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7 Things That Are Everything This Week

7 Things That Are Everything This Week

Films by queer people of color, a documentary on the marriage battle, and the delicious rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis all arrive this week.

01-viceVice's "Trans Youth"

As the debate continues over which bathroom transgender people should use, a more complex question is emerging about how early the medical transition begins for trans kids. Families and doctors are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention before transgender youth hit puberty. Vice correspondent Gianna Toboni explores this emotionally charged and rapidly evolving issue with trans youth and their parents in the midst of that intense process. Watch it tonight on HBO at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. See a preview below.


Wolverine, a fan favorite of the X-Men franchise, which has long been considered an allegory for the LGBT community, gets a film of his own in Logan. Directed by James Mangold, the production shows the sharp-fisted superhero as a drunk in isolation, in a future in which the mutants are almost extinct. However, an unexpected mission -- to protect a gifted young girl -- brings Logan out of hiding and back to fighting the forces of evil. Watch it in theaters this weekend, and the trailer below.

03-feud-bette-and-joanFeud: Bette and Joan

It's taken too long to get a dramatic recreation of the making of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, but out TV mastermind Ryan Murphy wasn't content to just make a campy flick about two aging starlets ripping each others' wigs off. Feud, an eight-episode miniseries on FX, explores not just the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, but the shared insecurities they felt and the crushing weight of societal expectations that turned these icons into enemies. The series begins Sunday night and, if you're lucky enough to be in West Hollywood on Friday evening, a huge drag concert in honor of Feud happens at the Pacific Design Center, with Peaches Christ and Bianca del Rio headlining.

04-freedom-to-marryThe Freedom to Marry

The heroic legal battle to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. is told in Eddie Rosentein's documentary The Freedom to Marry, opening on Friday in New York and next week in Los Angeles. Focusing on activists Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto, the movie is a topical tale of Herculean feats, one we all need to remember during this time of ignorance and division.

05-outfestfushionOutfest Fusion

This celebration of art by queer people of color is currently going on in Los Angeles and wrapping with a Tuesday night bash at the California African-American History Museum. Films like Moonlight and Santa y Andres are screening at Hollywood's Egyptian theater, but there are dozens of other films, queer Asian shorts, and even a presentation of lauded Netflix comedy One Day at a Time. Check out the full schedule here.


Decades-long feuds are big right now, as evidenced by the anticipation for Ryan Murphy's Feud:Bette and Joan (premiering March 5). And the indie movie Catfight (from director Onur Tukel) delivers its own kind of campy pleasure with Sandra Oh and Anne Heche as former college classmates whose rivalry reignites when they bump into each other while on vastly different paths in life. Oh's Veronica is a wealthy Manhattan socialite hosting parties for her husband while Heche's Ashley, a struggling artist and lesbian, is hired for Veronica's party as a cater waiter. The pair square off in a stairwell during the party for the first time, and it's safe to say that no punches are pulled. Ashley wallops Veronica so hard that she lands in a two-year coma from which she eventually awakens, single and penniless. Meanwhile, Ashley has become the toast of the New York art scene. And then it's really on! Their Krystle and Alexis-style recurring brawls are part delicious schadenfreude (they're both pretty awful people) and part social commentary. Alicia Silverstone costars as Ashley's wife, while Titus Burgess (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Dylan Baker lend terrific support.

07-aliforney1969: Benefit for Ali Forney Center

In what promises to be a great evening for a great cause, the Ali Forney Center will present 1969: A Night of Storytelling Featuring David Mixner. Mixner, veteran gay activist, author, and friend of presidents, will present a true story of an act of defiance that led to heartbreak and self-discovery, in a nation torn by the Vietnam War. The event will raise funds for the center, which provides housing, meals, and other services to homeless LGBT young people in New York City. It happens Monday at Florence Gould Hall in Manhattan, with cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. and the performance from 7 to 8:30. Get tickets and more information here.

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