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+ I was told that Selena Gomez has a girl crush in the music video for “Bad Liar” so I did my lesbian duty and watched the music video for “Bad Liar,” and promptly determined that life is full of surprises and dappled sunlight and is it 1973 and who knows what else?
Reactions in the Autostraddle virtual office have ranged from Mey Rude declaring “THIS IS MY FAV VIDEO EVER?????? This video is my entire life. Selena is me I am Selena” to Heather Hogan theorizing, “it feels like that one hayley kiyoko video had a baby with every amanda bynes movie and this is the result.” Managing Editor Rachel Kincaid pulled some important results from the comments on YouTube:
Somebody had to say it! Thank you Amanda!
Here’s a promising theory:
What are your thoughts, friends?
+ The L.A Film Festival has a few LGBT offerings up its proverbial sleeve, according to The Advocate, including but not limited to:
+ “And Then There Was Eve”: Starring transgender actress Rachel Crowl as Eve, the colleague of a photographer who “wakes up to find her apartment has been torn apart and her husband is missing.”
+ “Becks”: Broadway’s Lena Hall stars as the girlfriend of a folk-rock musician, played by queer pop star Hayley Kiyoko, who follows her lady-love from Brooklyn to Los Angeles only to get promptly dumped, and then must return to St. Louis to live with her Mom, a nun, and hang out at a local dive bar where she falls for the wife of an old high school rival, played by Mena Suvari. SOUNDS INCREDIBLE.
+ “Replace”: In Replace, a beautiful girl navigates a relationship with a new girl while also navigating an affliction that causes her skin to fall off her face!
+ “Whitney: Can I Be Me”: Trailers for this documentary, which will debut on Showtime in August, have not emphasized or even mentioned Whitney’s sexual orientation, but The Advocate description makes it sound like her bisexuality and her relationship with Robyn Crawford will be a main focal point of the film as it investigates Whitney Houston‘s relationships with women in the ’80s using archival footage and 30 years of interviews with people who surrounded her.
+ Ellen Page’s new movie Flatliners has a trailer. You could watch it right now if you wanted to, the world is truly your oyster.
+ Queer people talk to Buzzfeed about 8 Queer Stories We’re Not Seeing Enough Of In Movies
+ Toshio Masumoto’s “Funeral Parade of Roses” : “A restored masterpiece unmasks Tokyo’s underground gay subculture of the 1960s.”
+ The star of Boy Meets Girl wrote a personal essay for PopSugar: There Are So Many Transgender Stories to Tell — and I’m Hell-Bent on Telling Them
+ Exploring queer culture’s history – its beauty and brutality: talking to Daisy Asquith about her new film Queerama, which traces the historic battle for LGBTQ rights and marks the 50 year anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act.
+ I am really stoked for the finale of The Handmaid’s Tale today, but I’m also disappointed in how the show has handled race and failed to address that element of Moira’s identity. Angelica Jade Bastién at New York Magazine explains it all for you in The Handmaid’s Tale Greatest Failing Is How It Handles Race:
…the show doesn’t end up considering the racial dynamics of June’s family, or what it means to be a handmaid of color. In the end, its approach to race is just as mishandled as Atwood’s. The Handmaid’s Tale’s silence on race grows more awkward as the show goes on, particularly in light of its marketing as a politically astute salve for these troubled times, and the girl-power inflected feminism destined to launch a thousand T-shirts with clever wordplay. In reality, though, it’s more concerned with the interiority of white women at the expense of people of color who recognize that Gilead isn’t a possible horrifying future, but the reality of what America has always been.
“I think this thing is going to change — big-time. We’re going someplace else,” Mulgrew told BuzzFeed News. “It was extremely live or die; drama at its most heightened. Who knows what’s going to happen when the dust settles — I know nothing — but I don’t think everyone is going to survive that last moment. They may initially, but I think there will be repercussions. There were 10 of us holding hands … I think someone will get hurt. I don’t know who.”
Though she’s in the dark as to what journey awaits Red in Season 6, Mulgrew believes the choice to close out this season on those 10 characters is a sign of what’s to come. “I think that signifies, perhaps, a more concentrated view going into Season 6,” she said.
+ Claws debuted on TNT this week! It’s a female ensemble dark comedy that takes place in a nail salon, starring the always incredible Niecey Nash as well as Judy Reyes as the lesbian character Quiet Ann.
+ BuzzFeed debuts touching new “Queer Prom” series: With a guest appearance from Evan Rachel Wood!
+ [….] [….] [???!!] Katy Perry Woke Up. She Wants to Tell You All About It: Ms. Perry, who hit No. 1 with “I Kissed a Girl,” later explained why she holds queer women in high esteem: “I admire that they’re doing it for themselves. They are not doing it for the male gaze.”
+ Nylon has a great piece on The PWR BTTM Problem And The Search For Safe Spaces. … and Billboard reports that apparently they have manged to find a new Manager and rights to re-release their debut album.
+ How did we get here what’s happening to us: Lady Gaga’s New Starbucks Drinks Will Quench Your Thirst for a Good Cause