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    The narrative road most LGBTQ-themed movies used to travel went something like this: A sheltered, often shy person experiences a sexual awakening and finds tentative passion/love and and begins the never-easy journey towards coming out. No more. The shift in queer cinema is reflected in the robust lineup at the 46th annual Frameline LGBTQ film festival, which runs June 16-26. An encore online program is available June 24-30. The collection of 125 narrative features, documentaries and shorts often defy, dare and challenge, with most steering clear of standard tropes and talking points. This year’s slate attempts to shake out hard truths about such matters as living in Brazil, being gay and Black and Brown, and other introspective topics. The fest kicks off with a sneak peek at the first two episodes of the Amazon Prime series “A League of their Own” (adapted from the 1992 film of the same name) and wraps up June 26 with a screening of François Ozon’s “Peter von Kant,” starring Isabelle Adjani. Those screenings are already in most filmgoers’ radars. So let’s shine a spotlight on...
    In addition to  Hulu’s “Fire Island” and Peacock’s “Queer as Folk” reboot, here’s a    sampling of 10 other LGBTQ+-themed films, festivals and series due during June, Pride month. “Benediction”: Revered filmmaker Terence Davies directs a terrific Jack Lowden in this moving and profound biopic on the complicated life of gay World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon. Details: Opens June 3 in theaters. “Baloney”: The documentary follows a group of mostly gay men as they prepare for opening night of their frisky San Francisco burlesque show. Details: Available June 7 on Apple TV and other streaming sites. “A Sexplanation”: Alex Liu, a single gay Asian American who lives in San Francisco and has parents in the South Bay, searches for answers on why we don’t talk openly about sex. Details: Available June 7 on various streaming sites. “Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration”: The ever-busy Billy Eichner, comedian and star/co-writer of the upcoming “Bros,” hosts this Netflix comedy special featuring LGBTQ+ comedians, including Bob the Drag Queen, Fortune Feimster, Eddie Izzard, Wanda Sykes, Lena Waithe, Joel Kim Booster and more....
    Pride month is here, and many of the gay-themed films and shows emerging during June and beyond show the growing breadth and depth of the LGBTQ+ community. And not all of the changes are represented in those rainbow stripes and colors. For one thing, more and more such releases are getting mainstream exposure, either on streaming services or in theaters, thanks to the success of such shows as Hulu’s “Happiest Season” and Netflix’s “Heartstopper.” Another development is that some gay-themed shows and movies are aiming for greater ethnic diversity. You can see that play out in Hulu’s frisky and fun rom-com “Fire Island,” a sassy gay take on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” set on the famed Long Island hot spot, where a group of mostly Asian American pals go on vacation to party, hook up, and find camaraderie and even romance. “Fire Island” stars and was written by Joel Kim Booster and was directed by Andrew Ahn, both out and proud gay Asian Americans. The film drops June 3 and also screens June 23 at the Castro as part...
    Newsmax propagandist Greg Kelly is jumping on the right’s rapidly growing anti-LGBTQ extremism by denouncing movies with LGBTQ people in them, while likening being LGBTQ to having a hobby – like trains – that he says no one needs to know about. “I don’t get this be your whole self routine at work or even in art, even in products that you are creating for other people to consume,” Kelly said on Newsmax Wednesday. “For instance, take me, I love model trains. Did you know that? I actually do.” "I love trains. I love them,” he continued. “I don’t talk about a lot on TV because it’s a pretty niche hobby and not a lot of people are into it. Alright, especially at my age. That’s my thing. I’ll do it on my time and I’m not going to bother you about it fair? You get it? I think that’s a pretty good analogy.” It’s actually not. What Kelly is talking about is called a hobby. Being LGBTQ is not. The Newsmax host who, coincidentally is a former Fox News...
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    Hollywood has once again failed to represent the transgender community on the big screen, with a total absence of transgender or non-binary characters in any major studio movie for the fourth year in a row, according to GLAAD’s ninth annual Studio Responsibility Index. “This remains one of the more glaring ways mainstream studios continue to lag behind other forms of entertainment media,” the report said. GLAAD’s study, which was released Thursday, found overall LGBTQ representation in Hollywood movies actually rose on a percentage basis, with 22.7 percent of the 44 films distributed by major studios featuring LGBTQ characters. That represents a jump from 18.6 percent in 2019, though GLAAD noted the coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on movie distribution. The report studied movies released by eight major Hollywood studios — Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, United Artists, and STX.  Of the 44 films released from these studios in 2020, ten featured LGBTQ characters, with a total of 20 LGBTQ characters. Transgender characters were totally missing from the big screen, as they were in the prior three years. GLAAD said the last transgender...
    Hurry, Amazon Is Offering Free 6-Month Disney+ Subscriptions—Heres How to Grab The Deal ACC coach rankings for 2021: Who is third best coach in conference? Most Comfortable Shoes: "These Shoes Are Like Walking On Clouds" Ad Microsoft Don’t Borrow From The Bank - Borrow From Yourself Ad Microsoft Refinance rates at 1.99% APR. Calculate your rate now. Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/22 SLIDES © Focus Features / Rex USA In celebration of Pride Month, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at the most powerful LGBTQ movies released over the years... let's start with this lauded film... Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger both earned Oscar nominations for their work as early-'60s cowboys who secretly fall in love while herding sheep through a secluded Wyoming mountain range -- and spend the...
    Virgin Galactic gets the green light from the FAA to fly passengers to space The most and least educated states in America Most Comfortable Shoes: "These Shoes Are Like Walking On Clouds" Ad Microsoft Don’t Borrow From The Bank - Borrow From Yourself Ad Microsoft Refinance rates at 1.99% APR. Calculate your rate now. Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/22 SLIDES © Courtesy Let’s be honest: LGBTQ+ representation in movies hasn’t always been exactly up to par. For so long, good queer cinema was virtually non-existent or played into tired, tokenizing tropes. Even with that in mind, most mainstream cinema has centered on heteronormative storylines for decades. However, where such criticisms once arose from a near-barren canon, LGBTQ+ cinema has become widespread enough to bear some award-winning, prestige...
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    CHICAGO — Chicago-based streaming service Open TV has doubled down on its work during the pandemic, creating even more content to empower LGBTQ-identifying artists and people of color. OTV featured more than 50 Black artists from Chicago in its three-day, livestreamed Pride festival #4theQulture, which was staged during protests after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd and the cancellation of traditional LGBTQ Pride events. Soon after, it picked up Black Girl Magic, a monthly drag show by Chicago performer The Vixen that features an entire cast of Black artists. The show went digital after the pandemic started, creating online space for Black LGBTQ people while clubs are closed. Now the service is throwing a virtual film festival featuring three films made by diverse teams within two days. The Brave Futures Film Race award show starts 8 p.m. Tuesday. It will feature screenings of the 48-hour film race’s winners, along with livestreamed performances from artists like rapper Ms. Boogie and musician and drag performer Taylor Alxndr. “We wanted to create a 48-hour film race that’s rooted in intersectionality,” said OTV Executive Director Elijah McKinnon....
    Grocery shopping takes time, but Walmart Plus helps adds hours back to my day Athletes who went into the world of politics 39 Gifts That Are Selling Like Hotcakes During The Holidays Ad Microsoft Top credit card wipes out interest until 2022 (seriously) Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/22 SLIDES © Focus Features / Rex USA Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger both earned Oscar nominations for their work as early-'60s cowboys who secretly fall in love while herding sheep through a secluded Wyoming mountain range -- and spend the rest of their lives unable to fulfill their dream of being together due to their fear of the consequences -- in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," which is based on a 1997 short story...
    (CNN)Holiday movies are a time-honored tradition, and this season could signal that queer couples are finally getting a seat at the table.Hulu and the Hallmark Channel have both released holiday films that feature LGBTQ couples in the main storyline. And there are at least seven new movies this month that have some sort of representation as well."Compared to previous years, and the amount of LGBTQ-inclusive films that are out, it's like night and day," GLAAD's CEO and president, Sarah Kate Ellis told CNN. "We've really gone from zero to 100."This year marks the highest number of LGBTQ charactersRead MoreLast year, a Christmas ad featuring a lesbian couple was pulled by Hallmark, a giant in the holiday movie game. (After the channel's decision spurred criticism, the ad was put back on the air.)It was a moment that Ellis considers a wake-up call for studios. How gay couples in TV commercials became a mainstream phenomenon"Hollywood understands that the business model works, and this gave them an enormous opportunity," Ellis told CNN. This year saw the highest percentage of LGBTQ characters on our...
    Hallmark Hallmark For the first time, The Hallmark Channel is including an LGTBQ storyline in one of its Christmas movies. But some fans are calling the channel out online for not having a same-sex couple leading any of its movies this year. Some Fans Are Calling Hallmark Out for Not Having an LGBTQ Lead This Christmas 40 new Hallmark Christmas movies, not a single queer lead pic.twitter.com/PFRWstBSMN — Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) July 15, 2020 Hallmark is featuring a same-sex couple in one of its Christmas movies this year, but the couple is part of the movie’s side plots and not the lead. The movie, called The Christmas House, will air on November 22, 2020, at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central). Hallmark’s description for the movie reads: Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons — TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) — home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help...
    Lifetime has announced it will release its first-ever Christmas movie featuring a gay couple as the film’s lead. The film, entitled, “The Christmas Setup,” will star real-life couple Ben Lewis and Blake Lee, according to a report by Variety. “The world we create on camera should reflect the world we live in,” said Amy Winter, executive vice president and head of programming, Lifetime and LMN. Winter added the movie, along with another upcoming film, “A Sugar & Spice Holiday” — which is centered on an Asian American Family — “are important additions to the It’s a Wonderful Lifetime slate because they continue our effort to tell the stories of the diverse communities represented by our viewers.” “Our hope with these inclusive films and others is that people will see themselves while enjoying universally relatable holiday romances,” added Winter. Lifetime added it will also be working with GLAAD and CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), on the respective movies, to ensure they accurately represent the communities they are trying to depict. As for Lifetime’s first-ever film featuring a gay couple as its lead, the movie...
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    The Hallmark Channel is releasing its first movie featuring a same-sex wedding on Saturday. The film, titled “Wedding Every Weekend,” is about two single friends, Brooke and Nate, played by Kimberley Sustad and Paul Campbell, who agree to be “wedding buddies” and attend four ceremonies in one month. One of the weddings they attend is for a same-sex couple played by Carmel Amit and Makayla Moore, the network announced on its Facebook page. HALLMARK CHANNEL ANNOUNCES 'CHRISTMAS IN JULY' MOVIE SCHEDULE Hallmark's decision to feature a same-sex wedding comes after the network was heavily criticized last month for failing to cast any LGBTQ+ leads for their upcoming rollout of 40 new Christmas movies. “40 new Hallmark Christmas movies, not a single queer lead,” one person tweeted at the time. One fan also voiced hope that LGBTQ+ representation in the future of Hallmark movies “goes further than just a hint of it.” The backlash led to George Zaralidis, vice president of network program publicity at Hallmark's parent company, Crown Media Family Network, to speak out. "Diversity and inclusion is a top priority for...
    (CNN)When the Hallmark Channel holiday movies air later this year, the annual "Countdown to Christmas" and "Miracles of Christmas" lineups will include LGBTQ narratives. The holiday season will bring 40 new movies but the ones with LGBTQ storylines are making headlines right now. Producers say they are in "active negotiations" and that "more details" are on the way.The announcement came days after the channel was bombarded with online criticism for teasing a slate of new Christmas movies that appeared to lack LGBTQ inclusion. Supreme Court says federal law protects LGBTQ workers from discriminationHallmark responded to frustrated viewers by assuring them that new content will reflect their demands for better LGBTQ representation. George Zaralidis, vice president of network publicity for Crown Media Family, Hallmark's parent company, issued an emailed statement to clarify the intentions for the upcoming releases. He identified diversity and inclusion as "top priority." Read More"We look forward to making some exciting programming announcements in the coming months, including announcements about projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors," he said in the statement.Zaralidis added that Crown Media is...
    Hallmark will include LGBTQ storylines in its Christmas movies in 2020 and 2021, a representative said according to NBC News. The channel’s famous “Countdown to Christmas” and “Miracles of Christmas” programming will include LGBTQ characters and actors after criticism that neither it nor Lifetime, which also hosts Christmas programming, featured any LGBTQ representation in prior years, according to NBC. “Diversity and inclusion is a top priority for us and we look forward to making some exciting programming announcements in the coming months, including announcements about projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors,” George Zaralidis, the vice president of network program publicity at Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media Family Networks, told NBC. “We are committed to creating a Hallmark experience where everyone feels welcome.” Zaralidis says the company is in “active negotiations” and will announce “more details when we can.” (RELATED: Hallmark Flips On Lesbian Ads, Apologizes: ‘This Was The Wrong Decision’) NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 05: American country music artist and Emmy-nominated television personality Kellie Pickler is seen hanging a Christmas ornament at the Gaylord Opryland Resort on November 5,...
    Jane is a farmer in rural Michigan and a single lesbian mom, about to be the “best woman” for her ex-husband who is planning a Christmas wedding to his new bride. They remain best friends. A woman called Sue is his wedding planner, but he doesn’t have much time to plan anything, so leaves the wedding cake tasting and everything else to Jane. And when Jane and Sue’s eyes meet, the real romance begins.  A Holiday I Do is yet another feel-good Christmas movie, but it could make history as the first one with a same-sex couple as its central romantic coupling. Yes, Jane—played by Ali Liebert­—and Sue will kiss at the end, and with no fading to black or camera cutaways, The Daily Beast is assured. Yes, there is snow, and there are copious Christmas lights, scarves, and gloves. And a super-happy, super-gay ending. Film-maker Alicia Schneider is in talks with Netflix to buy the movie, although she isn’t ruling out Hallmark or Lifetime—the traditional showcases for Christmas movies—as the film’s eventual home. She was inspired to...
    Business Insider Kevin Feige has said that Valkyrie will be bisexual in "Thor: Love and Thunder," while Brian Tyree Henry's Phastos is reported to have a husband in "The Eternals." However, as a gay man, I am worried that LGBT characters are again being relegated to supporting roles, when they should finally be given their own movie. Insider spoke to queer directors, including Wash Westmoreland and Craig Johnson, about the need for LGBT representation in superhero movies. A leading, LGBT superhero would send the message that queer people can be heroes, too, and would do for queer children what "Black Panther" did for children of color around the world. Westmoreland said: "Who are our gods? Who are the people we worship? Are they all white, straight men? No." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Marvel has already shown a commitment to giving full, onscreen representation to another often-underrepresented group with "Black Panther." Ryan Coogler's movie was the first time in the lives of many children of color around the world, that they saw themselves on screen...
    "My Beautiful Laundrette" was directed by Stephen Frears. Mainline Pictures/Orion Classics Increasing LGBTQ visibility in recent years means that more accessible queer films are being made. However, it's important to acknowledge that LGBTQ movies have always existed (even in times of censorship) and are important parts of queer history. Insider compiled some of the LGBTQ films that are from 1990 or earlier that everyone should watch. Recommendations range from "Michael" to "Paris Is Burning." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Thanks to increasing LGBTQ visibility, queer films are being made mainstream — often with queer writers, actors, and directors at their helms. However, while many of these contemporary gay movies are essential and continue to capture more and more elements of queer life, it's also important to acknowledge that LGBTQ movies have always existed (even during periods of censorship) and are vital parts of the community's history. Insider has compiled a list of several must-watch queer films from 1990 or earlier, from the silent film "Michael" to the breakout New York City-set documentary "Paris Is Burning." Insider...
    Netflix has a great selection of movies that focus on an LGBTQ story. They include Oscar-winning films like "Philadelphia," "The Danish Girl," and best picture winner "Moonlight." They also include Netflix originals like "I Am Jonas," and international movies like "Blue is the Warmest Colour." The genres of the movies also vary, with comedies like "Alex Strangelove," thrillers like "The Perfection" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and hard-hitting dramas like "I Am Michael." Here are the 14 best ones available to watch on Netflix right now. Insider has many movie and TV show lists to keep you occupied. You can read them all here. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Several streaming services have great LGBTQ-themed TV shows available to watch, but sometimes you just want a film to spend your time on rather than an entire television series. Luckily, Netflix has you covered with a great range of LGBTQ movies. Netflix has made several original movies with LGBTQ themes including "I Am Jonas" and "The Perfection," but also has a host of titles from other studios on...
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