Morning Brew – Kehlani’s “First Position” music video centers on lesbian sexuality


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TVLine has a little tidbit about Calzona and their imminent future. Shonda told the site:

“[Callie is] trying to figure out who she is by herself. Finding herself] was sort of her plan, and it’s very charming to watch her try to get back out there and see what it’s like — and how to figure out how to be a friend with Arizona.”

Out actress Magda Szubanski is hosting coverage of the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and spoke about how important it is that they celebrate pride down under.

“Without getting bogged down, it is really important to remember the political aspect to Mardi Gras as well. It is not just a party. The gay community has had quite a rocky history as we know, only up until about five or six years ago there was still about 87 pieces of legislation that discriminated against us so the changes are really quite recent.”

Our writer Chelsea Steiner is headed down to this year’s festivities, so I can’t wait to hear about it from someone whose experienced it firsthand.

Maya Christina Gonzalez has created gender-neutral children’s books.


Nora Cothren talked with OutSports about being out in her hockey career at Smith College, but going back in the closet to become a coach. She struggles with being a hypocrite, speaking to kids about being comfortable with themselves and making the sports world more LGBT friendly, but is also closeted because where she works, she can legally be fired.

In the state of Pennsylvania, I can be fired for no other reason than my sexual orientation. The organization could easily say that my sexuality is a detriment to their programming, and that since parents don’t feel safe sending their kids to a program with a lesbian coach, they need to let me go. In no way do I think that this organization would ever do that, but it would be legal if they did – and it terrifies me.

Related: A 66-year-old lesbian in Idaho spoke out about enduring harassment as a school teacher in hopes it would help pass HB 2, the state’s proposed non-discrimination bill.

USA Today talked with Lily Tomlin at Sundance, and it’s clear she and Jane Fonda are the awesomest BFFs of all time.

Women At Sundance Brunch - 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Slate’s June Thomas answers how to handle a lesbian identified co-worker who is currently growing a goatee.

On The Late Show last night, Rachel Maddow did a great dog impression while talking about the 2016 elections.

Out filmmaker Celine Sciamma is up for a Cesar award for Best Director (Girlhood), while Juliette Binoche is up for best actress and Kristen Stewart for Kristen Stewart for best supporting actress for Clouds of Sils Maria.

This is a tricky case: Helen and Carol split up in 2009. Carol died in 2013. Now Helen says she is owed more money from Carol (which is now Carol’s mom’s money) because it came out that Carol actually had more than she let on when they went through separation proceedings. The amount in question: MILLIONS.

A trans man and his grandma are featured on Story Corps.

Keke Palmer declared Disney star Debby Ryan her #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday). In other girl crush news, Dancing with the Star‘s Peta Murgatroyd has one on Ariana Grande.

19-year-old singer Kehlani has a video for her single “First Position” that you’ll probably enjoy. Kehlani told FADER:

“The inspiration behind the song was me trying to show young people in the LGBTQ community that you don’t have to hide anything. You can be adventurous and outspoken about your sexuality. It wasn’t too aggressive, but it wasn’t too safe—it pushed the buttons I needed it to push. I absolutely love it!”

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), *Saturday Night Live marathon (VH1 Classic 9 a.m.), *Food Court Wars “Casual Joe’s vs. the Wrap Trap” (Food Network 10 a.m.), The View (ABC 11 a.m.), *Glastonbury Festival 2014 Pt. 2 (Palladia 12 p.m.) – Goldfrapp perform, *Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Lifetime 1 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Talk to Al Jazeera “Fight Story: Prop 8” (Al Jazeera America 2:30 p.m.), *Black Sails “IX.” (Starz 3 p.m.), Boys on the Side (POP 3 p.m., 8 p.m.), *Worst Cooks in America “Spice Up Your Life” (Food Network 5 p.m.), Cruel Intentions (Starz Edge 7:20 p.m.), Grey’s Anatomy “Where Do We Go From Here?” (ABC 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Chopped Canada “It’s a Halva Day” (Food Network 9 p.m., 12 a.m.), Two and a Half Men “A Beer-Battered Rip-Off” (CBS 9:01 p.m.), Parenthood “May God Bless and Keep You Always” (NBC 10 p.m.), Portlandia “Seaworld” (IFC 10 p.m.), Archer “Edie’s Wedding” (FX 10 p.m.), *Shameless “The Two Lisas” (Showtime 10 p.m.), *Later… with Jools Holland (Palladia 10 p.m.) – Goldfrapp perform, Laurel Canyon (Starz Edge 12 a.m.), *Friends “The One with the Sonogram at the End” (TV Land 12:40 a.m.), She Hate Me (IndiePlex 12:45 a.m.), *Degrassi marathon (TeenNick 4 a.m.), *Tabatha’s Salon Takeover (Bravo 6 a.m./7 a.m.), *Saturday Night Live marathon (VH1 Classic 8 a.m.), *Friday Night Lights “East of Dillon” (Pivot 8 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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