Outfest reveals full lineup for 40th anniversary festival July 14-24th

The complete lineup for the 40th Anniversary Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival, running July 14-24th 2022, has just been announced. The 11-day festival boasts over 200 titles, comprising feature narratives, documentaries, shorts, and episodics, with work from 29 countries. Among the 42 world premieres is the Opening Night Gala presentation of Billy Porter’s directorial... Continue Reading →

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LGBTQ Critics announce nominations for 2022 Dorian TV Awards

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has announced the nominations for its 2022 Dorian TV Awards, with HBO's Hacks and Somebody Somewhere leading with five nods apiece, closely followed by Euphoria with four. Netflix's hit series Heartstopper gained three nominations for its first season, including Best LGBTQ show alongside Hacks, The Other Two, Our... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Young Men in Love editors Joe Glass & Matt Miner “we want cool parents to buy this book for their queer kids”

Indie comic publishers A Wave Blue World's new queer comic romance anthology, Young Men in Love is drawing a lot of attention. This collection of 20 gay love stories spans genres, art styles, and relationships, with a top-tier collection of queer creative talents including Sina Grace, Josh Cornillon, Chris Shehan, Charles Pulliam-Moore, David Booher, Anthony... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Victoria “V.E.” Schwab on Netflix’s queer vampire series First Kill “I wanted to tell a story that 16-year-old me might have seen herself in”

Queer vampire series First Kill, created by New York Times bestselling author Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, based upon her own short story of the same name, launches on Netflix today, Friday, June 10th. It's a "Juliet and Juliet" tale of two households and forbidden love, which introduces us to teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook)... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: Queer As Folk ★★★★

I can vividly remember sitting on the floor of my university flatmate Lisa's bedroom, along with all of our other flatmates (London rents were never cheap), on Tuesday, February 23rd 1999, gathered around the television tuned into Channel 4 to watch the first episode of the much-anticipated Queer As Folk. We were surprised, delighted, confronted,... Continue Reading →

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LGBTQ+ highlights at Tribeca Festival 2022

The 21st Tribeca Festival, running in-person in New York and online from June 8th until June 19th 2022, will kick off with the world premiere of Amanda Micheli's Halftime. Halftime. Jennifer Lopez in Halftime. Netflix © 2022. The Netflix documentary follows global superstar, queer icon, ally, and GLAAD and HRC honoree Jennifer Lopez as she... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: the cast of Fire Island on the queer icons & LGBTQ+ culture that’s shaped them

Ahead of tonight's NewFest Pride world premiere of Fire Island, written by and starring Joel Kim Booster, and directed by Andrew Ahn, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke exclusively with Ahn and cast members Matt Rogers, Conrad Ricamora, Bowen Yang, James Scully, Zane Phillips, Torian Miller, Tomas Matos and Nick Adams about the queer... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: filmmaker Andrew Ahn “celebrates queer joy & chosen family” with Fire Island

When stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Joel Kim Booster had the genius idea to rework Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as a modern-day rom-com set on Fire Island centering queer Asian American characters, he turned to Andrew Ahn to direct his screenplay. The queer Korean American filmmaker caught the attention of critics and the entertainment... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: Big Boys ★★★★★

As I sit here, with a bleak post-Heartstoppers hole in my TV viewing life, the UK’s brilliant (and currently embattled) Channel 4 comes to the rescue with a very different queer love story, Big Boys. It also conveniently fills that gaping space left by Sex Education and Derry Girls. Adapted from writer, narrator, and executive... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: drag superstar Pangina Heals takes on the USA “I can’t wait for people to see my interpretation of what drag from my culture is”

She brought fierce lewks and charisma as a host on Drag Race Thailand, and made the most emotional exit in Drag Race herstory on UK vs The World earlier this year after an impressive winning streak as a competitor. Now, Pangina Heals, the trade of every season, is about to embark on a weeklong tour—RuPaul’s... Continue Reading →

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Mike Ruiz takes leathermen into the metaverse with NFT drop

Celebrity and fashion photographer Mike Ruiz, continues to expand his ongoing portrait series focusing on the beauty and diversity of the leather community, by taking leathermen into the metaverse. On June 5th, Ruiz will be dropping a series of 100 portraits from his leathermen project as NFTs. Keyon. Mike Ruiz Leathermen project. Ⓒ Mike Ruiz.... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Stephen Dunn on reimagining Queer As Folk “the show is a reflection of my queer family” Plus trailer launch & new first look images

The exhilarating trailer for Stephen Dunn's reimagined Queer As Folk has just launched ahead of the series' June 9th debut on Peacock, along with ten new first look images. Set in New Orleans, the trailer features the sounds of Mm Mm Good by one of that city's most loved residents, the Queen of Bounce, Big... Continue Reading →

