Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (October 10, 2008)

Newsweek magazine’s annual Women & Leadership profiles features two out women: actress Cynthia Nixon and director Kimberly Peirce. They were among 10 women from divergent fields who wrote first-person pieces based on the question “What matters most in my work and life?”

Joining Nixon and Peirce were Olympian Dara Torres, talk-show host Tyra Banks, actress Rosario Dawson and a slew of less familiar, but no less successful women from the worlds of business, philanthropy, fashion and science.

Sex and the City star Nixon wrote about the strong women in her family, her activism in public education and her battle with breast cancer. The Emmy and Tony-winning actress was also candid about why she went public in 2004 with her relationship with fellow education activist Christine Marinoni.

I’ve been living with Christine Marinoni for three and a half years. When I won an Emmy for Sex and the City, we got phone calls asking about our relationship. I hired a publicist who happened to be a lesbian. She said, ‘Why don’t we just confirm?’ So I did. I was following family tradition. Well-behaved women don’t make history.

Boys Don’t Cry  and Stop-Loss director Peirce wrote about her early creative interests as well as the difficulties facing female directors in Hollywood. She also talked about the inspiration behind her films.

Right out of school, I read a story in a newspaper that turned into the movie Boys Don’t Cry. The main character, Brandon Teena, was a woman who lived life as a man in order to be with women. She fell in with a group of people who both accepted Brandon and then at a certain point didn’t accept Brandon. From the day that I read the story, it was as if I had no choice.

While all the articles are relatively brief, Newsweek should be commended for exceeding the 10 percent rule in its inclusion of gay women in their leadership profiles. See, I knew there was a reason I’ve subscribed all these years.

“I don’t have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life. You don’t get that part of me. Sorry. We’re not discussing it in our meetings, we’re not discussing it at Cover Girl … I don’t feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway.”
Queen Latifah to the New York Times Magazine about her often-rumored about sexuality.

by Dorothy Snarker

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