Glee’s Naya Rivera Sells Sweet Lady Kisses at GLAAD Awards; Lady Gaga’s Got New Songs


Our very own Santana is all grown up and played host of the San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards this weekend which honored The Kids Are All Right and Kim Cattrall. Naya Rivera peppered her intro with all sorts of inside Glee jokes, referencing “sweet lady kisses” and challenging the crowd with:

“For those of you who don’t watch [Glee], A) kill yourself and B) as if.”

Clearly relishing Santana’s character arc and evolution, she proudly announced:

“I am here to tell you that playing gay is good in every way. And that hopefully the huge increases in gay and lesbian characters will lead to more diverse and transgender-inclusive storylines.”

Naya also put a little money aside for Glee by auctioning off two kisses for $3,500 each!

More importantly though is that she said “Brittanna” out loud. GLAAD presents a different set of awards at its three annual ceremonies — New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. San Francisco is the last ceremony of the year and the awards presented were:

Outstanding Film – Wide Release: The Kids are All Right
Outstanding Documentary: 8: The Mormon Proposition
Outstanding Spanish-Language Music Artist: Christian Chávez
Golden Gate Award: Kim Cattral

The following pictures may be relevant to your interests:


In a brilliant PR move, Gaga is staving off (or maintaining control over) the Born This Way album leakage by essentially releasing a new track every few days. “Hair” debuted just moments ago and check out a LIVE performance of “Edge of Glory.” Both songs feature Clarence Clemmons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band on saxophone.


“Edge of Glory”

Finally, if you’re still trying to figure out what the hell was happening in the “Judas” video, the good people at Queerty have enlisted a religious scholar to decode that baby for you.

Thoughts on the new songs?


Last week we announced the Kickstarter fundraising campaign for Unicorn Plan-It, Autostraddle’s first scripted web series written by and starring Sarah Croce, Haviland Stillwell and Ashley Reed. Today we’re excited to announce the final casting of the fourth series regular, playing the role of Bambi, Catherine Wadkins! Catherine is known for playing Mary Bishop on General Hospital and she has also appeared on Medium, Medical Investigation, and Helter Skelter. She was seen on Broadway in Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck opposite Chris O’Donnell. You should probably know that she also makes amazing video greeting cards for the interweb. That’s right kids, donate a few quarters and that face is ready, willing and able to come to Autostraddle in a big way!


Ah, nostalgia! Saturday Night Live resurrected the long-running superhero cartoon, “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” for the first time in eons this weekend. However, in a surreal twist, the animated short morphed into live-action when a “flesh ray weapon” transformed the 2D gay/not gay Ace and Gary in to human played by Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Ed Helms appearing as villains. Hilarious or biphobic (as some have claimed?)


First off, if you don’t already own her album “21” drop everything right now and RUN to iTunes. Some lovely quotes from her Out Magazine cover story:

“I get a lot of mail from people who tell me that I make them really happy to be themselves, and really comfortable with who they are, which I love. I would hate it if someone was, like, ‘I wish I was you’ because I’m as insecure about myself as the next person. In what way? Just that I’m not good enough — in my music, in my relationships, and that I’m never going to be brave enough to tell someone how I feel.”

She also tells the story of a young gay fan who came out after listening to “Someone Like You”:

“He fancied someone at school, but he wasn’t out. And he listened to ‘Someone Like You’ and came out to his best friend and then to the boy he fancied, and it turned out that he was gay as well, and now they’re together — he’s like 15. I had to leave so I didn’t burst into tears.”

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Jess is a pop culture junkie living in New York City. She enjoys endless debates about The L Word, Howard Stern, new techy gadgets, DVR, exploring the labyrinth of the Lesbian Internet, memoirs, working out, sushi, making lists, artsy things, anything Lady Gaga touches, traveling, puppies, and nyc in the fall. Find her on Twitter @jessxnyc or via email.

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  1. I actually feel like we did better with our ‘Judas’ analysis in the open thread. not even kidding. Nice work autostraddlers.

  2. “Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair.
    Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen.
    Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer hair
    Here baby, there, momma, ev’rywhere, daddy, daddy.”

    *eagerly waits for a youtube to make a mash-up of “Hair” with… well… “Hair”.

  3. Lady Gaga’s latest songs (“Edge of Glory” and “Hair”) just sound below average to me. Well, at least for Lady Gaga standards.

  4. feelings:
    #1 Brittana!!!!!
    #2 gaga can sing (duh)
    #3 Unicorn plan-it!!! so excited for the series :)
    #4 a-fucking-dele

  5. “Edge of Glory” reminds me of the main theme from St. Elmo’s Fire.

    Like…a lot.

    But in a good way. Like I could go running to that song and feel like it was a pretty epic run.

  6. Does this mean we now have the definitive statement on how to actually pronounce Brittana?

  7. Watched Naya’s monologue.

    Loved the “A) Kill yourself. B) as if.”

    Not going to lie though.

    I sort of felt bad for Shay Mitchell.

  8. Oh my goodness, Naya is SO CAPTIVATING AND BEAUTIFUL. I could listen to her talk all day.

  9. It’s got to be Brit – tan – uh, because it’s a mashup of their names! Brit – tana, like the last part of “Santana.” She’s got it all wrong =P

    Also, that girl really knew how to work it with the ambiguous word choice and flirt upon flirt. “Naya Rivera sex riot” indeed…

    … i CANNOT BELIEVE that she actually auctioned off kisses. Can I PLEASE double that bid and pay it off for the rest of my life????

  10. I cannot wait for Unicorn Plan-It! They just need 40 quarters, you guys! It’s not that much!

  11. I did not expect Naya’s voice to sound like that! I always forget people speak differently when they’re acting…

  12. ahhhh I was at the Big Weekend and saw Gaga’s performance :) it was so SO GOOD. It was two days ago and I still can’t quite believe I’ve seen her in person…

  13. “Damn, homey!” + that one surprised face she always makes

    that is how i imagine Shay Mitchell reacting to Naya’s comment..

  14. Unfortunately, GLAAD saw fit to award Kim Cattrall specifically for SATC. While Cattrall is usually a good gay ally, her SATC character was featured in a quite transphobic episode in that series which basically made trans women of color sex workers into buffoons and comic book characters… I know a lot of trans women (including myself) who found the episode offensive—it was the one where Samantha moves to the Meat Packing District. After a number of activists contacted GLAAD with their concerns about this episode, I am led to believe that GLAAD is going to request that episode not be included in the show’s re-run cycle (although it’s been shown umpteen times before, and GLAAD has previously ignored many of the issues it brings up). I’m not sure what the response of the producers/distributors is.

    While I get it that GLAAD is rewarding someone from a series which had a lot of gay representation, it points up how GLAAD until very recently (and in some ways still) had blinders on when it came to transphobic content produced by gay filmmakers and writers.

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