Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (October 3, 2008)

Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Tammy Lynn (Michaels) Etheridge, are the latest celesbian couple to announce they’re getting hitched, legally.

Etheridge and Michaels had a civil union ceremony in 2003 but now plan to make it official thanks to the California Supreme Court decision in May that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Etheridge told Extra the couple’s intentions earlier this week: “We have four children, and we’re trying to find the right time now actually to go down and do it.”

They might want to hurry, given the initiative on the state’s Nov. 4 ballot that would re-ban gay marriage. So, if you want to give the longtime lovebirds some time to really plan their dream wedding, be sure to vote “No” on Prop. 8.

Bisexual doctor Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) will finally get to be bisexual in more than just name. Thirteen will share a kiss and then some with another woman in an Oct. 21 episode titled — and I’m not kidding — “Lucky Thirteen.”

House executive producer Katie Jacobs said the coupling is a result of a “bit of a spiral” for Thirteen associated with her recent Huntington’s diagnosis:

When you don’t know how many years you have left to live, you might exhibit some reckless, risk-taking behavior. And she doesn’t express it through her work, but after hours, she’s leading quite a life … Thirteen’s sexual involvement with this woman is not really about this other woman. It’s about Thirteen’s reckless behavior. It’s not the first time she’s done it, and it won’t be the last time.

Great, so when her bisexuality finally manifests itself, it’s shown as reckless, risk-taking behavior? Kissing another girl is risky? I think the writers spent too much time listening to Katy Perry over the summer.

And the news doesn’t get too much better for those hoping to see Thirteen in a more positive same-sex coupling. Jacobs told Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello that a major, potentially romantic storyline would develop between Thirteen and Foreman (Omar Epps) in November when she agrees to participate in his clinical trial. The two “are going to be spending a serious amount of time together.”

Oh, groan. While I will always appreciate the inclusion of more gay female characters on TV, it’s staggering how many times the bisexual women end up with a man instead of a woman. Also, Thoreman is a terrible nickname. It’s definitely no Callica.

“Yes, I had my rite of passage. I was 16, and I wasn’t really in control of the situation, if you know what I mean. It was much more about a male fantasy of seeing two women together. But I loved the girl a lot; she was one of my closest friends.I think falling in love is actually more about falling in love with an individual. We’re all potentially bisexual; it all depends on your circle, your upbringing, and all kinds of things. Or maybe I’m just talking about myself. I could’ve easily fallen in love with a woman over a man. My husband Ol’s kind of a man-woman. Look, I once loved Tim Curry, so there you go.”
– British actress Thandie Newton to The Advocate. She also told the magazine her husband Ol Parker‘s lesbian romantic comedy Imagine Me & You was based on their relationship.

by Dorothy Snarker

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