Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (October 20, 2006)

 
 

AND MAYBE COLIN HANKS COULD PLAY HER GIRLFRIEND
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw, the daughter of actress Kate Capshaw–who played a bisexual woman who fell for Elle McPherson in A Girl Thing–and the stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg, has just finished filming several episodes of The L Word. No word yet on what character she'll be playing on the show, but given The L Word's curious ethnic casting habits, I'm guessing a black Jewish lesbian from the Ukraine.

DOES TIVO-ING WORK OUT COUNT AS EXERCISE?
Jackie WarnerGood news for lesbians and gym bunnies (and especially lesbian gym bunnies!): Bravo has picked up Work Out for a second season. Jackie Warner posted this note about it on her MySpace profile last week:

Hey everyone! We received an official pick-up on Bravo today! We start shooting in November so life is gonna get crazier! Thanks for your support throughout this whole adventure. I hope to make the show 10 times better and more inspiring than last…. xo-jackie

Speaking of MySpace, I finally broke down and created MySpace profile of my own. I have no plans, however, to open my own gym or let my girlfriend bite me.

BECAUSE REALLY, WE'RE ALL THE SAME, EXCEPT FOR THAT LACKING IN BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS THING.
There's an interesting new article on PopMatters.com called "Gay TV: Making Same-Sex Marriage Safe for America" about the effect of TV lesbians and gay men on the gay marriage debate. The piece is focused most on analyzing (and praising) Rosie O'Donnell on The View, concluding that "Rosie O’Donnell is doing exactly what she needs to be doing to make same-sex marriage less threatening or offensive to her audience: appearing not so different from any straight counterpart". But she and other gay TV characters are doing this by taking the sex out of homosexuality, because "In order to reach out to people who are freaked out by gay sex either because they find it 'ewwwwy' or because they’ve been taught that it’s an 'abomination', it’s safer for Rosie to talk about poopie diapers than Sapphic desires."

Overall, it's a remarkably insightful article for a non-gay publication, even if it is a bit disconcerting to read the phrases "poopie diapers" and "Sapphic desires" in the same sentence.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
One of the finalists on the new season of Sweden's extremely popular version of American Idol is Cissi Ramsby, an out lesbian who told reporters she's the only gay person in her small town of Järvsö. Check out Cissy's profile on the show's official website.

P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins books–on which the famous Disney movie was based–was "strongly involved with "women for a period in her life", the author of a new biography tells CNN, but "I couldn't find any proof that she was a lesbian". What, she was expecting to find an official Lesbian Club Card in her sock drawer? U.S. readers can now download episodes from the second season of The L Word from Amazon.com for $1.99 an episode. Optional Jenny voodoo doll sold separately.

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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