The GLAAD Wrap: 'The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson' out on Netflix, new music from Sam Smith, 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) On Friday, the acclaimed documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is out on Netflix. The film is a portrait of the pioneer herself, and the trans women of color around her who inspired a movement. The documentary shows never before seen archival footage of Johnson, and sheds new light on her unsolved and unjust death, while following modern day trans advocate Victoria Cruz as she tries to get the Johnson case reopened. This film is a powerful history lesson in one of the most iconic LGBTQ figures of all time. You can stream The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson right now on Netflix.

2) The film Chavela is opening in limited release this weekend. Having opened in New York on Wednesday and LA and San Francisco on Friday, Chavela is a stunning portrait of the iconic Mexican lesbian singer Chavela Vargas. The film shows Vargas through archival footage and interviews with those who knew and loved the singer taking about her life and her influence. This includes her former lover Alicia Elena Pérez as well as director Pedro Almodovar. If you’re in one of the cities in which the film is playing, don’t miss it! You can click here to see where it is playing, and check out the trailer below!

3) The documentary Woman on Fire came out this week on demand. The film follows Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. The documentary tells her story of being third generation firefighter, and how her transition affected her family and her career. Woman on Fire also shows Brooke in her relationship, her inspiring other women in the NYFD, and her speaking at pride. The film is now available to rent and buy on iTunes, and you can check out the trailer below!

4) The first trailer has been released for Freedom, the Channel Four film about the late singer George Michael. The film features plentiful footage from Michael himself, describing his life, his music, and what it all means to him. There is also a wealth of testimony from people such as Elton John who speak to Michael’s legacy as both a performer and an LGBTQ icon. More info is yet to be released on if the film will air in America, but you can watch the trailer here!

5) Out director Dee Rees has another project in the works, as she was just brought on to direct An Uncivil War, a drama following the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment. The film will take a first hand look at the fight for the amendment with feminist leaders such as Gloria Steinem and Florynce “Flo” Kennedy helming the women’s movement as they fought against conservative organizer Phyllis Shafly. The film will be fully financed by FilmNation.

6) The first trailer has been released for Marvel's Runaways, coming to Hulu on November 21st. The trailer shows the origin story of the group from the popular comic books of the same name, where they realize all their parents are up to something very sinister. Included in the core cast of Runaways is lesbian character Karolina Dean, and she is featured in the trailer as well. The show is coinciding with a new run of Runaways comics which are out now, and you can watch the trailer for the Hulu series below!

7) Amazon and BBC have teamed up to produce A Very English Scandal, a series from out writer Russell T. Davies set right after the decriminalization of homosexuality in the U.K. Starring Hugh Grant and out actor Ben Wishaw, the film tells the story of the Liberal Party Leader Jeremy Thorpe (Grant), and how is ex lover (Wishaw) threatened to expose their secret. The three-part drama is currently filming. In other television news, Freeform’s The Bold Type has been renewed for two more seasons, so there is hope for fans of the queer relationship of Kat and Adena!

8) A trailer has been released for Viceland’s The Trixie and Katya Show. Based on their popular webseries UNHhhh, the show will follow drag queens Katya and Trixie Mattel as they talk about a variety of topics with their own comedic spin on it, as well as going out and doing interviews on the streets. The show will premiere on November 15th on Viceland, and you can watch the trailer here!

9) Out singer Sam Smith has just announced his sophomore album The Thrill of it All, which will be released November 3rd. He also announced a tour for 2018 to accompany the album. Info on how to pre-order the album and the concert dates are available here. Tickets will go on pre-sale October 11th, and on sale to the general public on the 12th. On Friday, the singer also released his second single from The Thrill of it All, “Pray,” which you can listen to below!

10) St. Vincent released the video for her single “Los Ageless” this week. The video follows the singer in a surreal Technicolor montage in different types of de-aging techniques. “Los Ageless” is the second single off of St. Vincent’s (aka Annie Clark) upcoming album MASSEDUCTION, which will be released on October 13th. The album is available for preorder now, and you can watch the video below!

11) White and Colors is a recently completed short film that explores the end of a relationship between two women. Taking place at a Laundromat, the film goes through the five-year relationship, how the two have grown and changed, and if what they have can be salvaged. The filmmakers are currently raising funds for festival submissions. The read more about their process and the film itself, you can click here!