Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (December 8, 2006)

AND BY "OBVIOUS", SHE MEANS "WON’T SCARE THE
STRAIGHT PEOPLE"

Ellen
DeGeneres was in New Orleans this week, helping out her
hometown of New Orleans by attending the official lighting
of Jackson Square:

Ellen in New Orleans

Ellen
reportedly told Europe’s Diva
magazine
in their January issue, "My sexuality
comes up [on my TV show] occasionally if there’s a very
obvious joke lying there and I can get a very obvious laugh.
Everybody’s very aware that I’m gay, but it’s not like I’m
sitting there talking about my private life and sharing
details – I’m aware of what the line is and I’m aware of
what people are comfortable hearing about and knowing about,
and I respect that. I’ve learned my lesson."

Hmmm,
it sounds like someone’s learned their lesson a little too
well.

BECAUSE
A SITE CALLED "TRIPMASTER MONKEY" SOUNDS SO MUCH
MORE RESPECTABLE

Sonja Sohn – who plays lesbian cop Kim Greggs on HBO’s drama
The
Wire
– did an interview with Tripmaster
Monkey magazine
this week in which she talks about performing
poetry, trying to get roles, and working with the Baltimore
police department. She says almost nothing about her lesbian
character on The Wire. We’d question her about
that ourselves, but she’s been "too busy" to talk
to us for the last three years.

Cat CoraSomeone
else who keeps turning us down for interviews? Iron
Chef
‘s out lesbian chef Cat
Cora
, which I mention so that all you wonderful readers
will stop emailing me asking why we’re not interviewing
her. We’ve tried! She’s not interested! Apparently she doesn’t
need any more lesbian viewers.

If
some of you well-connected lesbian readers are looking for
something to give me for Christmas, here are some of the
other out women I’d like to interview for AfterEllen.com:
Sarah
Paulson
, Cherry
Jones
, Rosie
O’Donnell
, Angelina
Jolie
, Saffron
Burrows
, Melissa
Etheridge
, and Tammy
Lynn Michaels
. And, in case my girlfriend’s reading
this column, I’d also like the new X-Box 360 Madden 2007
game.

DON’T
LET THE DRY TITLE SCARE YOU

I recently stumbled across this new documentary called Further
Off the Straight & Narrow: New Gay Visibility on TV
,
about the rise of GLBT images on TV since 1998 – focusing
especially on reality TV, and how "queer presence on
television is shaped by the imperatives of the commercial
media system". Not great film quality, and not particularly
lite viewing, but there are a few short, fun lesbian scenes
from Ellen, America’s Next Top Model and The
L Word,
for those of you just looking for a good time.

It
even features Samantha’s lesbian fling on Sex
and the City
– nice!

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