Morning Brew – Ellen Page calls out Hollywood’s limited view when it comes to gay actors

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A lesbian woman named June McCamy was featured on TLC’s My 600 Pound Life where she expressed that she was worried her partner might leave her because caring for her was too much work.

Dallas’s Full Circle Tavern owners/wives Lara Whittington and Jennifer Bonner appeared on Restaurant Startup on CNBC last night.

Indiana’s proposed gay and lesbian rights bill has advanced to a Senate vote. Though this sounds awesome, it’s really not: It’s the Republican’s attempt that Democrats and LGBT rights organizations say do not go far enough to protect the rights of the community.

Ireland’s High Court has decided a bisexual Nigerian woman was lacking credibility in her appeal for refugee status.

Caity Lotz tells Vulture why she’s proud Sara Lance is bisexual.

“That was a big, important thing for me, that she stays bisexual, and they were 100 percent game for that. I go to [fan] conventions, and I’ve had a lot of girls come up to me and say how much it’s meant to them to have a character representing them on TV, and I think the show does a really good job on that with Sara, where it’s not like, ‘Oh yeah … hot girls, making out.’ There’s an actual relationship and love there [with Nyssa al Ghul on Arrow]. And Sara is bisexual, so she loves men, too. I think Sara just loves a person for who they are.”

Sia performed “Iko Iko” with Natalie Portman, The Roots and Jimmy Fallon on his show last night. Wigs were involved. (She also has a new song called “Broken Glass.”)

Sarah Paulson was a stunner on the red carpet for The People Vs. OJ Simpson premiere in LA.

Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson" - ArrivalsPhoto by Steve Granitz/WireImage

Ellen Page points out how people are still so closed-minded about actors private lives and identities:

Zachary Quinto [of Star Trek fame] is out, and he stars in one of the biggest blockbuster franchises. I have four projects coming up – all gay roles. People ask if I’m concerned about getting pigeonholed. No one asks: ‘Ellen, you’ve done seven straight roles in a row – shouldn’t you shake it up and do something queer?’ There’s still that double standard. I look at all the things I’ve done in movies: I’ve drugged a guy, tortured someone, become a roller-derby star overnight. But now I’m gay, I can’t play a straight person?”

'Freeheld' Berlin Photo CallPhoto by Christian Marquardt/WireImage

ABC has picked up a new series from out writer/EP Liz Friedman. Conviction will follow “Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.”

Clea DuVall‘s film The Intervention was inspired by The Big Chill. She talked with Variety about directing herself:

“It was definitely difficult. On purpose, I wrote myself a character that was as close to myself as possible, so that it wouldn’t be too demanding. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to focus properly if I was worried about doing a giant, emotional scene.”

Natasha Lyonne plays Clea’s girlfriend in the film.

Queer cartoonist/activist Anna Bongiovanni is heading to Alaska.

Looking for a queer creative retreat? Groundswell has what you need. MUSE: Inspire is happening March 3-6. And you want to up your Katniss game, check out Queer Forestry Camp in February.

Jillian Michaels tells Rachael Ray there were times while shooting Just Jillian that she stopped Heidi from freaking out on camera.

Then she shared some tidbits on Heidi’s chickens.

Brooke and her wife Chelsea have a new YouTube Channel about being an interracial same-sex couple called BerrySwirl.

Lily-Rose Depp and longtime BFF Harley Quinn talk with Interview about co-starring in Yoga Hosers.

Today in Lesbianish TV:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.)

Saturday Night Live “Ellen Page; Wilco” (Comedy Central 10:13 a.m.) (rerun)
 
The View (ABC 11 a.m.)

Fried Green Tomatoes (Encore Classic 11:50 a.m., 8:45 p.m., 5 a.m.)

Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Lifetime 1 p.m.)

 
The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.)

Top Chef marathon (Bravo 2 p.m.)
 
The Kitchen “Gearing Up for Game Day” (Food Network 2 p.m.) (rerun)

Black Sails “XIX.” (Starz In Black 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 12 a.m.)

Ellen (Laff 3 p.m./3:30 p.m.) (rerun)

The Roommate (FXM 3 p.m.)
 
The Best Thing I Ever Ate “Road Trip” (Cooking Channel 6:30 p.m.) (rerun)

Adventure Time “Crossover; Scamps” (Cartoon 7:30 p.m.)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow “Pilot, Part 2” (CW 8 p.m.)
 

The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.)

The 100 “Wanheda: Part Two” (CW 9 p.m.)

Top Chef “Where the Beef?” (Bravo 9 p.m.)
 
Portlandia “Going Gray” (IFC 10 p.m.)
Shameless “The F Word” (Showtime 10 p.m., 1:30 a.m.)

Friday Night Lights “East of Dillon” (ESPN Classic 10 p.m.) (rerun)

Later… with Jools Holland (Palladia 10 p.m.) – Goldfrapp performs (rerun)
 
Survivor’s Remorse “Grown-Ass Man” (Starz In Black 10:25 p.m.) (rerun)

Portlandia “Soft Opening” (IFC 10:30 p.m.) (rerun)

Friends “The One With Rachel’s Big Kiss” (Nick 12:33 a.m.) (rerun)

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC 1:37 a.m.) – Guest: Lena Waithe (rerun)

D.E.B.S. (Encore 4:50 a.m.)

Buffy “Listening to Fear”/”Into the Woods” (Pivot 5 a.m./6 a.m.) (rerun)

Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.) – Guest: Sia
Friday Night Lights “It Ain’t Easy Being J.D. McCoy”/”Keeping Up Appearances” (Pivot 8 a.m./9 a.m.) (rerun)
 
(Thanks, Roni!)

 

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