Party, go, listen, watch, geek out, and wherq with the 7 things that are everything this week.
Pittsburgh, if not quite the gay mecca portrayed on the U.S. version of Queer as Folk, is still a fine city with plenty of LGBT culture — never more so than this weekend, when Pittsburgh Pride caps a week-long celebration with a concert by Nick Jonas, who volunteered to step in for Iggy Azalea amid an outcry over her homophobic statements. Jonas, a straight man who appreciates his gay fans, performs Saturday; the Pride March is scheduled for Sunday, and there are more events throughout the weekend. Get all the info here.
The Drag Race season 5 favorite returns with more of her signature dry wit and raunchy humor, using one word in the song title that’s now a mainstay in gay slang. So where did Alaska get her "Hieeee" signature greeting? Back in 2013, Willam Belli asked that same question, and Alaska simply replied, "I got it from Isis Mirage and Coco Ferocha. And they got it from Mystique Summers Madison. And she got it from Ongina." "Hieeee" appears on Alaska's upcoming album, Anus, available June 23. Preorder it now on iTunes. Check out the video below.
Gaymers, to the Batcave! One of the most eagerly anticipated video games of 2015, Batman: Arkham Knight, lands on PS4 and Xbox One systems around the globe June 23, and with the Dark Knight detective, his hunky partners Nightwing and Robin, and the badass bisexual Catwoman all playable characters in this adventure, there’s plenty here to keep LGBT fans interested. Take a look at the latest entertaining ad from the superpowered marketing machine behind the game, which features several celebs getting their bat-game on — including Neil Patrick Harris.
Click those ruby heels three times, and find yourself at Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. The festival, which runs June 18 to 28, has earned the distinction of its Wizard of Oz–inspired tagline, “There’s no place like here.” Nearly 200 films will screen in the historic Castro district, including the opening film, I Am Michael, which stars James Franco as an “ex-gay” pastor, and the closer, Bare, which showcases Dianna Agron as a small-town girl who falls for a female drifter played by Paz de la Huerta. Don’t miss these stellar films or anything in between.
Out queer artist Sizzy Rocket serves ’80s music video realness with the campy/sexy bi-curious anthem “Bestie.” Based on a one-night stand the singer says she had with her BFF, this track doesn’t pussyfoot around; its lyrics are deliciously direct and oh, so fun. Leave your inhibitions at the door and press play.
Orange Is The New Black has released its inmates early — on Netflix, anyway. The hit women’s prison comedy debuted its third season six hours early Thursday, giving fans more of favorite characters like Crazy Eyes, Red, Poussey, Sophia, and Alex, who we learn has found herself back in prison with her on-again, off-again lover and partner in crime, Piper. There’s also a host of new inmates, including Australian model Ruby Rose, who are sure to heat things up. Binge the entirety of season 3 now on Netflix.
Take in one of the nation’s oldest and largest Pride celebrations this weekend in West Hollywood. L.A. Pride — billed as a TLGB celebration, putting transgender folks first — includes concerts by Wilson Phillips, Kesha, Ty Herndon, and more, along with a huge festival and utterly fabulous parade. Events begin today and continue through Sunday, when the parade steps off at 11 a.m. Find all the details at LAPride.org.