ELLEN & PORTIA: America’s favorite lesbian couple was on Oprah last week to celebrate Ellen’s much-anticipated O magazine cover, less than a week after Maine voted against same-sex marriage [Read: Maine & Washington Gay Marriage Election Day “Live-Blog”!]
As fierce warriors in the fight against symbolic anihilation, we’re passionate & dedicated observers of the impact Ellen & Portia have had on America’s limited & prejudicial opposition to equal rights for gay and lesbian couples. (Read: Portia on The Ellen Show)
In “A Sapphic Victory, but Pyrric,” The New York Times notes that “culture leads politics, and support for familiar, respected individuals precedes support for a larger, more abstract idea,” and wonders in light of Maine’s Question 1, when we can expect what may have been the most public display of gushingly romantic affection between two gay or lesbian celebrities, among other subersive imges and popular figures, to pay off at the polls.
Rachel Maddow and Dan Savage chime in with their opinion and Savage points out that lesbians fare better than gay men on the small screen because gay men make people think of buttsex and “They look at Ellen and they don’t know what she does with Portia.”
Read the article.
BISEXUAL: OMG! Kristanna Loken, the bisexual actress you may remember from The L Word (she played Paige, Shane’s single mom post-Carmen rebound relationship), is not with her husband anymore and for the last seven months she’s been in a relationship with a woman. This is exciting because this story always happens the other way around! Her girlfriend’s a personal trainer and you can get the full scoop here: AfterEllen interviews bisexual Kristanna Loken. Loken also dishes on the difficulties of dating women who don’t want people to “know” (cough*michelle rodriguez*) and the importance of queer visibility for equal rights.
YOUR BODY IS A WONDERLAND: John Mayer says that if you haven’t gone dancing in a gay club, you’ve never really danced. Also, you’ve never felt so sexually unwanted since that time you accidentally glanced a little too long at your best friend changing her clothes in middle school and everyone called you a dyke. Or whatever.
GAY ACRES: Planet Green, part of the Discovery Channel family, has greenlit a new show about a gay couple running a farm in upstate New York: “Their eccentric, extended friends and family dynamic reveals to viewers that trying to live the simple life isn’t so simple after all.” And also maybe that the gay life isn’t so foreign or wrong. (@variety)
CRACKS: See what happens when you comment? I look at your website, and then I find special amazing things, like the trailer for this movie, Cracks. It looks lesbionic, totally enchanting, completely creepy, and absolutely necessary. Someone tell me more.
LADY LOHAN: Lindsay Lohan tweeted this week that she is obsessed with the Bad Romance video (how weird, us too!) and would love to collaborate with Lady Gaga someday. If that ever happens, Autostraddle will probably just explode. Or find it impossible not to use all caps for a while.