Diana Hecht, author of this year’s winning “You Are So Nashville If...” entry, is a Franklin resident who is a talent agent and actress. She started working on this entryand the 16 others she submitted this yearas soon as last year’s contest ended.
“I work on them all year,” she says. “If I think of something, I write it down and stick it in a file.”
Hecht, a native of Baltimore, moved to Nashville two-and-a-half years ago from Los Angeles, where she was an actress. “I just couldn’t deal with L.A. anymore, so I moved here to be near my sister. Then I just fell in love with the place,” she says.
Hecht says she came up with this year’s winning entry after observing that a sizable number of Nashvillians seem to be uncertain about their sexuality. “In Los Angeles or New York, it’s acceptable to be gay, even to the point that they embrace it,” she says. “In Nashville, because of the terrible repression or guilt that I sense here, I feel that there is some confusion about sexual identification.”
She says she has a name for people who are sexually uncertain. “They’re like Zima, the confused beverage. It doesn’t know whether it’s a gin and tonic, or a 7-Up. Whenever I meet someone who’s confused, I say to my fiancé, ‘He’s Zima.’ ”
Not that Hecht has anything against Zima the beverageor against sexually uncertain people. After all, she admits, she’s got plenty of confusion in her own life. “What can I say? I’m a German Jew from Baltimore who celebrates Christmas,” she says.