Also in this week’s debrief we have Boyish and Hercules


While this heatwave has been intense, it’s certainly not as hot as some of the queer releases that came out this week. If you’ve not been able to get away from the laptop screen or back-to-school sales, here’s our collection of all the queer music, films, and books that came out this week. 

MUSIC: Little Demon Boy – Boyish 

Alt-pop duo Boyish have just released their EP Little Demon Boy which features the legendary King Princess! This album delves into the theme of queer love in all its many multitudes. There are songs for gut-wrenching break-ups, sapphic yearning, and the power of desire. 

FILM: My Animal 

Starring Bobbi Salvör Menuez and Amandla Stenberg, My Animal is a strange and twisted horror/romance that you won’t want to miss. Following Heather, an outcast, who falls for ice figure skater Jonny, the film watches as Heather tries to control the “animal” within. 

BOOK: Herc by Phoenicia Rogerson 

Been dreaming of a queer retelling of the story of Hercules? Phoenicia Rogerson has you covered. Instead of focusing on Hercules himself, the story follows his surrounding characters: Alcmene, Hylas, Megara, and Eurystheus. This fresh insight into the classic story is brimming with queer goodness and makes for a perfect read this month. 

MUSIC: Hot Guitar Player – MARIS 

Singer and songwriter MARIS has just released her track Hot Guitar Player! The pop artist is inspired by the “weirdness that surrounds her”, and this track is perfect for blasting in this heatwave. Listen to her other tracks GOING YET!, Was It A Dream, and Crashland.

FILM: Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe

For fans of Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s adorable YA novel Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe, the wait is finally over. Starring Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales, the story follows Mexican-American teenagers Aristotle Mendoza and Dante Quintana who explore their friendship, sexuality, and ethnicity. 

BOOK: Wound by Oksana Vasyakina 

This stunning new release by Oksana Vasyakina follows the story of a young queer poet who decides to return her mother’s ashes to their working-class hometown in Siberia. This complicated look at identity, home, and family has already received rave reviews so it’s definitely one to add to your shelves. 

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