Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (October 13, 2006)

A new season of MTV's The Real World debuts November 7th, and this one's set in Denver. Why do we care? We don't, generally, because The Real World hasn't had an out lesbian on it since 2002, and this season's no exception: there's a gay guy, but apparently no lesbian, despite persistent rumors to the contrary.

But who needs lesbians when there are drunk straight (or bi-curious) girls around? This leaked footage shows Denver female housemates Brooke and Jenn making out while completely ignoring male housemate Ty's repeated attempts to join in. Here's a screencap, for those who don't want to watch the clip:

The Real World Denver

Exploitive? Yes. Exhibitionist? Yes. An obvious attempt by the show's producers to drum up interest in a flagging franchise? Clearly. But fun to watch anyway, and a little bit subversive? Yes to that, too, and here's why: most make-out sessions initiated by drunk female reality-show contestants are initiated primarily to attract male attention. But these girls don't seem motivated by the desire to impress Ty or any other guy–just by desire, period. Well, desire and alcohol.

Cynthia Nixon's getting mixed-to-positive reviews for her role in the Off Broadway revival of the classic play "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie".

The American version of the London lesbian play "The Marriage Bed" opens in New York this week. The playwright discusses her inspiration here.

Germany recently saw its first lesbian wedding on primetime TV, on nighttime soap Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love).

Poet / spoken word activist Alix Olson managed to cover Wal-Mart, the Michigan Womyn's Festival, Subarus, and Catholic school girls in her speech at Penn State this week.

Ellen's lending her voice to an animated seal on the Dawn Saves Wildlife website to raise environmental awareness for the oceans.

Pine Valley's resident lesbian Bianca made her return to All My Children this week. Stay tuned!

A gift for your inner teen lesbian: "I Love Spashley" t-shirts!

This week, Sara Gilbert (Twins, Roseanne) began a three-episode arc on the new CBS sitcom The Class. Unfortunately, she's playing the ex-lover of one of the guys, not Lizzy Caplan–who will always be Mean Girls' Janis Ian to me.

That's it for this week! Check back next Friday for a new installment of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. or read past installments here.

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