Pride month is officially here and we’re ringing it in with a roundup of the very best and queerest entertainment news! This week’s Good and Gay is chocked full of good stuff from celebrities coming out to Blue’s Clues honoring Pride and beyond. Don’t miss the great news coming out of NewFest and their Pride film festival that starts today! Take a deep breath, slap on some glitter or a cute collar, and let’s kick Pride off with a resounding YAY!
Blue’s Clues hosts Pride Parade singalong about queer families with Nina West
Nickelodeon celebrated pride month this week on YouTube with a Blue’s Clues singalong featuring an animated drag queen voiced by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Nina West! In the short video, the unnamed drag queen sings about the diversity of families in queer community to the tune of “The Ants Go Marching.” From chosen family to families with two moms to nonbinary parents, the song and parade showcase the beauty of pride. Lindz Amer, who consulted on the video, tells Yahoo: “It’s for sure the queerest thing I’ve ever seen happen in the preschool space. My main goals were twofold: to try my best to bring specificity to the video, that’s where the song’s vocabulary came in using words like queer, trans, non-binary, ace, pan and bi. And second, to expand the definition of family as it applies to the queer community, so acknowledging chosen family was a big part of that.”
Model Olivia Ponton comes out as bisexual
In March, model Olivia Ponton posted a TikTok that made many fans wonder if she’s queer. For Pride month, Ponton talked to Teen Vogue, officially coming out as bisexual. She met her girlfriend Kaila Novak on TikTok and the two became very close. Ponton is talking about her sexuality now after seeing JoJo Siwa come out and share her truth. “she’s really become almost a role model for me to look up to,” Ponton tells Teen Vogue. “I want to let young girls know that it’s okay to not even know your sexuality until you’re older. I think it should be more normalized to come out [when you’re ready for it].”
Actor Shakina Nayfack clarifies nonbinary identity
On both Twitter and Instagram, Difficult People and Connecting actor Shakina Nayfack has clarified that she has always seen nonbinary as an intrinsic part of her identity as a gender nonconforming trans woman. She writes: “I’ve personally understood the prefix “trans” to mean “beyond” more than “from one to another,” as in TRANScending gender. I’ve claimed the term “gender non-conforming” from the outset of my journey, more than 20 years ago—before non-binary was common language.” She continues, “I’m not ‘coming out’ as non-binary, I’m choosing now to claim non-binary as part of my identity because, as a gender non-conforming trans woman, I feel responsible to include myself in the discourse which—unintentionally or not—has a tendency to assign meaning to my identity without my consent otherwise.”
NewFest Pride opens today
NewFest is opening Pride month with a special four-day film festival that starts today. Six new films will be screened and there will be panels and other special events for participants to attend. Feature films include: Ma Bella, My Beauty, Rebel Dykes, See You Then, and more. There is a shorts showcase featuring contemporary LGBTQ+ short films ranging from narrative films to animation to short documentaries. The festival will also include a screening of the Season 2 premiere Betty, the HBO series about queer skaters, as well as a Q+A with the cast.
Get your tickets for NewFest Pride at: https://newfest.org/pride/
Bonus: NewFest Pride will feature an all-queer table read of Legally Blonde
We couldn’t finish off our first Good and Gay of Pride month without sharing some delightful news: NewFest Pride is also hosting an all-queer table read of Legally Blonde in advance of the film’s 20th anniversary. The ensemble cast features: Alexandra Grey, Rain Valdez, Jen Richards, Fawiza Mirza, Mara Wilson, and more! The reading will be live streamed and available for free, with an option to donate to the NewFest Future Fund, which supports NewFests programs for LGBTQ+ youth, filmmaker resources, and year-round screenings.
Get your (donation-based) tickets for NewFest Pride’s Legally Blonde table read at: https://newfest.org/event/legally-blonde/