Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (May 28, 2010)

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LESBIAN VIDEO CLIP OF THE WEEK

Singer Chely Wright paid Ellen DeGeneres a visit this week and talked about coming out to her dad, who is "walking in the footsteps of Betty DeGeneres." Aww.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

On this week’s season finale of The Good Wife, Kalinda and FBI agent Lana (Jill Flint) finally kissed. Unfortunately, the scene was shot in such a way that you could only see it from their legs down. The Chicago Tribune‘s Maureen Ryan talked with producers Robert and Michelle King and asked why the Lana-Kalinda scene wasn’t fully shown. “Mystery was what it was about,” the Kings wrote in an email. “Kalinda’s character, for us, requires keeping a lot of doors closed: showing viewers the door, but toying with opening it later. In this case, we wanted to tee up — mixing metaphors with true abandon now — later story turns. Withholding the visual for the moment helped us. Anyway, we’re not trying to limit the extent of our gay PDA. Just trying to keep something for later." Promise?

Did you see check out the trailer for The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister? The acclaimed series premieres on BBC2 on Monday, May 31, but Americans can catch the film at select LGBT film festivals this summer, including its debut at Outfest.. Our Great LezBritain columnists Sarah and Lee recently chatted with Lister writer Jane English about what you won’t be seeing in the series and also about her stint as a writer on Sugar Rush.

In the aftermath of the American Idol finale this week, Kristen Henderson of Antigone Rising has an interesting blog post debunking the Idol runner-up myth.

The Skins movie! It’s happening! The Guardian has confirmed that Jack Thorne (of Naomi’s episode fame) and Bryan Elsley (of “I’m not the half that killed Freddie” fame) are teaming up to bring a Skins film to the cinema next summer. We’re working to confirm that Naomi and Emily will be in this heaven-sent production. Lily Loveless and Kathryn Prescott have both said they’d love to be a part of it, and with the Naomily Army being what it is, we can’t imagine they’d try to make a movie without the nation’s favorite lesbian couple. Right, Merveille Lukeba?

Ireland is hosting an LGBT music festival called MILK and several artists are already confirmed. The line-up includes Samantha Fox, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Bananarama and Right Said Fred. It sounds like the best of the ’80s and early ’90s!

Queer musician turned ping pong pro Kaia Wilson is hosting a fundraiser for her trip to compete in the 2010 Gay Games, which is being held in Cologne. Her Portland Celebrity Ping Pong Death Match will be held Thursday, June 10, featuring matches played by including Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein, Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata) and Donna Dresch (Team Dresch). If only this were at traveling event. Take it on tour!

The women from The Real Girls Guide to Everything Else were guests on NPR’s "Tell Me More" this week. Listen to the interview or read the transcript here.

365Gay posted a new Ask the Celebrity ‘Expert’ video featuring Cynthia Nixon.

Out chef Susan Feniger got the boot on Top Chef Masters this week, but not before raising $32,500 for her charity, the Scleroderma Research Foundation.

Lisa Marie Presley‘s daughter, Riley Keough, will play Juno Temple‘s love interest in the werewolf film, Jack and Diane, which begins filming in June.

If you’ve finally recuperated from the Grey’s Anatomy season finale last week, check out badmachine‘s deluxe recap of the episode and relive the terror excitement all over again!

Out model-turned-actress Jenny Shimizu recently talked with our Styled Out columnist Emily Hartl about her new T-shirt line.

Take a minute or two today and vote for out comic Bridget McManus to have a show on Oprah‘s new network. If she wins, we all win! (And yes, you can vote more than once.)

Be sure to have a look at eurOut Magazine, a super cool print project that is published biweekly and features loads of lesbian entertainment info, human interest stories, queer TV summaries, exclusive interviews and politics analysis. You can check out the first two issues online.

Dana of Mombian.com (and the vlog She Got Me Pregnant) invites viewers to participate in the 5th Annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day on June 1. It’s a blog carnival in celebration of LGBT families, and all are welcome: Members of the LGBT community, straight allies, parents, and non-parents.

The New York Times says that it doesn’t really matter anymore when celebs come out. Of course, we disagree.

The director of Christian Newswire says that having a lesbian judge (Ellen DeGeneres) is killing American Idol‘s ratings. We disagree with him too.

Speaking of Ellen, she’s launching a new record label. Eleveneleven Records’ first artist will be Greyson Chance, otherwise known as the sixth grader who belted out Lady Gaga‘s “Paparazzi” and scored major views on the web. And if you didn’t get a chance to see Portia de Rossi on her wife’s show this week, we’ve got the full clip for you. This time Portia is at Gentle Barn, an animal rescue farm. She tells us, “Oh. I highly recommend hugging a cow!”

Manchester is getting ready to launch Gaydio 88.4FM, the UK’s first dedicated LGBT FM station. They plan to broadcast “a mixture of upbeat music and targeted speech … 24 hours a day.”

Constance McMillen has transferred to a new high school as she battles the Itawamba County School District in court (with the help of the ACLU). She’s set to graduate on June 2, so to help her start thinking about a better future, we offer our Top 5 awesome lesbian college moments from TV and film.

There’s a new social networking site for deaf members of the LGBT community, FriskyHands.com. Says the press release, “No longer will deaf gay people be isolated from full participation in our community.”

Musician Lissy Trullie was on NewNowNext Music recently and she talked about her dream collaborations, recording her first album and how gay women dress nice too!

Ilene Chaiken and the cast of her new show recently talked to The Advocate about what we’ll see come June 20 when The Real L Word makes its debut on Showtime.

We’re happy to announce that we’ve resumed streaming South of Nowhere again this week. Every Monday through Friday we will post a new episode until we’ve made our way through all three seasons. This time, we really mean it!

This weekend, Anyone But Me will be in Provincetown for the second annual Womens’ Party Boat Cruise. ABM stars Nicole Pacent and Rachael Hip-Flores will be there on Friday night to judge a tee shirt contest, and series creators Susan Miller and Tina Cesa Ward will join them for a screening and Q & A on Saturday. Get your tickets here.

In observance of the Memorial Day weekend, we’ll be closing up shop early here on AfterEllen.com today, and will also be off on Monday. We won’t be posting any new content on Monday, but we’ll be back to our regular schedule on Tuesday morning.

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

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