Christina Aguilera. The singer is joining with Stonewall UK for their It Gets Better campaign, stating "For anyone who feels like an outsider, I want to say: Don’t let the bullies win, Be yourself and don’t let words get you down. It gets better today."
Pink. Her new video for "Raise Your Glass" includes the promised same-sex wedding scene, and shows Pink in bed with a nun, sumo wrestling a rich dude, killing a bullfighter and feeding a calf human breast milk. The wedding and the nun would have been plenty for us Pink, but thanks just the same!
Chely Wright. After appearing on Larry King last month with Kathy Griffin, Wanda Sykes, Lance Bass and Tim Gunn to speak out against bullying, the singer appeared in a PSA for GLSEN’s Safe Space Campaign. GLSEN wants to provide educators with the tools they need to make classrooms safer for LGBT youth.
Boardwalk Empire. The lesbian storyline began on Sunday, revealing an affair between Angela and Mary. So far, we give it two thumbs up!
Glamour Magazine. Teen activist Constance McMillen has been named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. Former Glamour Woman of the Year (2005) Melissa Etheridge noted, “She stood up and said, ‘This is who I am.’ When someone does that, it changes the world. It gives hope.” We concur!
Jane Lynch. The out Glee star will host a holiday special on the Fox network. TV’s Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special. Lynch will narrate clips from some of the most memorable holiday moments in television history. Now if only one of them involved a leg lamp …
The American Library Association. The ALA is adding the Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award to its annual list recognizing excellence in children’s books. The award will honor “English-language works for children and teens of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience.”
Out political candidates. More openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates won election to public office in the U.S. in 2010 than in any year in America’s history.The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund reports that at least 106 of the group’s record-breaking 164 endorsed candidates were winners this week. Progress.
Grey’s Anatomy. To accommodate Jessica Capshaw‘s maternity leave, series creator Shonda Rhimes is sending Calzona to Africa! What? SheKnows.com predicts that "we’ll see tons of Callie throughout November sweeps." Yeah, that’s when we usually see most of our TV lesbians. Sigh. Update: A new development in the most recent episode (we won’t spoil it here) changes this scenario a bit, but we’re sticking by our general complaint about sweeps week lesbians!
The A-List. A lesbian (Reichen’s sister Kalyi) momentarily appears on Logo’s gay guy version of The Real L Word, using her brief scene on the show as a platform to come out to her parents (and the rest of us). Then she’s gone. But will she be back for sweeps week?
BBC radio 5 Live. Matt Dawson, a guest on the station’s Tony Livesey Show, made a homophobic joke suggesting that out tennis champion Martina Navratilova is a man. We’re guessing that he was just feeling inferior.
The UK ban on same-sex marriage. Lesbian couple Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel were denied a civil marriage license in London this week, and are now taking their fight to the courts. Ferguson told the press, "Later this year we plan to bring a joint legal action with seven other gay and straight couples in a bid to overturn the twin bans on gay marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships.”
Killing Toni. The premise of this new comedy is, “A guy gathers his friends together to murder his ex-girlfriend once he finds out she’s a lesbian.” Director and star Jim “Uke” Doiron told the Portland Press-Herald that the movie has nothing to do with hating gays, it’s just about heartbreak. Yeah, we’re calling bulls–t on this one.
Vince Vaughn. The actor continues to defend the inclusion of a gay joke in The Dilemma. He says that "making fun of stuff" can help break "tensions." He refers to the controversy as a "censorship issue" and thinks it has been "positive." Yep, all of the additional publicity that it has generated probably does feel pretty "positive." For Vaughn.
The College of DuPage. The school newspaper published a piece arguing that gays aren’t entitled to human rights. The article was written by a rep from the group Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (HOME), described by Change.org as "just your average, run of the mill fringe group with a web site that says gay people should be forced to use separate public restrooms, and that homosexuality should be classified as a psychological disorder by medical professionals." You can sign a petition demanding an apology from the paper here.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The Italian PM is using homophobia to deflect negative reactions to his alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year old girl. He says it is “better to like beautiful girls than to be gay.” We argue that the two are not mutually exclusive.
Nicki Minaj and Eminem. Rap’s poster child for "is she or isn’t she" speculation about her sexuality recently released a single, “Roman’s Revenge,” with Eminem, and it included some of his standard homophobic lyrics. Whether she is or isn’t, Minaj claims to love her gay fans, so she can do better.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The court has stayed the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell indefinitely pending appeal, which means means gay Americans who disclose their sexual orientations still can’t enlist in the armed forces and can be discharged.