Merlinka – International Queer Film Festival

Month: September 2018

Konkurs za plakat 2018.

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Deseti Međunarodni festival queer filma „Merlinka“ održaće se od 6. do 12. decembra 2018. godine u Domu omladine Beograda i Dvorani Kulturnog centra Beograda.

Pozivaju se dizajneri i oni koji to žele da budu da učestvuju u izradi plakata za deveti Međunarodni festival queer filma „Merlinka“ koji šalje poruku o toleranciji, prihvatanju i LGBT egzistenciji kroz prizmu filmske umetnosti.
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Knife + Heart

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Nedelja, 9. decembar 2018. 21:30 (orijentaciono) Velika sala – Film počinje nakon dodele nagrada i zatvaranja festivala

Nož + srce

Režiser: Yann Gonzalez

Uloge: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Mauri

Francuska, 2018

Cannes Film Festival (Kanski filmski festival)

Prix Jean Vigo – Najbolji film, Reykjavik International Film Festival – Najbolji film

Pariz, leto 1979. Anne je producent trećerazredne gej pornografije. Kada je Lois, njena montažerka i ljubavnica, napusti, pokušava da joj se vrati, snimajući ambiciozni film sa upečatljivim Archibaldom.

Un couteau dans le coeur

Director: Yann Gonzalez

Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury

France, 2018

Cannes Film Festival

Prix Jean Vigo – Best film, Reykjavik International Film Festival – Best film

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of gay porn at discount. When Loïs, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to reclaim her by turning a film more ambitious with the flamboyant Archibald.

Yann Gonzalez

Yann Gonzalez was born in 1977 in Nice, France. He was a film critic who eventually went on to direct films in 2006. His short film, I HATE YOU LITTLE GIRLS was selected for the “Quinzaine de réalisateurs” in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He follows his first feature film YOU AND THE NIGHT (2013), selected for La Semaine de La Critique with KNIFE + HEART.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Subota, 8. decembar 2018. 21:00 Velika sala

Možete li mi ikada oprostiti?

Igrani film

Režija: Marielle Heller

Uloge: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells

SAD, 2018

TIFF

Kada Li Izrael ne uspe da podiđe trenutnim ukusima, ona pretvara svoju umetnost u prevaru. Adaptacija memoara Can You Ever Forgive Me?, istinita priča o najprodavanijem biografu poznatih, Lee Israel (Li Izrael).

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Feature film

Director: Marielle Heller

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells

USA, 2018

TIFF

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.

Marielle Heller

Marielle Heller is a writer, director and actor. She was selected as a 2012 Sundance Screenwriting Fellow and 2012 Sundance Directing Fellow, and was honored with the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship, and The Maryland Film Festival Fellowship. Her writing credits include pilots for ABC and 20th Century Fox, and multiple screenplays and theatrical plays. She has performed at theaters all over the world, from New York to the West End.

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Rafiki

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Petak, 7. decembar 2018. 19:00 Velika sala

Rafiki

Igrani film

Režija: Wanuri Kahiu

Uloge: Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmi Gathu

Kenija, Južna Afrika, Nemačka, Francuska, Liban, Norveška, Holandija, SAD, 2018.

Trajanje: 82 min.

TIFF, Cannes Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival – Pobednik

Dobre kenijske devojke postaju dobre kenijske žene, ali Kena i Ziki traže nešto više. Kada ljubav procveta između njih, dve devojke će biti primorane da biraju između sreće i sigurnosti.

Rafiki

Feature film

Director: Wanuri Kahiu

Stars: Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmy Gathu

Kenya, South Africa, Germany, France, Lebanon, Norway, Netherlands, USA, 2018

Duration: 82 min

TIFF, Cannes Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival – Winner

“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Wanuri Kahiu

Born in Nairobi, Wanuri is part of the new generation of African storytellers. Her stories and films have received international acclaim. Her films screened in numerous film festivals around the world. To date, Wanuri has written and directed six films. Rafiki is her second feature film. She is the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media company that supports, creates and commissions fun, fierce and frivolous African art. In 2008, Wanuri completed her first feature film From A Whisper based on the real life events surrounding the twin bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. The film won awards at the Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture, the Golden Dhow award at Zanzibar International Film Festival and Best Film at Kalasha, Kenya Film and TV awards. Shortly after she completed a documentary about the life of Nobel peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai entitled For Our Land (2009) for M-Net ‘Great Africans’ Series. Her short Science Fiction Film Pumzi (2009) that was partially funded by Focus Features, Goethe Institut and Changa Moto Fund in Kenya, screened at Sundance in 2010. Pumzi won Best Short at Cannes Independent Film Festival, May 2010 and took Silver at Carthage Film Festival in 2010. Wanuri was named a TED Fellow in 2017 and World Economic Forum cultural leader in 2018. Wanuri published her first children’s book, The Wooden Camel (Lanata Publishing), she is currently in post porduction on a feature length documentary “GER” (To Be Separate) and in pre-production on “Rusties” a near future science fiction film set in Nairobi.

