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  • Niki Metcalf as “Tracy Turnblad” in Hairspray. Photo: Detroit in Broadway.

5 Queer Things To Do Right Now: Take in a Broadway Show, Remember Betty, Hit the Library for Queer Family Storytime

By |2022-01-13T10:26:35-05:00January 13th, 2022|Michigan, News|

2022 is bound to offer new beginnings, fresh awakenings and, hopefully, less Trump talk. In short, expect a lot of change. However, one thing will remain the same: people are still here and queer. To celebrate this new queer year, here are five queer things to do right now: 

Engage in Queer Conversations at Affirmations

For the queers looking to regroup after the holidays, this is the event for you. Queer Conversations at Affirmations is an in-person and virtual support group that “creates possibilities” for people “who are stronger together,” according to Jeffrey Olivier, the group’s facilitator. As an intersectional group, “This group is open to everyone,” says Olivier, “Regardless of who you are.” Participants collectively decide on a topic and discuss it casually at every session. The group meets at noon every Saturday.

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Laugh Your Way Through Hairspray at the Fisher 

Niki Metcalf as “Tracy Turnblad” in Hairspray. Photo: Detroit in Broadway

The world has got a million shows for you to choose from, but you’ll walk a little taller after experiencing Broadway’s “Hairspray.” Or whatever the original quote was. Anyway, find out for yourself when the Broadway and Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Hairspray” returns to the Fisher theatre Jan. 18-30. Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she dances her way onto the most popular TV show. This all-new touring production will reunite Broadway’s original creative team, led by Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. “It’s a brand-new world we find ourselves in today, and ‘Hairspray’ is even more relevant than twenty years ago when it first burst onto the scene,” said O’Brien in a statement “…We cannot wait to raise the various roofs once more with dance, joy, music and that glorious, famous, energy-packed score.” Purchase tickets at Broadway in Detroit. 

Get Caught Up on the New Season of “Euphoria”

Hunter Schafer and Zendaya. Photo: HBO

Be careful. This could be a spoiler! Season 2 of HBO’s trippy and Emmy-winning TV show “Euphoria” returned Jan. 9. Get caught up and watch as its 17-year-old main character, Rue, played by Zendaya, balances high school, sobriety, sexuality and family expectations. Rue’s best friend, Jules, played Hunter Schafer, who is transgender, has Rue questioning her sexuality and testing her sobriety. Surrounding Rue are other high school students also navigating love, sex and trauma in our modern era. Episodes air at 9 p.m. every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max.  

Remember the Life of Betty White with One Last Film

Betty White was a legend. An icon. And a long-time advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. As such, it’s only fitting that we all celebrate her life one last time on film. This Jan. 17, on what would’ve been her 100th birthday, come out to watch “Betty White: A Celebration.” This film draws from her final interview, examines her career, and provides insights into the most important aspects of her life. In addition, hear testimonials from celebrity friends such as Ryan Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Valerie Bertinelli, Jennifer Love Hewitt and more. Select theaters are participating in the exclusive showing. Find a theater near you at Fathom Events

Share Queer Stories at Queer Family Storytime

There’s nothing more wholesome than queer families coming together for a queer storytime. CADL South Lansing Library knows this to be true. For that reason, after a hiatus due to COVID, they’ve brought back their popular Queer Family Storytime event. “We really want to create a safe space for [queer families] to connect and share reading materials,” said facilitator Seoung Kim. The free event, for ages 6 and up, is from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 14. For more information, reach out to CADL South Lansing Library.

About the Author:

Jackie Jones, a Detroit native, is the News and Features Editor at Pride Source Media Group and focuses on all things media and writing. Her work has appeared throughout Michigan in DBusiness and BLAC Magazine.