<i>Naz & Maalik</i>: Black, Gay, Muslim, And In Love
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"For the longest time I couldn't put a name to who I was. I didn't have an image to who was like me. It was torturous," Jane Lynch notes in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema, the savvy documentary from 2006 by Lesli Klainberg and Lisa Ades. A few minutes after Jane lets loose, Todd Haynes, the director of Carol and Poison, adds," I think films do make a difference. They get under people's skin, and they reflect our lives and our experiences back to us." But if you're gay and don't check off Caucasian on various surveys, you have had a harder time finding yourself on the big screen. There's been Pariah (2011), The Watermelon Woman (1996), Brother to Brother (2004), and a handful of others of varying delight. But what if you are a gay, black, Muslim teenager residing in Brooklyn and are in love with another gay, black, Muslim teen, where will you get media support? Certainly not on Modern Family or even The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Maalik and Naz at peace on the subway.
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