When you play a video game, you are quite literally inserting yourself into a character and exploring the world through their eyes. For many young LGBTQ+ folks, games are one of the first opportunities we have to openly play around with gender and sexuality in a way we might not be able to in real life. That includes RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Jinkx Monsoon. In an interview with PRIDE, Monsoon said, “I’ve been playing video games as far back as I can remember. It really became my favorite escape away from the heteronormative world that I lived in. I was never big into sports, surprise, surprise.”
Drag icon RuPaul makes an emotional discovery about his family history in a new video from the PBS series Finding Your Roots. RuPaul, 60, met with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to discuss three members of his family, traced to RuPaul via genealogy and DNA testing. This anecdote dates to 1804, in which a white slave owner freed RuPaul’s great, great, grandmother Nanette and her brother Andre from slavery. Said plantation owner, a man called Jacques Fontenette also refused to free Nanette and Andre’s mother, referred to as Negro Julie, from slavery.
Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster are set to start filming their modern day, gay film adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Variety reported that Fire Island will follow the adventures of two best friends (Yang and Booster) who are on vacation at the gay hot spot – which is located off the shore of Long Island – “with the help of cheap rosé and a cadre of eclectic friends”. Yang, who joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2019, shared his excitement and, of course, a joke about the project on Instagram. He posted a picture of the headline from Variety which boasts that he and Booster will “top” the film. Bowen Yang wrote on Instagram “I’m going to WHAT??” along with the thinking face emoji.
A new Netflix documentary executive produced by Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum will chronicle conversion therapy’s deadly history in the United States. Pray Away, which premieres on August 3, is directed by Kristine Stolakis and tells the story of Exodus International, an infamous ex-gay organization that was founded in 1976 and shut down in 2013 when its then-president, Alan Chambers, apologized for the “pain and hurt” conversion therapy had caused. In an official description of the film, Netflix rightly describes Exodus as the “largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world.”
This weekend at the Ukraines Atlas music festival, which was being broadcast live on network television, a singer apparently stunned the audience — and broadcasters, too. As 24 year-old Mélovin was ending his Atlas Weekend set, he stood beside a woman and a man he had performed with. Mélovin grabbed the woman and began kissing her, before walking over to where the man was, and kissed him, too. The pop star then grabbed a Pride flag and waved it while yelling, “yeah!” The M1 Network cut the live feed.
At this point, we need a word other than “meteoric” to describe the rise of Lil Nas X. Fresh off the pop megastar’s performance at this year’s BET Awards, where he stole headlines for his swoon-worthy makeout sesh with a backup dancer, the openly queer rapper has graced the cover of the latest New York Times Magazine under the apt headline “Hot Boy Summer.” He sat down for a feature interview with story editor Jazmine Hughes, and it’s absolutely filled from start to finish with Kobe-grade king shit.
Netflix unveiled its new series Sex/Life on June 25, and while it’s a very sexy show throughout, there’s one notable moment that has TikTok shook. The series follows a bored stay-at-home mom named Billie (Sarah Shahi) who craves the wild sex-party-filled days of her youth. In particular, she misses getting busy with her ex, Brad. When her husband finds out what’s on Billie’s mind, he uses the info to spice things up between them. In the process, he tracks down Brad in the gym’s shower and gets an eyeful – and I mean full – of what he’s working with.
For decades, the nightly fireworks show at Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida began with this introduction: “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all ages.” That changed on Wednesday when testing for the post-COVID return of the fireworks show began; the new announcement states simply, “Good evening, dreamers of all ages.” The updated, gender-less statement was included in the Fourth of July show, the formal reintroduction of the nightly fireworks display at both parks. The modified introduction will extend to other Disney amusement parks, specifically Tokyo Disneyland.
The new trailer for the Amazon Prime adaptation of Cinderella just dropped, and it’s left us ready for more! Camilla Cabello plays the titular character in the reimagining of the classic “rags to riches” story, and that theme is taken literally in this version as we see Ella trying to open her own dress shop. We get a preview of one of the original songs from the movie before Billy Porter appears as the amazingly glam “Fairy Godperson”. Not since the Brandy and Whitney Houston version have the LGBTQ+ been so excited to see a queen lose her pump.
The King of Latin Pop has been living his life freely and openly with his husband and their children for some time now. Earlier this month the pair appeared together on the cover of Cap 74024 in a sensuous, shirtless embrace. And apparently, some of the singer’s followers were not pleased, many of them unfollowing his Instagram and leaving derogatory comments. He responded to them in an Instagram post saying, “The most I wish in this life is that we all can feel free, proud of ourselves, and be happy, loved, respected, and accepted. That we can express ourselves how we are born without retaliation or without being punished. It’s not fair to continue losing precious lives because of prejudice and lack of education. To all those who feel lost or unappreciated for being who they are and who they want to be, you are not alone. there is a great community waiting for you with open arms.”