Morning Brew – Thurs. Aug. 9: Jessica Clark on getting naked for “True Blood,” Beth Ditto is “too lesbian and too cheeky” for the U.S.

Good morning! I’m super excited about the U.S. v. Japan soccer match today. Anyone else?

While we’re on the topic of the summer games, here’s where our out ladies stand: Seimone Augustus and her hoopster squad take on Australia in the semifinals today. Brazil and France both lost their handball matches, which means we won’t see any more of the lesbians on their squads. But the Netherlands super gay field hockey team reached the finals after beating New Zealand yesterday. They’ll take on Argentina tomorrow.

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Marsha Thomason has launched a blog called Walk in my Ladyboots. She dishes on fashion, beauty and hopefully some White Collar scoop.

Jane and Maura are the only female couple in TVGuide’s list of Couples You Are Shipping This Summer.

Beth Ditto says that she and her Gossip bandmates don’t get recognized as much in the U.S. as abroad.

We don’t have any success in the USA. On the one hand that sucks, on the other hand it doesn’t. Whenever I’m home I have my peace and can relax.Why aren’t we famous in the US? Too fat, too lesbian or too gay? Too cheeky? I don’t know.

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All the more reasons you should be famous here! Well I geeked out on meeting her and whenever I spot Hannah around town.

Despite the rumors, female Laysan albatrosses are not lesbians. They just build nests together!

Got questions about this season of True Blood? Ask out associate producer Gianna Sobol during a livechat today at 12:30 EST.

Speaking of TB, Jessica Clark is in Maxim this month, discussing her guilty pleasures (Ice Road Truckers) and being in the nude for every single shot of her new role.

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Portia de Rossi is back to work on Arrested Development, which excites me beyond belief. Lindsay Bluth is my spirit animal.

Jane Velez-Mitchell has some advice for Ellen Page on how to handle her stalker.

Shay Mitchell wants you to help her stop sex trafficking. I mean, I just said “Shay” and “sex” in the same sentence. Donate!

Bomb Girls is premiering in the U.S. on September 11! I’m ready to watch it all over again, legally this time.

Today in Lesbianish TV: *The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller (Current 9 a.m.), Tabatha Coffey on Dr. Oz, Rescue Renovation (DIY 10 a.m.), Prodigal Sons (Sundance 12:45 p.m.), The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS 1:30 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), *Roseanne (Oxygen 3 p.m.), True Blood (HBO2 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Project Runway (Lifetime 9 p.m.), *Glee (Fox 9 p.m.), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Starz Edge 9 p.m.), Degrassi (TeenNick 10 p.m.), The Real L Word (Showtime 10 p.m.), Bound (WMAX 10 p.m.), *True Blood (HBO 11 p.m.), Pride Comedy Jam (Showtime2 midnight), *House (Oxygen midnight) and Big Brother After Dark (Showtime2 1 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)