And, of course, who can forget the recent hot gossip of “Orange Is the New Black” writer Lauren Morelli, who filed for divorce from her husband in September after she realized she was gay and in love with actress Samira Wiley, who plays inmate Poussey Washington on the show.Yes, we’ve come a long way from 1997, when Ellen De Generes and Anne Heche shocked America by appearing in public together.“A staged coming out like that looks positively creepy now,” says Johns.“I think we’re seeing a shift away from that.” Instead, she says, women who choose to come out in a public way often do so for reasons that aren’t just about titillation.
The article discussed the fact that she had dated band mate Corin Tucker in the beginning of Sleater-Kinney (the song "One More Hour" is about their breakup).Um, do you want to let me know what's going on?' The ground was pulled out from underneath me... I was fortunate enough to catch them when they toured Australia in 2008 right before they broke up. I'm so glad I saw them, in fact nothing was going to stop me seeing them on that tour. I'll be sure to see Wild Flag too when/if they tour here.“Women don’t just want to come out with their sexuality — they’re fine with it.They’ve often come out because of another issue, like Ellen Page, who came out as an activist for LGBT at-risk youth, or Maria Bello, who came out in an essay about her family.” But now, given the preponderance of glamorous sapphic couples, even the gesture of coming out for a cause may be a thing of the past.“I think the coverage of the [Wiley and Morelli] relationship was fascinating, because most of it was the exact same kind of coverage you’d read about if you heard Shonda Rhimes was hooking up with Patrick Dempsey, or Dan Harmon was hooking up with Alison Brie.” Furthermore, she adds, “the news was received with cheers in the lesbian community, with a whole lot of conversations going around about, ‘Well, who wouldn’t leave their husband for Samira Wiley?’ ” It’s a very different landscape from even just last year, when Jodie Foster made an oblique reference to her long-rumored sexuality in a speech at the Golden Globes.These days, celesbians are just going to be an accepted part of our regular star-gawking.And high time, says Johns, who points out that nonfamous lesbian couples have been around, and visible, for quite a while.In the right photo, Carrie Brownstein (left) and St. “Girls’ night out” has taken on a very different meaning in the pop culture world lately.Everywhere you look, there’s a hot new lesbian romance.