Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (January 14, 2011): Mary Portas goes undercover, “Glee” gets real

Athlete Ally. The site was launched by (heterosexual) former college wrestler Hudson Taylor as a "resource to encourage athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports, regardless of perceived or actual sexual-orientation or gender identity or expression.” His goal? To end homophobia in sports.

Mary Portas. The Queen of Shops star has a new show, Mary Portas: Secret Shopper, premiering January 19 on Channel 4. In it, she’ll go undercover in big chain stores and expose their "hopeless customer service." We’re pretty sure she’s going to make someone cry, too.

The Glee Project. Ryan Murphy will produce the Oxygen reality competition for which the grand prize is a seven-episode guest-starring role on the show. The show premieres in June, which gives you plenty of time to start stretching and figuring out how to trick Murphy into giving you a Full Etheridge scene with Brittana.

Sick of Sarah. The band’s new “Overexposure” music video debuts today on MTVu, playing at the top of every hour starting at 6 am (and on mtvu.com). You’ve been up since six anyway, right?

Christine Vachon. Out producer Vachon and Pam Koffler (Killer Films) are teaming up with the guys at Moxie Pictures to form KillerMoxie Management, repping "indie-minded filmmakers, actors, and recording artists." Good news for artists (out or otherwise) everywhere who want smart, talented people on their side.

Kathryn Brenny. The former U. of Minnesota golf coach (who alleges she was relieved of her duties when the golf director at the school learned of her lesbianism) served a lawsuit on the university this week. Her lawyer has already won a $1.25 million suit (unrelated to Brenny’s) against the school. The U of M athletic department should check out Athlete Ally. Could be very educational.

Judge C. Randall Lowe. Advocate.com is reporting that the Virginia circuit court judge who once prevented a lesbian from legally taking the last name of her partner reversed the decision and allowed the name change.

Lady Gaga. Forbes is reporting that Gaga will earn $100 million this year, some of it from her upcoming album Born This Way, due out February 13 (the same day as her newly confirmed performance at the Grammys).

Maryland. The state may become the sixth in the U.S. to recognize same-sex marriage. We trust the state that brought us John Waters and Old Bay Seasoning to do it right.

The GLBT History Museum. The first gay museum in the nation opened this week in San Francisco, showcasing "a variety of items ranging from Harvey Milk’s pink-framed sunglasses to manuscripts and sex toys." Sure beats the same old Impressionists exhibit!

Bad hetero rom-coms. On the heels of the erotically charged (and kinda gay) Black Swan, both Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman are starring in what look to be bad (and super straight) booty call movies. Coincidence? You were acting in that Black Swan sex scene. We get it!


Portlandia. When we talked to the show’s co-creator and star, bisexual singer/actress Carrie Brownstein and asked if they would consider adding queer characters to it, she referenced two sexually ambiguous ones and said, "I think we’re OK with that area that is a little undefined. That’s what’s nice about art and about creativity is all the areas that don’t fit into specific categories. But of course. We’re always open to having a recurring character that would be gay." That’s nice, but how about a plain old "yes"?

Glee. At TCA in Los Angeles this week, Trish Bendix talked to Heather Morris and Naya Rivera and learned that they don’t have any information on any further developments with a Brittana romance. Morris likes the Brittany/Artie storyline, telling us "I think we’re in love. I know we’re in love.” And AfterEllen.com readers? Not so much.

The Director’s Guild of America. No love for Lisa Cholodenko and The Kids Are All Right from the DGA this year. Female directors were completely shut out of the DGA awards, which are regarded as one of the strongest predictors of who will win the Oscar. Doesn’t this seem like just the sort of mess that Annette Bening‘s Nic could fix?

Hillary Clinton. While her husband is now pro-gay marriage, our Secretary of State recently said that she still isn’t. She told the Advocate, "Well, I share his experience because we obviously share a lot of the same friends, but I have not changed my position." She also said she has a "strong negative reaction to prejudice, discrimination, hatred, violence — anything that tries to delegitimize or marginalize any of our fellow human beings." Huh?

Grey’s Anatomy. We won’t spoil it for you in case you haven’t watched it yet, but Calzona took a nosedive into some all too familiar TV lesbian territory last night. Someone please popularize a new plot device that we can overuse on lesbians. We nominate amnesia. Old school.

McDonalds. The restaurant chain offers free WiFi in their New Zealand restaurants, but have been blocking gay news sites in order to stay "family friendly." There are reports that the chain is allowing access to "some gay related websites" but others will remain blocked.

Cardinal Francis George. The Cardinal voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, insisting that anyone for it "has lost touch with the common understanding of the human race.” Blogger Pam Spaulding rewarded him by ordaining him "Homophobe of the Day."

Top Chef. Both of the out cheftestants, Jamie Lauren and Tiffani Faison got the boot this week after a fishing challenge. That just reduced the number of our openly queer women on TV by about 24%. On the plus side, Tiffani revealed she had a girlfriend before she packed up her knives and left for good. Nothing tastes as delicious as visibility!

Alice Anne LeMay. The Ontario Catholic school district board chair compared gay-straight alliance organizations to Nazi groups. She later apologized, but still doesn’t think she should have to resign. It sounds like Ontario students have way more dangerous things to contend with than gay-straight alliances, doesn’t it?

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