Morning Brew – Winona Ryder on being gay bashed


Good morning and Happy Friday!

Did you know Winona Ryder was gay bashed when she was in junior high? She tells V magazine about the time a gang of kids thought she was a boy:

I was obsessed with Bugsy Malone and had cut my hair short. I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting “faggot,” and I didn’t think they were talking to me. Walking home after leaving the nurse’s office—and I’ve never talked about this—I remember pressing on the bandage because I wanted it to look more dramatic. I had this inner monologue going of Humphrey Bogart, like, “being roughed up!” I was pretending I was in some gangster movie. It was oddly my way of dealing with it, because if I didn’t, I probably would have been really scared.”


CNN has a piece from a professor of psychology who says you should not take your kids to see Blue is the Warmest Color.

…as a sex researcher, a university professor and a mom who has seen the film — is: “Are you kidding?!” I would not recommend anything so vivid portrayed by a same-sex or opposite sex couple to any young person, particularly one who was not already sexually experienced.

If you have not yet sat down with your kids to look through pictures of sexual positions and intercourse, having them watch this movie would be a strange place to start. “Blue Is the Warmest Color” is not family entertainment. Its [sic] athletic, rough and tumble sexuality can look aggressive, even frightening, to an inexperienced young person, and it is hard to explain to many teens why that might also be loving.

This is kind of making me LOL. “Rough and tumble!” Well, sex researcher mom, some sex lives are like that. Deal.

Nia Peeples talked with WetPaint about what to expect from Pretty Little Liars when it returns this season.

Speaking of PLL, The Daily Beast says it’s one reason ABC Family is among the gayest networks on TV.

Joss Whedon made an incredible speech about feminism at the Take Equality event last week. It starts with “I hate feminist.”

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato are failing at kissing. Stop cheating on Santana!!!


I mean, look at her in this outfit.

Meanwhile Seattle-based singer/songwriters Mary Lambert and Vicci Martinez hung out recently.


The New York Times writes about the new film about Elizabeth Bishop, Reaching for the Moon. I can’t wait to see this.

Got three minutes? Angel Haze recites a poem about her ex, and it’s very moving (also a little angry). We’ve all been there.

Jane Lynch will host a special holiday edition of Hollywood Game Night on December 2.

Out MC Brooke Candy teaches us how to shoplift in this video from V.

Meanwhile lesbian Ash Beckham gave a Ted Talk on coming out of the closet.

Look at all this learning you are doing today!

The Out 100 has added a few more of our faves to their list this year, including Casey Legler, Brittney Griner and Joanna Johnson with her The Fosters producer fam.




Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, *Ellen marathon (FX 9 a.m.), *Mad About You (FXX 9 a.m.), *Roseanne (We 11:30 a.m.), *Grey’s Anatomy (Lifetime 1 p.m., 2 p.m.), 50 Girls Who Run the World marathon (Fuse 1 p.m.), Notes on a Scandal (HBO Zone 1:50 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Arrested Development (FXX 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.), What’s Cooking? (Starz InBlack 3:25 p.m.), Saturday Night Live marathon (VH1 4 p.m.), *Roseanne (Logo 4:30 p.m.), Gigli (FXM 5:30 p.m.), *Will & Grace (Logo 6 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), *Time of Death (Showtime 9 p.m.), Dracula (NBC 10 p.m.), Black Ink Crew (VH1 11:30 p.m.) and Our Idiot Brother (Showtime2 12:15 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes rerun