Now that you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll need something to look forward to this year, right? We’ve got you covered. We’ve trawled the entertainment and political landscapes for the most promising TV shows, movies, musicians, and movements of 2018, and they’re all (surprise surprise) queer AF. This may actually be the first year in history that there are two mainstream movies about gay conversion camps!
Jake Shears Goes Solo
We reported on Shears’ disdain for Instagram-famous thirst traps, but now we have another reason to get hype. In addition to slipping into some Kinky Boots on Broadway this month, Shears plans to release a memoir titled Boys Keep Swinging on February 20. The book is sure to cover Shears’ tumultuous teen years in Arizona, as well as the events leading up to his decision to go solo. Shears has also teased that his debut solo album will drop this year.
Hayley Kiyoko, Expectations
If you haven’t heard “Sleepover,” then do it NOW. (Wait! Not yet. Sit back down and finish this article first.) It was, in our opinion, one of the best queer songs of 2017, thanks to former Disney Channel star (and openly queer woman) Hayley Kiyoko’s sultry, plaintive vocals. We are now looking forward to the Spring 2018 release of Kiyoko’s new album, Expectations.
Jesse Saint John
Jesse Saint John has lent his songwriting expertise to the likes of Britney Spears, Charli XCX, and Camila Cabello, but on February 7, he’ll finally go solo. With the single “Move,” Ms. JSJ plans to make a statement about “danger” and “dancing through your pain,” while simultaneously making liberal use of a cowbell. That’s what every song needs: More cowbell!
This all-lesbian Seattle-based rock band has already caught the attention of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, who actually made a cameo in their dramatical video for “Speed Queen.” Now, the band plans to release the singles “Torpedo Love” and “Bad Lands” before dropping their debut album Greatest Tits. (Get it?)
We’ve already reported on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (February on Netflix), Pose (Summer on FX), American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Jan 17), and RuPaul’s Drag Race (Jan 25 for All Stars 3; Spring for Drag Race 10), but here are some highlights which might not already be on your radar.
Heathers (Spring on The Paramount Network)
Yes, this is an adaptation of your favorite film about high schoolers murdering each other. Reimagined as an hour-long dramedy anthology, this version of Heathers is set in the present day and features a hefty twist on the original classic: The Heathers are all kids who would have been outcasts in the ‘80s. O.G. Heather Duke Shannen Doherty will appear in the pilot, while the new Heather Duke will now be a male who identifies as gender-queer. Heathers is apparently premiering on the brand-new Paramount Network, which becomes available on January 18 and is planning to host a magnificent lineup of prestige shows throughout the year.
The Chi (Currently airing on Showtime)
After becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, Lena Waithe is planning to make an even bigger splash with The Chi, which just premiered on Showtime and follows a group of characters navigating the South Side of Chicago. The show is getting good early reviews, and will likely be a modest hit, so you might want to check it out!
Here and Now (February 11 on HBO)
If you’ve ever liked anything by Alan Ball (see: Six Feet Under, True Blood, American Beauty), then you’ll love this drama about a mother and father and their four children, three of whom were adopted internationally. The trailer hints that there will be at least one queer couple on the show — and knowing Ball, the show as a whole will be an exquisite blend of camp and character drama.
Him or Her (Sometime this year on HBO)
We’re v excited about this next outing from Insecure’s Issa Rae, who is executive producing this single-camera half-hour comedy about the life and loves of a bisexual black man. Created by Daily Show writer Travon Free, Him or Her will hopefully energize the TV landscape’s output in terms of representing male bisexuality on screen.
In addition to Love, Simon (March 16), which is arguably the first mainstream queer teen romance to hit movie screens, there are these excellent offerings:
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Premieres at Sundance Film Festival on January 28)
The first big movie about gay conversion camps to hit Hollywood this year, The Miseducation of Cameron Post will star Chloe Grace Moretz (who dodged a bullet with the non-release of Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy) and Sasha Lane. It’s dark and depressing and set in the early ‘90s (love it already), and it’s about a girl who gets sent to conversion camp after being caught fooling around with one of her girlfriends. But I’m A Cheerleader, this is not.
Boy Erased (September 28)
Based on an acclaimed memoir by Garrard Conley which recounts Conley’s childhood in a fundamentalist Arkansas family, this “sure-to-be-Oscar-bait” film will tackle gay conversion therapy but with the combined star power of Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. It also stars Lucas Hedges (playing gay again after Lady Bird), the hunky Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), and Forever Bae, a.k.a. Xavier Dolan.
Bohemian Rhapsody (Christmas)
Will this be a disaster? Will Brian Singer’s vision be trampled due to Dexter Fletcher replacing Singer after he was fired due to his rape allegations left on his own accord? Either way, we’re excited to see Rami Malek make out with dudes as Freddie Mercury.
The Midterm Elections
We don’t just want a “blue wave” this year. We want a blue tsunami, coastal flood, geyser, and Slip n’ Slide. Just the fact that 42 LGBTQ people are running for office in TEXAS is enough to make us believe that queer people might actually take over the world this year. While there are quite a few Democrats defending their spots in Congress in the midterms, which could get very nasty, there is still a growing tide of Trump resentment in this country that will energize voters to get out to the polls. Hopefully Democrats are able to mobilize people of color, like they did in Alabama with Doug Jones, and shepherd in a new Democratic majority to stop all this insanity.
Someone Finally Remembers That the 25th Amendment Can Get Trump Impeached
Seriously, when is someone going to remember this?