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.' "

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Why Lesbians Won’t Give Up the Hipster

She’s not butch, no. She’s not even dykey. But damn that girl looks good in a tie and skinny jeans. Who is she, and how do you know that she’s not just a cute hipster straight girl? Luckily for you, Dr. KC Danger just received her degree in lesbian hipsterology, and she’s here to give you a lesson in herstory, hipstory, and why the lesbian hipster is more than just a cultural one-night-stand.

lesbian hipster 

Why are we interested in the lesbian hipster?
Partially, it’s ’cause she looks really, really cute on Facebook and you can’t stop lurking her pictures. But it’s mostly ’cause the “lesbian” and “hipster” worlds seem to have converged so naturally that there’s clearly something going on past Generation X/Y’s universal adoption of any westward-blowing trendwind.
Remember that time in the ’80s when power suits were all the rage? Of course you do, you’re a lesbian! Trends may come and go, but once in a star-crossed while, styles work their way permanently into various subcultures. Lesbian hipsters are one of the newer members of the already highly categorized girl-on-girl community, but within the lesbian subculture, does this “trend” have the power to outlast the shelf life of the mainstream “hipster,” just as power lesbians kept the power suits?
Despite its relative newness, the lesbian hipster style is almost ubiquitous in certain spaces, like Tegan & Sara concerts or The Abbey on a Friday night. So why does hipster jive so easily with lesbian?

Intern Laura and Hipster-Specialist Katrina 2009

a lesson in hipster history 
 Hipstory, if you will. I know it’s hard to believe that all these thrift store shirt-wearing, gold lamé-legginged girls carry with them any sort of legacy other than ‘80s dance movies (Jennifer Beals, I’m looking at you), but the tale of how the hipster came to be is a history of histories. At the risk of unleashing some violent anti-hipster hatred from a movement which actually meant something — according to one legend, the great ancestor of the lesbian hipster is none other than the riot grrrl. Lesbians and hipsters look alike, they say, because hipsters have evolved from scenesters who were once emo kids, a phenomenon preceded by the re-emergence of punk, influenced of course by riot.

lesbian hipster

A more comprehensive look at the composition of typical hipster is recognizing it as a compilation of appropriated cultures, more specifically those that exist not only outside the mainstream, but as a rebellion against it.
“Oversaturation turns the outlandish into the normal and the DIY into the mass-produced.”
It’s all how we cycle “cool.” A subculture creates a style to distinguish itself from the mainstream. These subcultures usually arise from some form of societal oppression, and as women and gays, we are obvs all about oppression.

Once the style becomes distinctive as a symbol of resistance, dissent, or even difference, the mainstream reacts not in fear but instead by picking and choosing what can be reinterpreted and then marketed to the masses as trendy. Oversaturation turns the outlandish into the normal and the DIY into the mass-produced. Suddenly what began as dissent becomes a trend. This sort of appropriation of cultures allows us to buy the edginess of rebellion while bypassing the troubled history.

This edginess is the ‘trend’ — but when the trend fades from the mainstream, those with “genuine” ties to the ethos of the trend often continue on sporting it.

The lesbian hipster, we like to think, is more aware.

hipster as third gender


Despite the fact that, in my opinion, I walk around all day looking like a big giant lesbian with the ability to wear a bandana at least six different ways and a haircut whose tell-tale asymmetry can be spotted by even a novice, I still unintentionally pass as straight. Not just in the way that everyone assumes everyone else’s heterosexuality, but in the way that I can wear a tie, use the word “girlfriend” non-platonically, and still be actively pursued by men.

Perhaps this is due to my extraordinary good looks. But most likely this is due to the fact that hipster style tends to be androgynous. Aside from the ironic mustache (most of the time), most hipster trends are suited to fit both guys and girls. What was once “boys in girl pants” has now just evolved into “skinny jeans,” and any clothing items once sized large enough to fit only men have been shrunken down to skin tight. Hipster seems to be functioning as a third gender in fashion.

It’s not uncommon in many non-Western cultures to recognize third or multiple genders in society, although it makes our government and health care system very uncomfortable. While the third-gendered peoples are generally accepted in these societies, and often were revered as oracles, this acceptance tends to come at the price of their sexuality. Basically, in order to avoid that whole confusion over reproduction and gender binaries and such, these individuals are generally regarded as asexual.


