Saturday, October 23, 2010



Monday, October 18, 2010

Lip Service....Season1- Episode 1



Monday, October 11, 2010

GLOBAL to celebrate national event

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center will be celebrating National Coming Out Day today by hosting a Cougar Ally Mixer.

At the mixer, which takes place from 4-5 p.m. in the University Center, participants can meet allies, people who aim to learn about LGBT issues, speak with members and share their personal experiences.

“This is the 22nd annual National Coming Out Day,” LGBT Resource Center Director Lorraine Schroeder said. “GLOBAL, the LGBT student organization on campus, has celebrated it in various ways over that last few years. UH Wellness has also held events for the occasion in the past. This event is celebrated all over the country.”

On her experience as the LGBT Resource Center Director, Schroeder said that her position has been worthwhile.

“My experience as the director has been very rewarding,” she said. “From the beginning students, staff, faculty and people from the community have reached out to the Center.”

Schroeder said that she feels the most rewarding part of being the director is the mentoring program.

“I just paired up mentors with mentees last week and I can already see the positive impact it is having,” she said. “The mentees are becoming more confident and comfortable with who they are and my mentors are learning valuable skills. It’s amazing how far a little support can go.”

The LGBT Resource Center has many more events planned throughout the fall semester. The LGBT will also host a movie night at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Calhoun Lofts.

“(The) Amuse Bouche Entertainment, which shows a LGBT movie screening once per month, usually focuses on African American lesbians, but not always,” Schroeder said. “They are wonderful films. The organizer, Jackson, researches and chooses the best films out there.”

They are also collaborating with Houston Transgender Unity Committee to raise attention to hate crimes against the LGBT community. The Transgender Day of Rememberance, which is a memorial for those who have lost their lives, will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the A.D. Bruce Religion Center.

“Some people need resources and support, and (others) want to volunteer and get involved,” Schroeder said. “The volume of people who have contacted the Center for various reasons speaks of the tremendous need for a resource center like this.”

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Gay roles on television need to be real

 When it comes to the portrayal of gay and lesbian people on TV, it's still the same old issues and cliches

 Last week saw the publication of the Corporation's "Portrayal of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People on the BBC", a document only marginally more anticipated than the local phone directory. It runs at a mammoth 226 pages and, having read all of it, I can say with certainty that this is one dossier no one could be accused of "sexing up".
Let me begin by saying that whatever conclusions I draw, they will be incorrect. I will have said the wrong thing, sold out, screwed over the sisterhood or dissed my brothers. I'm simply not capable of representing the diverse and dizzyingly rich panorama of gay existence, and neither, it transpires, is television.

Although the BBC and Channel 4 fare well in this report, there is much left to do. The responsibility must fall on the biggest hitters – soap operas. Watched by millions of middle Englanders week after week, they could change the perception of gay people where it matters most. In 1987, EastEnders' Barry and Colin shared a chaste mouth-graze. In 1994, Brookside's Beth and Margaret locked lips. Coronation Street discovered lesbians this year. If gay history had evolved as slowly and timidly as television portrayed it, then the first drag queen would be tiptoeing out of the primordial ooze around about now.
What saddens me is that the same issues keep arising. For gay men, it's the predominance of the camp cliche. For lesbians, despair at the outdated butch-femme stereotypes. Gay women generally are under-represented, unless you count the number of times the word "lesbian" or "dyke" features as a lazy comic's punchline.

As compensation we have gay-centric dramas; the excellent Sugar Rush and the groundbreaking Queer as Folk. Maybe the up-and-coming Lip Service on BBC3 will join those ranks. But surely, in order for true ground to break, there has to be a middle way – something between the tepid sexlessness of the soaps' queer couplings and the separatist universe of the US show The L Word, in which the characters are like something out of the Barbie Lesbian Range: the tennis pro with detachable miniskirt, the hairdresser with blow-drier.
For me the solution is less "L" word than "I" word. Issues. Gay characters are a gift because they can deliver the shock value that soap operas are hardwired to. But surely, by normalising rather than pathologising gay culture you please not only gay respondents, but the 19% of heterosexual viewers that the report reveals are still squeamish about our presence on their screens.
When gay characters stop cat-hoarding, scatter-cushion throwing and compulsively shagging — when we're just sitting around paying bills like Average Jos – then middle England, and the Queer Nation, will be happy
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Anna Nolan: Why the world should welcome lesbian couple's quintuplets

HOW the world has changed. We learned this week that a lesbian couple, one of whom is Irish, are due quintuplets. Rosemary Nolan and Melissa Keevers, who now live in Australia, are due five babies at the end of the year.
The world has changed because this phenomenon has been reported so positively, with such celebration. And so it should be. These five little beings will no doubt have all the love they can get from two committed parents, who already have a young child together.
The donor, it seems, is some dark-haired law student in Australia who is to remain anonymous. But there will no doubt be 30 men who donated to that particular fertility service, all thanking their lucky stars that they don't have to pay maintenance to this brood!
That said, because news of the multiple pregnancy - unusual not just because the parents are lesbians but because the five babies were conceived without IVF - travelled like an Aussie bushfire, those same 30 men will no doubt wonder, 'Are they mine?'
Most sperm donors never become aware of who has their children, or indeed any further details whatsoever. But in this case, one wonders, when the 30 men see the pictures - as no doubt they will - of the babies when they're born, will one donor see himself in their eyes and say: "Definitely mine alright."
The notion that two lesbians are having babies without the influence of a father will be a difficult thing for some people to get their heads around.
You'll probably hear the usual high-pitched objections being dusted off and wheeled out about the impact of gay parents on children or the negative effect of children without fathers.
But I have yet to meet a child of a gay couple who is troubled or damaged as a result of this particular type of upbringing.
Several years ago I made a documentary, as part of the Would You Believe series, that told the story of two women who had two sons. They also conceived their boys through donors. This happened in London in the late 80s, early 90s.
They moved to Ireland and set up home just outside Dublin.
I was fascinated with the two young men these lesbian mums produced and I had the same questions as anyone else: What's it like having two mothers? Was it difficult growing up? Did either of them become gay themselves? (Answers: Great. No and NO!).
They had an unshakeable sense of self, these lads - and because of their "colourful" upbringing, were aware of a much broader world than many of their peers.
They were smart, warm, funny and very much like any Irish boys you may know.
But the biggest question for me was, "What about your fathers? Do you want to find them, to get to know them?"
I was sure that one day a little voice would tell them to seek him out. I felt strongly that as one gets older, one needs to know one's history, one's identity.
Both boys answered the same. They had no desire to meet their biological fathers. They were happy with their life. Nothing was missing.
Rosemary and Melissa may also have to deal with some of these questions when their five little ones are old enough. But it should be no different or no more a problem just because their mothers are lesbians, than if they were adopted, if there was a stepfather involved or a hundred and one other family issues ordinary people deal with every day.
Until then, there will be 40 nappy changes a day, 30 bottle feeds; and many arms needed to rock them to sleep.
May the five little babies be healthy and happy, because that's all that really matters.

