Morning Brew – Tuesday, August 24: A lesbian kiss on “Big Brother Africa,” Danish singer Cat sings about her “Girl Crush”


Morning, Brewsters.

Danish pop star Cat (nee Katherine Thisted) has a new single called “Girl Crush,” which comes complete with a ridiculous “girl-on-girl” video starring her friend Donna Marie.

Cat told a reporter, “I got a serious ‘crush’ on my best friend at a time. I was unsure whether I was in love with her. I never really found himself out of it. But I said nothing to her, and I did not really know anything about it – other than to write a song. But I think she has discovered that the song is about her.”

Wow, she has a crush on someone that looks just like her. What a shock.

I love when my girl crushes put on pasties and let me take them around on a chainlink leash. (Thanks for the tip CardinalXimenez !)

The Oregonian has a piece on why women are an untapped market in the wine industry. Did you wonder why The Real L Word started pushing their own brand of wines? It’s because winemakers are just now trying to reach women — especially the gay and lesbian communities.

On Big Brother Africa, housemates Sheila and Meryl kissed on a dare. The Namibian says this is causing a huge stir from fans on the forums, writing, “Now the tongue-colliding, luscious, five-second, open-mouth kiss between the two girls has bloggers and chat forums abuzz with praise and damnation at the same time. The kiss also has Christian enthusiasts declaring abominations and warning of Sodom and Gomorrah descending on the BBA house.”

Anonymous commenters’ damnation aside, one of the things that I found most interesting about the moment was that Sheila “rushed upstairs to get lip stuff while Meryl waited patiently for her return.” How nice of her to be fully prepared!

The Telegraph has an in-depth interview with Alison Goldfrapp in which she talks about how girlfriend Lisa Gunning, a film editor, deals with having a partner on the road all the time.

“She has come on the last couple of legs of the tour and documented some of it, which was nice. She gets on well with the band. I think some people find it difficult being away from the family for long periods. Adjusting to being still, and having a routine, after a tour is over is hard, whether I’m in a relationship or not.”

And when asked if she’s in love:

“Yes. It’s a good place to be. The world seems like a kinder place when you are in love.”

Out comedian Rhona Cameron went on BBC Radio Scotland show If I Knew Then today and discussed being bullied while she was in high school and how she faced the bullies at her high school reunion.

“My new book is inspired by the conversation I had with the central protagonist. “These people, particularly him, must be perplexed as to why they were these big, powerful figures in my life. And he said some things that were quite moving, how he had kind of protected me from some people, which is true. At the reunion we went outside, he lit up a cigarette and said, ‘You know, the trouble with you is that you are neither one thing nor the other’. It’s absolutely true. He really hit the nail on the head.”

Salon’s Amy Deneson penned a piece on why the gayby boom has made it more difficult for her to fend off questions about having children of her own. She writes:

I never wanted to be a mother. As a child, I tucked Barbie into bed — not baby dolls. Cuddling chubby infants didn’t interest me nearly as much as perfecting my woman’s dream home and sticking giant jewels in that hole in her hand. When Melinda and I got together, we saw our shared lack of interest in motherhood as a major compatibility point — on par with sexual orientation and religion.

But now, her doctor is asking her, her mom is bugging her and their friends are advocating their own pregnancies. It’s official — now any woman, everywhere, is expected to want babies — gay, single or otherwise.

AE reader Sue let me know that a recent episode of PBS’ History Detectives featured the 1939 biography of a lesbian called Diana — A Strange Autobiography. Check out the segment around 19 minutes in.

Watch the full episode. See more History Detectives.

Until tomorrow.

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