Lez Get Real: Planes, Gaga, Bunnies & A Dragon Tattoo

Goodness me a lot has been happening lately. Sorry for the lack of Wegan updates, but you know there'll be many when we're reunited next week (EEEE!!!)

For now there is a few things needed to be discussed... so Lez Get Real!

1) Leshia Hailey V. South West Air

I was on our Wegan twitter account last night just wasting time when suddenly, a lesbian bomb exploded (not literally). Leisha Hailey, who played bisexual Alice in the L Word, started tweeting how she was discriminated by South West Air. Lesiha & her girlfriend were told not to kiss because it is a 'family' airline. As a result of getting upset by this, they were escorted off the plane. I kid you not. Boy, they didn't know what they had got themselves into. Lesbians all over the world went tweeting crazy on South West Air's arse. Celebs got involved to- Sophia Bush from Over The Hill, Kate Moening from The L Word, Tracy Ryserson from The Real L word.. the list goes on.

The bottom line is, a straight couple would not have been told to stop kissing, and secondly, there are many LGB families out there, not just heterosexual ones. It is plain discrimination and it should not be tolerated. Further, the most irnoic thing about it all is that South West air is the official airline of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA), and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Say whaaaat???

Here are Leisha's tweets:

Here is their response:

Statement Regarding Southwest Airlines Customers Removed from Flight 2274

Sep 26 2011

Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender. The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight. We regret any circumstance where a passenger does not have a positive experience on Southwest and we are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectations.

Um. Where's the apology??

Leisha responded on her official bands twitter:

LinkSo I think there is a clear message from this, never let discrimination win. Always stand up for yourselves!

2) RIP Jamey

Speaking of discrimination, no doubt you have heard of the death of Jamey Rodemeyer. Sadly the 14 year old committed suicide as a result of homophobic bullying from his peers. He had not long ago made a 'Its Get Better' video. It's just absolutely heart breaking to see a child realise that it does get better to being bullied to the point that he can longer longer envision that happening. There is now talks of a hate crime bullying law to be implemented. He was a big Lady GaGa fan and tweeted to her:

Gaga did a tribute to Jamey. I get teared up over it every time I watch it. You can watch it here.
"We lost a little monster this week...Bullying is for losers" <3

3) Playboy Bunnies

In our Femme Invisibility post we mentioned Amber Heard in Playboy Club and about the lesbian character in it. Having now watched two episodes (and absolutely hooked), it is clear to see that the closeted lesbian character is in fact very feminine (hurray! Bottom left in photo). It is rather interesting watching her character and fellow closeted gay husband have to pretend to be married. Further, her on screen 'husband', Sean Maher, has just come out as gay himself. So congratulations to him!!

The Playboy Club is definitely good viewing for lesbians so I was wondering how the lesbian character is meant to suppress her feelings... & then came a scene where Amber Heard's character Maureen asked her to photograph her. Her response was great!

For the full scene click here.

Sorry if you're not a fan of gifs, but I am! ;)

4) The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo

Who here has read the Millenium Triology? I'm onto the third book and love it and I've watched the first film in Swedish. When I heard that there were making a more Hollywood version of the film I was a little annoyed and felt there was no need. However having now seen the trailer I am quite inpressed by it and think that Daniel Craig makes a good Blomkvist. I also like how they have focused on Lisbeth's bisexuality and her relationship with Miriam more than the other film seemed to. So I think I will be going to see the film, will you?

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