Netflix's most buzzed-about new series, Dear White People, has released its first official trailer -- and it looks revolutionary. The show, based on the Sundance darling of the same name, follows a group of students of color in a very white Ivy League school. The main character, Sam White, helms a controversial radio program that checks the privilege of her classmates -- and her words are a cutting commentary on America today. Created by Justin Simien, who is gay and black, Dear White People also addresses sexuality through the lens of one character struggling with his identity. Watch the trailer below, and don't miss the premiere April 28.
Close the Camps in Chechnya
Reports of Chechnya torturing and killing gay men in concentration camps has outraged the world. At least three people have died so far in what is being called a "purge" of the LGBT community in the Russian republic. Now is the time to act. Out magazine has outlined several actions every concerned person can take to address this atrocity. Write to the United Nations. Sign the petitions from Change.org and Amnesty International. Contact your nearest Russian embassy. And join (or start!) local protests.
A Quiet Passion
Out director Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) examines 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson's work, religion, proto-feminist politics, and familial relationships with this thoughtful, understated film starring Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon (Wit and The Little Foxes on Broadway). Nixon plays the famed New Englander with clear-eyed, simmering ferocity or, as the title suggests, passion. The always-welcome Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty, Little Men) plays Dickinson's beloved sister Vinnie while Jodhi May (Tipping the Velvet) portrays Susan Gilbert, Dickinson's friend and sister-in-law, and the object of the poet's most passionate, seemingly lovelorn letters.
Jose Rivera Jr., "Somebody to Love"
Take a few minutes to enjoy out Latinx singer, dancer, and choreographer Jose Rivera Jr. take on Queen's iconic "Somebody to Love." The New York-based performer says his cover is a queer resistance anthem and a response to our despised president; the accompanying video certainly sticks a middle finger at the intolerance perpetuated by the administration. In the clip, Rivera plays a youth undergoing "conversion" therapy, but don't worry, it's more hilarious than heavy. Keep an eye out for nightlife star Rify Royalty in a cameo role. Click here for more on Rivera, including details on his forthcoming visual EP.
Tax Day March
On April 15, the people will take to the streets of Los Angeles and demand that Trump release his tax returns, showing that the American people come first and that transparency and accountability is a must. The march will start at 11 a.m. at Perishing Square and finish at City Hall. There, public officials and grassroots organizers will speak. For more information go here.
Pretty Little Liars Final Season Premiere
It's been seven years and more than 150 episodes since Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily first graced TV screens as the beautiful, bedecked, and beleaguered teens tormented by an omniscient cyberbully ready to spill all of their secrets on Freeform's (formerly ABC Family) Pretty Little Liars. The series, from out creators Marlene King and Oliver Goldstick and based on the YA books by Sara Shepard, became an instant social media juggernaut, at one point generating a million tweets during a single episode. A whip-smart series with pulchritudinous young protagonists, PLL was never only for young viewers. For those paying close attention, the series has paid homage to several Hitchcock films and European art cinema of the 1960s, and it even pulled off a full episode of a visually striking rendering of Otto Preminger's classic noir film Laura. All of the Liars have fallen in and out of love several times throughout their seven seasons, but Emily's (Shay Mitchell) thoughtful, organic coming-out story in season 1 remains resonant for queer viewers as one of the best-told coming-out tales in television history. On top of it all, at its core, PLL is a series about the bonds of female friendship that can't be broken. The final 10 episodes begin airing Tuesday. If you've never watched, you can begin to catch up on Netflix.
Susan Surftone, Making Waves Again
Advocate columnist Susan Surftone -- a former FBI agent who traded in her gun for a guitar -- is back with a new EP of classic rock and surf-tinged sounds. Making Waves Again, out Tuesday, contains seven eclectic and varied songs, but the collection still sounds cohesive. Aside from her music, we can't get enough of Surftone's amazing life story (read more about it here) and her latest act. This 60-something lesbian shows all of us that being curious and relevant has no expiration date. Find more info here.