Morning Brew – Olympic gymnast Rose Cossar comes out

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Good morning!

This photo of a child, 12-year-old Devonte Hart, hugging a policeman at a Ferguson rally in Portland has gone viral, so you might have seen it on your Facebook feed. Devote has two moms: Sarah and Jennifer Hart, who wrote a Facebook post about how the photo happened.

We hit the streets (Nov. 25) with the intention of spreading love and kindness, and to remind (ALL) people that they matter in this world. … I noticed Devonte was struggling. Tears. He wouldn’t speak. He was inconsolable. My son has a heart of a gold, compassion beyond anything I’ve ever experienced, yet struggles with living fearlessly when it comes to the police and people that don’t understand the complexity of racism that is prevalent in our society. …

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It was one of the most emotionally charged experiences I’ve had as a mother. He trembled holding a Free Hugs sign as he bravely stood alone in front of the police barricade. Tears rushing from his eyes and soaking his sweater, he gazed upon them not knowing how they would react. After a while, one of the officers approached him and extended his hand. Their interaction was uncomfortable at first. … There were generic questions about his favorite subject and what he liked to do in the summer, but the one that mattered hit straight to the heart. He asked Devonte why he was crying. His response about his concerns regarding the level of police brutality towards young black kids was met with an unexpected and seemingly authentic (to Devonte), “Yes. *sigh* I know. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” The officer then asked if he could have one of his hugs.

Lesbian moms are raising children who give out free hugs. Take THAT homophobes.

While we’re talking Ferguson, Pamela Means shared a song she wrote about the recent events.

Season 3 of House of Cards is coming to Netflix on February 27. There better be some more of this:

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Ellen DeGeneres will produce a new TV show starring Lauren Graham called Kate on Later. The show will follow “Kate (Graham) who thought her day job was all her life would amount to when an opportunity arises that’s bigger than she ever dreamed possible. But that opportunity means she’s going to have to break one of the last remaining glass ceilings — the world of late-night network television talk shows.” We’re so watching.

ICYMI, Da Brat joined Lil Kim and Missy Elliot for a performance of “Not Tonight” at the Soul Train Awards.

Slate writes about Eileen MylesInferno for their Book Review.

Comic and AE contributor Mo Welch was interviewed for Infinite Explorers.

Haddie will be coming back for the series finale of Parenthood. She’s been absent all season because being a lesbian in college is a full-time job. I hope she brings her GF.

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Peter Paige spoke about The Fosters with Gay Star News:

“I was part of Queer as Folk as an actor which was so in your face and kind of openly defiant like, “We’re gay, get over it!’ What I think is kind of incredible about that is that in many ways The Fosters is far more subversive in its very normalcy. I think it’s far more threatening for people to see this family that by all accounts looks and feels like every other family. I’m proud of that.”

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From the Star Observer: “Lesbian Phases Are Not a Thing.”

Canadian Olympic gymnast Rose Cossar has come out as a lesbian. She spoke with Outsports about why she stayed closeted and deciding to come out.

“I really didn’t want to tell anyone from the gymnastics world because I was worried it would affect my position on the team. My sport is very subjective….What’s the point of representing your country if you can’t represent yourself in a true way? I felt guilty for not representing myself as a person for who I truly was. I felt I wasn’t doing myself any good, hiding my true self.”

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Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), *Will & Grace “East Side Story” (Logo 10 a.m.), Best in Show (Sundance 10:45 a.m.), The View (ABC), *Law & Order: SVU “Fallacy” (USA 11 a.m.), The Normal Heart (HBO Signature 11:50 a.m.), Thirteen (Starz Cinema 12:45 p.m.), *Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Lifetime 1 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), *Buffy marathon (Pivot 5 p.m., 1:45 a.m.), Kicking & Screaming (HBO Signature 7:20 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Degrassi “(You Drive Me) Crazy” (TeenNick 9 p.m.), *Holmes Makes It Right “Here in Spirit” (DIY 9 p.m.), Marry Me “Win Me” (NBC 9:01 p.m.), The Mindy Project “What About Peter?” (Fox 9:30 p.m.), *Survivor’s Remorse “How to Build a Brand” (Starz Edge 11 p.m.), *True Life “I Want My Ex Back” (MTV 12 a.m.), *Goldfrapp on Glastonbury Festival 2014 Pt. 2 (Palladia 1 a.m.), *Degrassi marathon (TeenNick 4 a.m.), Pariah (HBO Zone 5:10 a.m.), The East (AMAX 5:45 a.m.), Out at the Wedding (Logo 6 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes rerun

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