Category: Film

Gay For Pay And The Exploitation of Queer Identity

Gay For Pay And The Exploitation of Queer Identity

In a time where the LGBT community is fighting for their rights, their visibility and for their voice to be heard, “Gay for Pay” acts to silence them, and essentially erase their identity as being real.  Because Hollywood and social media are oftentimes the only way cis people experience LGBT people, what “Gay for Pay” does essentially is make the community and the expression a joke.

Short Film “One Of The Flowers” Is An Ode To Bisexuality

Short Film “One Of The Flowers” Is An Ode To Bisexuality

One of the Flowers is essentially an ode to bisexuality. It compares human bisexuality to the bisexuality found in nature, more specifically to flowers, and calls for people to stop treating bisexuality like a made-up or unworthy concept.
“Since coming out as being bisexual, I have met many who have insisted, both directly and indirectly, that bisexuality doesn’t exist,” Moira notes.  “However, to concede to that point would be to deny the feelings I have had for both men and women— love has no gender.”

I Assigned God Roles To My Favorite Queer Celebrities

I Assigned God Roles To My Favorite Queer Celebrities

I can be pretty blasphemous while sitting in LA traffic. A few weeks ago while trying to improve my patience on the freeway,  I asked myself, “If Hayley Kiyoko is Lesbian Jesus, who’s the holy spirit?” Then I took it a step further and started wondering who would be who in the Greek Pantheon. After some reflection, I’ve come up with a list of queer celebrities and their holy counterparts.

The Lasting Relevance of “Get On The Bus”

The Lasting Relevance of “Get On The Bus”

Spike Lee’s Get on the Bus premiered on October 16, 1996, a date that commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Million Man March. The film is Lee’s love song to the spirit of the day that an estimated 837,000 black men descended on the Nation’s Capitol.

A Queer’s Guide to Fall

A Queer’s Guide to Fall

As we slip into shorter days, longer nights, colder weather, and darker colors, seasonal events and goodies will start to pop up around every turn. In order to make sure you have a head start on the essentials, I created a guide to the season’s six most import F’s: fashion, furnishings, flavors, films, frights, and fun.

The Lasting Relevance of “Set It Off”

The Lasting Relevance of “Set It Off”

My parents refused to let me see Set it Off because of the violence–and possibly Queen Latifah’s depiction of a lesbian character. Though it’s now considered a classic of black cinema, I only saw Set it Off for the first time this week. I expected to find it dated but was shocked to find it still painfully relevant.

Summer 2018 Recap

Summer 2018 Recap

The summer of 20Gayteen gave us new music, films, television, and Pride festivals and it did not disappoint. As we begin to grab our sweaters and approach the cool days of fall we’re looking back on what happened in Summer 2018: 

Liz Baxter’s Short Film “Female Connection” Explores Vulnerability in Love

Liz Baxter’s Short Film “Female Connection” Explores Vulnerability in Love

By Jasmine Lowe
Female Connection is a short film directed by Adrienne Levy and written by Liz Baxter, the first openly lesbian contestant on Love Connection. The short, which was inspired by personal experiences, creatively explores the beauty of falling in love, allowing oneself to be vulnerable, and being able to put yourself out there.

Review: Game Girls

Review: Game Girls

By Jasmine Lowe Game Girls is the second documentary by Polish director, Alina Skrzeszewska. The story starts out by chronicling the lives of a Black lesbian couple living in Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood. We are introduced to Teri Rogers, who is seen managing her mental illness by attending a women’s group, and Tiahna…

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