From Steve Rothaus @the Miami Herald:
“Mary Ward, a divorced gay woman, lost custody of her pre-teen daughter, Cassey, in 1995 when a Pensacola judge declared the girl should “live in a nonlesbian world.”
Judge Joseph Q. Tarbuck ruled Cassey’s father would make a better parent — even though John Ward had pleaded guilty to murdering his first wife in a rage over custody of their daughter, who years later said he tried to sexually abuse her.
In 1996, a Florida appeals court upheld Tarbuck’s decision and an anguished Mary Ward, 47, died of a heart attack soon after.
A documentary about the case,UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward, debuts Monday night at the 14th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The 75-minute movie was produced by Miami Beach filmmakers Edwin Scharlau and Katie Carmichael.
“One of the few documentaries ever made about lesbians in Singapore, this documentary, filmed in 2006 uses interview footage with three Singaporean lesbians -Amanda Lee, Sabrina Renee Chong and Gea Swee Jean, to get a rare glimpse into lesbian lives in Singapore. Intimate and often candid, these lesbians share about their lives and loves and their views on topics such as coming out and relationships. Sometimes heartbreaking, and often times, funny, the documentary captures the lives of lesbians who have chosen to live authentically and is a testament to the courage, tenacity and experiences of lesbians living in Singapore.”
“Hit So Hard” is the touching story of how and why Ms. Schemel ended up in her own private hell and how and why she made her way out again into the world of sunshine, sobriety and puppy dogs. (Literally: she now runs a dog care service in Los Angeles.) Directed and edited by Ms. Schemel’s friend P. David Ebersole, “Hit So Hard” largely follows the same rise-and-fall trajectory as a lot of music biopics, though its openly sympathetic approach feels rooted in a real friendship rather than in sensationalism or industry boosterism. There’s a political angle too, because Mr. Ebersole frames Ms. Schemel’s story within both a feminist and a lesbian context, a move that positions her as something of a leading figure in the history of women in rock.
That’s a history that Ms. Schemel appears to have given little thought to back in the day, including when she was touring the world with Hole, playing before screaming crowds in Japan and Paris, and striking poses for Rolling Stone. You see a fair amount of those times, both onstage and backstage, because when Ms. Schemel wasn’t handling a pair of drumsticks she seems to have been carrying a Hi8 video camera. She recorded everywhere — in the wings, in bed, on the bus — though, given the absence of on-camera drug use, not exactly everything. The visual quality of the material she shot is crummy, both palsied and smeared, but the decrepitude of the images also underscores that these blurry times would soon deteriorate.”
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From The LATimes:
“Courtney Love reconnected with her former Hole band mates for the first time in 15 years on Friday in New York for a reunion performance in conjunction with a screening of drummer Patty Schemel’s documentary “Hit So Hard.”
Fans had been speculating whether Love would show up at the event, where guitarist Eric Erlandson and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur were set to play with Schemel at Public Assembly concert hall in Brooklyn.
“Is there a lady still in the house that wants to join us for a song?” Auf der Maur asked. “You never know — we never know.” Love then appeared, asking for Erlandson’s help in strapping on a guitar.
They played Hole’s “Miss World” and a tune by early Portland punk band the Wipers, “Over the Edge.” Video footage of the short reunion can be seen on YouTube.”
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For updated “Hit So Hard” openings and dates click HERE.
Like I said, I never meant to fuck a Teletubby. But it was Halloween night in Toronto and I was cold (having dressed, as I usually do, as a generic Slutty Witch). I was at an outdoor bar with a few women from the Pillow Fight League, wishing I’d brought a jacket to go over my lace slip.
Soon enough, a hot little number in a Teletubby costume sent over a Jack and Coke. She was there with three other Teletubbies, but the others kept their giant head masks on.
“I’M TINKY WINKY,” she yelled over the music as we danced.
“COOL,” I yelled back, because I am known for my lady-conversating skills.
One thing, as it is wont to do, led to another. Tinky Winky, her friends, and I bar-hopped around Church and Wellesley — they in their giant Teletubby heads, me in my pointy hat — until it was just Tinky and I standing in the searing cold…
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Outside the superbowl. Give ’em hell Rosie!
GREAT new interview- with video! on this iconic lesbian genius in The Advocate today. Click HERE to read.
From the LA Times:
Rachel Maddow is on the warpath about her book ‘Drift’
“By many measures, Maddow, the 39-year-old star of a popular self-titled MSNBC news show, who self-identifies as “not a TV anchor babe” but “a big lesbian who looks like a man,” is the most revered figure in progressive media today, especially now that Keith Olbermann, who first brought Maddow to MSNBC as a substitute host, has taken an involuntary hiatus from the airwaves.
Her national profile is likely to rise further this spring with the publication of her first book, “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.” The book, essentially a 261-page reported essay arguing that, over the last half-century, a feckless U.S. Congress has surrendered its constitutionally granted war-making powers to the president while the American public has been systematically blinded to combat’s gruesome realities, entered the New York Times bestsellers list this week at No. 1.”
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From the Dallas Voice:
Rita Mae Brown may be a queer literary lion, but she prefers a different cat
“Thirty years ago, Rubyfruit Jungleentered the ranks of the lesbian must-read curriculum, one of the most acclaimed gay books ever. That’s great for its author, Rita Mae Brown — but she’d rather talk about the secret lives of animals.
“I don’t feel any pressure by that sort of reputation,” she says. “If someone wants to read it, then that makes me happy. I think we can learn from every single thing out there even if our primary sense is sight. But animals can sense so much more and they get to really experience life. We don’t as much.”
Brown not only has a penchant for all animals, she’s even credited her cat Sneaky Pie as co-author on a popular series of cozy mysteries. They just released their 20th book, The Big Cat Nap.”
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From the Press-Telegram:
Outlaw’ Jeanne Cordova to speak at The Center Long Beach Friday
LONG BEACH – Jeanne Cordova calls herself an outlaw and wears it as a badge of honor.
Her crime was being a lesbian during the 1960s and 1970 s in Los Angeles.
“We were criminalized back then with sodomy laws,” said Cordova, 63, during a telephone interview from her Los Feliz home. “There were bar raids by the police. People were arrested for being gay or looking gay.”
Cordova also is considered an outlaw by some people because in the 1970s she helped start a battle to end discrimination against gay and lesbians in Los Angeles.
The activist will speak in Long Beach at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the local Gay and Lesbian Center.
Cordova wrote about her life as a “radical lesbian” during the early cultural struggle for gay rights and women’s liberation in her new memoir, “When We Were Outlaws.”
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