Lauren Jackson Shares Her Support for Marriage Equality

July 4, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

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The Seattle Lesbian was invited into the locker room following the Seattle Storm’s win against the Minnesota Lynx at the Pride Game last night (65-55).  While Sue Bird was fielding questions from reporters with large boom mics in her face and Le’coe Willingham was busy icing her knee, the announcement about marriage equality passing in New York was yelled out loudly with a swift, “They passed marriage in New York!” and a high-five from Lauren Jackson ensued.

Not one to normally pry into someone’s personal life, the positive uproar led me to consider asking the WNBA MVP a question about Pride and marriage equality. I kept it pretty straightforward (pardon the pun) and simple and asked, “Lauren, if you don’t mind me asking, what are your thoughts on marriage equality and Pride considering this is Pride Game night in Seattle and marriage equality just passed in New York?”

Read her response here!

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.Lauren Jackson – Swin Cash/Photo: Steph Brusig

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Exclusive Interview: Kardashian Favorite The Beach Girl5

March 25, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

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The Beach Girl5 (BG5) – Brooke Adams, Dominique Domingo, Noreen Juliano, Mandy Jiroux, and Laura New – are splashing around light-heartedly in the world’s oyster of entertainment. With a strong managerial hand at the steering wheel (Kardashian mastermind Kris Jenner serves as one of their managers), these ladies are in the business for the long haul.

I had the rare opportunity to chat with Noreen about the band’s inception, upcoming performance at The Dinah in Palm Springs, the Kardashians, and the possibility of hosting Saturday Night Live…one day.

Read our exclusive interview here!

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Exclusive Interview: Thea Gill on Queer As Folk, Slip Away and Finding Her Voice Again

March 24, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

When Thea Gill called me from her oasis in the mountains, the connection was a little shaky, but she was certainly not. The Canadian-born actress best known for her role on the American Showtime series Queer As Folk was down-to-earth, gracious, full of energy (regardless of the fact that she was fighting a cold), and extremely welcoming. It was an absolute joy to spend a little bit of time with the iconic personality – even if our conversation was paused in order to redial a few times.

Gill’s steadfast commitment to her craft is taking a new musical turn that has her reliving her roots in the theatre. At one point in our conversation, we discussed how the monumental success of Queer As Folk both helped and hindered the 5’10” blonde beauty’s career and personal life. With time, distance, spiritual inflection, and patience, Gill has once again found her voice. Here, she’ll share it with you.

Read our exclusive interview here!

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Exclusive Interview: A Marine Story’s Dreya Weber on Aerials, Pink, Britney, and The Dinah

March 22, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

The Seattle Lesbian caught up with A Marine Story‘s Dreya Weber when she was in town for last year’s Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Weber is preparing her aerial arrival into Palm Springs, CA for The Dinah 2011 so we thought we’d share this interview with you one more time. Enjoy!

Your incredible aerial work has been seen on the stages of concert performers like Pink, Madonna, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Cher…the list goes on and on. When did you first realize you were interested in aerial performances?

I discovered the joy of aerials on the flying trapeze in 1990 and then, over the years, I realized that I could be more expressive with other aerial apparatuses. I could integrate storytelling, dramatic arc…that kind of thing. I really enjoy imagining and designing new environments to play in when I am in the air.

Your company, Anti-Gravity, worked at the Medals Ceremony at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. We’d love to hear about that event!

I was a founding member of Anti-Gravity in 1991 and I have worked with them many times over the years as a performer, choreographer, and associate director. They were asked to create aerials to complement the opening number at the medals ceremony every night. The audience was 25,000 incredibly enthusiastic people who didn’t mind standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the freezing cold.

What were the 2010 Grammy Awards like for you? Pink was outstanding.

I had choreographed that number for the encore performance for Pink’s “Funhouse Tour”. I dreamed up that apparatus and told her that she was going to get wet at the end of the song. She was quite a sport! That performance was an amazing experience. It was live so it came with all of the risks that go along with that.

