The GLAAD Wrap: 'Star Trek: Discovery' trailer, new music from Jess Glynne, Ria Mae, 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) DC Digital movie Constantine: City of Demons is now available on demand. A compilation of the CW Seed show, the movie follows bisexual hero John Constantine on his path to redemption to save the soul of the daughter of family man Chas. The path to redemption is never easy, and if Constantine is to succeed, he must navigate through the dark urban underbelly of Los Angeles, outwit the most cunning spawns of Hell, and come face to face with arch-nemesis Nergal – all while battling his own inner demons. The film is available on digital platforms and the trailer is below.

2) Pansexual singer and actor Janelle Monáe is set to lend her voice to Disney’s new live-action Lady and The Tramp, starring out actors Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. Monáe will play the role of Peg, a friend of Lady’s (Thompson). The film will be released on Disney’s new streaming service to be launched late next year and will feature a cast that also includes queer actress Kiersey Clemons, alongside Benedict Wong, Ashley Jensen, and Yvette Nicole Brown. In more film news, out actress Sarah Paulson has been cast in the upcoming thriller Run from Anneesh Chaganty, the director of Searching. The film will follow a teenage girl who is raised in isolation by her mother, played by Paulson.

3) A new trailer has arrived for Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. The new season takes the crew into more exciting adventures and planets, and fans will no doubt be very excited to see couple Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber reunited. Watch the trailer below, and catch Star Trek: Discovery on January 19 when it returns on CBS All Access. In other TV news, Daniela Vega of the Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman has been cast as the lead in the upcoming Chilean drama The Pack, which will begin production shortly.

4) Thicker Than Water, a pilot from out comedian, writer, and actor Tig Notaro will go into production at ABC. The pilot centers on a single mother who returns to Tennessee for her estranged father’s funeral and meets several half-siblings for the first time. The show is executive produced by Cara DiPaolo, Notaro, and Notaro’s wife, Stephanie Allynne. ABC has also committed to a pilot from out actor Jim Parsons, Bless Her Heart, based loosely on Parson’s upbringing. The pilot follows two different Texas matriarchs, who wind up having their families live together. Both shows only have pilot commitments for now, but we hope to see them go to series.

5) ABC’s spinoff of The Middle also has a pilot commitment, and it was recently announced that gay character Brad from the original show will be a series regular on the spinoff, tentatively titled Sue Sue in the City. The comedy will follow middle child Sue Heck as she makes her way in the big city of Chicago. The CW has renewed several of their summer programs for next year, including the legal drama Burden of Truth, whose first season included a lesbian couple in the main cast. Out comedian and writer Jaboukie Young-White has been tapped as the newest correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. His first episode with the show was last night. Young-White has gained a following for his social media, as well as writing for Netflix series American Vandal and Big Mouth. Watch his first segment below. 

6) Facebook Watch’s critically lauded series Strangers now has all episodes available to watch on the streaming platform. The show follows bisexual lead Isobel, who, in the first season, rented out her apartment to several eccentric guests. In the recently released second season, Isobel is now renting out differently places in New York, moving to a different neighborhood each episode. Watch the trailer below and check out the full series here.

7) Queer British pop singer Jess Glynne released her second album Always In Between today. When commenting on the album title, Glynne said, “I’ve been here, there and everywhere in work, my personal life and relationships – be it with a man or a woman. The reason I chose that title is because I’ve accepted that it’s OK to not be one way or the other.” The album is out wherever music is sold, and Glynne will embark on a U.S. tour next spring.

8) The music video for Charlie XCX and out pop singer Troye Sivan’s single “1999” was released on Thursday. The video features the two pop stars acting out iconic moments of the ‘90s. Watch it below. Lesbian singer Ria Mae also released a new single this week, “Hold Me,” featuring Frank Kadillac. Mae said the song came from a place of the struggle to stay positive in the current climate. Listen to the song here and watch out for her EP in early 2019.

9) Pop band Ocean Park Standoff, composed of out DJ and songwriter Samantha Ronson, Pete Nappi, and Ethan Thompson, have announced a tour starting this November. This summer, the band released a music video for their song “If You Were Mine,” which already has over five million views, as well as today releasing a remix, that can be found here. Queer singer Quisol also released a video this week for his single “The Cards.” He employs a “Latinx Future” style and dreams of a queer, liberated future through his music. The music video, released on Indigenous People’s Day, is below.  

10) Trans comedian Jordan Gray and her friend, comedian Stephen Trumble, are currently funding for a web series based on the two of them and their relationship. The show Tall Dark Friend will explore the dynamics between the two comics, described as one extroverted trans woman and one self-doubting man, as they move through the London comedy scene. The show promises a “pseudo-psychedelic twist” as well as laughs. To find out how you can help, click here.