Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (December 15, 2006)

 
 

AND
BABIES MAKES FOUR

The new issue of US Weekly features a photo shoot
with lesbian power couple, Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn
Michaels, and their new twins Miller Steven and Johnnie
Rose:

According to Tammy, who wrote about the photo shoot on her
blog,
it was a "necessary evil":

Since
we don’t want to be chased by any razzi, we decided to
take photos on our own, and run them in a magazine. No
chasing, no one sneaking up behind us, no strangers with
giant light bulbs no dirty sneaking around to be rewarded
with lots of cash…Taking the photos ourselves works
for me. (Well- not OURSELVES – there was a photographer
there…)

Of course, I saw the photos yesterday.
Again – not my favorite.

Who
wants their photo taken right after having twins, and
without a stitch of clothing on that feels real-life?
I look like I’m in getting a non-formal mug shot taken:
"Here she is in her nursery" –insert a pained
smile here– and "Here she is in the music room"
–insert a little fear behind the eyes– none really look
like I’m having a good time.

None
showed the prism of life we experience everyday. The joy
isn’t smeared across the photos the way I was thinking
it would be. Sometimes photos don’t capture the real moments
happening…. And yet… my pieces of heaven are so lovely,
I want to share them with everyone. There is a happy medium."

There
is something subversive about this photo shoot appearing
in a conventional magazine like US Weekly. Bummer
that they put them in gender-stereotypical colors, though
– how are they still putting girls in pink in 2006? – but
maybe Melissa and Tammy Lynn secretly switched the babies
right before the shoot, and they’re just messing with everyone.

Either
way, it’s great to see lesbian family in the news – look
for a similar spread of Mary Cheney and Heather Poe in nine
months on WorldNetDaily, right next to the op-ed
piece about how soy
milk makes you gay
.

I
WONDER IF JO AND BLAIR HAD A SAFE WORD

The
European Union is trying to block
sales of a PlayStation game called "Rule
of Rose"
that “puts the player in the shoes
of a teenage girl who is repeatedly beaten and humiliated
as she tries to break out of an orphanage.” Folks
in the EU allegedly fear an outcry, particularly over "alleged
overtones of lesbianism and sadomasochism”, prompted
by scenes like this:

In
related news, Loving
Annabelle
was released
on DVD
this week.

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