Queer TV and film news, as well as lots of good nonbinary news, have this week’s Good and Gay bursting at the seams with positivity. From Kehlani and Nikki Hiltz coming out about their identities to This Is Us featuring a queer, teen romance, we’ve got the very best and very queerest news you need to send you into the weekend with a smile.
Nonbinary singer Kehlani comes out as a lesbian, too
Over the weekend, Kehlani casually came out as a lesbian during a friend’s Instagram Live: “You wanna know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian.” The singer, who uses she/they pronouns, has been out about being queer in the past, previously identifying as pansexual and nonbinary. In an interview with The Advocate, Kehlani talked about being an openly queer artist: “I have a lot of privilege,” Kehlani said. “I think a lot of artists who we talk about and say, ‘Oh, they had to come out or they had to do this,’ a lot of them can’t hide it. A lot of it is very [much] in how they present. It’s tougher for trans artists. It’s tougher for Black gay men. It’s tougher for Black masculine gay women.”
This Is Us features queer romance
Earlier this week This Is Us waded into more queer territory. Two seasons ago, Tess (Eris Baker) came out to her parents, played by Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson. This week, in the episode “I’ve Got This,” Tess and her nonbinary love interest Alex (Presley Alexander) are shown together for the first time. Baker talked to People magazine and said of her character: “I think some of the personality traits she has now and gained this season is confidence in herself and in her sexuality. She is more outspoken. Recently she was scared to come out and almost scared to just be herself around her family. Now, she has a trust and bond with them, to the point where she says what she wants, which I think is beautiful.”
This Is Us airs Tuesdays on NBC and is available to stream on Hulu the day after episodes premiere.
Nonbinary artist Angel Baribeau releases new music video
Angel Baribeau, a nonbinary Cree artist, released a new album last year called For Those I Love(d) and has recently released a music video for their song “I Wish We Were Older.” The song and the video explore young love—and the video features LGBTQ youth. Baribeau has become a role model for Indigenous LGBTQ youth and believes it’s important for youth to see themselves represented in media. They told APTN news: “I was like, ‘oh you know what? You were a little queer kid when you started writing this song, and you would have loved queer Indigenous representation when you were a wee one in love for the first time and just kinda’ discovering that world.”
Queer Japan documentary now available on DVD and VOD
Queer Japan is now available on DVD and to stream on video on demand. The new documentary explores the political, artistic, social, and sexual subcultures of Japan—and how LGBTQ+ identities, relationships, and issues are still stigmatized. Taking the viewer to underground parties, pride parades, and political gatherings, the film showcases the wide breadth and depth of Japan’s diverse queer communities.
Queer Japan is available for purchase from wherever you buy your DVDs and Blu-rays and on demand from your favorite platform (Prime, AppleTV, Google, DirectTv, etc.)
Runner Nikki Hiltz comes out as nonbinary and transgender
Middle-distance runner Nikki Hiltz recently came out as transgender and nonbinary, noting that they use she/they pronouns on social media. On Instagram, Hiltz shared with her followers: “I’m transgender. That means I don’t identify with the gender I was assigned at birth. The word I use currently to describe my gender is non-binary. The best way I can explain my gender is as fluid.” Hiltz and their announcement were met with supportive comments from social media fans. “When I was 19 I came out about my sexuality. Yesterday at 26 I came out about my gender identity,” she tweeted. “There’s nothing like the morning after coming out. This morning there are nerves, excitement and a heart full of gratitude. All I can say is thank you, it feels so good to be seen.”