Queer TV and film news fill this week’s Good and Gay! From first looks at queer films Happiest Season and The Prom to queer celeb news to Star Trek firsts, we’ve got the very best of the queer internet gathered in one place for your reading pleasure! Grab a cup of tea (or something stronger) and buckle up for this list of plain ol’ awesomeness.
Queer holiday rom-com Happiest Season shares first look
There’s at least one bright spot on the horizon: Clea DuVall’s queer film Happiest Season will premiere this winter! This highly anticipated film set us all afire this week when DuVall shared the first stills from the film. The director tweeted, “All I ever wanted was a holiday movie that represented my experience so I decided to make one.” One of the films stars, Kristen Stewart, told People, “I’ve wished to see a gay Christmas rom-com my whole life.” She continues: “I’m so happy and proud of Clea for bringing this into the world.”
Happiest Season is currently set for a November theater-premier, but we’ll see what happens.
Star Trek announces first canonically nonbinary and transgender characters
This week Star Trek announced that for the first time in the franchise’s 50-plus year run, it will feature one transgender and one nonbinary character on the series Star Trek: Discovery. Ian Alexander will play Gray, a trans man eager to become a Trill host, and Blu del Barrio will play nonbinary character Adira, who is very close to canonically queer couple Stamets and Culber. Though there have been a handful of characters and species in Star Trek lore that have been read as coded nonbinary and trans representation, these two characters are the first ones to be both canonical and portrayed by trans and nonbinary actors.
Star Trek: Discovery returns October 15 and is available to stream on CBS All Access.
Nonbinary, Black short film LiME now streaming
In a writing and directorial debut, Donta Storey chronicles their own journey growing up as a storyteller in Compton. LiME, a semi-autobiographical short film, explores the ways Storey found their voice and the oppression they grew up with due to being queer and Black. They interrogate their own experiences through those of a young queer Black child named Deshawn as he auditions for the community majorettes team. The film represents a major milestone for Storey who thought the stories they came up with were only for them.
“Then one day I was inspired,” they tell Advocate. “I looked at the Lena Waithes and Issa Raes of the world, and Michaela Coel, and I was like, They’re doing it. They are telling stories with queer people or Black people or people of color center stage. There are no rules to this. You can tell stories that reflect the world that you live in, and the only way to do that is to do it.”
LiME is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Niecy Nash marries Jessica Betts
Niecy Nash nearly broke the internet earlier this week when she shared a photo of herself with her wife at her wedding. The photo, which also served as a queer coming out post of sorts for Nash, shows the pure joy and love between Nash and her wife singer-songwriter Jessica Betts.
We couldn’t be happier for the newlyweds! Congratulations!
Lesbian musical The Prom shares behind the scene photo
A film adaptation of queer Broadway musical The Prom is underway, led by Ryan Murphy. The basic premise of the film is that when a lesbian student is disallowed from bringing a girl to prom, a bunch of out-of-work actors decide to help out—while making things much, much worse. From a behind the scenes photo of the cast shared by Murphy on Instagram, we can tell that The Prom will be a star-studded version of the beloved musical. And, despite the pandemic, it looks like we’ll be getting the film sooner than expected, given that shooting just wrapped.
An exact premiere date has yet to be set for The Prom.