Morning Brew – Friday, November 12: Rachel Maddow and Julianne Moore on the cover of “Out,” Marie Osmond on her gay daughter


Hi! It’s Friday!

It’s that time of year again! Out magazine has released their Out 100, and this year, they’ve appeased us with one lesbian on the cover — among a straight women and three men. So we’re still without more than one gay woman, but I suppose they figure Rachel Maddow is enough for us.

As far as the actual list goes, we’ll have some full commentary on that for you later.

Our resident Big Bang Theory fan, Lesley Goldberg, clued me into a lesbian moment that happened at the end of last night’s episode. Let’s start with this clip of a hangout-turned-slumber party.


Things go wrong when Amy (Mayim Bialik) asks Penny (Kaley Cuoco) why she still hangs around Leonard (Johnny Galecki) if she’s no longer interested in him. Penny gets upset and goes to her room. Amy, having read on the internet that lesbian experimentation happens at slumber parties, goes to comfort her. If only this clip was available online!

Yesterday on Oprah, Marie Osmond talked for the first time about her son’s suicide. When asked about the rumors he had killed himself because he was gay, Marie spoke about her lesbian daughter, Jessica.

I have a daughter who is gay, and it was my daughter who was offended by it because she’s like “What? All gay people commit suicide?” It was something she really wanted clarified that her brother was not.

Bisexual singer Skin, frontwoman of Skunk Anansie, talked with The Yorkshire Evening Post about her band’s new album, Wonderlustre. She said of the album cover:

The album cover is about the art of heart. We just feel that too much music nowadays has lost its connection to real people with real feelings that have soul and spirituality. The cover depicts these materialistic pieces that come together to make true heart with old blood going in and new blood coming out, its just kinda summed up what the music is about and where we are now as a band.

The Frisky’s lesbian columnist has written 8 reasons she loves being a lesbian. I, too, like the ability to share things, but my girlfriend isn’t so into skirts and heels.

The NOH8 Campaign has made some video messages to contribute to the It Gets Better Project. A lot of celebs joined in.



At this point, any public figure who hasn’t made a video obviously hates gay people/is a bully. (I hope your sarcasm detector is up and running!)

Portland, Oregon is an incredibly queer city, so why is the documentary about their roller derby team devoid of lesbians? A review of Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers notes:

Boyfriends and husbands appear as staunch supporters but shouldn’t the perspective of lesbian players also be included? Instead, the decidedly unbrutal “Brutal Beauty” (commercially sponsored by Rockstar energy drinks) aims for a safer, mainstream approach to the roller-derby craze. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s not the whole story.

If that’s the case, it’s surely a missed opportunity. Here’s the trailer.


Heather Hogan gave me this tip about an It Gets Better comic from Lucy Knisley (Stop Paying Attention). Check it out:

Today on TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), Jillian Michaels on The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m. and midnight), Out of Practice (Universal HD 10 p.m.), A Family Is a Family Is a Family (HBO2 12:30 p.m.) and What Makes a Family (Encore Love 4:10 p.m.). (Thanks Roni!)

Have an awesome weekend.

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