Alison Goldfrapp is a musician who is the singer and co-songwriter of the band Goldfrapp. In an interview with The Times in February 2010, she confirmed she was dating film editor, Lisa Gunning, but didn't like being labelled a lesbian, saying, "I think of everything as being about a person and a relationship, and I am in a wonderful relationship with a wonderful person. It just happens to be with a lady."
Here on Lesbian of the Day, we love labelling ladies as lesbian if they, you know, have sex with women and stuff. So congrats, Alison!
Goldfrapp have just released their fifth album, Head First.
Chai Feldblum is a gay and disability activist who also happens to be a Law Professor at Georgetown University, Washington. Oh, and an out lesbian. Today President Obama appointed her to one of the seats on the five-member U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in what is known as a "recess appointment", after her appointment was blocked by Republicans in the Senate.
I don't understand American politics but I can see that this is one brilliant and hard working lesbian and we're proud to have her on the team.
Anika Moa is a New Zealand singer/songwriter who gave a great interview last week to The Press about her recent civil union to a burlesque dancer named Azaria Universe. Read the article here.
Best quote: "We thought we'd have a quick civil union in a building, but then we had the idea to do what we did and all of a sudden, 150 of our mates were there and now I'm poor."
Constance McMillen is an 18-year-old student at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, who asked to be able to take her girlfriend to the school prom. The school board denied her request, and the ACLU became involved. Now the school has cancelled the prom all together, blaming "distractions to the educational process caused by recent events".
I can't imagine taking a stand like this when I was a young dykeling. Good on you, Constance, and the great example you are setting to gay youth and discrimatory adults all over America.
Annise Parker was today elected Mayor of Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States. She will be the first openly gay person to lead a major U.S. city. Parker began her political career in the 1980's as an advocate for gay rights. She has been with her partner, Kathy Hubbard, for 19 years and they have three adopted children.
Tonight the voters of Houston have opened the door to history. I acknowledge that. I embrace that. I know what this win means to many of us who never thought we could achieve high office.
Jeanette Winterson is a British writer who has been out since the publication of her debut novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, in 1985. Winterson is an outspoken public figure and has won several major literary awards. Recently she has been in the tabloids due to her relationship with the previously married psychotherapist Susie Orbach.
In an interview with The Times this week, she criticised the media for using the term 'lesbian' as a negative headline-grabbing stunt. Ironically The Times themselves then used that quote in much the same way with their article "Enough of the 'lesbian' tag, says author".
I have been collecting headlines from the tabloids and overwhelmingly, 'lesbian' (their favourite) or 'gay' is used negatively, as though once the sexuality is identified, the rest of the horror story (benefit fraud, underage sex, battering etcetera) naturally follows. There are some rotten no-good lesbians and some rotten no-good gay men, but there are rotten no-good heterosexuals too, and we don’t use sexuality as the explanation of whatever it is they have done.
- Jeanette Winterson
Rachel Maddow burst into the mainstream public eye in the lead up to the 2008 US presidential election. She hosts her own nightly news show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC. She was the first openly gay American to win a Rhodes Scholarship and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in politics from Oxford University. Her intelligent, well researched and refreshingly left leaning reporting has won her many fans.
Every night is a memorable night on Maddow's show, but last night was particularly satisfying as she took on and demolished ex-gay therapist Richard Cohen over his involvement in the Ugandan "Kill The Gays" bill. Watch and be astounded!
Tila Tequila is a model and television personality, originally from Singapore. She was the star of the first bisexual reality dating show, "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila". Tequila recently came out as a lesbian and has announced today that she is planning to marry her girlfriend, socialite Casey Johnson (heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune).
Some call Tila a publicity hound and both her and Casey have been accused of giving lesbians a bad name, but I for one support any celebrity that is living out and proud. All the best to Tila and Casey, and long may their sudden marriage last!
Cynthia Nixon became a huge star in the nineties as one of the four friends on Sex In The City. In 2004 she began dating Christine Marinoni and has become an outspoken activist for gay marriage and parenting rights. A few days ago she wrote an excellent article on the Huffington Post about the defeat of gay marriage legislation in the New York Senate.
Because you never know when a simple conversation can help change someone's heart and mind. Because if we keep at it "they" will finally realize that we're just people like them. Because time is on our side.
- Cynthia Nixon
Carol Ann Duffy is an out British poet and playwright. Earlier this year she was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first female and the first openly homosexual person to ascend to the traditional post. Today she published her new Christmas work which attacks the war in Afghanistan, MP's expenses, banking and many more current issues.
Public roles should be inhabited comfortably and happily by people whatever their sexuality is.
- Carol Ann Duffy