More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Don't Forget About the Hockey Dads
It's not too often that you hear about a LGBT oriented sports movie being released in the U.S. So you could imagine my excitement when I heard that Breakfast with Scot, which was released in Canada last year, was going to make it to the big screen here at home. It's not one of those sports movies with an LGBT character in a supporting role - all of the lead characters are gay.
From the film's website;
"Dressed in vibrant colors, his mother's charm bracelet and with a penchant for musicals and Christmas carols, (Scot is) not quite the ‘boy' they expected. Their household is thrown into confusion as Eric and Sam try to deal with the realities and expectations of their flamboyant charge . . . Each deals with his own issues while observing the behavior of a kid being joyously and unashamedly himself."
Although it's considered a small indie, it's big in my book because it's the first time a major sports franchise has ever endorsed a gay-themed movie. The filmmakers were allowed to use the Toronto Maple Leafs logo and uniforms after management read (and admittedly liked) the script.
The film was released last year, but is opening in select U.S. cities today, October 10.
"The movie is certainly topical, given the newfound media prominence of hockey parenting and, of course, the recent legalization of gay marriage in California and the resulting battle with Proposition 8, this year's ballot proposal that would ban same-sex marriage in the state."
While Sam and Eric could legally be married in Canada, here in the United States they'd be hard pressed to find the same rights. Currently only Massachusetts and California offer marriage for all. And if Proposition 8 passes in November, that right would be taken away in California. It would mark the first time that a state has voted to eliminate rights for a group of people.
Hopefully, the story of Sam, Eric and Scot will help illustrate that loving families come in all varieties. Two men (or two women) in a loving committed relationship deserve the same basic rights (hospital visitation, inheritance, power of attorney, etc.) as loving committed straight couples.
The reviews of Breakfast with Scot have been a mixed bag. Rotten Tomatoes, a website that compiles movie reviews, shows eight "fresh" and seven "rotten" tomatoes. And although it doesn't have a wide release, several national publications have reviewed it, including The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. Most praise the performances and say it's a sweet film, but EW points out that it's "like a whole season of a sitcom crammed into one feature."
To find out if Breakfast with Scot is playing in your area, click here.