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7 Ways To Resist This Week

7 Ways To Resist This Week

March for the planet, lip-synch with RuPaul, and learn more ways to protest and party for a good cause.

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Samantha Bee's Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner

The White House Correspondents' Dinner is reportedly not attracting the A-list celebrities it did in previous years, and even the current resident of the White House is skipping it -- although one would think that would be an inducement for celebs to attend. However, there's a competing and very cool event going on, and you can watch it on TV or stream it on Twitter: Samantha Bee's Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The Full Frontal host, an outspoken Resistance member, will preside over what's being called the hottest ticket in D.C. Saturday night. Taking place at DAR Constitution Hall, it will feature several stars from Bee's home network, TBS, and a very famous guest to be announced, according to CNN. And Elvis Costello will perform at the after-party. The dinner will air at 10 p.m. Eastern Saturday on TBS, then in an uncensored rebroadcast on Bee's Twitter page at 11 p.m. Twitter will also stream a red-carpet special from the event at 9 p.m. Eastern. Go here or follow the @FullFrontalSamBee handle. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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AIDS Walk New York

We're nearing the annual AIDS Walk in New York, held this year on May 21, and that means your friends and acquaintances are hopefully hitting you up for pledges. We're no different! The Advocate's New York team is walking this year in honor of our 50th anniversary. AIDS Walk New York is touted as the largest single-day AIDS fundraiser in the whole world, raising almost $150 million over its 30 years. Tens of thousands of people will head to Central Park on a Sunday to raise money for GMHC. Please learn more about GHMC's programs and services, and then consider making a donation at our team's page.

03-climate-marchThe Peoples Climate March

Timed for President Trump's 100th day in office, the Peoples Climate March is expected to draw thousands to Washington, D.C., to support stronger climate action. Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Richard Branson are all scheduled to attend the demonstration, which will demand that the Trump administration recognize the reality of climate change and take steps to address it. Learn more or find a sister march at PeoplesClimate.org.

04-upstairs-loungeThe View Upstairs

A powerful new musical in New York City tells the tragic story of the 1973 UpStairs Lounge arson attack -- one of the deadliest known mass killings of gay people in U.S. history. Audience members are transported through time as soon as they enter the door, as they take a seat in a theater that is dressed to resemble the New Orleans gay bar. A bit of time travel on behalf of the protagonist as well reveals eye-opening parallels between past and present, raising heartbreaking questions about the progress of LGBT rights in the past few decades and providing many catchy songs and mesmerizing performances. See it at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in the East Village through May 21. Learn more at TheViewUpstairs.com.

05-dragconRuPaul's DragCon

Get ready, squirrelfriends! This weekend RuPaul's DragCon descends on Los Angeles, featuring panels, booths, and sightings of some of your favorite drag superstars, including RuPaul herself. Events include lip-synch compeitions, makeup tutorials, and even fitness classes. Learn more at RuPaulsDragCon.com.

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Below Her Mouth

Director April Mullen's story of sexual and romantic exploration stars Natalie Krill as Jasmine, a woman torn between her fiance (Sebastian Pigott) and Dallas, the androgynous roofer she meets at a queer night out for women. Swedish model Erika Linder, who starred in Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" video, plays Dallas, whose innate sensuality Jasmine can't resist. The two embark on a heated affair that has Jasmine questioning just where her life is headed. The film is unique in that in addition to having a female director and writer (Stephanie Fabrizi), its crew was made up entirely of women. Below Her Mouth is out in theaters today in New York and Los Angeles as well as available on VOD.

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The Handmaid's Tale

With daily, even hourly news regarding the Trump administration's latest transgressions and offenses to marginalized people everywhere, there's never been a better time to acquaint oneself with the phrase "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum," or "Don't let the bastards grind you down," as Margaret Atwood wrote in her landmark 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. Better yet, immerse yourself fully in Atwood's alternate reality with Hulu's 10-episode series based on the novel about the totalitarian government of Gilead in which women's value is boiled down to the viability of their reproductive organs.

Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, the handmaid through whom we see the world of Gilead, while Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black) plays her lesbian best friend Moira, Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel plays a lesbian resistance fighter, and Yvonne Strahovsky plays the terrifying wife of Offred's commander, the man whose baby she's forced to bear. Joseph Fiennes plays the commander.

Catch up on the first three episodes of the series streaming on Hulu now before the next episode drops on Wednesday.

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