The GLAAD Wrap: 'Skate Kitchen' and 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' in theaters, Ruby Rose is Batwoman, and more!

1) The Miseducation of Cameron Post expands into further cities this weekend, including Los Angeles, DC, Boston, and more. The film, directed by bisexual filmmaker Desiree Akhavan, follows the title character as she is sent to so-called "conversion therapy" by her conservative family. The film follows her journey surviving the experience while finding her chosen family in other queer characters she meets, one of whom is played by out actress Sasha Lane. Click here for showtimes and tickets. Visit here to learn more about GLAAD and NCLR's #BornPerfect campaign.

2) Indie hit Skate Kitchen opens today in theaters. The coming-of-age film follows teenager Camille as she finds her home in an all-women skateboarding group, a rarity in the male-dominated sport. The movie features lesbian character Kurt as one of the leaders of the skateboarders. Skate Kitchen opens in New York and Los Angeles today and will expand to several more cities next week. Click here for Skate Kitchen tickets.

3) Today, bisexual pop star Kesha released a new documentary which invites audiences to a behind-the-scenes experience of the creation of her most recent album, Rainbow. Directed by Kesha herself, Rainbow - The Film is exclusively available on Apple Music and features new footage of the singer performing throughout the country as well as her journey to self-love after facing dark times.

4) A new trailer has been released for The Happy Prince, based on the short story of the same name that centers on the famed gay writer, Oscar Wilde. The film will explore Wilde’s relationships with other men, and delve into the last three years of his life when he was jailed for being gay and faced social shame after his release. Watch the trailer below.

5) Out actress Tessa Thompson has been cast in the upcoming film, Passing. The film is based on Nella Larson’s novel in which two Black women deal with the intersections of race and gender as they struggle with oppression in late 1920s America. In other casting news, trans actress Audrey Middleton will star in the forthcoming film, Ava, based off the Israeli film Melting Away. Middleton will play the title character who reunites with her estranged family after eight years while keeping her transition a secret. Along with Middleton, the film producers plan to have many other trans cast and crew members on the project.

6) A remastered version of Buddies, Arthur J. Bressan Jr.’s 1985 film about two gay men who form a friendship while one is dying from AIDS, is being released only on Blu-ray/DVD. The film was the first movie at the time to address the HIV and AIDS epidemic and Bressan Jr. passed away from the disease a few years after the film’s premiere. Click here for more information and to purchase the DVD. 

Additionally, Out filmmaker Jim Fall has announced a new sequel is in the making for his 1999 movie Trick, which tells the tale of the adventures of two gay men as they search for a place to hook up. The film is set to release in 2019, 20 years after the first movie.

7) Out lesbian actress Ruby Rose has been cast as the CW’s new Batwoman, and will be the first-ever lesbian superhero lead in the DC universe. The network is adding the superhero to the Arrowverse, joining Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl in a crossover special. There are plans to develop a solo Batwoman show post-crossover with Rose as the star. More television news includes the renewal of FX’s hit anthology series American Horror Story for a tenth season. The series has featured many LGBTQ characters and actors and will premiere its eighth season on September 12.

8) Out actors Omar Sharif Jr., Scott Evans, and Alex Newell have been cast in the new half-hour series, Mélange. The series follows the aftermath of the sudden death of the owner of the fictional historical gay bar, Mélange, as various characters fight over who will take over the business. In more casting news, out actor Nico Tortorella will co-host the US version of the hit MTV UK reality series, Just Tattoo of Us. The series brings couples together as they design tattoos for each other.

9) Out singer Troye Sivan has released a new song titled “Animal” off his awaited album Bloom, which comes out on August 31. Click here to listen to the song and here for tour tickets. In more music news, Big Freedia has released a new video for her song “Karaoke” featuring Lizzo off her EP 3rd Ward Bounce. Watch the video below and click here for details on where to catch Big Freedia on tour.

10) The Television Critics Awards were announced last weekend at their semi-annual press event. Netflix’s Queer Eye was awarded Best Reality Program, while Ryan Murphy's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story received Best Movie/Miniseries. Both Queer Eye and Versace have multiple Emmy nominations as well. Click here for the full list of winners, and watch GLAAD interview the cast of Queer Eye below.

11) Topple Books, the publishing imprint of out producer Jill Soloway, is publishing a memoir from trans advocate and LGBTQ activist Precious Brady-Davis titled, I Have Always Been Me. In her book, Brady-Davis recounts her traumatic experiences of neglect and abandonment as a multiracial, religious, queer youth living in Omaha, Nebraska. Brady-Davis continues to reflect on how her self-loving and persistent spirit propelled her into her passion for activism and success throughout her life. Brady-Davis’s book will be available in 2020.

12) Hank, a new LGBTQ short film, is seeking funding. The project centers around Hank and his husband of 15 years who are struggling to keep their marriage alive. After the two decide to try an open marriage, Hank must deal with the challenges of seeing his husband date other people. Click here to support this project.