Lately, I've been thinking about how we need to honor our gay stories better. We need to celebrate those gay stories that came before us. Whether it was Will & Grace, Brokeback Mountain, The L Word, Jumping the Broom, Birdcage, And The Band Played On, Paris is Burning. We have the LGBTQ stories we have today because of the men and women who wrote before us.
I think it's easy to stay in the now. I think it's easy to say that anything made before 2016 is dated. I don't see these past stories as artifacts, though. I see them as part of an interconnected web that led us to where we are today. If it weren't for those stories, would we have Moonlight today? Would we have Transparent? Other People? RuPaul's Drag Race? Gaycation?
There are flaws in every piece of storytelling, even the stories we put out today. No movie is perfect. No television series is perfect. I think it's time we try to honor those stories that came before. I don't know how to do it yet, but it's on my mind.
Because we can always do more. We can always expect more. Where is the story of the gay man standing up for his small town? Where is the story of the trans person fighting the bad guys? Where is the story of the lesbian pop singer who rises above her station to find love and success? Where is the police officer fighting crime? Where is the scientist facing down a broken system? Where is the man fighting to keep his husband alive? Where is the new dad trying to figure out how to raise a child by himself?
We can always push for deeper, more engaging, and more involved storytelling. And that's what GLITTER CORPS is trying to do.