Morning Brew – Debi Mazar plays gay in “Younger”


Good morning! Thank you to everyone who came out to the AfterEllen meet-up in NYC last night. It was so much fun and we packed Planet Rose with women. 

Debi Mazar plays a lesbian character in the new TVLand show, Younger. The show co-stars Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, and Debi says her character, Maggie, is “not a caricature.”

“I’m a New Yorker, so I’ve been surrounded by the life, the gay life, my whole life, from the community. So I don’t really think in those terms… I’m just playing somebody, Maggie, who’s a person who happens to like chicks instead of guys.”

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Younger premieres on March 31, but you can watch the pilot right now.

Lesbians in Ghana are being targeted with harassment and homophobia.

The adult daughter of a two moms writes that kids of gay parents are “hurting.” Seriously. 

One Big Happy did OK in ratings, as in not amazing but also not bad. Kind of like all of the reviews of the show so far.

IndieWire has some of the best tidbits from out producer Christine Vachon‘s speech at SXSW.

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The Times Herald has a great piece on Barb Webb, the new mom who was fired from her Catholic High School teaching job for being a lesbian. Barb has received a lot of support since being let go, but has also struggled to pay for health insurance for her family.

The Texas Tribune talked with out Houston Mayor Annise Parker about her political future.

Over at The Toast: The Emotional Stages Of Rewatching The L Word Ten Years Later.

Director Sophie Hyde talked with GLAAD about her queer-themed film 52 Tuesdays, which comes out March 27.

Sinead O’Connor says she will never sing “Nothing Compares 2 U” again. UGH. Guess we’ll just have to listen to the recorded version forever.

Taylor Schilling and Carrie Brownstein are “close gal pals” while hanging out in Portland.

Marcia Diehl, the co-founder of the Boston’s Bisexual Women’s Network, was tragically struck and killed while riding her bike in Cambridge this week.

Martina Navratilova wants more LGBT athletes to come out.

“With each passing celebrity coming out or athlete, it becomes less of a big deal and that’s eventually what we want it to be. Right now, it still matters, and one day, it won’t matter. (But) I think times have changed. I don’t think players will have to go through anything like what I went through 30 years ago.”


Thanks to Jeanne Magazine for featuring AfterEllen and our affiliate sites, Autostraddle and The Seattle Lesbian, in their new issue!


Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.) Girl Code marathon (MTV 9 a.m.) Being John Malkovich (Showtime Beyond 9:15 a.m.) Buffy “Some Assembly Required” (Pivot 10 a.m.) (rerun) The View (ABC 11 a.m.) – Guest co-host: Raven-Symone Newlyweds: The First Year “Couples Retreat” (Bravo 11:47 a.m.) Grey’s Anatomy “This Magic Moment”/”Hope For the Hopeless” (Lifetime 1 p.m./2 p.m.) (rerun) Catfish: The TV Show “Tracie & Sammie” (MTV 1:20 p.m.) (rerun) Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.) (rerun) Grey’s Anatomy “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (ABC 8 p.m.) Black Sails “XVI.” (Starz In Black 8 p.m., 10:55 p.m.) Episodes “Episode 409” (Showtime2 8 p.m., Showtime 12 a.m.) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.) Friday Night Lights “It Ain’t Easy Being J.D. McCoy”/”Keeping Up Appearances” (ESPN Classic 9 p.m./10 p.m.) (rerun) Barely Famous (VH1 9:30 p.m.) Archer “Achub Y Morfilod” (FX 10 p.m.) Shameless “Carl’s First Sentencing” (Showtime 10 p.m.) Later… With Jools Holland (Palladia 10 p.m.) – Joan As Police Woman performs (rerun) Degrassi “Hush”/”Something’s Got to Give” (TeenNick 10:30 p.m./11 p.m.) (rerun) Friends “The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel” (Nick 11 p.m.) (rerun) The New Adventures of Old Christine “For Love or Money” (Nick Jr. 12 a.m.) (rerun) Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC 12:36 a.m.) – Guests: Sara and Erin Foster Nurse (Showtime Extreme 1:35 a.m.) The Roommate (FXM 2 a.m.) The Sex Monster (Showtime2 3 a.m.) Degrassi marathon (TeenNick 4:30 a.m.) Portlandia “Fashion” (IFC 6 a.m.) (rerun) (Thanks Roni!)

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