Morning Brew – George RR Martin says “Game of Thrones” probably won’t have lesbians

Good morning. I hope you are doing OK. It’s with a heavy heart that I say I hope Robin Williams rests in peace after learning of this death yesterday. Ellen expressed her feelings on Twitter.

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I watched The Birdcage in his honor last night. What a talent.

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says he won’t include gay characters in his books because of “limitations,” aka his central characters just aren’t gay.

“Frankly, it is the way I prefer to write fiction because that is the way all of us experience life. You’re seeing me from your viewpoint, you’re not seeing what someone over here is seeing. Will that change? It might. I’ve had letters from fans who want me to present particularly an explicit male sex scene – most of the letters come from women. I’m not going to do it just for the sake of doing it. If the plot lends itself to that, if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation, then I’m not going to shy away from it, but you can’t just insert things because everyone wants to see them. It is not a democracy. If it was a democracy, then Joffrey would have died much earlier than he did.”

So basically if we write him letters asking for lesbians, it won’t matter. He’s keeping it pretty straight, and the show is only giving us a few tidbits here and there.

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If you’er getting married, don’t shop at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. They don’t serve lesbians because they “have to answer to God.” I hate when people think God says “Discriminate!” You’re doing it wrong!

Some women prefer butches. *Raises hand*

Need some queer books to read? Try Cosmo’s list. I recommend several of these titles myself. And Paste agrees with Zami.

Carole Pope has a new EP called Music for Lesbians and it’s pretty hilarious. She recently told Outtake Voices about the collection:

I think the lesbian community takes itself too seriously. There are so many funny tragic things involved being with another woman. I wanted to explore the humor of it. It was so fun to work with Peaches and my rock’n’roll husband Tim Welch on the title track LESBIANS IN THE FOREST which was inspired by performing at the Michigan Womyn’s Festival. I got to unleash my inner Shirley Bassey Bond Girl on VAGINA WOLF. Alain Johannes created a Smith’s-like glam rock track for Francis Bacon, my ode to Dusty Springfield. I was Lee Hazelwood to Sara T. Russell’s Nancy Sinatra on SOME VELVET MORNING. Rob Preuss contributed the lush orchestrations. I had my first exposure to lesbianism through lesbian pulp fiction. The books were salacious except for those written by Ann Bannon, Patricia Highsmith, and Valerie Taylor to name a few. I loved the lurid covers and that inspired MUSIC FOR LESBIANS title and the cover art which was created by Sara T Russell.

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The creator of Lesbian Emjois, Kimberly Linn, tells ThinkProgress about creating the awesome new images.

It’s tough, because I don’t want to do anything offensive. I’ve already seen people be offended by the U-Haul, and I don’t even understand how to be offended by it. Lesbians are more prone to move in together more quickly than your average couple. And at the same time, there are stereotypes that are really accurate! It’s meant to be humorous. I kind of want to steer away from super-crass things, but at the same time, they’re really easy. The fish taco is pretty crass. Some people were telling me, “you should do the shocker!” But I don’t know if I want to do that. I want to be clever about things. If I did do sexual ones, they would need to be clever. That’s the only thing I’ve rejected in my pile of things, anything that’s a little gross. At the same time, I don’t want my mom clicking on them and just being like, oh, this is not really something to be proud of.

So good.

Several queer artists are included in this BuzzFeed piece on women drawing themselves naked. I love Nicole Georges‘.

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Gertrude SteinsTender Buttons is coming to the stage. A theatrical version will play at the Theater for The New City from October 2-19. Love it.

Liz Jackson wants to be Miss Harlem Shake, and she’s a finalist. The 32-year-old told DNAInfo:

“How wonderful would it be if an out and proud lesbian who has been in a committed relationship for nine years was Miss Harlem Shake?”

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Pretty wonderful!

Today in Lesbianish TV: *The Ellen DeGeneres Show, *The Queen Latifah Show, Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), The Other Shore (Showtime2 9:35 a.m.), S*isterhood of Hip Hop Preview (Oxygen 11 a.m., 3 p.m.), 8: The Mormon Proposition (Pivot 11 a.m.), The East (5 MAX 12:35 p.m.), The Nanny “The Rosie Show” (Logo 1:30 p.m., 9 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), *Billy on the Street (Fuse 2 p.m.), Rent (FXM 3 p.m.), *Will & Grace “Swimming From Cambodia” (We 3:30 p.m.), *Sex and the City “The Cheating Curve” (E! 3:30 p.m.), *Buffy marathon (Pivot 4 p.m., 2 a.m.), Say Yes to the Dress “Day of Challenges” (TLC 5 p.m.), Laurel Canyon (IndiePlex 5:45 p.m.), *Chasing Life “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Chemo” (ABC Family 6 p.m.), *Face Off marathon (Syfy 6 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), *Law & Order: SVU “Alien” (USA 7 p.m.), Pretty Little Liars “A Dark Ali” (ABC Family 8 p.m.), WNBA Basketball – Los Angeles at Minnesota (NBA 8 p.m.), *Masters of Sex “Giants” (Showtime 8 p.m., 10 p.m.), *Chopped “Chop On Through” (Food Network 8 p.m.), Precious (OWN 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Chasing Life “Finding Chemo” (ABC Family 9 p.m.), Face Off “Twisted Trees” (Syfy 9 p.m.), Sisterhood of Hip Hop “Femme-C’s” (Oxygen 9 p.m., 10 p.m.), *Ray Donovan “Irish Spring” (Showtime 9 p.m., 11 p.m.), Boys on the Side (Encore 9:50 p.m.), Election (TMC 11:30 p.m.), *True Blood “Almost Home” (HBO 12 a.m.), *The Bridge “Eye of the Deep” (FX 12:08 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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