Gay Film – The International Version

I enjoy gay cinema, particularly foreign gay cinema which to me, often seems so much richer than what’s usually produced here in the US. So here’s a spotlight on just a few. Hope you enjoy.

Boys Like US – Germany

Rudolf, Gabriel and Nicolas are best buddies and very similar. They’re not just all in their thirties and gay, but also lovable, big-city neurotics. After an abrupt end to a relationship, Rudolf wants to leave Paris. He wants to get his life back on track, and the best place for this mammoth task seems to him to be the picturesque place of his birth in the Austrian mountains.
When Gabriel and Nicolas learn of his plans, they quickly decide to follow. This charming trio is not clear what lies ahead …

BOYS LIKE US – Offizieller deutscher Trailer from Queer Cinema TV on Vimeo.

Scrum – Australia

The lives of a self-assured Canadian jock, a chubby Irish backpacker and a stoic Japanese outsider change when they vie for a position in the gay rugby world cup.

SCRUM TRAILER from Poppy Stockell on Vimeo.

Candy – Korea

Gay teen Candy can’t seem to make friends at high school. He is drawn to Cheolsoo, who is also a loner, but neither has the ability to save one another. Candy, now an adult, is living with Cheolsoo. He goes to meet his First Love, so he can get rid of an older man who is annoying him, but the former eventually deserts him. In the end, it is Cheolsoo who accompanies Candy to meet the older man, but Cheolsoo cannot help Candy.

QUEER MOVIE CANDY – Trailer from 99film on Vimeo.

Silent Youth – Gay Film Trailer (video)

silent youth

A poetic coming-out story that unfolds when two boys bump into each other on the streets of Berlin, unaware that a casual sequence of events will change their lives drastically. After a brief exchange, Marlo can’t resist his immediate attraction to Kirill and starts following him through the city. Soon they begin to amiably wander together, and a strange and subtle relationship begins to brew between them, becoming more confusing the more Kirill exposes about himself. SILENT YOUTH centers on those oft-forgotten moments when falling in love, from the first approach to awkwardly sitting across from each other not knowing what to say.

 

Stay Positive – Short film #HIV

Stay Positive from Robert-Carnilius on Vimeo.

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Provincetown International Film Festival
Frameline International LGBT Film Festival
The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Fresno Reel Pride Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Reeling Chicago LBGT International Film Festival
Cinema Mostra AIDS|Sao Paulor, Brazil
Mezipatra Queer Film Festival|Czech Republic
Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 
Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Being Gay Didn’t Mean I Was Wrong

Readers nominated Me and Mine by Sarah Goodwin for a 2014 LGBT Book Gem. I asked her to stop by and give us some background on the story.  ~B.

me and mine - Sarah GoodwinI wrote the first version of Me and Mine while I was in my second year of university, doing my Creative Writing degree. At the time I was only just starting to receive treatment for depression, and because I wasn’t able to focus on assignments, I began to write a lot of fanfiction. I’ve always read fanfiction, since I was about thirteen, but I’d never really written any before. This was the first time I’d read slash fiction, and writing it threw me in at the deep end.

Once the fanfiction version of Me and Mine had accumulated and I’d finished it, someone, just one person, messaged me and said that it should be a novel. I think it was just a throwaway comment, but as I’d been writing ‘novels’ since I was a teenager, I thought it would be a good project to keep me busy. So in the summer break I converted the original text into a more novel-like format, and changed the names. I also ended up adding about 40k to what I’d already written. [Read more…]

LGBT Stigma Project

The video pretty much says it all.

LGBT Stigma Project from Michael Witt on Vimeo.

Why Gay YA?

Welcome Chris O’Guinn to the blog. Readers chose his novel, Fearless as a 2014 LGBT Book Gem.

Fearless - Chris O'GuinnIt’s quite an honor to have my book, Fearless, be counted among the Hidden Gems on this list. I am very grateful to Brandon for giving me the chance to introduce people to this story. Of everything I have written, this one is closest to me personally. And given the reaction of my wonderful readers, it seems to be striking a chord with people all over the world.

One of the most common and most interesting questions I get is, “Why do you write gay YA?” I like this question because the answer is so layered. It gets at the core of what I really want to accomplish with my books. [Read more…]

Why I’m Writing a Saga About Human Trafficking

I asked author Caddy Rowland to stop by and talk to us about the difficult topic of human trafficking and why she decided to tackle it in her new saga, There Was a House. The several book saga focuses on the topic with both straight and gay MCs. ~ B.

Caddy Rowland, authorA little over a year ago I had no idea I’d be writing fiction about human trafficking. Then Dave and I decided to take a drive.

As we drove, Dave asked me why I hadn’t read 50 Shades of Grey. I said it was because I’d read The Story of O years ago, and just didn’t feel the need to read another book about domination. I’m no prude, and I enjoyed O, but it was kind of “been there, done that” in my mind. [Read more…]

“Gay” is not an insult…

For me, being called gay has never been an insult. I don’t worry too much about what people say, as much as what they do. And being somewhat physically aggressive myself, I have (in the past) sometimes welcomed the opportunity to stomp some manners and sense into those who believe themselves on a higher moral ground. But there are other, and better ways, to handle such situations as the video below shows.

Cole Strona from G.J + Iziki + Cole talks with Equality Hawaii’s Mathew Bellhouse-King about being bullied, getting called “gay” and how music can make a difference.

“Gay” is not an insult… from Equality Hawaii on Vimeo.

 

Shabbat Dinner – Must See Gay Film

Shabbat Dinner - Gay FilmLast year I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Morgenstern, the filmmaker behind Shabbat Dinner.  After winning numerous awards as the film traveled throughout the film circuit Michael has released the entire film on Youtube for you to watch and interact with. Look below for instructions about how to submit your video response and get it featured by this award winning producer.

William and Virgo both have trouble telling their parents something they might not want to hear. Shabbat Dinner is not just a film about being gay or Jewish, it’s about struggling to figure out who you are.

#WhenIToldThem is a response video campaign to Shabbat Dinner, an endearing short film about two teens coming out.

To submit:

Watch Shabbat Dinner. Think about a similar moment you’ve had: coming out of the closet, revealing something about yourself, or making a difficult or unpopular decision. A vivid and descriptive story is always best.
Film a 30sec-3min video about your #WhenIToldThem using your webcam or another camera. Be sure to include this in the video’s description: “Response video to http://shabbatdinnerfilm.com. Make your own at http://WhenIToldThem.com”

Submit the video on Youtube or tweet it to us with #WhenIToldThem, and they’ll feature it on the site! Check out the other video responses on Youtube.

My Favorite Book – Natsuya Uesugi

NatsuyaUesugiphotoI have published 4 books in the science fiction grydscaen series, with another due out next year. I think my favorite is grydscaen:beginnings which is technically the first book in the series and provides the backstory to grydscaen:retribution.

Grydscaen:beginnings tells the story of Lino Dejarre, a psychic clandestine operative of the Psi Faction and his pursuit of two escaped psychic test subjects Faid Callen, the leader of the hacker group, the Packrats, and Riuho Dejarre, Lino’s half brother who was horribly tortured at the Psi Faction. The book follows Riuho and Faid’s exploits up until their escape from the Psi Faction when they rejoin the Packrats. [Read more…]