From Oscar contenders to classics, movies make for a gay Yuletide

For many gay people – me, in particular – the holiday season revolves heavily around the idea of Oscar season (which, like last year, has one “gay film” representing).

Although some potential Oscar contenders have already had their time on the big screen, such as Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” and the Disney/Pixar film, “Up,” movie studios generally save their top stuff for the holiday season.

As long as a film is nationally released by December 31, it can qualify for the Academy Awards ceremony (to take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010).

This year, Academy President Sid Ganis announced that the ceremony would begin to feature ten Best Picture nominees for the first time since 1943, so watch for any of these films to make the cut:

  • the independent coming-of-age drama “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (wide release, Nov. 6)
  • the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic “The Road” (limited release, Nov. 25. Nashville, Dec. 18);
  • the day-in-the-life story of a gay, middle-aged college professor, “A Single Man” (New York, L.A., San Francisco, Dec. 11);
  • the country music drama, “Crazy Heart” (New York and L.A., Dec. 16);
  • Eastwood’s Nelson Mandela biopic, “Invictus” (wide release, Dec. 11);
  • James Cameron’s first movie since “Titanic,” the 3-D (and 3-hour long) science-fiction film, “Avatar” (wide release, Dec. 18);
  • the musical “Nine,” inspired by Fellini’s “8 ½” (wide release, Dec. 25);
  • and the dramedy, “Up in the Air,” about a man who flies around the country firing people (wide release, Dec. 25).

Meanwhile, certainly apropos for this “HoliGay” season, watch out for the DVD of “Make the Yuletide Gay” (the first “gay Christmas film” to ever cross my path*). A “coming out” narrative, “Make the Yuletide Gay” tells the amusing story of college-aged Gunn (Keith Jordan), who goes home to his parents (and back into the closet) for Christmas – that is, until his boyfriend, Nathan (Adamo Ruggiero, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”), shows up on his doorstep for the holidays. This film won awards at FilmOut San Diego and Philadelphia’s QFest.

Finally, although it is only a “gay” film in the sense that it is “happy,” I recommend catching all 24 hours of the holiday favorite “A Christmas Story” (1983), which will play on TBS on Christmas Day. (You would not believe that there are still people out there who have not seen it!)

For those rare ones among you who continue to be unfamiliar, this film is about the zany misadventures of a young boy from the late ‘30s/early ‘40s, Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), who just wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. “A Christmas Story” continues to be a holiday classic, and I highly recommend it as a source of entertainment for you and yours this “HoliGay” season.

*Special thanks to Elliott DeVore for making me aware of “Make the Yuletide Gay.”

Photo by Margo Amala on Unsplash

The Best Cannabis Edibles for 2023

Disclaimer: Please note there are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, we may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

I think we’ve all been there back in the day when we smoked our first joint, and then some, (sorry mom)–hacking, coughing, and choking on the herbaceous weed. Nowadays, there are several products on the market that produces the same effects but without a sore throat like the popular cannabis edibles.

Keep reading Show less
a person holding a padlock in front of a window

As an LGBTQ+ patient, you should be able to expect the same high-quality care provided to all patients. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily always prove to be the case. There remains a notoriously significant disparity in healthcare outcomes for LGBTQ+ patients, often related to issues with discrimination among providers.

Even when you find a good physician, this doesn’t mean that everyone interacting with your healthcare information will be as respectful or responsible. It is, therefore, important to be vigilant about how your data is handled. You have a right to privacy just as you have an expectation of fair treatment.

Keep reading Show less

National Margarita Day

A lot of us have really picked up an interest in tequila and it's no wonder. Its popularity is soaring in the U.S. and doesn't look like it'll be slowing down any time soon. The only contender would probably be whiskey. Meh, but they have their own day. Now, it's National Margarita Day and we put together some of the best margarita recipes around so you can pick one or maybe even all of them to try.

We have a few surprises in there too. Maybe it's not all about tequila but it certainly has a theme going on. Take a look at some of these great tequila brands and start making some amazing margaritas today!

Keep reading Show less