Activism, celebrating pride, and coming out are what this week’s Good and Gay is all about. From queer lesbian period film Ammonite receiving Cannes’ endorsement to actors coming out to activists reminding people that pride is a riot, we’ve gathered the very best of the queer internet in one place!
Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and get ready to burst with pride at these very good and very gay moments from this week.
Supergirl’s Chyler Leigh comes out
Coming out can be a complicated process and when some of us come out, we come out in a general sense—without a particular label. That seems to be the case for Supergirl’s Chyler Leigh who plays Alex Danvers on the CW series. On the website for her organization Create Change, the actor wrote in reference to her character’s first coming out moment: “What I didn’t realize was how the scene where she finally confessed her truth would leap off the pages of the script and genuinely become a variation of my own. IRL.” She concludes: “It’s been a long and lonely road for both my husband and myself but I can wholeheartedly say that after all these years, he and I are still discovering the depths of ourselves and each other, but throughout our journey we’ve learned to be proud of who we are, no matter the cost.”
Lena Waithe, Jessica Hargraves, Jonica Gibbs, Abby McEnany, Lilly Wachowski and more scheduled to appear at second annual Pride Summit this Saturday
On June 13th, Billboard’s Pride Summit will feature panels, tutorials, performances, conversations and more, leading up to their virtual Pride Prom. Centered around telling stories of LGBTQ lives and experiences in entertainment, the free virtual event will include discussions with some of the most influential LGBTQ+ artists. Notable appearances include: The team behind Visible: Out on Television Wilson Cruz, Jessica Hargrave and Ryan White, Twenties creator Lena Waithe and series star Jonica Gibbs, Work In Progress’s Abby McEnany and Lilly Wachowski, and more. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors will provide opening remarks.
Love story Ammonite officially selected by Cannes Film Festival
Queer love story Ammonite, directed by Francis Lee, would have premiered at 2020’s Cannes Film Festival. It was announced earlier this week that the film made the “official selections” of the festival, an important recognition of this period lesbian romance. The film stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan and is described by Lee as a film about “the power of love; the power of a deep, intimate, human relationship; the power of touch; and hope.” Set in the 1840s, the film is inspired by paleontologist Mary Anning, but is not a biopic. Though there is not a general release date, the film is anticipated to show up in the fall festival circuit.
Queer activists turn NYC park into queer protest space
After the protests last week, a diverse group of LGBTQ+ folks transformed NYC’s Christopher Park into a queer space for the first weekend of pride. Christopher Park features a Gay Liberation Monument and is very close to Stonewall Inn, which has been reminding people “Pride is a riot! #BLM” with their signs. There was music, dancing, and even puppies playing while they formed an alternative to the Pride spaces that would have existed were it not for the pandemic.
Asia Kate Dillon calls on SAG to abolish gendered categories
Nonbinary actor Asia Kate Dillon (Billions, John Wick 3) has called on the Screen Actor’s Guild to remove gendered categories from their awards process. Dillon was the first nonbinary person to play a nonbinary character on a major TV show and this isn’t their first time making waves around gendered categories. They were recently invited to take part in the SAG Awards’ nominating committee and responded with an open letter calling on committee members to do away with gender-specific categories. Dillon writes:
Separating people based on their assigned sex, and/or their gender identity, is not only irrelevant when it comes to how an acting performance should be judged, it is also a form of discrimination. Not only do your current categories erase non-binary identities by limiting performers to identifying as male or female / man or womxn (which not all SAG members, like myself, do), they also serve as an endorsement of the gender binary at large, which actively upholds other forms of discrimination, including racism, the patriarchy, and gender violence.