BY Brandon Voss
April 15 2011 4:25 PM ET
4. BOOK: The Jack Bank, Glen Retief
If it only dealt with his growing up against the harrowing backdrop of apartheid in a South African military boarding school trained to groom privileged white boys like him into violent oppressors — “jacks” are beatings — then this would be a riveting memoir; the fact that Retief was also coming of age as a gay man makes it essential reading. He also details his efforts to ban antigay discrimination in the post-apartheid Bill of Rights.
3. TV: Game of Thrones
Based on the first book in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, this stunning drama goes medieval starting April 17 on HBO. Though subtler in the books, the gay relationship will be fleshed out between young warrior Renly and jouster Loras, played by Brits Gethin Anthony (pictured) and Finn Jones, respectfully. Loras, called Knight of Flowers, is known to wear bejeweled armor and a cape of roses.
2. MUSIC: Who You Are, Jessie J
Before her memorable performances on SNL, Jessie J was best known in America as cowriter of Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.,” but now you’ll be nodding your head like yeah to her edgy pop debut. The love child of P!nk and Lily Allen, the bisexual Brit is a lovable bad girl done good on lesbian club staple “Do It Like a Dude,” defiant antibullying anthem “Who’s Laughing Now,” and the self-empowering title track.