It’s been an awfully good and gay week!
1. Dirty Computer comes out and so does Jonelle Monaé: 2018 is officially the year of Janelle Monaé. Her album, Dirty Computer, has just been released to much acclaim, and her emotion picture of the same name, premiered Friday at midnight. In a candid interview with Rolling Stone, Monaé also addressed something very personal. “Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.” Much love!
2. Alia Shawkat took home the top acting prize at Tribeca for Duck Butter. Tribeca Film Fest comes to an end this week, and awards were given out by the jury, including one for openly bisexual actress Shawkat, for her role in the queer love story, Duck Butter. Congrats, Alia!
3. Disney g(ears) up for pride. In honor of LGBTQ pride, Disney has released these limited addition Mickey Mouse ears. Want to pick up your own Mickey Mouse Rainbow Love? You’ll have to go to one of the parks in the US because as of right now, they aren’t available online.
4. Ellen Page and Lauren Morelli team up for the revival of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City on Netflix. The beloved mini-series based on Maupin’s books is getting a sequel and there’s a lot of gay power behind it. Page will star as the daughter of original cast character Mary Ann Singleton ( played by Laura Linney). Morelli (who is married to actress Samira Wiley) is best known for her writing on Orange is the New Black and will serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer.
5. Get ready for a lesbian viking movie! It was announced this week that Natasha Alterici‘s comic Heathen, about a lesbian viking named Aydis, is being made into a movie by Constantin Film AG. While waiting for the film, you can pick up the comic series on Amazon, Comixology, or order it at your local comic store.