“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 407: Lesson Number One With Lianna Carrera!

Listen we’re not gonna ask anybody or tell anybody anything butttt it’s time for Lesson Number One and comic/writer and CODA Lianna Carrera is here to make us laugh and assess Bette’s sign language skills. Furthermore, Bette and Jodi are wearing matching white tank tops, Tasha doesn’t finish her churro, Phyllis has some major lesbian processing to do, Helena is playing strip gin rummy with Catherine, OurChart is BLOWING UP WITH HITS, Shane and Paige are gonna teach kiddos it’s ok to be gay I guess, Alice is going on a series of rides with Tasha and Katie Holmes wants to be in Lez Girls by Jenny Schecter!






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  1. I’ve learned more ASL and Spanish by accident just by being alive so I can’t believe these lesbians have literally never encountered anyone but hearing English speakers their entire lives until now.

  2. Love this podcast episode and your CODA perspective on Bette’s incomplete sentences. My college ASL teacher had us watch Switched at Birth as a class, which also cut off the Deaf characters’ hands. And then she asked us if any of us had watched Marlee Matlin in the L Word…and I didn’t raise my hand. Oh half-closeted baby gay me.

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