For the longest time, queer identities have witnessed severe oppression when it comes to their representations on the silver screen. From their identities being played for laughs and being the butt of jokes, to framing them as villains and acts of perversion, cinema has not really been kind to the community. Such tone-deaf portrayals added to their misery, perpetuating harmful stereotypes which made them the target of even more oppression than what they had to historically endure. However, in contemporary cinema, filmmakers seem to have learnt from their mistakes to an extent, and the world of film is starting to witness several movies with authentic and sensitive portrayals of queer love and identity, that’s been long overdue. The Los Angeles-based LGBTQ+ non-profit Outfest is a key player when it comes to celebrating queer cinema, with a list of programmes, including film festivals aimed at furthering LGBTQ+ focused films. Outfest Los Angeles’ 39th edition of its film festival is set to start today.
As the Outfest film festival is set to kick off this week, here are a few global queer films which will get you thinking