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Out of the Closet, Into the Cinema: A Curated List of Queer Films for Our Community

A photo from Weekend, one of our 100 queer films.

Five years and over 100 films later, I’m publishing this list online for others to peruse, enjoy, and add to as well. Consistently, I run into fellow queer people who aren’t familiar with our rich cinematic history that dates back to at least 1930s Germany with Mädchen in Uniform. Local teachers and professors have even started requesting recommendations for their classes. And while my list isn’t perfect, it’s a place to begin a conversation about queer representation in cinema.…

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QFest 2017: Houston’s LGBTQ Film Festival Premieres July 27-31

Houston's LGBTQ film festival, QFest runs from July 27-31, 2017.

There are infinite ways to describe resistance. But for queer folks—especially for those of us in the South—our visibility is a radical and defiant form of resistance. Now, more than ever, it’s important for us to be seen, heard, and have our stories shared. That notion has been the driving force of QFest—Houston’s annual LGBTQ film festival—for over two decades. On July 27 through 31, the festival celebrates its 21st year by bringing queer intersectional documentaries, shorts, comedies, and biopics…

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Señorita Cinema: Meet the Queer Filmmaker Behind the World’s Only All-Latina Film Festival

A photo of Latina filmmaker and Señorita Cinema creator Stephanie Saint Sanchez, founder of Senorita Cinema in Smithers Park in Houston, Texas.

Texas filmmaker Stephanie Saint Sanchez used to work at a mom-and-pop video rental store for many years. She would wander through the aisles and look at the covers of the shop’s nearly 70,000 movies, mesmerized by the fact that each film started off as a small idea in someone’s mind—and, for better or for worse, they persevered and saw their idea through to the end. …

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Jotxs y Recuerdos: Podcast Archives Queer History in the Rio Grande Valley

A Picture of Alexandra Nichole Salazar Vasquez, creator of Jotxs y Recuerdos, a podcast documenting queer lives in the Rio Grande Valley.

What was it like for LGBTQ people before photos could be readily shared and made visible on social media? Their pictures—which were often the only proof of them living their queer truths—must have meant something so much more. What were their lives like and what did it take to survive when it was dangerous to be out? Rio Grande Valley native Alexandra Nichole Salazar Vasquez explores those questions and more in her podcast, 'Jotxs y Recuerdos.'…

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