Britney Reveals New Album Cover

10.25.2013

By Jesse Steinbach

...and 5 other things you need to know today

1. Britney released her album cover for Britney Jean and wrote fans a personal letter. "Work Bitch" has been on repeat and we're ready for Britney's 8th studio album in full! But even if the December 3 release date feels far away, we have Britney's sweet note to hold us over: "I want to show you the different sides of who I am. I am a performer. I am a mom. I am funny. I am your friend. I am Britney Jean." Read the rest of the Princess of Pop's letter here.

2. An Oklahoma gay couple will sign a marriage license granted by the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes. Though same-sex marriage isn't legal in their state, Darren Black Bear — who is a member of the Oklahoma-based Native American tribe — and his partner of nine years, Jason Pickel, wanted to show their commitment to one other and encourage other tribes and states to adopt marriage equality laws. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't track how many of the nation's hundreds of recognized tribes allow same-sex marriage, but hopefully more tribes and states follow Cheyenne Arapaho's example.

3. A waiter received an anti-gay message instead of a tip. The Carrabba's Italian Grill customers wrote on their bill: "We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for GOD’S love, but none shall be spared for fags. May GOD have mercy on you." Patrons at the Kansas restaurant have come together in support of the 20-year-old server and Carrabba's representatives said the company doesn't tolerate discrimination from staff members or guests. Watch the news clip here.

4. A TV program will air that explains the history of the gay rights movement in Los Angeles. Titled Gay L.A.: Then and Nowthe informative program details the history of the LGBT movement in the city and will air Oct. 27 on public access channel KLCS. For those who are unable to view the program in their area, it will be available for viewing on the ONE's website starting October 30.

Watch the trailer here:

Gay L.A: Then and Now from ONE Natl. Gay & Lesbian Archives on Vimeo.

5. Ellen DeGeneres' production company will co-produce a lesbian period drama on CW. Players will take place during the golden-age of Hollywood, the middle of the 20th century. According to Deadline, the show "centers on a young Midwestern woman who moves to Los Angeles to avenge her sister's death at the hands of a predatory studio head and finds herself swept up in the Hollywod star-making machine." Sounds juicy. 

6. Zachary Quinto, Jane Lynch, Andy Cohen, and Ellen DeGeneres (again!) warn that "voting makes you gay" in response to Republican voter suppression tactics. In an unbeleivable and frightening clip from The Daily Show, a North Carolina official admitted to racist and anti-democratic voter suppression strategy. Then four of our favorite out celebrities thought of the best comeback. The whole video's worth a watch, but skip to 5:10 to see our LGBT buds hitting the mark:

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