The Night Watch gets the BBC treatment. After the success of their adaptations of Sarah Waters‘ Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith, BBC2 is bringing us The Night Watch. Filming begins this week, and our GreatLezBritain correspondents Sarah and Lee are set to interview Waters for us very soon. Stay tuned!
No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. The 2003 film about the lesbian activists and (married!) couple of more than 50 years is now available on DVD via Frameline.
Onkemetse Pule and Lawrence Kwataka. Described as “the first lesbian couple in Botswana to publicly declare their love.” the women were featured in the national tabloid The Voice‘s November 26 cover story “Glad to Be Gay.” The two plan to wed, and told The Voice, “It will be a marriage made in heaven.”
Rachael Hip-Flores. The Anyone But Me star makes an appearance as one-half of a lesbian couple in a new music video for the single “Renegade” from Radio Silence NYC. The band has joined forces with DoSomething.org in hopes of helping to end bullying and discrimination with their song about intolerance and hatred. Yes, it’s for a good cause, but we’re pretty sure that Aster is going to be pissed.
Nadine Angerer. The high-profile German soccer player came out as bisexual this week in an interview with Die Zeit. And who is she dating? Angerer says, “That is not interesting to anyone.” We disagree!
Team Rainbow. Lesbian chef Jamie Lauren from Season 5 and bisexual chef Tiffani Faison from Season 1 both made it through the first round of eliminations on the Bravo reality series Top Chef All-Stars this week. (Check out Dorothy Snarker‘s recap of the first episode here.)
Freja Beha Erichsen. The out model is featured in Karl Lagerfeld‘s mythologically-themed 2011 Pirelli Calendar (warning: it contains some NSFW photos), posing as Apollo, Pollux and Orpheus.
Illinois. The Illinois House passed a civil unions bill 61-52. The Senate committee has passed it on to the next level of consideration, and Gov. Quinn has pledged to sign it
Grammy nods for out female artists. Lady Gaga is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance (and a few other awards as well), Goldfrapp is up for Best Dance Recording and Best Electronic/Dance Album, and Margaret Cho‘s Cho Dependent is up for Best Comedy Album. Brittana is up for a Grammy too, if you count the nod for the Glee Cast cover of “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Pariah heads for Sundance. The short film (originally a graduate thesis) from out writer/director Dee Rees that captivated festival audiences in 2007 is now a full-length feature and will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January.
The Daily Mail. The British paper just noticed that sometimes famous girls kiss other famous girls for attention and have declared that “flexisexual” is a “new word for the women who refuse to play it straight.” We suggest they check out Heather Hogan‘s Sexuality Point Maker Decoder and stop trying to make “flexisexual” happen. It is not going to happen.
McKinley High will force students to graduate. Glee creator Ryan Murphy says that some of his teen stars will “graduate” and leave the show at the end of 2012 in order to replicate the authentic high school experience. No word on how many of the Glee kids will also be forced to accrue massive amounts of student loan debt in the interest of keeping it real.
Pearl’s Rainbow. Once a lesbian-only resort, Pearl’s Rainbow in Key West’s is now going “all welcome.” The owners say they can’t afford to be exclusive any longer because of the tough economy. Pearl’s owner says that now there’s only one all-women’s resort left in the U.S., the Highlands Inn in Bethlehem, N.H. (1-877-LES-B-INN).
Another TV lesbian bites the dust. The crooked lesbian ATF agent June Stahl (played by Ally Walker) met her end on the season finale of Sons of Anarchy this week. On the upside, Sarah Jones has scored the lead in the new J.J. Abrams pilot, Alcatraz, penned by out lesbian scribe Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost).
John McCain. The Arizona Republican Senator said that the recent military study on gays by the Pentagon is “flawed” and that letting gays serve openly would be dangerous in a time of war. Because being forced to lie and being terrified of being outed, discharged and losing one’s benefits are not at all distracting to a soldier at war, right?
Homophobic violence. Pro boxer Christy Taylor was reportedly shot and stabbed by her husband over a “lesbian affair.” Luckily, Taylor escaped her attacker and was treated at a local hospital and her husband has been arrested.
New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development. Due to budget cuts, Street Outreach Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth in NYC will be reduced by 50% in FY11 and eliminated in FY12. According to the Joe.My.God. blog, some of the hardest hit will be LGBT kids, who make up 40% of the homeless youth in New York City.
Anne Coulter. The conservative pundit’s recent rants about the WikiLeaks story have focused on Bradley Manning‘s sexual orientation. Coulter writes, “Obviously, the vast majority of gays are loyal Americans — and witty and stylish to boot! But a small percentage of gays are going to be narcissistic hothouse flowers like Bradley Manning. Couldn’t they just work for JetBlue? … Look at the disaster one gay created under our punishing “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. What else awaits America with the overturning of a policy that was probably put there for a reason (apart from being the only thing Bill Clinton ever did that I agreed with)?”
John Boehner (OH) and Eric Cantor (VA). The GOP leaders want the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian exhibit on same-sex attraction, “Hide/Seek,” dismantled. The NPG has already caved to the pressure from conservative groups and removed a video by the late gay artist David Wojnarowicz and the Smithsonian has assured critics that no federal funds were used to pay for the exhibit. Washington Post writer Blake Gopnik says the fuss is really about “Gay love, and images of it.” Agreed.
Hungary. The country banned gay marriage in its new Constitution this week. Fine. We didn’t want to spend millions of tourist dollars there anyway!