But worry not, lesbian hipsters – we still think you’re hot. Hipsterdom may be viewed as somewhere in between genders, but identifying yourself as a lesbian means not only identifying yourself as a woman but also identifying yourself based on sexuality. Therefore, the lesbian hipster has universal appeal. Her style is just new enough to be trendy and sexy, while the items in her wardrobe are familiar enough to be safe.

Lesbian Hipster

good music , bad romance 

 As we have seen, empirical research has proven that the hipster lesbian is typically perceived by straight men as “just an edgy straight girl” and by straight women as “that cute lesbian I would totally go gay for.” And that’s all fine and good for walking around all hipster-cool, but what does it mean in the world of lesbian?

“However, dressing like Tegan and Sara does not a trendy lesbian make.”
Once again, we’ve got Tegan and Sara to thank, maybe not exclusively, but definitely largely, for making the lesbian hipster cool. Always appearing with swoopalicious bangs, ankle-choking jeans, and trendy t-shirts, the girls made lesbian hipster not only acceptable, but also attractive. However, dressing like Tegan and Sara does not a trendy lesbian make.

Because let’s face it, y’all: hipsters are sometimes ridiculous. Take it from someone who has actually been turned down for being “just too hipster”: not everyone’s into it. This is potentially because hipsters, like members of any fashion culture or subculture, have the tendency to flock together, which has the danger of breeding a culture of exclusivity. Luckily, the queer girl community holds a stronger bond than the hipster one does, allowing the lesbian hipster to socialize freely among other lesbians. In fact, her obvious appearance as a lesbian may even draw in girls who can easily recognize her – she just shouldn’t expect to pick up all of them.

the lesbian three-piece suit

Lesbian Hipster 
To illustrate this, I present the separate histories of the lesbian three-piece suit: a plaid shirt, a bandanna, and skinny jeans.

1. Plaid Shirt

Don’t you go around calling this lesbian staple your “lumberjack shirt.” Unless, of course, you are a lumberjack, in which case you would probably just call it your shirt. But believe it or not, plaid was once so controversial that English authorities banned the print after the Scottish rebellion in the late 1740’s. Yes, before becoming offensive, Mel Gibson taught us in Braveheart that plaid means business. More recently, you oughta know that plaid shirts were donned by women’s libbers in the ’60s, proving you don’t need to be a man to wear a button-down.

2. Bandana

 Bandanas are so gay that Peaches wrote a song about them. “Hanky Code” poetically weaves the tale of a system of colored handkerchiefs used by gay men in the ‘70s to indicate their sexual preferences and fetishes. And even though bandanas have gone fairly mainstream as a fashion item and are now popular lesbian trademarks, you probably still shouldn’t casually walk into an S&M workshop with a bandana hanging out of your back pocket. Other than that, you go for it, lesbian hipster.

3. Skinny Jeans


Super-tight straight leg pants, worn notably by sex symbols and rebellious icons Elvis Presley and James Dean, made it big in the 1970s underground punk scene. The pants’ popularity stayed alive through the decades, persisting largely through other music scenes. And although skinny jeans were once – and still are – the choice pants of rock stars and those looking to fight The Man, they have now joined the ranks of the lesbian subculture so that we, too, can experience the awkwardness of trying to hook up, having trouble getting your skinny jeans off, having to hop around the room removing them from your ankles, and finally end up with a pair of inside-out skinny jeans on the floor. Holla.


 So does the lesbian hipster really exist, and if so, what is her place in the queer girl community? She’s a different kind of lesbian, paying tribute to the subcultures that came before her. Or maybe she’s just a girl who thinks solid-colored v-neck t-shirts maker her look hotter than any other kind (she’s correct).
Androgynously sexy and dykey but not quite butch, the lesbian hipster creates its own categories by falling in between older ones. Hipsters get their clothes from lesbians, and lesbians get their clothes from hipsters; maybe this means there are no lesbian hipsters or even hipsters at all, there are just lesbians, and straight people who dress like them.
We invited the lesbian hipster over, and now she’s here to stay. Perhaps for tea, preferably something trendy like rooibos out of a thrifted 4-H mug. We won’t even kick the lesbian hipster out the next morning. In fact, maybe she can move in. Maybe we can get a cat and name it something like Jane Lynch, or Shane Jr.

