By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com July 15 2011 12:20 PM ET
10. MAGAZINE: Fuzz
Cuddle up to the debut issue of Fuzz, a bi-monthly magazine of artistic photography — available in print and PDF at fuzzthemagazine.com — of furry gents in various states of undress. All the “real men” in the premiere July/August issue have been handpicked and photographed by the ’zine’s owner-publisher, Kevin Rogers, whom you might remember as the Tennessee native responsible for exposing Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant.
9. DVD: Potiche
Set in 1977 France and based on a play by Barillet and Grédy of Cactus Flower fame, this fun French-language film by gay filmmaker François Ozon stars a radiant Catherine Deneuve as a “potiche” — or “trophy housewife” — who takes over her tyrannical husband’s umbrella factory. Out July 19, the candy-colored comedy also stars a tight-trousered Jérémie Renier as her obliviously gay son, who may be dating his half-brother.
8. BOOK: Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens
Thanks to gay coauthors Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke, who pepper general wisdom with candid personal anecdotes, this indispensable new paperback for LGBT and questioning teens has all the right answers about coming out, dating, finding like-minded friends, overcoming prejudice, and more. As a bonus, this accessible book boasts sassy little illustrations of sassy queer characters courtesy of Christian Robinson.
7. DVD: Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series
With the fourth season of Torchwood — Russell T. Davies’s British sci-fi spin-off of Doctor Who — now premiering stateside on Starz, it’s the perfect time and space to catch up on the first three seasons, which aired on BBC America. If you’re a Torchwood virgin, this 14-disc, 31-episode collection, which is out July 19, will have you carrying a torch for gay role model John Barrowman, who plays omnisexual hero Capt. Jack Harkness.
6. DVD: Cracks
Available July 19, this dark drama stars a mesmerizing Eva Green as Miss G, a diving instructor who develops a dangerously inappropriate sexual obsession on a pretty new student, an enigmatic Spaniard played by María Valverde, at a British girls’ boarding school in 1934. Coproduced by Christine Vachon, this exquisite directorial debut from Jordan Scott — Ridley Scott’s daughter — simmers sumptuously with sinister suspense.
5. TV: Web Therapy
Lisa Kudrow stars as a self-involved iChat shrink in this largely ad-libbed series she created with producing partner Dan Bucatinsky and his boyfriend, writer-director Don Roos. After three seasons online, the trio — collaborators on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? — bring Web Therapy to Showtime starting July 19. Jane Lynch, Rashida Jones, Victor Garber, and Lily Tomlin are among Kudrow’s friends making appearances.
4. FILM: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Holy Horcruxes! Based on J.K. Rowling’s fantasy book series, the epic films that introduced the world to vocal gay ally and Trevor Project spokesman Daniel Radcliffe come to an end with the July 15 premiere of the eighth magical installment. And — spoiler alert! — Michael Gambon is back in some fashion as everyone’s favorite gay wizard, Albus Dumbledore, who was killed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
3. TV: Style Exposed: “Born Male, Living Female”
Premiering July 16, the second installment of Style Network’s new documentary series takes an in-depth look at the lives of five male-to-female transgender people — a model, a musician, a fashion executive, a counselor, and an escort — living in New York City and confronting issues of sexual identity, relationships, surgery, and daily discrimination. The subjects include Nina Poon (pictured), former cohost of VH1’s TRANSform Me.
2. DANCE: Fire Island Dance Festival 17
Produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, this annual dance concert is the sexiest thing you can do in Fire Island Pines with your clothes on. From July 15 through July 17, artists such as Brandon Bryant, Kyle Abraham, and Paul Taylor Dance Company perform on a waterfront stage with a backdrop of Great South Bay. For more info, visit dradance.org.
1. FILM: NewFest 2011
The 23rd season of New York’s LGBT Film Festival opens July 21 with (clockwise from top left) We Were Here, David Weissman's documentary about AIDS in San Francisco, and includes the debut of the drag mockumentary Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads; Alexandra Roxo’s Mary Marie, a gorgeous film about sisters who are very close; and Andrew Haigh’s British meet-cute Weekend. For schedule and tickets, visit newfest.org.