The GLAAD Wrap: Pariah Opens and New Features in the Works

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) Opening next week is Pariah, winner of the Excellence in Cinematography Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Writer and Director Dee Rees brings us the story of Alike a 17-year-old high school student from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, who quietly embraces her attraction to other women.  Coming out to her family proves difficult as her conservative mother pushes her to embrace her femininity and seeing the reaction her best friend received when telling her family about her sexual orientation, pushes Alike to hide her orientation.  Through Alike’s eyes, viewers discover an authentic encounter of the difficulties of living openly and honestly. Watch the trailer below.

2) Over at Indie Gogo, Director Robert Camina is trying to bring his documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge to fruition.  Following the brutal events that unfolded in Fort Worth, Texas, during a bar inspection on July 28, 2009, Camina conducted interviews to tell the stories of The Rainbow Lounge patrons who were arrested that night.  Out actress Meredith Baxter is a narrator. Camina only needs assistance to cover the final costs of his project.  To find out more, watch the video below and head to the documentary’s Indie Gogo page.

3) Judas Kiss Director J.T. Tepnapa and Writer Carlos Pedraza are teaming up once again to bring Something Like Summer to the big screen.  The novel follows Ben and Tim, hidden high school sweethearts whose relationship turns into a complicated friendship as they grow older.  The filmmakers expect to have the screenplay ready by next spring.

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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.