Morning Brew – Tues. March 26: NPR on Ellen’s influence on gay marriage, “Allure”‘s LGBT aging stats


Good morning!

Today is a big day for anyone who cares about equality. Hopefully that is you, otherwise I feel like you might prefer a different website. If you want some help figuring out what could happen as the Supreme Court will hear two cases on Prop 8 and DOMA this week, ThinkProgress has a handy run-down.

In 1902, a 17-year-old girl named Mary MacLane wrote a juicy memoir about being a bad girl, which also included (of course) some lesbian longings. Now a new edition of I Await the Devil’s Coming is being published and there’s an excerpt from it in the New Yorker this week.

Two and a Half Women is a blog about comedian/writer Emma Tattenbaum-Fine‘s experience growing up with lesbian moms. Every story has an illustration from Leah Rubin-Cadrain. How often do you hear about artificial insemination from the person who was created from it, and with pictures?

Indigo Girls are going on tour with Joan Baez and The Shadowboxers. They’re also doing some symphony dates, if you prefer them with some back-up. Check out their site for dates near you.

If you’re looking for a funny podcast to listen to, try Put Your Hands Together from out comedian Cameron Esposito. The show is recorded live at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles every week and “provides a look into LA’s thriving alternative stand-up scene, capturing 75 minutes of standup sets and backstage interviews with the best and brightest comics working today.” And it’s free!

Olivia has announced some new trips, including a Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Cruise with special guest Suze Orman. Can you imagine spending all that money on a cruise just to have Suze tell you you couldn’t afford it?

While in Australia, Ellen DeGeneres paid a trip to Portia de Rossi‘s grammar school in Melbourne. Then there was a “welcome party” where guests included Ellen’s mom Betty DeGeneres and out Aussie actress Magda Szubanski.

Speaking of Ellen, NPR’s All Things Considered produced a story on how she helped “change the conversation about gays.” It’s almost like we should name a website after ellen.

Allure‘s April issue includes a study on aging that includes some LGBT people! (Woo!!!) Here’s what they found:

· LGBT respondents are more likely to be attracted to people older than themselves by more than 10 years compared to straight respondents

· LGBT respondents think they attract people younger than themselves by more than 10 years more so than straight respondents do

· 73% of LGBT respondents think that women have more pressure to look young now than they did 10 years ago versus only 46% of LGBT respondents think that men have that same pressure

Now, I’m curious: Do you think more gay men read Allure than lesbians?

Fox Report host Shepard Smith told The L.A. Times he loves Rachel Maddow. Get in line!

Today in Lesbianish TV: *The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Katie Couric “Fighting For Family: The Gay Marriage Debate,” Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller (Current 9 a.m.), Legalize Gay (Logo 10 a.m.), *Rules of Engagement (TBS 11:30 a.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Why We Laugh: Funny Women (Showcase 4:40 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), *Chopped (Food Network 9 p.m.), *Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo 9 p.m.), Go On (NBC 9:01 p.m.), *Chopped (Food Network 10 p.m.), *Income Property (HGTV 11 p.m.), That Sex Show (Logo 11 p.m.) and Truth Hall (BET 2 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denote a rerun