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Clementine Ford Officially Comes Out: Tells Advocate.com, ‘I’m Gay’

Found this via shewired about an article in the advocate…
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http://www.shewired.com/Article.cfm?ID=22099

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Oprah has a surprise for Ellen

This is a snipit from Etv on Ellen’s friday show…

Watch the whole thing on Ellen’s website:
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/

Also check out this site for lesbian news, gossip etc…
http://www.afterellen.com/

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A lesbian that can REALLY cook

So you’re moping around the house in a sad stuper because there’s no more L-Word…
Lesbians on TV can be a rare thing indeed but they are there if you look…tell me, have you tried the Food Network lately?

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Iron Chef Cat Cora (L) and her wife Jennifer Cora are shown here at an HRC event. They are both pregnant and scheduled to deliver boys 3 months apart. They already have 2 kids (also boys and all from the same donor)

Here’s a link to Cat’s blog

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New Headline New Anchor beats Conservative Glen Becks ratings from last year

Jane Velez-Mitchell is a true-crime author, a television talking head, a lesbian, an animal activist, a recovering alcoholic and a vegan. She was until recently a glorified freelancer for Headline News, the sister channel of CNN.

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Now she is one of Headline News’s nightly hosts — and her 7 o’clock show is setting ratings records for the network.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/arts/television/03jane.html

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GLADD Announces Nominees: 20th Annual GLADD Media Awards

Milk, True Blood, Torchwood, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,
Ghost Whisperer, Freeheld, Transamerican Love Story, The Early Show,
GQ, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Kenneth Cole,
Aquí y Ahora Among Nominees

Tyra Banks, Suze Orman to be Honored in New York

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English Language Nominees
Spanish Language Nominees
Special Honoree Bios
Facts & Figures About NomineesLos Angeles, Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today the nominees and honorees for its 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by IBM. Among the nominees: Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award®-nominated film Milk, Woody Allen’s Academy Award®-nominated film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Patrik-Ian Polk’s big-screen adaptation of his hit sitcom Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, BBC America’s hit shows Torchwood and Skins, HBO’s vampire drama True Blood, the episodes “Ghostfacers” from Supernatural and “Slam” from Ghost Whisperer, Logo reality shows Shirts & Skins and Transamerican Love Story, MSNBC programs Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and Spanish-language nominees Aquí y Ahora, Ventaneando América, Noticiero Telemundo, Hoy and Paparazzi TV.
“The 20th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how media representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have evolved over the past two decades, clearly helping shape and evolve people’s hearts and minds about LGBT people,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “GLAAD’s media advocacy and anti-defamation work as a resource for media professionals, combined with enabling LGBT people and allies to be compelling storytellers, has played a significant role in stories about our lives achieving greater visibility and being more compelling, honest, and real than ever before. We are proud to recognize all of this year’s GLAAD Media Awards nominees.”

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 28, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE; and in San Francisco on May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco.

GLAAD also announced the Special Honorees for the New York ceremony: Tyra Banks will receive the Excellence in Media Award and Suze Orman will receive the Vito Russo Award. Information about both honorees may be found at http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/specialhonorees.php. Special Honorees for Los Angeles and San Francisco will be announced at a later date.

“Tyra Banks and Suze Orman have used their positions of power within the media to become strong advocates on behalf of the LGBT community,” Giuliano said. “They are changing hearts and minds, opening people’s eyes to our common humanity, and it is our privilege to honor them.”

In addition to 125 nominees in 26 English-language categories, and 60 Spanish-language nominees in 15 categories, GLAAD also announced that it would present Special Recognition awards to The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later – The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard, a two-hour documentary broadcast on Sirius XM Radio; and to Lucía Méndez, an actress and singer who campaigned to bring awareness to the issue of LGBT teen suicide.

In the competitive categories, broadcast networks and cable networks each garnered 22 nominations. Among the broadcast networks, ABC came away with six nominees, while Logo led cable networks with five nominations.

A complete list of English language nominees are available at:
http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/nominees.php.

A complete list of Spanish language nominees are available at:
http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/spanishnominees.php.

Additional facts about this year’s 185 nominees are available at:
http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/tipsheet.php.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.

