5. Take my wife, please! Julie Chase on Trading Spouses
On Fox’s reality show Trading Spouses, a sweet lesbian couple from San Diego, Pepper and Judy Lane, faced off with conservative religious homophobe Julie Chase, a charmer who refused to use the restroom in a gay restaurant and who compared being gay to having a birth defect.
Julie Chase and Pepper Lane
Pepper weathered the misfortune of having Julie as her temporary "wife," but in doing so showed her own family in a very positive light. Neighbors and viewers sided with the Lanes, who were portrayed as normal, loving parents to two children. In comparison, the vitriol-spewing Chase came off as a crazy woman with outmoded, hateful beliefs.
The Lane Family
And thanks to Julie Chase, the Lane family has made a slew of new friends. Pepper Lane told AfterEllen.com: "It’s amazing. I’ll go to the grocery store, and someone will come up to me and say, ‘I would’ve kicked her ‘blank’!’ They say such nice things, almost as if they’re feeling they have to apologize for the way we were treated, feeling as if they wanted to say, ‘Not all straight people are like that.’ It’s been very overwhelming and very humbling."
6. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but dumb words really annoy us
A variety of celebrities said stupid things about being gay, playing gay, and even looking gay this year. See for yourself:
Sweet! That’s cool. I don’t know if that works for female actors, though. Luckily, this gay thing hasn’t messed up my appeal to the gentlemen, because I have never had any problems meeting men. Maybe they get turned on by the idea of that!
— Queen Latifah, in response to a Glamour interviewer’s statement that when male actors are presumed to be gay, it’s a sign that they’ve "made it "
I don’t know that it should be called marriage. But the idea of it is the same, and you should have the same quality of rights that a married person has. People think of marriage as something that is between a man and a woman, because it was created by God. Well, let God handle the judgment, too. You stay out of it.
— Queen Latifah, in response to Glamour‘s question about her opinion on gay marriage
“God, I don’t know. She was Swedish. They all look like lesbians. You can’t tell!”
— Chloe Sevigny in the July 16 issue of New York magazine, on whether an airport security agent who strip-searched her once was hitting on her
There was originally a whole scene where I confronted her about it, and said, "I feel like you’re kind of pushing up on me, what’s going on?" They left that out; they wanted it to be very ambiguous, which is cool. I figured that people would probably run with it, and there was a little misconstruing about it, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t a big deal.
— Alicia Keys on playing a lesbian-ish (rather than lesbian) character in Smokin’ Aces