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Out of Annapolis – Gay Alumni of the U.S. Naval Academy

This trailer is for the new film Out of Annapolis a new documentary tracing the experiences of gay alumni of the U.S. Naval Academy. This film provides more proof that the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers is damaging to our soldiers and our military.

See also 10 Gay Documentaries Everyone Should See.

February 5, 2009 at 9:00 am 16 comments

Knowing Our History

An intense discussion is being played out over the film Milk and whether or not it offers a sanitized version of Harvey Milk’s life and gay movement history.

In the Huffington Post Nancy Goldstein says:

Was Van Sant afraid that audiences wouldn’t be sympathetic if 70s-era gay activists were people who suffered, swore, fought back, and fucked like they meant it? If the street kids actually looked like dirty, starving, broke-ass teen hustlers?

Gay history — unedited — is ugly, angry, and violent. It’s police dragging us out of cellar bars and down to the station to gang fuck the femmes and face-rape the butches, queens, and trannies. It’s military witch hunts; suicides and “experimental therapies,” from lobotomies and electro-shock to Christian boot camps. It’s Stonewall, where we showered raiding police with bottles, locked them in the bar, and set it afire. It’s ACT UP and chaining ourselves to pharmaceutical companies’ fences to protest AIDS drugs price gouging.

Of course, Milk offers a sanitized version of Harvey’s life and that particular moment in gay movement history. It is a film produced and distributed by Hollywood that stars mainstream actors like Sean Penn, Diego Luna and James Franco. But, that doesn’t make it any less an important film.

I say that not because the film is likely one of the first film’s about a hero of the gay movement that straight people will see. Or, even that it is the first film about a gay movement hero that a lot of gay people will see.

The importance of Milk is that it will open the eyes of young people, both gay and straight, to a key figure in the movement for gay rights and ideally will whet their appetites to learn more.

Along with telling stories about how they walked 12 miles to get to the lone gay bar in the next town over across unpaved roads wearing homemade outfits cobbled together with pluck and a Bedazzler, older gays love to point fingers at young gays and accuse them of being ignorant of gay history and the gay movement. This may be true, but ignores the reality that the straight majority has colluded to render us and our history invisible. And, it ignores the fact that older gays have a responsibility to do more than pass judgment about what younger gays may or may not know.

We have a responsibility to share that knowledge and to create opportunities for gay and straight, young and old to learn about the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and the straight allies who have stood with us in our fight for equal rights.

January 4, 2009 at 9:53 pm 1 comment

Trailer for New Harvey Milk Film

Here is the trailer for the new film Milk about the life of LGBT hero Harvey Milk. Harvey was the first openly gay person elected to office in the U.S. when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. The film, which opens in November, is one of the few gay films to have a big Hollywood budget.

Milk and S.F. Mayor George Moscone were murdered by Supervisor Dan White in 1978. White’s legal defense team at the time claimed that depression and the consumption of a large amount of junk food diminished White’s mental capacities and therefore he was not capable of premeditating the murders. Because of what became known as the “Twinkie defense”, White was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk, James Franco play Scott Smith, Harvey’s partner and Emile Hirsch plays activist Cleve Jones who would later go on to found the AIDS Quilt.

September 6, 2008 at 10:38 am 2 comments

Hot New Gay Film: Were the World Mine

Were the World Mine may be the hot new gay film that we have been waiting all year for.

In the film Timothy escapes the the narrow-minded confines of his small town high school through musical daydreams. When a teacher assigns him the role of Puck in A Midsummer’s Night Dream Timothy discovers a recipe for a purple love pansy which he uses to turn much of the town’s population gay. In the process Timothy wins the heart of the rugby playing boy of his dreams.

Too many films of late aimed at gay men have been overly formulaic with their After School Special-like earnestness and devoid of the passion and innovation that marked the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s.

Hopefully Were the World Mine marks not simply a return to that heyday of gay film, but a leap forward in telling stories about gay men that celebrate gay sexuality and our lives with intelligence, creativity and honesty.

Were the World Mine recently won the Outfest 2008 Grand Jury Award for outstanding U.S. dramatic feature.

July 28, 2008 at 7:30 am 2 comments

The Dark Knight: It Really is That Good

The buzz about The Dark Knight has been incredible. That’s partially because it is Heath Ledger’s final performance and partially because the first movie was well received.

Ledger’s performance as the Joker is phenomenal, but the rest of cast including Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart more than hold their own.

This is hands down the best film that I have seen all year. See it immediately on the biggest screen possible. You will not be disappointed.

July 20, 2008 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

10 Gay Documentaries Everyone Should See

As an antidote to the straight-washed version of history foisted on us by traditional media and educational institutions, I present to you 10 Gay Documentaries Everyone Should See. These ten films only begin to scratch the surface of the rich and amazing history of LGBT people. Find out more at the GLBT Historical Society.

Also check out 10 Films Every Gay Boy Should See and 10 Books Every Gay Boy Should Read.

If you have other suggestions of gay documentaries that people should see, leave the titles in the comments section.

1. Before Stonewall – shows that gay history did not begin with the Stonewall Riots, but in fact existed far before it. Through the use of archival footage and interviews, the film shows vividly what life was like when gays were forced to hide their sexuality for fear of reprisals.

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May 28, 2008 at 7:13 am 14 comments

Love is a Four Letter Word

It is almost spring and gay hearts are turning to thoughts of love. So are the makers of the new gay romantic comedy A Four Letter Word.

A Four Letter Word is among the newer crop of gay films not obsessed with coming out and the traumas that can sometimes come with being gay and living in a not so welcoming world, but instead celebrate our lives and loves.

The film will first be shown at GLBT film festivals around the country before opening at a movie theater near you. Check out the A Four Letter Word site for more details.

Let the manhunt begin!

March 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

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