“The lesbian hipster style provides for us the perfect outlet for androgyny, which we all already know to be sexy. It’s a middle ground of gender – androgyny is hipsterdom’s gift.”
But really, much to the grievance of heterosexual hipsters, the look will pass. Autostraddle predicts that for gay ladies, however, the trend will stay. It’s the same reason we want the lesbian hipster herself to stay. These trends are giving queer girls what we’ve always deserved: to be hot…on our terms.
The lesbian hipster style provides for us the perfect outlet for androgyny, which we all already know to be sexy. It’s a middle ground of gender – androgyny is hipsterdom’s gift. We can still be girls without having to be too girly. It’s like in the ‘80s when women in the business world adopted power suits, and even when they went out of fashion, lesbians kept them (‘sup Bette Porter). They weren’t our access to power, but they were a sign of our empowerment.

Such is the case for today’s hipster. Dressed once in full hipster clad for church (a different story entirely), my mom told me that I had to change so I could look like a girl. Well, now thanks to hipsters, we don’t have to take it when our moms tell us to look like girls. We already know we’re girls. Nay, we are women (womyn?), and we are so hip and so cool that we don’t need frills or poofs or heels or however they’re selling femininity to us these days. The lesbian hipster is confident; she knows who she is and what she wants, and she’s wearing her little gay heart on her plaid sleeve.

Lesbian’s lesbianness forces school to cancel prom :(

Like some sort of teen movie gone hateful, a high school in Mississippi is canceling prom at the last minute.  What awful event was the catalyst for this tragedy?  An 18-year-old girl who wanted to go to prom with her date.  Wait, what?

If you’re like me and rubbing your eyes in slack-jawed confusion, let me explain.  This 18-year-old girl’s date?  She’s ANOTHER GIRL!  In fact, she’s her girlfriend, of “GF,” as the kids are calling it these days.  And like the other BF/GF couples at this high school, this GF/GF couple wanted to go to prom.  So now prom is cancelled.  Sources say the school is also planning on cancelling ice cream cones, kittens, and anything else falling under the category of “fun,” lest some lesbians try to experience said “fun” as well.

To be fair, the Itawamba (funny name) County school district isn’t admitting that they’re cancelling it because they’re afraid of lesbians.  But after they told 18-year-old Constance McMillen that she wouldn’t be allowed to arrive to prom with her girlfriend, and that if their presence made any other students “uncomfortable” they would be asked to leave, the ACLU got involved.  And then, the district, who were most certainly already being made “uncomfortable” by the presence of the couple, cancelled prom due to:

“Distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.”
The recent event they’re referencing, I believe, is the existence of gay people.

This is just shitty, for everyone involved.  It’s especially shitty for McMillen, who will now be scapegoated by her classmates as the Girl Who Ruined Prom.  It also sucks for her tolerant classmates, who wouldn’t have cared and now don’t get to have a prom.  Like the toddler who was kicked out of preschool for having lesbian parents, this is just another example of blantant discrimination being presented, confusingly, as the upholding of educational values.  We wouldn’t want to “distract the educational process” by teaching children the value of tolerance and diversity.

Luckily, should McMillen choose to move to a more LGBT-friendly area when she grows up, she will most definitely have countless other opportunities to go to proms.  Kids in New York City throw prom parties all the time– I went to one a few weeks ago.  A queer, drag-loving guy friend of mine was recently crowned Prom Queen at an event called Bike Prom in DC.  So hang in there, McMillen, and someday you’ll be queen or king of a prom guaranteed to be way more fun anyway.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hollywood Lesbians: Harder Now (But Not Impossible) to Stay Closeted Forever

The history of lesbian closeting in Hollywood — and why, even today, so many lesbians prefer to stay in the closet. Also a Desperate Housewives lesbian storyline mini-cap, Tila Tequila’s Australian karaoke, an amazing Taylor Swift parody and Lindsay Lohan’s new interview.

