The GLAAD Wrap: 'Vida' trailer, 'Love, Simon' sneak peek, 'Take My Wife' on iTunes 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) Love, Simon will debut in theaters across the country for one night only, tomorrow, Saturday, March 10, before the film's official release next Friday, March 16. Directed by out producer and filmmaker Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon is a love story about finding yourself. The movie tells the story of the titular Simon, a closeted high school senior, who starts an email correspondence with another closeted gay student at his school.  Find a screening near you and get tickets at

2) Array, the film distribution company founded by Ava DuVernay, has just acquired the LGBTQ-centric documentary, Jewel’s Catch One. The documentary, directed by C. Fitz, “explores the legacy and glitz of the Los Angeles-based Catch One club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams.” The film is set to begin screening on May 1 with a national tour, as well as a Netflix release on the same date. Check out the trailer below!

3) Luca Guadagnino, director of the Oscar winning film Call Me By Your Name, has said there will be a sequel. Set five or six years after the first, the movie will have Elio and Oliver reconnect, and possibly traveling around the world together. Another central theme of the story could also be the HIV and AIDS epidemic, as this story will take place in the mid-1980s. While Guadgnino has been dropping some hints, much is still up in the air as the script as not been finished yet. Guadagnino said his hopeful release date for this film will be in 2020.  

4) Lesbian film director Cheryl Dunye is now set to write and direct The Wonder of All Things for Lionsgate. The Wonder of All Things follows 13-year-old Ava who discovers she has the power to heal people after saving the life of her friend, Wash. Previously, Dunye has directed and written several projects with her most famous being the 1996 release, The Watermelon Woman.

5) Registration is now open for the Easterseal Disability Film Challenge, an annual weekend-long film competition where entrants are given just 55 hours to write, produce, and complete a three to five minute short film. This is the challenge's fifth year, and the project aims to challenge people to change the way they view disability. Registration is currently open for the April 13-15 competition, and our members can use code "GLAAD2018" at checkout for 20% off the registration fee.

6) Starz has released the first trailer for the upcoming series Vida! The half-hour drama follows two estranged sisters who return to their East LA home after learning of their mother's death, where they must confront their past and also learn about their mother's wife they never knew. The show will premiere May 6 on Starz, but if you'll be at SXSW this weekend, you can catch a special screening and Q&A.

7) Out actor Dan Bucatinsky has just been cast in a new comedy pilot for NBC. Titled So Close, the show will center around two “hopeless romantics” who “…are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart, and may be each other’s soulmates.” Bucatinsky will play one of the character’s closest friends, who’s constantly looking out for her. He most recently starred in the Oscar-nominated The Post, and recently reprised his role as Neil in Will and Grace

8) On March 5, seasons one and two of Cameron Esposito’s and Rhea Butcher’s GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedy, Take My Wife, premiered on iTunes. Take My Wife centers on the details of Esposito’s and Butcher’s fictionalized lives as lesbian stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. Seasons one and two are both available to purchase on iTunes, and come May 1, both will be available to stream on Starz as well! Watch a trailer for the show below!

9) Schitt’s Creek has just been renewed for season five by Pop TV. The show, which began in 2015, follows a family that has gone from riches to rags, and must now all live in very close company. The TV show features pansexual son, David, whose relationships on the show are continually explored.  Season four of the show is currently airing, so check out the trailer for it below!

10) The A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack will be released digitally on streaming services today, and hard CD copies will be available March 30. The soundtrack features out artists Kehlani, singing “Let Me Live,” and Sia singing “Magic.” Listen to "Let Me Live" in the trailer for the movie below!

11) Peppermint, the standout star of season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has just released the first song off of her new album. The title single, “Blend,” is an anthem for the trans community. The song emphasizes the importance of standing out and being an individual, rather than blending in with everyone else. The song also features out rapper Cazwell. Check out the music video below! Another queen from season nine has also been busy with their music. Jinkx Monsoon, the winner of season five, has just released a music video to go along with their track, “Just Me (The Gender Binary Blues).” The song and the video both reinforce the need for non-binary acceptance.

12) A new music video has just been released by the synthpop band, Years & Years. The “Sanctify” video features a dystopian world where androids rule and the few humans that do exist, merely provide entertainment. Gay musician and lead singer Olly Alexander stars in the video, and is credited with co-creating the concept as well. There is no official release date yet for their upcoming album, so in the meantime, keep watching the video below!

13) Minneapolis-based rap duo Moodie Black has just released a new song called “Sway.” Rapper K came out as transgender within the past year, and says that this song discusses “internalized transmisogyny, dysphoria, [and] the country’s obsession with body parts and sexualizing trans people.” Moodie Black’s sophomore album, Lucas Acid, is set to be released on April 6. Listen to “Sway” below!

14) Lambda Literary, the oldest and largest organization that solely features LGBTQ literature, has just announced the finalists for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award.  These finalists were chosen from over 1,000 submissions, and include many different pieces such as Difficult Women by Roxane Gay, After the Blue Hour by John Rechy, The Gift by Barbara Browning, and The Black Emerald by Jeanne Thorton. The awards ceremony will be held on June 4.

15) Carly Usdin, the writer of Boom! Studios’ Heavy Vinyl and a member of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, is working on a new film. Titled Muscle Memory, the film centers on “a college freshman who falls in love with close-up magic as an escape from her unrequited crush on her roommate and her undiagnosed OCD.” The film is currently seeking funding. To learn more about Muscle Memory click here, and watch the Seed & Spark video below!