Morning Brew – Padma Lakshmi reveals Sapphic moments in new memoir

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The Atlantic on why straight men gaze at gay women.

Hyperallergic celebrates the 20th anniversary of Cheryl Dunye‘s The Watermelon Woman.

Major League Baseball is partnering with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as part of a diversity initiative. 

Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, thinks Fun Home is lesbian propaganda.

Inside the Chinese Closet follows one gay man and one lesbian who are looking to find beards.

The lesbian couple who were auctioning off a threesome for a hopeful $2000 only got $400, and now the “winner” wants to bring his best (guy) friend, too.

Sarah Paulson is on The Ellen Show today, talking about Marcia Clark and smelling Cher‘s hair.

A straight woman says she’s OK with being seen as a lesbian if it gets her family discounts.

The Lambda Literary finalists have been announced. Nominees include:

Lesbian Fiction

  • Apocalypse Baby, Virginie Despentes, The Feminist Press
  • Blue Talk and Love, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Riverdale Avenue Books
  • The Cherokee Rose, Tiya Miles, John F. Blair
  • The First Bad Man, Miranda July, Scribner
  • Jam on the Vine: A Novel, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Grove Press
  • Like a Woman, Debra Busman, Dzanc Books
  • Thérèse and Isabelle, Violette Leduc, The Feminist Press
  • Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Bisexual Literature (Fiction & Nonfiction) 
  • Irrepressible:The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, Emily Bingham, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, Anna North, Penguin Random House/Blue Rider Press
  • The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson, Hogarth
  • Eat My Heart Out, Zoe Pilger, The Feminist Press
  • My Riastrad, Kevin Hogan, Antrim House
Lesbian Memoir/Biography
  • Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness, Cat Cora, Scribner
  • Dirty River, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein, Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House
  • Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Ovenbird Books
  • You’re Not Edith, Allison Gruber, George Braziller

Speaking of lesbian memoir, Padma Lakshmi details a few Sapphic situations in her new memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate:

“I acted out my curiosities and fantasies. Some I regret, but not all, like knowing what it’s like to touch and be touched by a woman.”

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Is your head exploding yet?

Wifey’s The Dirty Word takes on the word “vagina.”

A lesbian sommelier contributes to New York’s Sex Diaries. It contains the sentence “We eat cunt for days.”

Ask a Queer Chick answers if you can be queer if you’ve not yet had a same-sex experience.

Katrina Law will star in a new show on CBS, Training Day. Hopefully that doesn’t mean Nyssa will meet an untimely end on Arrow.

Today in Lesbianish TV:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Guest: Sarah Paulson

Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.)

Just Jillian marathon (E! 8 a.m.)

#BlackLove “Making Lemonade out of Lemons”/”Bringing Sexy Back” (FYI 10 a.m./11 a.m.) (rerun)

The View (ABC 11 a.m.)

Gaycation With Ellen Page “Japan” (Viceland 11 a.m., 6 p.m.) (rerun)

Bessie (HBO Zone 11:20 a.m.)

How I Met Your Mother “How Your Mother Met Me” (FX 1 p.m.) (rerun)

Law & Order: CI “Lonelyville” (We 1 p.m.) (rerun)
The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.)

General Hospital (ABC 2 p.m.)

Black Sails “XXV.” (Starz 3 p.m., 10 p.m., 12:40 a.m.)
Ellen (Laff 3 p.m./3:30 p.m., 5 a.m./5:30 a.m.) (rerun)

New Girl “Jess & Julia” (TBS 3 p.m.) (rerun)

Clouds of Sils Maria
(Showtime2 3:30 p.m.)

Adventure Time “Crystals Have Power” (Cartoon 4:15 p.m.) (rerun)

Tammy (HBO Comedy 4:55 p.m., 11:40 p.m.)

VICE Essentials “Gay Conversion Therapy” (Viceland 5 p.m.) (rerun)
Portlandia “Family Emergency” (IFC 6 p.m.) (rerun)

Seinfeld “The Subway” (TBS 6 p.m.) (rerun)
Pretty Little Liars “Burn This” (Freeform 7 p.m.) (rerun)

Pretty Little Liars “Did You Miss Me?” (Freeform 8 p.m.)

New Girl “Goosebumps Walkaway” (Fox 8 p.m.)
Grandfathered “Some Guy I’m Seeing” (Fox 8:30 p.m.)
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.)

Just Jillian “I Do…I Don’t?” (E! 10 p.m.)

Shameless “Be a Good Boy. Come for Grandma.” (Showtime 10:45 p.m.)

The Daily Show (Comedy Central 11 p.m.) – Guest: Ellen Page
Archer marathon (FXX 12 a.m.)

Art School Confidential (MGM 1 a.m.)
Buffy “As You Were”/”Hell’s Bells” (Pivot 5 a.m./6 a.m.) (rerun)
(Thanks, Roni!)