This summer in RVA we are starting a process of culture building. Nationally, there are some striking examples of LGTBQ community gatherings: pride weekends, queer music events, fashion showcases, drag extravaganzas, athletic competitions, fundraisers, and film festivals. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we in the Mid-Atlantic have a jarring and totally disappointing dearth of such gatherings. Richmond hosts a burgeoning creative scene, and inclusive to that a rapidly growing population of folks who don’t identify as hetero.
We identify as gay, lesbian, trans, gender queer and asexual, as an array of people unshackled to the anti-expressive confines of heteronormativity. Richmond, DC, Hampton Roads, and Southwest Virginia offer some fantastic nightclubs, many cities in Virginia up to DC host excellent pride events, but there are few large cultural events engineered to highlight the excellent queer art produced in the region and across the country. Myself and everyone at GayRVA intend to cultivate such events to showcase the extraordinary talent and thinking and progress of the queer community in the Commonwealth and across the East Coast. The start? Queer cinema.
Film is broad, capturing and conveying a huge range of experience. No single person has the kind of range film has. I don’t have the background someone twice my age who lived through the AIDs epidemic, or of a queer child born on American soil but to an immigrant family, I’ve never been unsure of my gender or anatomical correctness, nor experienced the oppression people of color experience daily.
So, we need a team. A successful film festival demands a diverse group of dedicated individuals willing to think hard and conceive a festival that features the best of queer cinema while also exposing the reality of queer life. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in joining us toss me a line:firstname.lastname@example.org. In particular, we’re looking for connected members of the academic community across Virginia, and of course folks who just love film. Smaller events start this summer, so we’re looking to get started ASAP. If done correctly and with passion, we can build something that will become a bastion of creativity, a tangible expose’ LGTBQ triumphs and plights… all in the face of the Capitol of the Confederacy.
LOS ANGELES — In its second annual report card on LGBT representation in motion pictures, media advocacy group GLAAD gives the film industry a mostly failing grade. GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the [...]