Morning Brew – Monday, November 1: Sick of Sarah teams up with Maurices, “Verbotene Liebe” gets another lesbian pairing

Morning! It’s November. Can you believe it?

Portia DeGeneres‘ book comes out today, which means this week she’ll be doing lots of TV. Today, she hits Oprah, Wednesday she’ll be on Good Morning America and Thursday she’ll be on Ellen. Set that DVR justly!

A lesbian couple in the UK is not happy with having a civil partnership — they want a marriage license. Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel are applying one today, as part of the Equal Love Campaign, which hopes to overturn bans on gay marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships. Good luck to you ladies — fight the good fight.

The Museum of Modern Art has published a book called Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art. Several out women are in the book, including K8 Hardy, Nan Goldin and Barbara Hammer. Here’s an interview they did with the lesbian artist for their blog.

Sick of Sarah has formed new partnership with clothing store Maurices. The chain will be hosting an all-girl band contest, Small Town Sound, where winners get the chance to play a live show with Sick of Sarah at their hometown Maurices. Got a band? Got a Maurices? It’s your time to shine.

It looks like Verbotene Liebe is getting a new lesbianish storyline. AfterEllen.com reader Simi clued us into a relationship between Rebecca von Lahnstein (Jasmin Lord) and the “bar maid” Miriam.

Based on some photos, it appears they become a little more than friends. The storyline is set to begin Nov. 16.

The Essence lesbian brides from Bridal Bliss have enjoyed more positive comments than negative ones, according to the magazine and the couple themselves. Here’s hoping this wasn’t a one time thing from Essence. There’s a lot more lesbian brides where that came from!

Tonight on Europe’s TV One, a film about gospel singer Miki Howard will show her “having grown up in a household where homosexuality was being practiced.” Miki’s mom is a lesbian, and apparently practiced it like witchcraft. Says Miki:

Most people, at that age, are out going on dates and they’re learning about men and boys and things like that. I was learning about singing, I was learning the music business and I didn’t have the opportunity to learn the things that you should learn. I lost my mom at 18 years old and the show says it was later, but it was 18. She put me out by the time I was 16. So, there was no parent to tell me.

Besides that I grew up in a completely gay environment. So, I had no idea about men. I knew nothing! When I tell you nothing, I mean nothing. I just put them on a pedestal and held them in high esteem, whether they deserved it or not. That’s not a good thing, so I had to learn the hard way that you don’t cast your pearls among swine. There are men that are swine and, most likely, they’re the first ones that come up. When you don’t have a lot of time and you don’t have a lot of knowledge you kind of go with the first Joe. “Hey you like me, you love me? OK, let’s do this!” I didn’t go to the movies, smooch in a theater or fondle in the backseat of a car. I didn’t do any of those things that teenagers are supposed to do in learning about your sexuality. So, in all of my 20s and early 30s I made serious mistakes with men.

It sounds like she missed on a whole lot because of her lesbian mother. Jeez, her mom is probably turning in her grave.

Today on TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m. and midnight), That Time of the Month (Logo Mon/Tue 4 a.m.). Plus lesbian-themed episodes of Bringing Home Baby (Discovery Health 12:30 p.m.) , Ghost Whisperer (Ion 4p.m.), Lincoln Heights (TV One 7 p.m.) and Cynthia Nixon on The Big C (Showtime 10:30 p.m.). (Thanks Roni!)

Have a fabulous day, ya’ll.

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