Arts & Culture

The statistics are sobering. In the U.S., suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death. LGBTQ youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth. Forty percent of transgender adults report a suicide attempt. More than 90 percent of them attempted suicide before the age of 25. The recent high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have brought the topic back  into focus but a number of dedicated organizations has been battling the problem for decades.

COMEDY IN THE ‘CROSS’-HAIRS: Grammy Award-nominated comedian, actor and writer David Cross brings his “Oh Come On” Tour, with his unapologetic and biting brand of comedy, 8 p.m. June 23 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St. For more information or tickets, call 215-309-0150.


One of the most delightful aspects of “Hearts Beat Loud,” a sweet and heartwarming drama, is the casual nature with which the screenplay deals with the lesbianism of the story’s female lead.

“Hearts Beat Loud,” opening June 15 at the Landmark Ritz Five, is a genial father-daughter film buoyed by out actor Kiersey Clemons’ ingratiating performance. While her father Frank (Nick Offerman) has decided to close down his record store in New York City’s Red Hook, Sam (Clemons) is studying pre-med before attending college in UCLA in the fall. Both are still grieving the death of Sam’s mother.

GOLD, GIRL!: Out comedian, writer and actor Judy Gold lights up New Hope once again with her manic brand of humor 8 p.m. June 16 at The Rrazz Room at the Clarion Inn & Suites New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road. For more information or tickets, call 888-596-1027.


At 20 years old, queer filmmaker and activist Hansen Bursic will be one of the youngest directors in attendance this weekend when his award-winning documentary “The Toothmans” screens at the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT festival, held annually in San Francisco.

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