Metrosource National - FEB/MAR 2021

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a bit of that in the projects that have been greenlit since the pandemic began. As far as 2020 is concerned, Jeremy’s top three entertainment milestones for the LGBTQ community are: Disclosure, which is a game-changer for understanding the history of transgender storytelling, along with the new HBO Max series Veneno, from Spain, which I think is right up there with Pose as some of the best trans representation

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that might be as mainstream. This could be a good thing for the LGBTQ entertainment industry. I think that more folks are going to realize that life is short and that it is time to stop living in fear or doubt. Queer folks are going to be more likely to write that script they have always had in the back of their minds and it is going to lead to more diverse and interesting storytelling. I think we are already starting to see

the world has ever seen. Also, I can count 18 LGBTQ-inclusive films, not counting documentaries, that are likely to be in the 2021 Academy Awards mix. That is a long way from when I first watched Philadelphia and thought that would be as good as LGBTQ representation would ever get. His COVID binge-watch list? I just counted and I have watched 103 films and 26 full TV series since the pandemic began! Some of the recent highlights for me on the TV side have been Veneno, It’s A Sin, and I May Destroy You. On the film side, I’ve really loved The Prom, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Supernova, Uncle Frank, I Carry You With Me, Alice Junior, The Forty-Year-Old Version, and Promising Young Woman. When not at work fighting the fight on our behalf, Jeremy is still involved in the community. He is an avid reader about LGBTQ history, has done the AIDS/LifeCycle ten times, and his side gig as a DJ/Producer will often put him in the spotlight of a big gay party. But what fuels his passion is indeed the entertainment industry and the personalities behind the scenes. His biggest inspirations? People with power who use their power to prop open the doors for those behind them. Especially anyone who comes from a more disadvantaged starting point and especially when it comes to mentoring and training the next generation. Queer folks in the industry like Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe, Greg Berlanti, and Netflix kids programming exec Chris Nee. When not clicking the remote with his GLAAD tinted lens, he can indulge from time to time. I make sure to throw stuff in now and then that I do not have to watch for work. This summer, I finally binged all three seasons of Ozark - although there were still gay characters in it! And lately, I have been making my way through The Mandalorian. Because who doesn’t find joy with Baby Yoda? ■

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