If you are looking for something to bring a little brightness to your day, here are five good and gay things that happened this week.
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1. Samira Wiley won an Emmy! Congrats to The Handmaid’s Tale star who picked up an Emmy for her work this year as the escaped handmaid Moira who tries to make sense of her new life as a Gilead refugee in Canada. I’d take my Emmy into the shower too, Samira.
2. Out venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton is on the cover of Fast Company. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Arlan Hamilton over the last few years on Twitter and she’s become an unstoppable force. Arlan is the “only black, queer woman to have ever built a venture capital firm from scratch” and what she’s done with Backstage Capital in a short time is incredible.
3. Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties opens off-Broadway. This new play featuring lesbian, bi and genderqueer lead characters has just officially opened up at the MCC Theater and has a cast of familiar names including Dana Delany and Lea Delaria. The play centers around five people named Bettie, who each have their own issue they are trying to figure out. 5 Betties also has a little Shakespeare thrown in. You can catch it now through October 7th in NYC.
4. We’re getting a Designing Women reboot! If you somehow missed Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason‘s takedown of former CBS head Les Moonves, then you may need to catch up. The very good news that came out of all of this was that ABC is putting forward a Designing Women reboot. While DW wasn’t specifically a gay show, it had a huge gay following and it’s 2018…maybe we’ll get a lesbian or bi lead? (We all know Suzanne Sugarbaker was a high femme.)
5. Celebrating queer icons (that weren’t actually queer). Writer and Slayerfest 98 podcast host Ian Carlos Crawford has the distinct honor of being the first queer fellow to be featured in FGG! His article this week in SyFy Wire, Queer Icons of my Youth Who Weren’t Actually Queer, really nails it and has a lot of crossover with lesbian, bi and queer women’s icons. I mean, who didn’t love Deanna Troi?