As blue mutant Mystique in the X-Men films, Rebecca Romijn kicks ass but doesn’t say much. Maybe that’s why the title role in Pepper Dennis, the WB’s newsroom dramedy, appealed to her. “It’s got that ’40s rapid-fire dialogue, which I love,” she says. “We hope there’s something for everyone, but because the show’s slightly heightened and sparkly, we really aim to impress the girls and the gays. Working stuff out, we’ll be going, ‘Will the girls like it? Will the gays like it? All right, let’s move on.’ ”
Since competing on American Idol, Kimberley Locke has performed at plenty of LGBT shindigs. “When I started, I asked my manager, ‘What attracts the gay community to a celebrity?’ ” recalls Locke, whose new album, Based on a True Story, hits stores this summer. “He said, ‘We like strong women.’ I thought, OK, I can accept that.”
After she was outed by a national magazine, Rauda Morcos, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, became the most visible lesbian in both that country and in Palestine, where the Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas recently took power. Morcos, a 32-year-old Haifa resident, cofounded Aswat (“Voices” in Arabic) in 2003 as a safe space for Palestinian lesbian women to meet and empower themselves. This month the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is honoring her work.