So after watching that movie just for kicks I figured I would see what gay themed movies they had... a good variety if I don't say so myself, small but good. As I was perusing their list I came across this Indie Film, for lack of a better phrase, written and directed by Everett Lewis, that uniquely perked my interest via the name of this blog forum.
FAG FAQS is a story about "India (played by Joe Lia) who after living on the tough streets of LA for a while, India hopes that every gay basher will meet his destiny. In this case Destiny is a black, 6 foot, high heel wearing, gun toting, drag queen with an attitude and a soft place in her heart for homeless gay boys."
Knowing that I have only watched half of FAG FAQS (click link or picture on side to watch movie using the second version), as I paused to write this post for Saturday. (on time, yeah!) I will warn you that there are sex scenes in the movie but they don't show the actual sex act, just everything before and after, so far. This is a really good movie and in one way vindicates the hustle of queer life but also exposes the hurt and anguish experienced by gay youth and young adults today at the hands of ignorance or bigotry whether it is social or religious or so familiar to us from our parents, siblings, and relatives.
I am one of the lucky ones, my parents support and love me no matter what I do. They trust me. There are many of my kids who never get the opportunity to have a Father say they love them or are proud of them or who they are becoming. If you take anything away from either of these films let it be the need for unconditional love of our children no matter whom they choose to love or whatever their destiny might be.
At the very beginning of the movie there is a quote from the 2004 Republican Party Platform which makes our fight even more legitimized and illustrated. The deep seated discrimination against love of another person very relevant still. If I can find the exact quotes somewhere, I will post them later. They are that important to read over and again until we realize how deep seated this double standard second class status for queers really is in their eyes, and then challenge the Republican Party to the core of its feigned existence!
This movie is not for the faint of heart but it is one for the record books. For all the gay boys who bitch about drag queens being improper spokespersons for the community or transgendereds being a part of our community this movie will challenge you as well. This Lincoln Libertarian is going to shout it from the roof tops and the belfries. Watch out religious and political hatemongers, Mamma Kahlua, my inner baptist black woman, is out, on the rag, and her pumps are loaded!