On Our Own: A Survival Guide for Independent LGBTQIA+ Youth

Hey all:

I got this awesome guide in an email today from an organization with whom I’ll be starting work in June, and I knew I had to share it. It’s an awesome resource for “youth facing the daunting prospect of living on their own after leaving unsupportive or abusive homes, or aging out of foster care.”

I’ve pasted the full text of the email below, along with the links to the actual guide. I’ll be posting this on the new site as well, but wanted to share it right away. Too important not to.

KEEP THE FAITH.

-H

Continue reading

Advertisements

Film Rec: Bisexuality/Polyamory

Hey, all:

I’m working on the post for episode 1 of season 1 of Hannibal at the moment (God help me with this show, I swear to GOD. Bryan Fuller ripped out my soul and put it in a television series, that’s all there is to it) and I’m simultaneously watching one of my favorite LGBT+ foreign language films: Angels of Sex. It’s Spanish language, and features a bisexual man who falls in love with a straight couple…and they fall in love with him.

It’s bisexuality, polyamory, it’s gorgeous, and I love it…I think you all will too. AND AND AND? It’s available on Netflix! GO WATCH IT, SERIOUSLY.

I’m going to do an entire post based on this film because it’s a jewel, and is the heart of something I believe very much: that we all should have the freedom to love as we wish and arrange our relationships as we see fit.

But I just had to rec it now, and LOOK at them:

9349dc829aa7b7084c0a5450ea1d9f40

YES. Ahhhhhh ❤ ❤ ❤

So, I’ve got another one like this that I’ll rec tomorrow- it’s a German language film that I’ve watched a million times. I’ll be doing a post on that one too, but I literally cannot wait to tell you all about them because they’re SO GOOD.

ENJOY! 😀

KEEP THE FAITH!

-H

 

 

Updates: Blog Expansion, new Tumblr, etc.

Hey, guys:

So, here’s the deal on the blog expansion. We are starting from scratch, and building a new site. We will upload all our archives from here to the new site, and redo the design/layout etc. This blog will remain *active* until that site goes live, and will redirect to the new site for a period of months until everyone is aware we’ve moved.

The new site will be called Method Blue. The tumblr is already active. Follow us! 😀

MC had a big hand in the name, and I thought blue was a great callback to the work we’ve already been doing, and will continue to do. While this site is focused on a few fandoms, primarily X-Men, the new blog will be *everything* LGBTQIA in the arts, media, and eventually history as well. Yep- fandom culture will still be there, for sure.

I have quite a lot of content from reader submissions to upload to the new site, but we are *absolutely* still accepting things. If you’ve written something, drawn something, analyzed something, if you have a film/book/show recommendation, if you’ve made an indie film or do podcasts, vblogs,*anything* LGBTQIA related, *I WANT TO SEE IT.* XD And post it, if at all possible. (YES- this includes fanfic. Regardless of what happens/what has already happened in XMA or with X-Men, I will never not support fanfic authors, and I will still be doing rec lists!!) If you blog about LGBT+ things, tweet or Facebook about them, I want to follow, so send me your info!

For ALL of you who identify as LGBTQIA/Pansexual/homoromantic/gender fluid/etc- I want you to have access to your history, your stories, your culture, everything. I want this to be a safe haven for you, no matter who you are, where you come from, or how you identify. I am FOR you, WITH you, PART OF you. 

We are family.

I am here. I’m not going anywhere.

Eventually, I’ll make a statement regarding XMA. I know people want to hear from me about that, but I’m waiting until the US premiere. There’s a lot of…emotions that I have about it, and I’ve done the better part of two weeks working through them. All I can say at the moment is that no matter what, I’m not going to let XMA tear down this blog. I’ve wanted to expand for months now, and our idea is bigger than one film. But I will talk about it soon enough.

I hope you stick with us. I’m unbelievably grateful that *so many* of you have stayed by our side. 

