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Book: Ten Steps To Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby
"There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself."--Hannah Gadsby, Nanette (CW: assault, molestation, rape, injury, isolation, suicidal ideation, body image or other mental health difficulties) [more inside]
Basil Dearden's landmark 1961 noir about gay men in London victimized by a blackmail ring is credited with helping shift British attitudes about homosexuality. Closeted actor Dirk Bogarde plays the guilt-ridden lawyer who decides to fight back. Surprisingly thrilling, and sympathetic to a range of gay characters who are presented with minimal stereotyping (for the time). Banned from wide release in the US because Dearden refused to make concessions. 100/87 at Rotten Tomatoes, on HBO and the Criterion Channel. [more inside]
Sort Of: Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
Bilal Baig and and Fab Filippo's comedy about Sabi, a nonbinary millennial in Toronto, their friends and their Pakistani immigrant family, deepens the characters as it brings Sabi's father back home from Dubai. Hilarious, heartfelt, sex-positive and very queer, with excellent writing and acting and great music. 8 short 20-minute episodes. (Season 1 post, Season 2 trailer.) On HBO.
Movie: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Following the life of artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty who was greatly responsible for the opioid epidemic's unfathomable death toll.
Movie: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Two drag queens and a transwoman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. Trailer. [more inside]
Movie: The Wedding Banquet
Ang Lee's early dramedy-farce about a gay Taiwanese-American man, a fake relationship that threatens his real one, New York City in the early 1990s, and parental love.
Movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This low-budget freak show/cult-classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair's car breaks down in the woods, they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff, who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop.
Book: Girls Can Kiss Now
Girls Can Kiss Now is a fresh and intoxicating blend of personal stories, sharp observations, and laugh-out-loud humor. This timely collection of essays helps us make sense of our collective pop-culture past even as it points the way toward a joyous, uproarious, near—and very queer—future. [more inside]
Podcast: Welcome to Provincetown: Season One
Podcaster Mitra Kiboli spends the summer of 2021 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and gets to know locals and tourists, summer and year-round residents, and the beach. 10 half-hour episodes [more inside]
Motherland: Fort Salem: All Of Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
Conflicts and alliances among the military, civilian oversight, new enemies, and witch society further emerge and roil our characters. Streaming on Hulu and some other services in the US. This season includes an in-universe TV ad, the introduction of nonbinary witch M portrayed by nonbinary performer Ess Hödlmoser, a mystical mycelial network, battles, romance, and the scenery-chewing villain Alban Hearst, portrayed with glee by Bob Frazer. [more inside]
Queer as Folk: Queer as Folk (2022) - Full Season Season 1, Ep 0
Set in New Orleans, the series follows a diverse group of friends who find their lives transformed in the aftermath of shooting at a queer nightclub called Babylon. The group struggles with vulnerability, addiction, grief, and relationships. [more inside]
Heartstopper: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series. [more inside]
Movie: 120 battements par minute (Beats Per Minute)
César and Cannes winning fictionalized account of ACT UP Paris and AIDS and AIDS activism in the 90s. [more inside]
Movie: Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker
This psychological slasher and queer cult classic from 1982 tells the story of orphaned teen Billy (Jimmy McNichol) who becomes caught up in the twisted mind of his increasingly unhinged Aunt Cheryl (Susan Tyrrell, really going for it). It's driven by a surprisingly upfront queer subplot involving a bigoted detective who suspects Billy is part of a gay love triangle that ended in murder, and features a positive portrayal of a gay high school basketball coach along with some campy, gorey thrills. (It also lingers an awful lot on Jimmy McNichol's topless chest and butt, and includes a young Bill Paxton as a homophobic teammate.) Available on Shudder. [more inside]
Book: Black Water Sister
Zen Cho's latest fantasy novel: "A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy." A closeted gay woman moves, with her mom and dad, back from the US to Malaysia, and discovers even more secrets to untangle. Suspenseful, funny, observant.
Movie: But I'm a Cheerleader
But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 American satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader whose parents send her to a residential inpatient conversion therapy camp to cure her lesbianism. There Megan soon comes to embrace her sexual orientation, despite the therapy, and falls in love. The supporting cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Dante Basco, Eddie Cibrian, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, Katrina Phillips, RuPaul, Richard Moll, Mink Stole, Kip Pardue, Michelle Williams, and Bud Cort.
Movie: Another Country
In Moscow in 1983, an American journalist interviews Guy Bennett, who recalls his last year at public school, fifty years before, and how it contributed to him becoming a spy. It explores his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism, while examining the hypocrisy and snobbery of the English public school system.
Work in Progress: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Abby is a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago improv mainstay Abby McEnany co-created and stars in this uniquely human comedy series. Includes roles by Julia Sweeny, Al Yankovic, and Lilly Wachowski writes and executive produces the first season. [more inside]
Book: Her Body and Other Parties
Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction “[These stories] vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange.”―Roxane Gay “In these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women’s memories and hunger and desire. I couldn’t put it down.”―Karen Russell In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and...
Pose: Never knew love like this before Season 2, Ep 4
"In “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” Pose held up a mirror to the continued violence perpetrated against transgender women of color in our society and asked us not to look away." [more inside]
Book: The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion
Danielle Cain is a queer punk rock traveller, jaded from a decade on the road. Searching for clues about her best friend’s mysterious and sudden suicide, she ventures to the squatter, utopian town of Freedom, Iowa. All is not well in Freedom, however: things went awry after the town’s residents summoned a protector spirit to serve as their judge and executioner. Danielle shows up in time to witness the spirit—a blood-red, three-antlered deer—begin to turn on its summoners. Danielle and her new friends have to act fast if they’re going to save the town—or get out alive.
Movie: Duck Butter
Two women, who are dissatisfied with the dishonesty they see in dating and relationships, decide to make a pact to spend 24 hours together hoping to find a new way to create intimacy.
Movie: Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer
An Android, Jane 57821, attempts to break free from the constraints of a totalitarian society that forcibly makes Jane comply with its homophobic beliefs. [more inside]
Movie: Wild Nights with Emily
Dramatisation of the little known side of the writer Emily Dickinson's life, in particular her relationship with another woman. [more inside]
Book: Space Opera
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in Catherynne M. Valente's science fiction spectacle, where sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest…and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.
Book: On a Sunbeam
2019 Hugo Nominee for Best Graphic Story: A webcomic where a ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together. Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love―only to learn the pain of loss. [more inside]
Book: An Unkindness of Ghosts
Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to sow the seeds of civil war. [more inside]
The Bisexual: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Leila (Desiree Akhavan) breaks up with her long-time girlfriend and business partner, Sadie, and comes out...as bisexual. [more inside]
Movie: Velvet Goldmine
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. [more inside]