Coming Out in a Blaze of Glory (QR 067)

September 11, 2023

Welcome to Queerly Recommended’s Documentary Era! With the writer and actor strikes continuing in Hollywood, Kris and Tara have been digging into a lot of interesting and provoking queer documentaries.

Everything’s about eras these days, isn’t it? Tara is living in that kids-going-back-to-school era. Kris is entering a new professional era… and she might even be slipping into her third-person era. It’s wild. Also, Tara gives Kris a big surprise.

Official Recommendations

From Kris: Wish Me Away (2011) 
This week, Kris continues her long line of musical documentary recommendations with Wish Me Away. It tracks the story of Chely Wright, the first major country music singer to come out publicly as queer. Kris describes Chely’s coming out as “a blaze of glory,” something the star did intentionally and confidently, despite the negative repercussions.

From Tara: George Michael Freedom Uncut (2022) 
Spurred on by Kris’s Wham! (Netflix) recommendation last episode, Tara recommends the documentary George Michael Freedom Uncut, which follows George Michael’s career after Wham!. It paints the star’s life, including his public and private successes and losses, as one defined by a sadness deeply felt, and his legacy of beautiful, timeless music.

Works/People Discussed

  • Alone Australia (SBS)
  • Eliza Lentzski’s Winter Jacket Series
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under (WOW Presents Plus)
  • Alone (History Channel)
  • Maintenance Phase Podcast
  • “You Just Need to Lose Weight” and 19 Other Myths About Fat People by Aubrey Gordon

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