  In Hollywood Celesbians: Then and Now, Winnie McCroy at The Edge traces the storied history of Hollywood’s homosexuals, from the era of Lavender Marriages to now, when the proliferation of blind items, crotch shots, and anything-goes catfights among alleged Hollywood lesbians found on Internet gossip sites may leave some longing for the Golden Age of Hollywood-a simpler time when stars kept their dirty laundry hidden, and only studio insiders knew who was gay and who wasn’t.”

Furthermore, pre-Stonewall, coming out wasn’t a viable option for ANYONE, let alone famous people. The so-called Sapphic “Sewing Circle” of early Hollywood included big names like Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck, Isadora Duncan, Mercedes de Acosta and Marlene Dietrich, many of whom maintained serious lesbian lives away from the public  eye. (Recommended reading on this topic: The Sewing Circle: Hollywood’s Greatest Secret – Female Stars Who Loved Other Women — it’s not the best-written book ever but the information in it is seriously FASCINATING).

McCroy explains

“While these women operated under the radar due to their exotic demeanor and a generally sultry image, others did so with the help of studio executives. Some, like Jean Arthur, managed to keep their female lovers secret by dating unknown women and living on the California coast, outside of the Hollywood scene and pursuant gossip. Other lesbian couples managed to skirt media scrutiny by being seen publicly with male couples, and letting the public come to their own conclusions about who was with who.”
In addition to increased media scrutiny, gay stars today are now encouraged to come out to make a social statement:
“… while there may be more stars today offering more access to their lives, one thing has not changed over the years; the fact that Americans look to their favorite celebrities to lead the charge on important social issues. Although it is generally accepted that rising celebrities may keep their orientation secret until they make it, many in the gay community heap scorn on established celebrities who are consistently linked with same-sex partners, yet refuse to make a public declaration of their orientation in a time when we are stridently seeking civil rights.”
Yet the article points out that despite this, many lesbian stars still prefer to stay in the closet. They quote Gawker’s Brian Moylan, speaking of Queen Latifah, who says, “Some of it is good 
old-fashioned cowardice, some of it is stars saying they won’t have a career if they come out, and some people just want to keep their private life private. This is ridiculous! You are famous! People talk about you! Sorry Queen Latifah, we’re going to keep talking about you fucking your trainer, and if you don’t like it, then don’t be famous!” McCroy fingerpoints Jodie Foster and Tom Cruise as well as Queen Latifah. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg — there are heaps of other confirmed homos who will likely remain closeted for the duration of their careers. And even today, it’s really not that difficult to do

Recently at dinner with my girlfriend and a bunch of older straight people, the name of a popular male actor came up and we remarked off-handedly that he’s gay, ’cause I think it’s funny to yell “HOMO” in a deep voice the middle of a dinner conversation. See, we live in a bubble where this man’s homosexuality is more or less common knowledge & an accepted truth — similarly to how we spoke of Lance Bass, Clay Aiken and Lindsay Lohan before they “officially” came out. Much to our surprise, that offhand comment was met with intense resistance rather than blithe agreement: How do you know that? Why do you think everyone is gay? Do you have proof? Just rumors? Where do rumors come from? It’s just gossip? Who told you?
And there’s the rub, kids: although it can be known within the Pink Mafia and their extended circle of friends, the rest of the world really doesn’t believe us. Why is it so easy for celebs to stay in the closet? Because as much weight as gossip mags are rumored to have, those outside of gay circles are resistant to believing their favorite actors & actresses are gay without “proof,” and homo-sources are discredited for “thinking everyone is gay.” We listen to straights give us the litany of reasons why not — “but he’s married!” “but they have kids!” — and it’s clear that all the closeting techniques employed by these queer superstars are, without a doubt, working.

The gay press in-the-know is encouraged to participate in the closeting game, ’cause outing celebs is:

1) A huge faus-paux, a la Perez Hilton, unless said closeted person is actively crusading against gay rights. And this is totally fair, because it is rude to out people.
2) Outing makes those-in-the-know sound like bitchy cooler-than-thou asshats, “Oh we know all this stuff because we KNOW people who KNOW people, you know, ’cause we’re the COOL KIDS.”
3) At the highest level, you risk major lawsuits, espesh from stars who are using the lawsuit-happy Church of Scientology to protect them.
But we have this theory that most rumors turn out to be true. Do you think celebs have a responsibility to come out? And is it really social justice that inspires fans to clamor for their female crush object reveal her homosexuality?


