Straight allies of the world, we love you! But we need to get a few things stra-- um... clear.
I kind of dread that if you've made your way to the little slice of web that is this blog, I'm preaching to the converted, but I must preach, nonetheless. I, like many others, am sick and tired of the - yes, well-intentioned - condescension of some people in their efforts to be 'suppotive' of LGBT rights. The problem? That they have a very specific, pre-packaged idea of what gay people are, or should be.
An idea that's ridiculous, infantilising and makes my skin crawl.
Specifically, it's the gay man in the role of reliable side-kick (usually of either the 'sassy' or 'cute' variety), thereby relegating them to the status of a must-have accessory. No, we're not talking genuine friendships that form between gay and straight people here. Those are wonderful. We're talking about the gay friend as fashion statement, whose purpose is to not only sho…
Hi all. Welcome back to my own humble little blog for the
final stop on my Sins of the Son blog tour. It’s been a wild ride through Pride,
Envy, Sloth, Wrath, Lust… leaving just Gluttony and Greed to explore. If you’ve
made it here, thank you so much for sharing the trip with me.
I’m combining these last two sins into one post because I really
have very little to say about gluttony, and almost too much to say about greed.
That might be because greed I think is the one sin without a valid form of expression. Pride is
essential for our survival and growth. Envy is a natural response, to be
processed rather than resisted. ‘Sloth’ is sometimes necessary for self care.
Wrath… is a dangerous one for sure, but processing our anger in a healthy,
productive way also empowers us to right some of life’s wrongs, big and small.
And lust? My tolerance for sex-shaming has long expired.
Gluttony’s a tough one because it can be interpreted in so
many ways. Too much of a good thing is bad for you? No …
As I looked back on the movies I'd seen in 2017, thinking about my favourites, I noticed the atypically high number of queer movies on that list, so many that I felt they kind of justified their own list. There were heavy hitters like Call Me by Your Name and God's Own Country, but also quiet, blink and you miss them treats like Center of My World. In short, it's been a terrific year for LGBT movies, to the point that Norway, France, Finland, South Africa, and Chile all chose LGBT films as their submissions for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Both the South African and Chilean films (The Wound and A Fantastic Woman, respectively) are still in the running for that prize, though having seen neither, I can't really include them here. Nor have I seen the much talked about Tom of Finland, which got a weirdly shortlived release in Canada and hasn't yet hit streaming. Still, here are 10 new LGBT movies I did see in the past year that you really should t…