With several new books, films and film series, gay people are trying to preserve their film history at a time when young gay audiences and mainstream Hollywood alike don’t seem interested in becoming consumers or conservators of gay cinema, as this article from Arts & Leisure documents. To get a sense of which gay films are worth another look, or a first one, ArtsBeat asked several notable figures to talk about the gay film that changed their lives. Their answers, edited and excerpted below, ranged from the traditional (“Boys in the Band”) to the daring (“Querelle”) to the head-scratching (“Bless the Beasts and the Children”).
The New York Times asked notable creators and performers like Dustin Lance Black, Cheyenne Jackson, and John Cameron Mitchell to explain what LGBT film "Changed Your Life." A quick poll around the GLAAD offices would add Brokeback Mountain, But I'm a Cheerleader, and Poison to the list.