Desperate Houswives’ lesbian sub-plot debuted last night starring the Senator from The L Word (Dana Delany) as straight-so-far Katherine and Julie Benz as ex-exotic dancer lesbian “Robin.” The best part of the show was not actually the lesbian kiss, which was lame and passionless, but knowing the whole time that “Robin” (gayest name EVER) was a lesbo and no one else suspected it. Though last night was the first time we watched Housewives, our educated gaydars ensured an hour of suspenseful entertainent. Like when Lois from Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman thought Robin was trying to steal her boyfriend, and you could be like, “she’s a lesbian, fool!”

Here’s the lesbian part, lest you be subjected to an entire hour of soapy melodrama when Ice Dancing is on:

Apparently Katherine has just been released from the mental hospital, which’s perfect ’cause lesbians love crazy girls! Although speaking from personal experience, I hope Katherine doesn’t land back in the hospital, ’cause those nurses hover like flies during visiting hours and it’s very hard to maintain a solid girl-on-girl action schedule under such conditions.

Venice the series

About Venice The Series :

◘ Evolution :
Venice is a web soap opera series and the creative concept of long time friends and artistic partners Crystal Chappell and Kimmy Turrisi. Chappell and Turrisi joined with director Hope Royaltey to build a groundbreaking business, production, and content model for the web. Venice developed from Chappell’s commitment to portray strong, decisive, and real characters; simultaneously maintaining creative control, which is often lacking in traditional television broadcasts. Venice will be the first serial that bridges the gap between many worlds — it unifies the gay and the straight worlds; people of color with multi-ethnic groups; and people in Venice, California with the global community (the series will be translated into multiple languages).

 ◘ Storyline :
Venice focuses on the life of Gina Brogno — a single, gay, self-made interior designer — living and working in Venice Beach, California. The plot follows Gina’s human experience in connection with her various love interests, brother Owen, father The Colonel and myriad other characters that make up Gina’s network of relationships. Gina is a strong, confident, and complex career woman who navigates her relations with people through an intense yet thoughtful prism. The convergence of Gina’s experiences with a progressive, bohemian, and urban backdrop; provides an electrifying plot journey. The storyline offers the best of traditional soap romance, love stories, tragic happenings, and hairpin turns. But it is done in a new, savvy, and edgy format with unique character development, diversity of character, and tantalizing plot portrayal.

◘ Concept :

Viewers will be led through a suspenseful voyage laid out in a series of webisodes; accompanied by interactive social networking on the Venice website, Twitter, and Facebook. Chappell, Turrisi, and Royaltey are committed to offering viewers both the opportunity to participate in the evolution of Venice and the way in which it is delivered to their computers. Turrisi describes the format as “viral media or guerrilla filmmaking,” similar to documentary filmmaking. In fact, the interactivity has produced a fan following before the series has even launched.

◘ Background :

The concept of Venice grew out of Chappell’s role as Guiding Light’s Olivia Spencer, a heterosexual, middle-aged woman who realizes her capacity to love another woman. Chappell played opposite Jessica Leccia who portrayed Natalia Rivera, Olivia’s object of affection. The storyline, now known as “Otalia,” followed Olivia and Natalia as they grew from foes to friends to lovers; and elevated the profile of same-sex relationships on mainstream daytime television. Both Chappell and Leccia garnered passionate fan attention and ardent recognition by gay, soap, and mainstream media outlets. “Otalia” quickly became daytime’s “It” couple and is known as one of the best love stories ever written for television. “Otalia” even sparked YouTube channels, community boards, and chat rooms dedicated to the telling of the story.
In her embrace of the overwhelming fan attention that came out of Otalia, Chappell wanted to continue telling the story of so many of the women who had written, emailed, and reached out about their own personal journeys. “The fans are what inspired this concept. There have been such great people who have come into my life because of this experience,” Chappell says. Chappell’s commitment to telling their story the “right way” is the driving force of Venice, “The fans have shared their stories with me so honestly and openly. I want to keep telling their story. That is why we are doing this. That is why this is so important.”