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Projections: LGBT Community on Film

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June marks the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall. We're commemorating the occasion by talking about representations of LGBT life and politics on film as part of our Projections series. Film critic Nathan Lee, professor of Cinema Studies at CUNY David Gerstner, and by filmmaker Cheryl Dunye join us to discuss the following films:
"The Boys in the Band" (1970)
"Parting Glances" (1986)
"The Watermelon Woman" (1996)
"Milk" (2008)

Guests:

Cheryl Dunye, David Gerstner, and Nathan Lee,

Comments [3]

Sandra from Astoria, Queens

Yeah, this was a great show!

But Jim from the Bronx, we never got to hear your theory! What is it?

Jun. 16 2009 04:10 PM
Emma Missouri from Brooklyn

Dear Len!

Thanks so much for this great show! Slow Food and Queers in Film. Just a suggestion. You used the word "homosexual" Remember that this term is a "psychiatric one." It was used by families and the medical establishment to confine LGBT people in mental institutions.
For me personally it is like the word Ni--ger.
Use Gay,Lesbian please.

Jun. 16 2009 02:04 PM
Jim in the bronx from south bronx nyc

I’m an African American gay man and have noticed an interesting dichotomy in how gay personalities are presented on TV these days. So many “reality shows” featuring gay men and apparently marketed in part to gay men seem to reproduce stereotypes of fashionistas, effeminate stylists and drag queens (RuPaul’s “Drag Race”, America’s Next Top Model for instance); while gay characters integrated into fictional shows that aren’t targeting gay audiences seems far less stereotypical. I’m thinking of the gay character “Omar White” on HBO’s The Wire a few years back, and the gay undertaker on Showtime’ "Six Feet Under" as examples. Neither was written as the fashion-conscious, over-the-top flamboyant types mentioned above. I have my own theory about why this apparent discrepancy exists but would like to hear other views on it.

Jun. 16 2009 12:33 PM

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