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‘A Fantastic Woman’ stresses suffering over fantasy

If A Fantastic Woman honored its title, we’d see Marina as a person, not a figure of suffering. Played by trans actress Daniela Vega, Marina is on her terms vulgar and determined, but director Sebastián Lelio prefers her as a … Continue reading

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Brazenness: Cupcakke and Anderson East

Cupcakke – Ephorize Guess why my students dig her: because she’s a black woman who raps about dick. I know why she won’t get airplay in this environment: because she’s a black woman who raps about dick. So listeners and … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Online dating and performance

It began with AOL chatrooms. Lacking the courage to hit a gay bar alone, I sought the anonymity of polyphony. Anyone who remembers those late Clinton year online chat interfaces knows what I mean by that last noun: as many … Continue reading

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‘The Shape of Water’ kept afloat by too many familiar elements

Adept at treating fables as if they were real and daily life as if it were a fable, Guillermo del Toro goes all the way into romantic lunacy with The Shape of Water. The director of The Devil’s Backbone and … Continue reading

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In ‘Call Me By Your Name’ lust is easy, love is hard

Stereotyped as subjects forever on the prowl, gay men are often objects, inanimate objects, especially when young. Moving through spaces where their desires remain unacknowledged and hence ungratified, they develop their powers of observation. They fetishize clothing. They use wit, … Continue reading

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On the Cake Artist and the gays

After reading the transcript of the oral argument for Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, I was sure we who want the gay couple to prevail had lost Anthony Kennedy, the Most Important Man in America. Before I reach … Continue reading

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‘A nice early Christmas present’

Two weeks ago, I cautioned, myself more than anyone, my readers not to get complacent. Donald Trump’s candidacy included a couple of ornamental gestures toward bringing in gay and lesbian voters to the GOP as if their base would allow … Continue reading

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Regarding belief in the rule of law

A couple of items stood out this Sunday morning. First, prompted by a friend, I checked out the Trump administration’s national AIDS policy. Thorough and impressive, right? As thorough and impressive as seeing the categories of victims in Trump’s World … Continue reading

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‘Thelma’ tame as queer drama and horror flick

Described in a squib as “Carrie meets Rosemary’s Baby,” Thelma is neither. This Norwegian film about a collegebound young woman developing at once her psychic power and sexuality is solid and stolid; it doesn’t find any new wrinkles in familiar … Continue reading

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Never get complacent

The machinations of organizations like this are why we queer folk can’t relax. Never, never. behold the so-called Alliance Defending Freedom, comprising people who went to school, got degrees with polysyllabic words on them, and wave hello at your kids’ … Continue reading

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In ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ identity is politics

An abbreviation most often used for dance tracks, the phrase “beats per minute” gains poignant resonance in a tough new French film. In the years before protease inhibitors, when the gay movement fought for every federal dollar, a lifespan was … Continue reading

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