…a synopsis of the past week’s news, because Ilene Chaiken says so.
Actually, Cherry Grrls, what Frau Chaiken said was “There Shall be Season 2,” and lo and behold, it was granted.
That’s right, ladies, time for those knickers to twist like dreads that have been soaked in booze and creamed corn: the big news in LezboLand is that Season 2 of the Real L Word has been greenlighted (…greenlit?). Get ready for more Whitney, more Mikey, and more Rose – and, maybe…you.
Yes, you too can partaketh – or, try to, at the very least – in the glory of polished lesbian hands (appropriated Native feather earrings sold separately). All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, telephone number, address, and a recent pic, and Ms. Chaiken’s magical elves may deem you camera ready!
This weekend, there were a myriad of events, from Butch Voices in L.A. to the ‘70s Dyke conference at CUNY and Comic Con in NYC. Also in NYC, this Thursday, rush hour travelers at NYC’s Grand Central Terminal witnessed the “Flash Mob: Homophobia Kills Die-In,” in which 300 protesters laid prostrate on the floor, hindering commuters movement, in response to the shocking number of reports of LGBT bullying and explicit homophobic violence.
This past week, as well, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which is intended to set into place federal penalties for bigotry and harassment on college campuses and in K-12 institutions.
These efforts fall on the heels of a hate crime committed at the historic Stonewall Inn last weekend, in which a straight man beat a gay man in the bathroom (because he was angry that he was pissing next to a homo – hello, you’re at the STONEWALL!). In addition, a terrible series of hate crimes took place in the Bronx this past week, in which 9 men sexually assaulted a gay man and two younger, assumed-to-be, gay men, by sodomizing them with a baseball bat and the handle of a toilet plunger, in addition to burning the genitals of the older gay man. (So far, 8 of these men, known as the Latino Goonies, have been arrested….. How angry am I that they affiliate themselves with The Goonies?)
Overseas, the first Pride celebration in 9 years was held in Belgrade this Sunday. During the Pride March, antigay protesters clashed with police, throwing petrol bombs in an attempt to harm the celebrants.
This upcoming Monday, 11 October, is National Coming Out Day. Are ye ready, Cherry Grrls? I wonder if Margaret Cho will loan out that fabulous rainbow dress she wore last week in Dancing With the Stars – while the dress, and her pride-full statements, got her booted (ok, and her dancing was a major hemorrage-inducer), I think wearing it would speak volumes on this special day of recognition and, especially, of verbal affirmation.
Also on 11 October, Liz Feldman is bringing back her hilare This Just Out, after a, thankfully, brief hiatus. (Check out thelizfeldman.com for all new episodes.)
The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, believed to be the nation’s largest collection of LGBT historic materials (consisting of 23,000 books, 11,000 films and videos, and 9,000 magazines and journals), has been given permanent residence at USC (aka, the home of Judith Jack Halberstam).
Speaking of books, Brooklyn-based journalist Sara Marcus’s new book, Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, is now available in stores. (Also available this week, for YA Lit nrrds, like yours truly, is Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero.)
In other lesbo-riffic news, ABC has announced that they are developing a movie based on Constance McMillen’s story (yes, that one, of being denied entrance to her school’s prom); Pink has planned to perform a lesbian wedding in her new music video, “Raise Your Glass”; UCLA now has a gay sorority called Gamma Rho Lambda – holla!; and, at Harvard, there’s a movement underway to have posthumous honorary degrees awarded to our homo brethren, who were expelled for their flaming “homosexualism” in 1920, at the 2011 commencement. (continued on next page)