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7 Things That Are Everything This Week

7 Things That Are Everything This Week


Our entertainment and events highlights this week include a trailblazing gay superhero, the scent of a drag queen, and Pride in the nation's capital.

7t-050615-7-things-633x375-2_0Listen, geek out, watch, wherq, and party with the seven things that are everything this week.

02-banner_0Dlb-x633_0Neon Trees: "Songs I Can't Listen To"
Alt-rockers Neon Trees, featuring out lead singer and keyboardist Tyler Glenn (who made The Advocate's 2014 40 Under 40 list), share the video for the band's angsty new single "Songs I Can't Listen To." In the video, Glenn and guest star Dustin Lance Black, out winner of a 2009 Academy Award for his screenplay Milk, play a domestic couple whose break-up is devastating. Check it out below.

04-banner_07t-050615-2_0Lambda Legal West Coast Liberty Awards
Enjoy a posh setting while you celebrate and support a good cause at Lambda Legal's West Coast Liberty Awards Thursday at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Honorees will be The Talk's Aisha Tyler, former Lambda Legal board member Laurie Hasencamp, and Transparent creator Jill Soloway. Wendi McClendon-Covey, star of ABC's The Goldbergs, will host the event, which will include a silent auction, gourmet dinner, and dessert reception. The festivities run from 6 to 10 p.m.; get your tickets here.

13-wherq_07t-050615-3_0Flazeda By Pearl - Extrait de Parfum
Ever wanted to smell like a runner-up of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7? Well, now's your chance. The sleeping beauty known as Pearl has awoken our olfactory senses with Flazeda, the first perfume created by a Drag Race contestant. Created in collaboration with Xyrena, and named after the Pidgin English mumblings of Pearl herself, Flazeda will make all your male suitors scream, "Oh la la!" "la dee da," "folderol," and "blase" all at once, in a screeching unison of adoration and pain, before falling into eternal slumber. $124 at

01-banner_0Becoming-us-x633_0ABC Family's Becoming Us
Ben, as described in a new reality series Becoming Us, is an "ordinary teenager," who is faced with an extraordinary life moment: his dad, Carly, has recently come out as a transgender woman. To complicate matters, his parents are divorced, his sister is about to get married, and his girlfriend's dad is also going through a gender transition. Isn't love strange? Watch the family drama unfold in this timely and important new show, debuting Monday, June 8 at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC Family after The Fosters premiere.

Midnighter #1, the first DC Comic headlined by a gay male superhero, began kicking ass and taking names this week. Hookups, online dating, and super-heroics are just another day in the life of this vigilante. Pick up a copy at your local comic shop or download the digital version here. And be sure to scope out our interview with the writer of the series, Steve Orlando, too.

01-banner_07t-050615-6_0Netflix's Sense8
Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas) break the borders of typical science-fiction storytelling yet again with Sense8, a new Netflix drama series that involves eight strangers from different parts of the world, who become cognitively interconnected as the result of an evolutional phenomenon in humankind. Cocreated with J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling), the series delves into a broad range of themes -- including politics, gender and sexuality, and religion -- that are usually overlooked in the genre. Sense8 may seem like a lot to take in, but it's a huge step forward in mainstream science fiction, where the typical simplistic narrative features a bunch of superheroes getting together and fighting aliens. It's also the Wachowski siblings' first foray into episodic series. Binge-watch all 12 episodes starting Sunday.

12-party_07t-050615-7_0D.C. Pride
Washington, D.C., does Pride in a big way, as the nation's capital should. The 40th annual Capital Pride celebration encompasses a week and a half of events that started Wednesday and continue through June 14, with pool parties, dances, concerts, spoken-word performances, a bike ride, a walking tour, a 5K run, and more leading up to the parade June 13 -- and there are even a couple of events the following day. Get all the info at

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