Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (February 29, 2008)

 
 

BISEXUAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I’m never, ever not going to be attracted to women or want to be with women. But I’ve made a choice with a person who fulfills most of my desires — and I’m not talking sexually, I’m talking compatibility."
— Out bisexual actor Kristanna Loken, on her engagement to actor Noah Danby, to AfterEllen.com

FREEHELD WINS AN OSCAR
Amidst all of this week’s Oscar hoopla, the news that Freeheld won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject might have gotten lost, so here’s a chance to watch filmmakers Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth accept their award again:

It was particularly ironic that military personnel — who must remain closeted in order to stay in the military — presented the award to Freeheld, a film about New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hester‘s battle to win pension survivorship benefits for her partner, Stacie Andree. I wondered if any of the soldiers on camera knew what Freeheld was about.

If you were wondering where Ellen and Portia were on Oscars night, they didn’t go to the awards ceremony; instead they entertained themselves at the 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party at the Pacific Design Center. Here they are, looking snazzy:

And that brings me to …

THIS WEEK IN ELLEN
Our namesake had a busy week, starting off by endorsing Senator Hillary Clinton for president. Ellen dropped in on a Clinton campaign rally by satellite earlier this week to ask some tough questions about whether Hillary would ban the use of glitter:

This week also brought the news that Ellen has inked a deal with TBS to host some variety shows taped at comedy festivals in 2008 and 2009. "My first special, Ellen’s Really Big Show, turned out to be so big that TBS asked me to do another," DeGeneres said in a press release. "I said, ‘That’ll be tough, but give me two more shows. One of them is bound to be big. I mean, they’ll all be big, but one for sure is gonna be REALLY big."

On today’s episode of her talk show, which was taped yesterday, Ellen turned serious when she delivered this message about the recent tragic murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King in Oxnard, Calif., because he was gay. Speaking out against hate crimes, Ellen declared, "I am not a second-class citizen," adding that it is "OK to be gay."

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network plans to honor Lawrence King during their annual Day of Silence on April 25. Information on memorials for Lawrence King can be found on this page.

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