- Anna Nolan

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

FBI investigating lesbians' house fire as hate crime

The FBI confirms it is now investigating the Labor Day weekend house fire of a lesbian couple in Tennessee as a possible hate crime.

Laura Stutte says "it has shaken me to the core."

Carol Ann Stutte says "this is our first time from the safe house and she did great."

Laura and Carol Ann Stutte say years of threats from a particular neighbor had escalated. They installed a gate, security lights, and barbed fencing around their home near Vonore in Monroe County.

Carol Ann says "the final threats near the end were we were going to be killed and our house burned down. And we were told what's better than one dead queer is two dead queers to our face. That's when we finally started filing police reports."

They came home from a Labor Day weekend trip to find a slur painted on their garage next to where their house used to stand.

Laura says "everything we worked for for the last 5 years just burned down to the ground."

Carol Ann says "I was just sitting out on the land, no home, and these wonderful people like angels came and got us and said you're coming with us. You will be safe and that's where we've been staying."

They don't plan to rebuild here. But do want to stay in east Tennessee.

Carol Ann says "so many many people have come out and are sending their love and prayers."

As for the person who did this, Carol Ann says "I want to see them get help. I do not want them to be able to do this to anyone else."

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New lesbian drama on the way for UK

A BBC lesbian drama is causing a stir in the UK before it has even aired.

  Lip Service follows the lives of a group of lesbians in their 20s. Although it is set in Glasgow rather than West Hollywood, there are clear parallels with The L Word – it's based around friendships, relationships, general life struggles and sex.
The show's apparently 'saucy' content has already grabbed British tabloid headlines, with News of the World reporting a show insider as saying: "Lip Service has the same buzz as Queer As Folk but might prove too edgy. There are a lot of naked sex scenes between women. Bosses think it's too explicit for BBC1 - so they're starting it on (BBC) Three."
Another 'insider' questions whether it's an attempt by BBC bosses to gain ratings.
However a reviewer from Beehive City says "Lip Service is far more than glossy lesbo-porn (although it does have quite a lot of that in it), the show has a solid script and multi-dimensional characters that have been well crafted ... It is such a pleasure, and somewhat of a shock by recent standards to see BBC Three commission a genuinely interesting, engaging and provocative drama that young people will enjoy."
Lip Service premieres on October 12 on BBC Three.

Watch a brief clip from the show below:

Friday, September 24, 2010

Corrie Lesbians Steal The Show!!

CORRIE lesbians Sacha Parkinson and Brooke Vincent upped the glamour stakes at a bash last night - but their co-star Jennie McAlpine couldn't quite keep up.

 The actresses attended the Manchester Pride Gala Dinner along with Vicky Binns, who plays Weatherfield's Molly Dobbs.

Sacha and Brooke, who play on-screen lovers Sian Powers and Sophie Webster, stole the show as they flaunted their trim figures in short frocks.

But Jennie decided not to don a trendy dress like her fellow stars - and opted for a shiny pink jumpsuit instead, teamed up with a white belt.

Her character Fiz Stape isn't exactly known for having a great dress sense.

But it looks like Jennie should take more inspiration from her co-stars in real life.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Local bakery refuses to make rainbow cupcakes for gay customer

An Indianapolis bakery is under fire from the gay and lesbian community over a choice not to serve a diversity group.

First national survey finds 1.5 per cent of adults say they are gay, lesbian or bisexual

A survey of 450,000 UK adults has found that 1.5 per cent were willing to identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual. The Integrated Household Survey, carried out by the Office for National Statistics, is the second largest after the census.
This is the first time the survey has asked about sexual identity and the ONS stressed that the question was "experimental".
Nearly four per cent of those asked refused to answer, said they did not know or described themselves as "other".
Of the five per cent who did not say they were heterosexual, one per cent said they were gay or lesbian, 0.5 per cent said they were bisexual and 3.5 per cent refused to answer the question, described themselves as "other" or said they did not know.
Gay rights charity Stonewall and the government both use a figure of six per cent of the population being lesbian, gay or bisexual, which works out at 3.6 million people.
This figure comes from 2005 research by the Department for Trade and Industry.
Other studies on sexual orientation have found that the figure varies between six and ten per cent.
In this study, the ONS used the phrase 'sexual identity' rather than 'sexual orientation'. No responses were collected by proxy (allowing, for example, another member of a household to answer).
Stonewall welcomed today's figures but said they must be treated with "caution".
Ruth Hunt, deputy director of public affairs at Stonewall, said the charity was pleased the research had been carried out but said it was a "shame it took so long".
She told "Six per cent is the Treasury actuary figure. Based on this, the figure is still about right.
"We have to view these results with caution. It's the first time people have been asked and we expect the figures to rise in a few years."
Ms Hunt added that such data should be collected as a matter of course, including in the census, and said Stonewall had urged GPs' surgeries to ask patients about their sexual orientation.
On the danger of the 1.5 per cent figure being used to argue against gay equality, she said: "We know other equality strands such as faith have this problem [of surveys not being representative]. Even the figures for faith do not reflect the lived experience of those on the ground."
The largest numbers of gay, lesbian and bisexual people were found in London, while the lowest numbers were in Northern Ireland.
Men were twice as likely as women to describe themselves as gay/lesbian.
The research also asked about religion, with 71 per cent of people describing themselves as Christian and 21 per cent saying they had no religion.
The research carried out between April 2009 and March 2010 and comprises the results of six ONS surveys.
Participants were telephoned or presented with cards asking which of the following options best described how they see themselves: heterosexual/straight, gay/lesbian, bisexual or other.
Ninety-five per cent said they were heterosexual, one per cent said they were gay or lesbian and 0.5 per cent said they were bisexual.
Just under three per cent stated "don’t know" or refused the question, one per cent did not provide a response and 0.5 per cent defined themselves as "other".

