Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (June 13, 2008)

 
 

A JOAN OF ONE’S OWN
Joan Jett has become the first female musician to have a Gibson guitar named in her honor. (What took so long?) The Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker is handcrafted to the same specs as Jett’s original guitar that was manufactured in the 1960s.

Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz noted: “Joan Jett is a true icon of rock and roll. Since the beginning she has been a groundbreaking artist and a trailblazer for women in the genre.” From the Runaways to her solo career and her own record label, Joan certainly is a (lesbian) icon and a trailblazer.

If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on her, the next best thing is a guitar that she helped to design. “For those of you performing live, you may understand the value of being able to shave off those split seconds between playing and interacting with the audience, especially if you use your hands to communicate,” Jett said of the Melody Maker.

I think we can all appreciate her communication and handiwork. Does the guitar come with an in-person tutorial?

ANOTHER LESBIAN WHO HAPPENS TO BELONG TO A GROUP CALLED THE RUNAWAYS (NOT RELATED TO ABOVE)

Yet another comic book is being turned into a film, but this time, it’s one worth talking about. Marvel Comics has announced that Runaways is being treated for film. The comics are about a group of teenage girls (and a few boys) in L.A. whose parents are villains, so they band together to destroy the evil their parents have unleashed upon the world.

The best part? The character of Karolina Dean is a lesbian, at least in the comics.

In Volume 2, she came out by kissing her friend Nico, who wasn’t interested. Heartbroken, she accepts a marriage proposal from Xavin, a male alien who turns himself into a female for Karolina. (Who knew aliens could be so romantic?)

Since the film is still in its early stages, there’s no word on whether Karolina will be as queer as she is in the comics. We could be of help in the casting department, though. Is Ellen Page available or is she still trying to get that lesbian vampire movie off the ground?

COMING OUT WILL YOU GIVE YOU A CAREER BOOST, LINDSAY LOHAN
ABC News has picked up on a “trend” (read: slow news day) of Hollywood stars “coming out” as bisexual and how it might actually help their careers. However, this trend only seems to help females, in their opinion, citing (of course) Angelina Jolie as a starlet whose highly publicized relationship with Jenny Shimizu in the ’90s happened before she started getting bigger roles.

Reuters also had a similar report this week, writing that Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi and Rosie O’Donnell have had no negatives in their careers since coming out. They seem to have skipped some obvious examples (Ellen’s failed sitcom and Rosie’s haircut fiasco come to mind), but it looks like everyone’s wearing rose-tinted glasses right now.

One thing these articles did have in common: They point out that Lindsay Lohan‘s career really can’t be any worse at this point. Couldn’t have they have just printed ads reading “Lindsay Lohan: Your Coming-Out Story Here”?

Even reputable publications like the New York Times felt the need to tackle the “trend” (including a piece on it in their Style section with a huge photo of Lohan and her suspected girlfriend Samantha Ronson). I love when it’s in fashion to be into other women — I’m always well-dressed.

by Trish Bendix

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