I'm a 25 year old film analyst and filmmaker, residing in Cincinnati, OH. I've recently finished my 2016 feature film "Warwick" which is making festival rounds.
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The Stereotyping of Homosexuals in American Film
When they’re not simply a supporting character for comedic relief, the "gay character" in American films are usually outward stereotypical. It’s been getting better over the years, but mostly only in the independent scene (most recently "Moonlight").
But even beyond that, gay films themselves have been seemingly only interested in their sexualities. The film’s plots – with gay characters – are strictly, and only, about being gay – as if that’s the one and only attribute of such a human being. Films rarely ever explore things beyond their sexual orientation (the only recent one I can think of is Ira Sachs’ "Keep the Lights On", which was a film about drug addiction tearing up a gay couple).
When will American film be able to present a gay character in such a way? So uninteresting or "normal" like heterosexual characters are presented in various genres?