Florida ends ban on gays and lesbians adopting

The US state of Florida has overturned its ban on gays and lesbians adopting children.
Governor Charlie Crist announced the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling yesterday and said the ban would end immediately, although the decision can be appealed.
The 1977 law made Florida the only US state to ban gay adoption, despite permitting gays and lesbians to foster children.

 Yesterday, the court upheld a 2008 ruling by a Miami-Dade judge who approved the adoption of two young brothers by Martin Gill and his male partner.
The boys were neglected by their biological parents and were placed with Mr Gill and his partner in 2004.
Writing on behalf of the three judges on the appeal court panel, Judge Gerald Cope pointed out the disparity of allowing gays and lesbians to foster but not adopt children.
"It is difficult to see any rational basis in utilising homosexual persons as foster parents or guardians on a temporary or permanent basis, while imposing a blanket prohibition on those same persons," he wrote.
"All other persons are eligible to be considered case-by-case to be adoptive parents."
Gay rights campaigners in Florida have warned that gay adoption opponents may seek to place a measure in the state constitution barring gay people from adopting.
Speaking after the ruling, Mr Gill said: “This is just the news that we have been waiting so anxiously for here.
“This is a giant step toward being able to give our sons the stability and permanency that they are being denied.”
Leslie Cooper, a senior staff attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union, which supported Mr Gill, said: “Florida’s law unconstitutionally singles out gay people and the children in their care for unequal treatment, denying many children the long-term security that comes with adoption.
"We are grateful that the court saw the cruel consequences this law has on children, especially those in foster care who may never know the security of a permanent home.”

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lip Service – Lesbian drama coming to BBC Three

Sex, lies and true love in modern Scotland feature in BBC Three’s seductive new relationship drama Lip Service, which follows the lives of a group of twenty-something lesbians.
Starring Laura Fraser, Ruta Gedmintas and Fiona Button, Lip Service is a compelling and sexy six-part series filmed on location in Glasgow, written by Harriet Braun (Mistresses, Attachments) and produced by Kudos Film And Television through BBC Scotland.

Cat (Laura Fraser) is a self-assured architect, unnerved by the return of her former lover, Frankie (Ruta Gedmintas), a talented but emotionally reckless photographer who arrives back in Glasgow unannounced, bringing havoc in her wake.
Fiona Button plays struggling actress Tess, Cat’s best friend and flatmate, who has an uncanny knack of falling for the wrong sorts of women.

Here, writer and creator Harriet explains her inspirations and motivations behind Lip Service.
“The idea initially came about because I was approached by Derek Wax at Kudos (executive producer of Lip Service) who wanted to work on an original project with me. I’d seen Queer As Folk and Go Fish years ago and thought I’d love to do something like that.
“Then The L Word came along, but I figured there was definitely room for another lesbian drama. In my view, lesbians are under-represented on British television – so I thought it was high time we had a series in the UK. And anyway, The L Word was set in California and the weather was much better – it’ll rain a lot more in Lip Service!
“The BBC were extremely receptive to the idea of Lip Service. We didn’t meet any resistance at all – in fact, quite the opposite.

“I wanted to create believable, multi-faceted characters that people can really identify with and also to mix comedy and drama. I wanted it to feel very real and often our most embarrassing moments can end up being very funny in retrospect. There’s also a mystery element to Lip Service that keeps you guessing.
“It was very important to me to that the lesbian characters in this story feel authentic to a lesbian audience. But I don’t think anyone could attempt to portray every member of a community in a drama – if they tried, they’d fail.
“Lip Service follows characters at a pivotal point in their lives – they’re either in their late-twenties or early-thirties. It’s a time when people are often frustrated about where they are in life and wonder if they’ll ever be the person they want to be. Or they’re aware they’ve made mistakes and don’t want to make the same mistakes again. You start to take stock and realise life isn’t a dress rehearsal.

“As a writer, I’m always most interested in what’s going on under the surface. So, it’s also about secrets. I think most of the characters, in one way or another, are hiding their emotions or fears and desires and it’s about the consequences of playing emotional games or not being honest with yourself or others.
“At the heart of this drama are a group of friends and their lives and loves. The relationship between Frankie and Cat is complicated and a catalyst for drama in the series.
“I think, in some ways, Cat and Frankie are two sides of the same coin. They seem very different because Frankie is irreverent, impulsive and boundary-less, whereas Cat’s fairly uptight, a control freak and responsible. But I think, underneath all of that, they are both quite troubled and insecure and are drawn to that in each other. They would also like a bit of what the other one has – Cat would like to be more impulsive and Frankie would like to be more responsible.
“And, of course, the back story is that they were teenage friends who fell for each other. Frankie was Cat’s first love and then they got into a relationship in their twenties, but never got a chance to see it through because Frankie got cold feet and ran off to America. So, for Cat, it’s unfinished business – it’s someone that you loved and can’t let go of and have never really been able to forget.
“At the point Frankie returns, Cat’s trying to move on and then her ex-lover arrives home and it just brings everything back up to the surface again.”
“I can certainly relate to the great love Frankie and Cat have. I was interested in exploring the terrain of people who have been friends and looking at what happens when it turns into love – those situations can be very complicated and drawn out. And I think you see it again and again, people who repeatedly go back to the same person, people who can’t leave an ex alone – even if they are not particularly good for each other.
“Glasgow’s a fantastic city and I loved filming there – although we were outside working on location a lot and I didn’t think it was possible for feet to be that cold!
“I remember once we were filming on the roof terrace of an office block. It was meant to be a mild evening where two characters had gone up there to have a romantic moment. But, when we actually filmed the scene, there was a blizzard so, for continuity’s sake, the crew had to stand over the actors with umbrellas to keep the snow off them, while they were shivering away in light autumn clothing!
“If you’re a fan of character-led drama with a lot of comedy and suspense, then you should have fun watching Lip Service.
“You don’t need to be part of a particular ‘group’ to understand the emotions portrayed, be it heartbreak or fear of failure or love. After all, I really enjoyed Six Feet Under and I’m not an undertaker!”

