Gay Films Pre-Stonewall
I think most gay people of all ages know that films with gay characters existed pre-Stonewall, so it’s not coming to most of us as a shock. However, the list of films pre-Stonewall is interesting.
Many of the medium’s finest directors are represented with screenings during the series. From well-known titles such Vincente Minnelli’s adaptation of the now-quaint play Tea and Sympathy, John Huston’s melodrama Reflections in a Golden Eye starring Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, Andy Warhol’s erotic My Hustler (pictured above) and Ingmar Bergman’s influential Persona to less-available works like Jose Rodriguez-Soltero’s avant-garde Lupe Vélez biopic Lupe and Andrew Meyer’s moving An Early Clue to the New Direction.
And there are more that are not listed.
Gay Celebrity Friends Who Never Had Sex
I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to believe that gay friends, especially celebrities, never had sex. Seriously? Do straight people have sex with all of their friends? That’s just insane.
In any event, we still have a great deal to prove.
After Lambert posted this picture of Lambert and Smith partying together in NYC, the rumor mill went into overdrive. When asked by Ryan Seacrest if they were a couple, he replied: “No… no… We bumped into each other at a club in New York a couple weeks ago and had few drinks with our friends … He’s really, really cool. He’s actually really down to earth and he’s got a great sense of humor.” Why does everyone have to make assumptions because it’s two gay guys? The vibe does not always have to be sexual.
It figures that question would be asked by Ryan Seacrest, the guy who gave us all the Kardashians.
John Waters’ Birthday
John Waters celebrated his 70th birthday this week and there hasn’t been a place on social media where it hasn’t been posted to death. I have never been a huge fan of his work, but I’m a fan of what he’s accomplished. Everything peculiar, outrageous, and creepy that he ever did gave LGBT people of a certain generation gay content that they weren’t getting anywhere else. It was something when no one else was doing anything.
John Waters is celebrating a milestone birthday today. The influential filmmaker and beloved raconteur, who was proclaimed “the Pope of Trash” by no less than William S. Burroughs, is turning 70! Where does the time go?
I want to make if clear I’m not slamming Walters. My only point with his work was that I never could identify with his characters or the content. And once again, that only shows that gay men are far more diverse than anyone ever thought they were.
You can read more here about John Waters. As I said, I do respect what he’s done. Now if we can only get more diverse gay content out there that other gay men can identify with. We had Looking, but not for long.