What’s Left

Has The Gay Movement Failed? by Martin Duberman, University of California Press, 2018 evaluates the status of Gay Liberation Front radical politics today.

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Duberman is an academic with a prodigious body of work but this book begins with three dubious assertions. He says that Gay Liberation Front spread to a half dozen cities and college campuses, that the Gay Revolution Party began in London, and Gay Activists Alliance broke from GLF in November 1970.

Out Of The Closets edited by Karla Jay and Allen Young, Douglas Books, 1972 lists over 75 Gay Liberation Front groups. I was one of the founding members of Gay Revolution Party in New York. And Wikipedia marks 21 December 1969 as the founding date of Gay Activists Alliance.

Fortunately none of these errors are necessary for the main thesis of Has The Gay Movement Failed? Duberman correctly cites Gay Liberation Front that began in New York following the Stonewall Riots of June 1969 as a touchstone of gay left politics.

Marriage equality is certainly the antithesis of the ideals espoused by GLF because it involves acceptance of and inclusion into a flawed institution rather than demanding its dismantling and replacement by a more just and equitable social arrangement.

The book concludes with examples of current straight left attitudes relating to LGBTQ issues that seem not to have changed much over nearly half a century. Ignored, trivialized, denigrated. And at the end the question in the title remains unanswered.

Has The Gay Movement Failed? Is an interesting read but not the definitive work about an important subject that merits more comprehensive study.

I’d like to see a closer look at Gay Liberation Front politics and strategies, including both its successes and failures. Also a more detailed analysis of other radical and progressive LGBTQ groups and individuals outsides the mainstream.

It’s obvious to me that within weeks of its founding, there were individuals in GLF eager to abandon the ideals of transformative personal and societal liberation for the comforts of mere rights and acceptance of the status quo.

Our current challenge remains how to achieve the benefits of a better world for everyone instead of continuing to privilege just a few.

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Not Listening

The Sign For Love directed by Elad Cohen and Iris Ben Moshe Israel (2017) is a documentary about a deaf gay man.

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Elad divides his time between hearing family members and a group of deaf friends. He’s closest to Yaeli, a deaf woman who wants a child.

The two of them decide to not only have a child together but to share an apartment and raise the baby as a couple.

While Yaeli’s mother is supportive of her, Elad has many unresolved issues with members of his biological family.

The Sign For Love reveals some of the unanticipated complexities involved in relationships that will surprise viewers.

It screens a second time at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 38 on Friday 27 July 2018 at Albany Twin, Albany.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more information and tickets.

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Frameline 42

The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival opens Thursday 14 June 2018 at the Castro Theatre.

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This year’s ten-day event includes an amazing line up of narrative and documentary screenings.

Some films to watch out for: A Great Ride, A Moment In The Reeds, Believer, Chedeng And Apple, Dario, Femme, When The Beat Drops, and Wild Nights With Emily.

For more information and tickets contact frameline.org

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SFIFF 61

The 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival takes place 4 – 17 April 2018.

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Venues this year include the Castro Theatre, Dolby Cinema, Roxie Theater, SFMOMA, Victoria Theatre, and YBCA in San Francisco; BAMPFA in Berkeley; and Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.

Four LGBTQI films to look out for are: Alex Strangelove, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, and My Life With James Dean.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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GAG Grows

Gays Against Guns began 2016 in New York within days of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida.

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About 750 women and men joined the GAG contingent of the New York Pride March the following week.

In early July informational tables were set up in the Pines and Cherry Grove before a solemn procession through the two predominately-queer Fire Island communities.

GAG subsequently protested several politicians its members characterized as puppets of the NRA.

Since then chapters were launched in Los Angeles, New Jersey, Orlando, and San Francisco.

For more information contact www.gaysagainstguns.net

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Clown Time

Transitions, a play written and directed by John Fisher, imagines the intimate lives of two world personalities and their spouses.

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This irreverent comedy makes fun of a couple of well-known men who take themselves very seriously. They’re easy targets for satire.

The result is a fine production that will certainly appeal to both Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show fans.

It runs weekends from 23 February to 13 March 2018 at Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco, the world’s oldest-running LGBT live theater in the world.

Contact www.therhino.org for more information and tickets.

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Musical Valentine

I’m especially fond of romantic-sounding male vocalists even if I don’t understand the words. I recently heard a couple of them I like. One on a Guadalajara radio station that plays both Spanish (Mexican) and English (American) pop music.

The haunting melody that caught my attention was Recuerdo me, sung by Carlos Rivera in the movie Coco. It’s about remembering loved ones who’ve died and is currently available only as a single.

However, Rivera has several CD compilations and I plan to get at least one of them.

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I heard the second singer on an Indian radio station. Arijit Singh is a relatively young musician with a long list of Bollywood credits to his name. After sampling a couple of his CDs: Love Forever and Love Dose, I asked someone to pick them up for me before returning to the Bay Area from Southern India.

While candy and flowers are traditional Valentine gifts, how about music for that special person in your life?

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Sail On

Dream Boat directed by Tristan Ferland Milewski (Germany) 2017 documents a gay male cruise.

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The ship sets out to sea each year with 3,000 men for a seven-day European journey. A luxurious week of dancing, drinking, and drag.

The passengers are overwhelmingly young and white.

Expectations of romance are high as is the rare opportunity for some to experience a freedom not possible in their daily lives.

The film focuses on a handful of them, conducting somewhat probing interviews.

It screens one night only at Berlin & Beyond at the Goethe Institute in San Francisco Thursday 15 February 2018.

Contact Berlin & Beyond for more information and tickets.

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Tale Teller

The author of the popular series, Tales Of The City, tells his own story in Logical Family by Armistead Maupin, HarperCollins, 2017.

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Maupin has talked about his conservative family upbringing at book signings, radio and TV interviews, and also in films about him. Much of the material in his memoir is already public knowledge.

But for his many fans that have either never seen him in person nor been exposed to recorded interviews, the book offers an additional opportunity to be entertained by his writing.

What began as a conventional life rooted in Southern tradition and politics took an unexpected turn after the author’s move to the West Coast and eventual acceptance of his sexual orientation.

Maupin, a vocal promoter of his adopted city of San Francisco, has made a successful career for himself not only through his writing and speaking engagements but also with ancillary sales. These include television shows, films, theatrical productions, musical presentations, etc.

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Summer Romance

Call Me By Your Name directed by Luca Guadagnino (USA) 2017 begins with the arrival of a summer intern in Northern Italy in 1983.

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Each year a Greco-Roman culture professor invites a grad student to help him with his research. This year it’s a tall, striking grad student named Oliver, who immediately captures the attention of the professor’s teenage son, Timothée.

Much of the film, and the novel by André Aciman it’s based on, is about the prolonged longing and unfulfilled physical contact of the two young men.

I put aside the book after reading perhaps the first third but the film held my interest from beginning to end.

Call Me By Your Name is now playing at The Landmark, Los Angeles and Paris Theatre, New York.

It opens 15 December 2017 at Century Centre Cinema, Chicago; Embarcadero Center Cinema and Kabuki 8, San Francisco; and E Street Cinema, Washington.

Also 22 December 2017 at Violet Crown Cinema, Austin; Shattuck 10, Berkeley; Houston 8, Houston; Hillcrest Cinema Five, San Diego; Monica Film Cener, Santa Monica; and Camelview At Fashion Square, Scottsdale;

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