The good people at the Chicago History Museum recently made official something that lesbians everywhere have known for a long time: Jane Lynch is a treasure!
The Chicago Treasures series at the Museum lauds "the people who are truly Chicago treasures" in hopes that audience members can "learn how the city has shaped their lives and careers." Last week, Lynch spoke before a Museum audience with Chicago Tribune columnist Mark Caro about her Chicago roots and making her move to Hollywood.
According to the Windy City Times coverage of the event, Lynch discussed her "breakthrough" role as a lesbian dog trainer in Christopher Guest’s Best in Show and her upcoming film with Meryl Streep (whom she described as "spontaneous and odd” and “not of this world”).
An audience member asked Lynch if she had encountered problems with being an openly gay actor in Hollywood, and she replied that, to her knowledge, she’d never lost a role due to her sexual orientation.
"I’ve had people before me — trailblazers — so I haven’t had to think about it, " she added. "Thank you, Ellen. Thank you, Rosie. Thank you, Melissa.”
Lynch also discussed her role as narrator for the Alexandra Siletts’ documentary Out & Proud in Chicago, which premiered on WTTW11 (Chicago public television and the producer of the Out & Proud and series) in June. The film, and the book that accompanies it, takes a look at the history of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the 19th century to the present day.
Some of the notable women profiled in the film include Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith (the couple who helped found Hull-House, serving Chicago’s immigrant working poor),
Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap (a couple who created the influential publication, The Little Review), and acclaimed lesbian pulp fiction author Valerie Taylor (A World Without Men, Return to Lesbos).
To my knowledge, a lesbian did not invent Deep Dish pizza. But if she did, I would totally want her featured in this documentary. With a side of extra sauce.
BEAUTY IS A FULL-TIME JOB
Tonight at Southpaw in Brooklyn, the world-famous (or at least they ought to be) Brooklyn Girls are hosting a launch party for their 2009 "Women at Work" calendar, featuring a "queer take on pinup from the ’40s and ’50s."
The $15 cover charge for the event also buys you a calendar. And while you’re there, you can convince yourself that you’re doing a good deed and not just ogling some pretty girls, because 10% of the calendar proceeds go to the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
In addition to being scintillating, the photographs used for the calendar are shockingly accurate. For example, the writer pictured below looks like an average AE staff member on any given day:
How does this racy calendar relate to pop culture and entertainment? Well, I think the scientist pictured below is probably trying to find the cure for bad lesbian movies:
Holy Bunsen burner! I sure hope she figures it out.
— by Karman Kregloe