The GLAAD Wrap: 'No Dresscode Required' and 'BPM' in theaters, new music from Sam Smith, Shamir, Sia, 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 documentary No Dresscode Required opens in New York this weekend. The film tells the story of Victor and Fernando, a couple who runs a beauty salon in Baja California, and who become the first gay couple in their state to file for a marriage license. The documentary follows the couple as they deal with the backlash from members of their community, as well as their fight with the city council of Mexicali to allow them to be married. Through it all, the love the two men have for each other and their commitment shines through. The film is currently playing at the Village East Cinema in New York City, and you can watch the trailer below!

2) This weekend, the critically acclaimed French film BPM (Beats per Minute) opens in Los Angeles. The film, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, revolves around the Paris division of activist group ACT UP. It tells an intimate and personal story of the activists who risked everything to be heard and the very real fight for their lives. Beautifully directed by out filmmaker Robin Campillo, BPM is officially France’s submission for the Oscars. The film is currently playing in New York, San Francisco and now LA!

3) This week, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first look at Love, Simon, a teen romantic dramedy that follows a gay teenager, the titular Simon, as he navigates love and coming out. Directed by out writer/filmmaker Greg Berlanti, the film will follow Simon as he has an e-mail correspondence with another closeted teen, and the drama that ensues. Having a high profile film from a major studio with a gay protagonist is still extremely rare, so this film is an important step forward. Click here to see EW’s photos and watch the clip below!

4) Documentary The Freedom to Marry is out on Netflix on Friday! The film documents the historical movement for marriage equality in the United States. It follows Evan Wolfson and his fight that spanned decades to legalize marriage equality which took him all the way to the Supreme Court. The Freedom to Marry has won multiple awards and been featured around the country at film festivals, and with this Netflix release can hopefully reach an even wider audience with this important story. Check out the trailer below and click here to watch on Netflix.

5) The British Independent Film Awards have announced their nominations for this year. Gay indie drama God’s Own Country gathered an impressive 11 nominations, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and more. The BIFA’s will take place on December 10, hosted by out actor and writer Mark Gatiss. God’s Own Country, a romance between a sheep farmer and a Romanian migrant who came to work on the farm, is currently playing in New York and LA, and you can check out the trailer below!

6) In television news, Chantal Thuy has been cast in The CW’s upcoming Black Lightning as Grace Choi, a bartender and superhero who eventually becomes the romantic interest of Anissa Pierce, a major character on that show. Black Lighting will premiere in early 2018. Casting has also been announced for Sweetbitter, the upcoming drama from Starz, including the character of Ari, who is described as “an adventurous lesbian who back waits by day and DJs by night.” Another trailer dropped this week for season six of Nashville on CMT, which will begin airing in January. Watch it below!

7) The Thrill of it All, the sophomore album of out singer Sam Smith, came out on Friday. Following a successful debut is no easy feat, but The Thrill of it All continues to prove Smith’s capacity as an artist. You can stream and download the album right now, and revisit the emotional video for the lead single “Too Good at Goodbyes” below.

8) Shamir Bailey's album Revelations came out Friday, marking the out artist's third album. The nine tracks show off Shamir's capacity for emotional vulernablility, with Revelations, true to its title, being a more stripped down and real album than the ones before it. Revalations speaks to living as a queer black man, an important perspective necessary in music today. The album is available to stream and purchase, and you can listen to the song "Straight Boy" below.

9) Queer pop star Sia released the first track off of her upcoming holiday album, Everyday is Christmas, to jumpstart this holiday season early. The single “Santa’s Coming For Us,” is a catchy upbeat holiday song that keeps the singer’s signature sound. The full album will be coming out on November 17th, and is available for preorder now, and you can listen to the song here! Out bisexual singer and YouTuber dodie released a music video for her song “You” last weekend. The video follows dodie down the streets of Paris as she looks at other people in love, and ends with a sweet and romantic twist. “You” is the titular track off of dodie’s EP, which is available to stream on Spotify and Apple music now, and you can watch the video for “You” below!  

10) A Broadway revival of the groundbreaking 1968 play The Boys in the Band has been announced for a limited run next year, produced by Ryan Murphy and directed by Joe Mantello. Out actors Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and Andrew Rannells topline the cast, playing the leads in the play about a group of gay men who gather for a friend’s birthday party, but as the night goes on, cracks in the group begin to show. When it originally debuted, The Boys in the Band gave a voice to gay men and became an overnight sensation.

11) Iconic lesbian duo Tegan and Sara are continuing to expand their reach, this time into comic books. The pair will be featured in Archie Comics’ fifth issue of The Archies. The issue will feature the Archies meeting Tegan and Sara. The most recent Archie comics have been notably queer-inclusive, by breaking ground with Jughead’s asexuality among other characters. The issue will hit stands in February 2018.

12) The feature film Water in a Broken Glass just finished production, in what was part of an 11-year process to adapt Odessa Rose’s novel of the same name. The film tells the story of Tonya, a woman who is trying to find her unique voice, and finds herself in a love triangle with a man and a woman. The film explores her love for both of them, as well as her journey of self-discovery. The filmmakers are currently seeking funds for a release and festival submission. Click here to find out more about how to support this work with a queer woman of color in the lead.