Best Queer Films 2000-2010
by Sawyer J. Lahr
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2000-10 was a decade of critical successes in getting the gay experience into the mainstream of America. Certainly not every gay person is out of the woodwork, but thanks to the message Harvey Milk memorialized by Gus Van Sant and Kirby Dick’s radical journalistic filmmaking, every gay person is being called out into the theaters and into the streets. In 2009 the public saw an awesome, young, diverse, grass-roots mobilization of gay rights supporters march on Washington D.C. on October 11th. Their demand: full marriage equality, employment non-discrimination, and an end to “Don’t ask don’t tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Before going into the list, a few words on the meaning of “queer.” A film qualifies as queer for many reasons that will never be entirely concrete. It is not a genre. Queer films are generally defined by scholars and critics as written, directed, or produced by gay or lesbian filmmakers. The story does not have to be about a LGBTI or questioning character, but often is. A director does not have to be gay for the film to be queer as long as the film has a gay sensibility. For the purposes of this list, queer just means gay-made or about the LGBTIQ experience.
Brokeback Mountain (2005) by Ang Lee
Milk (2008) by Gus Van Sant
Outrage (2009) by Kirby Dick
Single Man (2009) by first time director and fashion designer Tom Ford
Trans-America (2005) by Duncan Tucker
Short Bus (2006) by John Cameron Mitchell
Jihad for Love (2007) by Parvez Sharma
Of Time and the City (2009) by Terrance Davies
Beautiful Boxer (2003) by Ekachai Uekrongtham
Saving Face (2006) by Alice Wu
Sawyer J. Lahr is Chief Editor of the forthcoming online publication, Go Over the Rainbow. He also writes a monthly film column for Mindful Metropolis, a conscious living magazine in Chicago, IL.
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