Morning Brew – Friday, November 19: ESPN tackles lesbian stereotypes in softball, Riley Keough sports her “Jack & Diane” ‘do


Good morning! And TGIF!

Check out this video of Heather Peace performing at Sloan’s bar in Glasgow. So if she can dance, she’s a triple threat.

The Huffington Post is running a series of blogs about a woman whose partner decided to transition while they were together and how they both felt about the process. You can read the first post here.

The West End performance of The Children’s Hour just got even better. Accomplished actresses Ellen Burstyn and Carol Kane have joined the cast alongside Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss. If there were ever a time to visit London, it’s January 2011.

Out softball player Lauren Lappin is the focus of this ESPN article, “Stereotypes Haunt Softball.” The article discusses how softball playing is often a stereotype of lesbians, and why Elana Kagan was rumored to be gay earlier this year. Lauren tells ESPN of her own experience:

“[Being gay] was always talked about in a pretty negative way, I would say. I never really heard a lot of parents talking about it, but with teammates there were comments made, and I think that contributed to prolonging my ability to come to terms with my sexuality and be open about it. Hearing people talk about gay people or lesbians in a negative connotation was something that was pretty regular throughout high school and even in college.

Looking back, I think it was more of just the stereotype that all softball players are lesbians had something to do with it — I think a lot of people either felt the need to defend their sexuality or to figure out other people’s sexuality.

Thanks to Marnie for sending in the tip. It’s a great piece and written by a man who gets it, so thanks to him, too.

Rosie O’Donnell says she’s all clear of breast cancer, following her biopsies earlier this week. I’m really hoping she doesn’t tell us next time she goes to the gyno.

Before shooting Jack & Diane, Riley Keough had super-long blonde hair. But for the movie, she had to chop it off, and we finally get a look at the ‘do she’ll be sporting in the lesbian werewolf film.

Out artist Marlne McCarty received a rave review from The New York Times for her current exhibit, “‘i’m into you now: some work from 1980-2010.”

I’d show you some more of her stuff, but it’s pretty NSFW. AKA it’s awesome.

There will be a ton of lesbians participating in this year’s 30A Songwriters Festival in Seaside Florida. Among them, Jen Foster, Chely Wright and Emily Saliers. I’m surprised the whole thing isn’t lesbian — we dominate that singer/songwriter genre.

Lisa Cholodenko said she thinks Black Swan‘s lesbian sex scene is unnecessary.

It sounds like the kind of subplot that could have not been in the movie.

I know what you’re all thinking, and I like that we share that ESP. It makes us stronger in our lesbianism.

Today on TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m. and midnight), and Mulholland Dr. (IndiePlex 10:55 p.m.). (Thanks Roni!)

Have a fab weekend, all.

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