Read more of this exclusive interview here

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Exclusive: Natalie Garcia’s Quest to Dominate The Dinah’s OML Battle of the Lesbian Web Series

March 14, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

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The Real L Wordonline cast member, Natalie Garcia, percolated our hearts by sharing her experiences of love and life via weekly webisodes of her show More to L with Natalie on SHO.com and One More Lesbian.

Who could forget her fabulous review of The Dinah 2010?

Read our exclusive interview here.

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Interview: Dr. Susan Love and Her Breast Book 20 Years Later

March 11, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

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Dr. Susan Love has never been cautious to share with the public her thoughts and opinions regarding socialized medicine, controversial mammography practices in the U.S., breast cancer research fallacies, and the history lesbians have carried on their backs since the early days of AIDS. Her “breast cancer bible” book, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, has just been released in its 5th edition skin (20 years after the 1st edition was printed in 1990). While some things have changed in the past 20 years since the book’s original printing, Love reminds us in this interview that some things have remained the same…and need to be changed.

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is a non-profit venture working to eradicate breast cancer and improve the quality of women’s health through innovative research, education, and advocacy. In addition to The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, Love is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Former United States President Bill Clinton appointed the highly-accredited doctor to the National Cancer Advisory Board. Love is regarded as the crème-de-le-crème of women’s health specialists in America and is spearheading a new study in conjunction with Avon. She wants you to get involved.

Read more of this exclusive interview here..

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Exclusive Interview: Folk Singer Zoë Sundra

February 23, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

Exclusive Interview with Zoe Sundra

Ani Difranco/Amy Ray-inspired New York City baby Zoë Sundra has her eye set on the prize. She knows the pay-off of patience in preparation for her big break in the music industry. Her advice from the legendary Rufus Wainwright? Put yourself out there and keep strumming that guitar! Chances are…she’ll listen.
The sequined down-to-earth singer/songwriter is humbled by the small things in life – good music, friends, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and sharing heartfelt music with her fans. She’ll be in the Pacific Northwest next week. Let’s give her a warm welcome.

Read on to learn all about this exciting new singer on the folk music scene!

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An Intimate Interview with the Incomparable Lily Tomlin

February 3, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

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She’s been the recipient of numerous Emmy, Tony, Grammy, and other distinguished awards in the entertainment industry in which she has played an important part for over 45 years on various stages.

Actress and comedienne Lily Tomin has worked alongside some of the very best talents in the history of television, film and all other areas of media. The characters she’s created still live in all of our hearts (remember “Edith Ann” and “Ernestein” from Laugh-In?). The Detroit native struck gold in the hilariously popular 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda. From there, she went on to win our hearts repeatedly with The Incredible Shrinking Woman and opposite Bette Midler in Big Business.

Read more of this exclusive interview here!

[Photo Credit: Greg Gorman 2009]

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Interview: Chely Wright Speaks Candidly

January 24, 2011 by  
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By: Sarah Toce

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Country music singer/songwriter and out-lesbian Chely Wright chatted exclusively with The Seattle Lesbian’s Sarah Toce to discuss the timely topics of bullying, suicide, Congress, God, and the ever-interesting Gay Pride celebration. The interview will make you laugh and, at times, possibly cry. Wright holds nothing back in this interview and TSL loves her for it. We know you will, too.

TSL: How is everything going for you, Ms. Chely?

CW: I’m busy as, you know, I tend to be! I’ve been doing book tours, a couple of shows, public speaking, writing songs, and staying busy.

TSL: I am sure you’ve heard about all of the recent teen gay suicides. What are your thoughts on all of it?

CW: Well, gosh…I mean, obviously those of us in the LGBT community know that this is not a new issue. The recent tragedies are highlighting something that’s been going on in our community for so long. If I were to say that there was an upside to what’s happening – which is really a stretch to glean an upside to all of this – it would be that we now have the national media’s attention and, with that, we are able to speak to America. I don’t think there is a person irrespective of a religious viewpoint or a cultural viewpoint who could look at what is going on and make the determination that any young person should be hanging themselves or jumping off of a bridge for any reason whatsoever and that is what is moving the chain forward in the discussion. Now, it’s awful. I mean, it’s just absolutely awful that young people are still feeling marginalized, but this doesn’t shock me.

Read more of this interview here: The Seattle Lesbian

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