Odd Couple

Sean is a TV weatherman on the verge of a nervous breakdown six months after the end of a romantic relationship.

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He hires Ernesto, a Mexican day laborer, to repaint his deck and finds ways to extend the job in order to escape his loneliness.

This quirky drama reveals the inherent human need for connectedness and the peculiar way some individuals deal with the dilemma.

Some may find Papi Chulo directed by John Butler (USA) 2018 charming while others may view it as a bit creepy. I nearly gave up midway but managed to watch it to the end.

Papi Chulo was released by Breaking Glass Pictures 5 November 2019 on DVD and Blu-ray.

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History Tour

In 1989 I was impressed by the extensive LGBT exhibition at the 42nd Street New York Public Library, which included several items related to organizations or projects I was involved with nearly two decades earlier.

Returning thirty years later I felt very removed from three Stonewall 50 exhibits I visited at Leslie-Loman Gallery, New York Public Library, and New York Historical Society Museum. Having returned to San Francisco nearly half a century ago, my East Coast ties are now in the distant past.

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We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown published 2019 by Ten Speed Press covers more than a century of LGBTQ activism in the US. The huge collection of photos immediately drew my attention. More than a few are of people I know or knew starting with the one of Marsha P. Johnson on the front cover.

Reading the four-part history was a more demanding experience. I felt I was in a queer studies class. Interested in new material, impatient to get through the parts I already knew, and saddened by the reoccurring instances of infighting and acrimony documented. This isn’t unique to our struggle by any means.

I recommend We Are Everywhere for anyone wanting to learn about the setbacks and progress of queer liberation in the US, in a book profusely illustrated with images of individuals associated with that struggle.

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