Lez Dish It Out! AfterEllen’s LGBT Weekly Round-Up

Photo: Instagram, Marvel, Variety Magazine, Jalouse Magazine

Photo: Instagram, Marvel, Variety Magazine, Jalouse Magazine

Hello, ladies! Since there’s a lot of lady lovin’ headlines to get to this week, I’m going to get right to the good stuff. Lez get to it!

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Amber Heard Is Reportedly Down To Marry Elon Musk

Photo: Malibu Magazine

Photo: Malibu Magazine

It looks Amber has officially moved on from Johnny Depp… if you believe her dad. According to the bisexual actress’ poppa Dave Heard, the 30-year-old is ready to marry Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The pair first sparked dating rumors back in July of  2016, not too long after Heard accused Johnny of domestic abuse.

As for Mr. Heard’s scoop, he told Grazia Magazine:

“Amber and Elon are both very serious about each other. She would love to get married. One of the things they want to do is settle down and have a family. They are making plans for that.”

Uh… is Dave having a Michael Lohan moment? Hopefully he consulted his daughter before spilling the beans.

Shortly after the interview was released, a source close to Amber (AKA Amber), denied the claims:

“They have no plans to get married.”

Thanks for nothing, DAD.

Sarah Paulson Makes TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List


Sarah is living her best life.

On Thursday, TIME Magazine honored Ms. Paulson by including her in their annual 100 Most Influential People list. The smart move follows an amazing few years for the queer actress; from winning a Golden Globe in January to starring in a variety of celebrated projects, Sarah is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

To make matters even more perfect, Cate Blanchett penned the 42-year-old’s TIME essay:

“When someone is as unique and unboxable as Sarah Paulson, it takes time for creative spaces to open up that are large and porous enough to hold the depth and complexity of her talent. In remaining true to her distinct voice, she has been at the forefront of a generation of women who are changing the landscape of the film and television industry. She has played everything from a two-headed circus performer (American Horror Story: Freak Show) to an unflappable Marcia Clark (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story). Ryan Murphy, who cast Sarah on these shows, has played no small part in cracking open the shell of a rare pearl. I, too, have had the privilege of working with Sarah. When I first met her, on the set of Carol, I was floored by her buoyancy, her irreverence, her left-field sense of humor and her devotion to her craft. You enter a scene with Sarah and it’s game on. She brings with her, in work as in life, the sense that anything is possible. Anything.”

Snaps all around.

Marvel Adds A Lesbian Character To Its New Warriors Series


It’s official — LGBTQ superheroes are having a moment.

This past week, Marvel revealed its new TV series New Warriors will feature a “proud” lesbian named Debrii (AKA Deborah Fields). If I’m correct (Marvel buffs feel free to step in here), Debrii is Marvel’s first out lesbian superhero.

New Warriors‘ executive producer Kevin Biegel went on to say of Debrii and the show:

“A low-level telekinetic trickster who has experienced serious personal loss due to the actions of superheroes… [But] is also a proud, witty lesbian. It’s not all about ‘Hey, I relate to the show because I want to have a squirrel tail,’ but ‘Hey, this is the story about someone who’s out as a lesbian and maybe it’s not that easy.’”

For those confused about the “squirrel tail” joke, Kevin is making reference to Squirrel Girl, the chosen star of the series. Joining Squirrel Girl and Debrii: Night Thrasher, Microbe, Mister Immortal, and Speedball.

New Warriors is set to debut sometime in 2018.

Stranger Things Star Shannon Purser Comes Out As Bisexual

Photo: Instagram

Photo: Instagram

The internet is losing its mind over this news!

Shannon, who played “Barb” in Stranger Things, has just come out as bisexual. Purser made the admission after receiving backlash for now deleted tweets criticizing “angry beronica stans”. The heated conversation centered around Riverdale‘s queerbaiting, an issue Shannon initially wasn’t receptive to.