The 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Nearly 1,000 media projects were considered by over 75 volunteers serving on seven nominating juries. This year, more than 5,000 people will attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, raising more than $3.5 million for the organization’s work.

More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including National Presenting corporate partner IBM, New York Presenting corporate partner Prudential, and Los Angeles Presenting corporate partner ABSOLUT® VODKA. GLAAD is also grateful to the event’s Platinum Underwriters; Anheuser-Busch, Inc./Bud Light and the University of Phoenix. Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, Disney-ABC Television Group, HMS Media, MillerCoors, New York City Marriott & Renaissance Hotels, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Time Warner, and Wyndham Worldwide support the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards as Underwriter corporate partners.

For a full list of corporate sponsors and information on how to become a corporate sponsor, or to become a table host, purchase tickets or place a tribute journal ad, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards or call (877) 519-7904.
About GLAAD
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit http://www.glaad.org.

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The Days of Their Lives: Lesbians Star in Funny Pages

Looks like the rest of the world has finally discovered you Alison…Congratulations!

This anthology of Alison Bechdel
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’s weekly comic strip follows an articulate group of lesbians through more than 20 years of daily life, with plenty of sex and politics along the way.

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It’s Liza with a Z…again!

A good reason to make that trip to the Big Apple. Great holiday shopping AND Liza on Broadway beginning Wednesday.
I know the gay boys will be thrilled but I am too-Val

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Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/theater/30ishe.html?_r=1

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Changes online at Ourchart.com

This is on their website…
OurChart Update
NOVEMBER 22, 2008 – 10:42AM — EDITOR
Some of you may have read the rumors that have been flying about regarding OurChart “shutting down” – as rumors tend to be, this is not true. Yes, we are unfortunately in a position of needing to scale back on our content initiatives. But please rest assured that none of your profile or personal information has been lost, shared or removed from the site. The site remains fully functional and we encourage you to continue using OurChart as the place to meet and interact with your friends. After all, it’s you, the OurChart community, that makes the site what it is. Continue writing blogs, posting comments, uploading photos, leaving notes, and messaging your friends. In the meantime, we’ll be working hard behind the scenes to streamline the site and focus on bringing you the social networking features that you, the members, most want.
We hope that you’ll stand by us as we move through this transitional period and thank you all in advance for your patience and continued support. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you. More updates from the OurChart team very soon!

This is an email I received today from one of their editors/bloggers Grace Moon…
Dear All,

Given the recent staff layoffs at OurChart.com, I have posted the statement below on my website: http://www.velvetparkmedia.com.

I enjoyed my tenure as managing editor of OurChart.com, and am available to comment on the state of lesbian media moving forward.

Thank you,
Grace Moon

According to the LGBT News site the Advocate.com, “word came down Friday afternoon that OurChart.com will be shutting off all content effective immediately. Editor Grace Moon notified the staff of contributors and bloggers via e-mail on Friday afternoon. Moon said in the e-mail that the entire staff had been let go and that Friday would be her last day.”

You gotta love it when personal messages become public. Yesterday, I did indeed send out a personal email to all of the contributors of OurChart to let them know of the abrupt termination of my employment and their contributions to OC. Since I did not have time to bid farewell to the OC community and deliver any transitional thoughts on my brief tenure there, I would like to take this opportunity to do so now. But first let me clarify I am NOT speaking in any official capacity for OurChart.com and its owners.

Almost a year ago I was hired by OurChart to be its managing editor. At the time the site, which had begun as a social networking space, was moving towards creating a more robust editorial component. I had previously worked for six years in the trenches of print, creating and managing Velvetpark Magazine. Moving from print to digital was totally illuminating. I realized that online content is actually a cacophony of live conversations that echo across the interwebs like yodelers on the Alps.

You know, the LGBT community and especially the L and the T’s have often been ghettoized within our Acronym to varying degrees. What I began to see as we churned out blog after blog on OC was that our little marginalized demographic was actually participating in the National dialogue; politically and culturally. Stories move across the web and either pick up steam or change directions depending on the readers and writers who commune on any given site in any given moment. To me, OC had become one such destination. And I think all of you who actively participated or lurked in the background would agree.

The other thing I learned is that if you stop talking, your presence disappears. Staceyann Chin, who became a regular blogger on OC, includes in the signature of her emails, “If we do not speak, who will?”

