The GLAAD Wrap: Tribeca line up annouced; Jonathan Groff books lead role in Netflix show; and more!

Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.

1) Tribeca Film Festival has announced their final slate of films to be screened at their 2016 festival. The films include the world premiere of the documentary Check It, about a group of gay and trans teens who try to get out of their gang lifestyle through fashion. Also being screened is the James Franco starring gay porn drama King Cobra. Tribeca runs from April 13th- 24th in New York City.

2) Out actor Jonathan Groff has been cast as the lead in the new Netflix drama Mindhunter. The series is based on the crime novel Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. The show is executive produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron, with Fincher directing the pilot. Groff is currently on Broadway in Hamilton and recently starred in the GLAAD award nominated Looking.

3) This week, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend released the first song about Darryl’s sexuality. The song, belted by Pete Gardner in an 80’s style music video, serves not only as his coming out, but also as a way to subvert stereotypes of bisexuality. “Being bi does not imply that you’re a player or a slut,” he sings pre-saxophone solo in this upbeat number. Check out the video below.

4) Transparent’s Jill Soloway is writing and directing another project for Amazon. The film, entitled Ten Aker Wood, is about a woman who leaves an unhappy marriage to live on a pot farm in Northern California. Soloway said the film is semi-autobiographical, and is one of the many productions she has slated with Amazon. Her first project with the studio, Transparent is nominated for a GLAAD media award, and is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

5) In adjacent news, out Canadian comedian Sabrina Jalees has been cast in season three of Transparent. In other TV news, Freeform has made their first renewal under their new name: a fourth season of their top-rated comedy Young and Hungry. MTV’s Scream has set a return date for the sophomore show, which will be a continuation of the saga, but under new showrunners. Scream returns on May 31st at 10pm on MTV.

6) Beisspony, a German queer indie duo, has released the music video for their single “Masochistic Time Machine.” The video is an animated take on “the emotional pitfalls of time travel.” The band will be playing at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX next week, and you can check out the video below.

7) SXSW has also announced the first ever Queer Style Panel in the history of the festival. The panel is called “Queer Style: Visual Activism & Fashion Frontier” and will focus on how queer fashion has influenced popular brands, and how it can be used for social change. It will be hosted by the New York company dapperQ, a style guide for queer fashion.

8) This Sunday, tickets go on sale for the fourth annual GaymerX, a convention for all gamers of all identities. The convention, taking place in Santa Clara, CA, was started as a fun and safe space queer gamers. It includes Video Games, Tabletop Games, and Card Games. GX4 will run from September 30th through October 2nd. Tickets are available here and can be purchased starting Sunday at 7pm PST.

9) The nominations for the 28th annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced. These awards are given to achievements in LGBT literature. Among the nominees is Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, the memoir from out musician/comedian Carrie Brownstein, and The First Bad Man, a novel from Miranda July.  “The awards not only elevate LGBT literature,” says Lambda Literary Board President KG MacGregor, “[they] elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories.” The Awards will be held June 6th at NYU.

10) Filmmaker Sam Abbas has almost finished shooting his latest film, Time to Come. The short film follows a relationship between Rami, a Middle Eastern Muslim, and Lee, an Asian-American. The film is about how Rami is torn between his sexuality and his family’s religious views. Abbas has created a Kickstarter for the film, and hopes to submit it to festivals to tell this important story.