Tag: 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.

Bohemian Rhapsody is Honest to Freddie Mercury’s Identities but Glosses Over His Tragedies

Bohemian Rhapsody is Honest to Freddie Mercury’s Identities but Glosses Over His Tragedies

I bought a ticket to see 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody somewhat apprehensively. Though I was originally elated at the prospect of a Queen biopic, I’d heard rumors that the film denied any mention of frontman Freddie Mercury’s sexuality or his Parsi ethnicity. These assertions were so widespread that back in June I’d witnessed a woman at WeHo Pride yell at a street team promoting the film.

The Irresistible Queerbaiting of “A Simple Favor”

The Irresistible Queerbaiting of “A Simple Favor”

After learning about the movie online and hearing that the two main characters Kendrick and Lively kiss, I was worried that the writers and the director were queer baiting their potential audience. I was also concerned that they were going to play into the lesbian villain trope, where a queer woman appears to be unstable and only there to antagonize.

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.

Review: Jewel’s Catch One

Review: Jewel’s Catch One

Jewel Thais-Williams is a force to be reckoned with. C. Fitz the, director of Jewel’s Catch One, introduces her with such subtlety that you may mistake Thais-Williams as just one of the thousands of patrons who frequented Catch One during its 42-year run.

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: Whitney

Review: Whitney

Whitney, a documentary about Whitney Houston helmed by Kevin Macdonald that made the rounds at prominent festivals at the end of 2017 and early 2018, finally hit theaters this summer. It is a wrenching gut punch as personal footage and photos of Houston and her family are shown.  Houston hailed from a modest but very successful musical family. When her musical abilities started to show as a child, her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, honed Whitney’s skills in church and later, on stage as Cissy’s own backup singer.