Afternoon Delight: Charlene Strong takes the story of her wife on the road, “Pariah” at the Toronto International Film Festival

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Happy 55th birthday to out actress Geri Jewell. And happy birthday to comedian Erin Foley and rocker Yvonne Doll

While Glee’s Jane Lynch prepares to host the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (she’s only the third woman in history to host the show solo), she’s also on the cover of The Advocate‘s October issue. Lynch discusses the new season of Glee, her memoir Happy Accidents and her lesbian love scenes with Cybill Shepherd on The L Word.

Lynch said, "It was her (Shepherd) first love scene with a woman. Of course, we were both clothed because no one wants to see us middle-aged broads flopping around in bed. I had one love scene under my belt, and I’m a lesbian in actual life, so I’m sure she expected me to take the lead, which I did. She was absolutely wonderful and open to the challenge. We both had a good time."

If you tune into Sunday’s award show you’ll also see a slew of female presenters including Glee’s Lea Michele, Amy Poehler, The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies, Sofia Vergara and BridesmaidsMelissa McCarthy. The Emmys will air on Sunday, September 18 at 8/7c on FOX.

You know what this world needs? Another social media site! FREE2LUV is a new website urging "gay and gay-friendly actors, musicians and athletes to create one-of-a-kind artwork for the FREE2LUV product line as well as participate in a Rock the Vote style PSA." This LGBT awareness campaign wants to encourage celebrities to create artwork in support of the queer community and when sold a portion of the proceeds will be donated to gay youth organizations. To learn more visit their website.

LGBT activist Charlene Strong is taking her powerful story on the road. This fall Strong, who is the human rights commissioner for Washington State and the co-editor of The Seattle Lesbian, will set out on a collegiate tour across the US. Strong will share her own personal story and discuss the death of her wife which was the subject of the award winning documentary, For My Wife …. Strong’s first stop on the tour is on September 28 at 8:30 p.m. at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. To learn more about Strong and her experience watch the 15-minute video below entitled "It Wasn’t Enough."

Attention ladies of New Jersey!  This Thursday, September 15 head over LGBT- Ladies Latin Night in Belleville at 8 p.m. (250 Mill St.).

Brokeback Mountain’s Michelle Williams graces the cover of October’s Vogue. Williams, who’s obviously all dolled up to play the iconic Marilyn Monroe, discusses her new film My Week with Marilyn. She told the mag, "As soon as I finished the script, I knew that I wanted to do it, and then I spent six months trying to talk myself out of it. But I always knew that I never really had a choice. I’ve started to believe that you get the piece of material that you were ready for." Wait, so if I sent her the script for Season 2 of McManusLand she’d automatically sign on to do the project? Does anyone have Michelle Williams’s mailing address?

In a Tennessee high school, a senior student tried to start a Gay-Straight Alliance Group and, after meeting with the principal numerous times, he tried to take matters into his own hands and was threatened with suspension. In protest, other students started an Anti-Gay Straight Alliance Group. Watch the below video and try not to be as outraged as I am.

The Out in the Silence Campaign has announced a new national Award for Youth Activism to "highlight and honor the courageous young people who are on the front lines in the most important civil and human rights struggle of our time: achieving dignity, respect, inclusion, fairness and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Students and ally groups that most effectively raise LGBT visibility, call attention to bullying and harassment, and promote safe schools, inclusion, fairness and equality for all by holding an Out in the Silence film screening & speak out event in their school or community during October, which marks LGBT History Month, Ally Week, and National Coming Out Day." The three award winners will receive a cash prize and their names will be announced on December 10 (International Human Rights Day) by The Huffington Post.

Lesbian/Bi Photo of the Day:

Last night Dee Rees’ award winning film Pariah took The TIFF Toronto Film Festival by storm. Rees (left) posed with the film’s producer Nekisa Cooper at last night’s festivities. Pariah opens in NY, LA and SF theaters on December 25 and expands across the country this winter. There’s a reason we’ve been championing Rees and her film (in all its incarnations) since 2007. Go see it!

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