The GLAAD Wrap: Ellen Nabs Mark Twain Prize and Gloria Estefan is GLEEful

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) Dustin Lance Black’s directorial debut Virginia will be playing in select cities starting May 18th. Jennifer Connelly stars as beautiful but unstable mother Virginia struggling to raise her son while carrying on a two decade long affair with the married town sheriff. Life for Virginia gets further complicated when the Sheriff decides to run for Senate and her son falls for his daughter. Watch the trailer below.


2) Out comedian and television personality Ellen DeGeneres will be this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  She will be presented with the prize on October 12.  The ceremony will be taped for a later broadcast.  "It's such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize,” she said following the announcement.   “To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder … why didn't I get this sooner?" 

3) Gloria Estefan guest stars on Tuesday’s Glee finale as Maribel Lopez, the mother of Santana Lopez. Her storyline will include a Brittana date and discussion of how Maribel feels about Santana’s grandmother rejecting her when Santana came out. Watch a behind the scenes sneak peek below.


4) The GLAAD Media Awards nominated Broadway show Priscilla Queen of the Desert will end its run at the Palace Theater on June 24.  Will Swenson, Nick Adams and Tony Sheldon having been staring in the musical since it opened on March 20, 2011 as three friends and drag queens that go on a wild road trip across Australia.  For those in New York City who would like to catch one of their final performances, click here.



5) Out musician and actress Heather Peace will be releasing her debut studio album Fairytales on Monday.  You can watch the video for her single ‘Better than You’ below and preview the album on iTunes.


6) New Yorkers interested in a seldom-seen corner of LGBT history will want to check out the new exhibit Les Amies de Place Blanche opening today at the International Center of Photography.   Photographer Christer Strömholm spent the late 50’s and 60’s living in Paris, where he befriended and photographed a number of transgender women working in the red light district and saving money for gender reassignment.  The Center will stage a panel and tour with members of the photographer’s estate and a Strömholm scholar today at 6pm EST.  Visit the center’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.

7) Five Dances follows the rocky journey of Chip, an incredibly talented 18-year-old dancer who must choose between his responsibilities to his broken family back home and creating a life and career for himself in New York City. The film team needs financial assistance to fund festival costs and to be able to finish editing the film and preparing it for exhibition. Learn more at the film’s Kickstarter page and watch the trailer below.