Lesbian media came into being first in print under the might of Franco Stevens who almost two decades ago began the first lesbian print magazine Curve. GO magazine and Velvetpark began the same year in 2002 in New York City. In pure dedication and commitment and despite the incredible costs of a fickle print industry, Amy Lesser has continued to deliver newsworthy content and the lesbi cultural road map across dykenation.

And how about the forward minded Sarah Warn who in 2002 knew the future of lesbian community and culture was online. Afterellen.com grew quickly and remains the premier destination for lesbian media, celebrity and gossip. The rest of lesbian media has scurried to keep up with her, fumbling our way online in her wake.

Then there is Ilene Chaiken. It is with great respect and gratitude that I thank Ilene who gave me the opportunity to work on OurChart. My very limited experience of having worked as her editor is that she is woman of vision, insight and a million ideas. The L Word has so dramatically positively altered our visibility and self-image — I mean really, she made being lesbian an A-list experience. High profile TV show, Paparazzi, red carpets —what? Had we ever felt so special before? And like seriously I still think TiBette should not stay together.

Even as I contemplate the loss of OC’s contribution as we knew it, it’s instructive to remember that the site does not exist in a vacuum. Established media giants like Time Inc. and Conde Nast Publications have both shed hundreds of employees recently, while newer ventures like the fits-and-starts prone Radar magazine finally folded entirely last month.

Okay now, I didn’t mean to scare you with the eminent recession or depression, but take heart — in the words of my dear friend and colleague Diana Cage “We are lesbians, we know how to survive.”

And that, we shall do.

Now that I’ve come back to my dear little media company that could, I would like to first thank Tami “IT girl” Johnson, Elizabeth Koke and Anna Romer who kept the home fires on Velvetpark burning. Thank you to everyone who began at Velvetpark and followed me to OurChart as well as those of you whom I met through OC (there are so many of you, please for give me for not mentioning all of your names).

A shout out to Kelly McCartney whom I have known for over 10 years and I seriously could not have accomplished anything without. She helped me found Velvetpark and became an absolute pillar of constancy on OC — editing, fact-checking and delivering consistent thoughtful informed posts ranging from green living to music to news and any number of topics we needed to cover in any given moment.

Thank you Diana Cage, my media girlfriend, the great illuminator of queer politics and culture. Cage, you’ve been one of my greatest allies and inspirations in keeping lesbian media alight. I look forward to setting up the lesbian commune (perhaps it can be right here on Vp), while we wait out this bastard economy.

And to you, OurChart readers who I really deeply felt became my online family; minniesota54, Tex, Lezbeth, Btfan2, my fellow dyslexic DeeDee, Rovermom, motaterz, peacekitty, Rusty, mysticsmb, CA_Medicine_Woman, and again the many others of you whose names escape me at the moment. I have thoroughly enjoyed our discussions even when we argued passionately. Nothing but love.

Lastly, I throw out a heartfelt thanks to Lisa Bang, who was really the lynchpin in keeping OC running behind the scenes. She helped me ease into my position at OC and showed me the ropes. Her organizational, marketing, and managerial skills — not to mention editing and creative talents — will be an asset to any company in the future.

Going forward you can continue to find me here at Vp, and I hope to be joined by a few other of my compatriots in short order. So come back soon. And please do comment and feel free to express your thoughts.

And if you’d like to join our ranks, make sure you read the fine print: we put the “free” back into ‘freelance” and the ‘Dyke” back into “DIY”.

Long live lesbian media.

In love and gratitude,
Grace Moon

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Rosie O’Donnell News

From the L.A. Times…
— Denise Martin

Photo credit: NBC Universal

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While promoting her upcoming NBC variety special, “Rosie Live,” Rosie O’Donnell couldn’t avoid questions about her controversial time on “The View.”

Barbara Walters, she told reporters on Wednesday morning, “wanted everyone to believe and think and act as if [the women on ‘The View’] get along and are really good friends and happy and hang out together, and, you know, that’s just not the reality.

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Myspace.com Blogs – A letter from Cyndi Lauper – Babes Aroun

A compelling letter from Cyndi about why she is voting for Obama and what we as GLBT Americans can do to move this country toward being a more just and inclusive society.

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