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Pride & Prejudice

Five visions on GLBT culture.

The opening to the civil marriage between persons of the same sex (or egalitarian marriage) one of the main challenge of the homosexual movement worldwide. An increasing number of Countries are reforming their own civil code to remove from legislation the discrimination in treatment between heterosexual marriages and homosexual unions, on the assumption that the homosexual relationship is a healthy expression of sexuality and that the right to marriage is an inalienable individual right of the person.

It is, therefore, a reform that, in the various countries in which it is assumed, has not only a legal value, but mostly “symbolic” because it replaces the choices, the sexual orientations and the psychological identity of a person under the protection of the civil rights, implicitly certifying  that homosexuals are people, citizens, human beings, individuals, men and women who, like everyone else, respond to the laws of the State.

In a liberal and democratic society, it is a very important milestone. From another angle, is however legit, even ironic, to note that the legal recognition of same-sex marriages may perhaps end up to “secularize” the type of gay-culture that has also developed from the “rhetoric of the diversity”, maybe conforming it to norms and traditions from which it would ideally intend to detach, and ending for “betraying” those aesthetic, narrative and behavioural codes, which for many have almost become a patent of identity, an absolute value of personality to exhibit, claim, protect. Perhaps the “liberal normalization” fades the pride and “conforms” that kind of homosexual culture that is “accustomed” to feel or perceive it self as minoritarian, but eccentric, discriminated, but militant, and thus to “promote” itself from these assumptions (but this is a phenomenon that belongs to any process of emancipation).

At the same time it states a more general principle: that the sexual orientation and the personal feelings, into a modern, democratic society, do not need to be claimed and that there are simply people and their life choices. And this collective internalization – certainly favoured by the recognition of same-sex marriages – may be the best antidote to any homophobic recrudescence or discrimination. Total runtime: about 57 minutes.

Some suggestions related to the LGBT culture.

Fashion
Walter Van Beirendonck

Art
David Hockney
Alexander Kargalstev

Music
Planningtorock – “Let’s talk about gender”
Ultravox  – “My sex”

Photography
Pierre et Giles
Wolfgang Tillmans
Robert Mapplethorpe
Cass Bird
Alice Austen

Humanities & Social studies
Mad For Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of The Queer Theory (Gender And Culture) – Lynne Huffer
A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across The World - R. B Parkinson
The History of Sexuality – Michel Foucault
Gender Trouble – Judith Butler

Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing And The Fight For Fairness: a short-doc that connects the Black Civil Rights Movement with The Lesbian and Gay Marriage Equality movement.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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