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  • February 2023
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    Mainstreaming, Indian-Style

    A story on the CNN website notes that in the last few years "a number of Bollywood rom-coms geared toward mass audiences have put LGBTQ relationships front and center."

    In these films, gay or transgender characters run up against family members who disapprove of their relationships. "True to the Bollywood formula, the films include song and dance numbers and culminate in happy endings."

    Folding queer people into the formula? Happy endings? Somewhere over the rainbow is now Mumbai.

  • November 2022
  • March 2022
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    Awards Awareness

    Yesterday evening, as I watched the NCAA women's basketball tournament on TV, I assumed I was tuned in to the most lesbionic viewing option of the night. 

    Imagine my surprise this morning when I read that, over on another channel, the Academy Awards had been busy going sapphic.

    In her acceptance speech after winning the Oscar for best supporting actress, Ariana DeBose said, "Imagine this little girl in the back seat of a white Ford Focus. Look into her eyes, you see an openly queer woman of color and Latina who found her life and strength in art. That’s what I believe we are here to celebrate."

    DeBose, who won for her turn as Anita in "West Side Story," added, "So to anybody who has ever questioned your identity, ever, ever, ever—you, you find yourself living in the gray spaces—I promise you this:  There is indeed a place for you."

    As she sought to inspire others, the first queer woman of color to win an Oscar invoked famous lyrics from her movie that were written by a beloved gay man who died four months ago. The nation must've been awash in rainbow tears last night.

    Kristen Stewart didn't take the Oscar for playing Princess Diana in "Spencer," but she strode the red carpet with her female fiance, Dylan Meyer. Also tripping the carpet fantastic were wife and wife Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts.

    Out comedian Wanda Sykes was one of three women to host the show. In a shot at Florida's Don't Say Gay bill, Sykes opened with, "We’re going to have a great night tonight—and for you people in Florida, we’re going to have a gay night,” and she and her co-hosts broke into choruses of "gay, gay, gay."

    They weren't lying. It feels like it was a breakthrough night for gay women. I'd like to thank the Academy.

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