Morning Brew – Brittney Griner won’t go to USA Team Training Camp

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Australian country singer Beccy Cole talks about why she came out as a lesbian. From her interview with The Daily Mail Australia:

“I had all these signs that pointed towards my being a lesbian, and I’d spent the first 26 years of my life running the other way. When I did admit it to myself I had a failed marriage and I was a mum and I was ready to face some truth, and that’s when it presented itself. I saw two girls kissing on the television and it was this moment. I like to say it was like a ton of lesbian bricks coming down on my head.”

Beccy (right) with partner Libby O’Donovan43rd Country Music Awards of Australia - Arrivals

See?! Visibility matters. TV can turn people gay. Just kidding. It just helps you along on your journey. Thank you, Graham in But I’m a Cheerleader for being one of my roots.

A GamerGate meet-up that included “at least one lesbian couple” was the target of a bomb threat in D.C. last week.

OregonLive wonders if Mother’s Day cards have gotten any more LGBT friendly. The answer: Eh….somewhat. Strong Families has a great selection!

The Daily Beast digs into why bisexual women smoke so much weed. One woman’s opinion:

“As a bi person, you can feel homeless. Like you don’t have a community backing you, necessarily. So it may be that the weed is a way to sort of distract yourself, or cope.”

Lesbian activists in Cameroon have launched a new organization called Association for the Promotion of Women (AVAF). Some of the board members won’t reveal their identities because shit is scary there.

Brittney Griner has made the decision not to attend the U.S. women’s national basketball team training camp. Director Carol Callan says this will not affect her place on the team, and they support her taking this opportunity to work on herself. Brittney’s agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas had this to say: 

“Brittney has been through a lot these last couple weeks and after her health began to suffer, she felt it best to take a step back and continue to focus on her counseling. She knows USA Basketball deserves her full mental and physical commitment and given the circumstances, she didn’t feel like she could fulfill that responsibility. Brittney is incredibly grateful for USA Basketball’s support through what has been a challenging time.”

2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup - Day Nine

We’re all rooting for you, Brittney.

Fergie was in her lesbian friends’ wedding! The entire party looked stunning.

ICYMI, Ellen shared some thoughts about Bruce Jenner’s coming out on her show last week.

Rachel Maddow was a guest at NYU Law last week to talk about marriage equality with Kenji Yoshino, author of Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial.

Got 15 minutes? Watch Juliet & Romeo from Girl/Girl Scene creator Tucky Williams.

Sisterhood of Hip-Hop is coming back for a second season on June 9. Not only is Siya back, but Da Brat will show up!

There’s a new book with all-new translations of poems by Sappho! (Thanks Peter!)

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Live with Kelly & Michael – Guest: Lily Tomlin The Queen Latifah Show – Guest: Wanda Sykes (rerun) Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.) Funny Girls “Fake Drake” (Oxygen 10 a.m.) (rerun) Buffy “Gingerbread” (Pivot 10 a.m.) (rerun) The View (ABC 11 a.m.) – Guest co-host: Raven-Symone Chopped “Without Missing a Beet” (Food Network 12 p.m.) (rerun) Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro (Showtime 12:05 p.m.) The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.) – Guest: Susan Feniger House “Holding On” (Universal HD 2 p.m., 10 p.m.) (rerun) Law & Order: SVU “Shadow”/”P.C.” (USA 4 p.m./5 p.m.) (rerun) Buffy marathon (Pivot 5 p.m.) Best in Show (HBO Signature 6:30 p.m.) Black Swan (Logo 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m.) The East (TMAX 8 p.m.) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.) Weird Loners “We’re Here. We’re Weird. Get Used to Us” (Fox 9:30 p.m.) Newlyweds: The First Year “Hurry Up and Weight” (Bravo 10 p.m.) Younger “Broke and Pantyless” (TV Land 10 p.m.) Chopped “All-Stars Tournament: Part 2” (Food Network 10 p.m.) – Anne Burrell competes Person of Interest “YHWH” (CBS 10:01 p.m.) Funny Girls “Bills Bills Bills” (Oxygen 11 p.m.) Jennifer’s Body (FXM 11 p.m., 1 a.m.) Faking It “The Morning Aftermath”/”You Can’t Handle the Truth or Dare” (MTV 11:02 p.m./11:32 p.m.) (rerun) Archer marathon (FXX 12 a.m.) Banana marathon (Logo 12:25 a.m.) Degrassi marathon (TeenNick 4 a.m.) Inside Amy Schumer “Gang Bang” (Comedy Central 4:08 a.m.) (rerun) Comedy Central Presents “Sabrina Matthews” (Comedy Central 4:38 a.m.) (rerun) Reaching for the Moon (TMC Xtra 4:30 a.m., TMC 7:35 a.m.) Catfish: The TV Show “Kya & Alyx” (MTV 8 a.m.) (rerun) The Jane Austen Book Club (Starz 8:05 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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