"Homotopia" is a short film about resisting gay-assimilation and all that it entails, and today, Amelia and I were able to attend a viewing of the film alongside a discussion with the filmmakers, Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley.
So, what is gay-assimilation, and why should we be resisting it?
Well, these two rad, brilliant, and hilarious filmmakers explained that there is a prevalent normative culture in the United States. Basically, white, straight, monogamous, and capitalist men control the government, media, and cultural values. Those values include marriage and service in the military, two institutions which queer people are denied full inclusion in.
However, Vargas and Stanley are not advocating for the gay marriage movement or a change in military policies. They are working toward a different type of revolution, a revolution free from the social constraints of marriage and the violent imperialism of the military. This revolution, this Love Revolution, will be free from State Delusion because it will be free from all state institutions. Vargas and Stanley believe that the benefits derived from marriage, such as healthcare, should be individual and universal to all citizens, not just those who are married.
The film was devastatingly funny, honest, and powerful. Its message was one of acceptance and rebellion, love and pain, fluid gender and rigid state institutions.
Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley are two of my new heroes: unapologetic in their sexuality and gender, living on the fringes of society, and just being awesome.
Hey, this is Amelia. I just wanted to add a short bit of explanation to this great post of Kate's. Kate and I went to this showing/discussion with very open minds. I will be honest, I did not know too terribly much about queer culture, but I attended this showing in order to learn more. I for one, will continue to attend such things in order to learn more so I will be able to present readers with a better idea of the different genders/identities/cultures in the world. I think exposure is an important step toward understanding, and it is a step I will continue to take.