In 1988, when 27-year-old American mathematician Scott Johnson was found dead at the base of sea cliffs near Sydney, his naked body bruised and battered, police ruled it a suicide. Turns out it may not have been. Australian authorizes have reopened his case and the cases of 87 other men who were murdered between 1976 and 2000. The New South Wales police now think the men were victims of bands of teens who hunted gay men for sport, sometimes chasing them off the cliffs to their deaths. That real story inspired the powerfully chilling four-part Aussie crime drama Deep Water (now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and on Acorn.TV). Deep Water stars Yael Stone (Lorna on Orange is the New Black) and Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones) as detectives assigned a brutal murder case of a young gay man, who then begin to discover mounting evidence to suggest the killing is connected to a spate of unexplained deaths, "suicides," and disappearances of gay men throughout the 1980s and '90s that police overlooked because of their own homophobia.
The gay best friend as comic relief story gets a poignant makeover in playwright Joshua Harmon's (Bad Jews) critically-acclaimed Significant Other, currently taking Broadway by storm. Out actor Gideon Glock (original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening) stars as Jordan, a gay man searching for love in the big city as he watches his three best girl friends marry or pair off one by one. The legendary Barbara Barrie plays Jordan's beloved grandmother with whom he engages in conversations about love and friendship.
Directed by Trip Cullman, the play costars Lindsay Mendez, Carra Patterson, John Behlmann, Sas Goldberg, and Luke Smith.
Tickets for Significant Other at the Booth Theater are available here.
Long Black Veil
Author and transgender advocate Jennifer Finney Boylan releases her new novel, Long Black Veil, on Tuesday. A thriller that stretches from 1980 to present day, Long Black Veil centers on six college students who encounter terror in the crumbling ruins of a Philadelphia prison. Already garnering praise, Long Black Veil looks destined for the big screen. We'll have more on Boylan and her novel in the coming days -- for now, check out more on Long Black Veil here.
Beth Ditto, "Fire"
Not everything is horrible -- Beth Ditto is back on the scene! The out Gossip front-woman is now married and ready to rock for her first full-length solo album. Fake Sugar is out June 16, but Ditto just released a single and video for "Fire." Sounding a bit reminiscent of Alabama Shakes, Ditto rocks out on the catchy track, which is a slight deviation from the electro-dance featured on her much-loved EP. Bonus points for the amazing Elvis-style suit that Ditto wears so perfectly.
Halsey, "Now or Never"
Bisexual pop star Halsey is back with a scorching, Rihanna-esque new single and video, "Now or Never." Shot in Mexico City and directed by the singer, the clip looks a cross between Mad Max and Blue Is the Warmest Color. The song is off Halsey's second album, hopeless fountain kingdom, out June 2.
SF LGBT Center turns 15
San Francisco's LGBT center celebrates a decade and a half of existence -- as well as a $10.3 million renovation -- with a reopening party on Sunday, April 9. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Center on Market Street, with politicians, entertainers, and supportive locals in attendance. Don't miss it if you're in SF. More info here.
Trans Chorus of Los Angeles
The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles is the first of its kind. Its mission is to "empower the transgender, non-binary and intersex community to discover, love, develop, and use their voices to change the social ecology everywhere."
Directed by Lindsey Deaton, the chorus will perform the David Bowie rock opera, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, this Friday and Saturday at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Get your tickets here.
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