A new trend appears to be taking hold: the coming-of-age film in all its glorious diversity
Occasionally a film could break through as an uproarious comedy, like The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, or a story about aging like Gods and Monsters. Still, it took a while for queer films to evolve beyond an obsessive focus on gay men dying or coming out.
With San Francisco’s Frameline drawing to a close and the LA-based queer film festival Outfest kicking off now, a new trend appears to be taking hold: the coming-of-age film in all its glorious diversity. These stories deal with long-tread subjects like coming out, fighting for equality and finding love, but with a new twist—coming out now feels more like part of growing up rather than an earth-shattering revelation.
That doesn’t make the process easy, however, nor does it make for a lack of drama. Just as the LGBT community continues to progress and evolve as an essential aspect of American culture, so do our stories.