Derek Wax, award-winning executive producer (Sex Traffic, Occupation), Kudos Film & Television, adds: “So many of the best dramas derive in some way from a writer’s personal passion and experience – as a producer, I’m interested in finding and exploring worlds that haven’t been portrayed before. Harriet wanted to write about characters grounded in a reality which we rarely see on television, to portray an under-represented group and culture.
“In Lip Service, Harriet has created a funny and emotionally-layered relationship drama. She has the ability to combine tragedy and comedy from moment to moment so that one minute you’re laughing and the next you’re deeply affected, as the characters are being torn apart by the emotional pressures of their lives. They are very real, warm and human, but Lip Service doesn’t shy away from exploring the darker side of human relationships.
“Also, what we have created is a drama that is not issue-driven. The characters don’t live in a bubble, it’s about the everyday reality of being gay and being young and it avoids clichés.
“The cultural climate is more accepting towards a drama like Lip Service. It’s hard to think of this series being made 10 or 20 years ago, but lesbian culture is much more visible and confident now. It feels like the time is right for it.”
Matthew Read, executive producer, BBC Scotland, adds: “Lip Service is a truthful, funny and engaging drama which shows an alternative side of Glasgow that’s seen rarely on our screens. Harriet Braun has created a brilliant set of characters that have been brought to life by an incredibly charismatic cast. BBC Scotland are extremely excited to have been involved in the production alongside Kudos Film and Television.”

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Study: Children of Lesbians May Do Better Than Their Peers

The teen years are never the easiest for any family to navigate. But could they be even more challenging for children and parents in households headed by gay parents?
That is the question researchers explored in the first study ever to track children raised by lesbian parents, from birth to adolescence. Although previous studies have indicated that children with same-sex parents show no significant differences compared with children in heterosexual homes when it comes to social development and adjustment, many of those investigations involved children who were born to women in heterosexual marriages, who later divorced and came out as lesbians


For their new study, published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers Nanette Gartrell, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco (and a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles), and Henry Bos, a behavioral scientist at the University of Amsterdam, focused on what they call planned lesbian families — households in which the mothers identified themselves as lesbian at the time of artificial insemination.
Data on such families are sparse, but they are important for establishing whether a child's environment in a home with same-sex parents would be any more or less nurturing than one with a heterosexual couple.

The authors found that children raised by lesbian mothers — whether the mother was partnered or single — scored very similarly to children raised by heterosexual parents on measures of development and social behavior. These findings were expected, the authors said; however, they were surprised to discover that children in lesbian homes scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression.
"We simply expected to find no difference in psychological adjustment between adolescents reared in lesbian families and the normative sample of age-matched controls," says Gartrell. "I was surprised to find that on some measures we found higher levels of [psychological] competency and lower levels of behavioral problems. It wasn't something I anticipated."
In addition, children in same-sex-parent families whose mothers ended up separating did as well as children in lesbian families in which the moms stayed together.
The data that Gartrell and Bos analyzed came from the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), begun in 1986. The authors included 154 women in 84 families who underwent artificial insemination to start a family; the parents agreed to answer questions about their children's social skills, academic performance and behavior at five follow-up times over the 17-year study period. Children in the families were interviewed by researchers at age 10 and were then asked at age 17 to complete an online questionnaire, which included queries about the teens' activities, social lives, feelings of anxiety or depression, and behavior.
Not surprisingly, the researchers found that 41% of children reported having endured some teasing, ostracism or discrimination related to their being raised by same-sex parents. But Gartrell and Bos could find no differences on psychological adjustment tests between the children and those in a group of matched controls. At age 10, children reporting discrimination did exhibit more signs of psychological stress than their peers, but by age 17, the feelings had dissipated. "Obviously there are some factors that may include family support and changes in education about appreciation for diversity that may be helping young people to come to a better place despite these experiences," says Gartrell.
It's not clear exactly why children of lesbian mothers tend to do better than those in heterosexual families on certain measures. But after studying gay and lesbian families for 24 years, Gartrell has some theories. "They are very involved in their children's lives," she says of the lesbian parents. "And that is a great recipe for healthy outcomes for children. Being present, having good communication, being there in their schools, finding out what is going on in their schools and various aspects of the children's lives is very, very important."
Although active involvement isn't unique to lesbian households, Gartrell notes that same-sex mothers tend to make that kind of parenting more of a priority. Because their children are more likely to experience discrimination and stigmatization as a result of their family circumstances, these mothers can be more likely to broach complicated topics, such as sexuality and diversity and tolerance, with their children early on. Having such a foundation may help to give these children more confidence and maturity in dealing with social differences and prejudices as they get older.
Because the research is ongoing, Gartrell hopes to test some of these theories with additional studies. She is also hoping to collect more data on gay-father households; gay fatherhood is less common than lesbian motherhood because of the high costs of surrogacy or adoption that gay couples face in order to start a family.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Katy Perry wants to sleep with X Factor's Cheryl Cole

American singer Katy Perry has sensationally revealed that she wants to sleep with X Factor judge Cheryl Cole.

The I kissed A Girl star, who was recently a guest judge on the show in Dannii Minogue's temporary absence, said: "I adore Cheryl, she's amazing."

She also added that if she weren't with British comedian Russell Brand, she'd want to be in a relationship with the Girls Aloud star.

"I'm very happy with my own English stud but if I wasn't with him I'd be trying to date Cheryl," she added.

"Nobody should be as beautiful as she is. I know people get turned on by Simon's power but if I was single I'd rather sleep with Cheryl than Simon."

Perry's debut single, I Kissed A Girl, topped the charts in more than 30 countries, including America, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lesbians excluded from Google's new feature

Google’s brand-new feature which starts searching for your items before you’ve even pressed ‘Search’, is fine unless you’re looking for ‘lesbian’ or ‘bisexual’ things.

Google Instant “excludes certain terms related to pornography, violence and hate speech,” says the net giant. Unfortunately, ‘lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ – reasonable terms used to refer to someone’s sexual orientation – are included on that list.

Meanwhile, the words ‘homosexual’, ‘gay’, ‘queer’, ‘dyke’, ‘transvestite’, and ‘transgender’ are OK to be used, while the word ‘faggot’ is not – wisely, as the word often regarded as ‘hate speech’.

