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Queer Shift

Film—SHIFT Part II

Obviously, understanding and fully celebrating intergenerational differences can solve many of the problems facing older and younger members of the LGBT community. However given that effective two-way communication seems to be missing for so many older and younger LGBT individuals, building bridges between the generations as a mechanism for developing new forms of support, solidarity and appreciation of history appears to make sense.

Lao Tzu perhaps said it best when it comes to this LGBTQ intergenerational divide, and it applies to both ends of the age spectrum.

“To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.”

There are many reasons and ways that sharing films can increase understanding as well as decrease the divide between generations. Watching and sharing a film, and then discussing how it applies to LGBTQ people of all ages is but one excellent way to engage in generational harmony. After all, film sharing can:

• For younger and older LBGT people provide a space where they can talk to one another about common experiences, triggered by the plot, characters and themes in the film.
• Provide a space where negative generational perceptions can be challenged.
• Help prevent and overcome a high degree of loneliness and isolation among older and younger LGBT people, by bringing them together.

So, as promised from Part I of Film Shift last month, here’s the remainder of the list, M through Z that I feel every gay person should see to better understand their core and their community.

M. Butterfly
Making Love
Mamma Mia
Maurice
Memento
Midnight Cowboy
Mildred Pierce
Milk
Mommie Dearest
My Beautiful Launderette
My Best Friend’s Wedding
My Own Private Idaho
Myra Breckenridge
Nashville
Normal
Norman Is that You
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
OUT in the Silence (doc)
Paris is Burning
Parting Glances
Philadelphia
Picture of Dorian Gray
Pink Flamingos
Plan B
Polyester
Prayers for Bobby
Pricilla Queen of the Desert
Prick Up Your Ears
PRIDE
Priest
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Pulp Fiction
Querelle
Rear Window
Rebecca
Rebel Without A Cause
Rent
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Roman Holiday
Rope
Savage Nights
Schindler’s List
She Done Him Wrong
Shelter
Shirley Valentine
ShortBus
Silkwood
Silverado
Some Like It Hot
Song of the Loon
Sordid Lives
Steel Magnolias
Stonewall: Before and After (doc)
Strangers On A Train
Suddenly Last Summer
Sunset Boulevard
Taxi Zum Klo
Tea and Sympathy
The African Queen
The Age of Innocence
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Birdcage
The Boys in the Band
The Celluloid Closet
The Children’s Hour
The Cockettes (doc)
The Crying Game
The Damned
The Dresser
The Dying Gaul
The Fluffer
The Gay Deceivers
The Graduate
The GodFather
The History Boys
The Hours
The Ignorant Fairies
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Imitation Game
The Kids are All Right
The Killing of Sister George
The Laramie Project
The Lion In Winter
The Maltese Falcon
The Matthew Shepard Story
The Normal Heart
The Sum of Us
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
Tootsie

Torch Song Trilogy (editor’s choice)
Touch of Pink
Transamerica
Trick
Victor Victoria
Weekend
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Wild Reeds

Consider having a movie night. Consider inviting LGBTQ people of all ages. Consider what can be learned from one another. Consider the fun, sharing and possibilities.

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Charles Lynn Frost

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