Las herederas

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Petak, 7. decembar 2018. 21:00 Velika sala

Naslednice

Igrani film

Režiser: Marcelo Martinessi

Uloge: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova

Paragvaj, Nemačka, Urugvaj, Brazil, Norveška, Francuska, 98 ‘

Berlinale – nagrada FIPRESCI, Srebrni medved (Najbolja glumica), nagrada Alfred Bauer, nominovan za Zlatnog medveda

Chela i Chikuita su obe poreklom iz bogatih porodica i zajedno su već́ više od 30 godina. Ali u skorije vreme, njihova finansijska situacija se pogoršala i počinju da prodaju svoje nasleđene stvari. Ali kada njihovi dugovi dovedu do toga da je Chikuita zatvorena zbog optužbi za prevare, Chela je prisiljena da se suoči sa novom realnošću. Vozeći po prvi put u životu, ona počinje da pruža lokalnu taksi uslugu grupi starijih bogatih dama. Pošto se Chela polako privikava na novi život, sreće se sa mnogo mlađom Angy, stvarajući svežu i osnažujuću novu vezu. Chela je konačno počela da izbija iz svoje ljuske i da se povezuje sa svetom, upadajući u svoju ličnu, intimnu revoluciju.

The Heiresses

Feature film

Director: Marcelo Martinessi

Cast: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova

Paraguay, Germany, Urugua, Brazil, Norway, France, 98′

Berlinale – FIPRESCI Prize, Silver Berlin Bear (Best Actress), Alfred Bauer Prize, Nominee Golden Berlin Bear

Chela and Chiquita are both descended from wealthy families in Asunción and have been together for over 30 years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

Marcelo Martinessi

Born in Asunción, Paraguay in 1973, he is a director and screenwriter. He studied communication in his hometown, followed by film at the London Film School. His short films, which revolve around literature and memory, have screened at festivals including the Berlinale and Clermont-Ferrand. He was executive director of his country’s first public television station from 2010 up to the coup d’état in 2012. His attempt at coming to terms with the ensuing political chaos gave rise to his short film La Voz Perdida (The Lost Voice), which won Best Short at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival.

Among the People: Life & Acting

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Subota, 8. decembar 2018. 19:30 Amerikana

Među ljudima: Život i gluma

Dokumentarni video

Režija: Želimir Žilnik

Srbija, 2018.

Trajanje: 83 min.

Nacionalna premijera

Video povodom izložbe Shadow Citizens assemblage karakteriše sećanja i komentare glumaca amatera u kombinaciji sa scenama iz filmova u kojima su učestvovali kao “protagonisti”, pomešani sa snimcima ekipe koja radi na setovima Žilnikovih filmova.

Deluje kao podsetnik Žilniku o talentima i stvarnim iskustvima njegovih učesnika, koji su inspirisali ovog filmadžiju da artikuliše svoje narativne teme i definiše svoje izmišljene likove. Istovremeno, video dokumentuje kako su učesnici filma doživeli nove susrete i solidarnost u “filmskom kolektivu”.

Among the People: Life & Acting

Documentary video

Director: Želimir Žilnik

Serbia, 2018

Duration: 83 min

National premiere

The newly commissioned video for the occasion of the exhibition Shadow Citizens assemblage features memories and commentaries of non-professional actors combined with excerpts from films in which they participated as “protagonists,” mixed with footage made of crews working on the sets of Žilnik’s films.

It acts as a reminder for Žilnik of the talents and real-life experiences of his participants, which inspired the filmmaker to articulate their narrative threads and also define his fictional characters. At the same time, the video documents how the film participants experienced new encounters and solidarity in the “film collective.”

Želimir Žilnik

Želimir Žilnik (born in Niš in 1942; currently living and working in Novi Sad) has written and directed numerous feature and documentary films which have reaped many awards at domestic and international film festivals. Žilnik is renowned as an initiator of the “docudrama” genre. From the very beginning his films have focused on contemporary issues, featuring social, political and economic assessments of everyday life. The student demonstrations of 1968 and the turmoil that followed the occupation of Czechoslovakia are at the centre of Žilnik’s first feature film Early Works (1969) which was awarded the “Golden Bear” at the Berlin Film Festival and four prizes in Pula that same year. After facing problems with censorship in Yugoslavia, Žilnik spent the mid-seventies in Germany, where he independently produced and made seven documentaries and one feature film, Paradise (1976). Following his return to Yugoslavia at the end of the seventies, he directed a substantial series of television films and docudramas for TV Belgrade and TV Novi Sad. By the end of the eighties Žilnik was making films through a cooperative structure of television and cinema production. Žilnik’s most recent films include Fortress Europe (2000), Kenedi Goes Back Home (2003), Kenedi, Lost and Found (2005), Kenedi is Getting Married (2007), The Old School of Capitalism (2009) and others. These films have been screened at over 250 international festivals. Alongside his ceaseless filmmaking and production work, Žilnik has also been active in educational activities. Since 1997 he has been a mentor, teacher and executive producer in many international workshops for students from all over South Eastern Europe and has been a visiting speaker at foreign film schools.

