The GLAAD Wrap: '1985' trailer, 'Dream Daddy' comics, new music from Troye Sivan, MNEK, and more!

Every week, the GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend!

1) The first trailer has been released for the intimate drama 1985, starring out actor Cory Michael Smith as a young gay man who returns home to Texas to inform his parents that he has been diagnosed as HIV-positive. “If you read a thumbnail of what this film is about, it could be perceived as something so tragic, but I find there to be so much heart and hope in this,” Smith says of the film. After getting rave reviews out of SXSW, 1985 will be released in theaters on October 26. Watch the trailer below!

2) Breaking Glass pictures has acquired the rights to documentary Call Her Ganda, which follows the murder of Jennifer Laude, a Filipino transgender woman, who was killed by a US Marine. The film dives into those seeking justice for her death, including trans journalist and them. editor Meredith Talusan. Call Her Ganda will be released in New York on September 21, and expand to further cities throughout the fall. In other film news, out producer, writer, and actor Lena Waithe has acquired the rights to Such a Fun Age, an upcoming novel that follows a young Black babysitter and her relationship with her employer.

3) Several directors have been announced for the first season of OWN’s David Makes Man, the new semi-autobiographical series from out Moonlight playwright Tarrell Alvin McCraney. Among the list of filmmakers is lesbian director Cheryl Dunye, known for her iconic debut film The Watermelon Woman, as well as her recent work on Claws, The Fosters, and Queen Sugar.

4) The first group of presenters for the Creative Arts Emmys have been announced. The group features several out Emmy nominees including Samira Wiley, Jane Lynch, and the cast of Queer Eye, among a large group of celebrity talent. The full list can be found here. The Creative Arts Emmys will take place September 8 and 9, and be telecast on FXX September 15.  

5) Out actor John Barrowman, of Torchwood and Arrow fame, co-created and is set to star in Acursian, a new series from Legendary Comics airing on Webtoon. The show follows a man who seems to have everything, but becomes the victim of an ancient Celtic curse where every decision he makes fails spectacularly. Acursian will premiere on the Webtoon app on September 13. In further news, Crunchyroll, the popular anime streaming site, has announced its first original series. Created by transgender artist and comic creator Raye Rodriguez, the show is called High Guardian Spice, and is a coming-of-age story of four girls with powers. The show will air on Crunchyroll in 2019.

6) Troye Sivan’s highly anticipated sophomore album Bloom drops today. The gay Australian pop star, who received GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award in 2017, is already receiving rave reviews for the album. As NME says, “whatever subject matter he touches, Sivan manages to tear away all the filters; there’s a tender sort of honesty to the whole album.” Bloom is available wherever music is sold, and will be hitting the road on a tour this fall.  Watch the video for title track Bloom below.

7) Panic! At the Disco, led by out front man Brendan Urie, released a music video for their song “High Hopes” off their most recent album Pray for the Wicked. Watch the video here, and catch Panic! At the Disco on tour in 2019. Rising trans pop star Kim Petras released a new single “All the Time” last week, another upbeat pop hit. Petras will be performing at GLAAD’s San Francisco Gala on September 15, as well as opening for Sivan on his Bloom tour.

8) Queer singer and songwriter MNEK released a new single from his upcoming album Language. The newest release, "Correct," is an upbeat pop hit that comes with a music video with visuals that matches the the fun tone of the song. Language will be MNEK's first full length album, though he has released an EP, several singles, and written for artists including Beyoncé and Madonna. Language will be released on September 7 and "Correct" is available wherever music is sold. Watch the video below.

9) Popular video game Dream Daddy, where players play as a single dad who moves to Maple Bay and romances other dads, has announced a new miniseries of comics from Oni Press. The new comics will tell five individual stories, each focused on a different Dad in Maple Bay. The series, which features the work of several queer writers and artists including Josh Trujillo and Kris Anka, will release issues monthly and the first issue is currently available to purchase here!

10) Limerance, a film about Park, a 10-year-old girl living in the rural south, who writes a love letter to her best friend’s sister, is currently seeking funding. The film follows Park, as both her bully and her mother find out about the letter and Park feels pressure to live differently. The project shows the challenges faced by young people who are living as their authentic queer selves. Click here to find out how to contribute to the film