7/19/08

DYKEY-DOs!: Butch Hairstyles....

There's nothing quite as bad as a bad haircut and sure you can wear a hat, but every once in a while you have to take that off, if only to just let the top of your head air out.

But many of you out there of the lesbian sub-species called butcheslebianius are still sporting mullets, which in case you had not heard have become so clique they are now a standard for lesbian hair jokes.

Now do you really do you really want to be a walking punchline to a lesbian hair joke?

So come on ladies, its time to get rid of that Ape Drape and today Lesbiatopia's Mr Leigh takes a look at some hot current trends in DYKEY-DOs... from a Butch perspective and she shows you don't have to look like Billy Ray Cyrus anymore.


The Shane


Yeah, I said it. And I know Shane hair is almost as clique as a Mullet; I went to my local lesbian hangout last weekend, I looked around and I swear every lesbian there had the same Shaggy-Shane hair do. But his is definitely the hottest hair style right now for butch ladies.

Its a razor cut, with long pieces that are very uneven and messy and a very good look for the hipster-dyke oozing with "standoffish" sex appeal who doesn't want to chop it all off.




The Corporate Lesbian


The work place is getting more out and equal everyday and its business as usual for many ladies so long as they look the part. So this look would go great with that power-red-pantsuit or some slacks and a button up shirt with a big collar and transition well at night over to your jeans and boots.

With this style, many Power Dykes will typically keep some longer locks, but this can also be taken to the shorter side if you like.







The Pompadour


Wanna look like a hunk-a hunk-a Burnin' Love? Try a Pompadour.

The pompadour was a fashion trend in the 1950s among male rockabilly artists and actors like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Little Richard, Marlon Brando (The Wild One) and James Dean.

But in recent years the pompadour hair style has also been embraced by Butch Culture as well, with KD Lang along with many other famous butches such as, yours truly, often sporting a pompadour.






A pompadour is often created by combing the sides of the hair back, while fanning the top of the hair forward and curling over itself giving it something of a "spiked" quality. But in order to properly wear the "Pomp" you must also work on your Elvis upper lip quiver and sneer. This is mandatory.


Spikey


Personally, I think some butch ladies who go for this style look like they have a ducks ass on the back of their head.

However, sometimes it does works.

This look is often found on the professional butch, who also often drives a Toyota sedan.







Butch Chic


Don't be afraid ladies, trust me, the grass is greener on our side of the fence!

I completely understand that not all lesbians have short hair, and not all short haired woman are lesbians, but this is what happens when hot straight ladies (?) chop their hair off, and end up looking like they might possibly play for our team.

I think it is a really good look too.







The Buzz



Bald Butches are hot Butches, so liberate yourself from those locks and shave it all off.

This is a gender bender to the max!

The Butchy Buzz is definitely one of the most radical dyke-dos and certainly the least upkeep of any of the hairstyles you could have.

But don't do this Do if you have a weird mis-shaped head!







Do have other Dyke-Do's that haven't been listed?

Let us know.

Lesbiatopia's Pin-Up-of-the-Day: Good, CLEAN, Fun

Anyone up for a swim?

7/18/08

Massachusetts to Claim Bigger Piece of Gay Pie

On July 15th the Massachusetts State Senate voted unanimously to overturn a ninety five year old law banning marriage by out of state couples whose union would not be recognized as legal in their home states.

The 1913 law was resurrected in 2004 by then governor Mitt Romney in response to the legalization of same sex marriage. At the time Governor Romney was quoted as saying he did not want Massachusetts to become “the Las Vegas of gay marriage.” He was successful in limiting same sex marriage rights to couples who were citizens of the state.

When California legalized same sex marriage last month it imposed no such restrictions. Since that time the state’s economy has seen a boon to its tourism and wedding-related industries to the tune of millions of dollars. A recent study conducted by researchers at UCLA projected a net to California’s economy upwards of $600 million over the next three years, but they may have to adjust their predictions in light of the recent Massachusetts decision. (The bill will now go to the House, where it is expected to pass without contest.) It seems that gay and lesbian couples all over the United States will now have a choice.

The New York Times reports, "a just-released study commissioned by the State of Massachusetts concludes that in the next three years about 32,200 couples would travel here to get married, creating 330 permanent jobs and adding $111 million to the economy, not including spending by wedding guests and tourist activities the weddings might generate."

