Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (May 25, 2007)


Mary Cheney (daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney) and her partner Heather Poe announced the birth of their son on Wednesday. Initial photos indicated that little Samuel David Cheney was the spitting image of his grandfather.

OK, here’s a real and widely circulated photo of him posed with the vice president and his wife, Lynne. (Though I still prefer bad machine‘s version above.)

Strangely, I’ve yet to find any pics of the little fellow with his two mommies. Maybe Mary and Heather are still being debriefed.

Out author Terry Ryan, who wrote The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less, died of cancer this week at the age of 60. Prize Winner, Ryan’s memoir about the efforts of her jingle-writing mother to support her family, was adapted for film in 2005. It starred Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson and was directed by out filmmaker Jane Anderson (If These Walls Could Talk 2).

In addition to being a memoirist, Ryan was a book editor, poet and co-creator of the cartoon T.O. Sylvester, published from 1983 to 1999 in the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Sunday Book Review.

Ryan is survived by her partner of 24 years, Pat Holt.

In other news, the Commercial Closet Association (a nonprofit organization that educates advertisers about LGBT issues), announced the nominees for its third annual Images in Advertising Awards. The Images award recognizes companies that "best demonstrate inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals in mainstream advertising campaigns that appeared in 2006."

Below are some of the lesbian-centric nominated ads from Time, Moet & Chandon, and BCBG:

CCA also gave "Clean-Up-Your-Act Notices" to those advertisers who still don’t get it, including Holiday Inn, the Hershey Company and SABMiller.

A full list of nominees can be found on CCA’s official website. Winners will be announced on June 11 at the Time Warner Center in New York City in a ceremony emceed by out comic Judy Gold.

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