The GLAAD Wrap: Ed Koch Doc Opening, Ke$ha Gets Private, and Quinto Gets a Dog

Each 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) By now, the world learned that former New York mayor Ed Koch passed away early this morning in a NY hospital. As it happens, a new documentary about the late former mayor is scheduled to open in NY theaters this weekend.  Made with Koch’s participation, the film addresses his memorable and sometimes tumultuous time in office (and political life following it) including the controversy surrounding his handling of the AIDS epidemic and his carefully guarded private life.  The film will open in LA on March 1, and you can view the trailer below.

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2) Pop star Ke$ha, who recently discussed being attracted to both men and women and her stand against anti-LGBT bullying with Seventeen magazine, will be debuting her docu-series Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life on MTV this April. The series will give unprecedented access to her personal life over the past two years, including her search for love.

3) Showtime this week announced the renewal of the LGBT-inclusive comedy Shameless for a fourth season. HBO’s Girls were also recently picked up for a third season. In casting news, Felicia Day will return for her third Supernatural episode as lesbian hacker Charlie Bradbury later this season. Her character will bring a case to the Winchesters for help. Neil Patrick Harris will reprise his role as Prince Gumball in another gender-swapped Adventure Time episode titled “Bad Little Boy” and Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Partners) returns to TV with a guest role as a wedding planner named Jeffrey on Hot in Cleveland this summer.

4) Out in the Open, a documentary geared towards youth featuring LGBT individuals and allies who share their own experiences of isolation and anti-LGBT bullying, is now available on DVD. The film features interviews with politicians, celebrities such as Carson Kressley and Matthew Smith and everyday allies who celebrate the LGBT community. Out in the Open is available for purchase now on Amazon, and you can watch the trailer below.

5) Newly retired out Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank will make his Broadway debut in a one night only 20th Anniversary performance of the political musical Fiorello! on Saturday, February 2. Frank will play a conservative senator in the show.

6) The off-Broadway musical BARE will close its run at the New World Stages this Sunday, February 3. The GLAAD Media Award-winner features music by Damon Intrabartolo, a book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere and choreography by Travis Wall. The musical follows three students in a forbidden love triangle at their strict Catholic boarding school as they deal with the transition to adulthood while exploring religion, sexuality and identity.

7) Zachary Quinto’s short film Dog Eat Dog, based on the true story of his own experience with adopting a shelter dog, premiered this week exclusively on the Petsami YouTube Channel. Dog Eat Dog got its start as a Kickstarter campaign where it raised over $30,000. Check out the full short below.

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8) Out comedian and writer Carol Leifer (Modern Family, Seinfeld) has signed with Quirk Publishing to publish her new novel How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying, “a career advice tome” from someone who has been successful both in front of and behind the camera. This will be Leifer’s second book after her 2009 New York Times best-seller When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win: Reflection on Looking in the Mirror.

9) Peachy Keen 2 is a new graphic novel in need of funding help from artist Mandi Tremblay about a closeted lesbian couple, Logainne and Clover, living in San Francisco in 1957. "Logainne is terrified of being found out for who she really is - even going so far as to not being totally honest with herself. She stumbles upon an growing underground revolution that will either show the world what she's made of, or swallow her whole." This is the second book in the Peachy Keen series; the first novel Tempted followed Clover and Logainne through their senior year of high school in 1955. Visit the Peachy Keen 2 Kickstarter page for more information and watch the trailer below.

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.