A new Kickstarter campaign means Dante's Cove could be coming back for a fourth season -- and for those who missed the show's original run, The Advocate has secured the entire first season for a limited time.
The series inspired a cult following when it ran on Here TV from 2005 to 2007. It was a supernatural soap opera that unabashedly showed same-sex love on screen. Straight people had hundreds of shows about their romances, but Dante's Cove was special because it treated LGBT people without the kid gloves of mainstream networks.
Now Dante's Cove could be coming back, with its director, Sam Irvin, making the pitch for raising $50,000 per episode for a fourth season called "The Next Generation."
"A lot of LGBT projects had a lot of political statements that they were trying to make and this was something that was going to be pure entertainment," said Irvin, remembering the launch of Dante's Cove in a Kickstarter video released Tuesday. That apolitical viewpoint was a statement of its own at the time. Marriage equality had only just come to Massachusetts, and TV was in short supply of gay relationships. The first gay sex scene on a mainstream American soap opera didn't happen until 2009 on One Life to Live, after Dante's Cove aired what had been its last season.
You had to be a Here TV subscriber to see the series, so for those who missed it (and because Here TV is a sister company of The Advocate), we've secured the entire first season for your viewing pleasure. Actor Stephen Amell of Arrow fame was part of that first season, playing the sexy, straight villain in the show.
The show came with nudity and sex scenes that are included in the videos below, making them largely unsafe for work. So bookmark this post and watch at home. Check out Amazon Prime to watch each of the first three seasons.
Greater Palm Springs Pride
The weather is perfect this time of year in Palm Springs, Calif., the idyllic desert community 100 miles east of Los Angeles. So it's no surprise that Greater Palm Spring Pride chose early November to throw its big event. The three-day celebration includes parties, concerts, fundraisers, and, of course, a parade. The procession begins Sunday morning, with grand marshals that include Sordid Lives filmmaker Del Shores as well as the victims of this summer's Pulse massacre. Find the full schedule here.
Here, Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys returns to the New York City streets that raised her in her sixth studio album, Here. Known as more of an artist than an entertainer, Keys once again navigates between uplifting R&B and slow-tempo tracks that will have you clinging to the truth of her every word. Like her stance against society's beauty standards, the music of Here promotes authenticity, real life, and the idea that you can always go home.
Loving is about the plaintiffs in the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case,Loving v. Virginia, which ended race-based bans on marriage in the United States. However, the film is more a love story than a legal drama, which follows the courtship, marriage, and fairly ordinary lives of Richard and Mildred Loving. The couple dared to defy the discriminatory laws of their native Virginia. They stayed together in the face of oppression and under threat of imprisonment and, as a result, they transformed the nation. Directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud), Loving is beautifully acted by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as the brave, romantic leads. See it in theaters this weekend, and watch the trailer below.
Dragula: Search for the World's First Drag Supermonster
Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race may love or run away screaming from Dragula, a new web series by the Boulet Brothers. Known for hosting queer, genderfuck bacchanals in downtown Los Angeles, the Boulets have turned their talons to the arena of a reality competition. They've dug up the most ghoulish, gritty, and ghastly drag performers to vie for the title of World's First Drag Supermonster. Guest-judged by Darren Stein (Jawbreaker), the first episode features sickening challenges like reenacting the death of the Wicked Witch of the West and being buried alive. Watch it below, and don't miss it every other Monday on YouTube's Hey Qween channel.
Tuesday is Election Day, and it doesn't seem an exaggeration to say this is the most important presidential election of our lifetimes. The Advocate has endorsed Hillary Clinton, of course, over an opponent who has appealed to Americans' worst instincts. And don't forget the down-ballot races. Democrat Roy Cooper has a chance to unseat North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, the man who signed the anti-LGBT House Bill 2 into law. Dems such as Russ Feingold in Wisconsin and Tammy Duckworth in Illinois may pick up U.S. Senate seats, increasing the likelihood that progressive legislation such as the Equality Act will advance. And Victory Fund has endorsed highly qualified LGBT candidates across the nation. Election hours and other rules differ state by state; to find where and when to vote in your state, go to HeadCount.org or Vote411.org. Make sure you have transportation to get there; local party organizations will usually help with rides. And if you've taken advantage of early voting, kudos to you!
Randy Rainbow Election Eve and Election Night Parties
This election season has been so crazy, we could use a dose of humor -- and who better to provide it than Randy Rainbow? The gay comedian is hosting an Election Eve party Monday at the historic Birdland jazz club in New York City. "Expect election updates, outrageous humor, nonpartisan insults and special guests, including Broadway stars Julie Halston, Julia Murney, Matt Doyle, Marty Thomas and cast members from Holiday Inn," says the Birdland website. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Then Tuesday he will host an Election Night party at the Footlight Theatre in Orlando, from 8 to 11 p.m., featuring his hilarious song parodies, election results and commentary, and two-for-one drink specials. Check here for details on the New York party, here for the Orlando event.