Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (October 8, 2010): “The Real L Word,” Cynthia Nixon, Wanda Sykes, Constance McMillen

Out actress Jane Lynch narrates the new film Bullied, which premiered this week in Washington, D.C. and will be made available for free to schools. It focuses on gay student Jamie Nabozny, who was abused and harassed in middle and high school and later sued his school for not protecting him. According to Lambda Legal, a federal appeals court eventually “issued the first judicial opinion in the nation’s history finding that a public school could be held accountable for not stopping antigay abuse.”

Watch the trailer for the film below:

 

The Nation has a list of The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the Twentieth Century, and lesbians Billie Jean King and Jane Addams made the list. Eleanor Roosevelt, made the list too, and you know what they say about her.

Check out our Great LezBritain interview with Lip Service creator Harriet Braun. The show premieres on October 12 at 10:30 pm on BBC Three, and our LezBritains, Sarah and Lee, will be recapping it for your reading pleasure.

Our own Lesley Goldberg talked with Heather Matarazzo for Echomag.com about how she came out. Don’t forget: Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day.

The Butch Voices conference is happening in LA this weekend. You should go!

Lesbian contestants Kayla on America’s Next Top Model and Hayley Teal on X Factor Australia made the cut on their respective reality competition shows this week.

Stud Life, a “queer urban guerilla feature film about love and friendship,” is looking for funding. The film, written and directed by CampbellX and produced by Stella Nwimo and Nadya Kassam, will be shot in Great Britain this month. Described as “a post-modern queer She´s Gotta Have It for the YouTube generation,” the film is totally self-financed and they need to raise £15,000 for HD camera equipment including lens, lights and rig, location fees, transport, food, art department, hair and make-up and costumes. Lend your support at indiegogo.com/studlifemovie.

Another project looking for support is One Voice, Many Faces, a documentary for LGBTQ homeless youth. Check out their fundraising site to learn more about it.

“Cancer’s a Bitch,” the annual fundraiser for the National LGBT Cancer Network, will take place on Oct. 19, 2010 at La Mama Experimental Theater Club in NYC. The event stars Bitch and Eddie Sarfaty, and you can purchase tickets at the New York Charities website.

Movieline is wishing the NC-17 rating an unhappy 20th birthday by posting an overview of some of the films most burned by the restrictive rating, particularly those with LGBT themes. At the top of the list is the first movie ever rated NC-17, Henry and June (1990), about bisexual writer Anais Nin.

In honor of National Coming Out Day, comic Liz Feldman is bringing back her show, This Just Out, on Monday, OCt. 11 (Watch the promo for the first episode of the new season on Facebook.)

Hip-hop duo Kin4Life has a webseries streaming here.

Several of our AfterEllen.com contributors have written about gay bullying and the It Gets Better campaign, including Grace Chu, TheLinster, and Dorothy Snarker. Also, our Managing Editor Trish Bendix has an essay in the new book Dear John, I Love Jane.

Annette Bening will receive the Hollywood Actress Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards gala, and her The Kids Are All Right co-star, Julianne Moore, will receive the Marcus Aurelius Award for lifetime achievement at the International Rome Film Festival.

The BBC Archive has released a new collection of material charting the emergence of the gay rights movement in the UK. This collection, released through the BBC Archive website, brings together TV and radio programs from news bulletins, documentaries and current affairs shows, which chart the political and social change in attitudes towards homosexuality over the past 50 years. Check it out at the BBC Archive website.

That’s it for this week! Got the inside scoop on a hot new lesbian/bi actor/musician/TV show/film? Tell us at afterellentips@gmail.com. Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.