Queer pop culture news fills this week’s Good and Gay, from cover stars to queer love stories. We’ve pulled together good, good, good, gay, gay, gay news for your perusal. Plus, Tegan and Sara’s memoir is being adapted for TV—for real! Paula Pell plays a lesbian member of a girl group! Abbi Jacobson voices a queer teen hero who saves the world from robots! And more! So, pull up a chair, take a deep breath, and get ready to smile!
Model Olly Eley is Elle UK’s first nonbinary cover star for June
Elle UK recently announced that Australian-British model Olly Ely will be the magazine’s first nonbinary cover star—just in time for Pride month. Eley pens an accompanying feature in which they write about their gender. “I’ve never felt female, but then neither have I felt male. If there was a thin line that connected the two genders, I would be a dot floating somewhere between the two, but untethered to the line altogether. It’s the only way I can describe it,” they write.
Congratulations, Olly! And congratulations Elle UK!
Shrill‘s final season arrives on Hulu and features Fran and Emily’s queer love story
Today, Shrill’s final season arrives on Hulu. The series, adapted from Lindy West’s memoir of the same name, follows Annie (Aidy Briant) and her BFF Fran (Lolly Adefope) as they navigate the world as fat women. Fran is a Black queer woman who struggles with dating throughout the series. However, in the new and final season, we get to see Fran and her new partner Emily’s queer love story. Out nonbinary actor E.R. Fightmaster, who plays Emily, tells The Cut, “At no point in the show do I lose this joyful awareness that we’re making something really positive and really queer and really joyful.” They continue: “And I’m so truly gay in real life that I know that our relationship in the series comes off as authentically queer.”
Shrill is available to stream on Hulu.
IMDBtv greenlights queer coming-of-age series from Tegan and Sara, Clea DuVall
Queer icons Tegan and Sara’s memoir High School is being adapted for TV by queer icon Clea DuVall—it’s official because IMDBtv just announced that they’ve greenlit the series! The series of the same name will be a scripted coming-of-age story about first loves and first songs. DuVall will executive produce the series and write and direct multiple episodes including the pilot. In a joint statement, Tegan and Sara said, “We are incredibly excited to be working with Lauren, Ryan, and the fantastic IMDb TV team to bring ‘High School’ to life and apologize in advance to our mother for forcing her to relive this period of time with us again. We’ve made casting suggestions on her behalf to the incomparable Clea DuVall and our wonderful partners at Plan B.”
High School will be an original series on Amazon’s IMDb TV free streaming service. There is no premiere date set at this time.
In The Mitchells vs The Machines a queer teen hero saves the day
Last week The Mitchells vs The Machines premiered on Netflix. An animated film about “the worst family” in the world and their battle against the robot apocalypse, The Mitchells vs The Machines is also about a young queer woman named Katie Mitchell who just wants to go to college, make weird art, and hang out with the cute girl from her incoming class. While Katie (voiced by out actor Abbi Jacobson) spends most of the film on an epic family road trip to save humanity from one angry AI who is controlling all of the robots, she wears a rainbow pin, uses rainbows liberally in her short films, and talks a lot about being weird. She also moons over the new girl she met who will be at her art school. At the end of the film, however, the coding turns into explicit representation. The Mitchells vs The Machines is a family film that is fun for all!
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is streaming now via Netflix.
Girls 5Eva premieres with Paula Pell as lesbian Gloria
Yesterday, Girls 5Eva premiered on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. The series centers on a group of women who were once in a girl group. In the 90s, that group was a one hit wonder, but after a young rapper samples one of their songs, they’re given a second shot at fame—on their own terms, with songs that don’t send terrible messages. Starring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Phillips, and lesbian icon Paula Pell, the series will follow our intrepid heroes as they try to build something better. And, Pell plays a character who has come out as a lesbian since the group first toured! Win, win!
Girls 5Eva is streaming now via Peacock.