The Real O’Neals is a new series inspired by the life of Dan Savage, the gay activist and journalist known for his romantic advice in his Savage Love column and for founding the It Gets Better Project. The show, like in his real life, features a Catholic family with a father who is a Chicago policeman. In The Real O’Neals, the family has a seemingly perfect exterior, which is challenged when the son comes out as gay. The ABC show has been a lightning rod since its inception, inspiring attacks by right-wing groups and headlines for its gay lead, the 21-year-old Noah Galvin. Watch the two-episode premiere Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
Samantha Newark, the original voice of Jem/Jerrica Benton from the '80s animated classic Jem and the Holograms, fabulously narrates the newly released audiobook of Square Zair Pair — a wonderful LGBT allegory that takes place in the land of the Zairs. Zairs come in two shapes, round and square, and do all things in pairs, always one round with one square. But one day when two square Zairs pair for the first time, the village rejects them before learning a valuable lesson. Told in Seussian style by writer Jase Peeples with captivating art by former Disney artist Christine Knopp, Square Zair Pair is a heartwarming tale for anyone who believes in the beauty of diversity. Available in hardback, eBook, and a new audiobook on Amazon. Listen to a sample below.
RuPaul’s Drag Race’s new season premieres March 7. But fans have a chance to see and meet the stars of season 8 in person at a series of premiere parties this weekend. These locations include Austin (Friday at Ironwood Hall), San Francisco (Sunday at Mezzanine), and Los Angeles (Tuesday at the Mayan Theater). Learn more at VossEvents.com.
For any kid of the '80s and '90s, Friday night was all about Full House and the rest of ABC "TGIF" lineup. Sure, it was cheesier than Velveeta — and shockingly devoid of gay storylines even though it involved three men living together in San Francisco — but there's something comforting about its laugh track and silly catchphrases. Netflix had enough sense to bring it back, hinging the storyline on grown-up D.J. Tanner, played by Candace Cameron Bure (she of the vaguely homophobic sentiments on The View). Without Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen returning, our excitement is a bit dimmed, but we'll give it a try. You?
Lovers’ angst, a legendary sword, and plenty of martial arts action figure in the long-awaited sequel to 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Michelle Yeoh is the lone returning cast member, but she’s joined by such capable actors as Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, and Harry Shum Jr., late of Glee. Woo-Ping Yuen takes over directorial duties from Ang Lee. You can catch the war for Green Destiny in 3-D and IMAX at theaters or stream it on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.
We finally have a video for Troye Sivan's excellent single "Youth." The concept is a party (bit of a yawn), but the cinematography is quite lovely. Keep an eye out for Sivan's hot blond (male) love interest and a very funny hat that turns Donald Trump's campaign slogan on its head.
If you’re boycotting this year’s Academy Awards ceremony because #OscarsSoWhite, we totally understand and support that, although it will probably be interesting to see what host Chris Rock has to say. If you’re watching, though, there’s plenty of LGBT appeal, like nominations for the stars of Carol and The Danish Girl, plus noms for out screenwriters Emma Donoghue, who adapted her own novel for the film of Room, and Phyllis Nagy, who adapted Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt into Carol. And then there’s Joe Biden introducing Lady Gaga. What’s not to love about that? The show airs at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Pacific on ABC. Tune in 90 minutes earlier if you want to catch the red carpet.