Caity Lotz on Black Canary and that lesbian kiss on "Arrow"

In what is still causing shockwaves – and more than a few hearts to flutter – we were as surprised as anyone when the CW action series Arrow recently gave us its first lesbian kiss.

In the February 5th episode, Sara Lance (aka Black Canary), played by Caity Lotz, was confronted by fellow League of Assasin member Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and ordered to return to the villainous fold.

Sexual fluidity is a huge part of “Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation”

The 1920s was a decade not so unlike the 1960s, or so Judith Mackrell writes in her book Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation. While the more recent period of free love might be hailed as the more significant period of sexual freedom and progressiveness for women’s rights and voices to be heard, things were happening largely in Europe that put real change into motion, and most of them can be attributed to a handful of artists, writers, actors and performers who weren’t interested in being subservient wives and dutiful mothers, at least not those two things alone. Flappers, available now from Sarah Crichton Books, profiles the lives of Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Zelda Fitzgerald and Tamara de Lempicka while also highlighting several other women in the same progressive movement as their lives were inevitably intertwined. And one thing that is clear from the stories: Women who acknowledged their sexual attraction to other women or who did not shy away from friendships with women that identified as other than straight were those who led to the most social change.

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Sochi report card: How did our gay Olympians do?

The Winter Olympics have come and gone. Stray dogs have been adopted. Memes have been born. And Sochi bear has shed his last tears. But before we bid adieu to one of the most bizarre Olympics in history, let’s check in one more time to see how the six brave out Olympians fared.

The Hook Up: Coming out to dad and is partner too clinical?

So I know there are like a million other people who struggle with coming out, but I need to tell my dad I’m bisexual. He’s the only important person in my life left to tell, and his is the reaction I’m most worried about. I wanted to wait until I knew for sure if I was gay or bi (actually this article of yours helped me figure it out). I know people say not to worry about labels, but he wouldn’t understand without one, so I wanted to be sure. Now that I know, there’s nothing stopping me from telling him. My mom knows and is 100% supportive (I knew she would be cuz she has two gay siblings), but I feel bad making her keep this secret from my dad. He’s asked her a couple of times if I’m gay and she had to lie. She said she didn’t know and if I was would it matter, and he ignored her question completely. Just didn’t answer her. He asked me once if “I was thinking about going that way” but that was months ago when I was still confused. I’ve been waiting for another opportunity like that but none have come, so I guess what I want to know is how to bring this up to him on my own?

Morning Brew - Michelle Rodriguez on her relationship with Cara Delevigne

Michelle Rodriguez has spoken, for the first time, about dating supermodel Cara Delevigne while at the BAFTAs.

“It’s going really well. She’s so cool. When we started hanging out I just thought she was awesome, and we have the best time together. She’s hard though. You wouldn’t want to mess with her in a fight.”

How to own Valentine's Day on Facebook

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and we’re here to help you help yourself make it out unscathed. Scientifically speaking, lesbian/bisexual women have 300 to 600 percent more feelings than an average human, and so on the one day of the year devoted entirely to feelings, things are bound to get tricky—especially on that behemoth social network that taught us oh so long ago that relationships aren’t exactly binary. You can be: Single. You can be: In a Relationship. Or you can be: It’s Complicated. But you don’t have to be: The Vaguely Unpleasant. Below are some handy tips to help you own Valentine’s Day on Facebook, no matter your relationship status.

"Chicago Fire" star Monica Raymund comes out as bisexual on Twitter

She came out when she tweeted her support of a Norwegian artist’€™s protest against Russia’€™s anti-LGBT policies.

Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater, just became the OUT LGBT OLYMPIAN TO MEDAL AT SOCHI! GOOOOOO GAY! Ireen took home GOLD in women’s 3,000 meter speedskating!

Black Canary came out as bisexual, made out with a lady on last night’s “Arrow”

As I was finishing up my Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap last night, silently bemoaning the fact that the very lesbian Agent Victoria Hand still hasn’t come out on-screen, an ironic thing happened: Black Canary (played by Caity Lotz) revealed herself as the bisexual ex-girlfriend of Nyssa al Ghul (played by Katrina Law) on CW’s Arrow, making them the first queer female characters in Marvel or DC’s cinematic universes.

Here’s how it went down:

Not too very long ago Sara Lance was rescued by the League of Assassins after nearly drowning in a boating accident. To show her thanks, all they asked was that she train with them to become a super-secret super-killer. And when Ras al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins, asks you to do something, you pretty much agree, or you pretty much die. Sara trained with the LoA but decided it really wasn’t the life for her, so she escaped and took up with Oliver Queen/Green Arrow & Co., which has allowed her to explore her superheroic Black Canary side. (They have a lot in common; his Pops was also involved in a shipwreck.)

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The Hook Up: Languishing libidos and biphobic boyfriends

Dear AE,

There’s this girl, her name is Bi. Her last boyfriend, Cheater, cheated on her for months. Despite this, she had the hardest time getting over him. When she finally realized how awful he was, she met a new guy, Phobic. Phobic doesn’t know that Bi sometimes likes the ladies. He treats her really well, spoiling her, and being really understanding about all of the drama in her past. She’s never had a boyfriend treat her so well.

Then there’s Me. Me and Bi have been best friends for practically their whole lives. Last year Me admitted she had feelings for Bi. Bi returned them, but was scared and ran. It almost ruined their friendship. Me has worked really hard to get over her feelings, but she isn’t sure that Bi is over them. Me is also concerned about the new boyfriend’s homophobia. Phobic treats Bi well, but doesn’t know everything about her, so his affection is conditional. Me is also afraid to meet this guy, even though he doesn’t know she prefers the company of women.

Should she say something to Bi? If yes, then what should Me say? Did this make any sense at all? 

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