Welcome to the pop culture fix, your weekly round-up of news stories so important that the world could very well change by the time you finish reading this post. Literally almost everything is possible at this point.
+ Ed Weeks and Mindy Kaling have teamed up to write a comedy about a lesbian couple in Kansas: “The untitled single-camera comedy centers on liberal lesbian couple Laurel and Marisa who move with their teenage son to Laurel’s conservative hometown in Kansas to find that their assumptions about Middle America might just be wrong.” If they don’t title it “Surrender Dorothy” then I’m gonna through a fit in the candy aisle.
Before this show, I had a lot of insecurity,” DeGeneres says. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to work again, and although I was out, I was still trying to alter myself — not dressing the way I wanted to dress or wearing my hair the way I wanted to. I slowly gained the confidence to be authentic, and what I’ve learned about other people is that they strive to be authentic, too. So whether they fully support me, love my lifestyle, or love that I’m married to a woman, I think they like that authenticity, and they’re drawn to it.”
+ Samantha Fox, who I wrote a singificant number of words about in 2009, says coming out in 2003 was very scary: “For a long time I was a bit scared, because I did feel maybe—I’ve got of male fans, but since being a singer, I’ve got a lot of female fans, too—but I was scared that I may lose that fanbase.”
+ Maybe you didn’t have a TON of stuff in common with your ex-girlfriend but you do have one thing in common with your next girlfriend, Anna Kendrick: you both want a lesbian love scene in Pitch Perfect 3. I hope she’s also on board with making Pitch Perfect 3 not a racist trash pile like Pitch perfect 2! Also by the way all of Anna Kendrick’s friends are gay.
+ Shay Mitchell has released an emotional “Farewell Love Letter” to Pretty Little Liars, which she recorded after the series wrapped filming its final scene.
+ “Becoming More Visible,” a documentary about four trans teens in New York coming into their own, premieres in NYC on November 11th.
+ Chef Renee Blackman is Bringing LGBT Visibility to Chopped.