Morning Brew – Thurs. May 16: New “Pretty Little Liars” clips, Americans finally starting to agree you were born this way


Good morning, Brewbies! With the season four premiere of Pretty Little Liars just three weeks away, ABC Family has started raining down promo clips. Yesterday, they dropped three new teases, including an amazing one in which Hanna and Emily get into a squabble about Hanna and Mona. Poor ol’ Hanna had no idea what kind of drama she was in for when she started accepting PinkDrinks.


Also, guess who’s back this year?


I’m never not going to think of Maya when I see that porch.

Gallup just finished analyzing their annual Values and Beliefs poll, and it turns out more people than ever before are pretty sure you were born this way. In fact, the gap between people who think being gay is more nature than nurture is wider than it ever has been on the pro-gay side of things.

Other interesting tidbits from the Gallup survey:

65% of Americans, more than ever before, believe gay or lesbian relationships should be legal.

Gallup is comfortable saying that Americans’ support for same-sex marriage has solidified above 50 percent. (Which means it’s never going back in the other direction.)

“Americans are much more likely to say they personally have become more accepting of gays and lesbians in the past few years (36%) than to say they have become less accepting (7%).”

75% of Americans have had someone come out to them as a gay person.

That’s super encouraging stuff. Thanks, math!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters yesterday that one of the reasons the fight against LGBT workplace discrimination is so important to him is because his niece is gay:

My niece is a lesbian. She’s a school teacher. Her employment shouldn’t be affected with that. We should have a law that says that, not just the good graces of wherever you work.

Reid is trying to reintroduce legislation that would make it illegal at a federal level to discriminate against LGBT employees.

Out director Jamie Babbit is apparently working on season three of Girls as evidenced by this Instagram photo from Lena Dunham.

Showgirls: The Musical, which revived Naomi and Cristal’s relationship when it landed off-Broadway earlier this year, has moved to a much swankier theater. According to our favorite scenester, the fabulous Grace Chu: “Last night the opening was packed. Rena Riffel (from the original Showgirls) reprised her role as Penny. And yes, it is still amazing.” (Find out more at the official website.)

Today in lesbian-ish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, All My Children (Hulu, iTunes), Tavis Smiley (PBS) – Guest: Dr. Susan Love, Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller (Current 9 a.m.), The View – Guest: Jessica Capshaw, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS 1:30 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Tabatha Takes Over marathon (Bravo 5 p.m.), Roseanne “Into That Good Night, Pt. 2” (Logo 5:30 p.m.), Warehouse 13 “The Big Snag” (Syfy 6 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), What’s Cooking? (IndiePlex 7:05 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Grey’s Anatomy “Perfect Storm” (ABC 9 p.m.), Tabatha Takes Over “The Social Edition” (Bravo 10 p.m.) [Thanks for the schedule, Roni!]

Hope your day is better than the days of all the people who will weather the superstorm in tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy finale!

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