Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (November 16, 2007)

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POWER TO THE (LESBIAN & BISEXUAL) PEOPLE
I was in L.A. last Sunday to give a video presentation on groundbreaking lesbian moments in television at the annual POWER UP fundraiser, the Power Premiere. The dress for the evening was what I call Lesbian Formal, which means a sea of lesbians in black pantsuits (and a few straight women in bright colors). It was a long night and I was pretty focused on not forgetting my speech, so I don’t remember everything that was said or heard, but here are a few highlights for you to go along with all the photos.

Best Dressed: This award easily goes to Michelle Paradise in her jacket and tie. Judging by all the comments — like “Okay wow … michelle paradise … swoonworthy” (dj shiva); “Michelle Paradise! She looked GORGEOUS!” (Renee); and “All other ladies step aside or what? That was Michelle Paradise’s night” (IfOnly) — it seems many of you agree.

Here’s a close-up of Michelle on the red carpet with Michelle Wolff (Dante’s Cove), but you can see her strike a full-length pose (several, actually) here.

Second place for Best Dressed? I’d say it’s a tie between Michelle Clunie in her leather jacket, Renee O’Connor in her sequined silver tank top and white pants, and Mandy Musgrave in her black-rimmed glasses. But let me know what you think in the comments.

Best Photo: Jill Bennett and Maeve Quinlan kissing on the red carpet (just for fun, and to promote their upcoming web series 3-Way — but more about that on the next page).

Best Save: Halfway through the evening, Thea Gill and Michelle Clunie brought the cast of Dante’s Cove up on the stage and announced they would be walking through the room picking up donation cards, which appeared to be news to the cast. Always quick on her feet, Jill held up her six-inch heels, leaned into the microphone, and said, “Do you think I’d have worn these shoes if I’d known I was going to be walking anywhere?”

Most Interesting Revelation: When introducing director Donna Deitch, who was receiving the night’s big award, Thea volunteered that Desert Hearts meant a lot to her when it came out because she had a huge crush on her English teacher at the time. And she wasn’t talking about a male professor.

Best Auction Item: At the end of her speech, Donna and the cast of Desert Hearts brought out one of the last remaining original posters of the movie and offered to give it to the highest bidder with all their signatures. After a lot of back and forth between bidders, it finally sold for $1,300.

Best/Only Toaster Oven Joke: When introducing the video onstage with Renee O’Connor, I talked about the important role lesbian TV characters have played in the coming-out process for many women, thanking Renee “on behalf of the lesbian people” for her Xena character, Gabrielle, “helping at least six women I know discover their attraction to women.” Later, Lori and I snapped a quick photo with Renee and her manager, Michelle Grant.

Many of you have asked if I can show you the video I made for the event. Unfortunately I can’t put it online due to copyright restrictions, but Lori and I discussed many of the clips I included in the presentation in last week’s She Made Me Watch This!

I saved the best news for last: I bribed my friend and co-worker Ashley into showing up and interviewing all the ladies on the red carpet. So in lieu of posting our She Made Me Watch This! video blog this weekend, we’re going to post a video of interviews from the red carpet with Guinevere Turner, Michelle Paradise, Renee O’Connor, Thea Gill, Jill Bennett, Maeve Quinlan and the South of Nowhere girls, and more. Watch it here now!.

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