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: RuPaul's Drag Race Trailer, Warhol Exhibit, and Bent-Con Guests Announced
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 released a new extended trailer for the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. The preview gives us a peek into all of the drama, hilarity, and of course, shade that is sure to ensue on the new season as the queens attempt once again to take the crown as “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Returning contestants include fan favorites Pandora Boxx, Latrice Royale, Alexis Mateo and Jujubee, among others. RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars premieres on Monday, October 22nd at 9 pm. Guest judges will include Beth Ditto, Janice Dickinson, and Cheri Oteri. See all your returning favorites in the video below.
2) Bent-Con announced the first round of special guests that will be joining them for the 3rd annual gathering. Among them are Husbands co-creator and Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Jane Espenson, acclaimed author and son of Anne Rice, Christopher Rice, and Phil Jimenez, who has worked on Wonder Woman and The Amazing Spider-Man. Other guests include Tom Lenk, Amber Benson, Brad Bell, and numerous others. Bent-Con is the pop-culture con for LGBT fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror comics, games, movies, and books. The con will take place from November 30th through December 2nd in Burbank, CA, at the Burbank Marriott and Convention center.
3) The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is set to debut a new exhibit featuring works by legendary artist Andy Warhol. This is the first time the museum has focused primarily on Warhol, and the exhibit will feature 45 works by Warhol with 100 works by 60 different artists who were inspired by him. Coinciding with this, Target will be selling Warhol-inspired Campbell’s soup for a limited time for 75 cents. Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years will be split into different sections, including “Portraiture: Celebrity and Power” and “Queer Studies: Camouflage and Shifting Identities.” The exhibit runs from September 18th through December 31st.
4) Filmmaker Graham Kolbeins has released the first episode of his new web series, Rad Queers. The show documents artists and activists, individuals and groups, whose work tries to make the world a better place for the LGBT and other communities. The first episode features the Payasos LA, a group of bisexual and gay Latino men who dress up in clown makeup to fundraise for multiple causes, including HIV/AIDS and autism. They are dedicated to supporting youth programs and promoting Latino presence in the Arts. The first episode is available on Vimeo here, with more episodes to come.
5) (In)Voluntary Departure chronicles the year-long journey of Sandro and Alon as they are forced to walk away from the successful life they have as a committed couple in Los Angeles, and travel the world looking for a new place to call home. If it was not for DOMA, the couple would be married and would have the same protections that other couples have. However, Sandro could not acquire the same immigration status as Alon, and they have tried for fifteen years to find a way for both of them to be able to live and work in the United States. Alon and Sandro, along with director/producer Wes Culwell, have started an Indiegogo page in an effort to raise funds for the film.
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