Morning Brew – Abby Wambach and the USWNT get Simpsonized

Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

When Empire returns for Season 2 this fall, it’ll be 18 new episodes split into two halves

Idina Menzel will reprise her role in If/Then for the national tour. Her character has a lesbian BFF in the show, so you should definitely go see it if it comes near you. I am so going.


San Franciscoans, Melissa King wants to cook you dinner.

Abby Wambach and her USWNT teammates are getting Simpsonized for next week’s episode of The Simpsons.


Meanwhile, Megan Rapinoe has written five reasons to get hyped for the Women’s World Cup. And Abby also has a very determined look in this video from Fox Sports.

Our own Ali Davis has a staged reading of her play Speak Now this weekend in L.A. This sounds like something everyone will enjoy:

The maid of honor’s work is never done — especially when she’s in love with the bride. The wedding is straight, but the bridesmaids aren’t. Things are beginning to get complicated.

The Yale Cabaret Hollywood’s reading is directed by Shaina Rosenthal, produced by Walt Klappert and featuring Connor Kelly-Eiding, Julia Davis, Kim Chueh, Tamika Katon-Donegal, Colleen Kelly-Eiding, Patrick Morgan, Melanie Mockobey, Nicole Flannagan, Sally Hughes, and Shannon Amabile. It’s going down Sat., May 16 at 8 p.m. Berg Studios 3245 Casitas Ave, Suite 104, Atwater Village, Los Angeles, CA Reservations: 323-342-2276. $10.

WorldCrunch says lesbians are a new focus in advertising

The NY Post talked with Cleary Wolters about watching Laura Prepon play her on TV. 

Charlize Theron talked with British Elle about the success of Monster:

“There wasn’t anything that I was not willing to do in order to get to that place. I think the financiers thought they were paying for a hot lesbian love story: me and Christina Ricci. I don’t think they had any idea what Patty [Jenkins, director] and I were really planning.”

"Mad Max: Fury Road" - Los Angeles Premiere

How about make that one next, then?

GLAAD has interviews with Kelly Ripa, Laverne Cox, Lynda Carter, Jackie Cruz, and Dascha Polanco at the Media Awards in NYC this weekend. Dana Piccoli was there, too, and our own video interviews are coming at you all this week.

Mariela Castro (aka the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro) led a gay pride march in Havana this weekend.

As if we couldn’t love Anna Camp more. (Also, Dawson.)

Melbourne is home to a same sex formal, and Love in Full Colour tells the story of LGBT teens hoping to attend.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.) Golden Girls “Goodbye, Mr. Gordon” (Hallmark 9:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m.) (rerun) White Collar marathon (Universal HD 10 a.m., 2 a.m.) Buffy “Consequences” (Pivot 10 a.m.) (rerun) The View (ABC 11 a.m.) – Guest co-host: Raven-Symone House Hunters Renovation “A Couple and Their Dogs Need More Space” (HGTV 11 a.m.) (rerun) The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.) Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.) (rerun) Reba “Van’s Agent” (ABC Family 3:30 p.m.) (rerun) Independent Lens “Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity” (PBS) Call the Midwife (PBS) 2 Broke Girls “And the Grate Expectations” (CBS 8 p.m.) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.) Jane the Virgin “Chapter Twenty Two” (CW 9 p.m.) Cucumber & Banana (Logo 10 p.m.) The Returned “Peter” (A&E 10:02 p.m.) Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell “Venice Beach Icon” (Food Network 4 a.m.) (rerun) Reaching for the Moon (TMC Xtra 4:45 a.m.) The Jane Austen Book Club (Starz 5:15 a.m.) Newlyweds: The First Year marathon (Bravo 6 a.m.) Tabatha Takes Over marathon (Oxygen 6:30 a.m.) Mad About You “Guardianhood” (FXX 8 a.m.) (rerun) But I’m a Cheerleader (Starz Cinema 8:45 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)