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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.

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

“Lines Got Blurred”: Jeffrey Tambor and an Up-Close Look at Harassment Claims on ‘Transparent’ (Hollywood Reporter)

May 8, 2018

I’m so sad about Transparent. I hope creator Jill Soloway, cast, and crew can transform the final season into a tribute to the remaining characters. For what it’s worth, Jeffrey Tambor did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to tell his side of the story. He is the first accused man to do so since the #MeToo era began. From The Hollywood Reporter,

Where Tambor is right now is uncharted territory. He is about to become the first high-profile subject of the sweeping #MeToo movement to sit for an in-depth interview about his alleged sexual harassment scandal. His is a dizzying tale entangled in Rashomon-like perspectives and political trip wires. And at the center of it all stand three figures: Tambor and his two accusers, Van Barnes, Tambor’s former assistant, and Trace Lysette, an actress on the series.

That Barnes and Lysette are both transgender women is not insignificant. After all, Transparent — led by Tambor’s twice Emmy-winning performance as Maura Pfefferman — was only recently being held up as a beacon of social progressivism, lauded by activist groups like GLAAD for igniting a global transgender movement. In the blink of an eye, however, all that has changed, as Tambor — who admits to having lifelong anger issues but denies sexually harassing his accusers — watched his image go from that of LGBTQ folk hero to fugitive.

Read the full article on The Hollywood Reporter.
Check out Reel Charlie’s glowing reviews of Transparent Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4.


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.

Dancing with the Stars 2018

April 16, 2018

A long time ago when Dancing with the Stars was the bomb, I spent a family dinner in Pennsylvania struggling to explain how heterocentric the show was and continues to be. Most of my family didn’t understand how caustic it was to pair openly lesbian and gay celebrities with opposite sex partners. The consensus was that it’s just plain fun. And of course it can be fun, especially if you occasionally see yourself on-screen. The list of openly lesbian and gay contestants have been:

Lance Bass
Carson Kressley
Martina Navratilova
Diana Nyad
Michael Sam

I didn’t count Chaz Bono (trans), Andy Dick (bi), or Nyle DiMarco (sexually fluid) because their options in real life include opposite sex partners.

In 2015,

An openly gay singer, Who Is Fancy, performed his new song, “Boys Like You,”… the singer’s choreographer wanted to have two men dancing with each other in the performance. (Business Insider)

The ABC execs said the only way they would allow two men dancing on the stage together is what they called “near dancing,” which is basically no homo athletic bro dancing. This was 2015, not 1955.

So this year in 2018, Adam Rippon the openly gay athlete from the Winter Olympics who challenged Mike Pence to an equality duel has signed up for the 26th season of Dancing with the Stars. And as you can see from the photo above, he’s paired with a scantily clad babealicious professional dance partner. Someone I’m sure Martina or Diana would have been happy to have danced with in earlier seasons.

Two things. First you might remind me there’s already been a same-sex dance number on Dancing with the Stars with Nyle DiMarco. I disagree. It was a pansexual, bicurious, partner swapping dance number. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. There’s not. But we’re still waiting for two women or two men to dance a full dance together without the need for hetero safety backup. Second, you might be thinking to yourself, but ballroom dancing is for opposite sex couples. Not true. Nearly every major city in the first world has same-sex ballroom dance studios and competitions. There’s even been a documentary made about the world of same-sex dance, Hot to Trot.

So my point? Aside from the fact I can’t be mad at Adam Rippon? He’s young. He stood up to the Vice President of the United States. And he’s probably got massive debt from training. I am mad at ABC. I’m mad at the judges and the professional dancers who must have some power after 26 seasons. And I’m mad at the producers of this silly show which continues to enter into American homes each year reminding viewers LGBT people are fine as long as they remember their place in the world. Don’t ask, don’t tell.

A Simple Matter of Justice

March 25, 2018

The documentary A Simple Matter of Justice chronicles the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights. Yes I was there. Yes, it was 25 years ago. Yes, it’s now a history lesson. I found the doc on Kanopy and had it in my queue for a few months. After reading about the March for Our Lives protest yesterday, I kept remembering my first national march and how much it meant to me. I marched with friends from my hometown, friends from my Atlanta years, my boyfriend Dennis who is still my best friend, and many friends from New York City. The weekend was spectacular and one of the best in my life. I’m sure the folks who attended yesterday’s march will feel the same in years to come. It’s a rare and wonderful feeling to be a part of something that shifts the consciousness of our culture. A Simple Matter of Justice samples nearly every part of the weekend. The fashions still look a bit late 80’s and the talking heads look so young – Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Melissa Etheridge, Martina Navratilova, Lea Delaria, RuPaul, Ian McKellan, and others sound a battle cry that takes us from 1993 to the present. Many things have changed for the better but the LGBTQ community continues to fight for full and equal rights. The documentary clocks in just under an hour presenting film footage by topic. The result becomes more primary source material than art documentary, but the sentiment remains. 4 out of 5 for this important chronicle of a civil rights march in Washington for LGBTQ rights.

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