1. “Que(e)ries: 10 Lowlights For LGBT People and the Movies in 2013.” From GLAAD honoring Brett Ratner to Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club, these are some of the things Indiewire wasn’t so appreciative of when it came to queers and the movies this past year.
“Bill Clinton, Steve Warren, Anderson Cooper, Adam Lambert and Brett Ratner were the five people that the GLAAD Awards decided to honor in what was clearly a benchmark year for LGBT representation in mainstream culture. Five filthy rich white dudes, two of whom are not only straight but don’t exactly have perfect track records when it comes it to LGBT issues (here’s hoping Frank Ocean simply declined the invitation, because I can’t think of a more obvious and worthy honoree with respect to last year). Of the five, Ratner is clearly the most disturbing choice. An ’ally award’ a year or so after he infamously said that ’rehearsal is for fags’ during a Q&A for his film Tower Heist, a comment that in part led to his resignation as producer of the Academy Awards? Ratner explained during his speech that he has since learned a ’valuable lesson’: ’A word can matter. Whether it’s said with malice or as a joke. And being insulted for using the word cannot compare to the experience of any young gay man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs of derogatory comments.’ Well, I’m certainly glad Mr. Ratner figured that out. And though he seems to at least appear devoted actions to his words (he’s been working with GLAAD to produce and direct pro-marriage equality PSAs), to give him an award for that is ridiculous. Especially in this day and age of film careers crumbling because of these sorts of comments and ’making good examples of yourself’ often smelling like strategic damage control.”