Seeing as the modern police force is an evolution of slave catchers, for a film trying to make a point about how the horrors of the past still exist in the present — it comes across as both ahistorical and like a serious misstep.
I hope those of you who celebrate had a relatively joyous Rosh Hashanah. And now please join me in the High Holy Day of revisiting a Jewish queer woman classic.
The First Time is everything I’ve come to love about Drew’s writing over the last several years: smart hilarious, powerful, and deeply generous. And just heckin’ gay and trans.
This movie is simultaneously sexy and fucked-up, and its paradoxes mesmerize.
When I was younger and even admittedly sometimes now, I excused the lack of representation on the screen. Last weekend I attended the Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest and got to spend the entire time looking at fully realized, multiple versions of myself on my television. You can do that too, this weekend!
“Ìfé is a story that not many queer people have seen come out of Nigeria. I’m really hoping that, apart from everything else that it does – normalizing the queer experience and being a great source of representation – I’m really hoping that it brings joy to the LGBT community.”
As Cleo, Queen Latifah had never been better. Young, mighty, unadulterated, sweet to her friends, sexy in the way that only studs can be — an energy that radiates beneath the pores and melanin, the quiet, intoxicating confidence that comes from truly owning your shit.
“There’s a certain undeniable assertion of identity and personhood in seeing a woman think.”
Not only is this film more than its labels because Sandoval sees her character’s humanity — it’s more than its labels because Sandoval is so good in all her roles. This is a patient and artful film, nuanced in its writing and direction, and filled with stellar performances.
This Mary Anning biopic has all the hallmark of a lesbian classic, including forbidden touches, longing glances, and a frantically erotic violin.
In Los Angeles in the early 2000’s (I’m talking 2002, 2003 when J Lo released her Glo perfume) and long before social media could tell you where to go out, Shakedown was a famously hot party for the Black lesbian community. Even after LAPD shut down Shakedown in 2004, we came out and supported Leilah Weinraub to finish a documentary on the scene and carve out a piece of history.
“They were like whatever we have dozens of lesbian bars, we have magazines, we have all of this culture, we have Marlene Dietrich, we don’t need this little girl thing.”
There is charm to be had in watching two phenomenally talented straight actresses play out a lesbian relationship in the kind of wartime melodrama that is so often straight and white.
I swear the Blockbuster cashiers knew I was gay before anyone else in my life.
Of 118 major studio releases in 2019, 15 included gay men, eight included lesbian or bisexual women, and zero included trans characters.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is only the third film in the Criterion Collection to feature queer women that’s actually directed by a queer woman.
How the fictionalized film on the horror writer Shirley Jackson bends the line of reality.
Includes Angelina Jolie two ways, a lot of coming-of-age, and Blake Lively’s 500-piece suit.
Now is the time to seize the day and get lost in a Broadway musical streaming online. Some of them are streaming for free, even.
We deserve to laugh and swoon too!