10. MUSIC: Release, Kaya Jones
Former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones has just released her six-track EP, Release, which includes remixes of her single “Boyfriend,” in which she sings, “My boyfriend’s got a boyfriend now, and this girlfriend’s just figuring it out.” The vocal gay ally has also embarked on a Tour for Equality in an effort to increase awareness of marriage equality and other LGBT causes. For more info visit KayaJones.com.
9. TV: My Fair Wedding With David Tutera
Celebrity event and wedding planner David Tutera — who has, in fact, worked with The Wedding Planner’s Jennifer Lopez — returns November 13 for the fifth season of WE TV’s hit wedding transformation series. Kicking off with a Make-a-Wish Foundation wedding, the out host’s trashy-to-classy overhauls will include a fashionista runway wedding, a Hollywood glam wedding, and a goth wedding. For more info visit WETV.com.
8. THEATER: Bring It On: The Musical
This musical — inspired by the 2000 flick about rival cheer squads — boasts an original libretto by out Avenue Q book writer Jeff Whitty. The creative team also includes the composers of Next to Normal and In the Heights, but thank Whitty for La Cienega, a transgender cheerleader played by out actor Gregory Haney (pictured). The show just began its national at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, and dates in San Francisco, Denver, and Houston are scheduled in the next few months. For tickets visit BringItOnMusical.com.
7. TV: Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind
Visionaries, the OWN documentary series about working masterminds that recently profiled Tom Ford, ends November 13 with a look at famed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, who offers insights into her creative passion and drive for perfection while shooting the world's biggest stars and creating a groundbreaking photo collection. “I see pictures all the time,” reveals the lesbian shutterbug. “I’m constantly framing pictures.”
6. MUSIC: Spiders, Fay Wolf; Never Out Of Time, Camille Bloom; Weather, Meshell Ndegeocello; and Get Along, Tegan and Sara
Let’s hear it for these out female singer-songwriters: L.A.-based Wolf imbues her piano-driven songs with melancholy drama on her full-length debut; endorsed by Gibson guitars, Seattleite Bloom pop-rocks with passion on her latest album; Ndegeocello asks “Who’s your daddy?” on a disc full of defiant attitude and deep introspection; and lesbian twins Tegan and Sara present a live CD-DVD set that includes two short documentaries.
5. BOOK: At Home With Myself, David Mixner
In his first book in 10 years, At Home With Myself: Stories From the Hills of Turkey Hollow, gay civil rights activist and presidential campaign adviser David Mixner channels Thoreau as he meditates from and about his country home in a tiny upstate New York town. Looking back at his 40-year career of protest and politics, the raconteur also notably addresses the AIDS crisis and trans issues. For more info visit DavidMixner.com.
4. THEATER: Now the Cats With Jeweled Claws
Ridiculous Theatrical Company legend Everett Quinton and John Waters muse Mink Stole headline the New York premiere of this absurd late one-act by Tennessee Williams about Manhattan ladies who lunch, a flamboyantly smarmy manager, a pregnant waitress, and gay hustlers. Fearlessly directed by Jonathan Warman, who fully embraces the play’s grotesque beauty, the too-brief engagement at La MaMa E.T.C. ends November 13.
3. TV: Boombox
Charismatic New York nightclub DJ and out rap artist Cazwell hosts this cutting-edge music video showcase, which features world premieres, outrageous guests, and exclusive interviews with folks like Jonathan Mendelsohn, CSS, and Girl in a Coma. A sexy throwback to the old-school MTV VJ scene, the series returns for a second season November 11 on here! TV and here! Online. For more info visit HereTV.com/Boombox.
2. BOOK: The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, Frank DeCaro
Sirius OutQ radio host Frank DeCaro blends his loves of food and famous folks in this deliciously dishy cookbook, which collects recipes from more than 145 deceased stars, such as Joan Crawford, Rock Hudson, and Bea Arthur. A section devoted to LGBT celebs includes salty recipes for Truman Capote’s fettuccine, Andy Warhol’s stuffed cabbage, Peter Allen’s baked snapper, and Christine Jorgensen’s pineapple-apricot preserves.
1. FILM: J. Edgar
Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer star as FBI head J. Edgar Hoover and his protégé Clyde Tolson in this thrilling and ultimately touching biopic. Director Clint Eastwood has said that Hoover’s sexuality is open to interpretation, but gay audiences will appreciate out screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s take on the men’s intimate relationship — and Judi Dench as Hoover’s mom, who’d “rather have a dead son than a daffodil for a son.”