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Mykki Blanco, Glenn Greenwald, and the Emmys -- what a week!

Self-Portrait 11.20.15 NYC


This annual photo event brings dozens of shipping containers to Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., and turns them into temporary photo galleries. There's plenty of LGBT-specific programming at this year's event -- running September 21-25 -- including images of the Miss Trans Israel contest from Pulitzer Prize-winner Oded Balilty, a powerful outdoor installation entitled #OrlandoStrong from Wayne Lawrence, and PBS's POV, a nighttime series of screenings and discussions on the public network's LGBT programming. More information here.

\u00a1OUT! Las Transformistas of Havana

"Queer Interiors" at Baltimore Museum of Art

If you find yourself in Baltimore, don't miss "Queer Interiors," a fascinating multimedia installation looking at the very specific domestic environments of queer people. Local artists Rahne Alexander and Jaimes Mayhew explore the places we spend our nonworking lives and the objects that define it; the beds, quilts, shelves, and personal items. How do our private spaces differ from those of heterosexual couples and cisgender people? Explore and contemplate at the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibit, which opens Sunday and runs for a full year, and look out for a lovely homage to the AIDS quilt. More information here.


Mel C, "Anymore"

The Spice Girl's best singer -- Mel C, a.k.a. Sporty Spice -- is back with a great new dance single, "Anymore." With a video reminiscent of Madonna's "Hung Up" and a sound that brings Robyn to mind, Mel is in top form. "Anymore" is off the singer's October release, Version of Me. Also, look for Mel in a sporty cameo in KT Tunstall's new video, "Hard Girls."

Celebrating Five Years of the GLBT History Museum

House of Mayhem

The issue of homeless LGBT youth is center stage in House of Mayhem, a new episodic series based on a GLAAD-nominated play. The production, which is currently crowdfunding, follows three queer homeless teens in New York City who find shelter in the home of a same-sex couple, Felony and Bobo. In addition to a worthy spotlight, the production also brings star power. Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race will be excited to see trans model Carmen Carrera in the part of a social worker and Ginger Minj, true to life, as a drag star. Learn more and help bring this story to life at the House of Mayhem's Seed & Spark page.

HOUSE OF MAYHEM - Promo from asher lewis on Vimeo.

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Mykki Blanco, Mykki

At long last, queer rapper Mykki Blanco has released a debut full-length album, Mykki. Blanco came to international attention in 2012 when a video for the song "Wavvy" went viral. A gender-bending pioneer in the genre, Blanco appeared in the video as two different characters: a man running from the police and a woman in a posh nightclub. An activist as well as an entertainer, Blanco came out as HIV-positive last year in order to fight stigma regarding the virus. The rapper also criticized The Advocate and other LGBT outlets in a Twitter campaign, #GayMediaSoWhite, which sparked much-needed conversations about representation in media. The album Mykki has "multiple agendas," says The New York Times writer Jon Pareles, including "sleepy-eyed belligerence, druggie decadence, social-media fame, gender fluidity and, somewhere among them all, a search for love." Listen to it this weekend here, and preview the new song "My NeNe" below.

Hail Cesar


No matter what you think of National Security Administration contractor Edward Snowden's leaking of secret government documents, his story will undoubtedly make for compelling cinema. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the title role in Snowden, from always-provocative director Oliver Stone, and out actor Zachary Quinto portrays out journalist Glenn Greenwald, who reported on many of Snowden's revelations. The star-studded cast also includes Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Nicholas Cage, and Tom Wilkinson. Is Snowden a hero or a traitor? Catch the movie, opening this weekend, and see if it changes your opinion.


Primetime Emmy Awards

Television honors the best of its own at the Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday. Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony, and this year's list of nominees is touted as one of the most diverse ever, racially and otherwise, unlike last year's so-white Oscars. LGBT representation comes from performers such as Sarah Paulson, nominated for both The People v. O.J. Simpson and American Horror Story: Hotel; Lily Tomlin, up for Grace and Frankie; Tituss Burgess of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and Saturday Night Live standout Kate McKinnon. Then there are the LGBT-inclusive shows nominated, among them Transparent, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Modern Family, and cis or straight actors nominated for trans or gay roles, like perennial favorite Jeffrey Tambor of Transparent and Andre Braugher of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Will we see more Emmys for oft-honored shows such as Game of Thrones (pictured) and Veep, or will there be surprises? One thing we can predict with confidence is that like any awards show, the Emmy ceremony is bound to have some touching moments and some train wrecks that will be burning up Twitter. Watch the Emmys live at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific on ABC, preceded by 90 minutes of red carpet coverage.

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