Queer excellence continues to shine and lesbian kisses, nonbinary models, bisexual actors and so much more fill this week’s Good and Gay. From Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show uplifting queer folks to badass athletes kissing to celebrate to even more film festivals, we’ve gathered some of the best queer moments from this week in one place to help you enter the weekend with a little hope. (And couldn’t we all use some more hope right now?)
Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty showed features queer talent
In her second lingerie fashion show extravaganza, Rihanna has featured queer folks, using her considerable platform to elevate new and established queer actors, models, and musicians. Nonbinary models like Indya Moore and Memphis Murphy and bisexual model Cara Delevigne walked the runway. On the musical side, the show featured performances from queer artists including Willow, Chika, and 070 Shake. Additionally, a number of drag stars and gay performers also participated, with Rihanna noting how she’s gained inspiration from LGBTQ+ folks throughout her life. Queer excellence was truly on display in this multimedia event celebrating bodies, music, and sexuality.
Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Wynonna Earp crew talks authentic queer representation
In a great article from The Advocate, the actors and creator behind Wynonna Earp have opened up about how the queer representation on the series has been crafted—and how it’s influenced them as well. Dominique Provost-Chalkley, who plays bisexual angel Waverly, came out in March of this year and credits the show with helping her decide to be openly queer. “It gave me space to fully live this coming-out that I had decided was really important for me to step forward in my truth and do publicly, though I had come out to my family earlier in the year,” she says. “I feel like I’ve come so far. These few years — so much growth and understanding has come my way. And I feel so grateful in many ways that Waverly was the catalyst for me to have the courage to address those parts of myself,” she says. “Had I not been gifted this beautiful bisexual character to play, I may not have got to this place now.”
Wynonna Earp is currently on a mid-season hiatus, but will return to SYFY in 2021.
Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe set the internet aflame with queer kiss
The Seattle Storm defeated the Las Vegas Aces, winning the 2020 WNBA Finals in the process. By all accounts, it was a powerful performance from Seattle including MVP Breonna Stewart. An unexpected bonus? Storm baller Sue Bird celebrated the title by kissing her girlfriend, who just so happens to be soccer star Megan Rapinoe. And in response the internet went wild. Visit the link above to view some of the comments and celebrate this delightful moment.
Queer film festivals continue to thrive at social distance
We’re continuing to share upcoming LGBTQ+ film festivals in hopes to drive viewership to these vital programs that uplift queer film and TV. Many have had to move to virtual settings and/or drive-ins to ensure social distance in the face of the pandemic, which means you can watch their programs in the comfort of your own home. We’ll keep sharing film festivals as we become aware of them. If you know of an upcoming LGBTQ+ film festival, please comment below and we’ll look into including it in a future Good and Gay.
Please note: many festivals have restricted viewing based on where you live. Click on the links to each individual festival to learn more.
Bent: The Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival starts today and runs through October 11th. It’s the 29th year of Sacramento’s longest running film festival and they’ve been optimistic about the pivot to virtual. “This year we are embracing technology and bringing world class LGBTQ+ films straight to your living room. We hope you can enjoy this year’s virtual festival format safely from home, and we look forward to seeing you all in person again soon.” Films include Surviving the Silence, Cocoon, Bridemaid, and many more. Bent also has a queer youth film festival which will take place in mid-December.
The Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from October 14-25th, has announced their OUT-LOOK films. This slate of LGBTQ+ films includes Ammonite, as well as several other trans and queer films.