Morning Brew – More details on Ellen Page and Kate Mara’s romance “Mercy”


Good morning! Happy Friday!

Gillian Jacobs interviews out Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith for Lenny.

Queer duo BOYTOY has a new video for their song “Your Girl.”

Remember when we told you that Christine Vachon will be producing Mercy, a love story starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara? It’s going to start shooting in Cincinnati in September, and we now know a little bit more about the story. Per Variety:

Page is portraying Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row falling in love with Mara’s Mercy character, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel.

Celebrity Sightings In New York - October 15, 2014 Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Here. For. It.

Young queers are telling their elders’ stories in Canada.

At Ozy: The Surprising Same-Sex Marriages of the 1900s.

More discrimination in New Jersey. Paramus Catholic High School allegedly fired Kate Drumgoogle after finding out she was married to a woman.

Lesbians are getting in on the revenge porn craze. NOT COOL.

Rachel Tiven is the new CEO of Lambda Legal.

A South African lesbian couple agreed to be interviewed about their experiences with homophobia. An excerpt:

“It is difficult for some people to welcome me as bhujwa [a woman who behaves like a man]. Some call me a satanist who will distort the minds of children, but I won’t change who I am. … I was once invited in a church to play the piano, but one church member chased me away because I wore trousers, but the pastor accepted me and said I can stay.”

Atlanta, go see lesbian-themed musical The Prom. And make sure to go to the Dream’s LGBT Night on September 4.

Tara is back on this season of The Walking Dead.

Amber Heard will donate the $7 million she won in a divorce settlement with Johnny Depp to charity. In her statement, she said she will divide it equally to give to the ACLU “with a particular focus to stop violence against women” and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, “where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years.”

Rosie O’Donnell and her estranged daughter, Chelsea, are back together again.

O.C. Weekly profiles comedy duo Unconventional Lesbians.

Openly gay Hawaii rep Jo Jordan lost in her primary this week. She also voted against same-sex marriage.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour might be up your alley, Scots, if you’re into lesbian schoolgirls, that is.

Megan Rapinoe isn’t thrilled with Hope Solo‘s comments about Sweden’s soccer team.

Today in Lesbianish TV:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (rerun)
The Rachael Ray Show – Guest: Anne Burrell (rerun)
Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.)

Say Yes to the Dress “The Male Perspective” (TLC 9 a.m.) – With Ali Stroker (rerun)
Flophouse “Hoverboards at Babe Island” (Viceland 9:30 a.m.) – With Cameron Esposito (rerun)
Clouds of Sils Maria (Showtime 10:15 a.m.)
The View (ABC 11 a.m.) (rerun)

Buffy (Pivot 11 a.m.) (rerun)
Snapped “Nicole Abusharif” (Oxygen 11 a.m.) (rerun)

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her (Showcase 11 a.m.)
Young & Hungry “Young & Sofia” (Freeform 12 p.m.) (rerun)
Steven Universe (Cartoon 12 p.m., 7 p.m.) (rerun)
Grandma (Starz Edge 12:35 p.m., 7 p.m.)

True Life: We Are Orlando (MTV 1:20 p.m.)

General Hospital (ABC 2 p.m.)

The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.) (rerun)

(TMAX 2:05 p.m.)

Survivor’s Remorse “The Photoshoot” (Starz 2:40 p.m., 11 p.m., Starz Comedy 6:45 p.m., 9 p.m., Starz In Black 1:15 a.m.)

Ellen “The Funeral”/”Escape from L.A.” (Laff 3 p.m./3:30 p.m.) (rerun)
Friends “The One With Phoebe’s Rats” (TBS 4 p.m.) (rerun)
Clarence (Cartoon 4 p.m./4:30 p.m.) (rerun)
Will & Grace “Swimming From Cambodia” (We 4:30 p.m.) (rerun)
Seinfeld “The Smelly Car” (TBS 6:30 p.m.) (rerun)
Person of Interest marathon (WGN America 7 p.m.)
Bones “The Skull in the Sculpture” (TNT 7 p.m.) (rerun)
Chasing Amy (Flix 8 p.m.)

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

Roadies “The All Night Bus Ride” (Showtime2 9 p.m., Showtime 1 a.m.)

The Simpsons “Four Regrettings and a Funeral” (FXX 9:30 p.m.) (rerun)

Ray Donovan “The Texan” (Showtime2 10 p.m., Showtime 2:30 a.m.)

Masters of Sex “High Anxiety” (Showtime2 11 p.m.) (rerun)
Saving Hope “Awakenings” (Ion 11 p.m.) (rerun)

Archer marathon (FXX 12 a.m.)

Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS 12:37 a.m.) – Guest: Lily Tomlin (rerun)
Rules of Engagement “Catering” (WGN America 2:30 a.m.) (rerun)
Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter (Sundance 3 a.m.) – With Jane Lynch (rerun)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Live (MTV Live 4 a.m.) – With Mary Lambert (rerun)
UnSung “Monifah” (TV One 6 a.m.)
Ellen “Escape from L.A.” (FX 7 a.m.) (rerun)
D.E.B.S. (Starz In Black 9:30 a.m.)


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