broadway debut, in “Promises, Promises.”
• Not to be outdone, Ricky Martin comes out too.
• Neil Patrick Harris does not host the Oscars, but performs nonetheless.
• No fewer than four original gay-themed works open on Gotham stages: “Next Fall,” “The Pride,” “The Temperamentals” and “Yank.”