Archive for the ‘Bisexual’ Category

LGBT Film (and Television) Primer

June 28, 2018

Created a LGBT Film and Television Primer handout for a program several years ago. Updated it this year for LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2018 at the library. What would you add? Delete?

Click to see the full two-page handout.


LGBTQ+ Pride 2018 Library Display

June 27, 2018

One of our display tables at work went out and proud this month for LGBTQ+ Pride 2018. I created cool bookmarks, one for each of the four letters (LGBT). I also created a film decade primer and favorite film list. Enjoy the photos and feel the love:


Special thanks to my co-worker Robin who did a lot of the work to make this display happen.

Sense8: The Finale

June 10, 2018

Never have I loved such a flawed show as much as I love Sense8. The plot can be ridiculous, the story lines impossible to follow, the back story baffling, and the violence over the top gross. And yet, in-between lives an arc of love, connection, compassion, and a sense of wonder. Gloriously filmed in Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, Reykjavik, San Francisco, and Seoul, this finale movie wrap-up lands in Paris where the sensates gather to do battle with the Chairman and save their race from enslavement and extinction. I forgot much of the plot between Season 2 and the wrap-up movie. I sure wish Netflix and other streamers would create “last season on…” trailers to remind us where we left off in the previous season. Instead I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the ride. There’s way too much violence for me, and Daryl Hannah’s face work never stops being distracting. Still Sense8 imagines a world of possibilities for love and friendship. And for that I will end this series content and fulfilled. What’s not to love about a kooky, over-the-top, sex positive TV show that has a HEA ending? My girls found their moment after the battles ended. 4 out of 5 for the ambitious Sense8 from the Wachowskis.

Happy Pride Month 2018

June 1, 2018

I mentioned in an earlier post this week I’ll be tweeting each day in June 2018 #pridereads focusing on the many aspects of LGBT literature. I’m really looking forward to the challenge. Follow me @reelcharlie

Also, three years ago in 2015, I watched a film or television series each day for 30 Days of Gay. From an earlier blog post,

In June 2015, I created 30 Days of Gay: one review each day for the 30 days of June, LGBT Pride Month. I reviewed classic LGBT films I love but had yet to review on Reel Charlie along with brand new films. The month-long project was a labor of love and so much fun! Please follow the 30 Days of Gay thread by clicking on the link below and navigating forward in the blog by clicking on the film title in the upper-right – begin the first navigation by clicking on the link below, then choosing Maurice:
30 Days of Gay

We have a lot of be thankful for and a whole more to fight for. Future generations will look back on our lives and wonder how we managed to do all we did to further equal rights for gender and sexuality. Keep on doing what you are doing, talk, march, donate, love, show up, just be your authentic self. Special thanks to all my beautiful allies who never cease to amaze me. Your support and love make my heart sing. Happy Pride everyone. XOXO. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a tea dance to find.


May 30, 2018

Beginning Friday, June 1st, I’ll be tweeting about LGBTQ fiction reading for the month of June. I love these challenges. Author ‘Nathan Burgoine‏ @NathanBurgoine has all the details on his blog,

Hello! I’ve hooked arms with some lovely authors—Kathryn SommerlotJ.P. JacksonKevin Klehr, and Nicki J. Markus—to brainstorm up a month of prompts for a Twitter hashtag about queer reading for Pride month.

So, starting June the first? Daily prompts about reading, writing, and queerness. Join us. Bring your books, authors, recommendations, and wish-lists for asexual, aromantic, bisexual, gay, genderqueer, intersex, lesbian, nonbinary, trans… well, you get the idea. It’s Pride, it’s books.

Join in, tag it #PrideReads, and lets see if we can’t make noise for some awesome books (and shine a light on some awesome opportunities for books we wish we saw more of.)

Read the full article on ‘Nathan’s blog.

Queer as Folk: Season 4 (take >3)

May 27, 2018

Fall in love all over again with the cast of Queer as Folk as they navigate life in 2004. 14 years: so much has changed and yet in many ways we are still fighting the same battles. Click on the image below to read an updated review of Queer as Folk: Season 4.


Sense8: The Series Finale (trailer)

May 20, 2018

From Netflix,

Together until the end. From our cluster to yours, the Sense8 Series Finale comes to Netflix on June 8 (2018).

No matter the limitations with this series, remembering Sense8 fills me with excitement and hope – a world united in every aspect. A dream which needs to become reality. I will miss these characters. For now let’s celebrate the show as we get once last glimpse at Capheus, Sun, Nomi, Kala, Riley, Wolfgang, Lito, and Will.

Reel Charlie’s review:
Sense8: Season 1
Sense8: A Christmas Special
Sense8: Season 2

100 Men

May 2, 2018

Fascinating documentary currently streaming on Netflix, 100 Men chronicles the ever-changing way gay men look at sex and love through the eyes of filmmaker Paul Oremland’s (Like It Is) list of favorite men. The personal becomes political and historical as Oremland tracks down as many former partners as he can attempting to interview these men about what sex and love has meant to them and how it has evolved with the advent of various political strides during their lifetimes in first world countries around the globe. From the innocence of his experiences as a young man, to the horror of the Thatcher era in Britain coupled with the AIDS crisis, to falling in love for the first time, to finding a long-term partner, to navigating monogamy vs open relationships, to strides in battling HIV and equality for LGBT people, 100 Men takes an intimate look at the life of one man and how that microcosm mirrors the world we live in. At times simple and unsophisticated, Oremland creates an accessible and deeply honest portrayal of an openly gay man and the men he has loved and lusted after during the entirety of his life. Beautiful, celebratory, and kind, 100 Men acts as an archive for a generation of gay men living through the best of times and the worst of times and finding a way to follow their bliss. 5 out of 5.

Watch the trailer for 100 Men on YouTube.

J’ai 2 Amours (I Love You 2)

May 1, 2018

French mini-series centered on a male doctor, Hector in love with Jérémie his partner of five years. Hector and Jérémie are helping their lesbian friend Anna have a baby after she broke up with her girlfriend. Hector runs into his teenage love – a woman named Louise who he instantly finds irresistible and begins a year-long clandestine affair. Jérémie doesn’t know about Louise and Louise doesn’t know about Jérémie. I found I Love You 2 insipid. When Hector finally reveals the two, he tells them he loves them equally. They are “his man and his woman.” I believe this is the reason bisexual men get so much grief in real life from straight women and gay men. It’s the terror that neither gender will be enough for them. When in reality, most bisexuals are serial monogamists like most of us. Their commitment to their partner of choice isn’t a glass that’s half full. I realize people fuck up and do stupid things when it comes to sex. But the deception Hector brings down on his loved ones can’t be undone. There’s also an interesting sort of plot twist where Jérémie and Anna (the gay male and lesbian character) actually do hetero domestic bliss better than Hector could ever hope. In the end, Hector was simply too despicable for me and the plot ridiculously wishy-washy. Bisexual characters deserve better. 1 out of 5. Next.

Queer as Folk: Season 1 (take >3)

April 30, 2018

Re-watched the second half of the American Queer as Folk Season 1. Click on the image to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of this classic television series. Queer as Folk currently streams on Netflix.

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