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Kerry Washington On Lesbian Rumors: “There’s No Reason To Be Offended”

“It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration. I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, ‘See?’ Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.

“Scandal” star Kerry Washington is notoriously private about her personal life. She married in secret in June and has not publicly commented on the rumor, according to Us Weekly, that she is pregnant with her first child. And, she notes on the Advocate‘s blog, people are all too happy to speculate that because she isn’t showing off her man all around town, it must mean she must be a lesbian.  Being a lesbian is fine, of course, but don’t people realize there’s more than one reason a celebrity might ask for privacy?

After the jump, here’s Washington on reaching African-Americans about issues facing gay couples through “Scandal,” as well as the similarities between ‘passing’ as white and being in the closet: Keep reading »

Idaho Bans Teen Lesbian Film “Blue Is The Warmest Color” Over NC-17 Sexy Sex Rating

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Idaho won’t screen the film that took the top prize in Cannes this year, because SEX.

“Blue Is The Warmest Color,” a French film starring Lea Seydoux about teenaged lesbians, won this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes. But the film Cannes-not (see what I did there?) play at the Idaho state’s only arthouse movie theater in Boise due to its NC-17 rating. The theater’s liquor license prohibits the theater from screening movies which — to quote directly from the Idaho state code — contain:

“[A]cts or simulated acts of sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, oral copulation, flagellation or any sexual acts which are prohibited by law … [and ]any person being touched, caressed or fondled on the breast, buttocks, anus or genitals.” Keep reading »

Kaitlyn Hunt, Florida Teen Who Dated Younger Student, Enters Plea Deal For 4 Months In Jail

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Kaitlyn Hunt, a lesbian teen in Florida who was charged with having sexual relations with a minor after her younger girlfriend’s parents objected to their consensual relationship, has entered a plea deal which will require jail time for four months. Hunt, who dated her 14-year-old girlfriend while she was 18, will also have two years of house arrest with electronic monitoring and nine months of monitored probation.
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Mississippi Lesbian Tries To Open Gay Bar, Gets Blocked By City Council

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  • Pat Newton, a lesbian who is trying to open a gay bar in Shannon, Mississippi, said there is a discriminatory “conspiracy” in town to prevent her from getting the appropriate permits. It’s the same bar which was featured in the 2006 documentary “Small Town Gay Bar,” which Newton is trying to reopen. [Advocate]
  • New York City’s newest public advocate Letitia James has become the first-ever African-American woman to hold citywide office. Congrats! [Madame Noire]
  • Seven ways the government shutdown will hit women the hardest … including halting investigations into how colleges are handling sexual assault allegations. [Slate, Huffington Post]
  • Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert on sexism in the literary world and being shunted into the “chick lit dungeon.” [Slate] Keep reading »

Michelle Rodriguez On Sexual Assault, Addresses Sexuality Rumors: “I Go Both Ways”

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“Well, get this. This girl from Jersey City has a knife in her boot. I pulled it out and said, ‘I’ll cut your dick off.’ You know what he did? He laughed at me.”

“Lost”‘s Michelle Rodriguez opened up to Entertainment Weekly about when she was 22 and a producer “pinned her against the wall and grabbed her between the legs.” Sadly, this kind of sexual abuse — particularly in the form of ‘casting couch’ perviness — is all too common for women in Hollywood. But after pulling a knife on him, that producer never bothered Rodriguez again.

Rodriguez also revealed for the first time publicly that she’s bisexual: Keep reading »

Hooray For Gay Rights & Feminism! Amber Tamblyn Will Play A “Debaucherous Lesbian” On “Two & A Half Men”

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Charlie Sheen isn’t even on “Two and a Half Men” anymore, but his legacy continues— his legacy of womanizing, that is. I am referring to the newest “Two” character, played by Amber Tamblyn, Charlie Harper’s daughter who — wait for it — is also a womanizer.

Sure, it’s a sign of progress that an actress will play a lesbian on one of the country’s most mainstream of mainstream of shows. (Although I’m scratching my head as to why Tamblyn, who acts in abortion rights PSAs and edits the poetry section of BUST magazine, would join the cast.) But it’s just a little bit frustrating that as Charlie Harper’s kid, Tamblyn’s character Jenny is basically serving as a female stand-in for her womanizing father.  There was a hole for a tomcat and they plugged it up with a lesbian character. Keep reading »

So Wrong: Minnesota Catholic School Fires Teacher For Being A Lesbian

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Minnesota teacher Kristen Ostendorf is out of a job right now because she’s a lesbian. After 18 years at Totino-Grace High School, during which she kept her sexuality secret, the 43-year-old teacher came out last month in a workshop with her fellow teachers about how to make one’s mark in Catholic social justice. “I tried to figure out how I could encourage others to ‘make their mark’ if I was willing to be part of a community where I was required to hide and compromise and deny who I am,” she told the Minneapolis Post.

So, Ostendorf told her colleagues: “I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy.” Keep reading »

Lily Tomlin To Marry Longtime Girlfriend?

Lily Tomlin has been in one of the longest Hollywood relationships ever. No, like EVER. She’s been with girlfriend Jane Wagner for 42 years. FORTY-TWO YEARS. And up until now, they haven’t been legally allowed to be married. Britney was married to her first husband for a handful of hours, but yeah, no, gotta preserve the sanctity of marriage. Read more at Evil Beet Gossip…

Girl On Girl: On The Death Of Lesbian Bars

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I had to say goodbye to one of the most intrinsic parts of my life this last year. It was something that was there on my darkest days, my most celebrated moments and during nearly every major life event. It was there when I took repeated shots of courage and came out to my dad, the first, second and 10th time I got my heart broken, and when I met what’s-her-name, my first one-night stand. When all else felt bleak, and I wanted to feel surrounded by friends, I would head to my local lesbian bar, T’s in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, and patronize a place that had become like my second home.

Most recently it served as the place where I held my 30th birthday party, where we closed it down only to discover that it would not be reopening again the next day. Imagine it as Cheers: less a few gentlemen with more armband tattoos and a constant loop of “The Real L Word” reruns playing on huge flat screens and there you have it, the local lesbian bar that can be found in cities across the country. Now, still thinking of a place where everybody knows your name, take away the physical bar and there goes the sense of community, the place to socialize, the place to make mistakes, the place you felt most comfortable being yourself. Keep reading »

Raven-Symone Comes Out On Twitter

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  • Raven-Symoné seeming came out publicly on Twitter today, tweeting, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you!” She also retweeted a follower who wrote. “She been out, momma just didn’t have time for bullshit.” Raven’s a little late to the party on that one, but whatevs. The actress is reportedly dating former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant AzMarie Livingston. [US Weekly]
  • Ellen DeGeneres will be this year’s Academy Awards host. Certain to be 99.9 percent less offensive than Seth MacFarlane! [Twitter]
  • Kathy Bates will play a serial killer and Angela Bassett will play a voodoo priestess on “American Horror Story: Coven.” [Zap2It]
  • How much caffeine is actually in your coffee, from McDonald’s to Dunkin’ to Starbucks. [Thrillist]
  • James Franco is getting roasted over Labor Day and the whole shitshow will be hosted by his pal Seth Rogen. [Comedy Central] Keep reading »
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