More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
The GLAAD Wrap: Kevin Keller Gets His Own Series, Big Freedia's New Video and Happily Divorced Gets Renewed
Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) Kevin Keller is getting his own comic book. The former Veronica love interest has been the focus of a miniseries about his life before arriving in Riverdale. The gay character became incredibly popular among teenagers and will have his own series starting in February 2012. Kevin Keller will address the titular character's high school life, but it will also go into details about his relationship with his parents and the difficulties he faces when his father asks him to join the military.
2) The first stills of Val Lauren playing Sal Mineo in the highly anticipated Sal, directed by James Franco, are making the rounds of blogs. Little is known about the 50s icon's biography other than the fact that overachieving Franco is shooting the picture in record time, only 9 days.
3) The GLAAD Media Awards nominated Big Freedia just released the video for Excuse. The New Orleans bounce artist is currently touring; check out her website for dates.
4) Happily Divorced, the show based on Fran Drescher's real-life marriage has been renewed. TV Land ordered 12 more episodes of the series to be possibly aired in the spring. So far the show about a husband who comes out to his wife after 18 years of marriage has averaged over 2.2 million total viewers.
5) The X-Men have long been a metaphor for populations facing discrimination. And between Northstar, Mystique, Richtor, Anole, Shatterstar, Graymalkin, and Karma, there are more LGBT mutants in the Marvel Universe than ever. The latest issue of Generation Hope, a spin-off book focusing on a group of young X-Men , covers the topic of suicide. Says writer Kieron Gillen "The X-Men books, Generation Hope is fundamentally about new mutants trying to survive dealing with the fact they’re mutants. With the metaphor in place, you can not just do a story about it—I dare say you should tell a story about it."