1. Two Moms and a Nanny
Famous TV nanny Jo Frost is back on Lifetime’s Supernanny, helping parents across the country cope with quarantine, homeschooling, and more. One of the latest episodes features lesbian couple, Christina and Katie Bailey, as Frost helps them deal with two bouncing babies — and of course, internal healing amid the pandemic. Now, that’s good TV.
2. A New Kind App
If Grindr is too tame for your tastes, then check out Sniffies, the map-based hookup app you access via a web browser. It’s the type of no-holds-barred place where you can find that special someone who shares your kinks and fetishes. Simply log on, and a map pops up showing you what’s on the menu in your area. It’s always happy hour. (Sniffies.com)
3. Rising Star
Isabel Sandoval made history as the first out trans woman of color to screen a film at the Venice International Film Festival as a writer-director-star. Now that film, Lingua Franca, is streaming on Netflix, thanks to Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing, an independent film distribution collective. Sandoval portrays Olivia, a trans Filipina immigrant who becomes romantically involved with the grandson of Olga, the elderly Russian woman in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn for whom she is a caregiver.
4. Queer Talk
Liz Culley and Daryn Carp have taken their obsession with queer pop culture to another level in their new podcast, Scissoring Isn’t a Thing, where they interview guests and chat about everything from coming-out stories and dating nightmares to arts and culture. “I’m hoping that shows like ours can build a more inclusive future not only in the world of entertainment but in general. because I firmly believe that visibility and representation can be the biggest tools in combating prejudice and can create immediate impact,” says Culley. (@SIATPodcast)
5. Back on TV
Dancing With the Stars is back on ABC this fall with new host and former Top Model mogul, Tyra Banks (above). Sharna Burgess and Keo Motsepe are among the returning dancers, while Britt Stewart and Daniella Karagach are new pros. And best of all, there’s no Sean Spicer this season!
6. Kindred Spirits
S.A.M. is a coming-of-age short film about two boys from dysfunctional homes on opposites sides of the tracks, one of whom is portrayed by George Webster, an actor with Down syndrome. The film has been making the 2020 festival rounds, including showings at Outfest and Toronto’s InsideOut.
7. Baywatch & Chill
Samsung TV Plus has heard our cries and is launching a new dedicated Baywatch channel for its millions of subscribers. Now you can watch Mitch, C.J., Hobie, and the rest of the lifeguard crew bouncing and bulging on the sands of Southern California beaches artfully remastered in 8K UHD. It’s perfect for those crystal-clear freeze-frame moments we were all denied growing up — and perfect for reminiscing about those once-crowded beaches.
8. Funny Boys
Independent production company Comedy Dynamics is launching the first gay male/nonbinary stand-up comedy anthology special. Brash Boys Club, directed by Quentin Lee, features sets by out comedians Brad Loekle, Dash Kwiatkowski, and Owen Alabado. Loekle claims it’s the most fun he’s had in 2020 “aside from not dying,” so you should probably check it out. (ComedyDynamics.com)
9. Smart Kid
The KIBO robot from KinderLab Robotics is the perfect way to incentivize children age 4 to 7 to learn about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). This screen- and the device-free kit provides everything needed for kids to build their robot and then program its brain using a series of wooden blocks. It’s the result of 20 years of child development research and product design. (KinderLabRobotics.com)
10. Queer Music
Philly musical duo Korine is out with a new LP, The Night We Raise. Featuring Morgy Ramone (they/them) and Trey Frye (he/him), Korine is a fresh take on the new wave genre that swept the ’80s with long fringe and synthesizers. Think early Depeche Mode and New Order but for a younger generation. (KorineBand.com)