The premiere food and wine event for LGBT Los Angeles happens on Saturday night in Hollywood. Simply diVine features dishes and drinks from some of the nation's top chefs and restaurants, like Rao's, Connie & Ted's, and Border Grill. The un-stuffy event is held at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's campus on McCadden Place, with funds benefiting the Center, the nation's largest queer community center. More info here.
Celebrate diversity with a superhero franchise that lets kids know gay is OK. Power Rangers, the new film based on the 1990s TV series, is the first big-budget superhero flick with a protagonist who fits within the LGBT spectrum. In one scene the Rangers wonder if the Yellow Ranger, Trini (Becky G), is having boyfriend problems, but then they learn it's girlfriend problems. "For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is," director Dean Israelite told The Hollywood Reporter. "She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe." Power Rangers is in theaters this weekend.
Health Care Battle Continues
Activist Roma Guy championed the #protectourcare movement. She -- and the rest of the nation -- won a major battle on Friday when President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan's deeply flawed "repeal and replace" plan collapsed. Even with the major victory, changes to Obamacare are still needed. Click here to read about what we can do to improve the ACA and get more people covered, including those with HIV and LGBT elders.
RuPaul's Drag Race
Historically and in present day, drag queens have been the most visible leaders in the LGBT movement. To celebrate their place in The Resistance (and have some gender-bending fun), don't miss RuPaul's Drag Race, which returns for its ninth season with a new time and network. The reality drag competition, hosted by the Emmy-winning RuPaul, will now air Fridays at 8 p.m. Eastern on VH1. Don't miss the premiere tonight, which features Lady Gaga as a special guest judge.
Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie is a program guaranteed to outrage many in the Trump administration, given that it stars famous Hollywood liberals, one of them an out and proud lesbian, in a series that features strong women, same-sex relationships, and, this season, a sex-toy business. So that's all the more reason to watch it, along with the fact that it's highly entertaining. The Netflix show is now in its third season of following the titular pair, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin portraying two very different women thrown together after their husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) pair off with each other. This season sees Fonda's Grace start a business selling vibrators to older adults. All 13 episodes of the new season are available today.
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
From Beyonce to bestselling author Zadie Smith, most would agree Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most influential writers today. With luscious prose and poignant stories about feminism and womanhood, Adichie has given a voice to so many. Her latest book Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions is a gleaming addition to her long line of female-centric works. The book is in response to being asked questions of how raises a baby girl to be a feminist. From clothes to sexuality to the male gaze, Adichie creates a book for daughters and all that love them.
The deadliest country in the world for transgender people is Brazil, a complicated South American country that has both supported same-sex marriage and stoked the fires of violence against LGBT people. Carmen Carrera, a transgender model and activist, journeys to Sao Paolo in a new episode of the Fusion docuseries Outpost. There, she shines a spotlight on the day-to-day realities, joys, and hardships of LGBT people. Don't miss it Sunday at 8 and 11 p.m. Eastern.