Morning Brew – Out WNBA star Shavonte Zellous says “I Am Orlando”

Good morning!

The partner of Orlando victim Deonka Deidra Drayton remembers her as a loving partner and mother to their son.

I know her name is on the list of people who died. Her phone is going straight to voicemail and she’s not returning any of my texts and calls but I still can’t accept the fact she’s gone.

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Out WNBA player Shavonte Zellous shares her Orlando story, as she grew up only 10 minutes from Pulse, where her sister was headed that very night. 

My sister was just a young person on her way to express herself freely in a space where she thought she was safe to do so. Just like the victims at Pulse. It had been the same for me years ago, as a gay person just coming into myself. Only, the Parliament House was my Pulse.

Gay clubs are more than places where people dance and drink. They are sanctuaries. They are communities. Gay clubs are where many go to find themselves or be themselves or commune with others like themselves, away from the judgment of the world outside.If you’ve never understood a bar as a refuge, then maybe you’ve never felt the fear of showing affection to someone in public. In a club’s darkness, there’s freedom. With freedom of self comes something like light. Out of light comes love.

But on Sunday morning, people hid away in the dark corners of Pulse, fearing for their life. The gunman used the darkness to his advantage — another weapon to perpetuate fear.

It was also Sunday morning that the LGBTQ community awoke with the very real and very present feeling that this could happen to any one of us. We all closed our eyes and put ourselves in that club. We all imagined what we would do — who we would call, where we would run and if we couldn’t, where we would hide.

New York Liberty v Los Angeles Sparks Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Out musician Pamela Means shared a song she wrote in reaction to the tragedy: “Hands Up.”

At Medium: Biphobia and the Pulse Massacre.

This Is What It’s Like To Be Queer And Muslim In The Aftermath Of Orlando.

ICYMI, Anderson Cooper is not afraid to take on politicians with anti-LGBT histories who are now saying they support the community.

A powerful video featuring Trans and Queer Latinxs as they talk about Orlando and every day attacks.

A lesbian couple who met in the Air Force share their love story on the official U.S. Air Force website.

Alycia Debnam-Carey is in Interview this month, and she shared this tidbit about the Lexa fanbase:

My friend asked me recently, “Do you find it weird that you are now the property of other people’s imaginations?” I hadn’t thought about that before, this passionate following, with fan fiction and artwork. At first it felt like an invasion of privacy, but then I realized it’s nice that the character can be shared.

For a chuckle: Lesbian Wingman Gets More Mountain Ass Than You.

Cat Cora has a new project that’s all about revolutionalizing office dining.

Out country singer Brandy Clark performed “Girl Next Door” on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night.

Sounds like Tig Notaro and Amy Schumer aren’t very friendly. Tig also talks about her life, career and new memoir with The Guardian. A great read.

The New Yorker talks with out UnReal creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.

Today in Lesbianish TV:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Live with Kelly – Guest: Brandy Clark
Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.)

White Collar marathon (Universal HD 8 a.m)

A Question of Love (Decades 10 a.m.)

Later… with Jools Holland (MTV Live 10 a.m.) – St. Vincent performs (rerun)

Saturday Night Live (Comedy Central 10:22 a.m./11:28 a.m.) (rerun)
The View (ABC 11 a.m.) – Guest: Robin Roberts

Holmes Makes It Right “Here in Spirit” (DIY 11 a.m.) (rerun)

The Hours
(Pivot 11:30 a.m.)
Supernatural “LARP and the Real Girl” (TNT 12 p.m.) (rerun)

Steven Universe (Cartoon 12 p.m.) (rerun)
Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Lifetime 1 p.m.)

Laurel Canyon (IndiePlex 1:35 p.m.)
The Talk (CBS 2 p.m. Pop 7 p.m.)

General Hospital (ABC 2 p.m.)

Ellen (Laff 3 p.m./3:30 p.m., 5 a.m./5:30 a.m.) (rerun)

Clarence (Cartoon 3 p.m./3:30 p.m.) (rerun)

Cutthroat Kitchen “A River Runs Canoe It” (Food Network 3 p.m.) (rerun)

Cesar 911 “The Seinfeld Episode” (Nat Geo Wild 3 p.m.) (rerun)

South Park “Tom’s Rhinoplasty” (Comedy Central 3:15 p.m.) (rerun)
My Giant Life “Big Girl in a Tiny Chair” (TLC 6 p.m.)

Black Ink Crew marathon (MTV2 6 p.m.)
Veep “Camp David” (HBO 8:30 p.m., HBO Signature 11 p.m.)
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.)

Orphan Black “The Mitigation of Competition” (BBC America 11 p.m.) (rerun)

Masters of Sex “Pilot”/”Race to Space” (Showtime2 11 p.m./12 a.m.) (rerun)
How I Met Your Mother “How Your Mother Met Me” (WGN America 11 p.m.) (rerun)

Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC 12:37 a.m.) – Guest: Fortune Feimster

Mulholland Dr.
(TMAX 1:50 a.m.)

Law & Order: CI “Vacancy” (USA 2:01 a.m.) (rerun)

Saturday Night Live (Comedy Central 3:10 a.m.) (rerun)
White Collar “What Happens in Burma”/”Countermeasures” (Universal HD 4 a.m./5 a.m., 8 a.m./9 a.m.) (rerun)
Wynonna Earp marathon (Syfy 6 a.m.)
Buffy “Faith, Hope & Trick” (Pivot 6 a.m.) (rerun)
Four Weddings “…and a Grilled Cheese” (TLC 7 a.m.) (rerun)

Clarence (Cartoon 7 a.m./7:30 a.m.) (rerun)

(Thanks, Roni!)

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