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Wednesday, April 26 • 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Intersectionality: Race in Mainstream Queer Film

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The struggle with representation in the media is complex--especially within the realm of queer film. Initially, stereotypes were used as an indication from filmmaker to the audience during the coding era as an indication of queer representation in film. Since then, queer cinema has evolved to explicitly include various aspects of LGBT+ community: however, queer film is anything but fully developed. The subtleties derived from the coding era specifically catered to a white audience because circumstances wouldn’t allow it to. Racism was not only embedded into the mindset of people, but also in its regulations. There are films about these communities but the people represented in these films are only a portion of the community. The majority of LGBT+ films fail to see diversity like cultural, religious, or disabled queer communities. The intention of my research is to focus specifically on racial diversity. I want to criticize modern queer film’s portrayal of racial diversity, and analyze its development with the films Philadelphia (1993) and Moonlight (2016). I want to analyze how portraying racial diversity and the lack thereof changes the narrative of these films. For instance, although the film Philadelphia specifically tackles the AIDS epidemic, and Moonlight is more a coming-of- age film, these films still portray the gay experiences in two different manners because of the complexities that come with interpreting race. The story become multidimensional, and in a mainstream perspective, less relatable and less profitable. The comparison of the black and gay experience in these films will help assist my research behind why there isn’t as much racial diversity in films as there should be.


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Wednesday April 26, 2017 2:40pm - 3:00pm
221 Karpen Hall