Hot Sheet: Steaming Hot Outfest

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10. EVENT: GaymerX2
The second edition of Gaymer X, the only convention dedicated to gaymers (gay gamers) and queer geek culture, kicks off today in San Francisco. Held at the InterContinental Hotel, the three-day event  features an exhibition hall packed with vendors, open rooms to play card, tabletop, and video games, cosplay competition, panels discussing LGBT representation and advocacy in gaming, and much more. Several fantastic guests are also scheduled to appear throughout the weekend, including Bioware designer and writer David Gaider, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, and WWE superstar Darren Young. Tickets and more info are available at GaymerX.com— Jase Peeples


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9. FILM: Anatomy of a Love Seen
Is love just an act? For actresses Zoe (Sharon Hinnendael) and Mal (Jill Evyn), whose romance begins and then falls apart after meeting on set, the answer is unclear. Anatomy of a Love Seen, an exciting and largely improvised new film by first-time director Mariana Rice Bader, portrays the reunion of these two former lovers, who are forced to see each other again after learning the love scene in which they first met must be reshot. In exploring the relationship of these women both on- and off-screen, this drama paints a compelling portrait of love that is at once sexy and sorrowful. Anatomy of a Love Seen premieres at Outfest July 18. Watch the trailer below. — Daniel Reynolds


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8. MUSIC: “Falling in Love Will Kill You,” Mat Devine
Kill Hannah front man Mat Devine will be releasing his first solo album, Gold Blooded, under the name “Wrongchilde.” “Falling in Love Will Kill You” is the beautifully melodic first single from the project with duet vocals from Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. According to Out, the song was originally intended as a male-female collaboration, but Devine wanted to challenge the social construct of duet performances and create a more inclusive space in music for LGBT people. Devine explains, “By choosing to release 'Falling in Love Will Kill You' as a guy-on-guy duet, I’m hoping we can ignore the expectations of the music industry and make it accessible to everyone. And to me, that’s what makes it a modern love song.” — Scott Ragan


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7. THEATER: Buyer & Cellar
This might just be the gayest show we’ve ever heard of. Out actor Michael Urie stars as a struggling gay thespian who gets a job at the shopping center in Barbra Streisand’s basement (and yes, in reality, her estate has an underground reproduction of a quaint small-town main street). He ends up having a series of surreal encounters with the icon, and he tells us all about them in this play by Jonathan Tolins. A hit that’s been playing off-Broadway for nearly a year, Buyer & Cellar kicked off its national tour in Chicago in May, and it just opened for a run at Los Angeles’s Mark Taper Forum, where it continues through August 17. After that there are planned engagements in San Francisco, Dallas, and Toronto, while the New York production, with Barrett Foa stepping into Urie’s shoes, will be playing through July 27. Order tickets for the L.A. run here and get info on other tour stops and the New York performance schedule at BuyerAndCellar.com. — Trudy Ring

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6. MUSIC: “Angeles,” Wrathschild
The new single and video “Angeles” is a catchy and stripped-down piece about the bittersweet experience of living in L.A., where talented electro-pop duo Wrathschild is currently based. Simon Curtis and Wolfy say the song sprung from a deeply personal place. In an exclusive interview with The Advocate, Curtis said, “L.A. is both the city of dreams and the city of broken dreams. You could say the song is our diary, our experience. It’s an anthem dedicated to that feeling of loving and loathing Los Angeles.” Wolfy added, “It’s a lot of observations we’ve made through just being here. It’s bittersweet, but it’s still really hopeful.” — Scott Ragan

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