Morning Brew: Google un-bans “bisexual,” Ellen kicks off her 10th season today!


Good morning, Brewbies! Trish Bendix is on her way home from Shedonism, so I’ll be serving up your morning dose of lezzy news today. Don’t worry, though, Trish has a full video recap of the Vegas Pride weekend coming your way!

Today, Ellen kicks off the tenth season of her talk show (hurrah!) and you can watch her first season ten monologue before the show airs today!

Last night, ABC closed out its re-airing of Once Upon a Time‘s first season by finally dropping a season two promo, and it is delicious.

OK, but get a load of this real life lesbian fairytale: Artist Taras Polataiko has positioned himself as a “postmodern fairytale mythmaker” in an exhibit at National Art Museum of Ukraine in Kiev. There are five “Sleeping Beauties” who “sleep” on a raised bed on satin sheets for two hours at a time. Any museum visitor (who is over 18 an doesn’t have any contagious diseseas) is invited to kiss the Sleeping Beauty after signing a waiver that he or she will marry the Sleeping Beauty if she awakens to his or her kiss.

On September 5, the first Sleeping Beauty in Polataiko’s exhibition awoke to a kiss from another woman. Both of them were surprised. Polataiko shot photos of them laughing and looking at each other. Then he posted the images to his Facebook profile, where he has been live-blogging the entire event. Now the Sleeping Beauty must wed her “prince,” thus queering the historically heteronormative fairtytale. Gay marriage is not allowed in the Ukraine, however, so these two women will have to wed in a European country that does allow for same-sex marriage.

Check out the full story with photos at

Thanks to a campaign mounted by BiNet USA, Google has finally removed “bisexual” from its list of banned words. According to a press release:

Since late 2009, Google has had “bisexual” on a list of banned words; such words were de-prioritized by the Google search algorithm, leading to a drop in search rankings for all bisexual organizations and community resources. Since its search engine would not auto-suggest or auto-complete any term with the word “bisexual”, Google made it harder for any user to find bisexual content, whether that be on coming out as bisexual or finding local support groups across the United States and elsewhere.

From now on, Google will auto-suggest phrases like “bisexual rights,” “bisexual parenting,” and “bisexual quotes.”

The group of queer filmmakers behind the University of South Carolina’s moving It Gets Better video have launched a Kickstarter campaign to create three ten-minute short films that center around queer characters’ origin stories before they become superheroes. Rad, right? You can check out the video below and then hop over to their official Kickstarter page if you’d like to contribute to the project.

And speaking of superhero origin tales, The CW has their eye on one about Wonder Woman! According to Vulture, the network as tapped Grey’s Anatomy‘s Alan Heinberg to develop a series called Amazon.

Our sources say the new take on the comic book crime fighter is being written by Allan Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C.) under the working title Amazon. Unlike past TV incarnations, it will focus on Wonder Woman as a young, budding superhero, rather than a fully formed defender of liberty. (Think Smallville, but instead of a “no tights, no flights” rule, this show might have a “no bracelets, no crown” mandate.) Heinberg seems a logical candidate for the job: His resume includes work on the kinds of soapy dramas the CW favors as well as comic-geek street cred (he wrote the Young Avengers comic book series back in 2005).

Get on the horn with Joss Whedon and Gail Simone if you want to do it right, Heinberg!

There are a couple of other pretty cool things happening today in LGBT TV world besides The Ellen Show‘s tenth season: NewNowNextVote with Wanda Sykes premieres on Logo, Sara Gilbert is back with The Talk‘s season three premiere, and The New Normal finally premieres on NBC.

Have a wonderful Monday, friends!

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