Queer film and TV, a wedding, a coming out moment, and even more LGBTQ+ film festivals fill this week’s Good and Gay. From But I’m a Cheerleader getting a new Director’s Cut to The Haunting of Bly Manor giving us quality lesbian horror, we’ve gathered the best news from the queer internet all in one place for your reading pleasure. Have a great weekend, y’all!
Actors Bex Taylor-Klaus and Alicia Sixtos marry
Nonbinary actor Bex Taylor-Klaus and pansexual actor Alicia Sixtos married over the weekend. Not only were the two stylish in their delightfully queer wedding attire, but they genuinely seem to be having the time of their lives. In an Instagram post Sixtos describes their romance: “Not until we met each other did we even have the thought. But once we met, there was no question or doubt that this was it. My heart is full and I’m so thrilled to have this incredible human by my side.”
We wish the happy couple all the best!
But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut arrives this winter
But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut will be available on Digital 4k Ultra HD on December 8th from Lionsgate. This version of the queer and distinctly lesbian film features never-before-seen deleted scenes and represents the director’s original vision for the film. There’s also a “class reunion” that brings together the cast for the first time in 20 years. “I uncovered some amazing lost scenes that I wasn’t able to include in the original film and am so happy to see them added back into this cut. This film is so special to me and I can’t wait for everyone to fall in love with it all over again,” says director Jamie Babbit.
This 20th anniversary edition will be available on demand from your favorite platform (Prime, AppleTV, Google, DirectTv, etc.)
Actor Franchesca Ramsey opens up about being bisexual
TV writer and actor Franchesca Ramsey took to Twitter to talk about her sexuality on National Coming Out Day. “I’ve always believed that sexuality is fluid but I fell into the trap of thinking being in a long term hetero relationship meant I had no claim to my bisexual identity which is completely untrue.” Franchesca continued: “That said, I didn’t feel any real pressure to come out, my personal life is my personal business BUT I don’t take my visibility for granted & I know how important and affirming it is to see someone like you out in the world being and loving who they are. So hi!”
Congratulations, Franchesca! We love you!
The Haunting of Bly Manor pairs a ghost story with a lesbian love story
Netflix’s new TV series The Haunting of Bly Manor brings good scares and more importantly, a powerful lesbian romance. Without giving anything away, let’s just say Dani and Jamie don’t expect to find companionship while working for the mysterious family that hired them. While their ending may be less than happy, it’s a horror TV series after all, the folks at Autostraddle felt the series was decidedly positive representation. “Jamie and Dani were well-rounded, three-dimensional, lesbian characters with their own stories and personalities separate of each other, they had their own roles in the story and then their roles together as a duo.”
The Haunting of Bly Manor is available to stream on Netflix.
Still more queer film festivals at social distance
We have even more upcoming LGBTQ+ film festivals in hopes to drive viewership to these vital programs that uplift queer film. Many have moved to virtual settings and/or drive-ins to ensure social distance in response to coronavirus, which means you can watch their programs in the comfort of your own home (or car0. 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.
The Seattle Queer Film Festival started yesterday and runs through October 25. Hosted by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, this film festival has been in existence since 1996 and is the largest festival of its kind in the Pacific northwest. According to their website, “The festival is also an important venue in the local Seattle film scene, and inspires members of our community to express their creativity through film and video.” 2020 films include Ahead of the Curve, Two of Us, Forgotten Roads: the Way We (Move), and groupings of shorts such as “Spectrum of the Spirit: Indigenous Shorts” and “The Kids Are Alright: Youth Shorts.” Free programs include: Love in the Time of COVID, as well as ally-focused programs. They even have a page dedicated to films you can view from anywhere.
The Reel Affirmations Film Festival, based in Washington, DC, will run October 21-25. Offering a combination of live streams and films available on-demand, this festival has a lineup of over 60 films of all genres with short film compilations grouped around themes like “Culture of Queer” and “True Confessions.” According to the website “Our small but mighty and diverse programming team curated an amazing array of short and feature length films…narratives and documentaries that will evoke just about every emotion.” Films include: The Unlikely Story of the Lesbians of First Friday, Alice Junior, and Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt).