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Something Like Summer

    Something Like Summer, an adaption of Jay Bell’s young adult novel of the same name, follows the protagonist Benjamin Bentley as he journeys through life experiencing the joys, mishaps, and struggles of love and being out and openly gay. A combination of love, passion, and a hint of obsession evolve as Ben becomes more engrossed by the very attractive, yet in closet jock, Tim Wyman. Their first encounter in high school would serve as the basis for the rest of the film’s storyline. He falls quickly for Tim and fights to stay with him despite the societal, family,… Keep Reading

Outfest 2017: Why It Matters

Outfest is one of the biggest queer events in the United States, located in one of the biggest film hubs in the world. Since its beginning in 1979, the festival has grown into a powerful institution in LGBTQ+ life as well as in mainstream film. Outfest’s slogan says everything about its role in our culture: “Our Stories Have Power.” In a world filled with stories that normalize the erasure and manipulation of queer narratives, movies and TV created by queer people can act as powerful antidotes. Stories are the conduits through which we understand the world; lessons that teach us… Keep Reading

Outfest Review: Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

The ideal queer community is one in which any queer person feels welcome, seen, understood, and included. Unfortunately, that ideal isn’t always (or even often), reflected in reality. White, cis, gay men occupy a position of power and privilege, dominating conversations about queer life, culture, and politics that are in dire need of more diverse voices and viewpoints. Yony Leyser’s delightfully ragged documentary, Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution, both documents a historical cultural movement in the LGBTQ+ community, and serves as motivation to create more inclusive, diverse spaces today. The film hones in on the homocore (more modernly referred… Keep Reading

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Outfest Review: The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P “Pay It No Mind” Johnson Stonewall Veteran, Performer, Panhandler, Prostitute, Warhol Model. 1945 – 1992   In the early hours of June 28th, 1969, the NYPD raided New York City’s Stonewall Inn. Marsha P. Johnson is credited, along with friend Sylvia Rivera, as being one of the first to fight back against the police raid. This kickstarted the iconic Stonewall Riots and marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement. On July 6th, 1992, just over 23 years later, her body was found in the Hudson River. The police ruled it a suicide, whereas her friends insisted it was… Keep Reading

Outfest Review: God’s Own Country

Many queer stories are urban stories, examining the lives of queer people searching for community in cities around the world. Smaller towns and rural areas are often devoid of an active LGBTQ+ community, leading many people to make their way to bigger cities, where they might find community, friends, and romantic partners. However, relocation isn’t always possible, and some prefer the quieter ways of life afforded by living far from the glare of city lights. It’s a pleasure to see movies delve into alternate queer experiences and lifestyles, such as the steamy countryside romance of Francis Lee’s stunning debut, God’s… Keep Reading

Bryan Fuller: Outfest 2017 Opening Night

Bryan Fuller was honored last night at the opening night of Outfest for his work. Watch Zachary Quinto deliver an inspiring intro of Fuller below:  Fuller  has worked on  shows like “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Hannibal” and most recently “American Gods,” Fuller’s stories push boundaries and present characters that feel modern and transgressive, not only because so many are LGBTQ but also because they live and love and behave and react in a way that their TV antecedents would never have dared. Fuller’s Speech: Keep Reading

Outfest 2017

The LGBT Sentinel is thrilled to be a sponsor at Outfest LA. Here are the ten films we’re most looking forward to watching. Attending Outfest? Pick up your copy of the LGBT Sentinel when you’re there! Get your tickets : www.outfest.org/about-outfest-los-angeles/ #LGBTSentinel #OutfestLA Keep Reading

The Top 10 Songs That Your Playlist Should Have This Summer: Gay Edition

Summer is here and it’s time to dance. Here are the top 10 songs you should have in your playlist. Britney Spears – Do You Wanna Come Over? I know, technically, Britney Spear’s Glory came out August 2016. But, the song isn’t a single yet, and in the days of Grindr – it’s relevant. The song is sexy and fun, and asks your lover the burning question of the summer evening – do you want to come over? Whether it’s for Netflix and chill or you skip the move altogether, this song shapes up to be the tease of the… Keep Reading

4 Awesome Queer Literary Journals

Time to take a break from reading the news (after you’ve called your senators/ the remaining undecided senators to protest the American Healthcare Act https://5calls.org). It’s great to stay informed, but it’s also important not to let ourselves get hopelessly anxious over the latest headlines. Here are 7 gender- and genre-bending literary journals of queer poetry and fiction to restore your inspiration: Bloom: Published by the Arts in Bloom Project, Inc., Bloom is based in Los Angeles and publishes artists and writers who identify as LGBTQ+. A single issue of the magazine runs for $12, but you can view their… Keep Reading

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My Full Coming Out Story & A Message Of Hope: Roddy Biggs

So I knew at a very young age that I was not like other boys my age. I never liked the typical “boys toys” I would always rather play with dolls and other toys typically associated with girls. When I was 12 years old I told the first person I was gay and it was a huge relief. The first person I told was my aunt when we were on vacation, we have always been very close and she knew everything about me because I would always tell her things and I still do. That day I had been acting… Keep Reading

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