Esteros

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A familiar tale unfolds with uncommon lyricism in Argentine filmmaker Papu Curotto’s debut feature about two boys’ years-long relationship. Many other films have explored the theme of a central character learning to accept his sexuality after years of self-repression, but Esteros stands out for its uncommon restraint and sensitivity.

The story revolves around childhood friends Matias who spend their summers enjoying typical boyhood pursuits on the farm owned by Jeronimo’s family. Their relationship begins to take on a new, physical dimension during their adolescence, but is cut short when Matias’ father accepts a new job in Brazil and moves the family away.

Cut to 10 years later when the adult Matias, now an uptight scientist, returns to the area for a visit with his girlfriend Rochi. He reunites with his old friend, whose openly gay, bohemian lifestyle stands in marked contrast to that of Matias. It soon becomes clear that the two men are still attracted to each other, and when they decide to spend a few days in the house where they had spent idyllic summers, sparks inevitably fly.

In story and characterisations, Esteros (Spanish for “tidelands”) doesn’t really give us anything we haven’t seen before. But despite its recycled tropes, the film works beautifully thanks to its assured direction and economical, non-melodramatic script. The performers playing the younger and older versions of the main characters are excellent, with the latter heating up the screen in their inevitable torrid love scene. And the cinematography beautifully captures the glories of the Argentinian countryside, making the film a visual stunner.

A Handshake

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Léo and Baptiste go to the same school but don’t know each other yet. When they meet the first time, a passing handshake evokes a daydream for Baptiste. Turn on subtitles in the bottom right corner of the player if they’e not on by default.

Love, Simon gets TV spin-off

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Gay teen rom-com Love, Simon is getting a TV spin-off. The show, also titled Love, Simon, starts production very soon and will premiere at a later date on the new Disney+.

Actor Michael Cimino will star as Victor, who embarks on a “journey of discovery as he’s facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city and struggling with his sexuality” and who “reaches out to Simon to help him navigate high school,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Nick Robinson, who played Simon in the feature film, will executive-produce and narrate the show.

Yup, Will from Stranger Things is probably, actually not straight

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The original description for Stranger Things character Will Byers (played by Noah Schnapp) may give a clue at Will’s sexuality. Screen Rant reports that the Duffer brothers’ notes when pitching the show to networks described Will as having “sexual identity issues.”

“WILL BYERS […] is a sweet, sensitive kid with sexual identity issues. He only recently came to the realization that he does not fit into 1980s definition of ‘normal.’ His innocent choices, such as his colorful clothes, prove a constant source of bullying. Like Mike, Will escapes through fantasy gaming, where he can be himself, uninhibited. He has a close relationship with his mother, Joyce. His brother, Jonathan, helps raise him in lieu of their father, who abandoned them four years ago,” the notes read.

The description appears to confirm a fan theory that Will is gay. However, it’s unclear if the original character description will follow into the show’s current storylines. Fans began to speculate about Will’s sexuality after season three saw his friends begin to embark on romantic storylines.

Lucas and Max enter an on-again-off-again romance. Eleven and Mike’s own romance has become irritating to Jim Hopper as the tweens only want to spend time alone together. Dustin is also smitten with a girl, Suzie, who he met at camp. In one season three scene, Will leaves Lucas and Mike when he grows tired of hearing them discuss their romantic relationships.

“It’s not my fault you don’t like girls,” Mike tells Will.

Some fans thought this alluded to Will being gay while other fans thought it meant Will just hadn’t grown an interest in romance like his friends had.

You should, actually, fuck a peach

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We all know the scene in Call me by your Name. Elio — who is raging with the inimitable fervor of adolescence — lays down and gets to work relieving his boredom and sexual frustration in an, erm, interesting way.

He jabs his fingers into a ripe peach and plucks out the pit, sunset-gold juice splattering across his chest and abdomen. Then Elio rolls the peach around in his hands while looking up at the ceiling. Is he really going to…? you think. Elio unbuttons his bermuda shorts and moves the peach down to his crotch. Every sound is heightened.

We hear smushing, gushing, ripping, and gasping without ever seeing what exactly Elio is doing with the peach. But then again, we don’t need to. We know. The camera stays locked on Elio’s face, obliging us to watch the series of strange face contortions Elio  performs.

It feels like we’ve stumbled into a teenager’s bedroom at the worst possible time and haven’t closed the door behind us and mumbled our apologies. The scene of eccentric self-pleasure quickly crescendos into Elio heaving out a trite “fuck” and the moment is over. Elio places the soiled peach onto the nightstand beside him. A character has just fucked a peach on screen for the first time in cinema.

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Disney’s Andi Mack star Joshua Rush comes out as bisexual

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Turns out Disney star Joshua Rush wasn’t just acting when he played a queer character on Andi Mack. The 17-year-old who portrayed Cyrus Goodman on the show just came out as bisexual. Cyrus is the first openly gay main character on the Disney Channel.

Rush posted on Twitter that the first person to respond to his tweet is bi. He then responded to his own tweet writing “first! i win! it’s me. i’m bi. And now that I’ve said that, I have a few things to rant about. There are more important things to talk about than me liking a whole bunch of genders, but I do want to share a few things with you guys.”

“I saw so many of you watch Cyrus come out and said “Hey! I can be me! How ironic, isn’t it, that me, playing that character, never had mustered up that courage?” Rush continued. “Instead of feeling the courage to tell you today that I am an out and proud bisexual man because of the character I played for four years, I feel that courage thinking of all of you, who felt emboldened by Cyrus to come out.”

He explained that while he was playing a character on television who was becoming open with his sexuality he still dealt with internalized homophobia in his personal life.

“I stuffed the existential crisis of talking about my sexual orientation into a box in my mind for years. Today, I release it into the world,” Rush tweeted.

He ended his Twitter thread with a couple resources for his followers. He posted GLAAD’s resource on bisexuality saying that it helped him better understand his sexuality. Rush also encouraged his followers to donate to the Trevor Project.