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

THIS WEEK IN LINDSAY
I promised myself we were going to go a whole week without mentioning Lindsay Lohan again because we’ve written about her so much recently.

But the latest issue of OK! magazine touting “Lindsay Lohan Untold Love Story: My Life With Sam” on the cover foiled my plans.

Here’s the description of the story provided on the OK! website:

LINDSAY LOHAN: Finding Love and Her Plans for Marriage.
After a string of bad relationships, Lindsay Lohan has finally found love with DJ Samantha Ronson. OK! has the scoop on how they met and the positive effect they’ve had on each another. OK! also reveals the couple’s plans to walk down the aisle and maybe start a family.

On his website devoted to analyzing print magazine covers, editorial and communications consultant Mark Pesetsky writes:

Why do I love this cover of OK Magazine? It’s the first time a national celebrity weekly has treated a gay couple as “normal.” Gone is the “Yes, I’m Gay” line.  In 2008, that line makes it feels like this type of story is a SHOCK.  And, it’s not. Remember last week’s Clay Aiken cover? Instead, we see a line that could be used with any straight couple — “Untold Love Story.”

Yeah, what he said! There’s even a picture of Ellen in the bottom right corner, with the caption, "My Mom Inspires Me."

Too bad the magazine had to ruin it, though, by showing that photo of Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds. Don’t get me wrong, I have a very diverse family and group of friends, and I’m tolerant of adults in America choosing their partners, but do they have to flaunt it?

by Sarah Warn

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
The L Word‘s final season will debut on January 18.

Rosie O’Donnell is hosting a live variety show on NBC on Nov. 26 that may turn into a series.

Melissa Etheridge has a new Christmas album out.

A newspaper editor in Finland claims she was fired for being gay; the newspaper’s parent company denies it.

Maile Flanagan (3Way) will be performing stand-up in Minneapolis on October 11th to emcee a benefit for Rainbow Families, whose mission is to ensure equality for LGBT families. Go here to buy tickets.

Bridget McManus is hosting a short new daily online show for self-help website PeopleJam.comwatch an episode here (and look for a new episode of Brunch With Bridget on Logo tonight/Saturday morning at 2am).

We launched two new vlogs this week: Alexi & Eric’s Closet, which provides fashion tips, and The Adventures of Nat and Meg, a road trip across America in search of lesbian life. Both will appear weekly on the site, but Nat and Meg’s next episode may be slightly delayed due to technical problems on the road. (Apparently vlogging while driving is illegal in some states. Who knew?)

That’s it for this week! Got the inside scoop on a hot new lesbian/bi actor/musician/TV show/film? Tell us at afterellentips@gmail.com. Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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