Much of the anticipated Massachusetts influx is expected to arrive from neighboring New York, where Governor David Paterson has declared that he will recognize same sex marriages performed in other states as legal unions with all accorded rights and privileges. Same sex marriages involving out of state couples performed in California and Massachusetts will undoubtedly lead to court challenges in many of the other forty eight states. While this may increase urgency on the part of opponents to pursue a federal marriage amendment there does not appear to be adequate support in Congress at this time.

Clearly, money talks and perhaps this is the silver lining to a recessed economy for gay and lesbian couples.

7/16/08

Lesbiatopia's Pin-Up-of-the-Day: Pleather, It Tastes Better Than Leather



Today's Pin-Up comes from a reader in Israel, sportin' a sexy pleather corset. Meow!

Giving Me Lip.

Contrary to popular belief, I have not been hauled off to a deserted island by a pack of lesbians and forced to preside over their sunbathing and lovemaking rituals.

I can totally understand why people might think that.

I'm very experienced in sunbathing and may have dabbled in the arena of lovemaking. Allegedly.

Truth is, I've been remiss in my Lesbiatopia postings for no other reason than I haven't figured out how add hours to my day.

Apparently, the only way one can add more hours to the day is to agree to less sleep.

Those who know me personally know this is not a good solution. Even in theory it's enough to make my girlfriend April turn pasty white and start shaking. My patience level is directly correlated to the number of hours I spend in REM.


Frankly, April is a saint to put up with me at all. Especially given she's the subject of most of my posts.

This one is no different.

We've been so exhausted lately that there's been no hanky panky. If we manage to pull the bedspread down, we're doing good.

Several nights passed without us even giving each other a good night peck. That's a rarity.

Fearing lesbian bed death, April decided we should, at the very least, kiss each other good night. A good plan, given when she leaned in to kiss me, we looked like two pre-teen girls sharing our first encounter. Our noses mashed and I think she ended up kissing more of my chin than my lips.

"Dude! Is it possible we've forgotten how to kiss each other?!" I feigned horror.

"Nope," she said, in her matter-of-fact way. "You just kissed me wrong. My lips have to be on top of yours."

"Excuse me?"

"My lips have to be on top of yours to make it work right."

"So, you are telling me that your lips are a top?"

"I guess I am."

Who knew....

7/15/08

ABC, FX Gets Two Thumbs Up from GLAAD

Including gay characters on your TV show is good, unless it's two lesbians who fall in love with a straight man, as they do in a storyline on New Amsterdam. FOX learned that the hard way when they received a failing grade from GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) on their second annual GLAAD Network Responsibility Index. The index measures the "quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on television."

Even though GLAAD gave FOX a failing grade, the network's cable counterpart, FX, received top honors for cable channels. The advocacy group praised them for including the most original programming that featured members LGBT community. Special notice was given to Nip/Tuck, which had a gay, lesbian, or bisexual character in every episode. Rescue Me's commitment ceremony storyline was also viewed favorably by the group.

It was ABC, however, that received the highest praise for featuring a gay wedding on the season finale of Brothers & Sisters. The marriage between Kevin and Scotty marks the first wedding between gay or lesbian series regulars on a primetime network scripted program. ABC has had other historic moments, including introducing a gay character to "Soap" in 1977, having a gay teen in "My So-Called Life" and Ellen DeGeneres coming out on "Ellen" as well as in real life.

ABC was also recognized for its inclusion of LGBT characters on its other primetime shows, such as Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. ABC received the highest score of all of the nets on last year's index as well.

In addition to Fox, NBC received a failing grade for its lack of inclusion. The exit of lesbian character Dr. Kerry Weaver from ER contributed to GLAAD's assessment. GLAAD is urging both networks to include more LGBT characters in their programs and to portray them in a more positive light.

Lesbiatopia's Pin-Up-of-the-Day: How Do you Spell Relief?

Take One A Day as Needed….

7/14/08

If you don't know what a POA is, then you need to read this.

If you do and you haven’t designated one, then you really need to read this.

I’m going to tell you a little story to illustrate my point.

This story is true. It happened to me last week. I wish I could say that it was a rare event, but, unfortunately, I witness some variation of it on an almost weekly basis.


I was sitting at the nurses’ station last Monday night waiting for a call from the ER. I had already been alerted by the night shift supervisor that the next admission was mine and when I saw the caller ID flash “EMER” I picked up the phone on the first ring.

