7. LOVE, AMERICAN LESBIAN STYLE
How could we call ourselves a lesbian magazine if we didn't dish on the past year’s couplings and uncouplings? Rosie O'Donnell and Tracy Kachtick-Anders, for example, called it quits after dating for a year, but they still plan to co-parent their ten (!) kids. Two years after Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres were legally married at their Beverly Hills home, Portia filed a petition in court to take her wife's surname (formally changing her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres). On September 23, a court ruling made it official, and Ellen jokingly announced the news on Twitter: “She's now officially Portia Winfrey.” And, Melissa Etheridge and ex-wife Tammy Lynn Michaels hung up nine year’s worth of dirty laundry. Melissa quickly moved on, reportedly dating Nurse Jackie co-creator Linda Wallem. But Tammy eagerly blogged the gruesome details of their breakup. In a poem that will go down in herstory, we discovered that Etheridge’s personal assistant had mistakenly sent a gift to the wrong girlfriend, as Tammy informed Melissa: “I have your new dicks on my kitchen counter?” Melissa's response is not recorded.