Photo: Twitter

Photo: Twitter

After some reflection, Shannon released a heartfelt message apologizing for her lack of understanding, which she attributed to being “very very new to the LGBT community”:


Kudos to Purser for being so honest. Apparently the star has been grappling with her sexuality for a while — on April 11  she expressed feeling at odds with her “faith”:


Photo: Twitter

Photo: Twitter

Keep on keeping on, Barb.

Planned Parenthood Previews Chvrches’ Kristen Stewart-Directed Music Video

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Photo: YouTube

Remember when I told you that Kristen may have a directed a music video for CHVRCHES? Well, that rumor is 100% true.

In support of Planned Parenthood, Stewart directed the video for Down Side of Me. In the preview below, you can spot small glimpses of the gay for SNL star:

Music videos aside, celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager provided more insight into K.Stew’s buzzcut:

Kristen had wanted to shave her head for the longest time. She’s never been able to do it because of work. There was an opportunity with her newest movie to decide who her character was. We were working together one morning and she mentioned that she wanted to shave her head, and I said, OK, we can totally do it. She flipped. She was like, We can do this today? I got in contact with Chanel, and we got the OK. We had an hour and a half before the premiere of her film, Personal Shopper. We dyed her hair platinum blonde and shaved her head. It was pretty intense. I was so nervous because they decide very last minute to do these kinds of things and you never know what kind of ride it’s going to be.”

Oh, and she also had this to say about the actress’ gf Stella:

“… She’s so gorgeous, and she’s the sweetest and coolest girl I’ve ever met.”

Rowan Blanchard Chats To Nylon About Identifying As Queer

Photo: Nylon Magazine

Photo: Nylon Magazine

I often forget Rowan is only 15-years-old thanks to her world-weary attitude and unprompted musings on intersectional feminism.

As fans might recall, Blanchard came out as queer back in January of 2016. In conversation with Nylon, the actress had this to say about identifying as queer:

“I noticed people who were older saying, like, ‘She’s appropriating a term and it’s a slur’. I had no idea, actually. I just don’t understand why you’re straight or gay. I don’t understand why you want me to be one of two things. What is the driving force behind binaries? I don’t want to think about harsh terms like Democrat or Republican. I want to be in a bizarre realm where people are proposing ideas that have never been put into place.”

Lol at her shout-out to “older” people. I’m scared to find out what her idea of “older” is.

Anyways, since we’re already on the topic of labels…

Jane Lynch Is Not A Fan Of Labels

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The lesbian icon had this to say about labels:

“Well, I’ll tell you what is happening to me internally, which is the desire to let go of all labels. And I understand the need, especially for say, the transgender community, to stand up and say “I am a transgender person, and I will be counted. I exist, and I will be respected.” But then hopefully we move on. I think we’ve gone backwards, a little. But never in Hollywood. Entertainment is very inclusive. Whoever does the best job gets hired. And there’s a lot of gays and lesbians in every level, every job — from crew to writing and acting. Ellen [DeGeneres] took one for the team when they canceled her show (ABC pulled “Ellen” in 1998 shortly after the comedian came out publicly as a lesbian), and look where she is today. It wouldn’t happen today. I always wondered if I would have to be closeted. I would lay in bed as a young person thinking, “What if I become famous? Do I hide this thing?” But I never had to. I never had to make that decision because of the people who came before me like Ellen and Melissa [Etheridge] and K.D. [Lang]. I was never in the closet. It wasn’t an act of courage — I just didn’t have to be.”

Hmm. I’m sure you guys will have some thoughts on this.

Lesbian Couple Files Federal Lawsuit Against Homophobic County Clerks

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Photo: Facebook

It’s the day every girl dreams of — applying for your marriage license and having your love referred to as an “abomination”. So touching!

Unfortunately for high school sweethearts Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich of West Virginia, their wedding day was ruined by a homophobic county clerk. According to the pair, the clerk in question (Debbie Allen) “launched into a tirade of harassment and disparagement” when the lesbian couple went to apply for their marriage license.

A little backstory: Samantha and Amanda had a symbolic 2014 September ceremony just weeks before gay marriage became legal in their state. Once the two had the opportunity to make their marriage legally official, they rushed over to their county clerk’s office.