I leaned forward onto the desk and took notes as the ER nurse told me my patient’s story. Ms. X was a middle aged woman who was suffering from symptoms of end stage liver disease. She had uncontrolled internal bleeding and was slipping in and out of consciousness.

Her blood pressure was unstable. She had received IV fluids and blood transfusions, but these interventions were only marginally helpful and her overall prognosis was very poor.

I listened as she gave me further details and I asked a few questions of my own including, lastly, “How’s her family?”“She has no family…” she hesitated. “Well, she has a boyfriend.” “Oh goodness,” I sighed. “No POA? No anything like that?” “Nope. No anything like that.”

Fast forward about twenty minutes. I hear a familiar click and the double doors at the back entrance to the unit swing open. A nurse backs through holding a travel monitor in one hand and pulling a stretcher with the other. I stand up and move toward the room that I have prepared with everything I can imagine I might need. IV pumps, fluid, gauze, suction tubes and an assortment of other equipment line the tray on the opposite side of the bed. Ms. X’s boyfriend stands outside her new room, his hands shoved deeply into the pockets of his jeans. He rocks back and forth on his heels and looks on anxiously. As we begin to move her from the stretcher to the ICU bed I think about what I’m going to say to him, how I’m going to handle this.

That’s when I see the nursing supervisor appear. She takes his arm and leads him toward the waiting area. I feel sorry for him because I know all too well the conversation that is about to ensue and yet I am relieved and grateful that I am not the messenger. I cannot afford to have my attention divided right now. Despite our best efforts, over the course of the night Ms. X’s condition continues to deteriorate. We try giving her more IV fluids and medications to stop the bleeding and to support her blood pressure. Nothing seems to be working.

Meanwhile, through her discussion with the boyfriend, the supervisor is able to determine that Ms. X has an estranged daughter. They have not spoken in many years. The boyfriend does not know a phone number. He does not even know where she lives, but he does recall that she is married and that her husband serves in the Navy.

After several hours and even more phone calls, the supervisor is able to contact Ms. X’s son-in-law via the Red Cross. He is serving in Iraq. He gives us a number where we can reach his wife, Ms. X’s daughter. She lives in Arizona. We call her and relay the news of her mother’s condition.

She takes the first available flight and arrives at Ms. X’s bedside the next day. She is the next of kin. She has not spoken to her mother in over four years, but whatever issues kept them apart have not been forgotten or forgiven. She is angry.

She does not want Ms. X’s boyfriend to be allowed in her room and Federal laws (HIPAA) are on her side.

Two days later Ms. X dies alone.

My story is true and, unfortunately, it is all too common. I am sharing it with you because I cannot possibly emphasize enough the importance of designating a POA (Power of Attorney, sometimes called a “proxy”) for healthcare.

A POA is someone you chose to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you become incapacitated. You may think that because you are young and healthy that this is not something that concerns you. No one expects to have a car wreck or to be diagnosed with cancer. No one chooses to lose consciousness (except, perhaps, temporarily for an elective surgery), but if you do lose consciousness, for any reason, while under medical care in the United States, your decision maker will automatically become your next of kin. First your spouse, then your parents or children (depending on your age) will be consulted regarding your medical decisions.

They will be given authority over who can receive information within your family and they will also control who will be allowed to visit and who will not. This is of particular concern to same sex couples. Unfortunately, our community suffers disproportionately from issues of prejudice and estrangement. To put it plainly, my partner’s mother is not my best friend. Not by a long shot and, even though Massachusetts and California both now recognize same sex marriage, in most cases the license will not be honored across state lines.

The good news is that a designated POA will trump any familial relation when it comes to medical decision making. This is an individual right and fortunately, even in the most hostile environment; a well informed same sex couple can use it to their benefit.

The bad news is that there are people out there who will discriminate against you even when the law is on your side. You may recall Paula’s recent article about the incident involving a lesbian couple at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami: “Lesbian Partner Sues Hospital…” Janice Langbehn had her dying partner Lisa Pond’s POA paperwork on hand and, in an indefensible act of ignorance and discrimination, staff at the hospital still denied her access. Langbehn, represented by Lambda Legal, is suing the hospital. The law is clear. She will win this case.

