Who knows how many stories like this one have gone untold; how many lives were wrecked by policies rooted in pure prejudice, whether they were discharged or in hiding; and how many closeted servicemembers worked from the inside to dismantle, brick by brick, the DADT wall?
Dirty tricks and lies are, unfortunately, too often part of the political game. But the real "kick in the gut" -- especially to a qualified, openly LGBT candidate -- is that this particular one comes from a professed progressive.
After a screening of my new film, Five Dances, at Philadelphia's QFest, a gay college student approached and asked if I'd be willing to give him some career advice over a cup of coffee. He wanted to know: Had being labeled a "gay filmmaker" hurt or helped my career?
This week I talked with filmmaker Nicole Conn about her new film project She Walks in Beauty, based on her bestselling 2001 novel. Conn has teamed up with executive producer Elaine Sturgess to launch a search for a new movie star to be featured in the film.
Recently I finished writing a script with Devon Kirkpatrick. We sent it to a potential manager, who said, "This seems really gay. I just don't think it's a big deal to be gay anymore. ... Don't you watch Modern Family?" So I shouldn't bother writing a film with a bunch of queers in it?
I talked with five more filmmakers about their films playing at the Boston LGBT Film Festival, which runs through May 13. I also had the opportunity to talk with the filmmakers about crucial issues facing our LGBT community.
I talk with Bishop Gene Robinson and director Macky Alston about their documentary Love Free or Die, director Wendy Jo Carlton about her film Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, and director Brendan Fay about his documentary Taking a Chance on God.