Good and Gay: LGBTQ excellence in TV, film, and more

LGBTQ excellence fills this week’s Good and Gay, which is great because it’s bisexual+ awareness week! For bisexual+ folks this is a chance to share with our queer family what it means to be bi+ and how folks can be supportive. Make sure to check out articles written by bisexual+ folks about our experiences this week! There’s great stuff on Autostraddle, Xtra Magazine, Pride.com, and many other sites. Get out there and celebrate bisexuality and bisexual+ folks!

We’ve gathered the best of the queer internet in one place for you, sharing what’s been good and gay about this week! Read on for a dose of hope and good news!

And, make sure to check out Bella Book’s new September releases which are romantic, steamy goodness!

Punkie Johnson is hired by SNL and will be first out Black lesbian cast member

Comic Punkie Johnson will be joining Saturday Night Live and will be the first out Black LGBTQ cast member. Johnson describes herself as a “brutally honest Southern lesbian” who brings standup comedy, acting, and writing to the cast. Coming from New Orleans, Johnson has appeared in a variety of TV shows, web series, and short films including A Black Lady Sketch Show and Space Force. We’re pumped to see Johnson on SNL and can’t wait to see how she, Kate McKinnon, and Bowen Yang make SNL queerer than it’s ever been.

You can catch the premier of Saturday Night Live on NBC on October 3, 2020.

Drew Gregory releases queer quarantine short film The First Time

The First Time is a short film created by Autostraddle’s “resident queer film expert” Drew Gregory that premiered earlier this month. The film is about a trans lesbian’s experience with dating during the quarantine. This funny, relatable short film comes in at 15 minutes and is absolutely required viewing. “There simply is not work — at least work I’ve seen — about trans lesbians in their 20s dating and being messy. That alone feels new to me in a way it frankly shouldn’t. But that novelty isn’t a novelty for me — it’s my everyday life. It’s certainly something I’m committed to representing, but to hold my own interest I need another layer and with this film it’s specifically exploring this pattern I’ve experienced where queer people who have never been with women before are drawn to me,” Gregory tells Autostraddle.

You can stream The First Time on Vimeo.

Queer TV programs do well in GALECA’s Dorian Awards

GALECA, the society of LGBTQ entertainment critics, held their Dorian Awards, aka Dorians TV Toast 2020, virtually over the weekend, using the award’s “toast” as an opportunity to celebrate TV and queer stories. The star-studded event blended together music, comedy, commentary, and awards. Of the awards, winner Janelle Monáe says, “I’m just so grateful that we got an opportunity to be ourselves. Our performance was rooted in community and making sure to amplify all of the marginalized voices, specifically our Black and queer community. It wasn’t just about us. It was about all of us. I’m so honored to be honored by GALECA.”

Winners include: Killing Eve for Best TV Drama; Janelle Monáe and Billy Porter for Best Musical TV Performance, and many more including Schitt’s Creek winning six awards.

British Medical Association declares support for trans and nonbinary self-identification and medical support

The British Medical Association, the professional body representing UK doctors, has called on the government to ensure the rights of trans and nonbinary folks in regards to accessing healthcare. Chair of the BMA Dr. Helena McKeown says, “The BMA supports transgender and non-binary individuals’ equal rights to live their lives with dignity which includes the right to equal access to healthcare.” McKeown continues, “While the BMA has numerous policies affirming our support of [ LGBTQ ] individuals…for the first time in our history, we now have a BMA-wide policy giving specific attention to the needs of transgender and non-binary individuals. Receiving any medical treatment can be stressful for patients and so it is important for individuals to receive healthcare in settings they feel comfortable with. This applies to transgender as well as cis individuals.”

Queer film festivals find ways to thrive at social distance

In light of the pandemic, many film festivals have canceled, rescheduled, or taken their offerings to virtual and/or socially distant spaces—and queer film festivals are no exception. Here are three that are invested in social distance and what they’ll be showing:

The New York LGBTQ Film Festival, hosted by NewFest, will be holding their premier at the Queens Drive-In where they will open with Ammonite. According to a press release, “The 32nd edition of The New York LGBTQ Film Festival will take place October 16-27, 2020, with the majority of the program accessible online to ticket holders nationwide. The first-ever virtual edition of NewFest will include a robust lineup of panels and conversations surrounding LGBTQ+ topics, in addition to its regular programming of new features and short film premieres, and will incorporate virtual live events as well as select drive-in screenings. Key art for the festival, illustrated by queer NYC artist Marcos Chin, was released today. The full Festival program will be announced on [Wednesday,] September 23.”

The Korean Queer Film Festival will be held online starting Friday, September 29. The festival will feature two feature and 10 short films created locally, as well as five international films including The 34th: the Story of Marriage Equality in Ireland. “Although everyone is scattered and isolated, what keeps us close is not the distance but our hearts. So the Korea Queer Film Festival will again show the life of queers that is distant yet close,” say KQFF organizers.

The London Lesbian Film Fest is working with Oxford County Pride to bring a shorter slate of films to the Oxford Drive-In on Thursday, September 24. The feature film will be Same But Different and short films include Transcending, I Know Her, and After You Left. “Diversity was an important factor in putting together our film lineup for this event. Representation matters,” Debi DeMille, the festival’s president, says.

Please see the links for each festival to learn more about how to view the films available at a social distance or virtually.

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