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7 Queer Things to Do This Week
Fight So Trans People #WontBeErased
Every single person on this planet needs to play a role in protecting transgender and gender-nonconforming people in the wake of their rights and even the recognition of their existence being threatened by the Trump administration. Use the hashtag #WontBeErased or #WeWillNotBeErased and share your stories, organize protests, show your support, and keep up with the latest news. There have already been protests in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.; check with your local LGBTQ community center or newspaper to see what's going on in your area. No matter what, make sure to do your part in protecting people who are a vital part of the LGBTQ community.
West Hollywood Carnaval
The West Hollywood Carnaval is the place to be on Halloween night. Come to Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive and enjoy some amazing costumes, fantastic concerts, and the many food trucks! And if that isn't enough, stop into one of the many Halloween parties in the bars right along the boulevard. The Carnaval will take place Wednesday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. No tickets required! Learn more at VisitWestHollywood.com.
In 1985, Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, Carol) returns to Texas for Christmas, keeping quiet about both his sexuality and HIV status. Award-winning writer-director Yen Tan (Pit Stop, Ciao) delivers a poignant period piece about a gay man tying up loose ends with his parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis) and friends (including Jamie Chung as Adrian's ex from high school) and leaving a legacy of hope for his younger brother (Aidan Langford, Bosch), who may be following in Adrian's footsteps. Watch the trailer below and the film in select theaters this weekend.
There Will Be No Miracles Here
Casey Gerald is a gay black man who grew up in poverty in Dallas, went to Yale on a football scholarship, got a Harvard MBA, and became a success in business. But his rags-to-riches tale isn't a typical rah-rah one; with his rise came the realization of just how much the nation's elites oppress those lower on the economic scale. America is "ruled on the surface by people with authority, ruled in fact by people with power -- people, often, in the shadows," he writes. With quick shifts from one topic to another, Gerald "just might have crafted a consummate 21st-century memoir for readers whose brains have been rewired by Google, their attention always under siege," notes New York Times reviewer Mitchell S. Jackson, adding, "Ever present is the enchantment of his voice, one that is at turns exuberant, humorous, unsentimental, imaginative, keen. While Gerald's style is engaging, the locus of the book is his extraordinary journey." Join him on the journey by ordering the book here or visiting your local bookseller.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a new supernatural show from gay Hollywood mogul Greg Berlanti, is a far cry from the Melissa Joan Hart vehicle of yore. The show, which was originally meant to be a CW companion to Riverdale before it moved to Netflix, stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch, on the eve of her 16th birthday, who must reckon with her dual identity while also fighting the forces of evil. It's not easy being a teen these days! Each episode will be framed as a mini-film, with one reportedly inspired by horror classic The Exorcist. Premieres tonight on Netflix.
Halloweenie/The Boulet Brothers Los Angeles Halloween Ball 2018
Angelenos are spoiled when it comes to queer Halloween festivities. This weekend features two spook-tacular events. On Friday, trick yourself out for the Halloweenie costume party at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A., an event that benefits the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. On Saturday, drag yourself to the Boulet Brothers Halloween Ball, a monstrous party that features performances from Drag Race's Trixie Mattel as well as Dragula's Vander Von Odd and Victoria Elizabeth Black. Have a boo-tiful time!
Tell Me a Story
Gay screenwriter Kevin Williamson (Scream, The Vampire Diaries) has created a new horror show for CBS: All Access. Inspired by an Argentinean series, Tell Me a Story is a modern take on classic fairy tales like "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Three Little Pigs," and "Hansel and Gretel," and it skews away from the supernatural in order to tell morality tales for the current political era. "There's nothing on TV like it," Williamson promised at a recent event for the Television Critics Association. Since it's on CBS: All Access, the show also has the freedom to be "a lot sexier," he said, joking that it gets to "have sex and murder people pretty gruesomely." Cast members include Billy Magnussen, Dania Ramirez, Danielle Campbell, Dorian Missick, Davi Santos, and Kim Cattrall. Premieres Wednesday on CBS: All Access.