Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (Aug. 1, 2008)

 
 

WANTED: LESBIAN/BISEXUAL ENTERTAINMENT WRANGLER
It is with mixed feelings that I am announcing that at the end of August, I will be leaving my job as managing editor of AfterEllen.com in order to write full-time. (My first novel comes out next year, and I have another one I have to write!)

I’ve been contributing to this site since 2003, when I wrote the site’s first article about Ellen DeGeneres, so this place has become a second home to me and I’ve loved seeing it grow into the wonderful community it is today. I’ll still be writing my Notes & Queeries column and might write other articles for AfterEllen.com too (you’re not getting rid of me that easily!), but I will be handing over the day-to-day managing editor reins to someone else.

[Added by Sarah Warn: I have mixed feelings about Malinda's departure, too! I'm thrilled that she's able to be a full-time novelist, but sad that we no longer get the benefit of her considerable talents in running the site. She began writing for AfterEllen.com when writing for AfterEllen.com wasn't cool (i.e., when I was running this out of my extra bedroom on weekends and no one was reading it but my mother), and her daily presence will be very missed. But as she says, she will still be writing for us regularly. She has to — I know all her secrets!]

Speaking of which, hey, we have a job opening here at AfterEllen.com! Here’s a brief description of what we’re looking for:

The Managing Editor will develop original, timely and compelling content for AfterEllen.com by assigning and writing news and feature stories, and working with the online production team to implement new initiatives and ongoing improvements to the site. Can reside anywhere in the U.S., but L.A. residence is a plus. Must be an independent and creative thinker who is able to identify ways to optimize and improve the reader experience by adjusting content regularly. Must be a team player and possess the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects while meeting both short-term and long-lead deadlines. Must have a strong interest in lesbian/bi entertainment, and several years experience writing and editing online content. Must have a sense of humor. Must not wear bad hats.

For more information on the job requirements and to apply for it, go to mtvncareers.com (choose Logo in the "Channel" drop-down in the "job search", and look for the job titled “Managing Editor”). Please do not contact me, Sarah Warn or any of the other staffers with your interest/resume/bribes, because all job applicants must go through Logo’s Human Resources.

And before you get too psyched about the possibility of hanging out with Mary-Louise Parker, touring the set of Dollhouse or getting free screeners of X-Files DVDs, let me warn you: This job isn’t only about schmoozing with the stars. It’s also a lot of work! My recent dream about being trapped in the Beverly Hilton during TCA while a tidal wave crashed through the sliding glass doors proves it. Proceed at your own risk!

— by Malinda Lo

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
On Aug. 4, Missy Higgins will be doing a live worldwide video chat at 6 p.m. EST via
Paltalk. Go here for more info on how to join in.

Out actor Sara Gilbert will be guest-starring in the season premiere of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU on Sept. 23.

Shamim Sarif‘s film The World Unseen, which has been making the rounds at LGBT film festivals, will be premiering theatrically in North America this fall.

After we told you about the trailer for Sarif’s latest film, I Can’t Think Straight, last week, the film’s producers told us that they plan to release the film theatrically in late 2008 or early 2009.

AfterEllen.com contributing writer Cheryl Coward‘s theater group Stamp Lab’s performance piece, Hush, premieres this Saturday in Austin, Texas. Go here for details.

The documentary Camp Out, about gay teenagers attending an overnight Bible camp for LGBT teens, will be available on DVD on Aug. 5.

Season 2 of here! TV’s documentary series Lesbian Sex and Sexuality will premiere Friday, Sept. 5.

Several AfterEllen.com readers, led by AE reader show-time, are working together to start a European lesbian entertainment site similar to ours, but also including articles on politics and other topics beyond entertainment. If you’d like to help, post in this forum thread rather than PMing show-time (so that everyone can benefit from the discussion, and show-time doesn’t drown in private messages).

That’s it for this week! Got the inside scoop on a hot new lesbian/bi actor/musician/TV show/film? Tell us at afterellentips@gmail.com. Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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