BY Brandon Voss
April 01 2011 6:45 AM ET
10. FILM: An Affirmative Act
Now in select theaters, this Lifetime-y courtroom drama has an interesting premise: A lesbian couple is arrested for fraud after one poses as a man so that they can marry and adopt a child. Written by author-attorney Ken Del Vecchio and directed by lesbian newcomer Jana Mattioli, it’s not a great film — the melodramatic dialogue and over-the-top acting are often laughable — but it’s an admirable infomercial for marriage equality.
9. TV: Glamour Belles
Premiering April 6 on Lifetime, this hilarious new workplace docuseries goes behind the seams with the colorfully besequined employees and customers of Joann’s Gowns, a nationally renowned small-town pageant dress shop in Union City, Tenn. When little princesses and overbearing parents come in to pick out the greatest gown to win their pageant crown, expect lots of sassy witticisms from Jared, the flamboyant store manager.
8. DVD: The Owls
Written and directed by The Watermelon Woman’s Cheryl Dunye of the Parliament Film Collective, this tense drama sifts through the wreckage of a fictional lesbian rock band called the Screech. Anchored by naturalistic performances from a largely queer cast who also chime in as themselves, the film, which ambitiously blurs narrative and documentary styles, details deadly discord between a “baby dyke” and “owls” — older, wiser lesbians.