Revealed! Glaad Awards Lesbian Nominees, J-Beals’ L Word Book, Tila Tequila’s Whereabouts

GLAAD: The nominees for the 21st Annual GLAAD Awards were announced yesterday. Cynthia Nixon will be specially honored because seriously, if you aren’t a Miranda, then WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? No really, Cynthia is gonna get the Vito Russo Award, named after a founding member of GLAAD and presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the community.

Last year Carlytron & Robin went in NYC and had a gay old time, and in Los Angeles our secret source attended and Ilene Chaiken wore Jenny’s garbage bag dress deflated and talked for a long time.

This year the award ceremonies will be held on March 13 in New York, April 17 in Los Angeles and June 5 in San Francisco.

A lot of things we like have been nominated including:

Ellen Degeneres for Outstanding Talk Show Episode (“Sirdeaner Walker Interview”) and also Oprah has been nominated in the same category for the day she had Ellen & Portia on! (“Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife Portia De Rossi”)

The Outstanding Musical Artist Category should all get together and go on a big tour, they could call it True Colors or something, participants as follows: Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Gossip, Adam Lambert and Otep.

For the teevee; Outstanding Drama Series includes Mad Men, Skins, True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters and nominated Comedies include Glee, Greek, Modern Family, United States of Tara and Beautiful People.

U People is up for Outstanding Documentary, Precious for Outstanding Film (also “I Love You, Man” — someone explain to me why this is?), Kathy Griffin: MY Life on the D-List and RuPaul’s Drag Race for Outstanding Reality Program.

Although this list is a big ol’ reminder that we’ve not let anyone entertain us this year besides Adam Lambert, we have indeed read/seen/DISCUSSED ON AUTOSTRADDLE almost all the nominees for for Outstanding TV Journalism, Magazine and News Articles, such as “Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside” (The New York Times), Uganda Be Kidding Me (Rachel Maddow), Total Transformation: Why Chaz Bono Decided to Change (Good Morning America) and Coming Out in Middle School (The New York Times Magazine).

THE L WORD: Jennifer Beals did an interview with SheWired to discuss her upcoming L Word book, which features photos she took behind-the-scenes as well as cast interviews. From the interview:

What I started to then was interview people as I showed them the photos because the photos from the first rehearsal ever brought up a discussion about how the show began and what our relationships were like when we first started and how we imagined things would be. And then you have a photograph of Mia Kirshner’s last day on the show and that elicits another conversation of how the show ended and how people felt about the way the show ended and what our relationships were like by that time. And certainly by that time we were like a family — functional and dysfunctional. Everybody had an opportunity talk about their journey. So I transcribed those interviews and put them in the book as well for us to have — for everybody to have.

The book will be available on February 1st from ColorCentric via All proceeds will go to charity. (@shewired)

RIHANNA: Rihanna is on the cover of W Magazine with a hawt photoshoot on the inside. (@ontd)

TILA TEQUILA: Tila Tequila has given an exclusive interview to Radar Online about Casey Johnson, and when she found out that Casey had died. She cries a lot and it’s pretty sad. Also I’d like to point out that we can not embed this video, so Radar Online way to go I bet you are gonna make a lot of money today!

Speaking of Radar Online, did any of y’all read RADAR magazine (in print) during any of its various incarnations? It was this cool Spy Magazine-ish effort with a ton of talent behind it that re-launched three times but went under every time despite its clear superiority over the rest of the universe.

In 2008, AMI purchased RadarOnline as the print version folded for the last time. Within a few months, Gawker began referring to the new website as “Zombie Radar Online,” and it bore no resemblance whatsoever to its intellectual/snarky predecessor besides the name. OH AMERICA. (@radaronline)

HISTORY OF TILA: Gawker also has a pretty compelling piece about what Tila Tequila’s life was like before all this — honestly, it’s interesting. (@gawker)

TABLOIDS: If you ever bought In Touch Magazine before, you should probs never buy it again. Here’s why: “In Touch, the magazine known for stories like “Brad Moves Out,” “Brad’s Moving Out,” and “Brad Feels Trapped,” changed directions this week: The cover features Sarah and Bristol Palin, holding babies, with the cover line: “We’re Glad We Chose Life.” (@jezebel)

BADDER ROMANCE: I know you thought nothing could be as awesome as Alex & Stef’s Bad Romance, but this is pretty awesome:

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Remember last year when IC hijacked the GLAAD stage in front of the JBeals, Shane & Leisha trifecta?

  2. OK, I admit that Bad Romance video is pretty brilliant but where is the ukulele section? A good cover needs ukulele!

    Also, I want Jennifer Beals’ book. Those pictures and stories might reveal the way they actually lived.

  3. I actually felt for Tila Tequila in that interview. Maybe I judged her too soon.

    That Bad Romance video was fucking hilarious.

    Thanks Autostraddle, I am quickly falling in love with yall! (But thats what we lesbians do anyway, right?)

  4. Tila Tequila made you sad? OMFG, that lying little tramp is pathetic. Just because she claims to have been engaged to a girl she knew for 3 weeks is no reason for us to embrace her. Not me, anyway.

      • NO LET’S NOT. I wear my ‘tramps like us baby we were born to run’ t-shirt to work all of the time and no one has ever told me that I shouldn’t. And maybe that is because everyone works for me but I think it could just be because being a tramp is really a bad ass/awesome thing to be.

        • This is exactly why I want to work for myself one day. That shirt sounds like it’s made of win.

    • I don’t think we need to have reasons to embrace/love/empathize with/hug people. Maybe the problem is that we think we do. If I saw Tila on the street I would ask her if she needed a hug. And that is saying something because I am totally afraid of human touch.

  5. The fact that I’ve seen ALL of the shows mentioned above either makes me a bit sad or totally awesome. Beautiful People is like Prozac for people with no money and free internet access.

  6. Re: Tila – Eh, I’d rather risk being a fool and embrace someone who may be a liar than risk ignoring genuine suffering. You can’t truly go wrong with compassion. Trust, yes. But not compassion.

    Brandi Carlile up for a GLAAD! yay! Though it broke my heart a little bit when she came out mentioning her gf and not her undying love for that fan she once signed a ticket for in Arkansas. Sigh. I just love her music SO FREAKIN’ MUCH. She converted me from being an mp3 player hater to forgetting that it wasn’t polite to leave your noise-cancelling headphones on when entering a friend’s apartment for a cup of tea. And her live shows… there are no words. That’s not true. There are just more words than the comment box will likely allow. I should just start answering the “What are you going to do now that you quit grad school?!” question with the honest answer of “Become a Lilith Fair groupie!”

  7. “..Ilene Chaiken wore Jenny’s garbage bag dress deflated and talked for a long time.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH, etc.

    Badder Romance ftw.

  8. Me being the silly little girl that I am, went to the GLAAD website eager about learning how I may get a hold of some tickets. THOSE THINGS COST $500. I have a job, but I’m not paid THAT well. So Demi will not be putting on that totally perfect dress she had in mind, or those 4 and a half inch heels. Not for this occasion anyway.

    I watched the Tila video and read the article just hoping for something to make me feel a little less cold toward her. It may have succeeded a little.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Palins got a reality show.

  9. Those badder romance kids are too cute! BTW: Just now when I was at the gym, two girls with alternative lifestyle haircuts were sitting by the indoor climbing wall and one of them was doing the sideways claw-spin. Made me smile. Thanks autostraddle for that small joy!

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