Tessa Thompson Comes Out, Kate McKinnon Covers Glamour
Plus, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird make history.
Tessa Thompson Comes Out As Bisexual
In a new interview with Porter Magazine, Tessa Thompson (Westworld, Creed, Thor: Ragnarok) came out by simply stating "I’m attracted to men and also to women." YAYYY. Rumors about Thompson’s sexuality have swirled for years, but this is the first time the rising starlet has addressed her sexual orientation. Those rumors are fueled by Thompson’s relationship with artist Janelle Monáe, another celebrity who was rumored to be queer for years before coming out as pansexual in a Rolling Stone cover story earlier this year. Thompson and Monáe have frequently walked red carpets together and Thompson has appeared in Monáe’s music videos. After clarifying her bisexuality, Thompson waffled about her relationship with Monáe. "It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people and we’re both trying to navigate how you reconcile wanting to have that privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence," Thompson said. Which doesn’t sound like a “we’re not dating” so much as an “I’m not going to tell you who I’m dating.” "I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones. But so many people don’t," she continued. "So, do I have a responsibility to talk about that? Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?"
I think so! But I suppose I can vaguely comprehend the need for privacy. Both Monáe and Thompson spent years dodging queer questions while dropping pointed hints. It clearly took some prodding for the two African American celebrities to be openly bisexual. Career concerns are probably a sad factor. While Hollywood will happily shove awards at straight actors who play gay, out actors are often relegated to supporting roles because “they’re not believable” as the straight characters that lead 99% of scripts. Tessa Thompson is already a black woman in Hollywood. Now she’s a black queer woman in Hollywood. A lot of men are only ok with a bisexual woman if her sex life includes a man- threesomes are hot, monogamous relationships with another woman are not. Although Thompson didn’t explicitly confirm that she and Janelle are dating, she did say “We love each other deeply. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency." And the speculation? All good. "If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s okay. It doesn’t bother me," she added.
They’re totally dating.
Side note- before she became a name brand star, young Tessa Thompson played a lesbian bootlegger on an episode of the beloved (by me) Cold Case. It was young me’s favorite Cold Case episode EVER. I still remember sobbing in my basement as Thompson died a wildly romantic, tragic death. In hindsight, it was pure Bury Your Gays melodrama. But for young me, it WAS BEAUTIFUL DAMMIT, and I’ve followed Thompson ever since. So relationship or not, it makes the repressed tween lesbian inside me shudder with happiness to see Thompson come out. I will always love herrrrrr.
Also what’s up with all the celebrities making big queer statements in Porter? It’s not even a real magazine, it’s the imaginary publication of an extremely expensive high fashion online retailer. Are they bribing them with Balenciaga? If so, RESPECT.
Kate McKinnon Covers Glamour For August 2018
Our lesbian comedy Jesus, Kate McKinnon, finally scored the solo cover of a major women’s magazine: Glamour. Not that she cares. In the accompanying profile, Kate is revealed to be a quiet savant with an obsessive dedication to honing her performance. The first lesbian to ever grace SNL’s hallowed stage has become the show’s undeniable star, racking up laugh on laugh with her zealous impressions of everyone from Hillary to Jeff Sessions to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With the release of The Star Who Dumped Me this month, starring McKinnon and Mila Kunis, McKinnon will complete her transformation into bona fide movie star. Check out the full interview to discover how McKinnon mastered the sketch game and honed her acting skills.
Hayley Kiyoko Was Nylon’s June Cover Star
I didn’t notice because Nylon is online only now :(. Hayley Kiyoko is having one hell of a summer: hit album, sold out tour, and millions of fans hailing the singer as “lesbian jesus.” And she’s just getting started. As the first lesbian to become a bona fide pop star, Hayley is used to people’s confusion. “People still think I don’t like girls, or people think I’m bisexual. I’m like... why?’ Kiyoko wonders to Nylon. Although straight and bisexual artists have used girl on girl action for years, Kiyoko is the first gay woman to create pop hits that are blatantly lesbian. And that’s a good thing. “If they can see me flirt with girls on stage, then they can be like, Oh, I can do that too, I can get a girl like that, those feelings are normal,” Kiyoko explains. Read the full profile for an in depth plunge into Kiyoko’s past, present, and future.
Megan Rapinoe And Partner Sue Bird Make History
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird are the first gay couple EVER to be featured on the cover of ESPN’s annual Body Issue. Megan Rapinoe is a member of the U.S. Women's National Team and her partner Sue Bird is a 9-time WNBA basketball all-star with the Seattle Storm. The two made their relationship public in July 2017 and have been racking up wins- and a combined five Olympic gold medals- for years. What have you been doing? Less! “I think it's important to do these things first,” Rapinoe explained, “It's important for people to come out. Visibility is important. It's important for there to be a first one on the cover [of the Body Issue], or whatever. Just in terms of the culture and society, someone has to do it.” When asked about being a gay symbol, Bird responded, “Prior to me coming out, these were conversations that Megan and I had all the time. Just, what it actually means. Why you have to do it. 'Cause everybody in my life knows. It was not a surprise or shock. But that's not the same as coming out. It really isn't. Being around Megan, I learned that. And then after I came out, just seeing the reactions. Having people come up to me directly. I think there's just something really powerful about that. For some who maybe didn't know I was gay, I think it meant a lot and it changes some people's perception on what being gay is.”
It’s lovely to see two lesbian celebrities be out and proud in an often unfriendly world. Representation matters, and Bird and Rapinoe are repping for all of us. With better abs.
GLOW Gets A Lesbian Latina Wrestler
GLOW, a Netflix series about 80’s female wrestler, dropped their much-awaited second season on June 29th. The funny, feminist series faced some criticism in their first season for failing to provide any queer female characters- a major oversight considering lesbian and bisexual athletes were a major (if unpublicized) part of the 80’s wrestling landscape that GLOW is based on. This season, the show is remedying that lack of representation with Yolanda (aka YoYo) a Mexican-American lesbian (SIGH) stripper who joins the GLOW team. Does the idea of a lesbian character who takes off her clothes to turn on men irritate me? Yes. Lesbianism for the male gaze, woo hoo. But I’m down to give Yolanda a chance. Played by Nicaraguan American actress Shakira Barrera, Yolanda promises to be a sexy, smart, tough lesbian character. Shakira is straight, but I’ll try not to hold that against her. “I’m so excited to be representing the LGBTQ community,” Shakira told NewNowNext. “Honestly, Yolanda doesn’t feel like my character because she’s the LGBTQ community’s character,” she continued, “She’s a Latina, too—she’s Mexican-American—and that combination means so much to me. I have so many Latina and gay friends who want to see themselves represented on TV, so I feel an extreme amount of responsibility.”
Stella Maxwell And Kristen Stewart Take A Walk
Stella Maxwell and Kristen Stewart took a walk in sweats and crop tops. Just like you and your girlfriend, but prettier. That’s nice!