Oh yay, it’s Friday! So much better than yesterday except that, oh yeah, we have to live with harmful decisions made by our government. Hope you don’t have any pre-existing conditions! (JK we all do.)
On to some lighter topics.
Halsey and Lauren Jauregui are working on a song together called “Strangers.” Strongly hoping this is a romantic duet between the two bisexual pop stars, and that they make a video, too.
Sarah Shook may be your new favorite musician. “I’m a vegan, bisexual, atheist, civil rights activist, female in a country band in the south,” she said, so you know she’s a bad ass. Sarah lives in North Carolina, where she runs Manifest, “a two-night street venue music festival in Chapel Hill, and the only requirement for each band is they must have one woman member, a member of a minority, or an LGBTQ member.” “I’m pretty involved in the local music scene trying to make spaces for women and trans folk and members of the LGBTQ community, and just get them more platforms, better visibility, and better representation,” she said. “Working in a venue, I mean it’s just straight white dudes every night in band after band. We’re not trying to do a super-flashy progressive thing, we’re just trying to say this is normal, this is the way it should be. … We’re not trying to do a super-flashy progressive thing, we’re just trying to say this is normal, this is the way it should be.” Again, BAD ASS.
Out lesbian baller Taylor Emery is transferring from Tulane to Virginia Tech. She made the decision after being heavily recruited by two other Southern schools (Oklahoma State and Ole Miss). So wait, are you telling me they don’t care that she’s gay and just want her to come play basketball!?!
Hulu premiered the first teaser of their new adaptation of “The Runaways,” and it looks pretty cool. Virginia Gardner (the blonde) is Karolina Dean, the show’s out lesbian character.
Kate McKinnon can truly make anything LOL-worthy, like this week’s “SNL” promo below. She also just joined the cast of the film “Fa-m-ily” opposite Taylor Schilling and will be co-starring with Mila Kunis in “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” which sounds terrible and straight, but I’ll give it a go anyway because of Kate.
A new photo series, “The Families We Make,” poses LGBTQ trailblazers with young queer activists, which is really, really cool and is creating much-needed visibility for SAGE. Edie Windsor, Bamby Salcedo and Ivy Bottini are all part of the project.
A Taiwanese lesbian novel has finally been translated into English. Qiu Miaojin first published “Notes on a Crocodile” in 1994, which follows a young lesbian coming to terms with her feelings for an older classmate. Miaojin tragically committed suicide a year later at the age of 26. She’d hopefully be quite thrilled her work is being made more accessible, as she was quite progressive for her time.
A new musical at Wesleyan is lesbian-themed and uses 20 Avril Lavigne songs to tell the story of Sapphic love triangle. “Things I’ll Never Say” was written by senior Maya Herbsman who says “I was sitting in the car with a friend and we were listening to ‘Let Go,’ Avril Lavigne’s first album, and I was, like, ‘Wow, I could make a really good coming-out story out of these songs.'” This seriously is the stage play I never knew I always wanted. (At least one lesbian character wear a tie with a tank top.)
See you Monday! Be safe!