LGBTQ on Film: A History of Love
Originally published: June 8, 2021 (Reposted in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month) The freedom to be who you are - so many people take our right to self to actualize, to be our best selves, to love who we love - for granted, but what if who you are, who you love, how you dress or express yourself made you the target of discrimination, open to attack, ridicule, lawful inequity, even death? What if the very person you are allowed society to restrict your rights and freedoms? That has been the plight of the LGBTQ community, and in many places in the world self-expression as a lesbian, gay, bi, trans, or queer person has serious and dire consequences still today. Entertainment has long been a field where the LGBTQ community has found a home, openly, in auxiliary fields like hair, makeup, and wardrobe, while having to stay closeted if working in front of the camera.