Queer Sh*t to Watch This Week

Gayest. Week. EVER!

NewNowNext spotlights the latest (and queerest) movies, TV shows, web series, and other gay shit, for your viewing pleasure in our weekly watch list. Grab your popcorn, squirrel friends!

In Theaters

Nureyev

Hot on the heels of The White Crow, Ralph Fiennes’ dramatization of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West, Jacqui and David Morris’ documentary tackles the prickly gay icon’s entire life and career, from his mythology-worthy birth on a Trans-Siberian train to his death from AIDS in 1993. (CineLife Entertainment)

The Lavender Scare
https://youtu.be/o8RPs-xrjks
While the 1950s anti-communist witch hunt is infamous, there was a second, almost forgotten government campaign waged against homosexuals. Director Josh Howard revisits this shameful period in U.S. history when gays and lesbians were considered national security risks and fired simply for being queer. Learn your history, henny! (Full Exposure Films)

This One’s for the Ladies

Magic Mike, make room for magic Blaze! An African-American lesbian “dom” dancer who gets the ladies all stirred up, Blaze is a member of the Nasty Boyz, a real-life New Jersey dance troupe profiled—along with their female fans—in out filmmaker Gene Graham’s documentary. (Super Ltd)

Late Night

Out director Nisha Ganatra made a first splash with 1999’s Chutney Popcorn, which is about an Indian-American lesbian who offers to be surrogate mother for her infertile sibling’s child. After a long run working in TV (Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ganatra helms Late Night, Mindy Kaling’s debut as a feature film writer-producer, about a hard-ass late night talk show host (Emma Thompson) whose fate lies in the hands of her first female staff writer (Kaling). Girl (of color) power, y’all! (Amazon Studios)

On Demand and DVD

Southern Pride

Canadian Malcolm Ingram seems obsessed with the United States’ Deep South small-town queer bar scene, and why shouldn’t he be? His latest, a companion/sequel to 2006’s Small Town Gay Bar, focuses on the efforts of two Mississippi LGBTQ bar owners, Lynn Koval of Biloxi’s Just Us Lounge and Shawn Perryon Sr. of Hattiesburg’s predominantly African-American Klub Xclusive, as they attempt to mount their cities’ first Pride festivals in the face of Trumpism, racism, and climate change-driven hurricanes. (Uncork’d Entertainment)

Jeffrey

An AIDS rom-com set during the 1990s? Co-starring Patrick Stewart? Why yes, that’s exactly what we have in this 1995 movie—re-released by Shout! Factory along with To Wong Foo and Village People camp classic Can’t Stop the Music—based on Paul Rudnick’s play about a neurotic gay man, Jeffrey (Steven Weber), who falls for HIV-positive hottie Steve (Michael T. Weiss). Weber’s Jeffrey is terrified by the prospect of having sex and being exposed to HIV (in the pre-PrEP/undetectable era, when infection still represented a death sentence), so he treats Steve like shit, much to the disgust of sassy older bestie Sterling (Stewart), whose dancer boyfriend Darius (Bryan Batt) is also positive. It’s a time capsule of a hopefully bygone era, with hysterical cameos by Sigourney Weaver, Olympia Dukakis, Kathy Najimy, and Nathan Lane as an ass-grabbing priest. (Blu-ray, Shout! Factory)

Can’t Stop the Music

Fuck you, Cait Jenner, for making it hard to watch this 1980 camp classic today. If you can get past the Trump-enabling Jenner (seen here pre-transition as Bruce), you’ve got one of the most delicious best/worst films ever made with jaw-dropping performances by the Village People. (Blu-ray, Shout! Factory)

TV and Streaming

Tales of the City

At long last, Netflix’s follow-up to the 1990s PBS and Showtime adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City book series arrives. Although the timeline is comic book loosey goosey—skipping from 1970s San Francisco to present day—we catch up with transgender landlady Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis), Mary Ann (Laura Linney), and DeDe (Barbara Garrick) while meeting a whole load of new Barbary Lane residents, including Shawna (Ellen Page), trans male Jake (non-binary actor Garcia) and girlfriend Margot (May Hong), and Ben (Charlie Barnett), the young boyfriend of Mary Ann’s friend Michael (Murray Bartlett). (Netflix)

Pose

Putting the fierce in FX, Pose is back with a second season of LGBTQ POC realness, opulence, sass, vogueing, and Billy Porter, who needs an Emmy nomination just so he can bring it to the awards ceremony. Your red carpet looks give us life, Billy! (June 9, FX)

XY Chelsea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBHkiNRIp9M
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning—who was sentenced to a 35-year sentence in an all-male prison—shares her side of the story and gender journey over the course of two years, beginning with her release in 2017 when President Obama commuted her sentence. (Showtime)

The Real World: Atlanta

Making the shift from MTV to Facebook Watch, the long-running “seven-strangers-share-a-house” reality show, which is probably older than you by now, promises some tasty conflicts: cast members include queer Syrian-Armenian artist Yasmin and Trump-supporting devout Christian (who admits she “disagrees” with homosexuality) Meagan. May the odds be ever in their favor. (June 13, Facebook Watch)

Claws

On the third season of this sassy and soapy Florida-set crime dramedy, salon owner Desna (Niecy Nash) and her all-female crew—including lesbian Quiet Ann (Judy Reeves)—break completely free of the Russian and Dixie mafias and take the reins of a casino. Yes, bisexual mobster Uncle Daddy (Dean Morris) is back, and don’t miss the first ep’s dance number, set to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind.” (June 9, TNT)

Younger

Maggie (Debi Mazar) gets a new girlfriend played by Nicole Ari Parker in Season 6. And we’re totally here for it! (June 15, TV Land)

Queen Sugar

Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), whose pansexuality seemed to dip under the radar last season, gets a welcome dose of same-sex drama when her professor ex-girlfriend, Octavia (Cree Summer), shows up. (June 12, OWN)

Photo Credits: Pose courtesy of FX. Can’t Stop the Music courtesy of Shout! Factory. Jeffrey courtesy of Shout! Factory. Nureyev courtesy of CineLife Entertainment. The Lavender Scare courtesy of Full Exposure Films.

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
@LawrenceFerber