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Just a ouple of films that portrayed people and situations that I could relate to.....

1. Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday is a 1971 British drama film directed by John Schlesinger and starring Murray Head, Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch. It tells the story of a free-spirited young bisexual artist (played by Head) and his simultaneous relationships with a female recruitment consultant (Jackson) and a male Jewish doctor (Finch).

The film is significant for its time in that Finch's homosexual character is depicted as successful and relatively well-adjusted, and not particularly upset by his sexuality. In this sense, Sunday Bloody Sunday was a considerable departure from Schlesinger's previous film Midnight Cowboy, which had portrayed its homosexuals characters as alienated and self-loathing.

The film was released before the 1972 shooting by police of unarmed protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland, an event dubbed "Bloody Sunday."

2. Beautiul Thing

The story is set and filmed on Thamesmead, a working class area of South East London dominated by post-war council estates.[2][3]

Jamie (Glen Berry), a teen who is infatuated with his classmate, Ste, has to deal with his single mother Sandra (Linda Henry), who is pre-occupied with ambitious plans to run her own pub and with an ever-changing string of lovers, the latest of whom is Tony (Ben Daniels), a neo-hippie. Sandra finds herself at odds with Leah (Tameka Empson), a sassy and rude neighbour who has been expelled from school, does several drugs, and constantly listens and sings along to her mother's Cass Elliot records. While Jamie's homosexuality remains concealed, his introvert nature and dislike of football are reason enough for his classmates to bully him at every opportunity.

Ste (Scott Neal), who is living together with his drug-dealing brother and abusive, alcoholic father in the flat next door, is one night beaten by his brother so badly that Sandra takes pity and lets him sleep over. In the absence of a third bed, Ste has to make do with sleeping 'top-to-toe' with Jamie. On the second night they share a bed: after a massage and a minor conversation, the boys soon change sleeping arrangements and Jamie kisses Ste for the first time.

The next morning, Ste panics and leaves before Jamie awakens, avoiding him for days. Jamie works up the nerve to steal a Gay Times from a newsagent, apparently starting to accept his sexuality and affection for Ste. Jamie finally spots Ste at a nearby party and confronts him; they prepare to leave together. The party ends badly, with Sandra taking vengeance on Leah for gossiping, who then threatens to 'spill the beans' about Ste and Jamie and confesses to having covered up for Ste in front of his father and brother. Ste reacts poorly, angrily rejecting Jamie and running away.

Slowly, Ste accepts Jamie's love and their relationship begins to develop as they visit a gay pub together. Sandra follows them and discovers their secret, and the film reaches its climax as a bad trip by Leah (on an unnamed drug) precipitates Sandra's breakup with Tony; the news of Sandra's new job comes out; and Sandra confronts Ste and Jamie. Sandra comes to accept her son's relationship.

The film ends with the two boys slow-dancing in the courtyard of their council flats to the Cass Elliot song "Dream a Little Dream of Me", while a guarding Sandra dances defiantly at their side with Leah as the local residents look on; some of them shocked, some of them enjoying the moment themselves.

The first film was set in the same social scene that I was mixed up with at the time (I'm ashamed to say!smile.png)

The second always reminds me of the 20 years I spent living in London"s East End and the wonderful young people I had the pleasure of knowing. I particularly like the positive ending, nothing gives me greater pleasure than realising that youngsters growing up gay in Britain today will never have to suffer the pain and fear that I knew in the 50's. Not in the slightest bit ashamed to say that it still brings a few tears every time I watch it!

P.S. The film blurbs were lifted rom Wiki. so don"t expect the links to work!

Edited by catmac

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I think this is a great idea.

I have a good listing of non porn movies with gay themes .

But at the moment I only have Mobile phone access and it is too tedious to make a long posting.

I will get back when I have a decent broadband connection.

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A useful resource.

The following tumbler blog gives a list of 300 odd gay or gay friendly movies with a link to known clips if available or in some cases full movies on Utube, Vimeo. etc.

This is not a list of gay porn films. Sorry to disappoint ;-).. It is a serious LGBT anthology? filmthology :-). It has many Asian titles

http://gaysinmovies.tumblr.com/

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I've really been enjoying the "Outlander" series of books by Diana Gabaldon. It's a cross between fantasy, historical fiction, and a good old-fashioned bodice-ripper. Though most of the story is heterosexual (with very very hot sex scenes), there is a very compelling gay thread through most of the books, with gay heroes and villains. There are currently 8 novels in the series, and they're all wonderful.

The series has recently been turned into a TV show on Showtime, and I'm happy to report that the TV show is just as wonderful as the novels, but with less detail, of course. Beautifully filmed.

More info here.

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While not 'gay' per se, the Thai movie "Beautiful Boxer" is wonderful. The based-on-a-true-story of a lady boy who fights Muay Thai to raise money for her sex change, this movie had me crying, laughing, and feeling good about the world we live in. Highly recommended.

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The farang pub has a "What are you listening to" YouTube videos thread. Why doesn't this forum have a similar thread for gay and lesbian music? Anyway until then I will carry on posting my favorite music on the farang pub forum. Feel free to check out my favs.

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Crystal Boys, the TV series of the first gay-themed Chinese novel now on Youtube in FRANÇAIS, ESPAÑOL, ITALIANO, PORTUGUÊS, SLOVENSKÝ and ENGLISH. ~~~ Enjoy watching! ~~~ ===>


I'll start off with 'Crystal Boys' by Pai Hsien-Yung (translated by Howard Goldblatt). It's a novel about gay life in Taipei in the 1970s. The gay world was called the 'glass community' and the people who inhabited it were the Glass (or Crystal) Boys.

A-Qing gets caught with a supervisor at his high school and gets kicked out of house and home and runs away to join Chief Yang's gang of Crystal Boys.

Taiwan PBS made a 20 episode series for TV which I have copies of. Unfortunately the only subs on it are Chinese!

"There are no days in our kingdom, only nights. As soon as the sun comes up , our kingdom goes into hiding, for it is an unlawful nation; we have no government and no constitution, we are neither respected nor recognised by anyone, our citizenry is little more than rabble."


Wow, that sounds interesting. Gay life in Taipei must have been horrible in the 1970s. I lived there around the turn of the millenium and it was in transition. I hear that Taipei has a quite interesting gay scene now.

I'd be interested in reading a novel based on gay life in Taipei in the 1970s.

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Just finished watching this and it is by far the best gay tv drama out this year, so far. Absolutely brilliant, two thumbs up. You won't be disappointed!

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Lots of gay vids out there - not talking about X-rated - just stories about relationships and how they got there.  Type in Eng sub BL on youtube - they are the best IMHO with subtitles.  Some of the series are the best - and also on some of the sites such as Netflix.  SOTUS the series won lots of awards and the stars have been doing promotional appearances all over SE Asia - even at some of the major malls here in Bangkok as recently as Chinese New Years.  Good for those still young at heart no matter your age but not recommended for those who are really jaded.

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