Morning Brew – Tegan and Sara to perform at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Opening Ceremony

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A statement has been released on behalf of Brittney Griner after her arrest and release:

“The last few months have been an extremely stressful time for Brittney and Glory. They will continue to work through these hardships together and ask that the media respect their privacy as they handle this family matter. Glory and Brittney sincerely apologize for the distraction this has caused their families, respective teams, the WNBA, sponsors and fans.”

South Florida, go see Vita & Virginia so I can live vicariously through you.

A musician named Aria Sappho has released an album on Sappho Records. I don’t know if she’s gay, but she should be!

Vicci Martinez has released a new EP called I Am.

Maria Bello talks with DAME magazine about labels.

“Label me whatever you want. I don’t really give a crap what anyone labels me, to be honest, if it’s empowering, if it helps human rights policy. But if you look at the definition of having had sex with men and having had sex with women, that would be “bi.” But as I’ve said, [these] new definitions have come out and some are like,You’ve had emotional relationships with women and only sexual relationships with men, so that’s a different thing. So “bi” is limiting when you start to look at all these other definitions. I’m sure I can look at all these definitions and find at least five that I am.”

Tegan and Sara will be performing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s opening ceremony in June. I wonder what song they’ll play!

If you’ve been watching Funny Girls on Oxygen and waiting for more of the only out comic Scout Durwood to get more screentime, she wrote a blog about why she hasn’t been on it so much. It looks like she’s got a bone to pick with one of the other comics next week so, you know, SCREENTIME!

A Martha Stewart-inspired character will be part of Orange is the New Black in Season 3. (Ruby Rose? Just kidding.) But in some even better news, Jackie Cruz has been upped to a regular, which means more Flaca in Season 4.

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Vanity Fair knows what girls like.

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I-D has a great piece on out bisexual writer/actor/filmmaker Desiree Akhavan. A quote:

I think it’s time to face bisexuality in the mainstream and to have a comedy about it and hash out these issues. I’ve been really surprised by how many Iranian bisexual women there are in the world. I had many people reach out to me saying, ‘You’ve told my story,’which is kind of shocking. I really do believe [Appropriate Behavior] is an activist film. No one talks about these things in my community, and in most communities. It’s really frowned upon. Mine is not a safe culture to be honest about the truths of life. Gay issues are considered ugly. Pain or failure is also something that you don’t discuss in public, and discovering it myself was really intense because you can’t just say, ‘Whatever, it’s a completely made-up story,’ when it’s not. It’s inspired by my life.

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The other day I wrote about the UK’s First Dates and thought how cool it would be to see a show like that in the U.S. Well here’s some great news: It’s happening, Ellen DeGeneres is producing, and they REALLY WANT LESBIANS. Seriously they reached out because they aren’t getting a lot of lesbians and WANT MORE.

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Wells Fargo is featuring a lesbian couple in a new ad and I CRIED. Seriously this appeals to me in all of the ways. I might even switch banks.

This Slow Holler Tarot Deck is everything you and I and everyone we know ever needs.

Lower Dens‘ Jana Hunter penned a piece on the importance of individuality.

Lesbian-themed play Stop Kiss is now in Montclair. (Jersey, baby.)

You can now take a course on how to become a drag king at Edgehill University in the UK. (Well, you’ll have to wait until January.)

A young woman’s essay on her inspiring family member, her lesbian aunt, received an F because gay people CANNOT inspire in Singapore.

Congrats to all of the winners of the Publishing Triangle awards. Every book from all of the nominees are worth reading.

Today in Lesbianish TV:  The Ellen DeGeneres Show Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.) Comedy Central Presents “Margaret Smith” (Comedy Central 9 a.m.) (rerun) True Life “I’m a Gay Athlete” (MTV2 10 a.m.) (rerun) Buffy “Beauty and the Beasts” (Pivot 10 a.m.) (rerun) Chopped Canada “Food, Sweat, Tears” (Food Network 12 p.m.) (rerun) Buffy marathon (Pivot 12 p.m.) Will & Grace “Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard” (We 1 p.m.) (rerun) Cutthroat Kitchen marathon (Food Network 1 p.m.) Tammy (HBO Comedy 1:40 p.m., 9:45 p.m.) The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.) Oprah: Where Are They Now? “Margaret Cho” (OWN 2 p.m.) (rerun) 50 Girls Who Run the World marathon (Fuse 2:30 p.m.) – With Tegan and Sara Friends “The One That Could Have Been, Pt. 1 & 2” (TBS 4:30 p.m./5 p.m.) (rerun) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.) Lost Girl “Like Hell Pt. 2” (Syfy 10 p.m.) Archer “The Papal Chase”/”White Elephant” (Comedy Central 11 p.m./11:30 p.m.) (rerun) Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro (Showcase 11:45 p.m.) Archer marathon (FXX 12 a.m.) V for Vendetta (MoreMAX 12:15 a.m.) Orphan Black “The Weight of This Combination” (BBC America 2 a.m., 6 a.m.) Nurse (Showtime Beyond 2:15 a.m.) Degrassi marathon (TeenNick 4 a.m.) Nine for IX “Swoopes” (ESPN Classic 5 a.m.) (rerun) House “The Dig” (USA 6 a.m.) (rerun) Ellen “Ellen’s Improvement” (FX 7 a.m.) (rerun) (thanks Roni!)

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