In our final Pride edition of Good and Gay, we’ve got queer documentaries, an outrageous lesbian film, and political news about queers making history! As with every week, we’ve gathered our favorite moments from the gay internet in one place so you can catch up on what is good and gay in our world. Since it’s our last pride edition, pour yourself a mimosa or a coffee, slap on some glitter, and check out how truly good and truly gay the world can be!
Becoming the Song follows lesbian activist and musician Denise Ho
Becoming the Song, a new queer documentary that premiers today at the Frameline Film Festival and will be available widely on July 1, shares the story of Denise Ho and how she went from being a Cantopop icon to a Hong Kong activist—and how she’s tried to save her career after being blacklisted by Mainland China. Ho became the first major female star in Hong Kong to come out. At the height of her career in 2014, she joined the student protests in Hong Kong, known as the Umbrella Movement. The fallout she suffered includes being dropped by sponsors and shunned by colleagues. Directed by Sue Williams, this incredible documentary is not to be missed.
Paperboy Price could become the first nonbinary member of Congress, representing NYC
Paperboy Prince, an activist and rapper from Brooklyn, is fighting to become the first nonbinary member of Congress—and New Yorkers will decide when they vote Tuesday. They are decidedly a long shot, but they’ve got a lot of excited followers since they’ve been leading protests around New York. Their campaign is focused on raising awareness about New Yorkers who’ve been pushed to the fringes, particularly nonbinary folks. “Right now, when we have all of these tools to reach people, to touch people, to educate people, why aren’t our elected officials maximizing those tools?” they said. “It’s because they don’t want you involved in the process,” they told Business Insider.
Unsettled chronicles lives of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and Middle East
Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America is a queer documentary that follows LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers as they flee persecution for safe haven in the U.S. Lesbian couple Cheyenne and Mari who are also musicians leave Angola where they’ve faved brutal harassment and seek uncertain asylum through American immigration courts. Junior, a gender nonconforming gay person from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, struggles to find housing and employment. Thought the U.S. represents an opportunity for safety, it also presents new challenges. This powerful documentary premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival and has won 15 top awards—and now it’s coming to TV and streaming. Directed by Tom Shepard, the film premieres on PBS stations on Sunday, June 28 and will be available on WorldChannel.org from June 28-July 12.
The VelociPastor follow up will be about a lesbian couple fighting Dracula, of course
Did you watch The VelociPastor? You know, the wild B-movie about a pastor who starts turning into a dinosaur when he’s ticked off, like some pre-historic Bruce Banner. I wouldn’t say it’s required viewing, but the film is being developed into a three-part series with Outback Dracula following next. And that’s where this gets particular good and gay. According to gamesradar.com’s Jordan Gerblick, “The story revolves around a psychic, lesbian schoolteacher who is searching for her missing girlfriend along with ‘the world’s greatest adventurer,’ but Dracula and his Golden Army of the Undead stands in her way.” Set in 1880s Australia, this weird film should be a campy delight. It’s set to start filming in early 2021 in Australia, so set your google alerts for Outback Dracula now.
Ahead of the Curve celebrates the history of Curve Magazine
Ahead of the Curve is another new queer documentary that premiers today at the Frameline Film Festival. The documentary tells the story of Curve, the powerful lesbian magazine that helped forge connections between queer community members. Filmmaker Jen Rainin, who is married to Curve founder Frances “Franco” Stevens, brings together Stevens’ own history with that of the magazine and discusses how activism, then and now, has been critical to our communities. “Stevens’ story is extraordinary. Married to a man at 18. Divorced at 19 after she came out. Homeless for a while. Curve was born out of her need to find connection within her community,” writes Pam Grady on 48hills.org. You can stream this important and inspiring documentary this Saturday, June 17.