Public displays of affection are something many people in the LGBT community still have a hard time expressing. Despite how much better things have gotten over the past decade, showing affection for your significant other of the same gender can be uncomfortable for some.
Yonatan Tal, a second year film student at CalArts, has done his best to try and capture both sides of that experience in his short film Aquarium. The short follows a same-sex couple on a date in an aquarium and how what could have been a cute moment sheds light on a deeper issue. It’s painfully familiar to many people and an issue near to the Tal.
“I really wore my heart on my sleeve with this one,” said Tal in the video description, revealing a presumed semi-autobiographical angle to the short.
The fear many LGBTs feel about publicly displaying is not unfounded. In a study conducted by Logan Doan and published within the American Sociological Review, of 1000 surveyed individuals 70% said they supported many gay rights, but 55% were uncomfortable with same sex PDA.
LGBT individuals hold similar reservations, with the Huffington Post compiling posts from anonymous social media site Whisper about difficulties many same-sex couples feel toward PDA.
“Aquarium” seems to be intended not only to tell a very personal tale but also address a very real issue, one which we can only hope is resolved sooner than later.
Tyler Hammel is a college student who has an unhealthy obsession with comic books. He’s a proud cinephile, owning a sizable film collection that lets you know he doesn't have any friends. An aspiring filmmaker, Tyler currently works with the VCU student organization The Horn RVA, a group of like-minded video journalists with a passion for Richmond based music. When not crafting his own bio Tyler can be found misusing commas,