The GLAAD Wrap: 'Pose' picked up to series, 'Fosters' spinoff, 'One Day at a Time' trailer 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) Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black of Milk and When We Rise will receive the Writer’s Guild of America West’s 2018 Valentine Davies Award. The Award recognizes Black for his civil and human rights work in the LGBTQ community. Black will be honored for his film and television work, as well as his activism which included fighting against Proposition 8 and organizing the 2009 LGBTQ March on Washington. He will receive the award at the 2018 Writer’s Guild of American West Coast ceremony on February 11th.

2) GLAAD Media Award-nominated musical bare: A Pop Opera is being adapted into a feature film. The play tells the story of two gay teenagers at a Catholic boarding school and their struggles within that world. The film is set to be directed by Kristin Hanggi, the original director of the musical, and she will adapt the script to a screenplay as well. She and the team behind the film are currently collecting video testimonials about what the show meant to individuals, which you can submit here.

3) Ahead of its Sundance premiere, HBO Documentary Films has bought the rights to documentary Believer, which follows Imagine Dragons front man Dan Reynolds as he investigates the treatment of LGBTQ people within the Mormon Church. Reynolds is using the film and his platform to bring a much needed discussion of how the church interacts with LGBTQ people and the unhealthy consequences. The documentary also focuses on out Neon Trees frontrunner Tyler Glenn. It will premiere at Sundance in Park City, Utah. You can click here to see the other LGBTQ-inclusive content premiering at Sundance. 

4) Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated series Pose has been officially picked up to series by FX, the first season will consist of eight episodes. Notable for having the largest transgender series regular cast in U.S. scripted television history and over 50+ LGBTQ characters in the ensemble, Pose tells the story of different facets of Manhattan in the 80s including the iconic ball scene. Trans actors include MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Shar, and Angelica Ross. Our Lady J and Janet Mock will serve as producers on the show, and Murphy’s Half Initiative will be bring in emerging trans directors as well. Pose will start production in February and will air this summer.

5) Freeform’s family drama The Fosters has announced that the current fifth season will be its last, with a three night finale event airing this summer. GLAAD Media Award-winning The Fosters was known for its LGBTQ inclusion, as it centered on a family with two lesbian moms, an adopted gay son, and included many queer and trans recurring characters. Freeform announced that a spinoff is in the works, centering on the characters of Callie and Mariana. Hopefully the new series will continue the quality LGBTQ representation fans have seen in The Fosters, and include some visits from Stef and Lena.

6) The official trailer for the second season of Netflix’s One Day at a Time was released on Thursday. The first season told the story of Elena coming out as gay, and the second season promises to continue that storyline, as the trailer includes a storyline of her starting a GSA organization at her school. All episodes will be on Netflix on January 26th. In other Netflix news, the streaming giant renewed the series She’s Gotta Have It, which features a pansexual lead, for a second season.

7) Out actor and singer Jussie Smollett’s debut solo single “Freedom” was released on Thursday night. The Empire star’s song is available to stream and download on all music platforms, and his album Sum of My Music will drop on March 2. In other music news, the first round of performers were announced for the 2018 Grammys, which include out singer and nominee Lady Gaga. Check out GLAAD’s post here to see the LGBTQ-inclusive nominees this year.



8) The first issue of DC’s newest Snagglepuss series hit shelves this week. Entitled Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, the comic reimagines the iconic pink cat as a closeted playwright living in New York in the 1950s. It uses the period to talk about relevant social issues Snagglepuss is investigated under the House Committee of Un-American Activities, as well as having to hide his sexuality. The first issue is now available for digital and print purchase, and next issue will be out next month.

9) Legacy is a fantasy web series in the work that tells the story of Carson, a genderqueer college student who joins a mysterious social club and discovers that they are in fact chosen to inherit mythological god-like abilities. The creators of the series want to tell this fun mythology story while also including much needed LGBTQ representation, with a genderqueer lead and a largely LGBTQ-lead ensemble. Legacy is currently fundraising for production on the first season, and you can find out how to help here.