Good and Gay: queer actors, film, and TV news

Queer news abounds this week! From German actors staging a mass coming out to the Women Sweet on Women film festival, we’ve gathered the best Good and Gay news in one place for your reading pleasure.

Punky Brewster revival will feature queer characters

Peacock is reviving Punky Brewster with the original actors playing Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) and Cheri (Cherie Johnson) as announced earlier this year, and Punky’s BFF Cherie will be queer. All the better, Cherie will already be out of the closet when the series starts—and her love interest, played by queer actor Jasika Nivole, will become her lawyer girlfriend. “This is the first queer role I have played on network television,” Nicole tells GLAAD, “so this this a really big deal for me! I do think there is something really specifically special and important about seeing Black love depicted on television.” Check out Nicole’s entire interview with GLAAD above.

Punky Brewster will be available to stream on Peacock on February 25.

185 LGBTQ German actors stage mass coming out

Earlier this month, 185 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender actors came out via a joint manifesto in a German national newspaper (Sueddeutsche Zeitung). The manifesto calls for a chance in how LGBTQ people are treated—and greater, better representation in scripts. Among the actors are Karin Hanczewski and March Washcke from top German TV drama Tatort and Emma Bading from Play, an Emmy-nominated TV movie. The many actors describe experiences of discrimination, being warned from coming out because it could prevent them from being considered for hetero roles. Hanczewski says “When we talked about it as a group, it suddenly became clear that this was how we could change something — as a group, as a big group.”

Black Lightning returns with Anissa back as Thunder

One of our favorite queer superhero shows Black Lightning returned for its fourth and final season this week. While many of the characters are reeling from the events of Season 3, the new season opened with Anissa Pierce back in her Thunder costume and alter ego, signaling that the series is ready to see Anissa step into her power. And, what about those wedding bells we heard for Grace and Anissa? Well, you’ll just have to tune into this season to find out what happens! We sure will be!

Black Lightning airs Monday nights on The CW.

Dance film shows lesbian love story

Angelina, a dance video set to the Lizzy McAlpine song of the same title, chronicles the relationship between two women as they navigate being together—and moving apart. Directed and choreographed by queer creator Holly Wilder and starring Yoshie Fujimoto Kateada and Victoria Daylor, the film shows the lovers coming together, moving apart, bathing one another in a pond, and smooching. While the film is apparently about love lost, it all feels pretty melancholically romantic to this viewer—and oh, do we love us some angst here at Bella Media Channel!

Black lesbian film fest
Image courtesy: Women Sweet on Women film festival

Black lesbian “Women Sweet on Women” Film Festival announced

ZAMI NOBLA, the National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging, is working with Out on Film and Sisters in Cinema to host the first Women Sweet on Women film festival. ZAMI NOBLA’s executive director Mary Anne Adams says the festival commemorates “the life and legacy of warrior poet Audre Lorde and center[s] the work of Black lesbian filmmakers.” She continues: “Women Sweet on Women is an artistic program founded by ZAMI NOBLA as a liberatory tool to amplify the creative expression of Black lesbians and empower and affirm women who are marginalized, rendered invisible, and excluded from traditional art spaces.”

Many of the feature films will include talkbacks with subjects, directors, and others. Two documentaries about Lorde will be featured in the film festival: A Litany for Survival and The Edge of Each Other’s Battles. Other films include For the Bible Tells Us So, Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, Unapologetic, and The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen.Women Sweet on Women will be available via the Eventive streaming platform. Tickets run from $15 to $30 dollars for day or full passes, respectively. Tickets to the opening event celebrating Audre Lorde’s birthday are available for free, though you must reserve

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