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LGBTQ+ Movies of 2016: Part 3

Below Her Mouth

An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.

Do You Take This Man

Daniel and Christopher have to rely on their close friends and families to help them through drama on the eve of their wedding.

Indignation 

In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.

Women Who Kill

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan’s new love interest is a murderer.

I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová)

Raised in Prague, Olga Hepnarová was a timid by nature and troubled child with no friends, that was frequently bullied by her classmates. Living in a strict family environment, feeling alone and unable to cope with life’s issues, she gradually alienated herself. Unable to fit in, she felt a raging hatred growing inside her towards the indifference of society that left her destroyed by people. Rejected by everyone and marginalized, she meticulously plotted against society, declaring her intention for revenge against her family and the world…

It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)

After 12 years of absence, Louis, a writer, goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. 

Center of my World (Die Mitte der Welt)

After a summer spent with his his best friend Kat to escape his family, Phil goes back to school and starts to question his feelings towards Nicholas, a new classmate.

The Pass

Nineteen-year-old Jason and Ade have been in the Academy of a famous London football club since they were eight years old. It’s the night before their first-ever game for the first team - a Champions League match - and they’re in a hotel room in Romania. They should be sleeping, but they’re over-excited. They skip, fight, mock each other, prepare their kit, watch a teammate’s sex tape. And then, out of nowhere, one of them kisses the other. The impact of this ‘pass’ reverberates through the next ten years of their lives - a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything.

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one aspect of… lesbian loneliness, i guess, that has always impacted me a lot is how gay activism tends to center around gay couples. being single was so hard bc not only was my dating pool minuscule and hard to find, but also because there’s a disconnect between “single lesbian woman who deserves respect to have her rights respected” and “lesbian couple who deserve to love each other”. i hear a lot about the latter in mainstream politics, but not as much about the former

being a lesbian can and does cause us heartbreak and hardships whether we’re in relationships or not. in fact, being single can be even more painful than experiencing homophobia while in a relationship

your family hopes you’ll finally fall back into your good old heterosexual ways and your friends offer casually to hook you up with men if you’d be down and any trauma or abuse you’ve endured from other women you can’t even breathe a word about around straight people because they’ll just blame your gay identity, so you bottle it all up and then suddenly your family can’t understand why you’re not dating anyone (“are you hesitant to start dating men again?”) when really you’re a traumatized shell of a person with so little resources for the kind of suffering you endure

being gay and gay suffering does not end at our love and relationships

as an gay trans kid born in the early 00’s, the lgbt subset of the internet is the only lgbt community I’ve ever known. I’ve never been to Pride, I’ve never been to a gay community center. This censorship of lgbt creators on YouTube is incredibly scary, because a very big part of this community is being taken away. It’s unfair, and it makes me scared for other websites being censored the same way.

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Do you love period dramas? Do you want to support gay-centered media?

The Burying Party, written and directed by Richard Weston, is a film that follows the last year in the life of Wilfred Owen, a gay man whose poetry about World War I changed the landscape of war poetry and landed Owen a much deserved standing as one of the most renowned poets in all of English history.

As of right now, the film is only halfway to completion. Weston and co. are relying on crowd funding in order to get the film done, and they need to raise £5,000 ($6,585) total in order to ensure that the film is finished in time to be released on the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death in November of next year. The campaign closes on Nov. 27, 2017. That’s where you come in.

Here is a link to their KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, where you can read more about the project, as well as watch the trailer.

Please share the word about this project and consider supporting it if you can! Wilfred Owen was an amazing historical figure, and there isn’t nearly enough media out there actively honoring not just his poetic accomplishments but also his sexual orientation!

consider watching black sails

it’s a tv show that is a treasure island prequel, so it’s a pirate show but it’s also so much more than that. it’s 4 seasons long and just ended so I can finally recommend it without fear of regretting it. it has

  • lgb representation (5 characters, 4 mains, spoiler: only one of them dies)
  • well written female characters who get to interact with each other!! very often while watching s4 I would see 2 women talk to each other and be important to the plot and I would just suddenly realize how rare that is in other shows
  • sex workers who are written like human beings (and spoiler: manage to leave that behind)
  • amazing writing in general
  • gorgeous cinematography
  • GREAT soundtrack
  • complex characters!!!! 
  • gay love is the center of the show
  • LESBIAN PIRATE
  • GAY PIRATE

warnings: rape tw for season 1, and it’s a pirate show so it can get violent and bloody

feel free to add anything, it’s past 1am so forgive me if i’m forgetting stuff

you know when you have kids in their early teens who have learned all about all manner of concepts like “romance repulsion” from their ~~inclusive online communities but nonetheless don’t know even the basics of how homophobia works and are going around talking about how a gay couple holding hands at a gay bar or lgbt center is like shoving tarantulas at arachnophobes… it kind of gives the lie to the idea that homophobia is like, so last century, basically not a problem anymore, and unnecessary/unhip to seriously address

We were deluded, they said; we were foolish, absurd. Sometimes it was more brittle, more hostile, more derogatory. At meetings I attended, marches I participated in, dances my lover and I showed up to attend, I was asked why we had bothered to come or told we were not welcome: ‘No femmie women with he/she men.’

