LGBT Month is hosted by Laura @ Laura Plus Books and Cayce @ Fighting Dreamer. It runs throughout the month of April and it's here to celebrate LGBT+ readers, LGBT+ authors and of course LGBT+ books.I've been writing tons of LGBT posts this month, but sadly they never made it past my thoughts. So here I am with a long-winded chat about movies, a book, and maybe a story.
One of my all time favorite movies, LGBT or straight as a vanilla board, is Shelter. If this was a book, it would fall into the New Adult contemporary romance category. Zach's had a hard life, but he doesn't feel sorry for himself. He's an artist. He loves his little brother. He has no idea what to do with the stuff he feels. I love the romance, music, and art in this movie!
Some of you know I'm a total sports movie girl, so it makes sense that I have a favorite LGBT sports movie. I'm like that. Guys and Balls is hilarious, also more in the NA category, plus there are subtitles, unless you understand German. I do not, but I do get a hankering for subtitles. I'm weird. So is Ekkie, the main character who totally crosses the line with his teammate, gets kicked off his team, and decides he'll show those small-minded jerks by starting up a gay soccer team!
If you're looking for something a little different, two movies come to mind.
Transamerica rocks the planet. You have a transsexual woman who discovers she has a 17 year old son. He's not sweet and chipper or very understanding and the two end up taking a road trip together. I love road trip movies! This one will capture your heart!
Flawless is the perfect movie for anyone looking for second chance stories. A homophobic cop suffers a stroke and the only person available to help him is a gay drag queen. Come on, that's good stuff, did I mention the cop is Robert De Niro and the gay drag queen is Philip Seymour Hoffman?
I have so many more LGBT movies I love. I'll try to fit another movie post next week. For now, I'll move on to books. I just read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz and I can't stop thinking about it. This is one of those stories you wish you could go back in time and read for the first time again!!
It got got me to thinking about my inner-world when I was in high school. There was drama for sure but I did my best to shove it all down so I could have fun. I didn't want to think, so I played. I played ball. I played boys. I played innocently, and a couple times crazy stupid. Mostly, I led my team of guardian angels to drink. I'm a love at first sight kind of girl with everything from best friends to future boyfriends. And I had this moment I'll never forget. My girls (my basketball team) just ran a ridiculous number of laps. I'm not sure how I got out of it that time, but I usually found a way out of running. We were sitting outside the gym, which happened to be at the all boys high school. I was mad in love with this one boy. Oh, man. It almost broke my heart to crush so bad, but feeling so big for someone is too good to be sad. So I went on and on and then turned to my teammate. "So, how about you? Who do you like? Come on. Tell me." She had a secret in those dark eyes of hers, but then it was gone, shoved away like my dark thoughts I refused to entertain. I bumped my shoulder into hers and teased that she had a crush on a Father Duenas boy (which in my eyes wasn't a complement). She shook her head and smiled at me. I loved my girls. We were one of the worst teams ever, but we had so much fun. A few years later on a break from college I found out the girl I grilled about boys liked girls. I wished she could have told me. I would have talked hot girls with her.