Good and Gay: queer films, Batwoman, and more

Queer films, Batwoman news, and solidarity with trans and nonbinary folks fill this week’s Good and Gay. We’ve brought together the best of the queer internet to celebrate Latinx history month while also kicking off our celebration of both LGBT history month and spooky season! Grab a jack-o-lantern and a history book and join us for these moments of hope!

And speaking of spooky themes, if you haven’t yet, make sure to check out this great conversation between Bella Books authors Tagan Shepard, Carolyn Elizabeth, and Dolores Arden. They’re giving away signed copies of their perfect-for-autumn novels, so make sure to read to the end and participate!

First look at the new Batwoman revealed

Earlier this year, Javicia Leslie was cast to replace Ruby Rose as the lead in The CW’s Batwoman. As the first series to feature a lesbian superhero, there’s a lot at stake with Batwoman. Luckily, series creators have been thoughtful about recasting and are taking the story in a new direction. Leslie will play Ryan Wilder, the newest person to don the Batsuit and just this week, she shared the first picture of herself in costume. We’re getting more and more excited for the return of Batwoman!

Batwoman Season 2 is slated to premiere in January 2021 on The CW.

Book industry professionals sign letter of support for trans and nonbinary folks

In a “message of love and solidarity,” 200 writers and publishers signed a public letter that states “non-binary lives are valid, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans rights are human rights.” The letter continues: “Culture is, and should always be, at the forefront of societal change, and as writers, editors, agents, journalists, and publishing professionals, we recognise the vital role our industry has in advancing and supporting the wellbeing and rights of trans and non-binary people.” Organized by acclaimed authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Daisy Johnson, the letter has been signed by the likes of Juno Dawson, Elizabeth Day, Nikesh Shukla, Sara Collins, Irenosen Okojie, Mary Jean Chan, Naoise Dolan, Olivia Sudjic and Sharlene Teo. In light of some big name authors doubling down on their commitment to anti-trans and -nonbinary bigotry, it is a huge gift to see so many great names in literature standing by trans and nonbinary folks.

queer films curated for Latinx history month by QWOCMAP
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San Francisco LGBT Center offers queer Afro-Latinx film screening

This weekend, the San Francisco LGBTQ Center will be hosting QWOCMAP for a free virtual screening of a slate of short queer films by and about Afro-Latinx people this weekend only (October 2-4). There will also be a panel discussion with the filmmakers. QWOCMAP “creates, exhibits, and distributes high-impact films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender & transgender), and gender non-binary/nonconforming/variant and transgender people of color (of any orientation), and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities.”

Learn more and register for the screening here.

Even more upcoming queer film festivals thrive at social distance

Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared upcoming LGBTQ+ film festivals, many of which have moved to virtual settings or drive-ins to provide socially distant opportunities to engage with their slates of queer films. We plan to keep doing so for at least the next month (and 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.

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival celebrates its 38th anniversary with 30 features and 54 short queer films, their virtual film festival running from September 24th through October 4th. The festival will close with Ahead of the Curve and many other features have and will precede it. (Features are only viewable for those based in Illinois.) Shorts, which are viewable anywhere in the U.S., include Chicago-based work and many others.

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival, which runs from October 5th to October 18th, will allow viewers to access their queer films on Vimeo on Demand at their leisure during that two-week period. Pride & Protest will be shown on opening night with workshops, watch parties, and opportunities for socialization until the closing night pub quiz.

Out Film CT opens today and runs through October 10th. The 33rd edition of the festival will feature an expanded slate of short queer films in addition to the opening night, centerpiece, and closing night features. There are new focus areas including drag, bisexual, queer people of color, documentary, and Connecticut-based for short films, which means the programming of prior years has grown significantly. “For people who have exhausted all the LGBTQ content on Netflix and Hulu during quarantine, this will be a goldmine of new films to enjoy. We’re also thrilled that we’re able to bring the community together, albeit in a socially distant manner, for three films at the drive-in! Make sure to reserve your spot early, as there’s a 60-car capacity at the Parkade Cinemas in Manchester,” says festival director Shane Engstrom.

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