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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.
I’ve always loved nununu and what they represent. Partnering with them to encourage a dialogue of equality and possibility makes so much sense. – Céline xx…https://t.co/wYoqnDhIIE#celinununu @celinununu pic.twitter.com/HWeO54h4NT
— Celine Dion (@celinedion) November 13, 2018
+ 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???
+ 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.”
+ 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.
+ 8 Celebs Who’ve Opened Up About Their Lesbian Affairs: Interesting wording but this includes people like Angelina Jolie and Gillian Anderson.