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Directed by Anthony Rangel Coll, short film ‘aBloom’ follows Nick. After undergoing gay conversion therapy, Nick returns home determined to move on from his former partner. While spending time with his friends, he meets a mysterious stranger whose gaze ignites a spark within him.

Nick struggles to reconcile his true self with the expectations of those around him, but the stranger’s presence forces him to confront his deepest desires. Nick swims between embracing his true self and drowning in a lie. The strange visit of the past and the sweet gaze of this stranger will finally make him sink to the bottom of his heart and be reborn.


The “Bury Your Gays” Trope

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The “Bury Your Gays” trope is the presentation of deaths of LGBT characters where these characters are nominally able to be viewed as more expendable than their heterosexual counterparts. In this way, the death is treated as exceptional in its circumstances.

In aggregate, queer characters are more likely to die than straight characters. Indeed, it may be because they seem to have less purpose compared to straight characters, or that the supposed natural conclusion of their story is an early death. But where did this trope come from?

Red, White & Royal Blue adaption gets R rating

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Red, White & Royal Blue fans are in celebration mode. On Monday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) revealed that the upcoming Prime Video film will be Rated-R as a result of the “language, some sexual content, and partial nudity.”

As the two central characters – in the words of one Twitter user – fuck every time they see each other in the book”,  fans of Casey McQuiston’s iconic New York Bestseller celebrated the news on social media. “If they’re book accurate it won’t just be “some” sexual content,” said one reader, while another tweeted: “Oh so they really want to keep close to source material. I’m sat.”

Launching 11 August on Prime Video, the highly-anticipated gay romance stars The Kissing Booth’s Taylor Zakhar Perez as Alex Claremont-Diaz and Cinderella’s Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Henry.

The novel follows the story of Alex, the son of America’s first female president (played by Kill Bill icon Uma Thurman), and his complicated relationship with his royal counterpart across the pond.

“Separated by an ocean, their long-running feud hasn’t really been an issue, until a disastrous—and very public—altercation at a royal event becomes tabloid fodder, driving a potential wedge in U.S./British relations at the worst possible time,” reads the synopsis.

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Louder Than Words

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Louder Than Words follows a young musician named Ansel (Luke Farley), and his unexpected encounter with Niall (Marty Lauter also known as Marcia Marcia Marcia from Season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race), an endearing, deaf dancer.

When forced to share a studio space, artists Ansel and Niall find themselves awkwardly beside each other, performing song and dance respectively. They have an underlying connection, and that is a closeted interest and admiration of each other. While Niall can read lips, an obvious language barrier still stands between him and Ansel. In order to communicate, Ansel and Niall must step out of their comfort zones, because even though they share similar passions and quickly inspire each other, the inevitable risk of miscommunication—both in language and emotion—remains, rendering their hidden affection almost impossible to express.

The film explores the sheer struggle that queer people often face in a culture that is yet to fully foster accepting spaces for courtship and love. At its core, the story portrays how difficult it can be to communicate romantic interest as a queer person, and in this case, the added impediment of being deaf.


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In Stavanger, Norway, a heart-warming Valentines Day short film tells the story of two teenage boys in love. A film by Eilidh Gow and David Bonecker.

Heartstopper is back this summer

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We are heading back to the halls of Truham Grammar School for Boys this summer when season two of Heartstopper returns. Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) come back for season two on August 3.

The queer coming-of-age tv series based on the script and graphic novel by author Alice Oseman follows teens Charlie and Nick on their journey of queer self-discovery, their growing relationship, and the friends within their orbit. Season two will bring the boys back in front of the camera, with the upcoming season based on volume 3 of the graphic novel series.

“Season 2 is based on Volume 3,” said Oseman. “So we had a good foundation. But there’s not enough in the book to take a whole season of TV, so there had to be a lot of creation of new stuff.”

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Mila Caos

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Every weekend at an illegal drag show in the suburbs of Havana, Sebastián, a 17 year old Cuban teenager, transforms into ‘Mila Caos’, his empowered, flamboyant alter-ego. When he returns to his daytime self, Sebastián suffers from his mother’s indifference, dreaming that one day she will see him on stage for who he truly is.

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Final Young Royals season officially in production

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It’s almost time for a Royal sendoff. The third, and final season of the hit Swedish teen series Young Royals has officially begun filming.

Netflix’s hit gay teen romance about a young prince and his boyfriend will be ending after its third season, which started production recently. Young Royals stars Edvin Ryding as Prince Wilhelm, the teen prince of Sweden who falls in love with Simon Eriksson (Omar Rudberg), a fellow student at the fictional boarding school Hillerska. The first two seasons have been praised for their representation and love story.

“Nothing but good vibes as the Young Royals cast is back on set for the third and final season,” Netflix wrote in a Tweet, announcing that the season had started filming. The video shows the cast hanging time together, reading scripts, and just being adorable. There are, of course, lots of shots of stars Ryding and Rudberg together.

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Strange Way of Life: Pedro Pascal’s gay Western to debut in May

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Fresh from the The Last of Us finale, Pedro Pascal is ready to ride into his next role – as the gunslinging Silva in queer new Western romance Strange Way of Life. The 30-minute short film, which is reportedly set to open the 76th Cannes Film Festival in May, stars Pascal alongside Dead Poet Society actor Ethan Hawke, who will play a sheriff named Jake.

Manu Ríos, star of Netflix’s queer teen drama Elite, is also on the cast list, in an as-yet untitled role, while Pedro Almodóvar will be behind the camera in the director’s chair. Considering the internet’s seemingly undying fascination with Pedro PascalStrange Way of Life will almost certainly end up on must-watch lists. As such, here’s everything we know about the film so far.

Openly gay director Pedro Almodóvar has let little slip about the premise of Strange Way of Life. What we do know though, according to IMDb, is that Silva (Pascal) will ride a horse across the desert in an attempt to find his friend Jake (Hawke), after 25 long years apart. In an interview with IndieWire, Almodóvar suggested some sort of “showdown” between the two, implying that the pair are, or were, very much more than just “friends”.

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