So, let’s evolve. I’ll be getting into Hannibal personally as well as doing blogs on LGBT+ film, hoping for two a month since they’ll be the usual graphics-heavy analysis you’re used to on the blog! The first will cover the Swedish vampire piece Let the Right One In. MC will continue on with X-Men, Marvel, possibly other things. Not-a-bit-good will continue with Daredevil. I have a few interested writers for other projects. When I am finished with Hannibal, I’ll be moving into other shows.

So a lot is coming.

Also, please feel free to contact me. I’m here now. I say this a bit hesitantly concerning a few recent bad experiences with two people, but again, not going to let anyone tear down what we are trying to do. So, if you want to talk, if you need to vent about sexual identity, or issues concerning your creative work, or just to yell about feels and disappointments and victories regarding anything LGBTQIA related- including fictional characters XD- I’m here. I’m no therapist, but I’m a damn good listener. 

Just contact the new tumblr blog as linked above (themethodblue), or email us at charlesanderik2016@gmail.com. I will answer you. I also have a twitter that’s available upon request if you’d like to follow! (The email will eventually change, but not until the site goes live.)

I love you all very much.

And no matter what- let us NEVER, *EVER* lose our faith. Keep it, always.

-H

 

Outrage 69: The Political Climate of FC and DoFP

Guys- Forgive me once again for delays in posting. School has been great this quarter, but very demanding. However, I’m on some days off starting today, so hopefully I can finish those last three X-Men posts I’ve been writing for forever. I’ve got a few news links to post as well. Less than a month to go!!

Ok, so, I wanted to share this documentary with all of you. I have a theory that the X-Men films are meant to be viewed through the lens of the time in which they’re set, and in order to do that, you’ve gotta be familiar with the political climate. So, this documentary is not only REALLY GOOD, it gives you a glimpse into what life was like for the LGBT+ community in the 1960s and the 1970s. It’s not long, about an hour, and it is eye-opening. Remember, for LGBT characters in 1960s film, they were not allowed to be shown openly, and always had their stories end badly, just as Erik and Charles do in FC. In the 1970s, things were a bit more visible, a bit more hopeful, and that reflects in film, but the political climate was still very homophobic. Gay characters were usually shown as drug addicts, or criminals, as Charles and Erik are portrayed in DoFP.

Outrage 69 doesn’t get into the 1980s, but I have a documentary that will, and I’ll post that when I do the Gay Subtext in Films from the 1980s. I have a very strong feeling that the AIDS crisis that befell the LGBT community in that era will play some part in XMA. The virus Apocalypse brings with him in the comics, and unleashes onto the world, was absolutely subtext for AIDS.

The X-Men films are brilliant for this alone, and I think it’s very important that we view them as films made in the 1960-1980s. I don’t think they’re meant to be judged from a modern POV- I see them as a subtextual representation of the battle for equal rights as told through the eras in which they’re set. So, check out this documentary, then maybe give the films a rewatch. Also watch as the portrayal of women also changes and the portrayal of PoC also changes- it’s slow, it’s gradual, it’s frustrating as hell, but it’s changing. Just like it happens in real life.

(This is one of the reasons I think Darwin is going to come back in XMA.)

Our current climate resembles this video quite a bit, so I think you’ll all relate to it. And as my friend soulfulmags always reminds me: You must honor the entire struggle. (She’s also been teaching me so much about black history and the struggles of PoC because as a white person, I have no experience of it and cannot speak on it because of that, yet want so much to learn. I very much want to build a section for X-Men as it relates to civil rights and PoC since the comics were originally conceived as subtext for that exact thing. And our battles for equal rights are SO intertwined. If anyone has anything to contribute for that, I’d greatly appreciate it!!)

This doc also shows the unique struggles of PoC and women in the LGBT community, then and now, which is also enlightening in view of the X-Men films.

So, without further ado, here is the link to the documentary. I hope you like it. I absolutely LOVED it:

Outrage 69

KEEP THE FAITH!! CHERIK IS ENDGAME!!

-H