The GLAAD Wrap: 'Judy' in theaters; casting news for Brian Michael Smith, Peppermint, Cynthia Nixon, and Andrew Scott; new albums from Tegan and Sara, Young M.A, Adam Lambert, 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) Judy, the biopic of infamous singer and performer Judy Garland, starring Renee Zellweger, will be released in theaters today. Regarded as a gay icon, the film dives into Garland’s relationship with the community, including her friendship with a gay couple who tell her she helped them through times of hardship. Tickets are available here and the trailer is below.

2) Sundance hit Sister Aimee opens in limited released today. Based on the historical disappearance of the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, the film follows her on the (mostly fictional) adventure she took after leaving the church, including a queer romance. The film is playing in limited theaters in New York and LA this weekend and will be available on demand on October 1. Watch the trailer below!

3) In television news, history was made when Brian Michael Smith was cast in FOX's 9-1-1: Lonestar, making him the first black transgender man to be a series regular on broadcast television. Smith will play a Paul, “a transgender male firefighter with a gift for observation worthy of Sherlock Holmes.” GLAAD’s Alex Schmider told Out Magazine of the casting, “Trans men, especially Black trans men, have been largely underrepresented on television, making this casting and character significant not only to the entertainment landscape, but also in furthering the public's understanding of who trans men are.”


I’m having all the feels right now- but the most pressing one is gratitude! I’m so incredibly grateful for this opportunity. For an opportunity that for a long time I couldn’t imagine being possible. To as a black transman play a badass transmasculine character onscreen and to be the representation for others that I wished I had growing up. I can let go of so many doubts that had threatened to overpower my dreams and I hope this frees many of my black and trans siblings from the bondage of fear that comes from trying to exist in a world that works so hard to tells us we don’t matter and that we don’t have the right to be here. As the @theebillyporter shared the last night from the #Emmy stage while quoting James Baldwin: “I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day...’It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this Earth like I had a right to be here.’ I have the right, you have the right. We all have the right.” I am honored I am thrilled and I am so thankful! Looking forward to this next adventure with my @911lonestar crew. Shout out to my wife, To my mom @mzinittowin and my family, my team: @mgrwithatweet @erabon @natashamatallanamarken, my incredible friends and classmates and my teachers @terryknickerbockerstudio And @anthonyabeson And door openers: #timminear @mrmurphy @ericsouliere @ava @oprah @anthonysparks @cheryldunye @lavernecox @chazbono @tiqmilan @marjalewisryan @sho_thelword @queensugar #nickadams @anderfinn Tune into @911 for the season 3 premiere and look for us @911lonestar in January. #911 #911onfox #911lonestar actorslife #deadline #breaking #mondaymotivation #transisbeautiful #representationmatters

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4) Out comedian Joel Kim Booster has announced a new series from upcoming streaming platform Quibi, Trip, a romantic comedy series based on Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice that follows two best friends on a weeklong vacation on Fire Island. In more TV news, RuPaul’s Drag Race alum and transgender actress and activist Peppermint has been cast on CBS's God Friended Me for a two episode arc as a trans pastor. Her first episode will air on Sunday, October 6. Out actor Andrew Scott has been cast as the lead in Ripley, a Showtime drama based on the novel by lesbian author Patricia Highsmith. He will play the titular role of Ripley, a queer thief and con man.

5) Out actor Billy Porter, fresh off his history-making Emmy win, has been set to make his directorial debut with an episode of the GLAAD Media Award-winning Pose, which he currently stars in. In other TV news, out actress and fellow Emmy-winner Cynthia Nixon has been cast in HBO’s upcoming The Gilded Age opposite Christine Baranski.  The two will play sisters in the drama from Julian Fellowes. Out actor and GLAAD honoree Jim Parsons has been cast in Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netlfix series HollywoodDetails are under wraps for the plot of the series, but Murphy's first Netflix project The Politician was released today and is currently streaming

6) The soundtrack to the musical series finale of Transparent is available to stream and download today. The songs from the finale are written by out writer Faith Soloway, and performed by the Transparent cast including trans cast members Alexandra Billings, Trace Lysette and Shakina Nayfack. Listen to the soundtrack here, and catch the Transparent finale streaming on Amazon Prime.

7) The newest album from lesbian duo Tegan and Sara Hey, I’m Just Like You is out today. In conjunction with the album release, the twins also released their collaborative memoir High School on Tuesday. Purchase the book here, stream the album here, and watch GLAAD talk with Tegan and Sara below! Also releasing a new album today is out singer Adam Lambert, whose new EP Velvet: Side A, is available to stream and download here. 

8) Out lesbian rapper Young M.A. released her debut album Herstory in the Making today. Stream and download the album here, and watch the video for single “No Bap Freestyle” below. Out singer VINCINT release a new single and video for his song “Someday.” Watch the video here. Producer Zedd released a new song with out singer Kehlani today. Listen to their collab “Good Thing” here.

9) Out bi singer Tove Lo released a new music video and single for “Sweettalk My Heart,” off her newest album Sunshine Kitty. Watch the music video here and listen to the album here. Out singer Kevin McHale released a new music video for his song “Arizona” from his recent EP Boy. Watch the music video here and stream Boy here. Queer musician J. Hoard released his newest music video for the single “Pain on Repeat” this week. Watch the music video below!

10) The original soundtrack to off-Broadway hit A Strange Loop was released today. With music from out playwright Michael R. Jackson, and out lead actor Larry Owens, the soundtrack follows Usher, a queer, Black man writing a musical. Listen to the soundtrack here. In other theater news, trans activist and actress Alexandra Billings has been cast as Madame Morrible in Wicked on Broadway in a historic casting announcement.

11) The long-awaited sequel to the horror video game The Last Of Us released a new trailer on Wednesday and announced the release date for the game. The Last of Us Part II will be released on Febuary 21, 2020, and continue to follow lesbian lead Ellie as she fights for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Watch the new trailer here.

12) New comic book mini-series Quarter Killer debuted on comiXology on Thursday, from queer creators Vita Ayala and Danny Lore. The series follows Quentin Kidd a.k.a QK, an ex-corporate computer hacker who offers their services to those willing to pay them with old school currency, specifically quarters, because quarters are untraceable. The series is available for purchase or free with Amazon, Kindle, or comiXology members, here. New book The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce, was released on Tuesday. The book is a collection of art, petry, and essays including several essays by LGBTQ people, about navigating the world with confidence and courage in their bodies. Order the book here. 

13) Razor Tongue, a new webseries from filmmaker and actress Rain Valdez, an out and proud trans woman, was released last weekend. Starring Valdez, Sterling Jones, and Alexandra Grey, the show follows a trans woman who is goaded into calling out someone she loves, and confronts the implications of “call out” culture. It is also staffed by 80 percent trans, queer, female and POC crew. Click here to watch the first episode!

14) Queer Asian-American filmmaker Cynthia Blancaflor is currently fundraising for her film Coming Out, Coming Home: Queer Asian American Stories. The film will document the coming out stories of five queer Asian-Americans. The subjects include a Filipina lesbian, a Nepali lesbian, a Indian gender-queer person, a Japanese trans man and a Korean gay man. Learn more about the project here.