Morning Brew – Tuesday, April 5: Jasika Nicole in a new book, Ian Brennan talks Brittana

Morning!

Out actress Jasika Nicole is also an incredibly talented artist, and her work is going to be featured in a new book, The Letter Q. The book was just sold to Scholastic, which means that youth will soon be able to have a copy in their own little hands! Jasika’s work will be featured alongside other artists who have contributed comics, prose and poetry that Jasika says “discusses the way queer adults would try and communicate with their younger, less self-assured selves if given the opportunity.”

Here’s a look at Jasika’s comic:

You can view the entire thing at her website. We’ll keep you posted on when The Letter Q will be available in bookstores.

Time has released their list of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds and a few gay women have made the list as must-follows: Ellen, Lady Gaga and Gina Trapani. I’m sure we could think of 137 more lesbian and bisexual women, but there’s not enough time in this Morning Brew for that.

Gina Trapani, editor and founder of Lifehacker.com

Are you in Chicago? Do you love Le Tigre? The Chicago screening of their doc Who Took the Bomp is happening Friday, April 15 and you can win tickets to see it. Let me preface this by saying that it is one of my favorites, and that when I got the screener, I watched it twice in one day. So if you are in the Windy City and want a shot at winning tickets, shoot me a PM and tell me your favorite Le Tigre jam. If you don’t want to chance my picking you at random, then you can buy discounted tickets by using the promo “cimmfest.”

All you UK gaydies love to tell me how trashy The Sun is, and I totally get it, but let’s just please appreciate this photo of Corrie stars Brooke Vincent and Sascha Parkinson.

That’s like the only boob photo I could put on AfterEllen.com. Appreciate it!

Lesbian Baptist preacher Genie Hargrove was the subject of a StoryCorps story last week, and now a blogger at The Moderate Voice is putting together a video of her work, including his commitment renewal ceremony that she officiated in 2009. Here’s the preview vid he released, with a promise the full thing will be up on April 15.

Gayle King talked with TV Guide about her new show and her friendship with Oprah. When asked about those lesbian rumors, she said:

In the beginning, it used to bother me. Like, “Oh, my God, I don’t want people to think I’m gay — I’m trying to get a date!” But now I don’t care. I’ve given up trying to figure that out. At this stage, if you still think that, it’s on you.

Outtake Voices interviewed The L Life‘s author Erin McHugh. Take a listen!

Glee executive producer Ian Brennan spoke about Brittana with DigitalSpy. Here’s what he had to say about our favorite Fox duo:

I think we’re setting up what I think is a really interesting dynamic of sexual identity and sexual fluidity. Partly, in a pair, those characters are so much fun to write for. It’s just a blast to do. So playing against what has sort of been a comedy pairing — really giving that much more, just grounding that a little bit more — I think should be really satisfying.

However, he may not be reading those shipping Tumblrs or fansites. He also said:

I try to do as little reading [as possible] about the show, whether it be fan input or criticism or whatever. There’s such a lot of material to get out that I usually find that can be sometimes a little overwhelming. That said, you generally get a sense of stuff — you get a feel of what people like and what people don’t like. You get an aggregated opinion of what people are thinking. I guess the key is to let it influence what you do but don’t let it control what you do. To be honest, I don’t think you should really write to what the fans are asking for. I think you listen and then you sit aside and then you think, “OK, this is what we’re going to do.” I think a lot of times that’s when you get really exciting stuff. And then stuff is unexpected to fans, rather than just like, “Well, we wanted this and then it happened.” That’s our job, to come up with stuff that will surprise you. I think we’re pretty good about doing that. There is so much volume that you do when you’re doing 22 episodes of television — it’s a lot, so some of the stuff you do is going to work better than others. It’s a credit to how well the show has clicked with people that people have opinions. I’m always shocked at the depth with which people attach themselves to the show. So it’s all a good thing.

The Real Housewives of OC‘s Fernanda Rocha told LA Weekly she doesn’t call herself lesbian or bisexual, she’s just who she is — and that is a woman who dates exclusively women, despite having once been married to a man. She also answered their question if she feels an obligation to be an LGBT activist now that she’s in the spotlight:

No, not at all. I think I’m comfortable in expressing myself, and being out, and I just hope that the message, and being out there, that people can truly see this. What I’m trying to do. We should all be who we are, and at the end of the day, we all have pain. It’s about love. I believe we all deserve to love and be loved.

I thought she was going to start singing “We R Who We R” by Ke$ha, which would be amazing to hear with her Brazilian accent I bet!

BBC sports presenter Clare Balding told Radio Times that she thinks she’s popular with women because she doesn’t threaten them. Specifically, she won’t be trying to steal their husbands. She also spoke about being out, saying:

Obviously there are certain people who don’t approve of my lifestyle choices. But actually, I think for the most part people are accepting. Personally I’m a much better broadcaster for not hiding who I am. Not necessarily trumpeting it, but not hiding it. I’m not lying any more — and I did lie, for about six or seven years.

Six or seven years is a long time to have everyone know you’re a lesbian while you just keep denying it. Pretty excruciating!

AE reader Brenda647 sent us this link to Care2′s post about LGBT inclusive TV ads. I’ve never seen that Impulse Body Spray ad, and I kind of love it. Lesbians and puppies!

Today in lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (Showtime2 2:45 p.m.), Sex and the City (Style 4 p.m.), Ghost Whisperer (Ion 5 p.m.), Cat Cora on Iron Chef America (Food Network 7 p.m.), The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC 8 p.m.), All in the Family (TV Land 8:30 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m., midnight, 4 a.m.), The Good Wife (CBS 10 p.m.), HawthoRNe (TNT 11 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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