COME OUT, ROCK OUT, RUB YOUR BELLY AND PAT YOUR HEAD AT THE SAME TIME
Spinner.com is "Rockin’ Out" in celebration of Pride. The site includes interviews about coming out with Amy Ray, Tegan Quin, Lucas Silveira (the Cliks) and Kaki King. Some highlights:
Tegan Quin (of Tegan and Sara) says being gay is really just another detail, like having brown hair: "[T]here are moments when you’re at an event — if someone’s like, ‘So, do you have a boyfriend?’ In those situations, I think of what I’m going to say. But when I wake up, it’s certainly not the first thing on my mind. I’m not like, ‘I’m gay!’ I’m usually like, ‘I’m starving!’”
Amy Ray has two gay older sisters. Regarding the last one to come out (her middle sister), Amy says, "I think my parents were holding out hope that she might be straight." She then added, "My parents are really liberal now."
I love it when the story ends with "My parents are really liberal now" rather than "My parents engaged in repeated viewings of Carrie and locked all three of us in the basement with a giant candle-filled altar to Tom Wopat."
GET OUT YOUR BIG FAT GAY WALLETS
It’s time for some retail therapy: The SHOP tab on AfterEllen.com (in the top right corner of each page) now links to a special “AfterEllen.com Recommends” section of the Logo store featuring books, DVDs and music of interest to AfterEllen.com readers.
One thing to keep in mind: "Recommended" doesn’t really mean something’s fantastic; it just means we think you’ll probably want to know about it, or we think you might be looking for it. The AfterEllen.com section will be updated with new items monthly, so check back often.
Speaking of our Hot 100, ContactMusic.com is currently running a story with the headline “Hailey “frightened” of Jolie Feud Over Gay Honor.” No, I’m not kidding; they’ve actually twisted Leisha’s quote into that. What a model of responsible journalism.
On June 17, the Queer Black Cinema Visions Pride Benefit takes place in New York. For more information, see the press release.
Ellen DeGeneres‘ line of American Greetings cards debuts on Monday, June 18. At only $2.79 a pop, the gay just keeps on giving. (But if I hear one more person say "Ellen’s a card," I will be inflicting some lethal paper cuts.)
There’s a new thread in the AfterEllen.com forums about Kick, an Australian drama that premiered June 9 and features a lesbian character. Somebody make some clips of this already!
The annual Out at the Park weekend, which takes place at but is not sponsored by Dollywood and Dolly’s Water Park, sounds almost as fun as a trip to Gay Days at Disney World. But there’s the added cool factor of Dolly Parton and her mellifluous melodies. The 2007 event takes place this weekend, June 16-17. Wear red if you go!
The first episode of Angela Robinson‘s Girltrash launched this week! Watch it now.
This year’s nominees for the Television Critics Awards include The Wire (which features a lesbian character), Friday Night Lights (ditto) and 30 Rock (which features bi-curious shoes). The winners will be announced July 21, and our own Malinda Lo gets to vote! We’ll probably blog about the winners, so stay tuned.
Finally, Fox News claims that the new programming chief of NBC, Ben Silverman, is dying to get his hands on Rosie O’Donnell — in a professional way, of course. Meanwhile, Barbara Walters had this to say about the post-Rosie era on The View: "There are things we’ve been able to discuss that we weren’t able to discuss with Rosie, like heterosexual sex." Not cool, Babs; not cool.
And how did Rosie respond on her website? She kept it simple: "she is almost 80." That’s either a slam or an acknowledgment that Walters is sometimes about as modern as a tea cozy. Either way, the prospect of hearing the remaining View ladies gab on about sex makes me glad I no longer tune in.
That’s it for this week! Check back next Friday for a new installment of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.