Sunday Funday Has The Most Incredibly Good News For You

Happy Sunday Funday! I hope your week was great despite Autostraddle dot com being down. I, myself, got through it by adopting a unicorn and sitting underneath a rainbow. Plus, my hair looked great.

This week – this one here that just started – is sure to be even better, though, because this Sunday Funday has Nancy Pelosi and George Clooney and Ellen and Rosie all at once! It’s like the “sure to cure all problems within the next seven days regardless of what they are” edition.

Lesbian Native American Woman Elected to Minnesota State Legislature

Susan Allen is a lesbian Native American woman and was elected Tuesday in a historic state legislature race:

Nine Native Americans have served in the Minnesota state legislature since the state’s founding, and all of them have been men. But on Tuesday, The Land of 10,000 Lakes chose via special election its first ever Native American woman to serve on its state legislature, and the first Native American lesbian to ever serve in any state legislature anywhere.

As if that wasn’t enough, though, she’s also probably someone you’re in awe of now:

Allen, now 48, grew up on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the most poverty-stricken swaths of untenable land in the US. Her father was an Evangelical priest, and the family frequently moved. When she was a single mother in her early 20’s and on government assistance, she relied public transportation to get to and from her law school classes. She’s got experience working in tribal and tax law, and as of last year was a partner in her firm. By all accounts, she’s an all-around intimidatingly kickass, groundbreaking lady.

She’s pro-gay marriage and has even “vowed to fight for defeat of Minnesota’s constitutional marriage amendment, which would effectively make same-sex marriage illegal in the state” so in addition to everything else, she’s a BAMF. Congratulations to Minnesota and to Susan Allen!

Nancy Pelosi Really Loves Us

The Adovcate’s February issue is well-positioned  to make you think warmly about Nancy Pelosi:

“All of us are carrying the baton of freedom as we fight this fight for freedom to marry. And all of you who are working on this are making America more American,” Pelosi told the rapt audience. It’s a meta-moment as far as political talking points go, the “American” pronouncement borrowed from closing arguments in the Proposition 8 trial made by former George W. Bush solicitor general Ted Olson; he in turn had cribbed the statement from an antigay defense witness who inadvertently made the case in favor of equal marriage rights during cross-examination. 

“It’s all about time,” Pelosi said, “and to those who mock me on this subject, I say to them, ‘The inconceivable to you is the inevitable to us.'”

Meryl Streep and Ellen Play A Kissing Game

Meryl Streep’s appearance on Ellen led to a game of lip-recognition for the oft-kissed actress. The trouble is, she’s kissed so many ladies she couldn’t even do it:

As Meryl stared at the photo going through her mental Rolodex, Ellen asked, “How many women have you kissed?”

“I can’t remember how many women,” Meryl replied.

Golden Globe nominee for The Iron Lady Meryl has played lesbian in Woody Allen’s 1978 film Manhattan and in the 2002 film The Hours, in which Alison Janney played her partner. But Meryl has had a few more ladies in her life than merely in those two films.

It’s nice to know when you and famous people have stuff in common, y’know?

Good News for Gay Marriage

+ George Clooney recently described gay marriage as “the final leg of the civil rights movement.” He is currently working on 8, a film about the Proposition 8 trials, which has begun raising money for gay marriage:

“I think the world is changing and it’s become less and less of an issue and I think it shouldn’t be long now,” Clooney said. “I think younger people are looking at this like, ‘Who cares?’”

+ French President Nicolas Sarkozy does not support same-sex marriage, but his country does:

According to a poll released Saturday, support for marriage equality has grown by 20 percent since 2000.

The BVA opinion poll for Le Parisien newspaper found that 63 percent of the 971 adults surveyed favor the legalization of gay marriage.

Rosie O’Donnell Misses Lesbian Parties


Rosie’s recent appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” makes you think of those old-school memories of yours, partying with famous lesbians:

Andy Cohen cut to a 1996 clip from Rosie’s daytime talk show, in which she and Ellen—neither of whom where out at the time—were joking about being “Lebanese.” this led to a conversation about how the two comedians were once part of a secret inner-circle of famous gay women back in the day. 

This really got me thinking mostly of how fun it would be to be part of a “secret inner-circle of famous gay women” and about the possibility of making it one of my new year’s resolutions.

Something Adorable

Have you ever just passed out? These cute things have.

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  1. Good one!

    I loved that Ellen/Rosie clip. I used to love Rosie back in the day. Almost as much as I love Ellen now. I somehow missed that episode though.

    Also, as someone who is currently nursing a helluva hangover and alternating between feeling like I want to throw up and feeling like I want to pass out myself in a not-at-all-cute-way, it is nice to see some cute things. It calmed my stomach for a few minutes.



    I’m surprised by the fact that the majority here actually supports gay marriage, because I’m pretty sure you guys in the US will have it on a federal level before us. We’re the most socially retarded country in west Europe, and the way people deal with uncomfortable things here is to pretend they don’t exist and not talk about it.

    When politicians are (rarely) asked “gay marriage, Y/N?”, they just say “no” or a prepared rehashed sentence like “I have conservative families views” and that’s it the discussion is over. I haven’t heard any politician supporting gay marriage in the upcoming presidential race, not even the lefties. I remember one fought for it several years ago, his carreer sunk after that.
    Even the out gay celebrities are allowed to come out once and then are implicitly expected to never again mention their gayness if they want to be on TV ever again. They don’t even dare to support gay rights, when gay magazines ask them about their opinion on it they say stuff like “oh marriage isn’t for me” or “I don’t think it’s very natural for a gay couple to want kids you know?” (I’ve read those exact sentences, not making it up).

    Anyway sorry for the rant, it’s just that gay people are invisible and don’t have a voice in France and no one gives a single fuck about our civil rights, so I couldn’t help but jump on the occasion. You’re “lucky” in the US in that all those crazy religious people bashing you are indirectly putting the spotlight on you and allowing you to be noticed and heard, we don’t even have that here.

    On a lighter note the passed-out kittens are SO CUTE.

    • Move north to Belgium or the Netherlands or (while it lasts?) south to Spain when the time comes.

    • Being gay in France means being invisible most of the time. It’s so boring here!! I mean we can count the out artists on just one hand, the supposed gay movies sucks, it’s a bit easier to finds good lesbians books but we still have a long way to go here :-( Like a French stand-up comedian once said about the position of France regarding gay marriage “the Vatican will end up allowing gay marriage before France” that sums it all!!! ;-)

  3. So proud to be a Minnesotan right now. And that marriage amendment will never pass.

    Yay, cute kittens!

  4. Soo I really want to have a party with rosie and ellen and sara gilbert and please jesus kd lang.

  5. As much as I wish all the queers would/could be out, there is something just so cool about secret gay circles.

    I like to imagine them wearing fancy suits and fedoras, like retro lesbian spies.

    • We could surreptitiously display our delicate tattoos of triangles on our wrists to silently communicate our sexuality to each other.

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