”’Lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ are not pornography, violence, or hate speech,” notes US-based lobby website “It seems discriminatory for Google to place lesbian and bisexual in the porn category. They are valid identities, and they should be accepted by Google as appropriate and allowable search terms.” is encouraging people to petition Google to OK ‘lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ for its Instant search function.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Miley Cyrus' LOL: Drinking, Drugs, Lesbian Kisses and More [Video]

We all get that Miley is no longer a Disney darling, but it seems things have intensified in a bad way. LOL is the name of Miley's movie where she stars with Demi Moore as a rebellious teen named Lola.
20 June 2010 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Miley Cyrus. 21st Annual MuchMusic Video Awards held at MuchMusic HQ. Photo Credit: Brent Perniac/AdMedia

What can be so bad about a rebellious teen? Well, nothing and everything depending on how rebellious that teen is. In Lola's case, this is clearly not a film you will want to take your child to if they are under the age of 16, and even then you might want to hold off a year or two until they can decide on their own to see it.
According to Hollywood Life, in the movie Lola looses her virginity, talks about sex incessantly, smokes pot, drinks heavily, and also accidentally shows her mom - played by Demi - her Brazilian wax. If all that wasn't bad enough, Lola also makes out with not one, but two female friends. We get it, Miley. You aren't a kid anymore.
"You're my daughter," Demi tells Miley at one point, "And I won't let you turn into a porn star!" Good for Lola's mom. Now why won't Miley's parents tell her the same thing? It doesn't matter if it's in film and fake. This is the image she's presenting to her fans, and her parents should be ashamed of themselves for allowing Miley to take this kind of role. Now more than ever, Miley's young fans that were instrumental in her rise to fame are being alienated by her adult career choices.

Demi also said that Miley is grounded and nothing like her character. Yet, Demi, yet. Give her time, she's working on it.

Demi also said that "[Miley] is a true professional, and she truly has a wonderful family," she said. "It really shows." Not sure this is something that others would agree with based on what this film includes, but glad Demi thinks that.

Assuming that LOL stands for the Internet acronym for laughing out loud, it's pretty much a given that parents will not find anything here worth loling over. It's doubtful that teens would, either.

There's currently no release date for LOL, but it's reportedly due out in 2011.

Will you line up to see LOL? Will you allow your children to see it?
You can view a video about LOL below.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Portia de Rossi becomes a DeGeneres

 After two years of marriage, Portia de Rossi has decided she will take her wife’s last name becoming Portia DeGeneres.

Portia filed papers in Los Angeles court on Friday to accept the wife of her Ellen DeGeneres.

The papers read that “Petitioner is taking the last name of her spouse.” This is a monumental move the California Supreme Court overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage, earlier this month.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Middle-aged lesbians can’t get men: ‘The View’ co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck

The View’s arch-Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck has an interesting hypothesis about middle-aged lesbians: older women enter into same-sex relationships because men their age chase after pretty-young-things, she said.

“All the older men are going for younger women, leaving the women with no one,” she said.

Joy Behar, another View co-host, immediately retorted that Ms. Hasselbeck’s claims were “ridiculous” and that women do not suddenly choose lesbianism later in life.

“Being gay is not just holding hands and walking through the tulips,” Ms. Behar said. “I don’t think that you suddenly wake up and say, ‘You know, I think I want to do that.’ You wanted to do it; you were just trapped in a system that said ‘get married.’

Tune into our live blog starting at 11 a.m. ET as we cover U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the show. With any luck, Ms. Hasselbeck will enlighten us with her theories about the real cause of BP oil spill and why so many Americans are unemployed.

Lindsay Lohan out of jail, rehab bound for meth addiction and bi-polar

Everyone’s favorite part-time lesbian, Lindsay Lohan, has been released from jail and will serve the next month or so in rehab.

Lohan served 13 days of a 90 day sentence at Lynwood jail in California stemming from a DUI arrest several years ago. From here, Lindsay will serve a court ordered stint in rehab.

The judge got to pick Lindsay’s rehah destination, and Marsha Revel sent the “Mean Girls” actress to Morningside Recovery Center at UCLA.

“The judge’s order will dictate the manner in which she will be released and to whom, and I have not seen that,” attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said earlier Sunday after paying Lohan a visit in jail. “She is doing fine…She is ready.”
Lindsay evidently has a problem with Crystal Meth (an addiction more typical to men that part-time lesbians) and suffers from bi-polar disorder.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Kids Are All Right is not just a lesbian film

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right. Photograph: c.Focus/Everett / Rex Features
Talking animals, phoned-in sequels and rom-coms written by someone who apparently learned about human behaviour from hen parties and stag weekends are the usual summertime multiplex fare. Yet this year the decreed Movie of the Summer, which was completely sold out the night I went to see it three days after its release in the US, features a middle-aged lesbian couple and dialogue that one can't imagine ever coming out of Jennifer Aniston's mouth.

The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening (particularly great in this) and Julianne Moore, has rendered the most cynical critics on the driest American papers near hysterical. "Just about everyone who has been a parent, child or partner will find resonance in its bittersweet depiction of the joys and trials of lifelong intimacy," sighed the Washington Post. The New York Times's critic, A O Scott, was so overcome he fell into a state of ellipses. He longed to describe The Kids Are All Right as "the best comedy since . . ." yet "grounds for comparison seem to be lacking so I may have to let the superlative stand unqualified for now".
The plot, admittedly, sounds like a bad sitcom: the teenage kids of a lesbian couple track down their feckless biological father (Mark Ruffalo, basically reprising the role he played in You Can Count On Me, which The Kids Are All Right resembles in pace and tone). Yet director/writer Lisa Cholodenko is too good to churn out a sapphic My Two Dads. Her movie is smart, hilarious and will do for heirloom tomatoes what When Harry Met Sally did for people who order things "on the side".
But the plaudits have not precluded debate. Predictably the most attention-grabbing issue has been whether, as happens in the movie, lesbians watch gay male porn and, if so, why. This has resulted in articles on websites such as The Daily Beast, filled with explanations that one doesn't usually see on websites that don't have a triple x in their domain name.
Cholodenko has not just made a film about lesbians feel mainstream, or a good movie about lesbians, or even a smart summer movie: she has made a great film.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Corrie Lesbians finally smooch

CORRIE lesbians Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson finally have their much-anticipated snog next week. 


