Morning Brew – Stephanie Allynne talks lesbian representation in “One Mississippi”

Good morning!

TV and social media personality Gigi Gorgeous officially came out as a lesbian on her YouTube channel yesterday. Although she’s been open about her relationship with girlfriend Nats Getty, this is the first time she’s shared that she identifies as a lesbian. Congrats, Gigi!

A new series called House of Mayhem follows LGBTQ homeless youth, based on the GLAAD Award-nominated play Auntie Mayhem by David Pumo. Stars include Carmen Carrera, Ginger Minj, Moe Bertran, Ivan Davila, Esther Moon and newcomers Norio Chalico, Quei Tann and Cruz Santiago. They need your help getting it made, so donate if you can.

The herstory of New Orleans’ lesbian bars.

South Carolina’s out police chief Crystal Moore was fired (for the second time!) and now she’s got an attorney going after the town council of Latta.

Judy Appel is leaving her position as executive director of Our Family Coalition to become the executive director of the California School-Based Health Alliance. The Bay Area Reporter celebrates her victories as an out lesbian and the things she’s accomplished so far.

Recalling the life of infamous lesbian spy Violette Morris.

The Bold Italic just recently recouped from the Dinah.

Fusion spreads the word on South of Salem.

Women like “gazing” at other women’s bodies.

The Point Foundation will honor Robin Roberts at their LA Gala on October 1. The out GMA anchor will be given The Point Courage Award, which “recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ community and believe in the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.”

407926via Point Foundation Press Release

An Ohio University freshman ponders the idea of girls going bi in college.

Meg-John Barker‘s Queer: A Graphic History has illustrations from Julia Scheele and sounds pretty incredible.


NBC Out details Bishop Tonyia Rawls‘s fight for LGBT rights in the South. 

Oregon’s out State Rep. Tina Kotek is speaking out against the rent hikes and current housing crisis in Portland. It’s really affecting queer people who are being kicked out of their homes for greedy landlords to get more money from AirBNB situations and the influx of people now moving to PDX (aka the Portlandia effect).

Allison Weiss released a new video for her track “Back to Me.”

The Regrettes enlisted Murray Hill to star in their new video for “Hey Now.” It’s pretty fantastic.

Maria Bello, Jane Lynch and other faves pose for TIFF portraits in W.

Stephanie Allynne writes about the lesbian representation in One Mississippi, which I just finished watching last night and truly loved. An excerpt:

I love the character of Rocky, played by Nicole Delgado. She is a minor character, but the writers discussed her at length. I feel when people write “lesbian characters” it is often done with broad strokes. I’ve personally auditioned numerous times for a side-character lesbian — I’ve even played a few, where I’m saying lines that reference Lilith Fair or being Wiccan or justifying hooking up with a woman, or the character is in some shapeless muumuu waving a crystal around with the only justification being, “well, it’s because she’s a lesbian.” And while, yes, there is some truth to these stereotypes, and those truths are wonderful, it is certainly not reflective of everyone. 

Premiere Of Amazon Instant Video's "One Mississippi" - ArrivalsPhoto by David Livingston/Getty Images

Related: Casey Wilson talks with Vulture about playing Tig’s (ex-)girlfriend

“Tig is so generous. I don’t think she would ever point anyone out from her past, but she just gave me some qualities. She told me it’s the girl that’s just laughing too loud, is just in general too loud, where you get a red flag right away when she walks in, where you’re like, she’s just a little bit too much. So, right after your mom’s died, it’s not exactly the energy you want around you.”

Fashion blogger/influencer Nicolette Mason and her wife Ali appear in this new Lulu Frost campaign for their ZODIAC collection. It appeals to the lesbian in us all.

3148_LARGE_IMAGE_LEFT_68291via Lulu Frost

Music Box Films has picked up A Quiet Passion for U.S. distribution. The Emily Dickinson biopic stars Cynthia Nixon and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

ICYMI, you can watch Hannah Hart on last night’s Daily Show right here.

Today in Lesbianish TV:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Access Hollywood Live – Guest: Naya Rivera
Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.)

America’s Next Top Model – Cycle 17 marathon (Oxygen 7 a.m.)

Pride (Showtime2 9:30 a.m., 5:10 a.m.)

The View (ABC 11 a.m.)

Buffy (Pivot 11 a.m.) (rerun)

Home & Family (Hallmark 12 p.m.) – Guest: Naya Rivera (rerun)
The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.)

General Hospital (ABC 2 p.m.)

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

Steven Universe (Cartoon 3 p.m.) (rerun)

Don’t Be Tardy… “Eggs on Ice” (Bravo 3:30 p.m.)

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars “All Stars Talent Show Extravaganza” (Logo 4 p.m.) – Guest judge: Raven-Symone (rerun)

Friends “The One With Rachel’s New Dress” (TBS 5 p.m.) (rerun)

WNBA Basketball – Washington at Atlanta (NBA 7 p.m.)
Steven Universe “Onion Gang; Last One Out of Beach City” (Cartoon 7 p.m.)
Ray Donovan “Chinese Algebra” (Showtime 7:15 p.m., 1 a.m., Showtime Extreme 9 p.m.)

Women’s International Friendly Soccer – U.S. vs. Thailand (ESPN2 8 p.m.)
Grey’s Anatomy “At Last”/”Family Affair” (ABC 8 p.m./9 p.m.) (rerun)

Rosewood “Wooberite & The Women of Rosewood” (Fox 8 p.m.) (rerun)

Fatal Attraction “Road Trip Terror” (TV One 8 p.m.) (rerun)

Precious (Oxygen 8 p.m.)

Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out “Bella Thorne; Jadakiss” (MTV 8:20 p.m.) (rerun)
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.)

Masters of Sex “Freefall” (Showtime 10 p.m., 12 a.m.)

How to Get Away With Murder “Anna Mae” (ABC 10 p.m.) (rerun)

Beat Bobby Flay “Homeland” (Food Network 11:30 p.m.) (rerun)

Friends “The One Where Old Yeller Dies” (Nick 12 a.m.) (rerun)

Archer marathon (FXX 12 a.m.)

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

Sisterhood of Hip Hop “If I Ruled the World” (Oxygen 1:15 a.m.)
Law & Order: SVU “P.C.” (USA 2:04 a.m.) (rerun)

Rules of Engagement “Goodbye Dolly” (WGN America 3 a.m.) (rerun)

Buffy “Lies My Parents Told Me”/”Dirty Girls” (Pivot 6 a.m./7 a.m.) (rerun)

Steven Universe (Cartoon 6 a.m./6:30 a.m.) (rerun)