Note: Jenn Fitzpatrick is the little sister of AfterEllen senior editor Heather Hogan.
When Liz Cheney announced on Fox News in November that she supports the traditional definition of marriage (despite the fact that her sister Mary Cheney is very publicly gay and married), I don’t think any of us were surprised. After all, Liz is getting properly trounced in her Senate run by incumbent Mike Enzi in the conservative bastion of Wyoming, and we all know that when it comes to Republican primaries, the only direction to run is farther right. Ms. Cheney has been pressed on this issue before; after all, having a lesbian sister is something of a quandary if you want to be in office and also keep being a Republican. Also unsurprising is the fact that former vice-president Dick Cheney came out in support of his straight daughter’s position (against his gay daughter’s civil rights) yesterday afternoon.
I, too, am a straight, married woman with gay sister living in a hyper-conservative state. So Liz, forgive my familiarity, but I’d like to address you personally, since we do share some common ground.
visiting the set of The Fosters tomorrow… What should I ask?
When The Real World returns to San Francisco this January, there’s an added twist: The housemates will be paired up with an ex. So instead of seven strangers, living in a house, it’s 14 all-too-familiar faces. The resident lesbian couple is Arielle and Ashley, and we have some intel!
Bello describes her partner as Clare, a woman she calls her best friend who she met while she was “sitting in a bar wearing a fedora and speaking in her Zimbabwean accent.” The two were friends first, then they went through a “long, painful, wonderful process of trying to figure out what our relationship was supposed to be.” So that finally solves the mystery of what Bello’s fedora in Prime Suspect was all about.
An analogy: Glee is like a box of chocolates. A box of chocolates you find sitting unattended at a bus station, and which you open because you have low blood sugar and a totally unfounded faith in humanity. And with each bite you wonder: will this be filled with razor blades, planted by someone who apparently wants to punish chocolate lovers? Will it be stuffed with so much beauty and heart and truth that it makes you cry with its sweetness? Or is it perhaps laced with LSD, which will cause you to hallucinate puppet versions of your friends, pirouetting madly to old school Janet Jackson? This week’s episode of Glee was that last kind of chocolate: sure it was a cold-blooded attempt to move singles on iTunes, held together by only the thinnest of narrative threads, but at least it wasn’t strawberry cream.
What would it be like if your favorite (dysfunctional) characters sat down for a holiday meal?
Every year we ask our writers to come up with gift-giving ideas for the women in our lives, and it unintentionally doubles as an interesting social experiment. (Results: Not typical.) Everyone gets to choose the category (aka kind of person) they are choosing presents for, and then they go to work finding the items (or in some cases, experiences) that they believe that woman would want. Now we’re not saying we get it all right, but we can almost guarantee that our picks will please whatever lucky lady you are shopping for.
Most gift guides will tout pricey electronics or brand new merchandise created just for the craze that is this money-making time of year. Instead, we hope to provide you with alternatives that are frequently women or lesbian-made, and something your giftee would not already be getting from her mom or brother or Santa Claus.
Some of you are happily snuggled into the warm embrace of familial bliss. This is probably not the holiday activity for you. For the rest of us, there’s joy through laughter and laughter through horror and horror at the thought of another holiday crapshoot. Drop your worst thanksgiving story in our ask and tomorrow I’ll post my favorites (with credit obvs) in an article here! Full sentences are strongly encouraged. Any entries that substitute ‘you’ with ‘u’ will be automatically disqualified.