Morning Brew – Mon. Feb. 11: Ellen at the Grammys, Fox News’ lesbian mistaken for a dude speaks out


Good morning! Did you watch the Grammys last night? Well here are some of the most lesbian photos from the evening.

The only out lesbian winner of the whole affair was Janis Ian, who won for Best Spoken Word album.

Last week Fox News accidentally posted a photo of a lesbian couple’s wedding for an article that praised traditional gender roles. Stephanie Fiagrelle was the one mistaken for a man by Fox, and decided to post a response on her Facebook. Here’s part of it:

Instead of answering salivating reporters, I’ll post here. Yes, I’m aware that I look like a dude. I have known this my entire life- I’ll prove it by sharing baby photos sometime. I’ve gotten bullied, hit on by gay dudes and hot “straight” girls, seen the inside of both male and female bathrooms. Gotten yelled at for going into the women’s restroom- but never the men’s. I’ve had to tell my parents, grandparents and the rest of my family that I am gay, ultimately facing their rejection. Luckily, since I’ve looked like a dude since birth, they all accepted me with open arms since they really weren’t surprised.

I’ve encountered much adversity in my life because of the way I look and who I’ve chosen to share my life with. Thankfully, I figured out who I was at a young age and I have cultivated a deep sense of self-trust and unshakeable confidence in the process. I am fortunate to have a wonderful, support and loving wife who I got to marry at the top of the Empire State building almost 1 year ago. I have loving parents who have always encouraged me to be myself (except when I went through my baggy pants stage, they hated that) and I have kick ass friends who love me for me.

This reminds me of when I was getting married and taking photos outside and a passerby told the photographer, “He doesn’t look old enough to get married!” “He” was my wife. Some people see a short haircut and a suit and just assume a gender. It’s baffling! That or some of us just have some special lesbian X-ray vision because Lela is clearly a hot butch!

Speaking of hot, Alison Bechdel is teaching a graphic memoir workshop in Provincetown this summer. Learn from the master!

Director G.B. Hajim said his film Strange Frame has a lesbian protagonist because, well, “Why not?” His co-writer Shelly Doty said, “growing up black, gay and an aspiring musician, I rarely saw my image reflected back via mainstream media…queer minority youth never have the luxury of watching television and seeing themselves represented as the dominant population.” Hear, hear!

A documentary about Angela Davis is coming to theaters in April. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Oakland, Philadelphia and Atlanta on April 5.

Out model Casey Legler is keeping a Fashion Week Diary for Paper magazine.

New Girl creator Liz Meriwether says one of the moments she’s most proud of on the show is, “The scene in ‘Eggs’ where he explains his methods for pleasuring women to Sadie, the lesbian gynecologist.” I’m sure some of you will love that.

A new Lifetime movie has a lesbian couple at its center. SheWired tipped us off to Past Obsessions, starring Sonja Bennett and Alisen Down. Gotta love Lifetime titles.

Freja Beha Erichsen looks like a babe in V magazine this month, because that is her job. And here she is for Bottega Veneta.

Cyndi Lauper spoke about being a gay icon and activist:

I’m friend and family, so…I live among my people. My sister is part of the community, and my friends are part of the community … I started to see discrepancies and things that weren’t right, and I didn’t want to just shut my mouth, because I don’t believe in that.

Kate McKinnon made a brief appearance as Ellen on SNL this weekend. Host Justin Bieber also poked fun at himself in another skit where he said Justin Bieber “looked like a lesbian.”

NBC has cancelled Do No Harm, which means Ruta Gedmintas is free for another lesbian role, Hollywood.

It’s time again for the annual Her HRC events that happen in cities all over the U.S. Her HRC gathers women to both celebrate and build a greater sense of community while learning about the importance of engaging in the LGBT civil rights movement. This program expands and diversifies HRC’s membership through events hosted across the country towards the beginning of each calendar year. From live performances to comedy to film screenings to everything in between, each market’s unique programming is tailored to their community. Attended by over 5,000 women annually, and tickets are kept at a reasonable price to encourage attendance. For details on the Her HRC celebration in your city, check out the Her HRC events page.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell on Anderson Live, *Tabatha’s Salon Takeover marathon (Bravo 8 a.m.), Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller (Current 9 a.m.), Jane Lynch on Live with Kelly & Michael, *Rules of Engagement (TBS 11:30 a.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), *Cake Boss: Next Great Baker (TLC 2 p.m.), *Law & Order: CI (Oxygen 3 p.m.), *Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (E! 5 p.m.), Kiss the Bride (Encore Love 5:50 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), The Biggest Loser (NBC 8 p.m.), Tabatha Coffey on 2013 Grammy Awards Fashion Wrap (TV Guide 8 p.m.), *Finding Bigfoot (Animal Planet 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), *Degrassi (TeenNick 9 p.m.), Boys Don’t Cry (5 MAX 9 p.m.), Lost Girl (Syfy 10 p.m.), The Shipping News (Encore Indie 10:35 p.m.), That Sex Show (Logo 11 p.m.), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Starz 11 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes a rerun