In a similar case, also in Florida, in January of this year Eric Breidenbaugh was unable to obtain information regarding the status of his life partner, Joseph Bellamy. Bellamy, a pilot, had taken his parents up for a short flight earlier that day. When Breidenbaugh was unable to reach him after multiple attempts he knew something was wrong. He called the airport and the hospital. All he was told was,You really not an actual family member.






While these episodes of overt discrimination are beyond disheartening they can serve as a reminder to us all to not only complete our paperwork and keep it on hand, but to continue the fight for equal protection under the law.

You can read more about Eric Breidenbaugh and Joseph Bellamy at the HRC Action Center.

You can read more about Langbehn v. Jackson Memorial Hospital on Lambda Legal’s front page.

Lambda Legal also provides a great guidance tool under their "tool kits" section for establishing your POA and other documents regarding potential healthcare vulnerabilities.

Interview With The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden

The Dollyrots are a power-punk trio with a pop sound. They were signed by Joan Jett to her independent label, Blackheart Records, after Kelly Ogden worked up the nerve to give Joan a copy of their CD at the end of the Vans Warped Tour.

Lesbiatopia's own Sinnerviewer caught up with Kelly at the Dollyrots Atlanta show last week and gave us this exclusive interview:

Shannon: I have read that the band really got its start born out of political frustration when George Bush won the election. Tell me about that.

Kelly: It was more than political frustration. It made me question whether the earth would exist. I was like “This guy (Bush) is a moron, he doesn’t know what he’s doing and I have zero hope for a future. So I asked myself what I wanted to do with my life. I asked myself, “What do I really care about?” If I had only 4 years to live, what would I want to accomplish?”

For Louis and I, that’s why we started the band. We were in college. We were smart kids. We were there on scholarships and it was really cool but at the same time, if I had five to ten years left to live, which could be anybody’s reality, what do I really, really care about? We wanted to do music. We wanted to do something bigger than ourselves. Not to do music to get off on it personally or to be rock stars. But we had ideas and feelings that other people could relate to and we wanted to help express that for them and ourselves.

Shannon: I must say that Joan Jett is my all-time hero, the greatest rock-n-roll chick of all time and generally the best thing that has ever happened to this world. She’s how I heard of you. Tell me about meeting her on the Vans Warped tour when you worked up the courage to give her your demo and how that sort of set your career path.

Kelly: Well, when you’re about to meet your idol, it’s – wow. I was really little when she was rockin’ and she was always my music idol. And Cyndi Lauper was my fashion idol. Recently, I was at the San Diego “True Colors” tour and Joan Jett introduced me to Cyndi Lauper and I thought that I would melt and die. It’s a really amazing, really special thing that I just … if nothing else happened for me from here on out, I feel that what I’ve done is valid and cool. I’ve reached a lot of people and gotten to meet my idols. Meeting Joan, I was terrified of her because her exterior is so tough and powerful and cool and strong.

Shannon: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When you are in the room with Joan Jett, there is no room for any other coolness but hers. She just exudes coolness…

Kelly: I now know that she has the coolest heart and she is really kind and she cares about people a lot. Our pet rat (Sniffy) died. We were in New York and we had to put her to sleep before we got on a flight. It was just terrible. Joan and Kenny (Laguna – Jett’s long-time manager) were on their way to VH1 to do an interview on The Who or something and they turned around and they came and took us to their house and Joan was just so compassionate. She cared. She’s a really strong and powerful woman which makes me really look up to her. But she’s also really sweet and caring and kind.

Shannon: I remember when I was 16 and I snuck into a bar where she was playing to try to see her do sound check. Kenny spotted me and invited me to sit with him to watch her. Then, he introduced me to her and I was so freaked out, I was speechless. So she initiated conversation with me. She was so friendly and kind. I’ll never forget their kindness to that geeky teenage Jetthead. And all of the times I have been able to meet her since then, she never disappoints me. She is always so gracious.

Kelly: Yeah, I feel like I can obviously gain a lot from her as a woman who plays rock-n-roll but at the same time as a person. She’s so loving and gracious and I think she gives a shit. When she talks to anybody, she gives you her time and her full attention and she actually cares. I feel like I learn more from her as a person than as a rock star. She cares. She’s cool. Even when she’s really busy and has to play a show, she’s still cool to you. She’s awesome.

