Pop Culture Fix: Out 100 Honors Cynthia Nixon, Hayley Kiyoko, Mara Wilson and Other Girlfriends Of Yours

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+ The 2018 Out 100 has debuted what might be its most diverse list ever, featuring, I believe, more women than we’ve ever witnessed on any prior Out 100. Nearly half of the honorees are women, nearly half are of color and at least 20 are trans. We’ve come a long way from the years when the covers of the Out 100 usually featured five gay guys and one straight woman — more recently, Samira Wiley and Ellen Page graced the 2014 covers and 2015 honored Roxane Gay, Abby Wambach and Hannah Hart.. This year we’ve got Cynthia Nixon, Sophie, Emma Gonzalez, Wanda Sykes, Indya Moore, Danica Roem, Hayley Kiyoko, MJ Rodriguez, Kate McKinnon, Nneka Onuorah, MJ Rodriguez, Michelle LeClair & Tena Clark, Amber Hikes, Sue Nabi, Kiersey Clemons, Hannah Gadsby, Alana Mayo, Natalie Morales, Janet Mock, Bella Thorne, Kathy Tu, Mia Lidofsky, Mara Wilson, Kim Petras, Abbi Jacobson, Sue Bird, Dominique Jackson, Cameron Esposito, Layisha Clarendon, Rain Dove, Jill Soloway, Becca McCharen-Tran, Lauren Jauregui, Diana Tourjee, Kehlani, Josie Totah… go check it out for yourself.

+ Gabrielle Korn, the lesbian editor-in-chief of Nylon Magazine who used to work right here at Autostraddle.com, interviewed pansexual musician Kehlani for their November cover story, and she was photographed by lesbian photographer Lindsey Byrnes. There’s a whole big section about her queer identity and the reactions to her pregnancy:

I’ve gotten everything from “I thought she was a lesbian” to “she was using queerness to promote her career, then went and betrayed us with a man” to “her baby father is just a sperm donor.” One, I never identified as a lesbian. I’ve always been pansexual. My first mixtape included songs about males, and songs about women. My first album had songs about a nonbinary ex, an intersex ex, and male/female exes. I don’t always make it a point to identify pronouns in the music because that isn’t the focal point. I think what steered everyone in the direction of categorizing my sexuality (which is still really narrow-minded) was my song “Honey,” and a couple of the features I’d done after.

+ Celine Dion has launched a gender neutral children’s clothing line.

+ In certainly unrelated news, Nicole Cliffe has a hot secret tip about a older female singer who is gay now and very happy.

+ I got a press release today that informed me that 13th Gen Pictures has optioned the 1991 Jewelle Gomez classic “The Gilda Stories” and Cheryl Dunye is set to direct. This sounds…. incredible? Of the project, Dunye said:

“Jewelle Gomez is the foremother of Afrofuturism, which is wildly popular right now. The project of bringing a Jewelle Gomez novel to film or television has long been a dream of mine, and with THE GILDA STORIES, we have the perfect vehicle to bring her uniquely magical and transgressive voice to episodic audiences everywhere.”

+ Good news: Peaches made you a massage oil

+ Wow what a great review by a smart woman!!! “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Review: Lesbian Biographer Lee Israel’s Story Is Safe in Melissa McCarthy’s Hands

+ ‘The Favourite’ Blows Up Gender Politics With the Year’s Most Outrageous Love Triangle: Heather hasn’t been able to secure a screener for this yet, what’s up with that world???

+ Viola Davis Reveals Which Trans Activist Inspired Her HTGAWM Character’s Pansexuality

+ Heather will be reviewing this show soon but here’s an interview with Desiree Akhavan about it to tide you over  —> In ‘The Bisexual,’ Desiree Akhavan Grapples With All Kinds of Sexuality: “I heard myself described as ‘the bisexual’ at every other introduction: ‘the bisexual filmmaker,’ ‘the bisexual Iranian-American,’ ‘the bisexual Lena Dunham,’ For some reason, hearing that word made my stomach flip, in a non-fun way. And I wanted to explore that.”

+ From ‘Sabrina’ to ‘Steven Universe,’ Family-Friendly TV Has Grown a Social Conscience

+ The ReFrame Stamp for Television, which just got invented, rewards “television shows that exemplify gender parity.” Their first 62 recepients include How To Get Away With Murder and all of their , The Handmaid’s Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Netflix’s GLOW; HBO’s Insecure; and The CW’s Jane the Virgin.

+ Guess Which Lesbian Author Stan Lee Once Had a Blind Date With

+ 8 Celebs Who’ve Opened Up About Their Lesbian Affairs: Interesting wording but this includes people like Angelina Jolie and Gillian Anderson.

+ Kiersey Clemons To Star In, Produce Film On Lauren Simmons, The Youngest Woman Trader On Floor Of New York Stock Exchange

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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    • Rachel, @caterrachel!

      The fact that both you and Janelle are not on the list is just proof that it would be like including lions on a list of domestic cats.

      I mean you’re all wonderful…but you couldn’t possibly be placed in the same category.

  1. Have a bit of a music fix – an article about the Northern Ireland Music Prize, which includes new categories, including best single for the first time, where one of the nominees is non binary Kitt Phillipa, who gets a shout out from one of Snow Patrol

    Also, I loved that story about The Favourite but I seriously doubt it’ll get to my small town 2 screen cinema :-(

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