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With gay marriage now legal in America, let’s take a look back at how homosexuality has been portrayed on film. It’s 120 years of misrepresentation in 10 minutes!

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The Celluloid Closet (1995)

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  1. Totally ignoring British Cinema, I note. What about Maurice (1987), My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and Beautiful Thing (1996), all of which present positive images of Gay Men.

  2. It's so sad to see how much progress was always stopped or even pushed backward because of religious conservatism.. But hey, it's not a progress in their eyes, so it's hard to reason with them.

  3. A cannot explain how annoyed I get when people point to Brokeback Mountain as of the perfect gay movie of the century. To me it was just like the stereotypical movies of the 50s and 60s. It had tortured self-hating characters and one ends up being killed by other people. This was not the 50s or the 60s the movie takes place in the 70s and 80s when Gay Liberation was clearly coming into its own so the idea of once again perpetuating the same stereotypes just makes me shake my head. I don't get why people think this movie was so Progressive, it wasn't. It didn't even work on a romantic level as one of the characters just shoves the other one down and Rams it in!

  4. This is very true and every single person around the world needs to be proud of who they are we're all human and we're all good people every single person around the world should have equal rights for all be proud of who You Are it's time for everyone to live free and be who they are Amen 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🌹🌹🌹🌹😇☝️🙏

  5. Thee was nothing wrong wiuth "Crash" as a movie which explores racial bigotry. . But 15 years later, I"m still convinced "Brokeback Mountain" was robbed of Best Picture.

  6. Homophobia never made sense to me until about 3 months ago. (I'm in my early twenties for context.) When I first discovered the existence of gay men and women I thought it was weird. Not bad, just… Weird. Why is that man kissing that other man? Same for women. As I grew up I learned that some people hated it. And it was illegal? Why? Then 2 or 3 months ago I realized homophobia probably came from men and women not doing their part in growing the population. "That seed doesn't go in that hole!" type stuff. I think Master Yoda had the right of it. "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

  7. Just watching this shit makes me cringe. The fact that earlier movies were so unbelievably homophobic had me sick, and I’m so glad that institutionalized homophobia doesn’t exist in the west anymore. Unfortunately the stereotypes associated with it are still prevalent in society, but I can live with that, even if no-one knows my own sexuality.

  8. I think the real issue here is the forced diversity, I have no problem putting gay people in a film in a way that adds to the story, black sails or Spartacus for example, but when it feels forced it takes away, and the reason films are mostly straight is because people are mostly straight and it helps them connect with the romances in the film better

  9. I’m so in love with the brokeback mountain movie I kid you not when you played the kissing scene I started crying. I’ve never cried so much over a movie. I need to watch it again fuck

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