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Cousins

Gay Essential Opinion: Cousins (Primos)

When it comes to growing up in a religious environment, discovering your own sexuality can be a bit of a struggle, as nature battles against nurture. While your feelings are telling you one thing, the lessons that have been drilled into you since you could read say the opposite. This conflict only grows stronger when introducing a potential love interest who seems to understand you better than you know yourself.

Sell By

Gay Essential Review: Sell By at NewFest

The idea that a relationship has a sell-by date inevitably crosses everyone’s mind. And in many cases, it rings true. Some couples aren’t always going to mesh perfectly together all the time. Sometimes the date does pass and relationships are no longer at their most ripe, but the passing of that date doesn’t always mean the end. This is the idea that actor Mike Doyle explores in his feature directorial debut, Sell By.

Watercolors

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Watercolors

Watercolors is an multiple Audience Award-winning film 2009 drama film written and directed by David Oliveras. The film tells the story of one young man overwhelming grief of losing his first love and his use of his artistic talents to process his emotions and grief. Tye Olson, Kyle Clare, Greg Louganis and Karen Black star in this film.

Good Kisser

Gay Essential Opinion: Good Kisser

Jenna and Kate are a couple in quiet crisis; after almost two years together, their initial spark has faded, to be replaced by light bickering and passive aggressiveness. In the hope of brightening up their sex lives, Kate arranges a threesome with the effortlessly sexy, ridiculously cool Mia – but the cracks in this fraught relationship only deepen as Jenna discovers that the situation is not entirely as it first seems.

Vita & Virginia

Gay Essential Review: Vita & Virginia at Outfest

There is a moment in Chanya Button’s long-awaited Vita & Virginia where all the adornments of the period drama fall away to peer within the timeless image of sexual discovery – as one Virginia Woolf, admits to her almost-lover Vita Sackville-West that she “cannot” give her what she longs for. Her body tense, her tone one of desperate confession, this insight into one of the greatest minds of the 20th century feels almost sacred.

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