There’s always been a strong LGBTQ+ draw to the world of fright, and it’s really not difficult to see why. Horror, at its very core, is a genre of “otherness.” Often celebrating, venerating, or putting on display the plight of the outsider, horror creates a narrative that those who exist outside of the mainstream can easily identify.
In 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, with Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, at his side. The legislation was an expansion on the existing hate crimes law, granting added protection from crimes against a person on the basis of his or her gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The law was signed almost exactly 11 years after Matthew Shepard died. 3 Presidential terms, 6 Congresses, and 11 long years.
The Lair is a campy fun soap opera that ran for three seasons mainly centered around a coven of gay vampires operating a sex club to lure their prey. Each season is full of subplots with a Dorian Gray-like portrait, an abusive boyfriend, a werewolf, a mad scientist, a killer plant, a Gorgon, a killer head, a magic ring and a disgruntled Vampiress. Oh yeah… and there’s a lot of hot guys and sex!
I yelled, “cut,” stopped the camera and turned around to find the farmer gone. I quickly glanced around the farmyard to see that he’d gone and shut himself away in his pickup truck many yards away. Turns out he’d made a B-line there the moment he heard the word “gay” and would remain there until the end of the day when we left the farm.
Occasionally misunderstood, the art form of Drag has evolved from its humble beginnings of male actors dressing for mundane female roles to modern-day performance art, dance, and, at times, outlandish variety acts. Amazingly, social consciousness has begun to evolve alongside this edgy art form, sometimes challenging, yet often embracing the incredible and enigmatic Drag performers.