…and that’s when this story goes to shit.

Upon arriving at the Ms. Allen’s office, Brookover and Abramovich were incorrectly told they needed a driver’s license to obtain a marriage certificate:

“Whenever she turned us away, it was like, okay, we don’t necessarily know every rule. We trusted in her to give us the right information.”

Sixteen months later, the two returned to the courthouse.

As the ignorant clerk assembled the necessary documents, she felt compelled to refer to the newlyweds as “an abomination” and yelled that God would “deal” with them. When asked to stop, she replied that it was her “religious right” to air her feelings.

To make matters even more peachy:

“Allen told Amanda and Samantha that officials in Gilmer County had stopped performing marriages after the court had become legally required to recognize same-sex marriages and that no one in Gilmer County would marry the couple.”

As for Deb’s boss, Jean Butcher?

The lawsuit claims:

“On learning that West Virginia would now for the first time be required to issue marriage license to same-sex couples, told fellow government employees in the county courthouse that, if any same-sex couple requested a marriage license from her, she would humiliate the couple and refused to issue a license to them.”

Despite the shit storm at the courthouse, Brookover holds on to the happiness of the commitment ceremony:

“It was perfect. I don’t want to forget that day being so happy because it’s crowded out by the legal day. But sometimes I can’t help it. It’s hard to drive by the courthouse. It’s hard to just deal with it. I feel like I was robbed of being a human on that day.”

So disappointing and sad. At least the couple are using this upsetting experience as an opportunity to speak up on LGBT discrimination. I support their lawsuit 100%.

Read Amanda and Samantha’s essay for more info on the lawsuit.

P.S. Brush up on US Anti-LGBT Legislation HERE.

Nikki Weiss-Goldstein Celebrates Her 45th Birthday

Photo: Instagram

Photo: Instagram

It just so happens I came across Nikki’s Instagram just in time for her 45th birthday. In the spirit of all things The Real L Word, happy b-day Ms. Weiss-Goldstein!

In Nikki’s birthday post, she revealed she’s STILL obsessing over Gucci for some reason:

Well, some things never change. Go get your Gucci, girl.

Lesbian Pens The Ultimate Love Note To Pretty Little Liars 

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As if I couldn’t love this crazy show anymore…

In an essay for The Advocate, a lesbian who grew up in the “1970s and ’80s” revealed how PLL validated her sexuality. I’m a fan of this essay because 1. I’m an unabashed PLL disciple, 2. it reinforces why well-drawn LGBTQ characters are so important, and 3. it’s just really sweet.

The writer starts off her essay by writing:

“I lived through the dawn of new queer cinema, Ellen DeGeneres’s coming-out, and The L Word, I still felt a void from growing up when there wasn’t a single lesbian or bisexual character on television. The teenage me, grappling with my sexuality, longed for validation that PLL and teen shows with queer characters since retroactively provide.”

Now that’s an endorsement! Marlene King, break out the champagne.

In closing:

“Years ago, I found myself attempting to explain away how a soapy teen show about a clique of unrealistically attractive high school–age girls became my favorite obsession, its themes of friendship, loyalty, first love, and acceptance notwithstanding. But I’ve since embraced the notion that PLL helped me identify my ongoing longing for representation, and that after all of the queer-themed films about adult women coming out that I’ve seen throughout my lifetime, I still crave a thoughtful teen coming-out story to fill in the gaps of representation from when I was in high school navigating my sexuality. Now, rather than rationalize my love for the series, I hunker down on my couch on Tuesday nights shouting things like “Run, Emily!” and “Get the hell out of there, Spencer” at my television, and I’m absolutely OK with it.”

While I think most of us can agree Emily’s story hasn’t always been perfect (especially where it concerns her love life), there’s something very relatable about the character. I can’t quite articulate it, but Emily Fields’ arc really resonated with me… at least in the beginning.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our recap of PLL HERE!

We’ve reached the end, folks! See ya next week.

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