Happy belated International Women’s Day! I hope you celebrated March 8 with women you love and admire. If you missed our Editor-In-Chief’s A Day Without Women letter, check out the thought-provoking piece HERE.
This week I have a handful of stories which will restore your faith in humanity, some cool news about Sally Ride, and I also reveal what inspired Kristen Stewart to get a buzz cut. It’s a buffet of lady lovin’ goodness up in here!
LEGO To Honor Sally Ride
Almost five years after the lesbian astronaut’s death, LEGO announced its plans to honor her incredible legacy alongside four other female pioneers at NASA. The “Women of NASA” set was designed by MIT News Deputy Editor Maia Weinstock and features Katherine Johnson (NASA mathematician) Margaret Hamilton (computer scientist), Mae Jemison (first African-American woman in space in 1992), Nancy Grace Roman ( NASA exec and astronomer).
Check out the pro-women set below:
What’s especially cool is, Maia’s project beat out 11 other fan creations and received 10,000 public votes in just fifteen days. You can watch the announcement of her win below:
Weinstock went on to say:
Keep your eyes out for the set in late 2017 or early 2018!
Kristen Stewart Explains Why She Shaved Her Head & Discusses The Implications Of Her “So Gay” Moment On SNL
As you’ve already probably noticed, Kristen is now rocking a shaved head. While the 26-year-old has tried out numerous hairstyles over the years, this is by far her boldest and most talked about look. The drastic change also happens to follow her“I’m so gay!” declaration on SNL last month, which could be a mere coincidence or a decision designed to remind us that she doesn’t care about the square peg that is Hollywood.
In a conversation with the Today Show on Thursday, K.Stew got candid on the real reason for cutting her locks. Before you watch the clip below, see what our Editor-In-Chief had to say about the buzz cut HERE.
P.S. Kristen discusses her hair around the 59 second mark.
Welp, it sounds like this decision was a mix of practicability and sheer novelty.
In a chat with The Guardian, the celeb broached the subject of “coming out”. I found the quotes to be a bit convoluted, and I think this has to do with Kristen’s continued struggle to find a proper footing with her sexuality… despite her I’m So Gay moment.
When the interviewer pressed Stewart about her perceived role as an LGBTQ icon, she responded:
The Personal Shopper star added:
Brandi Burgess Talks To The Human Rights Campaign About Why She Came Out
I first covered Brandi’s story in a January round-up and I’m happy to highlight her story again. For those who missed my last post on Burgess, she’s the daughter of ultra-conservative and Alabama based radio host Rick Burgess. Rick essentially disowned and publicly shamed Brandi after she announced her bisexuality in an emotional op-ed.
Once Ms. Burgess’ piece went viral, the Human Rights Campaign of Alabama decided to chat with her about coming out to Rick and her hopes for the future. I particularly like this quote from Brandi: “It’s dangerous when we live in boxes and shadows.” Yup.
Watch the interview below:
As for Mr. Burgess, he had this to say:
HSBC Bank CEO Walks Lesbian Employee Down The Aisle After Her Homophobic Dad Declines The Honor
There are so many sweet aspects of this story I don’t even know where to start.
The logistics: Jennifer and Sam date for eleven years before they decide to get married on November 13, 2016. The two could not be more perfect or happy together. In fact, the seemingly fated couple even share the same birthday.
The problem? Same-sex marriage is illegal in Taiwan and Jen’s dad refuses to participate in his lesbian daughter’s wedding.
The solution? Jennifer’s boss at HSBC Bank Taiwan, John Li, decides to step in for the ceremonious walk down the aisle. Not only does John want to send a strong message about LGBTQ acceptance, but he also wants Jennifer to feel loved and valued on her wedding day. As for the legal side of things, the two settle for a symbolic ceremony.
The result? Jen and Sam have an incredible day full of love and create wonderful memories:
The current state of my eyes:
Jane Lynch Opens Up About Her Web Series Dropping The Soap
Jane Lynch is back… with a web series!
Dropping The Soap follows the cast of a failing soap opera as they try to revive their failing careers Jane plays a harsh executive producer brought on by the show to get the stars in line and let’s just say things don’t go as planned.
The lesbian icon said of the project:
The series JUST premiered on the gay streaming service Dekkoo and is also available on Google Play, Roku, and iTunes. Check out the trailer below:
Will you be tuning in?
