Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken

Article excerpt

As a young gay man who has been obsessed with movies most of his life, I've realized certain things about the teen-horror genre. In the rare occurrence a gay character appears, they are always secondary players with no purpose in the film but to comfort the female lead and eventually die.

So, as a young gay filmmaker, I decided to break this trend by creating a teen-horror film that would portray gay characters as strong and who have a purpose within the film beyond the stereotypical "gay best friend."

In my debut film, Sinner, there are three gay characters, none of whom fit into the stereotypical mold. One character, Tad, is the champion of his high school swim team, strong in both body and mind, popular, and forced to take on the here role on more than one occasion.

Laura is an aspiring model who recently discovered she is a lesbian. As her love for a straight female character grows, she begins to regret her relationship with her current boyfriend. She lets him down easy, not wanting to deny who she really is. …

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