Morning Brew – Tuesday, Feb. 1: Teen lesbians wear tuxes and walk together in school pep rally, Melissa Etheridge on Broadway


Happy Tuesday!

Here in Chicago, we had the civil unions bill signed into law yesterday, which is pretty exciting. Now we’re about to get a huge snowstorm, which obviously means God hates gay people. Or he thinks we deserve a snowday. However you want to see it!

Amber Heard posed for Esquire UK this month. She also gave a great interview, and spoke about being out in Hollywood.

I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question: “Am I part of the problem?” I think that the injustice of people staying in the closet is more than I can bear with a clear conscience, and I couldn’t sleep at night if i was part of the lies.

I don’t know what’s hotter — that she is so cool or, you know, hot.

Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom were not only cheered on as they walked together in a winter pep rally at their Minnesota high school, but they also had several press outlets there to capture the moment. They wore matching tuxes and smiles as they walked arm in arm.

photo by Jim Mone /AP

You might recall these girls were initially denied the privilege of walking together, but were allowed after a lawsuit was slapped on their school district. Desiree and Sara for Prom King and Queen!

Kelly McGillis talked with The Times Magazine in the UK about how difficult it was for her to come out. She said of her partner Melanie Leis

I had a lot of shame issues attached to my sexuality. A lot. If Mel touched me in public, I would just freak out and go, “Don’t do that! Stay 20 feet away from me.” It was also a burden on my children. It got to the point where Sonora wouldn’t allow Mel and me to come to her football matches together because she was so embarrassed. People say, “Why didn’t you come out earlier?” I just thought it would be incredibly selfish to put my kids through that misery because of something that I needed to do for me. … If I were more mature and healthy, I would have done it very differently, but I wasn’t very well, and I certainly wasn’t thinking about my children. I was completely self-absorbed. Ultimately, my children suffered a great deal because of it. But I can’t take that back.

Hopefully her children are a little less selfish now, and Kelly and Melanie are able to live openly as a couple.

In better news, Barbara Bush (as in George’s daughter) has come out in support of marriage equality.


Somewhere Meghan McCain is saying, “That’s my ironic platform!”

Watch this video and then decide if you want to see more. If you do, then you should donate to the Incredible Girl fundraising effort.


Melissa Etheridge is having a blast doing American Idiot on Broadway, saying:

I’m so outside of my comfort zone and I’m like living out high school fantasies.

Photo: Paul Kolnik

I guess we’ll have to see the musical to find out what those fantasies were. Until then, I can only imagine she means having a pompadour.

Vanity Theft have released their new video for “Anatomy” and I’m a fan. I already liked the song, though, so the video can only make the experience better. Visuals!


The New York Times out lesbian food writer Kim Severson wrote about the boycott against Chick-fil-A for it’s anti-gay stance. The article included viewpoints from both sides and my favorite quote comes from a 23-year-old longtime customer named Sarah Beth Thomas:

It’s a hard call, a personal call. You have to decide which soul you want to feed.

Agreed. I prefer my gay soul.

Will Maya be coming back to Pretty Little Liars? Executive producer Marlene King won’t say anything other than: “In Rosewood, anything is possible.” So not really a spoiler, just a tease.

Today in lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Law & Order (TNT 6 p.m.), The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m. and midnight), White Collar (USA 10 p.m.) and The Good Wife (CBS 10 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)


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