By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com February 18 2011 3:55 PM ET
10. COMEDY: This Filthy World Goes Hollywood, John Waters
Revered and reviled for films like Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living, gay provocateur John Waters brings his wildly popular one-man show — a vaudevillian stand-up lecture on show business, the art world, and his own career — to UCLA Live’s Royce Hall on February 23, hard-targeting Hollywood for Oscars week. The evening will feature emcee Matthew Gray Gubler and musical guest Elvis Perkins.
9. TV: America’s Next Top Model
Last cycle, ex-Hooters waitress Kayla Ferell became the highest placing out lesbian in Top Model history. There's a bisexual Texas native named Sara Longoria on the high fashion-focused sweet 16th cycle, which premieres February 23 on the CW, and you can still count on stylish gay representation by anti-dreckitude judge André Leon Talley, photo shoot director Jay “Mr. Jay” Manuel, and runway coach J. “Miss J” Alexander.
8. CD: Into the Dark Unknown, Holcombe Waller
Reflecting six years of the out Portland-based artist’s wanderings through the Pacific Northwest, this gorgeous chamber-folk album features melancholy first single “Bored of Memory,” which has a sweet gay video. “The Unicorn” was inspired by a hookup with a sexy closet case, and the title track expresses Waller’s frustration with marriage inequality. He celebrates the release with a February 24 concert at New York’s Joe’s Pub.
7. CONCERT: Break the Silence
Benefiting the Believe Out Loud project and promoting LGBT inclusion in the Christian church, this event features three celebrated LGBT choirs — the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Lavender Light Gospel Choir — performing together February 20 at Manhattan’s Marble Collegiate Church, one of the oldest Christian institutions in the U.S. Tickets available at intersectionsinternational.org.
6. TV: The Amazing Race 18
Prominent LGBT activist Mel White and bisexual screenwriter Mike White, the father-son team that finished in sixth place on the Emmy-winning reality competition’s 14th season, will compete again in the show’s all-star edition, which premieres February 20 on CBS. The third place finishers from the Whites’ season, Luke Adams — better known on the show for being deaf than for being gay — and mother Margie also return to the Race.
5. THEATER: Alex Davis: Man of the Year
Written and performed by Alex Davis at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory February 19 and 20, this new guitar-driven rock memoir also uses video and spoken narrative to tell his tale as a trans man and the only child of iconic Midnight Express actor Brad Davis, who died of AIDS in 1991. Proceeds from the shows, which include songs from Davis’s 2010 album Man of the Year, benefit the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.
4. ART: “Olly olly oxen free,” Jesse Finley Reed
Come out, come out, wherever you are to the Kaycee Olsen Gallery in Los Angeles, where the gay photographer’s new exhibition opens February 19. Reed explores the double entendre of his show’s title, thought to derive from “all ye, all ye outs in free,” a phrase imploring all those out to enter without penalty. Among his playfully provocative images, Reed illuminates gay nightclub interiors and the sexiness of male silhouettes.
3. CD: “We Belong,” Matt Zarley
In advance of his summer album, out singer-songwriter Matt Zarley — a Broadway vet and the first openly gay man featured as one of People’s “Most Eligible Bachelors” —covers the 1984 Pat Benatar hit as a charity single to benefit the Trevor Project, smoothly transforming the love song into an upbeat anthem of unity with a gospel choir-y climax. Released on Valentine’s Day, the single includes a remix by DJ Bill Bennett and Pete Masitti.
2. TV: Our America with Lisa Ling
Airing February 22, the second episode of OWN’s smart documentary series will focus on the lives of five transgender people, an interesting mix of trans men and trans women of various ages and transitional progress. An Oprah Winfrey Show field correspondent and a former cohost of The View, host Ling will interview Exodus International president Alan Chambers and investigate the idea of “praying the gay away” in a future episode.
1. BOOK: One Day in the Life of…
Topping his Daniel Radcliffe exposé, out photographer Tim Hailand continues his series — available at onedayinthelifeof.org — by offering an intimate look into the lives of Jake Shears and Rufus Wainwright. Wainwright’s edition follows the singer-songwriter from New York to a Boston performance. Elton John and Kylie Minogue provide an intro and afterword for Shears’s book, which also snaps the Scissor Sisters frontman before a show.