Morning Brew – Tuesday, October 12: Rooney Mara in full-on Lisbeth Salander wear, Bound publishers buy Curve

Morning, brewsters! Are you all tuckered out from coming out yesterday? It’s so draining sometimes! Can’t we all just wear rainbow hoodies and call it a day? (But seriously, if you haven’t come out yet and want to, Ms. Magazine has five easy steps for you to consider.)

We’re finally getting a look at Rooney Mara in full-on Lisbeth Salander gear. Here she is on the set of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Convincing enough for you? If not, blame Noomi Rapace for being so amazing in the original.

There’s a fourth book in the Stieg Larsson Millenium series, but it will never be released. I’m assuming that’s the one that has Lisbeth getting married to her partner and trying to find a suitable sperm donor.

On last night’s Gossip Girl, Blair accidentally offends her prospective teacher when she mistakenly identifies a woman as “her date.” This was all Chuck’s plan — “the lesbian switcheroo,” as Blair refers it later on. Chuck wore the same scarf that the woman was wearing, in hopes Blair would make the mistake, which she did.

Offended that Blair thinks she’s a lesbian (“Because I’m a career driven woman!”), Miss Chamberlain says her class is “full forever” and leaves, eventually quitting altogether. Yes, being thought gay is that offensive. (For the record, Blair did not think she was gay. She thought she liked scarves.)

Out German TV personality Dunja Hayali brought her partner Mareike Arning to the German Television Awards, where she talked to a local paper about each of her tattoos, which were showing from under her dress. A translation:

Each has a meaning. The circle on my arm shows a male in front of a maze. The waves stood for strength, dynamism and change. Fire, water, earth, air — On the left half of her back the Polynesian character of the four elements are perpetuated. There is also a lurking Tiger, Hayalis birth sign in the Chinese horoscope, and a flute player. He stands for the leisure and creativity.

Thanks for the tip, MeL! Ruby Rose, I think you should be next.

Curve magazine is under new ownership for the first time in its existence. Avalon Media, who publishes Bound and LOTL magazines, has taken over the fledgling lesbian publication and ousted editor Diane Anderson-Minshall. In her place, they’ve promoted Merryn Johns, who has worked for both of their existing publications. In a press release, Johns said:

It is with great honor and excitement that I take on the role of editor for Curve. This important magazine has a solid history of serving its loyal and considerably diverse readership. I intend to maintain the magazine’s place in publishing history while meeting the changing needs of a discerning new readership.

An all new Curve will debut in December.

Marie Claire has a piece about a woman who faced coming out to her “beauty queen mom.” It’s hilarious, well-written and uses the words “toothless troll.” It’s a great read, especially after yesterday’s holiday.

Outlaw has officially been cancelled, which means Carly Pope is available for work. Any takers? wants to know when it’s OK to call something “gay.” Mary Elizabeth Williams writes:

A person using “That’s so gay” as a putdown turns “gay,” a word freely and often positively bandied about, into a slur. It muddies up the issue of whether it’s ever, under any circumstances, OK to call anything so gay — even if, like a Margaret Cho dance routine, it totally is. And questions regarding same-sex oriented words don’t end there. How do you solve a problem like “queer”? Queer Nation. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Queer as Folk. All generally considered acceptable. But to say, “Dan is queer,” can be either a simple declaration or a scathing insult depending on who’s saying it.

The short answer: It’s OK to call something gay when it is actually gay. Margaret Cho’s prideful dance routine for the gay community? Gay.

Tegan and Sara talked with the i4c Campaign while on Lilith Fair this summer. Here they share what they’d like to see in a better world.


Amy Adams isn’t saying much about playing Janis Joplin, other than she’s a ball of nerves. When asked about the role at the Variety Power Women’s Luncheon, this week, she said:

I’m feeling excited, scared – all of the things.

Us, too, Amy. We’re hoping that the rumored bisexuality of Ms. Joplin gets explored, though, and that you won’t complain again about being “duped” into kissing another woman.

Ex-Venice director Hope Royaltey has a new project: a Twitter-based soap opera. It’s called The P@ssionate & The Privileged and breaks it down:

Since P&P is a Soap Opera played out solely over Twitter, the actors will interact with one another during the show as if they were together on a set. During the rest of the week the actors will tweet with the audience in character answering anything the audience cares to ask…nothing is off limits. The one catch is we will not know which actors are part of the cast or who they portray in the series…at least not until they are killed off!

So will there be some gay ladies on the show? Royaltey says:

I’ll tell you all bets are off. It could be men playing women, women playing men, gay playing straight, straight playing gay…different ethnic backgrounds playing each other. Twitter is color-blind and Twitter is sexuality-blind and I like it that way because it really says something. It’s really just about these voices and the imagination.

Stacie Ponder‘s Ludlow is screening in Boston tomorrow night. If you’re in Beantown, check it out!

October is LGBT History Month, and Logo has a video archive of fun stuff to help you remember all of lesbian-things past.

Out musician Jen Foster‘s song “This is Me” has been adopted as the song of the HRC’s National Coming Out Project. You can download it for free on her site.

For all of you lucky enough to live where you can watch, Lip Service debuts today/tonight! Tweet along with our Great LezBritain girls with the hashtag #LipService. They’ll be recapping the show and including choice Tweets.

See you later!