WATCH LIST: “Pose” Premieres on TV, “A Kid Like Jake” And “Hooked” In Theaters

Plus more queer characters on TV in "Younger: Season 5" and "Dietland"

In Theaters

A Kid Like Jake

Jim Parsons and Claire Danes play Alex and Greg, Brooklyn-based parents to a 4-year-old boy, Jake (Leo James Davis), who could be transgender or at the least gender fluid. While they don’t have a problem with Jake’s penchant for dresses and girly things, they aren’t sure whether to let this be known when trying to gain admission to highly competitive private schools for the child. Directed by Silas Howard, and co-starring Octavia Spencer. (June 1, IFC Films)

Hooked

A handsome, sometimes reckless 18-year old male prostitute, Jack (Sean Ormond), lives in an NYC boarding house with his boyfriend, Tom (Conor Donnally). When a closeted married man named Ken (Terrance Murphy) takes Jack for a Miami holiday, it seems there may be upheaval in everyone’s lives. The feature debut of YouTube/Instagram personality Max Emerson, 50% of the film’s proceeds will benefit LGBTQ youth homeless shelters. Hooked will also be available on VOD/DVD June 5th. (June 1, Breaking Glass Pictures)

Breath

Aussie actor Simon Baker (The Devil Wears Prada, The Mentalist) makes his directorial debut with this lyrical, nostalgic coming of age drama about two boys (Samson Coulter and Ben Spence) who become friends with an older, enigmatic surfer (Baker) in the 1970s.

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

Every Day

A spirit that wakes up in a different body every 24 hours falls in love with high school student Rihannon (Angourie Rice) in this brisk, engaging adaptation of David Levithan’s YA novel. Determined to not meddle in the lives of its host bodies—which include cis men and women and a genderqueer student—”A” nonetheless forges a relationship with Rihannon as the pair attempt to figure out a way to be together. (Blu-ray, Warner Bros)

Freak Show

After his vampy mom (Bette Midler) heads to rehab, gender-bending teen Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) moves in with his red-state dad (Larry Pine). At his new school, Billy faces vicious bullies, crushes on a jock, and challenges the alpha mean girl (Abigail Breslin) for tile of homecoming queen. Laverne Cox, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, and Celia Weston also appear in Trudie Styler’s directorial debut, an adaptation of James St. James’ book by the same name. (DVD, Shout! Factory)

TV/Streaming

Pose

A fabulous watershed in LGBTQ representation, both behind and in front of the cameras – which includes transgender directors Our Lady J (Transparent) and Silas Howard (A Kid Like Jake), actors MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross – Ryan Murphy’s slick, high-budget musical melodrama series is set in NYC’s 1980s “ballroom” scene as members of the House of Abundance and House of Evangelista deal with drama both on and off the floor. Tens across the board! (June 3, FX)

Dietland

In this new, darkly satirical series created by Marti Noxon (Mad Men, UnReal) from Sarai Walker’s novel, Joy Nash (The Mindy Project) plays Plum Kettle, a Rubenesque magazine columnist who slaves away under prickly, fierce editor Kitty Montgomery (Julianna Margulies, worthy of The Devil Wears Prada) and tackles all sorts of difficult and timely issues – including her own self-image. Out actor Tramell Tillman plays Plum’s gay bestie, Stephen. (June 4, AMC)

Younger

Season Five of Sex And The City creator Darren Star’s comedy series about a 40+ year old single mother, Liza (Sutton Foster), who passes herself off as a 20-something to land a job and maintains the ruse while dating, may see her get serious with boss Charles (Peter Hermann). Out queer actor Jesse James Keitel (Alex Strangelove) plays “Lauren’s genderqueer assistant, Tam,” and Liza’s lesbian friend Maggie (Debi Mazar) is sure to get up to more hijinks. (June 5, TV Land)

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.
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