On Film, The Trials Of An Iranian Lesbian Activist

In a new feature film, "Cul De Sac," London-based Iranian directors Ramin Goudarzi-Nejad and Mahshad Torkan tell the story of a lesbian woman who flees Iran's repressive Islamic regime. The script draws on the real-life experiences of Kiana Firouz, who plays herself in the film. Hossein Ghavimi, a correspondent for RFE/RL's Radio Farda, asked Goudarzi-Nejad and Firouz about their motivation in making the film.

Actress and documentary filmmaker Kiana Firouz in a scene from 'Cul de Sac'
Ramin Goudarzi-Nejad: The story is in fact based on the life of an Iranian homosexual woman who attempts to draw the world's attention to the voices of Iranian lesbians. She consequently finds her return to Iran impossible. She claims asylum in the United Kingdom, but the Home Office incredibly turns the case down.

She had been making a documentary film about Iranian homosexuals back when she lived in Iran, but the Iranian Intelligence Service found the footage and started following her. She managed to leave the country because she realized that the security service had become suspicious about her activities and the existence of her film. They started to investigate regarding the identity of the filmmaker and interviewees and the content of the documentary, but she was already here in the U.K. to study and work for human rights.

The evidence clearly shows that she is a lesbian [facing persecution in Iran.] But the Home Office did not consider the facts and refused her asylum application.

RFE/RL: What motivated you to make this movie?

Goudarzi-Nejad: I made a short film in 2007 called "Have I Ever Happened?" which at the time was reviewed by Radio Farda. It was about an Iranian poet who was also a lesbian. The film was screened at two international film festivals together with other events. I received lots of messages from Iranian homosexuals, especially lesbians, and they gave me the impression that they were quite impressed and admired the work. They kept asking me to make more movies about homosexuals' lives.

Once Kiana called me while she was in Iran and briefed me on her filmmaking experiences in Iran. She was considering making a documentary film about Iranian homosexuals. She was concerned with finding out whether there would be a chance to screen the film after completion. I gave her my best knowledge about the dangers and risks that she has to take into account, but she seemed determined to do it. So I agreed to support the distribution of her film and to help publicize the voice of this innocent, vulnerable minority internationally.

RFE/RL: Did Kiana write the script of "Cul de Sac" herself?

Goudarzi-Nejad: No, she wasn't involved with writing the script, but it was written based on her life story.

RFE/RL (to Kiana Firouz): I'm interested in what inspired you to act in "Cul de Sac." Can you tell us some details about your role in the film?

Firouz: Sure -- I played the role of an Iranian lesbian in this film. The story is mainly based on my life.

In my opinion, the film potentially falls into the genre of docudrama. It was important to me as an Iranian lesbian to play a role like this. I believe the best way to enlighten people is to raise public awareness through free media, and film is the most powerful medium that can share the difficulties that all Iranian lesbians are experiencing. I strongly believe this film will touch everyone.

RFE/RL: What stage of completion is the film at now? Will it be screened soon?

Firouz: The movie is scheduled to be screened next month. The trailer has been on YouTube since December 2009, and it was watched by more than a thousand viewers just in the first four days.

RFE/RL: Will it appear at film festivals?

Firouz: Yes, it will definitely be shown at film festivals. So far, two film festivals in San Francisco and Canada have invited us.

RFE/RL: Can you tell us about the difficulties you've faced in applying for asylum in the United Kingdom?

Firouz: As an Iranian lesbian activist, I sought asylum in the U.K. My application was turned down and ignored by the Home Office, despite the serious threats to my life that I'll face if they deport me to Iran.

I'm shattered and emotionally devastated that they have dealt with my application so irresponsibly. A serious campaign has been already launched to support me and save my life.

The Iranian Queer Organization and the U.K. Gay and Lesbian Immigration Group are also supporting me. I am ready to take any further risks to fight for our rights.

The situation for homosexuals is not only terrifying and horrible in Iran, but also for those who have escaped to seek asylum in other free countries, mostly signatories of the Geneva Convention, and especially Turkey. It seems to me that fate still does not wish us a peaceful life. We are going to resist and we will take every possible action until the day the whole world hears our voices

Brooke Vincent fearless over lesbian scenes

'Coronation Street' stars Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson are not worried the public might think they are gay when they take part in the soap's first lesbian kiss.

Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson "don't care" if people think their 'Coronation Street' kiss means they are a real-life couple.

The actresses - who play teenagers Sophie Webster and Sian Powers in the soap - are due to engage in a lesbian love story on the ITV1 show and Brooke is convinced members of the public will believe the storyline is real.

According to the Daily Star newspaper, she said: "I think we're going to get a lot of people believing we are gay because we are really close in real life, plus a lot of people think 'Corrie' is real. 
"So when they see me and Sacha out together, they might be a bit like, 'Woah!' We don't care though - it's funny."
However, the 17-year-old star was delighted to be asked to take part in the adventurous storyline. 

She said: "Me and Sacha are so flattered."

While the girl-on-girl kiss is a first for the ITV soap, the actresses have been inspired by previous soap lesbians. 

Sacha, 18, is particularly impressed with her "idol" Anna Friel, whose character Beth Jordache famously kissed another woman on Channel 4's 'Brookside' in 1994.

She added: "Anna Friel, who is my idol, went through a similar thing and she's now doing amazing stuff."

Fake prom staged to trick lesbian kids

Mississippi school that canceled dance to keep female couple away relents -- then throws the real party across town 

Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old high school student, was told by school officials that she could not wear a tux or bring a same sex date to the prom 
Constance McMillen just wanted what teenage girls have dreamed about since time immemorial -- to go to the prom with the person she's dating. In McMillen's case, that person happens to be another girl. But the possibility of some same-sex jamming to "I Gotta Feeling" didn't sit too well with the folks at Mississippi's Itawamba Agricultural High School. Reasoning that no prom was better than a prom with lesbians, they abruptly canceled the whole affair last month. Cue media frenzy, ACLU lawsuit, Facebook uproar.
After an embarrassing glare of attention on Itawamba, it seemed a happy ending was in sight. Last Tuesday, the school agreed to host an off-campus prom and told Constance she could, per her stated intention, bring her date and wear a tux. On Friday night, McMillen and her girlfriend showed up at the Fulton Country Club ready to party. There, she says, she found just seven other revelers, including two learning disabled students.
Worse, she claims that her classmates were off doing the Macarena at an alternate event, arranged with the aid and consent of the parents and staff of her school. Speaking to the Advocate this week, McMillen said, "They had two proms and I was only invited to one of them ... everyone went to the other one I wasn't invited to."

