The GLAAD Wrap: 'Whose Streets?' premieres in theaters, BBC America announces 'Queers', 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) Whose Streets?, directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, is being released in select theaters on August 11th. Whose Streets? is "an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising… told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice.” Two of the activists the film focuses on are Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton, who met while protesting the death of Michael Brown. The two went on to be married, and the film includes the couple speaking on their relationship and raising a daughter together. To find theaters showing the film near you and purchase tickets, go to the Whose Streets? official website. Watch the trailer for Whose Streets? below.

2) Cinema Diverse, the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The festival will open with The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, the new documentary about the out writer of the Tales of the City novels. Maupin will open the event, as well as participate in a Q&A, receive a lifetime achievement award, and sign copies of his upcoming memoir. Cinema Diverse opens on September 21st and runs through September 24th at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs. A special “Best of Fest” event will take place on September 29th and 30th at the Mary Pickford Theaters in Cathedral City. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Cinema Diverse website.

3) Bisexual actress Anna Paquin has been cast in the upcoming film adaptation of the novel Tell it to the Bees, a British lesbian romance set in the 1950s. Paquin plays Doctor Jean Markham, a doctor who forms an unlikely friendship with a young boy, and an eventual secret romantic relationship with his mother. Filming with director Annabel Jankel just began in Scotland.

4) BBC America recently announced that it is co-producing Queers, an eight-part short film series in which eight established writers explore the British gay experience in light of the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalized homosexual acts between men in the UK. The series was curated and directed by Mark Gatiss and stars Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Front, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan, and Fionn Whitehead. Queers will premiere on October 14th 10/9c on BBC America!

5) Out actress Jane Lynch is set to guest-star in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a 1950s-period dramedy from Gilmore Girls duo Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino. The show follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a woman whose life turns around as she takes the world of stand-up comedy by storm. Jane Lynch will portray Sophie Lennon, the most famous female comic of her time. There is no air date for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but it was picked up for two-seasons by Amazon

6) Kesha’s highly anticipated comeback album, Rainbow, came out on Friday. GLAAD recently partnered with Kesha and George Takei to bring awareness to the transgender military ban. In an interview on Good Morning America, Kesha stated, “I think this record has quite literally saved my life… I think color symbolizes hope.” Watch Kesha’s GMA interview about Rainbow below, and be sure to check out the album! Rainbow is available for streaming and purchase wherever music is sold.

7) Out bisexual songwriter and YouTuber Dodie released her sophomore EP You on Friday. The EP features six tracks, one of which, “6/10,” was released earlier in July. You is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms and you can also purchase physical copies of You on Dodie’s website. Watch the first video of ”6/10” below, and be sure to check out You!

8) Queer singer/songwriter/producer MNEK released a video for his new song “Paradise.” The video follows someone walking down a seemingly endless road surrounded by giant imagery and a blue background until it takes on a red hue when group of policemen are pictured violently swinging batons in reference to police brutality against people of color. Regarding the video, director Ciaran Lyons stated that, “What grabbed me was the underlying idea of the different responses elicited by the chaos of the modern world.” Watch the video for “Paradise” below.

9) Pop duo Superfruit released a new music video on Friday for their song "HEARTTHROB" off their album FUTURE FRIENDS: PART ONE. Watch the music video below, and you can stream or buy FUTURE FRIENDS: PART ONE wherever music is sold!

10) Queer singer/songwriter Leland released a lyric video for “Mattress,” his new solo single. Leland previously helped to write songs like Troye Sivan’s “Youth” and Martin Garrix’s “There For You.” Regarding “Mattress,” Leland stated, “This song wouldn’t exist if I wasn’t a gay artist that’s out and proud, and able to write about the feelings and emotions I’m going through.” Watch the lyric video for “Mattress” below.

11) Zackary Drucker, Chase Strangio and Laverne Cox partnered with others to create an illustrated video on the history of the transgender rights movement, and how far there still is to go. The video is illustrated by Molly Crabapple, narrated by Cox, written by Strangio and Drucker, and directed and produced by Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt. In partnership with the ACLU, the video tells a moving story of often forgotten trans protest and activists, with a message of hope and resistance. You can watch it below!

 

 

12) Casa Bella is a short film following queer Italian-American Bella Cucinotta as she returns home after years of being estranged from her family upon hearing that her father has fallen critically ill. After her father dies, Bella and her mother, Serafina, have to make an effort to mend their relationship while grieving. Casa Bella is a graduate film created and produced by students from Queensland University of Technology and is currently in the crowdfunding phase. Learn more at Casa Bella’s Indiegogo campaign here and watch the trailer below!