I love going to movies. I would see one every day if time and money weren’t an issue. And I’m not super picky about them either. I watch pretty much anything except for horror movies. I also have to be in a certain mood to like what I call ‘stupid comedies’. But otherwise, most everything is fair game.
I recently wrote about wanting to see the new movie, Blue Is the Warmest Color. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to see it due to the NC-17 rating, but quickly discovered that, of course, it is playing here (after all, it IS Portland!). I was eager to see the movie the critics adored and even curious about what makes a movie get an NC-17 rating. Yesterday was the day.
I was so hopeful that I would be wowed…that it would be the amazing love story I had read that it was. I wanted to be captivated, enthralled, engrossed. And I was disappointed.
I am a lesbian. No doubt about that. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate beautiful men (not that I want to sleep with them!). Every now and then, I find one that captivates me and I often add them to my ‘if I had to be straight for one night…’ list. My newest is Michael Ealy. Ladies and Men, have a look:
Look at that chiseled jaw, those piercing blue eyes! He may not ‘turn’ any lesbians (cuz it can’t be done!), but he sure is pretty!!
What follows is something I wanted to post as inspiration for all of us. My partner Janie wrote it and I think it’s pretty remarkable because she absolutely hates to write. It’s something she did for a writing class and she had specific prompts she had to include in the writing. This is something I think she’s pretty proud of and I’m pretty proud of her for doing it.
This new movie about young lesbians in love looks amazing. I’m concerned, though, that it won’t be easy to find due to its NC-17 rating. Have a look, friends in San Francisco, and let me know how it is!
I’m still deciding how I feel about this short film. It is food for thought and hopefully will demonstrate to the straight world the kinds of things LGBT people go through on a daily basis. Putting the shoe on the other foot can help do that.
I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about the idea of inclusion as it relates to the LGBT community. It seems we have been fighting for inclusion and acceptance into the mainstream. We want to be seen as equal and have the same basic rights as others. Here in Oregon, our advocacy group is called Basic Rights Oregon, which has always seemed like the correct terminology…as in, we’re not asking for SPECIAL rights, but for the same BASIC rights as everyone else. I haven’t questioned that a lot, but I think it bears questioning…not because it’s necessarily wrong, but because I feel we should question pretty much everything and not adopt any doctrines or beliefs or dogmas blindly. Einstein said “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth’. If this is true, what is the truth we are in danger or ignoring?
My initial response to this is…UNBELIEVABLE! I agree that there could be extenuating circumstances, and it may be something the police do to ALL bars, but, to me, it’s their job to respond to these calls, and it doesn’t sound like they were frivolous calls but involved real danger. I’m trying not to jump to calling it homophobia, but if the gay bar is the only one getting such a letter, it sounds like it.