+ This Friday, Ellen will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “The Puppy Episode” on her daytime talk show, Ellen. Laura Dern and Oprah Winfrey, as well as Ellen cast members Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis and David Anthony Higgins, will appear to discuss the groundbreaking coming out episode that changed the world and temporarily ruined Ellen’s life. Personally I’m stoked about Clea Lewis and Joely Fisher ’cause I was a huge Ellen fan and I’m a sucker for cast reunions.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Today is the day the The Handmaid’s Tale debuts on Hulu! I wrote an essay about it on Monday that I hope you read or plan to read after watching the show, and Dorothy Snarker’s review of the first three episodes is up on Autostraddle now. Here are some other things you can read about it:
- ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe
- Making dystopia diverse: How Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ updates the classic
- On The Handmaid’s Tale, Bernie Sanders, And Feminism
- We Live in the Reproductive Dystopia of “The Handmaid’s Tale“
- Samira Wiley on ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and Margaret Atwood’s NSFW Instagram comments
- Must-See LGBTQ TV: Don’t miss the premieres of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Dear White People”
+ Ellen Page Examines What Trump Means For The LGBTQ Community | The Huffington Post — On April 30th, Vice will debut a special episode of Gaycation, “GAYCATION: UNITED WE STAND,” that takes a look at what President Donald Trump’s administration means for the LGBTQ community.
+ Kristen Stewart, who is probably the most commercially successful publicly out gay actress of all time, has managed to get away with being SO queer in every role she plays, even the straight ones!
You can’t make a film starring Kristen Stewart without acknowledging her ur-hero presence as the current Queen of Queer. That is not to say that Stewart exemplifies what queerness is or must be for all time, or even for a single generation, but that you can’t look at a single movie or TV show she works in without acknowledging the frisson, nay, the geyser, of queerness she brings to the screen. It’s in the jawline, the twitch, the allergy to smiling for heteropatriarchy. That’s so even when the storyline doesn’t have Kristen Stewart kissing a girl.
+ I haven’t been watching Feud, partially ’cause I’m annoyed he didn’t choose to feature any of the numerous lesbian and bisexual female scandals that fascinate and intrigue me to unhealthy degrees. I remain irked by this situation, but good news for gay men: Ryan Murphy Says the Third ‘Feud’ Will Be Gay. Who Should It Involve?
+ TV’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’ honors slain character: “To see an African-American woman on the wall in Detroit, blown up huge, with the words ‘Stand Up’ — it’s just so empowering and that’s what I wanted everyone to feel when they see the mural.”
+ This is about a gay male show, but the idea of gay respectability politics is interesting to consider for our own community, too: We Get It Already: You’re All Much Better Gays Than the Guys on that Fire Island Reality Show
+ Here’s a roundtable with The Pretty Little Liars Cast about stuff and all that.
+ Susan Sarandon Debates Gender Identity & Sexuality in Exclusive ‘3 Generations’ Clip (“3 Generations” was previously known as “About Ray“) (warning: Out Magazine has a lot of auto-play videos on his home page! Aren’t you glad we don’t? You should join A+!)
+ Hey, you should go see Julie Goldman do a benefit for the Los Angeles LGBT Center: