Lesbian and bisexual film and art news fills this week’s Good and Gay. From a new piece of street art in Rome to Jodie Foster’s Golden Globe acceptance speech, so many positive, queer things have happened this week! And, we’ve gathered the brightest, queerest moments of the week in one place just for you! Read on for a breath of fresh air!
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New documentary will feature bisexual boxing icon Nicola Adams
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and former WBO champion Nicola Adams retired as undefeated, historic champion when she left boxing in 2019—and her story is coming to life in a new documentary: Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story. Not only will the film document Adams’ historical role in boxing—and women’s boxing in particular—but it will shine light on the importance of her role as a queer athlete. “I hope this documentary will help inspire young people to realize that whatever adversities life might throw at you, you can overcome them,” Adams told Deadline. “Sometimes it might feel as if the world is stacked against you, but through hard work, compassion and determination you can achieve your dreams.”
Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story is now in production.
Lesbian film Ammonite now streaming on Hulu
As of today, 2020’s Ammonite is now available to stream on Hulu! The film follows the fictional lesbian love story between real people Mary Anning and Charlotte Muchison. Anning, a paleontologist, sells fossils to tourists to support her sick mother. When a visitor hires her to care for his wife, Muchison, everything changes.
Stream Ammonite on Hulu and make sure to check out this fantastic exploration of the film’s inception and impact we published.
Jodie Foster kisses wife Alexsandra Hedison after winning Golden Globe
Over the weekend, Jodie Foster won the 78th Golden Globe’s Best Supporting Actress award for her role in The Mauritanian, her fourth Golden Globe Award. Due to the pandemic, winners accepted awards remotely and Foster and her wife Alexsandra Hedison were sitting on their couch with their dog when she accepted the award. Sending queer twitter into a delightful tizzy, Foster kissed her wife upon the announcement of the win, saying “I love my wife, thank you Alex!” during her speech.
Congratulations, Jodie! And, congratulations to us all for getting to witness this beautiful moment.
Rome unveils lesbian street art
Earlier this week, Italy’s first authorized lesbian mural of two women kissing was unveiled. Located outside Metro B Jonio station in Rome’s suburbs, the mural was created by street artist Krayon and is a pixelated mural showing two women with short hair smiling and kissing. The mural also contains the toll-free number for the Centre Against Homotransphobia which received 20,000 calls annually. “Before today no public institution in Italy had ever authorised murals showing a kiss between two women or two men,” stated actor Paolo Turano, on behalf of Gay Help Line.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday tells the story of bisexual jazz icon
Hulu’s new film The United States vs. Billie Holiday has arrived and the highly anticipated biopic about the iconic, openly bisexual jazz singer tells the story of the singer’s battle with the FBI. Her song “Strange Fruit,” famously discusses lynching and the mistreatment of Black people in the United States, which the FBI saw as a threat. Andra Day stars as Billie Holiday and Natasha Lyonne plays her lover Tallulah Bankhead. Director Lee Daniels told THR, “When you think of Billie Holiday, you think of this brilliant tortured jazz singer who happened to have been a drug addict. I didn’t know that she kicked off the civil rights movement.” The gay and sexually-fluid, Black director discussed his personal connection to Holiday’s story: “Before there was a civil rights movement, there was Billie Holiday and ‘Strange Fruit’. The government saw that song as a threat and she was a target. That’s history and they keep it from us.”
The United States vs. Billie Holiday is available to stream on Hulu now.