I have noticed that there haven't been a lot of mainstream movies for the LGBT community. Ever since the start of the 90s, only four LGBT targeted movies have been shown on the big screen here in the US as far as I know : To Wong Foo- Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar, The Adventures of Priscilla- Queen of the Desert, The Birdcage, and Brokeback Mountian; with I Love You, Phillip Morris soon to become the fifth. Sure there are a good handful of LBGT themed movies to show up on channels like LOGO, but they are mainly ones that people never really heard of before; so they tend to get ignored by the bulk of society. Some of you would say "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" is a LGBT themed movie, when in fact it isn't.
Big movie productions and executives even in this era of budding gay acceptance are still uneasy about making a mainstream movie that targets the LGBT community. One of the reasons being heterosexual discomfort, with concern of child viewers being second.
I know most of us here were children of the 90s, and I remember when "To Wong Foo- Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar" first came to theaters; and me and my mother went out to go see it. To this day it is still one of our favorite movies, with Noxeema Jackson played by Wesley Snipes being my mom's favorite character in the movie (mine being Chi-Chi Rodriguez played by John Leguizamo). I personally believe that it is high time for all of us in the LGBT community to have a prominent place in the big screen industry and beyond. It is a shame that our movies and novels have been pushed into the back shelves, when in the past they were at least accepted.
8 years ago
26 Mar 2011 16:15 CET