The GLAAD Wrap: ‘The Politician’ and ‘Elite’ new trailers; ‘Drag Race UK’ queens revealed; new music by BROCKHAMPTON and Ty Herndon; 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) Brittany Runs a Marathon opens in theaters across the country today. The comedy follows the ups and downs of New Yorker Brittany (Jillian Bell) as she prepares to run the big race and take control of her life. The film, which is written and directed by out playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo, also features a gay character in Seth (Micah Stock), who helps Brittany along her comical and heartfelt journey. Watch the trailer below.

2) In other film openings, lesbian romance film Vita & Virginia opens in Los Angeles today. Set in 1920s England, the movie follows the real-life romance between literary genius Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and aristocrat Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). Directed by Chanya Button, the impassioned love story has played at a number of film festivals across the world. Buy your tickets here, and watch the trailer here. The film will roll out in further cities in the following weeks. 

3) In more film news, a trailer has been released for upcoming independent comedy Sister Aimee. Made by queer filmmakers Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingman, the film follows the disappearance of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson and the mostly fictional future, which includes a queer romance. The film will be released on September 27 and the trailer is below. In other film news, a new Matrix movie is supposedly in the works. Co-creator Lana Wachowski, who is an out trans woman, will return as co-writer, director, and producer of the new installment.

4) The trailer for Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series The Politician was released earlier this week. The eight-episode satire follows Payton Hobart, played by out actor and singer Ben Platt, as he attempts to win his high school’s class presidential race, with ambitions to become the President of the United States. The show also features Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange, and is set to premiere on the streaming site on Sept. 27. Watch the trailer below. In other TV news, a new trailer for the second season of Elite has surfaced. Watch the official trailer here, and catch the new season on Netflix on Sept. 6.

5) The queens for the first ever RuPaul’s Drag Race UK have been revealed. Get to know the new set of contestants in the video below. The international version of the popular television show premieres this October on BBC Three. In more Drag Race news, RuPaul’s Drag Race in the United States was renewed for Season 12 and All Stars for Season 5. Watch the announcement video here, and watch the shows on VH1 (premiere dates still pending). In more TV news, out actor Tituss Burgess will host a cooking competition show called Dishmantled on the new streaming service Quibi. While no premiere date has been set for the cooking show, which has been dubbed “a high-octane cooking competition that will literally blow your socks off,” Quibi is set to launch in April 2020.

6) Out country singer Ty Herndon released his newest album today, Got it Covered. He also released a music video for "So Small," a Carrie Underwood cover, where he highlights LGBTQ youth in Nashville. Listen to the album here and watch the video below. In more album news, Dev Hynes, better known as the artist Blood Orange, has announced he is releasing a classical music album called Fields. The album was recorded with Chicago-based ensemble Third Coast Percussion, and is out October 11.

7) BROCKHAMPTON released a new song called “No Halo,” in anticipation of their new album Ginger, out today, August 23. Watch the video below. Out musician Todrick Hall has released a remix of his song, “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels.” The new version of the song features legendary artist Ciara; listen to it here. Out musician Trey Pearson has released the video for his song “Hey Jesus.” The song and video explore themes of LGBTQ acceptance and religion. Watch the video here. Artist Mura Masa has released a song called “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again,” which features out musician Clairo. Listen to the song and watch the video here.

8) In more music news, the soundtrack for third season of the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why was released today, to coincide with the new season’s release on the streaming site. The soundtrack features music from out musicians YUNGBLUD, K. Flay, and Daya. Watch the lyric video for Daya’s song “Keeping It In The Dark” below. Taylor Swift’s new album Lover is also out today. The album includes out musician Brendon Urie (featured on “Me!”) and Annie Clark of St. Vincent (co-writer on “Cruel Summer”).

9) Boom! Studios has announced the release of a new comic book series by queer Puerto Rican author Gabby Rivera called b.b. free.  With art by Royal A. Dunlap, the series follows the adventures of the titular character and her crew of “Swamp Nerds” through a futuristic eco-dystopian America. Print copies of the series will be available for sale November 6 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app. Watch Gabby’s inspiring TED Talk below.

10) In more comic book news, queer and nonbinary author Vita Ayala is releasing a new cyberpunk series called Quarter Killer. Co-written with queer nonbinary writer Danny Lore with art by Jamie Jones, Quarter Killer tells the story of nonbinary hacker Quientin Kidd (QK) who offers their services for those willing to pay in old school currency: quarters. The series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content available on comiXology and Kindle starting Sept. 25. The collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.

11) Filmmaker Clayton Smith is making a film called Kansas, 1989 which depicts an LGBTQ teenager who is struggling to come out to someone--himself. The project also has a diverse group of women, people of color, and LGBTQ people in front of and behind the camera. To learn more, visit the project’s Seed&Spark page, and watch the campaign video below.