Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (August 22, 2008)

 
 

STILL CARRYING THE TORCH
In this week’s Olympics update: Carole Péon of France finished 34th in the women’s triathlon on Aug. 17. The United States softball team, in a huge upset on Thursday, was defeated by Japan 3-1; softball may not appear in the Olympics again. Also on Thursday, the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Brazil 1-0 to win the gold medal in a tense, drawn-out battle for the single goal, scored in the sixth minute of overtime play; Natasha Kai was substituted in toward the beginning of overtime but did not score.

Yesterday in the women’s handball semifinals, Norway defeated South Korea 29-28 with a last-second goal by Gro Hammerseng, who made six goals in all during the game.

Hammerseng: "Don’t you even try it, suckers!"

Photo credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Teammate and partner Katja Nyberg had been benched with a knee injury in the quarterfinal but came back to play in the semifinal.

Nyberg: "Just gimme the ball nicely and I won’t hurt you, I promise!"

Photo credit: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Norway, which has never won an Olympic gold medal in women’s handball (see comments below for more info on all the other medals they’ve won!), will play Russia in the final round match on Saturday in Beijing.

— by Malinda Lo

ATTENTION LESBIAN/BI WOMEN WITH TOO MUCH FREE TIME (THAT MEANS YOU!)
Because we know our readers are always looking for more ways to distract themselves at work/school, we’ve launched a new games section at afterellen.com/games!

Now you have an even gayer way to kill time! Piece together photos of great Olympic moments, or queer women who rock. Test your knowledge of lesbian TV trivia. See how many lesbian-ish quotes you can identify. (Finally get some payoff for reading this column every week.)

We’ll add additional puzzles periodically, and update the quiz questions every few weeks or so, so keep checking back. In the meantime, bear with us if you discover a few kinks in the system — we’re new to this online games thing — and enjoy!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
This week, comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer announced that she will marry her longtime partner, Jennifer Houston, on Sept. 6 in a small, private ceremony at the Hollywood Chapel in Los Angeles. Congrats!

In case you missed it: MSBNC is giving out political commentator Rachel Maddow her own show beginning next month.

This week, Defamer has been speculating on which B-list TV actress is planning to "become a lesbian" to revive her career.

Lindsay Lohan may convert to Judaism for her "girlfriend," Samantha Ronson, according to E! Online.

To help raise money for another season, the B.J. Fletcher Private Eye cast and crew are hosting a party on Sunday, Aug. 24 starting at 7pm at Big Mamma’s Boy restaurant in Toronto, with a DJ, raffle, silent auction, door prizes, and episodes screening. There’s also an online auction on ebay starting Monday August 25, which will include a one of a kind B.J. Fletcher Belt Buckle, and a walk-on part in season two (including a two-night hotel stay in Toronto and dinner with the cast). Go to bjfletcherprivateeye.com/Fundraiser.html for all the details of the live and online events.

Our sister site 365gay.com officially relaunched this week with a new look-and-feel, and a feature article compiling responses from various political commentators and others on which high-ranking government position or elected office needs to be held by an LGBT person. Check out the answers here, including answers from AfterEllen.com vlogger Dana Rudolph (She Got Me Pregnant) and editor in chief, Sarah Warn.

The final episode of The Lo-Down will be posted next Tuesday, Aug. 26.

New episodes of She Made Me Watch This! will be posted on Mondays again soon. (Lori and Sarah have just been swamped with work, watching the Olympics, and marathoning The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Blu Ray.)

The Seattle meet-up scheduled for Sept. 5 has been cancelled. Sorry! (We’ll do one there someday, we promise, our collective schedules are just too crazy to allow for any more traveling right now.)

Monday on AfterEllen.com, look for our fall TV preview, covering everything lesbian and lesbianish on television, from new shows like 90210 and The Ex List to Grey’s Anatomy.

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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