Afternoon Delight: Anne Rice quits Christianity in the name of gays, “History Detectives” find the first lesbian autobiography

What is it about Thursday afternoon that makes everyone so sleepy? I’ve tried everything to wake up this afternoon — except caffeine because Jillian Michaels made me quit it — but I think Left-Handed Comics may have found a sustainable solution.

Replace "some guy" with "some lesbians" and I think they’re really onto something!

Interview With a Vampire author Anne Rice did some religious flip-flopping today. After saying in a Newsweek interview in 2004 that she would "only write for the Lord" going forward, she posted a message on her Facebook wall this week saying she has quit Christianity.

It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.

In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian.

Rice’s son, Christopher, is gay — and even when she was a member of the Christian faith, she was a vocal supporter of LGBT rights.

Want to know what Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe‘s The Big C is all about? Want to hear what The Real L Word cast have to say for themselves? Check out Trish Bendix‘s coverage from TCA!

AfterEllen reader sflyle let us know about the PBS documentary series History Detectives took on the case of Diana: A Strange Autobiography. According to PBS:

The book Diana: A Strange Autobiography tells a sympathetic story of how one woman discovers that she is a lesbian. Few books dealt realistically with lesbianism before the 1960s. This book came out in 1939 with this note: "The publishers wish it expressly understood that this is a true story, the first of its kind ever offered to the general reading public." Experts call this book groundbreaking as one of the first works of gay literature with a happy ending.

You can watch the full episode at PBS.org.

AfterEllen editor in chief Karman Kregloe has instructed me to file this under "DUH!": Danielle Staub’s Ex Pal Calls Her Lesbian Relationship A "Publicity Stunt." Danielle happened to start the rumor that she was in a lesbian relationship when she premiered her single on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. We didn’t believe her then. We don’t believe her now.

Here’s a name we haven’t seen enough of around here lately: Leisha Hailey. Apparently, Leisha is going to be on an episode of Drop Dead Diva on August 15th. If she’s on screen for any length I’ve time, I’ll screencap her gorgeous face and post it for you!

This Sunday, Logo is having a "Can’t Bi Me Love" marathon. From 3:00pm to midnight, you can catch a complete line-up of films with leading bisexual characters.

That’s all I’ve got for you today, kids. All the other entertainment news is coming straight from TCA, and Trish is working tirelessly to bring it to you as it happens! Oh and speaking of being short-staffed, there won’t be a Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever column this week, but it will be back next Friday.

Today’s Afternoon Delight is brought to you by Sarah Lancaster — because Comic-Com and TCA have me so hyped up for Chuck I can hardly stand it.

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