There is often a divide between LGBT people and the police officers sworn to protect them. Transgender people in particular have often been targets of police harassment, while police also are being called on to investigate a record number of murders of trans people -- 2016 was the deadliest year yet. But police departments in some cities are stepping up outreach efforts to trans residents, and in Friday's edition Vice News Tonight shines a light on the efforts to ensure the safety of the community, with efforts such as a safe place program to the T-Cop Network. The report also follows Seattle's first openly trans cop as he navigates being the two worlds at odds. Vice News Tonight airs weeknights at 7:30 on HBO, and tonight's episode will be available on demand beginning Saturday.
Middle-aged Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) picks up a younger sex worker (Devon Graye) from the streets of Los Angeles, and the pair depart on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. What happens is no National Lampoon's Vacation. Written and directed by Nick Corporon (Barbie Boy), Retake veers into fear and foreboding: strange stops at motels, a Polaroid camera, and the possibility of violence at every turn. Will they both survive the journey? See Retake this weekend in select theaters to find out.
The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Hollywood's booziest and most buzzworthy awards ceremony, the Golden Globes, is this weekend. There's a lot for LGBT viewers to be excited for. Moonlight, an acclaimed black and gay coming-of-age drama, received six nominations and might just take home Best Picture. Transparent is again up for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, and its star, Jeffrey Tambor, is again nominated. LGBT actors Sarah Paulson (The People vs. O.J. Simpson) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) might also take home trophies. And Jimmy Fallon is hosting. Don't miss the action Sunday, 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
One Day at a Time
Many of us fondly remember the 1970s-'80s series from Norman Lear, starring Bonnie Franklin as the independent single mother of Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli. Now Netflix is offering a new version of the series in a fashion that, in the words of CNN, gives reboots a good name. The single mother is now a Latina, Penelope (Justina Machado); she's a nurse, an Iraq War vet, and the daughter of Cuban immigrants. She's bringing up a teenage daughter and son, and best of all, she's joined in the effort by her outspoken mom, Lydia, played by the legendary Rita Moreno. And yes, they do have a skeevy landlord named Schneider (Todd Grinnell). You can watch season 1 now.
As we continue to mourn the deaths, one day apart, of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, you'll want to get out the Kleenex to watch Bright Lights, HBO's documentary about the famous mother and daughter. The film follows them as Fisher was preparing for last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Reynolds, although becoming frail, was continuing to perform her nightclub act. It includes footage from home movies as well. The doc, directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, showcases the women's close but complicated relationship, while dealing with addiction, mental illness, and aging in Hollywood. Nonetheless, it's also marked by the humor we'd expect from Fisher. Bright Lightspremieres Saturday at 8 p.m.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
It may not be a ratings juggernaut, but it's a cultural force -- Samantha Bee's irreverent political show on TBS has been a savior during this insane election and aftermath, and it returns for a second season January 11. The show now moves to Wednesday nights, airing at the late timeslot of 10:30 p.m. Eastern (frequent subject Donald Trump is adults-only entertainment). We cannot wait for Sam to take on Trump's Cabinet of Deplorables and hopefully wake more people up to the horrors they have planned.
Loving Benefit Auction
Focus Features' rolling auction, We Stand for Love, commenced today, in honor of its Golden Globe-nominated film Loving. Proceeds from the initiative will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and merchandise includes donations from the cast, filmmakers, and supporters. Bidding began this morning via Skype and other social media platforms, with the hosts posting updates under #WeStandforLove and #ThisisLoving hashtags. Check out the auction before it ends next month. Click here for more info.