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: Patty Schemel Doc Opens, CBS Soap Gets a New Lesbian Couple, and John Irving's Bisexual Character
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 this weekend in New York and next week in Los Angeles is the rock documentary, Hit So Hard, which traces the life of out drummer Patty Schemel. Most famous for being part of the iconic 90’s band Hole, Schemel found herself swept up in the instant success and decadent lifestyle that would ultimately claim the lives of some of her famous peers. Despite living some truly dark times though, Schemel ultimately found her way back out. Music fans will definitely not want to miss this one. Check out the trailer below.
2) If you just happen to be visiting Italy next week (or if you live there), the Torino GLBT Film Festival is running from April 19 through the 25th. Among the films in the lineup are recent Teddy winners Call Me Kuchu and Keep the Lights On, as well as the upcoming comedy The Perfect Family, starring Kathleen Turner. You can get more information and tickets (provided you can read Italian) at the festival’s website here.
3) Long running CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful will introduce its first LGBT storyline when it’s revealed that new character Caroline Spencer actually has two moms. Celebrated soap actresses Crystal Chappell and Joanna Johnson will play a couple named Karen and Natalia. Look for the whole family to make their first appearance together in mid-May.
4) Bravo has posted an It Gets Better video by Reza Farahan, the out gay star of Persian reality series Shahs of Sunset. He talks about his reasons for getting into reality TV and his coming out story. “You can go on and do wonderful things,” he says,” It gets better, I promise.” Shahs season finale is this Sunday, April 15. Watch Reza’s video below.
5) WE tv’s series My Fair Wedding with host David Tutera has put out a casting call for same sex couples in the Los Angeles area that are planning a union ceremony in April, May or June 2012. The show is looking for couples with unique ideas. Contact producers at MFWcasting@pilgrimfilms.tv with the couple’s names, address, phone number, ceremony date and location, a recent photo and a brief description of why the ceremony qualifies.
6) Bonnie Raitt released the music video for “Right Down the Line” earlier this week from her upcoming album Slipstream. Shot in the Neo Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, the video features diverse couples as it speaks to the song’s message of love, commitment and equality. Watch it below.
7) Fans of novelist John Irving will be happy to learn of the release of his new book In One Person early next month. Told as a first person narrative, the novel relates the life of a bisexual man starting with the realization of his sexual orientation while a high school senior in 1960. Watch John Irving talking about the novel below.
8) OUT RUN is a feature length documentary following LGBT activists in conservative parts of the world who choose to pursue work as elected officials in high visibility roles. The creative team behind the film has started an indiegogo campaign to raise crucial funds for travel, translation and editing. OUT RUN features the stories of Bemz Benedito, a transgender candidate for Congress in the Philippines, and David Kuria, a gay activist running for Senate in Kenya. The film hopes to put a human face to the LGBT movement in these areas and inspire other activists to run their own political campaigns. Watch the character sketch video of David below.
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