I was told I should find myself a 'real’ man if that’s what I was into. I often had to escort and then remain with my butch lovers so they could use the women’s bathroom at movement institutions. That was in 1973. In 1995, I and my stone butch lover of the time were refused entrance to a lesbian feminist women’s dance at the New York City Lesbian and Gay Community Center during Gay Pride Week. We were told the same things I’d been told twenty-five years before: It - butch/femme - was a dangerous heterosexist trap.

The hostility and ridicule we faced inside the lesbian movement paralleled and overlapped our lives in the broader straight world - where we were often treated as criminals. My first butch lover and I began to fear coming home after we found our cat murdered in front of our apartment, with a note pinned to the door saying we’d be next. We regularly fought with men who waited outside the bar for the most obvious bull daggers and their 'faggot girlfriends,’ or we turned away and hated ourselves for giving in.

Strolling together as a butch/femme couple, we were an erotic, magnetic, moving target for all the sexual fear, envy, and ignorance of this culture. Our movements and decisions were fraught with potential danger. Unexpected visits to the emergency room, how to rent a motel room, crossing a border, being busted at bars when the cops came for their weekly payoffs, getting an apartment. None of these acts were simple or could ever be taken for granted.

I have always had to laugh whenever I hear that femmes are not as tough, capable, or rugged as our butch lovers. We fought together, we carried ourselves with our heads high, we protected the women we loved when we could - and they tried to protect us - we held each other when we didn’t win, and we held each other when we did.

—  Amber L. Hollibaugh, My Dangerous Desires

anyway, I still can’t believe there’s never going to be a lesbian season of skam where I can watch two girls being soft and in love while can’t take my eyes off you plays in the background :(

so i watched this chinese drama called Nirvana in Fire and it fUCKED ME UP

here’s a thing i’m working on! i’ll eventually color it, but i quite like the lineart :D

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Chloe Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane Starring in ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’

Chloe Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane are starring in the independent drama “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” 

Desiree Akhavan, the writer, director, and star of “Appropriate Behavior,” is directing “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” from a script she co-wrote with Cecilia Frugiuele. 

The story is based on Emily Danforth’s coming-of-age novel of the same name with the film is set in 1993 and centered on a girl forced into a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with the prom queen. Moretz is cast as the lead, an orphan who’s taken in by her ultra-conservative aunt. Lane plays her friend and fellow “disciple” at the conversion therapy clinic to which they are sent.

Queer Magic 🔮

Hi there! I’m on a mission looking for a bunch of queer witches. I’m an admin on a Facebook group called Queer Magic and would like to get more people to join.

“It’s a group for LGBTQIA+ folx who practice any type of magic or earth-centered religion or spirituality” (our description)

It’s a great community full of accepting individuals who post about their learnings and experiences with magic.

Please come and join! And boost our group for us by reblogging!

You know…. I’ve been reading a lot of gay lit lately so it got me thinking about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I have to say that the book is so incredibly nuanced. You have the fact that both protagonists are Mexican-American, which, in itself is a pretty damn great feat, but even within that the author manages to touch upon the complexities of identity. The questions of whether or not you’re Mexican enough, or whether you’ll every truly know Mexico–to the discussion of how American society views Mexican people or people of Mexican descent–to the educational complications of fighting against this prejudice–this book proves to be a lot more than the usual coming of age gay story. It’s not centered on that. Certainly, it’s a part of the story, and an important one precisely because there is so little qpoc representation available, but by no means is this the nuclear issue at hand. Parents reconciling with their past (or failing to) and how that affects their children also plays a hugely fundamental role in the shaping of Ari’s narrative. Anger issues, depression even, are given moments of recognition all throughout the novel. I’m not trying to belittle the handling of the sexualities of the characters in the novel. Far from it. I’m just saying that the innate complexity of it doesn’t lie in the fact that the main character undergoes this great pain or toil and they need to figure out their sexuality and come to terms with it. As a matter of fact, Ari does go through a change, but it is not the tortured head-space a lot of narratives like to spool out. Since Ari, in general, is the more ‘actions before words’ character, this is also the way his perception of Dante changes. The minute it’s pointed out that he’s in love with Dante, he doesn’t fight it and he’s quick to do something about it. That is why this is such a refreshing narrative. That the characters are qpoc adds dimension and lovely representation, but most of Ari’s and Dante’s struggles come from elsewhere. Dante is blatant about his sexuality, and he’s blatant in his love for Ari, but his most troublesome struggles do come from the identity of race and ethnicity as well.

This is getting really long but in summary,,,, I just really like thinking about this book because it’s just a narrative about two Mexican-American boys enjoying summer (or,,,, trying to) while effectively carrying the very true way that inner struggles don’t only, or, majorly, pertain to sexuality.

A world built in love is a world eternal.

My best friend has asked me for ages to draw an OTP fluffy drawing, so I drew not 1 but my 6 biggest ones. They are all so gay but you’ll have to forgive me on that one.

Can you recognize all the hearts surrounding them?