Morning Brew – Ellen Page shows off her six-pack in “W”


Good morning!

#TBT: Ilene Chaiken in this yellow suit at the very first L Word premiere. You’re welcome.

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Sara Ramirez makes a great Alex, don’t you think?

Apparently Bob Dylan had a “secret daughter” with a back-up singer and she is a lesbian. Desiree Dennis-Dylan married her partner this summer in Long Beach, California.

Dr. Sheena Howard is behind a new award-winning book called Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation. In an interview with The Washington Post, she shares how watching The L Word inspired another work of hers.

I even wrote a study about the show, in the book “Sexual Minority Research in the New Millennium.” During the early 2000s and still today, there are limited representations of black lesbian women in media. On “The L Word,” there was one black female lesbian character — who was depicted in a stereotypical and disturbing fashion; she lost her job, had no black friends and was an underdeveloped character. However, I still watched and loved the show. My point is that, just because you are being represented in the media, does not mean that you like the representations. But when there are NO other representations of who you are in a medium which you love, you [are] forced to accept what you are seeing. At the end of the day, you want to see someone that looks like you in a comic book or on a show, but that doesn’t mean you like the representation. When there are no other options, you are limited.

The author of the book There Goes the Gayborhood says that lesbians are basically trailblazers.

Well research certainly shows that gay men and lesbians play a part in the early stages of urban revitalization. Lesbians actually come first. There is a sociologist in New York who has characterized lesbians as “canaries in an urban coal mine”. They typically seek out areas of the city that are affordable and have a progressive reputation where they can be around others who are like them. They will typically plug into the infrastructure of the area such as progressive coffee shops, co-op grocery stores, bike stores, counter cultural theaters and so on.

Gay men arrive later. Often some of them will feel like they are being pushed out of an existing area because it’s become too expensive or too straight. When they try to figure out where they want to move they say that several lesbians friends of theirs live in a given area so they flock to that area.

Ellen Page is part of W magazine’s New Royals cover feature. Thank you for this, W!


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Lauren Collins reflects back on the days of Palex from Degrassi.

“[Paige] decided she liked a girl and it was way before that was on every television show and everyone was doing it. It wasn’t necessarily about coming out as a lesbian or coming out as gay, but it was about loving who you love and not having labels. And I think that confidence is something that I strive for still.”


Jane Lynch was going to be the voice of Grumpy Cat for a Christmas special, but has now given up the gig.

Out comic Cameron Esposito was a guest on the Nerdist podcast You Made it Weird this week.

AE writer Marcie Bianco asked Kate Clinton and Lizz Winstead to locate their vaginas.

Fran Lebowitz is her typical snarky self in this Paper magazine interview.

Congrats to Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury on their huge victory of the WNBA Finals.

2014 WNBA Finals - Game Three

LP has a banging new video for her single, “Tokyo Sunrise.”

Liz Brixius has stepped down as showrunner of Bad Judge. Boo.

Sarah Paulson talked with EW about playing two characters in the same body on American Horror Story: Freak Show.

The Daily Dot has a piece on how straight actors can do their best to play gay characters.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Queen Latifah Show, The View (ABC), Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), *Bones “The Skull in the Sculpture” (TNT 12 p.m.), The Young and the Restless (CBS 12:30 p.m.), *Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Lifetime 1 p.m.), Tea With Mussolini (MGM 1:10 p.m.), Kicking & Screaming (HBO Comedy 1:35 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), *Bones “The Passenger in the Oven” (TNT 2 p.m.), *Will & Grace “Girl Trouble” (We 3:30 p.m.), Laurel Canyon (Starz Cinema 3:50 p.m.), The East (MovieMAX 3:55 p.m.), The Stepfather (LMN 4 p.m.), The Jane Austen Book Club (Starz Cinema 6:30 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), Women’s Soccer – U.S. vs. Mexico friendly (ESPN2 7 p.m.), *Grey’s Anatomy “Fear (of the Unknown)” (ABC 8 p.m.), *Queer As Folk (Showcase 8 p.m./9 p.m.), Being John Malkovich (Flix 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), *Ray Donovan “Volcheck” (Showtime 10 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), *The L Word “Lunar Cycle”/”Loyal and True” (Showcase 10 p.m./11 p.m.), Tegan and Sara on Conan (TBS 11 p.m.), *Law & Order “For Love or Money” (Sundance 12 a.m.), The L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin (Showtime 12:10 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes rerun

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