It’s not every day that I see something that excites both my LGBT-rights-loving pride and warms my heart with the sheer power of adorability, but when one attractive real-life lady in uniform kissed another (in what is an official “first kiss on land” ceremony in the US Navy), I all but swooned right off my chair. NPR reports:
This was the first time a same-sex couple was picked for the tradition, which is now possible since "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" was repealed, and according to NPR, the crowd was cheering when the young couple (who met in training and have been together two years) embraced.
Perhaps the best part is that the returning sailor won the right to the honor by winning a raffle! It’s a Christmas (or Chanukah/Kwanzaa/holiday) miracle!
When DADT kicked the bucket a few months back, we took a very special, geeky look at the sci-fi women in uniform that inspired us to ask and tell. This time around, let’s take a look back at the women of speculative fiction who’ve boldly – and openly – gone to the Sapphic side, a real case of sci-fi (and its wonderful reputation for progressive social norms) preceding reality.
Admiral Helen Cain and Gina Inviere, Battlestar Galactica: Razor:
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax and Lenara, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
Female Shepard and Liara T’soni, Mass Effect:
Commander Shepard is a badass starship captain. She takes no prisoners. She tends towards the paragon (or renegade) side of humanity. And she loves a woman in blue.
Anita Bayliss and Margaret Wood, a real-life lesbian couple inspired by Star Trek
Life imitates art – and it’s a beautiful thing.