In the grand ballroom of the historic Hotel Concord in Concord, North Carolina, Laura and Virginia said, “I do.”
It was a rainy day, which called for some flexibility. With the help of Alyssa Frost Photography, the couple did a fully indoor portrait session, including their first look inside the hotel’s beautiful marble lobby. There, Laura also revealed surprise matching necklaces for her and her new spouse to wear for their wedding.
At the ceremony, Laura and Virginia were joined by their adorable dog, and at the reception, they dined on a layered rainbow cake.
When the night came to an end, the couple marched down the street to their Mini Cooper, surrounded by cheering guests waving rainbow flags. They drove off with “Just Married” painted in green on their rear windshield.
While we’ll certainly miss seeing all the incredible Queerties nominees in person this year, there’s one silver lining to hosting a live-streamed awards show in 2021 — everyone gets to attend!
Consider this your official invitation to join the first-ever virtual Queerties Awards Show presented by Lexus, recognizing the year’s best in LGBTQ culture. And it wouldn’t be an awards show without some very special guests.
RuPaul’s Drag Race star and “Future All-Star” nominee Heidi N. Closet will co-host the evening alongside Queerty’s Dan Tracer, announcing winners in everything from Film/TV to drag to social media. You can find a full list of categories and nominees here.
They’ll be joined by two very special honorees — Pose star Angelica Ross will accept the Groundbreaker Award, and Billy Eichner will receive the MVP Award for inspiring a get-out-the-vote campaign while staying safe throughout the pandemic.
The show will also feature a performance from Bright Light Bright Light, and appearances by Nicco Annan, James Bland, Isis King, Jai Rodriguez, Cameron Esposito, Shangela, Jinkx Monsoon, BenDeLaCreme, Willam, Alaska, HBO’s Veneno star Isabel Torres and many more.
The ceremony will stream live at 6pm PST / 9pm EST on February 24 at Queerty.comas well as on Revry (including Revry’s third-party channels on Samsung TV Plus, Roku Channels, Xumo, Stirr, Apple TV). You can also find it on Queerty’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Head here to RSVP, and we’ll see you on the red carpet!
It’s Friday! It’s Christmas! It’s Friday and it’s Christmas!
So: I know Christmas might not be your holiday, or that you might not be feeling particularly festive right now. I know this year is… this year! But hear me out: two days ago, I drove to a body of water that has been largely deserted since the pandemic began, and I met a few loved ones there at a very safe distance, and we counted down and then jumped off a long dock into very, very cold water. It was painful, and invigorating, and somehow exactly what I needed at the end of this long, strange year.
I know this won’t be the case for everyone, because things are HARD, but I’ve found an unexpected gift in 2020, something about freedom from tradition, or obligation — the chance to make new kinds of memories, to pare down my connections and experiences to their bare bones and ask myself what I want and need. And sure, I want to hug my loved ones, more than anything — but until then, the shared sensory overload of a cold water plunge will do.
So this week, I hope you find something that makes you feel held by the universe, something that helps you reset. I’m so glad we’re here together, wherever here is for you today. YOU are a gift, and I love you!
*Clears throat* Anyway!
This week in Home Alone for the Holigays, Vanessa watched Grease 2 and Meg watched Brandy & Whitney Houston’s quintessential Cinderella!
On Grey’s Anatomy, Teddy came out (yay!) to Owen (boo).
Shelli Nicole helped us remember what it is to dance.
This was quite possibly my favorite Autostraddle post that has ever existed: The Elf On The Shelf Is A Cop: We Need ‘The Anti-Fascist On The Bookcase’.
Stef lead us astray.
Valerie Anne reviewed the teen version of Lost that I hated and loved and couldn’t stop watching, The Wilds.
Carmen wrote about Ma Rainey’s unapologetic Black queerness, and Viola Davis’ masterful depiction of her, in Netflix’s new version of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Jen! Richards! Got! Married!
And then there were your comments.
On Come Vibe With Me: A Little Less Conversation:
The You’ll Dance Again Soon Award to Mary:
On Gal Pal Watch: Gillian Anderson Breaks Up with Peter Morgan, Rebounds With Cute Brunette:
The Two, Four, Six, Eight Award to: Kristana! Iarran Mé! msanon! Chandra! thatottergirl! And Snaelle!
The Playtime Award to Ar Grass:
And the Super Dog Award to Blackmar:
On Amazon’s “The Wilds” Brings Lesbians to a Deserted Island:
The Wilds: Zootopia Award to nosidam:
On Viola Davis Towers in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Giving Life to a Black Queer Legend:
The Dr. CP, True Gift Award to Heather Hogan:
And on Watching “Personal Best” Was the Main Way to Become a Lesbian in the ’80s and ’90s:
The Dedicated Athlete Award to Jean McKenzie:
See a comment that needs to be here? Let me know! Tag me [at] queergirl.
In present-day Texas, Maya (Tallie Medel) and her on again, off again girlfriend Jules (Betsy Holt) total their car after a night of backwoods raving and teen mischief. They’re rescued from the wreckage by Freddy (Robert Longstreet), a divorced oil worker whose stoic facade crumbles as he comes to see himself, and his repressed desires, in Maya. As Jules recovers, Maya and Freddy develop a rapport that dulls the debilitating silence of their small-town lives. Together, they subtly encourage one another to chase after what they want the most (or at least figure out what that might be).
Defined by earnest, full performances and a blue palette, Daniel Laabs’ first feature solidly articulates the universality of queer loneliness and uncertainty across genders and generations.