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: It Gets Better on MTV, More Join 8, and Magda Comes Out
Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlighs, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) The “It Gets Better” hour-long special premieres on MTV and Logo this Tuesday, February 21 at 11:00pm ET/PT. The True Life-esque piece focuses on the lives of three young people: a man struggling with coming out to his family and friends, a lesbian who has come out and is still fighting for her mom to accept her, and a transgender man preparing to get married. Videos from Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller, the creators of the It Gets Better Project, will be featured, as well as messages of support from Adam Levine, Zachary Quinto, Chaz Bono, Margaret Cho, Vinny Guadagnino, Jake Shears and others. The trailer was released earlier this week; you can watch it below.
2) In October, seventeen of the UK’s leading lesbian musicians recorded a song to promote awareness and raise money for the charities Stonewall and Diversity Role Models, both of which are working to end bullying of LGBT youth. The song, “It Does Get Better” by The L Project, was released on iTunes and Amazon on February 11 and shot straight to number one on the Amazon Rock Chart and hit the top 10 iTunes Rock chart. Read an interview that L Project founders Georgey Payne and Sofia Antonia Milone did with AfterEllen here. You can buy the song on iTunes or Amazon, find The L Project on Facebook and the check out the official video below.
3) In the United States, Magda Szubanski is probably best known as the lovable farm matriarch, Mrs. Hoggett, from the Babe films, but she’s practically a household name in Australia. She first made a name for herself as a talented sketch comedian on a handful of comedy shows, but her star really took off when she played the injury-prone Sharon on the smash-hit sitcom, Kath & Kim. This week, Szubanski came out as a lesbian on Channel Ten’s The Project, saying she was doing it publicly now because of the ongoing marriage debate in Australia and the challenges faced by LGBT youth. You can watch Szubanski’s coming out below.
4) The final casting announcements were made this week for Dustin Lance Black’s Prop 8 play 8 with Chris Colfer, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly signing on for the one-night show. As we previously reported, they join George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Martin Sheen, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Christine Lahti, Matthew Morrison, Rory O'Malley, Yeardley Smith and George Takei. The West Coast production premieres March 3 at Los Angeles’ Wilshire Ebell Theatre and proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), a nonprofit organization working towards marriage equality. The play will be directed by Rob Reiner and follows a successful performance of the show on Broadway.
5) This week’s project to watch is not a film but an album, or more specifically, the album which the band the Cold & Lovely would like to release. The band was formed by a pair of friends who teamed up with former Hole drummer (and out musician) Patty Schemel while volunteering at LA’s Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls. The band is raising funds for their debut album release through PledgeMusic, which will also donate 10% of the money raised to the nonprofit camp that brought them together. You can see their pitch video below, and make a pledge by visiting their site here.