Queer and lesbian news abounds! And it’s good, good, good! From lesbians kissing on the cover of Elle U.K. to Academy Awards news to a landmark ruling in Kansas in favor of lesbian parents, this week’s Good and Gay is chocked full of things that will make you smile. So, kick back and settle in for some really gay, really good news!
Wives Aweng and Alexus Ade-Chuol kiss on cover of Elle U.K.’s January 2021 issue
Lesbian supermodel Awena Ade-Chuol and nail artist Alexus Ade-Chuol have taken to the cover of Elle U.K with a kiss aimed at fighting back against homophobic trolls. The couple married a year ago at New York City Hall and have dealt with a deluge of homophobia from Aweng’s home South Sudan where same-sex marriage is still illegal. “I wish I could say, ‘Let me hold the torch for the LGBTQIA+ Sudanese community,’” she tells Elle, “but it’s a lot for one person to handle. I’m human at the end of the day, I’m very human, I’m learning myself.”
The cover article can be read in its entirely on Elle.com.
France’s official submission for 93rd Academy Awards is a romance about two older, queer women: Two of Us
France has officially chosen queer film Two of Us, Deux in French, as their submission for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. Two of Us follows two women in love over decades as they persevere despite their families and society. Everyone thinks Nina and Madeline are just good friends who share the top floor of their building, but when an unforeseen event upends their relationship, Madeline’s daughter starts to unravel the truth. Martine Chevallier (Madeline) and Barbara Sukowa (Nina) star and Filippo Meneghetti directs.
Two of Us appears in the U.S. in theaters and on demand from your favorite platform (Prime, AppleTV, Google, DirectTv, etc.) on February 5.
DC Comics character Starfire’s goth, lesbian daughter Mandy has been revealed
A new YA comic from Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani called “I am Not Starfire,” will appear in 2021. The comic introduces seventeen-year-old Mandy Koriand’r who is nothing like her mom. She has died her orange hair black, avoids all things Teen Titans, and is decidedly queer. When she’s not sure who she is outside of being not her mom, a blossoming relationship with a cute girl at school named Claire helps Mandy realize she’s in control of her fate.
I am Not Starfire comes out August 10, 2021.
Queering the Script screening featuring a discussion with director and subjects announced
On December 10, Emerson College’s the Bright Lights Film Series will host a screening of the 2019 documentary Queering the Script, followed by a discussion with director Gabrielle Zilkha and subjects Flourish Klink and Bella Books author Dana Piccoli. The documentary itself follows the fight for more inclusive and diverse LGBTQ+ representation on TV. Stars including Ilene Chaiken, Stephanie Beatriz, and Angelica Ross are featured in the film. This event is co-presented with the Boston Women’s Film Festival, Boston Jewish Film, Boston Underground Film Festival and Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.
Free tickets for the screening and discussion will be available starting at 12pm ET on December 10th.
The Kansas State Supreme Court has recognized the rights of lesbian co-parents
The Kansas Supreme Court recently ruled that lesbian parents can be viewed as legal co-parents of children. This ruling pertains specifically to artificial insemination and ruled that ” a woman who conceives through artificial insemination and her same-sex partner can both be deemed the legal parents of any resulting child born during their relationship.” There doesn’t have to be a co-parenting agreement already in place. This ruling extends lesbian co-parents’ rights, bringing them more in line with those of biological parents.
Congratulations to queer Kansas parents and to the two women, known as K.L. and T.F., who fought for their own rights and so many others’.