Morning Brew: Mary J. Blige is not God, Chris Colfer loves Ellen

Good morning, Brewbies! It’s Friday! You did it! To celebrate your success in making it to the weekend, here, have a baby panda!

Panda photos courtesy of SD Zoo’s Flickr

That little guy is Xiao Liwu, who made his debut at the San Diego Zoo yesterday! And guess what, you can watch his whole silly day live on the zoo’s PandaCam!

A couple of pranksters clowning on Chick-fil-A’s homophobia created a Trade in Your Homosexuality for a Free Chicken Sandwich Coupon (“offer only applies to persons currently choosing to be gay”), which they actually managed to redeem at a restaurant for some free food. But then they found out that even the most delicious waffle fries in the world can’t cure gayness.


You can check out a high-res version of the full color coupon over at BuzzFeed’s new LGBT vertical.

The New York Times has published a thorough, insightful piece about the ever-evolving gender and identity politics of queer people in America. Titled “Generation LGBTQIA,” the article takes a look at the culture of otherness on liberal arts college campuses across the country.

But what to call this movement? Whereas “gay and lesbian” was once used to lump together various sexual minorities — and more recently “L.G.B.T.” to include bisexual and transgender — the new vanguard wants a broader, more inclusive abbreviation. “Youth today do not define themselves on the spectrum of L.G.B.T.,” said Shane Windmeyer, a founder of Campus Pride, a national student advocacy group based in Charlotte, N.C. Part of the solution has been to add more letters, and in recent years the post-post-post-gay-rights banner has gotten significantly longer, some might say unwieldy. The emerging rubric is “L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.,” which stands for different things, depending on whom you ask.

It’s a good read. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the article in the comments.

Rev. Louie Giglio, the pastor who was tapped to deliver the benediction at President Obama‘s second inauguration, has backed out of the ceremony after Think Progress reported on some anti-gay comments he made back in the ’90s. (Weirdly enough, I actually used to go to this guy’s church.)

On the other end of the spectrum, Mary J. Blige recently told an interviewer who asked how she reconciled her Christianity with her pro-gay sentiments: “I’m not God.” She continued:

God said not to judge anyone lest you be judged. That’s it. Who am I to point my finger? You’ve got to walk in love. To say you do not want people to be happy is so mean, so not me … God loves me no matter what. He loves me high. Sober. Gay. Straight. I can’t let the world tell me anything different. That’s how I survived, knowing He loved me no matter what. Because if I don’t believe that God loves me when I do wrong, I’m dead.

The Advocate has released its annual list of Gayest Cities in America. This year’s winner: Tacoma, WA.

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And finally, super gay Chris Colfer made my heart grow three sizes when he name-checked “Klainers” and “Gleeks” at the People’s Choice Awards this week while fawning all over Ellen, but then he went and said a thing about Harry Potter and superheros that will make me love him for all time.

I mean, I grew up a huge bookworm. I would go to those midnight releases of the Harry Potter books … I always had a standard wizard hat and a black cloak. Sometimes I would put a scar on my forehead or wear glasses. I made all my own stuff, although now I can go to Whimsic Alley — you know, like Diagon Alley, but in L.A. — and go on a shopping spree and buy all sorts of crap that I don’t need. Harry Potter was my number-one thing, and I loved every minute being a fan of those books. It was so great to immerse myself in that and bring a broomstick and have a night of dressing up as a wizard — and not be alone in that. I do that for superhero movies too. Anywhere I get to wear a mask, I’m in.

Today in lesbian-ish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller (Current 9 a.m.), D.E.B.S. (Logo 11 a.m.), The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS 1:30 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Our Idiot Brother (Showtime 6:30 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), The Kids Are All Right (HBO Zone 7:10 p.m.), Buffy marathon (Logo 8 p.m.), A Family Is a Family Is a Family (HBO Family 8:45 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Portlandia “Nina’s Birthday” (IFC 10 p.m.)

Have a lovely weekend, y’all.