Attention all you movie lovers – Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, a.k.a. “Wicked Queer”, starts today and runs through Sunday, April 9th. The Boston Globe recently published two articles about films you can see at this year’s festival, that you can read, Boston’s LGBT festival has moves and ‘Groves’ and, Navigating Reality at the Wicked Queer festival.
Wicked Queer will show more than 40 LGBTQ themed films over the next 10-days. Films will range from The Guys Next Door, a documentary of a real “Modern Family” and an inspiring story of family, friendship and gay rights that shows this weekend, Saturday, April 1 at 3PM at the MFA to Taekwondo the latest homoerotic slow burn from director Marco Berger, which is sure to raise the temperature in the Brattle Theatre where it will play on Friday, April 7th.
For a complete listing and to purchase tickets (which I strongly encourage you to do) visit, wickedqueer.org/events.
Definition: relating to, or characteristic of female homosexuality.
Example: Ptown is overrun with lebanese during Baby Dyke weekend.
Returning for a second year, Haikus with Hotties is a calendar that pokes fun at racial stereotypes and challenges the status quo which seems to shy away from featuring Asian men as sexually desirable. As a fan of poetry and men I felt compelled to share the news about this calendar returning for its second year. For less than $20 it also makes for a great Yankee Swap gift.
To order a copy or for more information visit, haikuswithhotties.com.
I wanted to take a moment to congratulate a local hero of mine, Mary Bonauto. Although she isn’t a household name and is likely to be quickly looked over by those skimming through this year’s OUT 100, she is a woman who has changed the world for the better. Mary Bonauto has worked tirelessly for the LGBTQ community here in Boston and across the country. In the OUT 100 issue they describe her as a lawyer and civil rights advocate who was one of the three attorneys who argued for same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court in 2015. However, her legal successes span decades of work thanks to her keen legal mind and chutzpah. Massachusetts former US Representative, Barney Frank, has referred to her as the LGBTQ community’s Thurgood Marshall and I’m inclined to agree.
Most of her work has been done while at GLAD (Gay Legal Advocates and Defenders) which is based here in Boston and should not be confused with GLAAD. Other highlights to her distinguished career include being the lead counsel in the 2003 case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health which made Massachusetts the first state in which same-sex couples could marry in 2004. She is also responsible for leading the first strategic challenges to section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Congratulations Mary. We are all lucky to have you. And those of us here in Massachusetts are especially proud of you and the work you’ve done.
A couple years ago BuzzFeed posted this quick and easy (unscientific – I feel like that needs to be stressed these days) quiz to determine how ‘privileged’ you are. While I don’t take these online quizzes too seriously – and I hope you don’t either – they can be a fun distraction. This particular online quiz also made me reflect on some of the things I take for granted as well as some things that I’ve learned to either overcome or at a minimum not dwell upon.
I scored a 54 out of 100 points. The survey explains, “You’re quite privileged. You’ve had a few struggles, but overall your life has been far easier than most. This is not a bad thing, nor is it something to be ashamed of. But you should be aware of your advantages and work to help others who don’t have them.”
I normally wouldn’t share this survey, but the final sentence, “But you should be aware of your advantages and work to help others who don’t have them.” struck a chord with me.
Much thanks to my friend, David G, for pointing out that I neglected to include a link to the survey if you’d like to give it a try. Chalk it up to the hazzards of self editing! Link here: How Privileged Are You.
Later this evening Sergio and I will fly to Brazil to spend time with his family followed by a few days in Sao Paulo before heading back to Boston.
Each year we make this trip together and while my blog will be up and running while I’m away, if you’d like to see what we are doing while visiting Brazil, follow me on my Instagram account: instagram.com/bosguyblog.