Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (April 6, 2007)

 
 

HOW DO YOU SAY "HOLD ME CLOSER, TINY DANCER" IN CHINESE?
China’s first gay internet series, Tongxing Xianglian, or Connecting
Homosexuals
, launched yesterday on phoenixtv.com.
No, it’s not a real-life game of Connect Four with gay people ("Pretty sneaky, sis!"),
but a weekly hour-long series featuring an openly gay host, Didier Zheng, that will
"explore homosexuality from legal, parental and sociological perspectives
and will deal with issues like gay marriage," according
to
producer Gang Gang.

Qiaoqiao, the owner of the lesbian
bar Feng in Beijing — and the first Chinese lesbian singer to come out — will be the
show’s first guest. Be sure to check out the video for her song "Ai Bu Fen" ("Love Doesn’t Discriminate").

Yes it’s in Chinese, but don’t let that deter you. If there’s anything you can count on, it’s the universal language of lesbian love. And cute girls in pink tutus.

SHE SAID WHAT?
We just posted the first of the four She Said What?
episodes we filmed at Dinah, this one with guest Amanda Bearse, a prolific TV
director whom many of you may know from her role as Marcy D’Arcy on Married
With Children
in the ’90s. (She came out in 1993 while still on the show,
and for many years was the only out actress on TV.) Bearse is currently directing
Logo’s upcoming series The Big Gay Sketch Show, which launches April
24th. We’ll post a full review of the series before it launches, but I’ve seen
the first two episodes, and here’s my take: While some of the sketches are really
unfunny (especially the first few), there are several sketches that are frickin’
hilarious, including a Project Runway sendup, a sketch called "Lesbian
Speed Dating" and a Facts of Life parody.

Here’s sneak preview of short clips from the first episode, making fun of the
"The More You Know" commercials (the lesbians come in halfway through):




I knew I was gay when I was more interested in watching Christina Applegate
in Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead on a date in high school than
making out with my boyfriend. That’s when I knew.

But back to She Said What? Here’s a photo with Amanda on the set after
the first episode:

Watch the episode now here.

You’ll notice some differences on the show: Chagmion Antoine has left SSW? to
devote more time to her role on CBS News on Logo and to develop other
projects with Logo. Staceyann Chin had scheduling conflicts during Dinah, so she
couldn’t make it for these four episodes, but she’ll definitely be back!

Stepping in for them at Dinah were comedian Julie Goldman, who’s co-starring in The
Big Gay Sketch Show
; AfterEllen.com’s Dara Nai (aka "bad machine,"
pictured in the middle); and, in the fourth episode, Amanda Bearse. We also
taped a special AfterEllen.com-themed episode of SSW? co-hosted by our staff
(Malinda, Karman, Dara and me) so we could talk about AfterEllen.com-specific
stuff (memorable interviews, how we actually spend our time at work, etc.).
Look for that episode, which includes South of Nowhere‘s Maeve Quinlan
and Nancylee Myatt as guests, to air in two weeks. Next week, we have comedian
Suzanne Westenhoefer.

Also new and different in these episodes? Me sounding like Kathleen Turner
— I lost my voice from a bad cold before I even got to Dinah, and it went
downhill from there. By the fourth episode, I was pretty much just croaking
like a frog. Fortunately, Jane Lynch was the guest that episode, so there was really
nothing to do but sit back and laugh, anyway.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Last month, Michael Jensen, editor of our brother site, AfterElton.com,
wrote a story
about Disney discriminating against same-sex couples who want to have commitment
ceremonies at their resorts. Fast-forward several weeks, and Disney has just
announced
that they’re changing their policy to stop the discrimination.

In case you missed my
blog post about it
, Jodie Foster was outed — if you didn’t already consider
her out — by Out magazine in their upcoming issue. So far, there actually hasn’t
been much coverage of this by the mainstream press beyond simply reporting the
event, but I’ll keep you posted. On a related note, check out Mombian’s list
of Most
Powerful Lesbian Moms in America
.

Jennifer Aniston is being given a GLAAD award later this month for her "contributions to increased visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community." Um, OK. I mean, I loved watching her play a lesbian on Dirt, but I’m not sure it was worth an award. But hey, the more straight people who want gay awards the better, I guess!

Piper Perabo talks about her habit of playing lesbians in this new interview.

Smokin’ Aces is being released
on DVD on April 17th. I don’t know how I can stand the wait.

Forty-seven comments (and counting) on Malinda’s
lesbian-ish men blog post
? Clearly you all have some unresolved issues!

We’ve launched a new weekly
AfterEllen.com "Staff Picks" video page
, with a few videos from
around the web that are just too good not to share; you can find a permanent link to this page listed in the “More” section on the navigation on the left-hand side of your screen. Included in this week’s videos
are a Spanish lesbian music video, the Jessie-Katie kiss from Once and Again
and a tragic (and hilarious) tale of citrus love gone wrong called Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

That’s it for this week! Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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