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: New Drag Race Cast and Takei Five-O
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) Logo announced the cast for the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and premiered a new trailer featuring the contestants. Among the ranks (in order as they appear in the trailer) are Lineysha Sparx, Honey Mahogany, Jinkx Monsoon, Ivy Winters, Serena ChaCha , Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Roxxxy Andrews, Monica Beverly Hillz, Detox, Jade Jolie, Vivienne Pinay, Alaska, and Penny Tration. The season premiere is set for January, so it’s already time to start planning those viewing parties! Check out the NewNowNext website to meet the queens, and catch the season finale of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race this Monday.
2) The BBC aired a special holiday prequel minisode of Doctor Who during their Children in Need benefit show. The minisode was aired in anticipation of the Doctor Who Christmas special, which will see the return of lesbian warrior Madame Vastra and her “cohort” Jenny and is set to air on Christmas Day. Check out the minisode of a sad Doctor with his alien friends below, along with the official trailer for the special which will air here on BBC America.
3) Out actor George Takei announced via Tumblr that he is shooting an episode of Hawaii Five-O set to air on CBS in December. Titled “Kahu,” the episode will see Takei portray Uncle Choi, the bootlegger uncle of Chin Ho Kelly, played by Daniel Dae Kim.
4) A love of advocacy, humor, and bowties has inspired out Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his fiancé, Justin Mikita, to form a limited edition bowtie line benefitting marriage equality campaigns, which has now officially launched. There are over twenty ties to choose from in the Tie the Knot line through online retailer Tie Bar. Check them out here.
5) MTV announced that the network will air “I’m Positive,” a 60-minute special on World AIDS Day, December 1. The project is in collaboration with Dr. Drew Productions and will be presented under the ongoing “GYT: Get Yourself Tested” campaign. The goal of “I’m Positive” is to dispel many lingering false myths about HIV, and it will chronicle the experiences of three HIV-positive young adults. Among them is the openly gay Otis, who struggles with setting a good example as an LGBT person for his family while coming out as HIV-positive. Check out the special on MTV with a simulcast on MTV Tr3s on December 1 at 7 pm ET.
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6) Playwright Del Shores, the creator of Sordid Lives, is working on a film version of his award winning play Southern Baptist Sissies. The story is about four gay boys who grew up in the Southern Baptist Church as they each go through separate journeys of self-acceptance. The original play won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production. Del Shores is seeking funding for the project, and you can check out his Kickstarter page here.
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage