Category Archives: Time Warp

The Gayest Thing Ever on the American Tube

According to a baby boomer or early Generation-Xer, here’s the gayest thing he has ever seen on the television. It’s the late fabulous Liberace with Terry-Thomas on the American tube in the late 80s. But is it queerious?

Beautiful Thing

by Jason

What’s a queer film that hits you right in the gut? I’m talking about that film that made you come out, or reaffirm who you are. For me that film is Beautiful Thing (1996), the tender coming of age story between a young outcast and a high school jock who fall in love with each other in the outskirts of London. It was a straightforward romance!  When that film came out, I was on my way to becoming a geologist. I didn’t know what to pursue and a career in the sciences seem like a good option that would set the bar for my siblings, and satisfy my parents.

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Racist or Funny?

Woody Allen said in one of his movies, “Comedy is tragedy plus time.” Now looking back at the infamous 2004 “Gay or Asian?” article from Details magazine that everyone screamed from “racist” to “problematic,” I invite you to rethink what the hullabaloo was about. Really the article points to racism in the gay community. A bunch of fashion queens decided to make fun of being Asian and hence emasculating Asian males in North America. What a fabulous lesson in American racism?

Lesbians in the Great Depression

by Angela

Debbie Grossman has re-imagined 1940’s Pie Towners as self-sufficient, God-fearin’, lesbian homesteaders by way of Photoshop in her newest body of work  that was on display at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City. I think overall the installation is eyebrow raising and gorgeous and not to be missed (don’t worry, the link to Grossman’s page has the collection in .jpg format). But overall, her comment on the lack of lesbian family documentation during this period is weakened by her medium.

When I first read about this installation I had a negative reaction. Over and over again during my discourse about the project I kept hearing viewers say “If our history doesn’t exist in documented photographs, isn’t it wonderful to see what it could have been like?”. Call me a Negative Nancy if you will, but I kept saying no no no! Continue reading

My Puberty Music

by Jason

My boyfriend and I got reconnected to an old eighties song I had long forgotten last Monday night (Valentine’s Day). The song that unleashed it all (my memory) was Simple Mind’s “Don’t You (Forget about Me)”. I’ve never seen The Breakfast Club (1985) in its entirety, but I will remember that end sequence till I die and thank you Emma Stone for bringing it up in Easy A (2010) last night.

The late eighties had the best films moments ever. I entered puberty (among other things) and have fond memories of the following…

Yello’s “Oh Yeah” in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes

by Quentin

Today is the amazing Langston Hughes’ birthday (February 1, 1902). A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Mr. Hughes is a pioneer for gays and lesbians of color in America. Don’t miss British filmmaker Isaac Julien‘s beautiful tribute to Mr. Hughes, “Looking for Langston”:

Sparkle SPARKLER, Sparkle!!

The latest  Entertainment Weekly cover with the headline, ‘Gay Teens on TV,’ is a fantastic visual to behold.  Especially if you think about all the people wandering through airports, supermarkets and bookstores, who are probably doing a double take to make sure they actually saw the word ‘gay’ and ‘teen’ in the mainstream press.  We’ve come a long way for sure, and I was really excited to find out that an ‘indie’ film from 1997, titled SPARKLER, is finally  available on DVD.  A good reminder of a time when queer characters were incorporated into the fabric of a story, long before the in-your-face ‘pop-a-tude,’ glamor of Adam Lambert. Continue reading

Queerious Eighties

by Lewis

The big hair, shoulder pads, Duran Duran; the tip of the iceberg of a decade of excess that helped me fully embrace of all things culturally ‘pop.’ When my fellow bloggers asked ‘what made me ‘queerious?’ I couldn’t help looking back at that time that I coveted the look of Simon Le Bon and twirled my nights away, sneaking into gay bars in the Castro (does anyone even remember the Phoenix Bar on Castro St.?) .

Gay? Queer? Which Story is Which?

I was lucky to share my story of when I first knew I was gay in Randy
Barbato’s and Fenton Bailey’s documentary When I Knew, based on the
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