Good and Gay: queer news from Master of None to Rugrats to SNL

Queer news has this week’s Good and Gay bursting at the seams with YAY! From Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts blowing our minds on the cover of The Advocate to Ahead of the Curve opening at IFC, we’ve gathered the queerest, best news from the internet for your reading pleasure. Plus, Master of None is all about Denise’s marriage! Rugrats finally lets Betty be queer! And more!

We’ll see you next week for our first Pride Month edition of Good and Gay for 2021!

Master of None Season 3 is here and queer

Season 3 of the critically acclaimed Master of None has arrived and the entire 5-episode season focuses on Denise (Lena Waithe) and Alicia (Naomi Ackie). The two are married and live in upstate New York where they enjoy a quiet life. “These two Black city women [are] in the countryside setting and [that’s] not the butt of the joke,” Ackie tells Out Magazine. “They actually fit into this space and they make it their own and their home, which, oh my gosh, [the characters’] designing of the home is my favorite thing! They’ve been able to incorporate this feeling of their Blackness, their queerness. It’s a quaint setting that we usually only see white people in.”

Master of None is streaming on Netflix.

Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts stun on the cover of The Advocate

Actor Niecy Nash and singer Jessica Betts married earlier this year—and now the power couple appear on the cover of The Advocate. The couple is absolutely stunning and the in-depth interview about Nash’s career, the couple’s meeting, and how they’ve navigated moving their relationship into the public sphere. “She was all I could think about,” Nash recalls. “I was like, I never want to imagine a future without this being…. I don’t want that.

Rugrats reboot recognizes Phil and Lil’s mom Betty is queer—and she’s voiced by out actor Natalie Morales

Queer actor Natalie Morales is voicing the mother of twins Phil and Lil in the Rugrats reboot on Paramount+. Even better news is that their mother, Betty, is now an out, queer single mom. Fans of the original series will remember that Betty always seemed like family, but now it’s canonical! Morales tells The A.V. Club: “Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that.” They continue: “Cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.”

Rugrats is now available to stream on Paramount+.

SNL closes out the season with a big splash: “Pride Month Song”

Last week, Saturday Night Live (SNL) closed out a bumpy season with a delightful celebration of Pride Month in the version of a music video slash roast. The song is kind of an anthem and features openly queer cast members Kate McKinnon, Punkie Johnson, and Bowen Yang singing and dancing about the highs and lows of Pride. Host Anya Taylor-Joy plays McKinnon’s girlfriend—and they’re in the process of breaking up. Johnson is trying to meet cute girls, but they’re all straight. Yang can’t wait to dance, but spends the whole time looking for his crush. One of the most fun moments is when musical guest Lil Nas X sings about Marsha P. Johnson and Harvey Milk.

Saturday Night Live can be streamed via Hulu.

Queer documentary Ahead of the Curve opens at NYC today and has a new trailer

The documentary film featuring Curve magazine, Ahead of the Curve, opened at IFC in NYC today. The documentary gets into the magazine’s founding in 1990 and the struggles thereafter. Through interviews with famous lesbians including Melissa Etheridge, Jewelle Gomez, and Denice Frohman, and archival footage, the film pieces together a story of resilience and community. Ahead of the Curve is directed by Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow.

Ahead of the Curve is showing now at the IFC in NYC and will be available on demand from your favorite platform starting June 1 (Prime, AppleTV, Google, DirectTv, etc.)

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