From the 19th Century to Live: LGBTQ Cinema’s Path to Diversity Month

The voices of sexual dissent and conservatism alternate in the first moments of gay usa (1977, on Mubi platform), one of the most valuable documentaries about LGBTQ that can be found while streaming. Then Arthur J. Bressan Jr., set on Gay Pride Day in June 1977 in various cities in the United States, prioritized recording the experiences of protesters filling the streets of major cities in the country for eight years. After the Stonewall riots.

Carefully restored two years ago, the film is vividly remembered for its image – before the advent of AIDS – and as one of the headlines of a decade that saw the birth of perhaps more notable milestones, such as Pink Flamingos (1972) by John Waters, and Show pictures of rocky horror عرض (1975), D. C. Sharman.

Although none of them are easily accessible on the platforms, they are feature films that are referenced in the documentary disclosure (Netflix), directed by Sam Vader, who studies the history of the representation of transgender people in films, from cinema origins to wonderful woman (2017, Amazon Prime Video / Ondamedia) and the series Orange is the new black (Netflix) y trance (HBO GO, HBO Max starting Tuesday). John Waters himself, one of the references on the past 50 years, is the focus of another non-fiction work available, This dirty world (2006, Centroartealameda.tv).

The first depiction of homosexuality in film dates back to 1894, when it was short Dixon’s experimental soundtrack, 17 seconds, caught a dance between two men. But from that time until the 1970s, the list of films that included homosexuality or sexual diversity in their stories was curtailed, especially if it was limited to non-offensive or comic treatments. dog’s back (1975, Apple TV), by Sidney Lumet, which may at first glance perhaps be seen as an advance for LGBTQ inclusion, is generally criticized by people in the community for how it portrays transgender fans of the protagonist who plays Al Pacino.

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With the abolition of the Hays Code, which was in effect in Hollywood between 1934 and 1968, which limited the emergence of themes associated with sexual dissent, the 1980s marked an era of gay monikers, such as hunger (1983, Apple TV), with David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon, or parting looks (1986) starring Steve Buscemi and considered the first film to deal with AIDS even before it Philadelphia Cinepolis Click will bring the subject to mainstream cinema at the dawn of the 1990s.

In the past three decades, the trajectory of feature films and documentaries that deal with stories close to sexual diversity has widened, a high point that was enshrined in 2017 when moon light HBO GO became the first LGBTQ film to win an Oscar for Best Picture. Spanish-speaking cinema associated with these types of stories is healthy, with contributions ranging from XXY (2007, Netflix) to Chilean Naomi Campbell (2013) and young and crazy (2012, Netflix), to Pedro Almodóvar Cinema. Although perhaps nothing can compare to the series, which has doubled down on offbeat talent, with productions like transparent (Amazon), pointing to (first two episodes on Netflix), I feel good (Netflix) y It’s a sin (HBO Max).

Terry Alexander

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