Morning Brew – Friday, Sept. 9: Amanda Palmer goes on tour with Neil Gaiman, LGBT stories from 9/11



Joan Armatrading is up against Lady Gaga for Hero of the Year at this year’s Stonewall Awards. That’s some stiff competition!

Kayla is the out lesbian contestant on the new season of America’s Next Top Model: All-Stars. It starts next Wednesday and I can’t wait to see her back in action. Also, our own Mia Jones will be recapping the show for your reading pleasure.

Well, dang: Ally Walker was killed off of Sons of Anarchy last season, and she played the only gay chick on the show. She went on to get cast as the lead in a new Lifetime show, The Protector, but it looks like it’s already gotten the ax. Any chance Ally can come back from the afterlife on SOA?

Wanderlust, aka the film in which Jennifer Aniston has a threesome with two other women, has had its release date pushed back. We’ll have to wait until Feb. 24 to see that all go down.

Jessica Clark is in character for this video, playing her Chemistry role Chanel.

The show is on Cinemax now, and it’s really racy!

One of my favorite books of all time also happens to include a major lesbian character. Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections has been optioned for a film for a while now, but things are finally starting to pick up with it, and it looks to be star-studded already, with Anthony Hopkins playing one of the main roles — the father of three grown children (one of which is the lesbian).

Amanda Palmer and her hubs Neil Gaiman are going on tour together and she said it’s going to be something special.

This show will be very different beast from the loud, crazed rock shows that I’m accustomed to…and also very different from the relatively well-behaved readings to which Neil is accustomed. Neil and I are both very close with our fanbases, and, even though there’s quite a bit of crossover, this tour is a like one big, long reception in which our two fan-familes get to meet each other. We wanted to keep the venues cozy and seated, and make the night feel like an after-hours salon more than a formal show. As Neil and I get closer to our fanbases online through blogging and tweeting, it’s nice to spend some actual quality offline facetime with everybody. We’re both really looking forward to it, I think this tour is going to provide some serious soul-food all around.

Sounds pretty awesome and unconventional — just like Amanda.

Queer band The Shondes are releasing a new album on Sept. 20. Searchlights sounds so good so far! Here’s the trailer they made for the album.

They’re also on tour all fall, which kicks off tomorrow. Visit to find out when they are coming to your town.

If you’re looking for some LGBT stories from 9/11, OutQ has you covered. You can remember the lost lives by listening to some anecdotes from friends and family at

Rosie O’Donnell has launched her page on Oprah’s website, complete with info on how to get tickets.

Today in Lesbianish TV: *The Ellen DeGeneres Show, All My Children (ABC 1 p.m.), The Stepfather (Starz 1:30 p.m.), Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (Logo 7:30 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.) and Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz 10 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)