Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1.) Focus Features has shared the official trailer for Every Body, premiering at Tribeca Film Festival! Every Body is a revelatory investigation of the lives of intersex people, telling the stories of three individuals who have moved from childhoods marked by shame, secrecy, and non-consensual surgeries to thriving authentic adulthoods. Actor and screenwriter River Gallo, political consultant Alicia Roth Weigel, and Ph.D. student Sean Saifa Wall are now leaders in a fast-growing global movement advocating for greater understanding of the intersex community and an end to unnecessary surgeries. Through a stranger-than-fiction case of medical abuse, featuring exclusive footage from the NBC News archives, Every Body explores the modern-day treatment of intersex people. Watch Every Body in theaters June 30 and check out the trailer below!
2.) The trailer for Disney’s upcoming animated musical Wish debuted this week at CinemaCon! The film, set in the fictional land of wishes Rosas, follows Asha as she makes a wish so powerful a cosmic entity answers in the form of a ball of energy, Star. Together, they must face the king of Rosas in order to save the community. Asha is voiced by queer actor Ariana DeBose; eee Wish in theaters November 22.
3.) Gay Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s queer Western short film Strange Way of Life has released its first trailer. Starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, the 30-minute film follows Silva (Pascal), a cowboy who travels on horseback across the desert to meet an old friend, Sheriff Jake (Hawke). Twenty-five years earlier, the men worked together as hired gunmen. With a complicated romantic history, the reason for this visit isn’t just a trip down memory lane. The film’s distribution rights were picked up by Sony Pictures Classics this week as well. The film is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month; watch the trailer below!
3.) The official teaser poster for gay rom-com Red, White & Royal Blue has been unveiled, premiering exclusively on Prime Video August 11. Based on queer author Casey McQuiston’s critically acclaimed New York Times best seller, Red White & Royal Blue marks the feature film writing and directing debut of gay Tony Award-winning playwright Matthew López. In the film, Alex Claremont-Diaz (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the President of the United States (Uma Thurman), and Britain’s Prince Henry (Nicholas Galitzine) have a lot in common: Stunning good looks, undeniable charisma, international popularity… and a total disdain for each other. After a very public altercation becomes tabloid fodder, driving a potential wedge in U.S./British relations, their families and handlers force the two rivals into a staged “truce.” But as Alex and Henry’s icy relationship unexpectedly begins to thaw into a tentative friendship, the friction that existed between them sparks something deeper than they ever expected. Find the poster below and check out McQuiston’s novel ahead of the film!
— Red, White & Royal Blue on Prime (@RWRBonPrime) April 26, 2023
4.) Beloved friends turned boyfriends Nick and Charlie return to our screens on August 3 in the highly-anticipated second season of Heartstopper! While Nick (bisexual actor Kit Connor) and Charlie (gay actor Joe Locke) navigate their new relationship, lesbian couple Tara (Corinna Brown) and Darcy (nonbinary actor Kizzy Edgell) face unforeseen challenges and Tao (William Gao) and Elle (transgender actress Yasmin Finney) work out if they can ever be more than just friends. With exams on the horizon, a school trip to Paris and a prom to plan, the gang has a lot to juggle as they journey through the next stages of life, love and friendship. The season also introduces new queer talent, including trans actress and Tik Tok star Bel Priestley and trans actor Ash Self. Check out Netflix’s date announcement below for a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew!
5.) HBO Max has released the official trailer for the third season of The Other Two, premiering on the streamer May 4! The acclaimed GLAAD Media Award-nominated comedy series, co-created by gay SNL alum Chris Kell, picks up three years after the second season left off. After living in the shadows of their much-younger pop star brother, Chase Dreams, who is now (almost) a full adult, and their talk show host mother, who’s now more powerful than she could have ever imagined as a network executive, Brooke and Cary (bisexual actor and comedian Drew Tarver) are finally standing on their own two feet— fully “successful” in their own right. Watch the trailer below and catch up on the first two seasons of The Other Two on HBO Max today!
6.) The slate of judges for RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 8 has been released, and it is what? Sickening! Original Queer Eye cast member Thom Filicia has a reunion with Carson Kressley, and queer icons Jacivia Leslie, Matt Rogers, Adam Shankman, JoJo Siwa, and Bowen Yang make appearances as well! Be sure to tune into what’s shaping up to be another iconic season, premiering May 12 on Paramount+.
— Logo (@LogoTV) April 27, 2023
7.) The premiere date for the 16th season of long-running FXX comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was announced this week! The gang at Paddy’s Pub will return on Wednesday, June 7, including central gay character Mac. The new season will see the gang as they struggle to live in 2023, including Mac’s foray into long-distance dating. Don’t miss It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, June 7 on FXX.
You were gonna riot anyway but now you have a good reason: FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns 6.7 on FXX. Stream on Hulu. pic.twitter.com/ch9O8u1VBv
— It’s Always Sunny (@alwayssunny) April 27, 2023
8.) An official teaser and new images for the second season of And Just Like That… has been dropped by HBO Max! The season of the Sex and the City revival welcomes back out cast members Cynthia Nixon, Mario Cantone and Sara Ramírez, who plays the non-binary podcast host and stand-up comic Che Diaz. And Just Like That… premieres in June on Max; watch the teaser below, which features a montage of scenes that reveal the current relationship of Miranda (Nixon) and Che!
9.) Ryan Beatty, a gay singer-songwriter that hit it big after numerous collaborations with Brockhampton, released his third studio album, titled Calico, today! In other music news, pop singer-songwriter Cooper Philip has released a new music video “THE ANSWERS,” featuring queer R&B artist Durand Bernarr! Additionally, NYC-based band Oxymorrons and their friend, trans singer-songwriter Troi Irons (he/him/they) have released a new song “Last Call” and accompanying music video! Queer artist Palehound has also announced their upcoming album Eye On The Bat, due July 14; watch the music video to lead single “The Clutch” below!
10.) The Television Academy announced the recipients of the 16th Annual Television Academy Honors. These honors celebrate programs that grapple with and raise awareness of societal issues, including LGBTQ+ issues. This year, HBO’s We’re Here, a documentary series where legendary drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela, and Eureka travel to small-town America in order to spread joy and change hearts and minds, while putting on one-night-only drag shows, is one of the recipients! Check out We’re Here on HBO, and the Television Academy ceremony on May 31.
‘We’re Here,’ ‘Mo,’ ‘As We See It’ Among This Year’s 16th Television Academy Honors https://t.co/JRNLIpR5Et
— Variety (@Variety) April 27, 2023
11.) The GLAAD-nominated game Desta: The Memories Between (Dream Team Edition) has finally been ported to Steam and Nintendo Switch. This special edition grants access to the game’s soundtrack, a digital artbook featuring concept art, and new game modes for those seeking a challenge. Help Desta navigate their nonbinary identity, past crushes, and insecurities through matches of dodgeball in this fully voice-acted animated dreamscape.