This year’s Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will be showcasing a variety of LGBTQ films that highlight the diverse nature of the AAPI community and that “demonstrate the Festival’s commitment to including all members” in their programing and conversation. Read more »
Twenty years ago this week, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, the memorable movie about three drag queens—Vida Boheme(the dearly departed Patrick Swayze), Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes) and Chi Chi Rodriguez(John Leguizamo)—who embark on the road trip of our lives, opened at the box office and made its mark on pop culture…forever.
Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment produced the film, which went on to strut its way to #1 and ended up snatching a $36 million final take, which is about $70 million in today’s diva dollars. Not only did To Wong Foo welcome drag into the mainstream, but it’s also a film that everyone can enjoy as its humor and tenderness still stays fabulously true even two decades later.
While at its very best, TWF is a gay-themed flick, but more than that it has something for everybody amongst its high-heeled humor and heart. To commemorate this oh, so ravishing red-and-wild occasion, I came up with 5 reasons as to why not you, not me, but to why everybody should experience this wonderful film at least once in their lifetime. Read more »
Members of the LGBTQ community are becoming increasingly vocal over their disdain regarding the upcoming release of Stonewall, a film loosely based on the events of the Stonewall riots.
The problem? It’s too loosely based on history, according to critics. One anonymous blogger, whose commentary “Whitewashing History: Stonewall Movie Leaves Out Trans Women and Black Drag Queens Who Started the Movement” received over 17,000 Facebook shares in less than 24 hours, wrote, “The trailer claims to be a ‘true story’, and tells the audience that a young, white, cisgender, gay man was the first to throw a brick and start the Stonewall Riots. In reality, hundreds of eye witness accounts and documented evidence have said the riots were started by black drag queens and transgender women.” Read more »
The 2015 qFLIX awards, featuring both audience and juried favorites, were announced yesterday, with films Mala Mala and Fourth Man Out winning numerous categories.
It was also the first year that festival presented the Barbara Gittings International Human Rights Award to Ugandan filmmaker Kamoga Hassan for his documentary Outed: The Painful Reality. In his remarks, Hassan said, “We in Uganda are where you in America were 50 years ago in the granting of LGBTQ rights as citizens of your country. I hope to see the same freedom and acceptance in my homeland 50 years from now.” Read more »
Shelley “Treasure” Hilliard was a 19-year-old transgender woman of color who was brutally killed. The murder was not tried as a hate crime.
Hilliard’s tale is captured in dream hampton’s gripping documentary Treasure, part of this year’s BlackStar Film Festival. The festival’s founder and artistic director, Maori Karmael Holmes, couldn’t be happier to include the work in the comprehensive celebration of black film. Read more »
“I never have to come out to anyone. I say, ‘Hello,’ and it’s a done deal.”
That might be my favorite line from the trailer of the new documentary, Do I Sound Gay?, which features Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei, and asks the pretty profound question: Is there such a thing as a “gay voice”?
This Wednesday, Amazon fans may literally break the internet. That’s when the internet retailer celebrates 2o years and will be throwing “a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members[…]New and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. They can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.” Read more »
Back in 2013, we published “8 Most Realistic Gay Sex Scenes in the Movies,” but times have changed and there have been plenty other gay sex scenes that have graced both the big and small screens. We rounded up 11 that will surely get it a little hot in here, including scenes starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper. But it’s not all about the steam factor. These are the scenes we feel get it right, because we deserve realistic sex scenes in our movies, too, dammit. With that being said: These are all NSFW, so play at your own risk.
Here, our recurring round up the newest and best gay movies to hit Netflix instant streaming in the last month. Because it’s always steered me in the right direction in the past, I’ve narrowed down the selections according to Rotten Tomatoes scores, nixing ones that dropped below 50 percent.
There are some pretty solid options this month, like the intriguing documentary Before You Know It, which follows three gay gents as they navigate life post-60; Mischa Kamp’s coming-of-ager Boys is quickly on its way to becoming a modern gay-film classic; and porn star-turned-auteur Michael Lucas’s moving exposé Campaign of Hate concerns queer folks living in anti-gay Russia.