Morning Brew: Illinois is ready to vote on same-sex marriage, Tammy Baldwin is sworn in as the first lesbian Senator

Good morning, Brewbies! Trish Bendix is at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, so I’ll Brew-ing it up for you for the next week or so. Now, I’m not just saying this because I’m an AfterEllen employee and also Trish Bendix is my friend, but there’s only one website on the whole entire internet that will be representing you at TCA, and it’s this one (and representing you in a world where there’s a real dearth of first-hand entertainment reporting!) so make sure you follow Trish on Twitter (@TrishBendix) and show her some love while she stays awake for like ten straight days to bring you all the queer lady news that’s fit to report from LA.

Yesterday, Illinois’ Senate Executive Committee voted 8-5 to send marriage equality legislation to the Senate floor. The bill probably won’t be heard by the Senate for a few weeks, not until the new elected representatives are sworn in, but Democratic lawmakers seem confident that they will have the votes to pass the measure and send it to Democratic governor Pat Quinn. “This is never going to be an easy one,” Sen. Heather Steans told the Washington Post, “but it’s only going to get easier.”

More good gay political news from yesterday: Tammy Baldwin, the first open lesbian to ever be elected to the Senate, was sworn in by Vice-President Biden.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

I love what Baldwin told The Guardian about what it would mean to be a gay legislator when she was running for election last year:

“If you are not in the room, the conversation is about you. If you are in the room, the conversation is with you. We never had an openly LGBT member of the US Senate, and even though there are strong pro-equality allies who serve there, it has always been a conversation about a group of people. So this changes everything.”

Flavorwire has offered up a list of 20 books every woman should read in her 20s and one of them is Djuna BarnesNightwood, which they call “an undisputed classic of lesbian literature (and of 20th century literature in general), boiling over with literary style and fierce feeling.” And it’s true. Honestly, Barnes’ freewheeling prose would make even Gertrude Stein‘s head spin. Oh, and also T.S. Eliot was always calling her a genius.

Every lesbian’s favorite chef, Hannah Hart of “My Drunk Kitchen” is embarking on a nationwide tour!

Want to vote on whether or not she comes to your city and also do you want to marry her? Find out how here.

A group of lesbian couples in the southern United States has created a new marriage equality campaign. They’re traveling from Mississippi to Georgia to Alabama to Tennessee to South Carolina to North Carolina to Virgina to apply for marriage licenses. Check out the full story via Huffington Post: