The Gay Films That Changed People’s Lives


I’m in today’s Times in a piece that asks various LGBT notables for the gay film that changed their lives.

Playwright Paula Vogel said Go Fish, designer John Bartlett picked Querelle, and writer Dustin Lance Black went for My Own Private Idaho.

And me?

I decided to side with the 1970 adaptation of Boys in the Band, appreciating its wit, camaraderie, and stinging attack on the closet.

I added that the film’s self-loathing characters have embarrassed the community for years, “but it was pretty accurate back then and even now it manages to ring some bells.”

Special shout out to Andrew Holleran for picking La Dolce Musto as his favorite gay film.

Oh, La Dolce Vita?

Never mind.

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