Welcome back to Lez Dish It Out, where we recap the biggest in lesbian and bi headlines. These last couple weeks we’ve been squeezing out some fresh, pulpy, and very gay music that’s helping to break up this drawn-out winter. We’ve also got some TV updates you don’t want to miss.
King Princess Dropped a New Song
“Ohio” is a stripped down ballad until about two minutes in when it becomes a sexy grunge guitar riot.
Lena Waithe to Play First Lesbian Disney Character
Lena Waithe will play an openly lesbian character in the latest Disney/Pixar animated movie. The movie is a magical fantasy/quest and Waithe plays the cyclops unicorn lady on the right there.
Boxer April Hunter Risks Imprisonment Making Out in the Maldives
On vacation in the Maldives, the British boxer April Hunter took a very romantic risk and posted a picture of herself and her girlfriend making out. Homosexuality is illegal in the Maldives, where Sharia is observed. Non-muslims can spend up to eight years in prison if convicted of homosexual acts. Targeted harassment against gays and lesbians, online and in the streets, is also common there. For her safety, she’s since taken the selfie down.
Chika Flows on Two New Tracks
Chika dropped the title track to her upcoming EP “Industry Games.” She’s still rapping stupid fast and still punching above her weight, aiming for the corporate shills in the music industry.
A couple weeks back, she also posted a new song, “Want Me.” It’s driven by a beachy, bossa nova-y acoustic guitar, and begins with Chika singing a gorgeous melody. This might be the brightest spotlight she’s shone on her voice, and it’s very beautiful. The yearning in this track might break your heart so be careful.
Het-Partnered Celebs Come Out as Not-Straight
Speaking of Chika, remember when Rosario Dawson reposted and quoted a Chika video on her IG during Pride Month? Well, she’s said in the past that that was not meant to be taken as her coming out, regardless of the ecstatic, drooling fangirling from her lesbian and bi followers. But in an interview with Bustle, she sort of came out, saying:
“People kept saying that I [came out]… I didn’t do that,” she says. “I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.” She quickly pivots to remove herself from the equation, clarifying, “I’ve never had a relationship in that space, so it’s never felt like an authentic calling to me.”
Dawson is dating Senator Cory Booker and in the same interview reveals they are each other’s “person.” Good on Dawson for coming out, and good on her for clarifying her relationship history.
Jameela Jamil also came out, the week before, after facing digital cancellation for having been cast in a new voguing contest. What? Yes, Jameela Jamil has been cast as a judge in a new televised voguing competition, as the gay community continues to sell its culture to mainstream straight audiences (but I’m not bitter, obviously). When Twitter came for her as an inappropriate casting choice, she came out, while also saying that the reason she didn’t want to come out sooner is because she didn’t want to be seen as a “bandwagon jumper.”
Unfortunately, the actress, who has been in a relationship with songwriter James Blake since 2015, was definitely received as a bandwagon jumper, someone seeking to leverage identity politics for her professional gain. Oof.
Since then, she’s posted an apology, saying that she came with the worst possible timing, and explained why she came out “at the *most* inappropriate and unfortunate time. She attributed it to trauma and a lifetime of keeping this secret. That certainly checks out, and it highlights the pressure that cancel culture is putting on people.
We’re overjoyed for celebrities that come out. Living authentically is liberating! In a world where queer identity is commodified and leveraged for reputation, status, and profit, it’s no wonder that so many fans are left wondering if coming out is a publicity stunt. But cancel culture only makes identity politics into a sharper weapon.
Young MA Slingin’ Straps and Tracks
Rapper Young M.A. came out with a line of sex toys on Valentine’s Day. It’s a beginner’s kit in ultraskyn silicone. In a post about it, she says, “I’m aware I have a heavy influence on women and spark their curiosity around sexuality. I never hide the fact that I keep one in the closet; so I decided to share some of my experience, personal favorites.”
On Valentines, she also released a music video for the (rather uninspired tbqh) “She Like I’m Like,” from her upcoming EP Herstory in the Making.
Ann Wilson Announces North American Tour
Ann Wilson, you know the lead singer of Heart, who’s in the rock and roll hall of fame and has sold about a zillion records, is kicking off a solo tour. Tickets go on sale today.
Sizzy Rocket has a New Song
You’ve never heard of her, but she’s penned songs for Noah Cyrus, Bea Miller, and Hey Violet and embarked on tours with Kitten and chloe mk. Now she’s releasing a solo album. Her latest track is worth checking out if you like Kesha or angsty lesbian electro-pop in general.
New Teen Series Katy Keene Premiers
CW’s new spinoff of the popular Riverdale series, Katy Keene follows its title character in her dreams of fashion design. Her friend Pepper will come out mid-season.
Big Dyke Energy Cop Procedural Stars Edie Falco
Edie Falco has always had BDE, portraying bad-ass, independent women. Now she’s back in a cop procedural, Tommy, heading up the LAPD. Check out our take of the first ep.