Dad Gifts His Daughter With A Sweet Coming Out Present
This is one of those diamond in the rough type of stories.
Earlier this week, a 15-year-old teen from Texas named Nevaeh Sotelo shared an adorable anecdote about her accepting and incredible dad Robert Sotelo. Per Buzzfeed News, Nevaeh first came out as a lesbian in October of 2015, an announcement which elevated the already strong bond she shared with her dad. Most recently, Robert gifted Nev with a rainbow umbrella to remind her of his enduring love and support.
Mr. Sotelo explained:
So. Many. Emotions.
Nevaeh said of her dad:
What an awesome family! Hopefully more parents of LGBTQ teens follow suit.
Lesbian Launches App For LGBTQ Christians
As someone who isn’t remotely religious, I really admire members of the LGBTQ community who have created unique ways for their faith and sexuality to coexist. Last week I discussed Glitter Ash Wednesday, a pro-LGBTQ take on the first day of Lent. This week I have some news about “Our Bible” app, a “meditation app for LGBTQ Christians, their friends, family and allies” set to launch in June 2017. The app was designed by lesbian Crystal Cheatham, a longtime activist who is committed to celebrating and creating a safe space for LGBTQ Christians. “Our Bible” will provide LGBTQ Christians the opportunity to chat with one another, will offer pro-women and LGBTQ devotionals, and a bevvy of inspirational videos/podcasts to boot.
Speaking on her inspiration to invent the app, Crystal explains:
Check out a preview of “Our Bible” below:
Cheatham elaborated on the app’s premise:
Learn more about the app HERE.
Kate McKinnon Parodies Jeff Sessions On SNL
Kate is the master of impressions. While the celesbian is best known for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton, her Jeff Sessions impression on SNL this past Saturday generated A LOT of buzz.
In the hilarious clip below, the skit pokes fun of the Attorney General’s SHADY relationship with Russia and his recent perjury scandal. McKinnon jokes about Sessions through the context of Forrest Gump, which is perfect for many reasons.
Watch the bit below:
A standout line:
P.S. Kate is set to star in the dark comedy Rough Night alongside Scarlett Johansson. Read AE’s announcement of the news HERE and watch the trailer below:
The film will premiere on June 16.
The Story Of 18th Century Lesbian Anne Lister Is Set To Become A Miniseries
Anne Lister was one hell of a lady.
If you’re a fan of the the 18th century lesbian and her lady lovin’ diaries, I have good news. The historical figure’s life will be retold in an eight-part miniseries called Shibden Hall. The name references Lister’s family estate and where the bulk of her lesbian trysts took place. I imagine the series will focus on Anne’s pursuit of the wealthy heiress Ann Walker, who she “married” in 1834, and her life as a dynamic trailblazer. I also assume there will be lots and lots of SEX.
The show will be written by Sally Wrainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax) and will co-produced by the BBC and HBO.
Sally gushed over new project, revealing:
P.S. AE already covered a 2010 film on Anne’s life — refresh your memory HERE.
Brianna Hildebrand Opens Up About Meeting Her First Girlfriend & Promotes The Premiere Of Tragedy Girls
If you’re not familiar with Brianna, she’s a gay actress who landed the role of Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool. Following the major break, in May of 2016 the rising star came out and quickly landed herself a girlfriend.
According to Hildebrand, she coincidentally met her GF on the set of First Girl I Loved, a story about two teenage girls who grapple with their sexuality and subsequent feelings for one another.
In a conversation with The Independent thi week, Brianna discussed inadvertently merging her personal life with art, explaining:
Fun fact: the star’s lady love worked in the movie’s art department.
The Texan added:
In case you’re interested in First Girl I Loved here’s the trailer:
As for Tragedy Girls, the horror movie tells the tale of two teens (played by Brianna and Alexandra Shipp), who want to boost their popularity on social media through MURDERING just about everyone in their sleepy Midwest town. Totally logical, right?
The official synopsis advertises:
The film premieres at SXSW this weekend and I’ll definitely let you guys know how its received.
Wanda Sykes Celebrates Her Birthday!
On March 7, Wanda marked her 53rd year on earth. The hilarious lesbian comic thanked her fans for all the the b-day love by tweeting out a bunch of cute heart emojis:
Happy birthday, Ms. Sykes! Thanks for making us laugh and keeping us woke.
That’s a wrap! Kick off the weekend with this GIF of Jane snuggling two doe-eyed pups: