Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (January 4, 2008)

LOVE AND BASKETBALL WAR
Just in time for the Season 5 premiere, The Daily News recently ran a brief article about Rose Rollins, the The L Word‘s Tasha, about her role on the series. Rollins says that she had originally signed on to play a basketball player, but was instead cast as a closeted soldier.

Rollins said of the change, “I prefer it; it’s a more serious character,” and added, “[But] at first I was slightly intimidated.”

In preparation for the role, Rollins Rollins spoke to 10 soldiers, including a few whose sexual orientation had been an issue while in the military. Series creator Ilene Chaiken told The Daily News: "When we created the character of Tasha, one of my writers said to me, we should do a lesbian who serves in the military, somebody who serves in Iraq. Once we finished our first season with her and touched upon the issue, we said we have to do ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’”

I can only imagine what would have happened if they had gone forward with plans to cast Rollins as a badass basketball player instead of a badass soldier, and then somehow found a way to get her in on that pick-up game from hell in Season 4.

By the end of the first period, 98-pound weakling Jenny Schecter would have been wearing — not sipping — her mocha latte on the court.

LESBIAN QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I think I should be in the top five [on the AfterEllen.com Hot 100] and bump Sarah Shahi out next year.”
Cashmere Mafia star Bonnie Somerville planting the seed with readers and talking smack about her friend and L Word alum Sarah Shahi in an interview with AfterEllen.com

PAGING NURSE GOODBODY
We at AfterEllen.com love Marnie Alton. Yes, she’s straight, but she played such a great lesbian in Exes & Ohs and a fever-inducing "Hot RN" in our dating stories video blog that we wanted to give her music video some play here.

Hmm, playing a lesbian on TV, then singing an earnest yet tragic love song while playing the acoustic guitar? Marnie, you’re officially one bad haircut away from becoming a lesbian icon!

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