The nation's preeminent meeting of the minds, South by Southwest, begins on Friday in Austin. Once known as merely a musical showcase, SXSW has morphed into one of the Western world's most important tech and networking events. There's no shortage of LGBT-themed programming, with the first day including no less than three queer events — a mixer, a panel on queer style, and a discussion about the future of gay, bi, and trans voices in the tech industry. The first days of SXSW focus on technology and film, and the music component begins March 15. Find the complete schedule here.
Outfest is known internationally for its annual film festival in Los Angeles, which screens movies about the LGBT experience. Dedicated to preserving and promoting moving images that move the needle for diversity, the organization also hosts Outfest Fusion. Although smaller in scale, the festival is grander in ambition. From today through March 16 at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre, the event will screen works made by and showcasing LGBT people of color, exposure that, as evidenced by this year’s Oscars, is needed more than ever. Take a look at the fest’s offerings, and don’t miss a full schedule of panels and events at Outfest.org.
Country music legend Loretta Lynn comes Full Circle in her new album, with Lynn reinterpreting some classics like “Fist City” and “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” and offering new tunes as well; it also includes duets with Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson. “These 14 tracks retrace Lynn’s remarkable mountains-to-mansion musical development,” said an NPR reviewer. Produced by Lynn’s daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny and June, Full Circle is out today.
Better Brothers Los Angeles, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and the Diva Foundation are hosting the annual Truth Awards. Hosted by reality royalty Omarosa Manigault (The Apprentice) and Karamo Brown (The Real World, The Next 15), the black-tie gala celebrates those who have made positive contributions to the LGBT African-American community. Bishop Dr. Yvette A. Flunder, Aaron Walton, Judge Darrin P. Gayles, Gerard McCallum II, Rev. Jenenne Macklin, Gregory Bunn, Demetrius McCoy, and Darryn Harris are among the evening’s honorees. Don’t miss it Saturday at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. Find tickets here.
I Am Cait gets political in its second season, just as Caitlyn Jenner did in her interview with The Advocate this week. Jenner takes a bus trip across America with pals including Jenny Boylan, Candis Cayne, Kate Bornstein, and Chandi Moore, and among other things Jenner, a conservative Republican, gets into a heated political argument with liberal Boylan. Season 2 opens Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on E!
Remember The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game from the '70s? There's a new retro version called Modd Couples, premiering Friday on Here TV (a sister company to The Advocate). Hosted by actor-TV personality David Millbern and comedian Olivia Harewood, the six-episode series pits gay and straight couples against each other — with numerous challenges, including hottest make-out — and includes famous contestants like Scott Turner Schofield, Frank DeCaro, and Jennifer Elise Cox of Brady Bunch fame. Check it out on Here TV as well as Here's Hulu channel and premium YouTube channel.
RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 premieres Monday on Logo at 9 p.m. Eastern — and it is making herstory! The popular reality television competition, which pits drag performers against each other for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, is celebrating its 100th episode (and 100th contestant). The premiere episode also features a very special Ru-union — all the past winners of Drag Race have gathered for a photo shoot with the new cast. Cya Monday, squirrelfriends!