Lez Dish It Out! AfterEllen’s LGBT Weekly Round-Up

Photo: Cosmopolitan, Instagram, Netflix
Photo: Cosmopolitan, Instagram, Netflix

Happy Pride Month, everybody! To kick off the best month of the year, Lauren Jauregui and Halsey released an LGBT love song and Jessica Origliasso treated Ruby Rose to a MAJOR romantic gesture. Plus, Taylor Schilling opened up about her sexuality once and for all. Lez get to it!

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Lauren & Halsey Release Duet Strangers

Photo: Cosmopolitan & Instagram
Photo: Cosmopolitan & Instagram

A few weeks ago, Halsey announced she and Lauren planned to collaborate on a love song for the “LGBT community”. What’s especially great about this track is, Halsey made a commitment to include a fellow LGBT singer on the project, aka Jauregui:

“I was thinking to myself, if I want this song to be believable, it needs to be real. So I’m not going to put a girl on the song to sing who’s straight. I’m just not going to do it. So I reached out to Lauren and she came in and she cut the vocal and it sounds awesome.”

As for the same-sex pronouns in the song, the bisexual singer added:

“It’s unheard of. It’s very rare to see it from a female perspective. At no point in the song does it make a point to say that it’s a gay love song.”

On May 26, the duo finally dropped the highly-anticipated song… listen below!


Even if you’re not a fan of the ladies’ musical styles, you have to admit this song is pretty cool, especially when you consider the younger fan base the two have. Hopefully this song makes at least one girl feel less alone and underrepresented.

Musical pursuits aside, Lauren recently did a very generous thing. According to GoFundMe, Lauren donated $3,000 dollars to Bresha Meadows, a teenager who fatally shot her allegedly abusive father in July of last year. Following a plea deal which required Bresha to serve six months in a mental health facility prior to probation, her family set up a fundraising page to pay for the treatment.

The 15-year-old’s mom, Maria Latessa, explained:

“Her family has to pay for her treatment and needs your help. We want Bresha to receive the best treatment, she was treated at this facility in January, she has developed a rapport with the staff and would love to return there for treatment.”

Well, it looks like Latessa’s plea hit the right note in Jaruequi’s heart:

Photo: GoFundMe
Photo: GoFundMe

Although there has been some controversy around this crime, a lot of people have expressed support for Bresha. Apparently the teen’s dad physically and verbally abused the family for years, and Latessa even filed a civil domestic violence protection against her husband in 2011. Either way, it’s nice to see a celebrity making a tangible difference in someone’s life.