Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (August 21, 2009)

To keep things interesting (for you and for me), I’ve decided to reserve this first page for whatever I want to write about each week — whether that’s nominations for the Woman of the Week, a news roundup, highlights of relevant tweets, or a rant about something related to the site.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK
Here are this week’s candidates of newsworthy queer and queer-friendly women and why they deserve to be nominated for Woman of the Week — vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the page!

1. Liz Feldman

When an out queer female comedian gets a high-profile mainstream gig, it helps lesbian/bi visibility, and makes it just a little bit easier for other queer comedians. Liz is not only unabashedly gay, she uses humor to drive home the point about equal rights — whether it’s co-writing and co-starring in the celebrity-studded Gaythering Storm video parody ("It’s raining gay people!"); blogging about marriage rights ("I am very excited about ‘gay marriage,’ or as I like to call it, ‘marriage.’ Because I had lunch this afternoon, I didn’t have ‘gay lunch.’"); or interviewing queer and queer-friendly women in inappropriate ways on her AfteEllen.com web series This Just Out with Liz Feldman (my favorite was the fifth episode, in which she got Emily Deschanel to read a gayed-up script of Bones).

So lesbian/bi friend-os everywhere were thrilled at the announcement yesterday that Liz will be among the comedians regularly featured on NBC’s The Jay Leno Show, debuting next month (continue reading the BLWE column for more about that, or skip directly to it). Given the sad state of lesbian visability on American TV, this is definitely good news all around!

2. Mia Kirshner

The actress who played the character we loved to hate (and then just hated), Kirshner spoke candidly to us this week about her disappointment at the way The L Word ended. But it’s Mia’s work to help the children of Malawi that makes her a candidate for Woman of the Week. "I’ve been asked, ‘Why Malawi?’" Mia told us, "and my answer is, ‘Why not?’ When you see human rights being violated, you have to say something and do something about it. Period."

Plus she was awesome as a ruthless assassin on 24. I’m just sayin’.

3. Tina Mabry and Morgan Stiff

Filmmakers with a knack for being involved with great projects (Mississippi Damned, Itty Bitty Titty Committee), Tina and Morgan deserve the Woman of the Week nomination because they’re committed to providing a voice for marginalized groups, including queer women and African Americans (and queer African Americans).

(Yes, I know they’re really two people, but they’re partners — in filmmaking and life — so I’m lumping them together for this poll.)

In a our recent interview with the couple, Stiff told us the mission behind their production company. "Mainstream films often reflect limited experiences," she said. "Who’s listening to the millions of people who are looking for something more, something that defines them?…We’re coming from the margins and redefining the mainstream."

Yes, please!

4. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga gets a nod for being consistently open about her bisexuality, and insisting on making her tour with Kanye West "the gayest tour ever" (she means that in a good way), as she revealed in an interview this week. And of course, there’s her irresistibly catchy dance music.

I’m choosing to ignore her questionable fashion attire for now.

Now vote!

The poll closes Sunday night — click "view results" to see who’s winning.

Continue on to read the latest lesbian/bi entertainment news — there’s a lot this week!

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