Confession: I went to see “50 Shades Darker” yesterday because I wanted to know how this lesbian character thing shook out. Well, it’s a blink-and-you-will-miss-it situation, but it’s there if you’re really looking. (Toward the end, after you have to sit through the rest of the film, which is just as bad as you think it is, but has a pretty great soundtrack, so that’s something.)
If you would like to watch a really awesome film that has a small lesbian character, I suggest “American Honey.” She’s part of the greater ensemble and her lesbianism isn’t ever really brought up or explored, but it exists and in a much more integral way than “50 Shades of Subtle S&M.”
“Movies about confused sexuality” should be a genre of its own on Netflix.
Queer British art, anyone? A new exhibit at the Tate features a portrait of early lesbian novelist Radclyffe Hall, paintings of Sappho with her gal pal, and “a section focusing on the Bloomsbury set and their contemporaries,” aka Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West and their other queer friends.
Related but NSFW: Sotheby’s is about to sell some of history’s “naughtiest artwork,” and that (of course) includes some same-sex scenarios.
Out Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui is working on some solo stuff with DJ extraordinaire Steve Aoki. She’s also gotten super political since coming out and I’m here for it.
Tegan and Sara, Sia, Lady Gaga and several other performers have signed Jack Antonoff‘s open letter to Texas legislators, asking them to protect their LGBTQ residents instead of enacting harmful laws that would discriminate against them.
The best geek TV is gay geek TV.
The Guardian talks about two new web series focusing on queer women of color, aka your new favorite series. Check out “Brown Girls” and “195 Lewis,” stat.
“When I got the role of amateur bank robber Cleo Sims in ‘Set It Off,’ I sat down with my younger siblings and told them, ‘Listen, I’m playing a gay character. Your classmates might tease you or say negative things about it. But I’m doing it because I believe I can bring positive attention to the gay African-American community, and I believe that I can do a great job as an actor.’ They understood, and when those things inevitably happened in school, they were OK with it.”
Lesbians Who Tech’s annual San Francisco summit is next weekend and I am hoping to see you there. SF Weekly talks with creator Leanne Pittsford about how this year’s gathering is going to be more “political” than ever.
LGBTQ people living in Montana are sharing personal stories of discrimination with judges in hopes of passing House Bill 417, which would extend civil rights protections to people based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
Amanda Knox writes about (lesbian!) prison romance for Broadly, and the internet is freaking the fuck out over it. An excerpt:
Leny wanted to hold hands. “I’ve changed women before,” she’d tell me. “I can do things to you that no man can.” I felt objectified and I’d get annoyed. “You can’t change me,” I’d respond. She’d think I was playing hard to get. One day, Leny kissed me.
A Henry County board member in Geneseo, Illinois wrote hateful, homophobic Facebook posts about a lesbian couple competing against him in a contest run by a local radio station. He still has his seat on the board.
Susan Sarandon maintains that she’s sexually fluid, which she first mentioned on “The View” a few years ago. This time, she tells Huffington Post:
“My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say.”