God knows it's no great stretch to give teens and adults credit for being ignorant douchebags, but seriously? They threw a whole other prom? What is this, an episode of "Glee"?

Indeed, Gawker reported yesterday that they had dug up a Facebook page for one of McMillen's classmates, and lo! There were pix galore of a well-attended, corsage-riddled weekend dance event. (Even more have been neatly compiled on BruceKatz23's Flickr stream.) Unlike that legendary slumber party your best friend threw when she told you she was home alone with the mumps, however, the alternate dance wasn't a total top secret. McMillen says that she knew about the other event, but, "If I wasn't wanted there, I wasn't going to go."

The elaborate lengths to which people will apparently go to avoid a girl in a tux are dispiriting at best, and McMillen's victory may seem to have the word "Pyrrhic" stamped all over it. But in the end, she may well have had a better prom than many of us ever did. (Non-discrimination is a right, but having crappy experiences in high school is pretty much an inevitability.) McMillen told the Advocate that the special ed kids "had the time of their lives ... That's the one good thing that came out of this, [these kids] didn't have to worry about people making fun of them."

It may have been far from perfect, but unlike the blowout across town, that little shindig at Fulton Country Club was everything that I hope for for my own daughters, on their prom nights and their wedding days and all their lives. Because none of those other people matter. On Friday night, Connie McMillen got to walk through that door on the arm of the person she wanted to dance with.



Friday, April 2, 2010

E! Introduces the Ladies of The Real L Word

E! Introduces the Ladies of The Real L Word

For those of you still suffering withdrawals from the end of the groundbreaking guilty please, The L Word, Showtime borrows from Real Housewives to bring you…The Real L World.

However, for those of us who wanted more reality from the first incarnation of The L Word, it remains to be seen if Showtime will deliver. Looks can be deceiving, and lesbian “reality” in L.A. is surely different than the lived reality of queer women in other cities.

E! provides a sneak peak at the cast of the reality series set to debut at 10 p.m. June 20. Described as “a rare, fly-on-the-wall look into the lives of attractive and successful L.A. lesbians,” The Real L Word stars (clockwise from far left):

Tracy, 29: A film and television development exec new to the lesbian scene, whose mother is having a hard time dealing with her sexuality.

Whitney, 27: A Hollywood special effects artist is a self-professed terrible girlfriend.

Nikki, 37: A rep/manager/producer/industry bigwig who publicly came out on The Oprah Winfrey Show and is now engaged and planning her wedding to Real L Word costar Jill.

Rose, 35: A real estate advisor who wants to settle down, but can’t seem to shake her old habits, who was apparently the inspiration for the character Papi in the original series.

Mikey, 34: Founder of The Gallery Los Angeles and producer of LA Fashion Weekend, she’s also engaged and trying to plan a wedding of her own.

Jill, 33: A writer and “Jersey girl next door,” she is engaged to costar Nikki and has the support of her family.

We’re definitely curious to see what kind of picture is painted by the “real” lesbians selected for the new series. Will they parallel the characters in the original series? Fall into classic lesbian stereotypes? Only time will tell.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ricky Martin Comes Out !!

Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin came out of the closet today on his Web site. But the story of real import may be this: What are the economic consequences of a male pop star coming out?

On his site, Martin writes that associates warned him about opening up his personal life because of the risk to his career and image. He wrote on his Web site: “Many people told me: ‘Ricky it’s not important’, ‘it’s not worth it’, ‘all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse’, ‘many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature.’”

Speakeasy decided to take a look at a few male pop and rock stars who have announced that they are gay to see how their careers fared before and after their public revelations:

Elton John

Before: A Grammy-winning pop star who sold millions of records world-wide.
After: A Grammy-winning pop star who still sells millions of records world-wide and also writes music for hit musicals like “The Lion King,” “Aida,” and “Billy Elliot,” and the movie version of “The Lion King.” And he’s Sir Elton now.

George Michael

Before: One of the biggest pop stars in the world, first as half of the pop duo Wham!, and then as a solo artist.
After: Post-coming out albums such as “Patience” (2004) haven’t sold as well as the releases of Michael’s heyday, such as “Faith” (1987), but he’s had success in Europe and elsewhere around the world.

Clay Aiken

Before: The vocalist finished second to Ruben Studdard on “American Idol,” but he far outsold the champ and his 2003 debut album “Measure of a Man” started out at number one on the charts, powered in part by legions of female fans who called themselves “Claymates.”

After: Some Claymates went public with their disappointment with the singer coming out. Aiken’s last album “On My Way Here” debuted at number four on the charts and didn’t generate anything approaching the interest of his debut.

Adam Lambert

Before: The theatrical rocker finished second to winner Kris Allen on “American Idol” in 2009 though many critics had predicted he would win.
After: Lambert sparked controversy after simulating oral sex and kissing a male band member during a performance on the American Music Awards. Despite the media furor, his first album debuted at number three on the charts, and his release has outsold Allen’s album by a wide margin. Lambert’s music has been featured in movies such as “2012″ and he’s a staple on the morning, afternoon and late-night talk shows .

Monday, March 29, 2010

Best 10 Gay/lesbian Vacation Spots ♥

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany
The Gay Scene in Berlin is as diverse as the city´s districts. In most parts of Berlin gay people are as accepted as anyone else. In the main districts, Kreuzberg, Schöneberg, Mitte, Friedrichshain & Prenzlauer Berg, same sex couples can be seen, like any other couples, kissing and holding hands. Because of this acceptability, the gay scene is not limited to gay venues. Gay social life is one of the many threads which make Berlin and add to its amazing ... 

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain
For gay travellers who don't want to just pose at the beach day after day Barcelona had been one of the favourite destinations in Europe for the last 15 years. The city has this perfect combination of a warm Mediterranean climate, beaches within and close to the city, mountains in the hinterland and the culture, nightlife, sights and infrastructure of an European metropolis. Among the things that make Barcelona unique are the many fine examples of Catalan Art Nouveau ... 