Shannon: I know I could sit here and talk Joan Jett with you all night but I guess your fans might like to know more about The Dollyrots. Blackheart Records is sort of a music business ideal. It was the first independent label started by a woman (Joan Jett) and it would be my dream job to work for them. What is it like being on that label and working with legends like Kenny Laguna?

Kelly: Honestly, we feel like we’re a part of a legacy and a family. I can’t think of another example of a record label that could possibly make us feel the way that we feel about them. The acceptance and support that they give us – the genuine belief that we’re going to do something that’s going to work – they’re so cool.

(Luis, The Dollyrots guitarist, comes in with a shot of Jaegermeister for Kelly.)

Kelly: I throw up when I do Jaeger. I love the way it tastes but I think I’m allergic to something in it. (She drinks the shot)

Shannon: You all have been touring like a bunch of maniacs! What drives you to tour almost non-stop like you do?

Kelly: We just want to get to people. We want people to be able to meet us and talk to us and we want to play for them. I feel like with the Internet, of course we can reach a lot of people. We’ve been really lucky with licensing our music out to TV shows like Ugly Betty. We reach people but I want them to know us and I want to talk to people and learn about their lives and be inspired by them so I can write songs that they give a shit about. If I’m not touring, I feel like I’m being lazy to our fans. I want to give them the experience whenever I can.

Shannon: MySpace is a huge tool that you use.

Kelly: Yeah.

Shannon: I read your blogs. One thing I always notice that your MySpace friends say about you is how you are really good about answering your e-mails and keeping everybody posted. How cool.

Kelly: It can be really overwhelming at times. When we had the Kohl’s commercial, (The song “Because I’m Awesome” was featured on a commercial for Kohl’s department stores) I was getting a lot of e-mails. Sometimes, we’re on the road and we just can’t get to them all. I’ve started this new thing called “Utterz” so I can send a text message to everybody and it posts on MySpace. Sometimes, though, you’re tired and it’s overwhelming. And when the band is touring, it gets exhausting. The sheer numbers of e-mails you get can be a lot. But I don’t ever want to not answer them. It just might take me a little longer. I get at least 3 e-mails a week that I feel like I need to forward to Chris and Louis and Fuzzy. I’m like, “Guys! Look at this!”… Everybody is so cool. When people write to us, it really means a lot. That they took time out of their lives to say “Hi” and not know if we would read it or write back.

Shannon: I used to write a letter to Joan Jett at least once a week at P.O. Box 600, Long Island, NY. I had to quit when I started having kids, though…

(Laughs)

Shannon: What are some tour road tips?

Kelly: Whenever you get mad, you have to tell people right then and there.

Shannon: So it doesn’t fester?

Kelly: Yeah. That is my number one tip for life. Relationships… family, lovers, your best friend. The second they piss you off, you have to tell them or forget it. It will never work!

Shannon: I was very sad to read about the passing of Sniffy, the pet rat of The Dollyrots. Has it been hard to tour without her?

Kelly: It’s really hard, honestly. It kind of sucks. Every time that I sit down to eat, well, I used to save her food in perfect proportions of what I ate. It’s a little bit lonely, honestly.

Shannon: I was wondering if on this tour, someone might show up with a new baby rat. What would you do?

Kelly: Honestly, it would be okay. But at the same time, I think it’s good for me to try to focus on things right now. We’ve been doing a lot more fly-ins to shows. It was getting stressful for me to sneak her on planes all the time. So, I don’t know how much my heart could handle of that. If it was a tiny baby rat that I could put in my pocket…. (laughs). I think I might be ready for a dog. When we’re at a point when we can have a bus and I can afford the $50 to fly it legally. Until then, I might just need a lot of attention from my people friends.

Shannon: Mermaids….

Kelly:
(GASPS)

Shannon: (Laughs) I heard that you get excited talking about them. You had a concept idea for being a mermaid in the next video you plan to make for the song “My Best Friend’s Hot”. Tell me about that.

Kelly: The guy that we really want to make the video with, he recently did a pilot at Weeki Wachee, which is like a Florida park right near where I grew up. I don’t know… I have always wanted to be a mermaid. You can ask the guys in the band. Sometimes, we overindulge on tour. Sometimes, I might be wasted in a tub full of bubbles and they wander into the hotel room after a show and I’ll be like, “I’m a mermaid!” or “I wish I was a mermaid!” Since I was really little. It might be since I grew up in Florida where my little sister and I grew up in the water. We could be in the water 24 hours a day. We would take naps in the tub. I love the water and I’m trying to convince them to let us do a Weeki Watchee video kind of thing for “My Best Friend’s Hot”. In 2 weeks, we have a couple of days off in Florida and I’m hoping that the director will, too. Then, we can just kamikaze that shit.

