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7 Things That Are Everything This Week

7 Things That Are Everything This Week

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American Horror Story: Hotel, Gay Days at Disneyland, Ms. Jackson: What a time to be alive! See all the amazing distractions coming your way in the next few days.


Best in Drag Show
The Best in Drag Show is one of the most hotly anticipated performances on the Los Angeles LGBT social calendar. Styled as a spoof of a beauty pageant, the uproarious competition highlights the talents and glamour (or lack thereof) of six drag performers from across the nation. Celebrity judges include Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show), Dot Jones (Glee), Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me), and Wendi McLendon-Cove (The Goldbergs), and proceeds benefit an HIV organization, Alliance for Housing and Healing. Don't miss it Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and learn more at

Mo Kenney, In My Dreams

Gay Days Anaheim
This weekend, Gay Days Anaheim descends upon Disneyland for three days of festivity and inclusivity. Thousands of LGBT people and their families don red shirts and fill the park, making the happiest place on earth into the gayest place. There are several related events that aren't to be missed, including an Audra McDonald concert, parties headlined by RuPaul's Drag Race performers Ben DeLaCreme and Manila Luzon, and the annual Sunday pool party. Learn more at


Janet Jackson, Unbreakable
We're so happy to have you back, Ms. Jackson (we're nasty). Our breathy diva is back in fine form on Unbreakable, her eighth album. Advocate music critic Gina Vivinetto says the album -- featuring collaborations with Missy Elliott and J. Cole -- is one of her best. We're still vibing on the album's super-sexy first cut, "No Sleeep." Jackson is currently touring with the album, so make sure to see her before the tour's over -- who knows if she'll take another seven-year sabbatical.

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The Good Wife
One of our favorite dramas returns to CBS for its seventh season Sunday, with no indication of slowing down. While our beloved bisexual Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) is not returning for the action, we're looking forward to characters portrayed by Jane Curtin and the out Mo Rocca to undoubtably provoke our fierce heroine, Alicia Florrick (played by the incomprable Julianna Margulies), to showcase even more of her power and resolve. Look for even more political storylines that will reflect the approaching presidential election.

A Brief History of Gay Porn

The Flash and Arrow
A couple of the most super shows on television, The Flash and Arrow, return this week to the CW network. The shows, which follow the derrings-do of the popular superheroes from DC Comics, have also been lauded for their diversity. Gay creator Greg Berlanti has made sure to include both gay heroes and villains in the series, and the first African-American gay superhero, Curtis Hold, will join Arrow this season. Don't miss The Flash Tuesday and Arrow Wednesday on the CW.


American Horror Story: Hotel
Wednesday night on FX marks the return of AHS, and this incarnation looks to take us back to the beginning. Thematically connected to the first season (Murder House), Hotel takes place in a haunted, murderous hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The cast includes AHS regulars like Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, and Kathy Bates, while Lady Gaga will make her AHS debut in a mysterious role.

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In one of the year's most eagerly anticipated films, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star as real-life couple Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, fighting for their rights in a pre-marriage equality world. When Hester, a police detective in New Jersey, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 2004, she sought to bequeath her pension benefits to Andree -- but local government officials blocked the move, saying that to do so would violate "the sanctity of marriage." Freeheld shows how the women fought back, with Peter Sollett directing a script by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) based on the short documentary of the same name. The cast also includes Michael Shannon as Hester's police partner and Steve Carell as New Jersey gay activist Steven Goldstein. The film opens in limited release this weekend, going wider later in the month. Watch the trailer below.

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