The GLAAD Wrap: The return of 'The L Word', new music from Kesha, Dodie, 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 film Check It is now available for streaming on comedian Louis CK's website. Check It, directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, follows Check It, a D.C. street gang with nearly 200 members living in one of the most violent parts of the city. The majority of the members of Check It are young LGBTQ people of color, and the film empowers voices that are often unheard to share their own stories. You can watch Check It on LouisCK.net for $5, and watch a preview for the film below.

2) A reboot of The L Word is officially in development at Showtime. The drama, following a group of queer women in West Hollywood, originally aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009. Creator Ilene Chaiken will return as an executive producer, but the search is on for a new showrunner and writers who are connected to the queer woman community. Cast members Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leisha Hailey have signed reprise their roles as Bette, Shane, and Alice while also serving as executive producers for the new episodes which will focus on a new group of women.

3) The casting and characters of Freeform's Marvel's New Warriors has been annouced. Coming out in 2018, the show will be the first comedy in the Marvel Universe, following a group of indivuduals with enchanced powers, but very small ones. One of these characters is out lesbian Deborah Fields aka Debrii, played by Kate Comer, who has the smallest amount of telekinesis, only enough to move a paper clip. While more and more queer characters are making the jump to small screens, comic book films are still not including LGBTQ characters from their source pages as GLAAD has reported

4) Indoor Boys is a new web series debuting exclusively on HuffPost Queer Voices this Sunday, July 16th. Each episode is only five minutes long and follows Luke (Wesley Taylor) and Nate (Alex Wyse), two gay men who share an apartment in Los Angeles. Taylor and Wyse also wrote and directed Indoor Boys in addition to starring as the two main characters. Catch the first episode of Indoor Boys this Sunday on HuffPost Queer Voices, and in the meantime check out the teaser trailer below!

5) Emmy nominated series Gay of Thrones returns this Sunday for its seventh season concurrent with the return of the popular fantasy series Game of Thrones. Gay of Thrones is a recap webseries produced by Funny or Die and is hosted by stylist Jonathan Van Ness. The series was started in 2013 during the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones and was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series at the 2016 Emmys. Check out the trailer for this upcoming season of Gay of Thrones below and you can watch it this Sunday on Funny or Die.

6) Out pop duo Superfruit, composed of Pentatonix's Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, released the video for thier song "Worth It." The video follows two young adults as they dance beautifully through movie sets. "Worth It" is available for stream and download off of Superfruit's debut EP Future Friends, and you can watch the video below.

7) One week after releasing “Praying”, her first original song release since her 2012 album Warrior, bisexual pop star Kesha released a new music video for her new single “Woman”. In an essay penned for Rolling Stone, Kesha wrote of the feminist anthem, “I just really… love being a woman and I wanted an anthem for anyone else who wants to yell about being self-sufficient and strong.” Watch the music video for “Woman” below and be sure to check out Kesha’s upcoming album Rainbow on August 11th!

8) Bisexual YouTuber Dodie Clark recently released new music both on Spotify and on her YouTube channel, doddleoddle. Partnering with Skittles, Dodie released “I’m bisexual – a coming out song”. Although she is already out online, Clark stated in a tweet that she wrote the song for those who weren’t. Dodie also released her newest single “6/10” last Friday on Spotify and other streaming platforms. “6/10” is the newest single off of Dodie’s upcoming EP, You, which will be released on August 11th. Watch “I’m bisexual – a coming out song!” below, and be sure to check out “6/10” in anticipation of Dodie’s new EP!

9) This week, queer pop duo TWINKIDS released “Overdressed”, a new single designed to capture “the euphoric feeling of new love and the toxicity of passion.” TWINKIDS’ EP, titled Boys Love, will be released by Om Records on August 18. Leading up to another August EP release, queer singer Brooke Candy also recently released “Volcano”, the lead single off of her upcoming EP. Watch the music video for "Volcano" on YouTube and listen to "Overdressed" below!

10) The finale of the podcast The Animals, which tells the story of the relationship between portrait artist Don Bachardy and late author Christopher Isherwood, comes out today. In the podcast, Alan Cumming and Simon Callow (playing Bachardy and Isherwood, respectively) read love letters that the couple wrote to one another over the years. The Animals is coming to an end this week with a two-part reading of A Meeting by the River, a play about two queer men that the couple wrote together in 1968. A Meeting by the River’s Act I is currently out and Act 2 is available today. Listen to The Animals and A Meeting by the River here.

11) Streetkids is a developing rock opera musical created by composer Alan Motley that revolves around LGBTQ homeless youth and their friends in New York City and their methods of survival. The protagonist of the show, Brianna Young, is transgender, and Motley intends to conduct interviews with trans youth of color in order to inform her story. Motley is currently crowdsourcing funds for Streetkids on Kickstarter with a fundraising goal of $50,000. Listen to the Streetkids theme below:

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