Indoor Queers Club: Stay home and cool off with Qmmunity’s movie, book and TV recordings – Qmmunity
While partying outdoors is now cloistered in the wee hours of the morning or late at night, there’s still plenty of weird fun to be had from the comfort of your own air conditioning. Here is the Qmmunity team’s curation of crucial queer-centric pop culture for all of you all in the Indoor Queer Club.
Dead collections by Isaac Felman
Sol is a transmasc archivist who suffers from vampirism. When he meets Elsie, the widow of a television writer whose work Sol adores, love blossoms in his underground archive hideout. But life is still tough for this couple as they face heartbreak, discrimination and the trials of romance together. This novel really hits all the right notes – other fanfic writers falling in love; a mysterious set of archival documents; and vampires. Do not go in the sun for fear of burning? How relatable! –James Scott
We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics
Edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel, We want it all was a 2021 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant. The collection is an intimate and heartbreaking anthology that asks the question: “What is erotic in the epistolary? Issues like the workday, community, and the trans relationship to desire, with pop culture mentions like Lady Gaga or Susan Sontag’s Notes on Camp. Check out “The First Trans Poem” by Amy Marvin or “Correspondence on Erotics and Karaoke Rooms” by Casper Heinemann. – Valeria Valdez
Austin Public Library
Hola papi!; How to Get Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer
John Paul Brammer, digital advice columnist, essayist and author of seminal texts such as “Top 5 Rat Movies I Just Made Up” and “Six sentences that I can’t forget” turned his talents to writing memoirs. The memoir is written in the style of Brammer’s advice column of the same name, with the author answering imaginary reader questions like “How can I make peace with the years I’ve wasted in the closet?” and “How can I overcome my impostor syndrome to live my life as an authentic Latino?” While reading Hello grandpa! longing for sound advice from your best friend. – Mazzy Oliver Smallwood
We’re all going to the world’s fair
We’re all going to the world’s fair (2021) | Video on demand
Lonely teenager Casey sits all day watching internet videos, isolated from those around her, not physically but emotionally, in the cavernous space of her family’s home. When she decides to dive into mid-level viral fame by taking on the World’s Fair Challenge, she throws herself headlong into the weird world of online interactions. The feature debut of director, screenwriter and editor Jane Schoenbrun, We’re all going to the world’s fair is a film about vibrations – trans vibrations; scary vibrations; interesting vibes. If you’ve ever sunk deep into an internet hole; if you’ve ever talked to a rando online who seemed nice until they weren’t; if you have ever been alone and a teenager: guess what? You are going to the Universal Exhibition. –JS
Pawl (Courtesy of Netflix)
Pawl (2020) | netflix
Pawl tells the origin story of Flight over a cuckoo’s nestMonstrous nurse Mildred Ratched struggles with childhood trauma and internalized homophobia, which keep her stuck in the past. The show has the campy, viscerally gory horror sensibilities of Ryan Murphy with plenty of heart; bright and rich colors; and beautifully detailed vintage-inspired costumes. The central love story between Sarah Paulson’s Mildred Ratched and Cynthia Nixon’s Gwendolyn Briggs, a lesbian in a lavender marriage, beautifully captures the horror of first discovering your queerness and the euphoria of embracing it. –MOS
yellow jackets (Courtesy of Showtime)
yellow jackets (2021) | Showtime, Hulu
This psychological drama follows a talented high school girls’ soccer team after they survive a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. The aftermath of the 90s accident and the future of their recovery from these traumatic events are shown. It’s a really cool show with a weird main character, played by Tawny Cypress as an adult and Jasmin Savoy Brown as a teenager. It also has a cool alt-rock soundtrack and feels genuinely nostalgic – if not because of the music, then for the familiar faces of Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis and Melanie Lynskey. – V.V.
Desert Hearts (1986) | HBO Max
1986 Desert Hearts is set in 1950s Reno, Nevada, where Vivian, a slick New York teacher, comes for a divorce and falls in love with the tasseled jumpsuit wearing Cay. It’s a “simple” story, as Roger Ebert called it the year it was released, but what makes it special is Cay’s unapologetic outness in his ranch community of dudes – men leave her pretty much alone and she has many FWB. (The best phrase: “How to get all that traffic without any gear is beyond me,” one cowboy jealously remarks.) There’s a bi character! Semi-explicit lesbian sex! It passes the Bechdel test with flying colors! Plus, the relative ease with which the main couple do it is still notable in modern queer films. Pour yourself an iced tea and stretch out in the air conditioning with this country-western love story set to a Patsy Cline soundtrack. Then you can read a great essay on making the movie here. –Lina Fisher
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