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco has a special place in the hearts of gay and lesbian travelers. It's not only because of the history of fighting for LGBT equality. San Francisco is a place where world-class attractions, amazing restaurants, diverse neighborhoods and breathtaking views are around every gay-friendly corner

London, England

London, England
London is widely recognised as one of the gay capitals of the world and is home to the largest gay and lesbian community in Europe.

With the annual London Pride Festival, London's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and arguably the most eye-opening gay club nights you'll find in the world, there's something to keep you entertained all year round. 

Russian River, CA

Russian River, CA

The Russian River is the West Coast's favorite LGBT playground. This string of offbeat river villages attracts thousands of LGBT visitors every year for a wide range of activities and fun. Whether visiting for a weekend, a week or longer, you won't find any other getaway that matches the Russian River's unique and spectacular natural beauty, combined with friendly businesses and residents who genuinely appreciate diversity. The Russian River Resort Area or the lower Russian River is ...

Fire Island, NY

Fire Island, NY
Fire Island is a unique summer getaway with beautiful beaches, amazing nightlife, and a diverse community. The community of the Pines tends to be mostly male, although some lesbian couples and plenty of non-gay residents & visitors enjoy it as well. The community of Cherry Grove tends to attract more lesbians. Fire Island is a barrier island on the southern side of Long Island. This truly unique place is accessible only by ferry and provides a tranquil, serene atmosphere with no ... 

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal is renowned worldwide for being a gay-friendly place, with a vibrant cultural scene, scintillating nightlife and beautiful people. The predominately gay "Village" neighborhood is a thriving part of town, replete with restaurants, bars, boutiques and cafés. Today, queer establishments and events are sprinkled throughout the city, from the university clusters in the west of downtown to the underground dyke nightlife in Mile End to the charming cafés of Verdun.

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos is a Greek island and a major tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character and its intense nightlife. The nightlife of Mykonos is marketed as among the best in Europe. Mykonos also attracts famous DJs to its clubs and beach bars, amongst which are Paradise, Super Paradise and Paranga. In addition, Mykonos is a gay-friendly resort area during the summer, featuring several gay clubs. Mykonos nightlife focuses mainly on bars rather than clubs, yet a number of notable clubs 

Sydney for Gay Mardi Gras (February)

Sydney for Gay Mardi Gras (February)

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual gay pride parade and festival for the LGBT community in Sydney, Australia, and is the largest such event in the world. The parade, while featuring many in the gay community with a penchant for exotic costumes and dance music, has always retained a political edge, with often witty visual commentary on their political opponents featuring in the floats. As homosexuality became more and more accepted in the wider community, more gay ...

Gay Ski Week, Whistler, Canada (February)

Gay Ski Week, Whistler, Canada (February)

It's a happy fact that western Canada's coolest gay ski town, Whistler, is also one of North America's best gay winter hideaways, a modern and stylish community rife with gay-friendly hotels, boutiques, and restaurants. In fact, there's as much to do here for non-skiers as for fans of boarding and skiing. Whistler, which will be hosting most of the alpine competitions during the 2010 Olympics, lies about 80 miles north of Vancouver, and 220 miles north ...


Friday, March 26, 2010

Court proceedings to begin tomorrow after school cancels prom so lesbian couple can't go :(

Instead of allowing a teenaged lesbian couple to attend their senior prom, Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi canceled the dance altogether.

According to the Associated Press, a hearing will be held tomorrow to hear a motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that seeks to overturn the school’s decision.

The school district decided to cancel the event on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, after the ACLU demanded that district officials modify a ban on same-sex dates on the grounds that it violates students’ rights. The district says the move was simply a response to a disruption to the educational process.

Time magazine reported that Constance McMillen, the 18-year-old at the center of the controversy, is suing the school district in federal court. McMillen is asking that the district be forced to reinstate the dance.

McMillen wanted to bring a same-sex date to her prom. After the school canceled the April 2 event, she faced criticism from her classmates and peers. Despite not having much support in her community, a facebook group supporting her cause has well over 384,000 fans.

The school is also accused of violating McMillen’s constitutionally protected freedom of expression by refusing to allow her to wear a tuxedo.

The ACLU filed McMillen’s challenge with the U.S. District Court in Oxford, Mississippi on Thursday, March 11, 2010.

In court documents filed last week, McMillen says she was told that she and her girlfriend could not attend prom together by the school’s assistant principal, who also suggested that the two just go with “guys.”

The superintendent was responsible for telling McMillen that she had to wear a dress to prom and that she and her girlfriend would not be allowed to slow dance because it could “push people’s buttons.” According to the ACLU, school officials threatened to throw the couple out of the dance if they were caught dancing together, and if other students complained about their presence.

A private, "discriminatory" prom has been set up at the request of the school to substitute for the canceled event.  According to a report at, McMillen is not invited.

U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation in late January that would make it illegal to discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender school students.

Jennifer Aniston Won't Be a Lesbian for 'Cougar Town'

Jennifer Aniston won't be seen playing a lesbian on "Cougar Town". Her representative has come out with a denial to Showbiz Spy's report that the actress has been set to guest star on the ABC series. "There are no plans for her to be on 'Cougar Town'," the rep told Gossip Cop, adding "She has not been asked to do 'Cougar Town.' "

Showbiz Spy earlier came out with the story that star/executive producer Courteney Cox "persuaded Jen to guest star". It reported a source told U.K.'s the Mail On Sunday, "They have both wanted it to happen for a while, but Jennifer has been too busy. She promised she would do it as soon as she finished promoting her new film, The Bounty Hunter, and it was Jen's idea to play a lesbian. She wanted to do something different."

In another news, Jennifer has reportedly told British TV show GMTV that she still opens reconciliation door for Brad Pitt. "Absolutely," she said as quoted by OK! magazine. "Sometimes you meet each other at a time in your lives when you're not necessarily ready and you're not fully formed - you don't sort of have the maturity it takes to be in a relationship."

Her friend told OK!, "[Brad] was her only true love; she has always held out hope that they would get back together, and there have even been a few in-person meetings." The friend added, "In her heart, Jen has always felt that Brad's relationship with Angelina [Jolie] is just a very passionate fling. It's lasted a lot longer than she ever expected, but she still thinks it has an expiration date. That's why she said, 'Never say never.' "