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

Watching the vice-presidential debate last night, I was disappointed but not surprised that both candidates were in agreement in their "non-support of redefining the traditional definition of marriage" (i.e. they’re against legalizing same-sex marriage).

Biden expressed support for other kinds of rights for gays and lesbians (hospital visitation, joint property ownership, etc.), but this is how Sarah Palin chose to express her "support" for the gays:

I also want to clarify, if there’s any kind of suggestion at all from my answer that I would be anything but tolerant of adults in America choosing their partners, choosing relationships that they deem best for themselves, you know, I am tolerant and I have a very diverse family and group of friends…

Gee, thanks Sarah. Your tolerance of my "choice" to be gay is so tolerant of you.

Watch it for yourself here:

Sufficiently annoyed/depressed? Cheer yourself up by watching last weekend’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Sarah Palin skit, or visiting And keep your fingers crossed for a really funny version of the debate on SNL this Saturday night!

"One specific thing that I think has been interesting in this campaign is the use of ‘sexism’ and ‘sexist’ as an epithet in completely inappropriate ways. The Republicans’ strategy, in putting Sarah Palin on their ticket, and the way they have presented her, and they way they have structured their political fortifications around her, has been to cry sexism at any criticism of her, to cry sexism at any political glance toward her. What they are doing is the form of sexism that you see in ostentatious chivalry."
— MSNBC political talk show host Rachel Maddow, to

Otep Shamaya, the openly gay lead singer of the heavy metal band Otep, chatted with Dave Navarro this week on his internet talk show Spread TV.

In the interview, Otep talks about the environment, politics (not surprisingly, she’s a Democrat), and her new website, which is designed to promote self-esteem.

I’m not a huge heavy metal fan — in fact, I’m not really a fan of heavy metal at all — but I like the way Otep described that genre of music in our 2005 interview with her, as "sort of a dissident cabaret … delivering the experience of the topic of the song, versus just singing about it."

Otep herself is consistently intelligent, thoughtful and determined in her efforts to improve the world, and I appreciate that she is willing to be out in a such a male-dominated genre of music.

Watch her interesting and entertaining interview here:

Otep Shamaya: Spread TV Interview

Otep and her band also performed their song “Confrontation" live — watch it on

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