Happy Friday! Need some good and gay news? Well here you go.
1. Vida is getting rave reviews, and kicks off this weekend. The new STARZ series, Vida, premieres this week but early reviewers are raving about the series. Vida focuses on the lives of two Mexican-American sisters who are brought together by their mother’s sudden passing. They are shocked to learn than not only was their mother not-straight, but she was married to butch bartender Eddy (Ser Anzoategui). The series is full of Latinx female and LGBTQ characters, including one of two sisters, Emma (played by Mishel Prada). Check back next week for more on the show’s premiere, which happens this Sunday at 8:30pm EST.
2. Everyman Liverpool’s production gives us a lesbian Othello. Shakespeare’s plays are often updated to reflect our culture, and this latest version of the Bard’s Othello, stars Golda Rosheuvel as a lesbian Othello, with Emily Hughes playing her lady love, Desdemona. Now, this is one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, but it’s still quite a big deal to have one of his most recognizable characters played by a woman, and as a lesbian to boot. The production runs through July 10th.
3. LGBTQIA inclusive apparel company Bobo Academy rebrands and reopens as Passionfruit. Congrats to the folks behind Passionfruit (formerly the beloved Bobo Academy) on their relaunch. The online Toronto based retailer has been making affirming clothing and accessories for the community for years, and now has a new line of tees and tanks to help you were your pride. Another cool thing: for every order, Passionfruit will donate a $1 to the Trevor Project.
4. Writer/director Justin Simien, re-imagines a gender-swapped West Side Story and now it’s all we can think about. The Washington Post had a fabulous article this week where five writers and directors were asked to imagine their dream gender-swapped projects. Dear White People‘s Simien came up with the Toni and Maria led West Side story, where the leads are played by Samira Wiley and Janelle Monaé. Take my money, Justin!
5. New Zealand takes a big step in recognizing the rights of same-sex parents. For the first time, a same-sex couple in New Zealand has been able to have both biological and non-biological parents’ names listed as “mother” on a child’s birth certificate. Moms Jess and Stacy, along with baby Evie, are the first of hopefully many.