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LGBTQ+ films become more popular

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Trish Esposito, Staff Writer

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The world’s most famous cinematic love stories — like Sleepless in Seattle, The Notebook, and Titanic — typically focus on love between heterosexual couples. But now the film industry is shifting the cameras to homosexual couples as well.

When typically represented in films, LGBTQ characters are often stuck in a subplot box in which their sexuality solely defines their character arc and storyline. The characters often are closeted and eventually come out and embraces who they are, or they are just the “sassy gay character” and lack additional traits.

Recently, the film industry has grown tired of the regurgitated narrative, and now sexuality is an aspect and does not encompass the entirety of an LGBTQ character or love story.

Carol presented two women having a secret love affair in the 1950s, AWOL was a film about a woman who joins the army and falls in love with another soldier, and Moonlight, the story of a young, gay, black man growing up in Miami, won Best Picture at the Oscars last year.

The train kept moving when Love, Simon began trending at the box office. The comical and life-changing story follows a teenage boy who does not know the identity of the man he fell in love with online.

The array of LGBTQ films continue to grow wider. In 2018, people can expect more films, such as Disobedience, which is about a woman who falls for her old childhood friend in an orthodox Jewish community; The Wound, a film about closeted sexuality in the remote mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape; Vita and Virginia, a story that explores Virginia Woolf’s relationship with Vita Sackville-West; The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and more.

As the acceptance of the LGBTQ community continues to grow, the community will gain even more representation. Perhaps, in the future, one of these films will join the list of legendary cinematic love stories.

About the Writer
Trish Esposito, Staff Writer
Trish Esposito is a senior and this is her second year on the Purbalite as a staff writer. She loves reading, watching and critiquing films, and writing fiction as well as editorials.
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