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March 18, 2024

It’s another week here at the Out newsletter!

We’re finally past Awards Season, and we can take a breath! But honestly, that means we're getting ready for Pride season! I know its not for a few months, but Pride and Awards Season are the two busiest times at Out, so we have to start planning early!

Is it just me, or is this year already an amazing year for independent queer film? Already this year we've had Drive-Away Dolls, Problemista, and Love Lies Bleeding. And coming soon, we've got Femme, I Saw the TV Glow, and Challengers! Incredible!

Are you keeping up with the news about a gay local councilman who peed on the side door of a local LA gay bar? If you haven't read the news, make sure you check out our coverage!

- Mey Rude

The tragic death of trans teen Nex Benedict: everything you need to know

Courtesy Sue Benedict via KJHR News; Nikki Aye for The Advocate

Man Crush Monday

Our Man Crush Monday goes to Hunkules himself, Zane Phillips! On the GLAAD Awards red carpet, Out editor Raffy Ermac talked to Phillips and asked him how he feels about fans who want him to play Hercules in a live action Disney remake. We think he’d be perfect for the role!

What We're Watching

I’m personally excited to be watching women’s soccer as the National Women’s Soccer League season has officially started! I’m a fan of the local team, Angel City Football Club, and unfortunately, watched my team lose its first game of the season yesterday 1-0 against Bay City FC.

Social Media Specialist Jade Delgado just watched Love Lies Bleeding and “freaking loved it” and is also excited to watch the Stormy Daniels doc that comes out today! What are you watching?

Message From the Editor

Dear Out readers,

Exciting news! Last week, Out magazine was honored by the GLAAD Media Awards in the category of Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage. We bested mainstream outlets like Billboard, People, and Variety (as well as our sister publication The Advocate) for this honor, and we couldn’t be prouder. Especially during an election year, queer media has never been more important, and we consider reporting on LGBTQ+ issues — so that you, our readers, are informed about queer news and culture — to be our core mission.

We were in good company that night at GLAAD. Our cover stars from Fellow Travelers also triumphed, along with honors for Oprah Winfrey and Niecy Nash-Betts. But it was a busy awards week for us in general. We were at the Oscars — on the red carpet and inside the ceremony — in order to give you access to Hollywood’s biggest night. (Shoutout to our favorite Ken, Scott Evans, who shined at both events.)

For over 30 years, Out has built reputation as the nation’s most respected LGBTQ+ source for culture, entertainment, and fashion. Be it at GLAAD or the Academy Awards, we’re working hard to live up to this reputation and burnish it, bringing queer representation to new heights. Even with our GLAAD award newly in hand, we can honestly say that the best is yet to come. Thanks for joining us on the ride.

Daniel Reynolds
Editor in chief

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Mey Rude

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.