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. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is in theaters this weekend, and again features the beloved character, Gobber, who comes out in the sequel to the 2010 hit. Openly gay director, Dean DeBlois, told Fox News, "It's progressive, it's honest and we wanted to keep it," after actor Craig Ferguson added the coming out as an ad lib for his character.
2. Violette, a French biographical drama about the life of bisexual French feminist author Violette Leduc will be released June 13 in select theaters. Directed by Martin Provost, the film follows the intense relationship between Leduc and Simone de Beauvior and their quest for freedom through writing. Check out the official website for Violette and watch the trailer below!
3. All Cheerleaders Die is available on VOD and in select theaters June 13. The film is a fresh take on the 2001 low-budget horror film written and directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Siverston. It features multiple LGBT characters, some of which come back from the dead and seek revenge on the captain of the high school football team.
4. It was recently announced that Ryan Murphy, out director of Glee, American Horror Story and The New Normal, will receive the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award at the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards. The award was established to honor an icon in the television industry and went to Bob Newhart at last year's awards. The show will air live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 19.
5. USA has renewed their first original scripted comedy, Sirens, for a second season. The show is based on the British series and follows three Chicago EMTs (one of whom is gay) as they save lives despite their narcissistic and self-destructive personalities. The second season is set to run for 13 episodes and air in 2015.
6. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is currently taking place June 12-22 in New York City, and will show the films Lady Valor and To Be Takei. Lady Valor is about a former US Navy SEAL came out as transgender, while Sundance hit To Be Takei follows the life and story of openly out actor and advocate George Takei.
7. GLAAD Media Award-nominated documentary The New Black airs on PBS's Independent Lens Sunday, June 15. Directed by Yoruba Richen, the film examines how African American communities are grappling with the recent marriage equality movement on both sides of the issue. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets of Maryland before a historic election bringing marriage equality to the state, and charts the evolution of LGBT acceptance within the black community.
8. Sara Bareilles released her new music video for "I Choose You" in which she helps two couples get engaged after recruiting them from a Facebook post. The video features a woman named Aly who is getting ready to ask her girlfriend, Andrea, to marry her in front of a group of family, friends and Sara Barielles performing the song. Check out the video below!
9. Out comedienne and actress Rosie O'Donnell was honored with the Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 68th annual Tony Awards. The award is given to a "member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations." Watch her acceptance speech below!
10. Greg Brown and Mitch Moffit, the men behind the popular ASAP science videos, recently came out in response to trolling and homophobic comments they have received. "It's so important that people have role models and figureheads of all different backgrounds [in science] whether it be sexuality, races or genders as a catalyst to inspire future generations," Moffit said in the coming out video.
11. Actress Samira Wiley has been promoted to a series regular in Orange Is the New Black. Wiley, who has appeared in nearly every episode of the show so far, will continue to play the lovable Poussey Washington.
12. Punk band AGENDER released their new music video for their song "Modern Lovers." The trio of women are known for exploring the nature of non-binary gender and sexuality through their music. Their new sophomore album "FIXATIONS" will be released later this month. Check out the music video below!
13. BROTHERS is a narrative web series about a group of transgender friends in Brooklyn that needs your help to finish the remaining 7 episodes of the 8-episode first season. Written and directed by Emmett Lundberg, the series follows the daily lives and ups and downs of what it means to live as a transgender person in today's society. To find out more about the project, check out their fundraising website and take a look at the trailer below!