Morning Brew – Alison Bechdel and Mary L. Bonauto win MacArthur Genius Grants


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A huge congratulations to Alison Bechdel and Mary L. Bonauto for their MacArthur Genius Grants. Two out women who will surely use the money and their powers for good, as Mary is the Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and was a driving force behind marriage equality and repealing DOMA Alison is, of course, the woman behind The Bechdel Test we use to decipher feminist-friendly movies from those all about dudes, as well as Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home and Are You My Mother? Well deserved!

Alison Bechdel

"Fun Home " demonstration at College of Charleston

Rosie‘s return to The View gave the show its best ratings in years.

Bisexual writer Daisy Hernández talked with the Huffington Post about her new memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed. A quote:

My story also gets complicated because I’m bisexual, and my family gets really hopeful at one point when I date a cis man, and then gets really sad again when I date a woman. I haven’t even talked to them about dating trans people. I was like, you know what, I can honor the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” here (laughs). It’s not even so much my family, but my own exhaustion of going through this process with a relationship that’s still in its infancy. So I think, you know what, I don’t need to talk about my romantic life until things get really serious.


Mary Lambert talked with Out about her childhood and ever-changing faith.

Also in Out, Jill Soloway on creating Transparent. Here she is on her sister, Faith Soloway, who also writes for the show.

Well, my sister came out when she was 25, and there was definitely that feeling of, Oh yeah. I’ve kind of always known my sister is gay, but I haven’t known it. So definitely, that helped resonate and I have so many friends who are queer and so many friends who are trans that it just always seemed obvious to me how what a great metaphor being trans is. Being trans is kind of having its moment [in popular culture]; it’s been rising and rising and to me it just feels like an incredible metaphor for all kinds of transformation, all kinds of transcendence, all kinds of change.

Cherry Jones is in a new film called Days and Nights, opening September 26.

Vice remembers the music and style of Chasing Amy.

It seems Love & Hip-Hop: New York star Erica Mena may have split from her girlfriend, Cyn.

"Never Stop. Never Settle" Party

Out actress Geri Jewell attended The Facts of Life reunion at The Paley Center on Monday night. From what I can tell, no one talked about Jo being a lesbian, which is a missed opportunity.

Cara Delevingne will star in Paper Towns, based on the book from John Green. From Variety:

The story follows young neighbors who share the jarring experience of finding the body of a man who committed suicide. The two leads grow apart — until the night he finds her at his bedroom window, dressed like a ninja. She enlists him in a campaign to get revenge on the people who’ve hurt her. The next day, she vanishes and he is left to ponder the ramifications of the evening. Then he begins getting clues and follows them in an attempt to find her.

Ambassador Barzun, Mrs Brooke Barzun and Alexandra Shulman Host London Fashion Week Party At Winfield House

TomboyX is now taking pre-sales for their new boxer-briefs for women.

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Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Queen Latifah Show, The View (ABC), Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), *Comedy Central Presents “Tig” (Comedy Central 9 a.m.), The Young and the Restless (CBS 12:30 p.m.), Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Lifetime 1 p.m.), *Jillian Michaels on Dog Whisperer “Hairy Houdini” (Nat Geo Wild 1 p.m.), Sisterhood of Hip Hop “Image” (Oxygen 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Thirteen (IndiePlex 2 p.m., 9 p.m.), The East (TMAX 2:40 p.m.), *Top Chef: Duels “Dale Talde vs. Tiffani Faison” (Bravo 2:58 p.m.), *South Beach Tow marathon (Tru TV 3 p.m.), *Iron Chef America “Cora vs. Farmerie” (Cooking Channel 4 p.m.), *Kitchen Crashers “Barn Door Blue Kitchen” (DIY 5 p.m.), The Children’s Hour (MGM 5:45 p.m.), Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence “Swamp Ape” (Animal Planet 6 p.m.), Chloe (Starz Cinema 6:40 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), Skin Wars (GSN 8 p.m.), *Beverly Hills Pawn “Solid Gold Plunder” (Reelz 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Ray Donovan “Volcheck” (Showtime 9 p.m.), *Law & Order: SVU “Lessons Learned” (USA 9 p.m.), South Beach Tow (Tru TV 9:30 p.m.), The Bridge “Beholder” (FX 10 p.m.), *Masters of Sex “Below the Belt” (Showtime 10 p.m.), *Property Brothers “Nancy and Rhonda” (HGTV 11 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes rerun

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