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+ This week Ellen DeGeneres returned to work for the 15th season of her daytime show “Ellen.” In anticipation of this event, she talked to Ryan Seacrest on iHeartRadio about how tough it was so get the show on the air, recalling “This was a show that nobody wanted to buy. They really didn’t think anyone would watch a lesbian during the day and, at the time, no one wanted to see a lesbian at night either. So I was really out of options.” For the first few years, Ellen wasn’t allowed to discuss her personal life, including her relationship with Portia De Rossi, which is a very dark time I remember very well:
“It felt horrible because I had worked so hard to be truthful and to come to terms with my shame of hiding something that I knew was not wrong, but society was telling me was wrong. So I thought, ‘First of all, I lost a lot of the audience because I came out, and then I’m going to now lose the audience that supports me ― that is gay or supportive ― because I’m going to hide it.’ It’s a hard balance. I know this is a business, and I know that I have to appeal to everyone, but I think what’s more appealing than anything is honesty.”
+ One lesbian (Lily Tomlin) leaves, another lesbian (Kate McKinnon) enters: Kate McKinnon Is The New Ms. Frizzle In Trailer For Netflix’s “Magic School Bus Rides Again”
+ Battle of the Sexes, the true story of the legendary 1973 tennis match that pitted LESBIAN Billie Jean King against misogynist Bobby Riggs, comes out September 22nd and damn am I excited for it.
+ These Are The Sexiest TV Shows Of All Time: Includes The L Word, obvs.
+ Taryn Manning isn’t gay you guys, she’s not gay at all, she loves men!
+ Star Trek: Facts About Captain Janeway includes “Captain Janeway became a Lesbian Sex Symbol,” which I think we all already knew.
+ ‘Mudbound’: How Dee Rees’ Epic Made it to Netflix and the Oscar Race: “Two black women, a Japanese woman, a white woman who is a lesbian. Everybody is an other. I loved the idea that we brought our so-called otherness to the film. That’s what makes it edgy.”
+ 20 Years Later, Ally McBeal’s Queer Legalese Doesn’t Always Go Down Easy: This piece takes another close look at “Boy to the World,” an episode I discussed in my list of trans TV characters last year.