Morning Brew – Jada Pinkett Smith says “Gotham” will explore various sexual orientations for women

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Jemima Rooper is in a new play called Breeders, but her character is straight while her castmates play lesbians who are going to adopt a baby. The actress told a reporter:

“I’m jealous of Angela [Griffin] and Tamzin [Outhwaite]. I’ve played a lot of lesbians on TV, but actually that has gone very quiet recently which I am rather upset about.”

"Breeders" - Press Night - After Party

Gotham‘s Renee Montoya, Victoria Cartagena, spoke with The Advocate about her role:

“Growing up, I rarely saw people of color or gay people depicted in a positive light, and I know when you don’t see yourself reflected in the world around you, it does things to your self-esteem. I know if I had seen a character like Renee on TV when I was younger — a Latina who is smart, powerful, and strong — it would’ve encouraged me to dream bigger. So I know what she means to people, and if watching me means that I can help someone else feel included, than that makes me very happy.”


Her co-star, Jada Pinkett Smith, added some rad commentary, too:

“It’s a new day when we can have a show on television that is not afraid to explore various sexual orientations of women. Let us hope that this is a path toward even more change in regard to the perceptions of female sexuality, as well as our bodies in relation to sex.”

Seen Around Lincoln Center - Day 5 - Fall 2015 Mercedes - Benz Fashion Week

Victoria was also a guest on the Gotham TV podcast this week.

Annie Leibovitz shot a new campaign for Moncler with the Elizabeth Streb dance company. Speaking of, there’s a new film about Streb (an out lesbian) that we’ll have more about for you soon. Check out the trailer for Born to Fly in the meantime.

Portlandia fans, the show has a cookbook coming soon.


WestWord has a great piece on Ten Terrible Legal Moments for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People in Colorado. We should know all the things that have happened to our community in our own regions so that history doesn’t repeat itself.

Linda Perry is doing her best sexy face on the cover of Curve.


Olympian Amy Purdy shared a photo of herself with Diana Nyad before they were on the same FullFrame TV show this week. She wrote of the swimmer: “What an amazing powerful human she is, I am so grateful for the people I have met on this journey.”


Yesterday I told you Rosie is on the cover of Variety. Now you can read the accompanying piece, where she talks about constant comparisons to her talk show and Ellen‘s.

“It’s the same show. Some people say, ‘Aren’t you mad she stole your show?’ She didn’t. I stole Merv Griffin’s show and Mike Douglas’ show. She’s doing that, and she does it well.”


FACT has a great interview with Meshell Ndgeocello in which she talks about her (non-sexual) relationships with Prince and Madonna.

Idolator appreciates Iggy Azaela and Rita Ora‘s very sapphic choreography for their “Black Widow” performance on Ellen.

Congrats to The Punk Singer director Sini Anderson, who will be honored with the Humanitarian Award for Media from Peace Over Violence.

Queer duo Tomboy has premiered a new song called “Moths.”

Fans of Entangled With You will enjoy this behind-the-scenes video about a recent liplock from the show.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, *The Queen Latifah Show, Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), *Biography “Rosie O’Donnell” (FYI 9 a.m.), *Girl Code (MTV 9 a.m./9:30 a.m.), *Law & Order: SVU “Mask” (USA 11 a.m.), *South Beach Tow marathon (Tru TV 11 a.m.), The Young and the Restless (CBS 12:30 p.m.), V for Vendetta (IFC 12:45 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Sisterhood of Hip Hop “Miami Vices” (Oxygen 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Rent (FXM 3 p.m.), *Iron Chef America “Cora vs. Walzog” (Cooking Channel 4 p.m.), *Friends “The One with the Truth About London” (TBS 4 p.m.), *Say Yes to the Dress “If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It” (TLC 5 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), *The Wire “The Pager” (HBO Signature 8 p.m.), *Jillian Michaels on Dog Whisperer “Hairy Houdini” (Nat Geo Wild 8 p.m., 11 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), *Ray Donovan “Snowflake” (Showtime 9 p.m.), *Golden Girls “Goodbye, Mr. Gordon” (Logo 9 p.m.), *South Beach Tow marathon (Tru TV 9:30 p.m.), The East (MovieMAX 9:30 p.m.), The Bridge “Eidolon” (FX 10 p.m.), Top Chef: Duels “Dale Talde vs. Tiffani Faison” (Bravo 10 p.m.), *Masters of Sex “Story of My Life” (Showtime 10 p.m.), *Iron Chef America “Cora vs. Stupak” (Cooking Channel 11 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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