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Mayim Bialik: call her a rad cat lady

Mayim Bialik: call her a rad cat lady

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 9, 2021

In 'Call Me Kat,' her first sitcom following the end of the long-running 'Big Bang Theory,' Mayim Bialik plays Kat, the single and sassy owner of a Louisville cat café, with costars Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Jordan and several cats.

'Your Name Engraved Herein' - Taiwan gay film's hits and misses

'Your Name Engraved Herein' - Taiwan gay film's hits and misses

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 9, 2021

Patrick Liu's film 'Your Name Engraved Herein,' which just started streaming on Netflix this month, profiles a longterm romance between two teens, while reflecting on Taiwan's political changes that led to same-sex marriage legalization.

X marks his spot: autobiography of John Amero, porn pioneer

X marks his spot: autobiography of John Amero, porn pioneer

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 3, 2021

In his newly published memoir, 'American Exxxtasy: My 30-Year Search for a Happy Ending,' gay filmmaker Amero recalls those bygone days with wit, humor and heart.

Sri Lanka queer drama: Shyam Selvadurai & Deepa Mehta's 'Funny Boy'

Sri Lanka queer drama: Shyam Selvadurai & Deepa Mehta's 'Funny Boy'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 2, 2021

Set in Colombo, Sri Lanka during the mid-1970s and early 1980s, 'Funny Boy,' based on Shyam Selvadurai's acclaimed novel, is timely for a variety of reasons.

Soul, Sin, Secrets & Scots: The Lavender Tube on new Black and gay series, and men in kilts

Soul, Sin, Secrets & Scots: The Lavender Tube on new Black and gay series, and men in kilts

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Feb 23, 2021

'Soul of a Nation' explores Black stories, 'It's a Sin' sears with '80s UK gay and AIDS stories, plus 'Tell Me Your Secrets' and 'Men in Kilts' tempt your television time.

Ramadan rom-com: 'Breaking Fast's L.A. love story

Ramadan rom-com: 'Breaking Fast's L.A. love story

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 23, 2021

In Mike Mosallam's affectionate Ramadan rom-com 'Breaking Fast,' Mo (out actor Haaz Sleiman) is a devout, disciplined Muslim doctor who has reconciled his religious dedication with his queer sexuality.

Miami rhapsody: Regina King's powerful film adaptation of Kemp Powers' play

Miami rhapsody: Regina King's powerful film adaptation of Kemp Powers' play

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 16, 2021

'One Night in Miami...' is a fictional dramatization inspired by true events that bring together four men from different backgrounds whose contributions to Black culture continues to resonate to the present day.

'Two of Us': lesbian feature Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film

'Two of Us': lesbian feature Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Feb 16, 2021

'Two of Us,' the French entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, is a deeply sensual tale of textured, long-standing love and desire between two women.

Change-makers: The Lavender Tube on 'Equalizer,' 'Clarice,' and Christopher Plummer remembered

Change-makers: The Lavender Tube on 'Equalizer,' 'Clarice,' and Christopher Plummer remembered

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Feb 9, 2021

Queen Latifah's terrific in 'The Equalizer,' 'Clarice' brings back "The Silence of the Lambs" character, and the late Christopher Plummer is remembered.

Gravity, rainbow: 'Falling,' Viggo Mortensen's writing-directorial debut

Gravity, rainbow: 'Falling,' Viggo Mortensen's writing-directorial debut

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 9, 2021

'Falling,' written and directed in his debut by Viggo Mortensen, adds itself to a list of several current films involving elders and dementia, with an obscured gay angle. Despite its poetic visuals, it lacks full characterization.

AutoErotica's fundraiser gains new fans and donors

AutoErotica's fundraiser gains new fans and donors

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 31, 2021

While some Castro businesses have closed permanently, one unique store has gained support from a devoted fan. AutoErotica, the longtime resource for vintage gay-themed sexy collectibles, has already raised more than $11,000 of its $16,000 fundraiser goal.

Indiefest's queer flick picks

Indiefest's queer flick picks

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 30, 2021

The 23rd annual SF Indiefest will screen dozens of feature and short films online February 4-21, including three world premieres. Here are some short write-ups of LGBT-interest —or just somewhat queer— films.

We need a heroine or three: The Lavender Tube on LGBT TV characters, the new Batwoman and more

We need a heroine or three: The Lavender Tube on LGBT TV characters, the new Batwoman and more

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jan 26, 2021

GLAAD's report on LGBT representation on TV shows isn't great news, but some show's new seasons bring us a bi Batwoman, Zoey's singing gay pals and Dan Levy hosting 'SNL.'

'Supernova' - the stars align in Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci's gay film

'Supernova' - the stars align in Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci's gay film

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 26, 2021

Straight Colin Firth is playing gay again, in Harry Macqueen's 'Supernova,' and given his empathetic role, with Stanley Tucci as his husband, this time could potentially snag his second Oscar.