Manuel Betancourt

'Queer' Posts

Queer Instagram, or How “Sex in Public” gets the Web 2.0 treatment

The following is picture essay intended to re-frame Warner & Berlant’s pioneering essay “Sex in Public” in the digital age. 

All images have been embedded from Instagram. If you would like me to take them down from the post, feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly.

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Queer Boys & Mx Bond, or How Vivian Bond suffuses The Drift with a spiky queer sensibility

Lana Turner has collapsed! I was trotting along and suddenly it started raining and snowing and you said it was hailing but hailing hits you on the head hard so it was really snowing and raining and I was in such a hurry to meet you but the traffic was acting exactly like the sky and suddenly I see a headline LANA TURNER HAS COLLAPSED! there ...

“Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall,” or How you should really know your (nude, gay, erotic) history

“Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall, is a historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who made work for the gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. Curated by New York-based illustrator Robert W. Richards, Stroke features 80 original illustrations by 25 artists. This exhibition of a forgotten ...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot, or How Can’t Stop the Music (1980) is a glitterbomb

This is part of The Film Experience’s April Fools Day Edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. (And what an apt April Fools joke this is!)

As a result, the young men compensate by playing at being men, wearing cowboy clothes, boots, black leather, attempting through clothes, (what an age for the fetishist!) to ...

“These Are The 8 Types Of Gay Guys You’ll Date In Your Twenties” or How BuzzFeed leads the way towards homonormativity

“It does not seem possible to think of oneself as normal without thinking that some other kind of person is pathological” — Michael Warner, The Trouble With Normal

These Are The 8 Types Of Gay Guys You’ll Date In Your Twenties. So tells us a new video released via BuzzFeed. It’s a humorous and satirical (?) take ...

HBO’s Looking or How the burden of representation claims another victim

HBO premiered its new show Looking last night. And it took less than 24 hours for a straight male journalist to resort to humor (of course) to react to it. And yet, the piece is indicative of the burden of representation that befalls media that grapples with the lives of minority subjects.

Despite Mick Stingley‘s assertion that gays ...

Pause for the Applause, or How apparently gay-adored divas are a dying breed

Over at The Advocate, Neal Broverman shines the spotlight on a fascinating aspect of gay male culture: The Male-Female Diva Pact (“signed around 1900 between Sarah Bernhardt and Oscar Wilde, possibly,” he quips). The concept — gay males lovingly attach themselves to glamorous, talented, larger-than-life female divas — is not a new one, of course, ...

“Why do gay people alienate themselves so much?” Or How I take on a friend’s question and run with it

Have you heard of this rainbow crosswalk recently unveiled in Vancouver, BC? As a former VanCity resident, it makes me happy to know that Davie St is even more colorful now. I shared news of the crosswalk with some friends this past weekend while at brunch. One of them responded with something that made me ...

Faggot (n), or How THINKB4YOUSPEAK

thinkb4youspeak.com Cause y’know, I like to enlighten people every once in a while in a non-popular ‘watch this/skip that’ kind of way.

Queering Disney, or How Walt’s Villains play for our team

This post is part of Queering the Apparatus ‘Queer Film Blog-a-thon‘ so don’t stop here – go check out what QTA & co has to offer by visiting the Blog-a-thon’s HQ and browsing through what is bound to be a great selection of musings on/about Queer Films.

Seeing how Disney’s Enchanted opens this Wednesday (featuring a ...

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