Morning Brew – Christian singer Vicky Beeching comes out as a lesbian

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Here’s a #TBT of Jennifer Knapp at the Grammys in 2001.

43rd Annual Grammy Awards

The openly gay Christian singer’s Facing the Music memoir is coming out on October 7 from Simon & Schuster.


Speaking of Christian music stars, Vicky Beeching has come out as a lesbian. The British vocalist tells The Belfast Telegraph her story.

“Realising that I was attracted to [women] was a horrible feeling. I was so embarrassed and ashamed. It became more and more of a struggle because I couldn’t tell anyone. I increasingly began to feel like I was living behind an invisible wall. The inner secrecy of holding that inside was divorcing me from reality – I was living in my own head. Anybody I was in a friendship with, or anything I was doing in the church, was accompanied by an internal mantra: ‘What if they knew?’ It felt like all of my relationships were built on this ice that would break if I stepped out on to it.”


At 35, she’s decided being truthful is the way to only way to live.

“It is heartbreaking. The Church’s teaching was the reason that I lived in so much shame and isolation and pain for all those years. But rather than abandon it and say it’s broken, I want to be part of the change.”

Congratulations, Vicky.

We’re hosting a live chat today with three of the women of L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin. Join us and ask your questions!


A bisexual woman writes about her body images issues for The Frisky.

The Daily Beast details the good and bad bisexual representations in television and film.

How did the cast of Orange is the New Black come to be so perfect? BuzzFeed has the scoop. Here’s what casting director Jen Euston says of casting Laura Prepon as Alex:

“As soon as [Prepon] came in for Piper, it wasn’t right because she would never be scared to be in prison — Prepon’s composure and her confidence, she would never be someone who would go into prison scared like Piper was, or intimidated, so she was never going to be a Piper.

But she was exactly what they wanted for Alex and they had great chemistry. Prepon read a chemistry read with Schilling, but never read on her own for Alex. They came in and they looked amazing together. They’re both really tall and gorgeous. I don’t think they’d ever met and it worked right off the bat. It wasn’t forced, they just had a natural chemistry. It was really nice. They read the flashback when Piper comes out in her underwear and does a dance and Alex is like, ‘Ooh baby,’ and then she tells her to come on her trip.”


Does your mom need a book to help her with your gayness? This could be a Christmas gift idea next year.

In case you heard otherwise, Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss do not live together and probably aren’t dating.

ABC Family has renewed Switched at Birth for a fourth season, which hopefully means we’ll see more of the new lesbian pairing.

Cara Delevigne‘s DKNY line is very tomboyish so you might just like it.


BTW, The Guardian says gender-neutral fashion is going to be so hip this fall.

Want some intel on where Brenna and Greer will be when Chasing Life returns? Zap2it has the scoop.

Neil Patrick Harris loves teen lesbians. The out actor told Glamour:

“Today, it’s cool to see a happy lesbian couple who are high school juniors. Better that than have those two girls marry people they’re not attracted to, have three kids, and then come out when they’re 50.”

Lesbians: We’re just like everybody else.

Kate Clinton and Lizz Winstead will host “Comedy, Conversation, & Controversy” in NYC on September 8. It’s all to benefit “Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group that fights for religious freedom.”

Today in Lesbianish TV: *The Ellen DeGeneres Show, *The Queen Latifah Show, Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), *Tabatha Takes Over “Club Ripples: Long Beach, CA” (Bravo 9 a.m.), To Rome With Love (Starz Comedy 9 a.m.), The East (AMAX 9:20 a.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Sisterhood of Hip Hop “Femme-C’s” (Oxygen 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Glastonbury Festival Hour 5 (Palladia 3 p.m.), *Sex and the City “The Cheating Curve” (E! 3:30 p.m.), *Roseanne “Home Is Where the Afghan Is” (Logo 4 p.m.), Real Housewives of New Jersey “One Flew Over the Chicken’s Nest” (Bravo 5 p.m.), *Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence “Bigfoot the Friendly Ghost” (Animal Planet 6 p.m.), L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin (Showtime2 6:25 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), Defiance “Painted From Memory” (Syfy 8 p.m.), *Hollywood Game Night “Battle of the Champions” (NBC 8 p.m.), As Folk (Showcase 8 p.m./9 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Rookie Blue “Moving Day” (ABC 9 p.m.), Last Comic Standing “Finale – Top 3 to 1” (NBC 9 p.m.), *Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 “Parent Trap” (Logo 9 p.m.), Garfunkel and Oates “Rule 34” (IFC 10 p.m.), *The L Word “LGB Tease”/”Look Out, Here They Come” (Showcase 10 p.m./11 p.m.), *Portlandia “Ecoterrorists” (IFC 10:30 p.m.), *Ray Donovan “Irish Spring” (Showtime 11:30 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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