Morning Brew – La Roux talks androgyny and labels in “The Guardian”


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Antigone Rising has released a cute new video for their single “Get To You.”

Bridget McManus danced her way around the world with Mel B on The Queen Latifah Show this week.

Anna Paquin is crying tears of blood in the new promo poster for True Blood.


Meanwhile Tara is looking as feisty as ever.

TRUE BLOOD season 7: Rutina Wesley. photo: Tony Rivetti

Showtime is set to re-air Queer as Folk and The L Word from June through November. This is exciting news for those of you who do not have Netflix.

If you’re into tomboy fashion, you might just want to follow stylish comedian Lianna Carrera‘s new blog at SheWired.

Our own Hook Up advice columnist Anna Pulley penned a piece on lesbians in Oakland for San Francisco Magazine.

La Roux has long been elusive about her sexuality but she’s slowly speaking a bit more about her gender and sexual identities in a new Guardian interview. Here she is on her song “Cruel Sexuality”:

“Of course, because people see the word ‘sexuality’ and think: ‘Oh my God you’re gay!’ But sexuality just means you are a sexual person, and that song’s not about me being: ‘Oh no, I’m a lesbian!’ or anything like that.”


And on her sexuality in general:

“I debate this a lot – do we need everyone to be 100% open about everything before we get to the stage it doesn’t matter? And I agree to a point, I am aware of the conflicts. But the problem is, if I say, ‘I’m straight,’ nobody will come around to my house and take a picture of my boyfriend. If I say, ‘I’m gay,’ then somebody will come around and try to take a picture of my girlfriend. It’s all very well people telling me to be open about it, but it will impact on my life. Why should I have to bear the brunt of what would happen? All I know is that if it’s not something I have any interest or desire to talk about, then that needs to be my only reason. I don’t feel like I belong to any of those [labels]. So I’m not going to put myself in that camp, or under that title. I don’t feel one thing or the other, I don’t feel man, I don’t feel woman – that’s where the androgyny comes from. I probably feel more feminine than I do masculine… but if people want to hold me up as a gay role model, absolutely, I’m proud to be that, but I don’t feel the need to say that I’m gay to do it.”

HBO is developing a new series set in the 1960s focusing on gay rights. The Hollywood Reporter writes:

Open City is set in the vibrant, turbulent John Lindsay-era New York of the late 1960s and explores characters from disparate corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolution and political turmoil of the era. The drama will also examine the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub.

Sounds like my kind of show! As long as there are queer women involved, anyway.

Want to write your own web series? Little Horribles Amy York Rubin gives some tips over at Mashable.

The world’s first lesbian cemetery is a real thing! Bury me in Berlin, guys.

Apparently Drew Barrymore hugs Wendi McLendon-Covey in the new film Blended and Adam Sandler calls them lesbians. 1. Drew is bisexual. 2. Wendi is a great lesbian on screen so I’m kind of hoping he’s half right.


Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, *The Queen Latifah Show, Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), Monster (Universal HD 9 a.m.), The (Dead Mothers) Club (HBO 10:15 a.m.), *Degrassi “Try Honesty, Pt. 2″/”You Don’t Know My Name, Pt. 1” (TeenNick 11 a.m./11:30 a.m.), *Jillian Michaels on Home & Family (Hallmark 12 p.m.), *8 Simple Rules “The After Party” (ABC Family 12 p.m.), The Good Wife marathon (Hallmark Movie Channel 1 p.m.), D.E.B.S. (Encore Suspense 1:50 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Glastonbury Festival Hour 5 (Palladia 2 p.m.), Laurel Canyon (IndiePlex 2 p.m., 9 p.m.), To Rome With Love (Starz Cinema 2:15 p.m.), *How I Met Your Mother “Big Days” (FXX 4 p.m.), *Iyanla: Fix My Life “Fix My Hoop Star Life” (OWN 4 p.m.), *Iron Chef America “Cora vs. Guarnaschelli” (Cooking Channel 5 p.m.), *Will & Grace “East Side Story” (Logo 5:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), Billy on the Street (Fuse 6:30 p.m.), The Normal Heart (HBO 6:45 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), Being John Malkovich (Flix 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), South Beach Tow (TruTV 9:30 p.m.), R&B Divas: Atlanta “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” (TV One 10 p.m.), La La’s Full Court Life “Cold Mountain” (VH1 10 p.m.), *Joan Jett on 2014 Golden Gods Awards (VH1 Classic 10 p.m.), Fortune Feimster on Chelsea Lately (E! 11 p.m.), *Orphan Black “To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings” (BBC America 11 p.m.), *Robin Roberts on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC 11:35 p.m.), *Fortune Feimster on At Midnight (Comedy Central 12:01 a.m.), *Ellen Page on Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC 12:36 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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