Morning Brew – Wednesday, March 23: R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor, Rainbow Noise’s video for “Imma Homo” is a hot new lesbian anthem



First thing’s first, R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor, who died of heart failure earlier this morning. While Elizabeth never played gay, she was an ally and also starred alongside Mia Farrow in The Secret Ceremony, which had a ton of subtext and even worried the studio because of its lesbianish undertones.

May you always wear your white diamonds in the sky, Liz.

Get ready for a new anthem that you’ll be wanting to shout along with. Rainbow Noise is a lesbian-owned record label in Vancouver and they’ve put together this video for their song, “Imma Homo.”

Um, that’s my jam now. I need to bring a copy with me to the Dinah so that the DJs are prepared.

What’s it like to be a lesbian in Jakarta? A 24-year-old named Bernadette allowed the Jakarta Globe to interview her anonymously about living out in a not-so-gay friendly part of the world. An excerpt:

I’ve never told my mom that I’m a lesbian. I guess she’s had a feeling that I don’t like boys for years now. Once I fell in love with a girl. We shared a diary. The girl’s mom found it and read what we had written. She contacted my mom and told her what she had found. My mom was so angry with me. She interrogated me. Then she banned me from seeing the girl ever again. So I just started lying to my mom when I wanted to go out with the girl. I know she must have her suspicions about me. She has tried several ways to make me “normal” again. She asks me not to have my hair cut so short all the time. But it never works. That’s why it’s hard for me to invite my girlfriend to my house. I’m afraid that my family will not accept her. So it’s better not to let my girlfriend become close to my family. I will not feel comfortable if my family is not accepting of her.

But Bernadette also says that there’s been progress in the last five years and she feels more comfortable when out with her girlfriend in public places.

The New York Times included Pariah in a movie-to-see at the New Directors/New Films showing in NYC now through April 4. They write of the lesbian-themed film:

To watch Adepero Oduye, who plays a teenage lesbian in Brooklyn in Dee Rees’s splendid Pariah, is to experience the thrill of discovery. Ms. Rees’s film is sensitive but not sentimental, attuned to sexual and racial politics without succumbing to didacticism or piety. … Pariah has a point to make, and a point of view to argue, but it also, above all, wants to illuminate an individual universe of meaning and emotion.

So I keep hearing, and I can’t wait to see it. New York Times, you are a tease!

Guys, I have some really great news! White Collar‘s resident lesbian FBI agent Diana is getting a girlfriend! reports:

The upcoming third season will pull the curtain back on Diana’s (Marsha Thomason) personal life and introduce her quick-witted and sophisticated doctor girlfriend, Christie. Casting is underway, so now’s the time to hit the comments section with your suggestions. Think actresses in their 30s who can convey a wild child/sexy/smart/lesbian vibe — all at the same time.

“I’m fierce. Now where’s my gal pal?”

I like the sound of Christie already! Any casting suggestions? Keep in mind, Sarah Shahi is already busy on her own USA show.

Eva Green talked with Blackbook about her role as the boarding school teacher in love with one of her pupils in the film Cracks. When asked how to describe her character’s feelings for student Fiamma, she explains:

It’s obsessive love. I don’t know if you call that “love,” as it’s rather unhealthy. She wants to possess her, she wants to be her. She’s everything she would have liked to have been – she’s traveled, she’s exotic. It’s the first time I think she’s falling in love in her own way. It’s very disturbing for her.

Then she was asked if it was a sexual thing, to which she responded:

I don’t see it as a sexual thing, weirdly. Probably, of course, there is an attraction but it’s more she wants to be her. If you read the book, it’s really hard, there are a lot of details and she kind of rapes her. It’s mysterious, she does sensual things to her, but it’s better to remain enigmatic. It’s more sexy, in a way.

Yikes — “rape” and “sexy” in the same paragraph. I have yet to see the film but it sounds like a mix of Loving Annabelle meets Notes on a Scandal, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

This Saturday, Logo will air the documentary Annie Leibovitz: Through the Lens. Here’s a look.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Quad With 2 Moms (Discovery Fit & Health 5 p.m.), Bump! (Logo 7 p.m.), Cat Cora on Iron Chef America (Food Network 7 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m., midnight, 4 a.m.), High Art (Ovation 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.), Anita Lo on Chopped (Food Network 9 p.m.), Daphne (Logo Thu 8 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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