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GLAAD Awards Exclusive Interview: Queer As Folk star Fin Argus “I’ve really come into my queerness & I also got to do that on screen”

Back in 1999, when Russell T Davies' Queer As Folk first burst on to the UK's Channel 4, causing a stir both within the LGBTQ+ community and the mainstream press, as well as creating much-needed gay representation on the small screen, actor and musician Fin Argus was just one year old. They're now starring in... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir hosts Peacock’s Eurovision coverage “it’s a big pride festival of uniqueness & bravery”

In recent years the USA has finally been waking up to the camp majesty of the Eurovision Song Contest, partly thanks to 2020's Netflix film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, and the second season of Drag Race UK's tribute, The RuRuvision Song Contest, which spawned the hit track UK Hun? Which was... Continue Reading →

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GLAAD Awards Exclusive Interview: All Stars 7 drag superstars Trinity The Tuck & Yvie Oddly “by living my truth I’m helping somebody else discover theirs”

They’re both already winners, baby! Two of the stars of the upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 7, Yvie Oddly (who snatched the season 11 crown) and Trinity The Tuck (who reigned victorious on All Stars 4, in a tie with Monét X Change) were in attendance at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media... Continue Reading →

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GLAAD Awards Exclusive Interview: Michael R. Jackson on writing A Strange Loop “I felt misunderstood, unseen & unheard”

A Strange Loop became the most Tony Award-nominated production of the season today, receiving 11 nominations including Best Musical. On Friday night the show's Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, composer and lyricist, Michael R. Jackson, gave a powerful and moving performance of Memory Song from the musical on stage at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Ahead... Continue Reading →

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Pose, Lil Nas X & Sesame Street among winners at 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards – Wilson Cruz & Judith Light honoured

On Friday night in New York, GLAAD—the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization—announced the recipients of the awards for the remaining 16 categories at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, following its Los Angeles event on April 2nd. Community members, allies, activists and stars walked the red carpet at the Hilton Midtown, and there were... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Netflix Is A Joke stand-up star Matteo Lane “I’m just talking about what I like & if it happens to be super gay, good!”

Fluent in five languages, with a singing range of six octaves, pinup good looks, and charisma for days, Matteo Lane is already a gay hearthrob (as a quick glance at his Instagram will confirm) and fast becoming a New York stand-up comedy institution, regularly performing at the legendary Comedy Cellar in the West Village. Before... Continue Reading →

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33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards to honour Wilson Cruz & Judith Light in New York

This Friday, May 6th, GLAAD—the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization—will honour award-winning actor, producer, and activist Wilson Cruz with the Vito Russo Award at its 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The Vito Russo Award—named after the writer, GLAAD founder, and ACT UP activist who pushed open the door for news and entertainment industries to... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: Firebird ★★★1/2

Based on the memoir of Sergey Fetisov, Peeter Rebane's achingly romantic Firebird is released in US theaters today. After receiving its world premiere at last year's BFI Flare, the film went on be a queer festival hit, garnering award recognition along the way including honorable mention for Best First Feature at Frameline and snatching wins... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: Heartstopper ★★★★

At first glance, Alice Oseman's beautifully heartwarming Heartstopper which launches today on Netflix, based on her hit graphic novels, feels like a throwback to much-loved 90s British films about gay teens like Beautiful Thing and Get Real. Although this series does share much of the feel-good quality of those movies and a similar focus on... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive: Guillermo Díaz to star in queer horror thriller You Can’t Stay Here helmed by Todd Verow

Guillermo Díaz, star of TV shows like Scandal, Weeds, Law & Order: Organized Crime, and movies like Party Girl, Stonewall (1995), and Billy Eichner's upcoming BROS, will take the lead in Todd Verow's 90s New York set queer horror thriller You Can't Stay Here. The project, which recently launched an Indiegogo campaign, is loosely inspired by real events... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Antonio Marziale on his stunning short film Starfuckers “I was inspired by how drag queens carve out space for themselves”

Antonio Marziale, who has starred in three Netflix series—Alex Strangelove, Altered Carbon, and the upcoming Grendel—makes an impressive debut as a writer-director with his short film Starfuckers, which premiered at Sundance, played the 2022 Berlinale, and screens at the 40th Anniversary Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival on July 17th. The LA-based actor, who also... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2021 Film Review: Pleasure ★★★★

As twenty year-old Bella Cherry (Sofia Kappel) arrives in Los Angeles from her native Sweden she's asked by a US customs agent whether the purpose of her visit is 'business or pleasure', with her momentarily delayed reply giving director Ninja Thyberg's stunning debut feature, co-written with Peter Modestij, its title. Pleasure, which expands on Thyberg's... Continue Reading →

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