Good and Gay: queer film, TV, music, and politics

Queer film, TV, music, and political news abound in this week’s Good and Gay. From Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom to Star Trek: Lower Decks, we’ve gathered the best news from the queer internet to send you into the weekend with a smile on your face and a bit of hope in your heart.

Don’t miss out on Bella Books’ first ever Bella Under the Covers, a facilitated conversation about writing, lesfic, and everything else. Our first event will take place on Thursday, October 29th at 8pm ET and will feature authors Dolores Arden, Carolyn Elizabeth, and Tagan Shepard with facilitator extraordinaire, Dana Piccoli. RSVP to carolynelizabeth419 (at) gmail (dot) com to get your Zoom link!

Tegan and Sara’s memoir is coming to the small screen

This week we learned that Clea DuVall will be executive producing a new TV adaptation of High School, a memoir by musicians Tegan and Sara about their formative years. Set in the 90s and immersed in rave and grunge culture, the series will tackle the parallel and yet disparate experiences of twin lesbians as they grow up. The TV series will be about finding yourself and doubting yourself when your sibling goes through a similar queer experience. We couldn’t be more excited to see this incredible memoir come to life as a comedy series!

The series will be available on IMDb TV. A premiere date has yet to be announced.

The first trailer for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom arrives

Netflix dropped the first trailer for the highly anticipated film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on August Wilson’s play. Ma Rainey, known as the Mother of the Blues, is a queer blues legend renowned for her sexually liberated music and bisexual anthems. The film will explore her music career, her struggles with her white manager, and the young, ambitious horn player who has his sights on Ma’s girlfriend. Despite being based on a real person, the film is a fictionalization. The film features Viola Davis as Ma Rainey, the late Chadwick Boseman as horn player Levee, and many other impressive actors. It is executive produced by Denzel Washington.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will premiere on Netflix on December 18.

Anchorage, Alaska gets first gay, female mayor

After her cishet male predecessor resigned, Austin Quinn-Davidson made history. As an out lesbian, Quinn-Davidson became both the first woman and the first queer person to serve as mayor of Anchorage, Alaska. She was appointed as the city’s new acting mayor via vote by the city assembly. For a city that has seen anti-LGBT smear campaigns in recent years, this is a particularly powerful milestone. Quinn-Davidson has been supported by many, including assembly chair Felix Rivera who said she’s ” an excellent communicator who sincerely cares about what you have to say, and will listen to all parts of our community.” Of her goals, Quinn-Davidson told Anchorage Daily News “the most important role of a mayor right now is to inspire trust in government, and to make people feel at ease during a time that is pretty tumultuous.” Congratulations to Quinn-Davidson and congratulations to Anchorage!

Sam Smith opens up about being nonbinary and finally feeling seen

In an interview with British Vogue, Sam Smith talks about discovering the word nonbinary and how they finally have a way to describe how they’ve always felt. “I’ve always felt nonbinary my whole. Two years ago I just started to read more and hear stories and I just saw myself a little bit in them. There was a relief that there was something to describe—a word—for how I’d always felt.” In the same interview, Smith talks about being a queer person, going through break-ups, and dealing with stage fright.

Check out the entire interview on British Vogue.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Executive Producer affirms all Starfleet officers are bisexual

In an unexpected reveal, Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ executive producer Mike McMahan told Variety that he believes all Starfleet officers are bisexual in his series: “For me and for the writers as we were making this, we didn’t intentionally mean for anybody to be strictly heteronormative or straight or cis. Every Starfleet officer is probably at the baseline bisexual, in a way.” McMahan goes on to describe some of the moments that fans of the series clocked as revelations of protagonist Beckett Mariner’s queerness including a scene where she says “Whoa, she’s like the hottest girl on the ship, are you nervous?” Furthermore, McMahan is committed to being more explicit in Season 2, which we can’t wait to see.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 is available to stream on CBS All Access.

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