Summer 2018 Recap

Summer 2018 Recap

By Jasmine Lowe

The summer of 20Gayteen gave us new music, films, television, and Pride festivals and it did not disappoint. As we begin to grab our sweaters and approach the cool days of fall we’re looking back on what happened in Summer 2018: 

Pride Recap

LA Pride

LA Pride 2018

LA Pride held its event on the weekend of June 10. Performances from music artists such as Kehlani, Tove Lo, Eve, Icona Pop, Keri Hilson, Natalia Jimenez, and many more rocked the stage in West Hollywood. Attendance went so well that that LA Pride, unfortunately, had to offer a refund to anyone with an unused ticket or wristband since the festival was forced to close early on that Saturday night after hitting capacity. Still, more than 400,000 participants, spectators, and marchers attended on the 10th for the march/parade.

Sacramento Pride

The city of Sacramento held its Pride on June 10, as well. Attendees met on the Capitol Mall and participated in a parade and festival. The 17,000-person festival celebrated its 35th year as one of the region’s largest community engagement programs.

San Diego Pride

Artists such as Kim Petras and JoJo performed at San Diego Pride July 13-15 this year. A Stonewall Rally was held that Friday, a 5K Run/Walk took place on Saturday, and a parade and festival took place on Sunday.

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride took place June 23rd and 24th. There was a Trans march on Friday, a Pink Triangle: Installation & Commemoration Ceremony, an S.F. Pride Celebration and a Dyke March on Saturday, and a multitude of other events all throughout the weekend.

Ventura County Beachside Pride Festival

Ventura County Beachside Pride Festival occurred August 17th through the 19th. About 3,000 people attended the festival with the theme “Celebrating Diversity, Raising Up Community.”

Music Recap

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Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko’s “What I Need” (ft. Kehlani) video from the album, “Expectations,” helped kick off 20Gayteen with images of the two singers dancing, romantically looking deeply into each other’s eyes, and running away together.

Janelle Monáe

The singer, songwriter and actress Janelle Monáe, released her album, “Dirty Computer.” This summer along with an emotion picture consisting of music videos that tell a story about freedom and breaking the status quo.

The Internet

The Internet’s music video to “Come Over” from the album, “Hive Mind,” was released this summer. The video, directed and edited by Syd, follows members of the band hanging out with their partners in between rehearsals while Syd tries to invite over a girl of her own.

Television/Film Recap

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Queer Eye

The second season of “Queer Eye” was released on Netflix, June 15, 2018, and a special was released on June 21, 2018. The critically acclaimed show was nominated for four Emmys and won three: Outstanding Structured Reality Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program and Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program.

Sorry to Bother You

The film, “Sorry to Bother You” was a hit with critics receiving 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. The dark comedy written and directed by Boots Riley tells a story involving telemarketer Cassius Green who adopts a white accent in order to thrive at his job. Once he does, he rapidly gets swept up into a conspiracy and is forced to choose between making money at the expense of humanity or his friends.

Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s Eight” was widely anticipated before its release on June 8. Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gathers an all-female crew, which includes actresses, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, and Rihanna, in the film to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

Miseducation of Cameron Post

The story follows a teenage Cameron Post, played by Chloë Grace Moretz after she is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, Coley who is played by Quinn Shephard, in 1993. Cameron is quickly sent away to a treatment center in a remote area called God’s Promise. She ends up bonding with some fellow residents, Jane (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck) as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released, but not it’s not before they are subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies.The film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post tackles the subject of conversion therapy by pulling back the curtains on gay-conversion camps in an emotional and well-written story.

The Spy Who Dumped Me

The Spy Who Dumped Me” was released this summer on August 3 and follows best friends, Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy. Did I mention that Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis were in this?

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