Shannon: I’ve been told that you are interested in doing some kids songs (maybe acoustic), possibly educational. I could totally picture that when I heard it – give me the lowdown.

Kelly: When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents house and my grandpa used to sing songs all the time like “Someone’s in the Kitchen With Dinah”, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” – all these kids songs. But they weren’t really kid’s songs. He would sing old Irish folk songs and other cool stuff. Every now and then during sound check, I don’t know what to do. I hate to stand there and say “CHECK. CHECK.” It’s so fucking lame. So I sing the songs that my grandpa used to sing. Then, I think I should record an acoustic album of songs that Grandpa used to sing because it would be really fun for me and the kids.

Shannon: You think Blackheart records would be cool with that?

Kelly: Oh, yeah. They’ll let me do it. (Laughs)

Shannon: I know you are still touring for the latest CD – do you plan to go record anything in the near future?

Kelly: We played a new song tonight (at the Atlanta show on July 7th) that we’re still working out but we have a good chunk of songs. We’re hoping to go into the studio this fall unless we’re offered the tour of the century. I’m hoping to release a record next February or March. I love playing our songs but I feel like I need new stuff. I never want to be routine or boring when I’m performing. When I play some of these songs, I’m not thinking when I’m playing and that’s not so good. It’s time for some new stuff.

Shannon: I find myself really looking forward to your blog posts on MySpace. Do you get a lot of feedback from your fans about how good you are to keep us all posted on your every move? Because I, for one, appreciate knowing what you ate for dinner and what kinds of games you played on your DS. Maybe it’s just me…



Kelly: There’s not a whole lot of feedback. Honestly, I kind of question it. Everybody was like, “You have to write a blog!” If you’ll go back to the earliest blogs and read them, I was trying to just blog scientifically. It was like, “This is what we did.” It wasn’t very personal. Touring is really hard. Sometimes I have really bad days. I might be tired or sick or something happened in my family. There are a lot of things that happen and I wasn’t comfortable with telling people about it. Which is weird, because people already know me through my songs. What could it hurt to give more by saying everyday what is real and truthful even though I don’t give it all. I don’t want it to be a weird, neurotic, Courtney Love blog or something like that but it’s still kind of a hard thing for me to do but it’s cool. Especially because I can look back and remember what the hell I did. Time’s going by so fast.

Shannon: Yeah, it’s like an online rock-n-roll diary. I had a blog for a long time and my friends said it was like an online rock-n-roll scrapbook. It was.

Kelly: Yeah! I’m pretty much writing a diary and people who care about us get to read it!

Shannon: I read your blog the other day about your van getting broken into in New Mexico. That sucked.

Kelly: Ugh! I don’t even want to talk about that. Three weeks before that, all my clothes were left in a cab. I lost all of my clothes. Then the other day, the van got broken into and all they took was my extra suitcase with my makeup, my nail polish, all my hair stuff, extra shoes, and rosary beads from my mom – it was all my stuff and some of it can’t be replaced. Man, it sucks! I didn’t really complain about it, I just kind of didn’t talk for 2 days, which maybe you noticed online. But sometimes, when I’m really mad, instead of bitching, I just kind of go away for a few days and I sleep or play Nintendo or something.

Shannon: Okay, last question: I ask everyone I interview this because, honestly, it’s just interesting. Who do you have a girl crush on and why?

Kelly: (With zero hesitation) Drew Barrymore! Since I was little, I have been in love with her. You know the Rolling Stone spread? I don’t know what year that was, but wow! And that is what “My Best Friend’s Hot” is about. I’ve always had boyfriends but I’ve also had serious girl crushes and that’s what that song is all about – a girl crush.

Shannon: Anything else that you want to tell me?

Kelly: Just that I love that you care what my blog says.

Shannon: Aww! I do! I was reading about your stay in the Milwaukee airport and I was really feeling badly for you guys. I honestly enjoy reading it and I wish more bands that I care about would give me as good of a blow by blow as you all do. You make your fans feel like family.

Kelly: Thank you so much! I try.



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