By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com August 26 2011 1:55 PM ET
10. FILM: The Family Tree
Set in suburban Ohio, Vivi Friedman’s outrageous dysfunctional family dramedy stars Hope Davis and Dermot Mulroney as an unhappily married couple who get a second chance when amnesia strikes. Life Unexpected’s Britt Robertson costars as their daughter, who befriends a lesbian classmate — Madeline Zima, who also played a lesbian student on Heroes — in a relationship with her unstable teacher, played by Selma Blair (pictured).
9. DVD: Blitz
Based on a Ken Bruen novel, this British action flick — just released straight to DVD in the U.S. — stars the studly Jason Statham as a tough undercover cop on the hunt for a London serial killer. In America’s Paddy Considine shines as a gay inspector brought in to assist on the case, which invites some ribbing from Statham’s homophobic sergeant. British Queer as Folk star Aidan Gillen and Immortals star Luke Evans also appear.
8. CONCERT: Lez Zeppelin
Lez Zeppelin, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute group, will perform at New York’s Irving Plaza August 26. Before buying a stairway to heaven and melting the crowd’s faces, drummer Leesa Harrington-Squyres, an ordained minister, will perform a mass wedding for couples of all orientations as a thank-you to fans in celebration of the recent legalization of gay marriage in New York. For more info visit LezGetMarried.com.
7. TV: The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards
Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” is among the nominees for Best Video With a Message, a new category honoring socially responsible artists at the MTV Video Music Awards, which airs August 28. Inspired by the celebrities who have promoted self-empowerment and spoken out against bullying and antigay discrimination, the category is in conjunction with MTV Act, which celebrates the union between music and social activism.
6. CONCERT: Rhythm & Roots
Out Israeli pop singer Harel Skaat (pictured) makes his Los Angeles debut August 28 at the Ford Amphitheatre as part of Rhythm & Roots, a concert celebrating diverse cultures through music and dance. The event, which benefits various youth organizations, also features Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, the Agape International Choir, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Abraham McDonald, and MC Lyte. For more info visit FordTheatres.org.
5. TV: I’m Pregnant and ... My Husband Wants to Become a Woman
Discovery Fit & Health’s popular series I’m Pregnant and ... returns September 1 with six new stories of women facing serious issues on top of their pregnancy. In the first episode young couple Brandy and Josh are expecting their first child while Josh begins transitioning into a woman by taking estrogen shots. Meanwhile, Brandy suffers from trichotillomania, a disorder of obsessive hair-pulling, which she covers up with a wig.
4. TV: Style Exposed: “Transgender Kids”
Premiering August 27, the latest installment of Style Network’s riveting documentary series — which previously included an episode titled “Born Male, Living Female” — takes an in-depth look at the lives of three inspirational transgender children and the many challenges that they and their families face. The young subjects include Chris (pictured), a boy who was born female but soon ditched frilly dresses for baseball caps.
3. FILM: Circumstance
A Sundance 2011 Audience Award winner, bisexual Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz’s sensuous debut feature opens August 26 in limited release. It’s a suspenseful coming-of-age love story between two Iranian girls, Atafeh and her schoolmate Shireen, who risk arrest by the morality police as they develop a taboo relationship while exploring Tehran’s underground party scene with youthful rebellion.
2. FILM: Our Idiot Brother
Jesse Peretz’s terrific ensemble comedy, which is in theaters August 26, stars Paul Rudd as a lovable pot-smoking man-child — and the bane of the existence of his three uptight sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. Deschanel is as adorable as ever as Natalie, a bisexual hipster who’s unfaithful to her loyal girlfriend Cindy, a boyish lesbian lawyer nailed by Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones.
1. MUSIC: Guitar Passions, Sharon Isbin & Friends; Play Like a Girl, Jean and June Millington; Sister Vagabond, Candye Kane; and How to Untangle a Heartache, Driftwood Fire
Let’s hear it for queer female musicians: Lesbian classical guitarist Isbin pays tribute to her guitar heroes; Philippines-born rockers Jean and lesbian sister June, founding members of Fanny, release their first album in 10 years; Kane’s latest is inspired by the bisexual blues-belter’s triumph over cancer; and the full-length debut from partners Lynn Scharf and Charlotte Formichella of Colorado duo Driftwood Fire is folk-pop at its best.