Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (June 15, 2007)

 
 

KYRA’S ODE TO KISSING GIRLS

This week on Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, host James Lipton asked Kyra Sedgwick what it was like to work with Helen Mirren in the 1996 film Losing Chase.

If you haven’t seen that movie, it’s worth a look — even though, as AfterEllen.com reader cosmiccowgirl noted on the blog, the characters’ lesbian leanings are inchoate at best. At least there’s a nice kiss between Sedgwick and Helen Mirren (aka No. 31 on the AfterEllen.com Hot 100 list).

Actually, even though I’m thrilled every time someone celebrates the magnificence that is Mirren, I’m a little ambivalent about Kyra’s coy, cutesy tone when she talks about kissing girls. Yes, Kyra, we’re glad you like to do it — mostly because we like to watch you do it — but must you paint it as a naughty, I’m-just-a-girl-who-can’t-say-no way to misspend one’s youth? It’s like you have the kissing version of Tourette’s or a lip-oriented variation on the urge to pet the hair of strangers.

Still, we’ve come a long way since I saw Losing Chase in the theater in 1996. There were only about eight people there, and four of them were two straight couples on what looked like a double date.

At the first hint of a connection between Mirren and Sedgwick, one of the straight women hissed, "Is this movie about lesbians?" Then, when the smooch finally happened, she proclaimed, "It is about lesbians!" — and promptly left the theater. Eleven years later, audience members tend to be a little less blatantly homophobic, at least. And when they do have a fit, I’m the one who storms out and gets my money back.

CYNTHIA AND CHRISTINE, SITTIN’ IN THE AUDIENCE, C-L-A-P-P-I-N-G

On the 2007 Tony Awards, which aired this past Sunday night, there was a brief shot of Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni in the audience. I fell all over myself to make a screen grab of it (like, I actually tripped on the coffee table), but the results aren’t exactly stunning. Still, I remain amazed that an out lesbian couple is so visible — yet so unhassled — in the theater world and in New York City in general. (Fine, I followed Cynthia for about a block once. But that was just the one time!)

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