Marilyn

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Nedelja, 9. decembar 2018. 19:00 Velika sala

Merlinka

Igrani film

Režija: Martin Rodriguez Redondo

Uloge: Zvezde: Valter Rodriguez, Catalina Saavedra, German de Silva

Argentina, Čile, 2018.

Trajanje: 79 min.

Berlinale, Međunarodni festival filma u San Sebastijanu

Marcos, sedamnaestogodišnji farmer, otkriva svoju seksualnost u neprijateljskom okruženju. Lokalni tinejdžeri mu daju nadimak Merlinka i on postaje meta ljudske žudnje i diskriminacije. Marcos se oseća da je sve više i više sateran u ugao.

Marilyn

Feature film

Director: Martín Rodríguez Redondo

Cast: Stars: Walter Rodríguez, Catalina Saavedra, Germán de Silva

Argentina, Chile, 2018

Duration: 79 min

Berlinale, San Sebastián International Film Festival

Marcos, a seventeen-year-old farm worker, discovers his sexuality in a hostile environment. Nicknamed Marilyn by other teenagers in town, he becomes the target both of human desire and discrimination. Marcos feels himself pushed into a corner more and more.

Martín Rodríguez Redondo

Martín Rodríguez Redondo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 9th, 1979.  He graduated from the Buenos Aires Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica (CIC) as Integral Filmmaker for Cinema and TV. He performed as Assistant Director in the documentaries El fin del Potemkin by Misael Bustos, Il rumore della memoria by Marco Bechis, Hombres muertos by Gregorio Crámer and El silencio by Misael Bustos, among others. He produced the documentaries Kosice Hidroespacial, by Gabriel Saie, premiered at 2016 BAFICI, and Barrio Modelo by Mara Pescio.  He also performed as Delegate Producer in the Argentine Digital Television (TDA). Marilyn is his first feature film as director.  It won the CICAE Art Cinema Award at the “Cine en Construcción” section of Toulouse Cinélatino Rencontres Festival, and the Sin Sistema prize at the Work in Progress section of BAL (Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival).  It also won INCAA’s First Feature Film Prize, INCAA-CNCA Co-Production Support Fund (Argentina-Chile), and Ibermedia’s Film Co-Production Support Fund.  It has participated at the Oaxaca Film Script Lab (Mexico), the San Sebastián Film Festival Co-Production Forum (Spain), the SANFIC Santiago Industry Lab, and Australab at FICValdivia (both in Chile). Martín also directed the short film Las liebres, winner of INCAA’s Historias Breves film contest.  It was screened at the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, the Havana Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, and the Kinoforum São Paulo International Short Film Festival, among other places.

L’animale

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Petak, 7. decembar 2018. 17:00 Velika sala

Ja, životinja

Igrani film

Režija: Katharina Muckstein

Uloge: Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Varta

Austrija, 2018.

Trajanje: 100 min.

Berlinale

Valencia International Film Festival – Pobednik, Zurich Film Festival – Pobednik

L’Animale je film o kontradiktornim silama koje vode naše živote: želja, strast i razum.

L’animale

Director: Katharina Mückstein

Cast: Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta

Austria, 2018

Duration: 100 min.

Berlinale

Valencia International Film Festival – Winner, Zurich Film Festival – Winner

L’Animale is a film about the contradictory forces that guide our lives: desire, passion, and reason.

Katharina Mueckstein

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1982, she studied philosophy and gender studies, followed by directing at the Filmacademy Vienna. She is co-founder of La Banda Film production company which has produced multi-award-winning documentaries such as Holz Erde Fleisch by Sigmund Steiner and Tiere und andere Menschen by Flavio Marchetti. She worked on both these films as dramatic consultant and co-writer respectively.

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Tranny Fag

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Petak, 7. decembar 2018. 19:30 Sala Amerikana

Peder trandža

Dokumentarac

Režija: Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla

Brazil, 2018.

Trajanje: 75 min.

Berlinale – Teddy Bear – Najbolji dokumentarni film

Dokumentarni film koji prati MC Linn Da Quebrada, crnu trans ženu, izvođačicu i aktivistkinju koja živi u siromašnom delu Sao Paola. Njeni elektrizirajući nastupi (sa puno golotinje) se hrabro bore sa brazilskim hetero-normativnim mačizmom.

Bixa Travesty

Directors: Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla

Brazil, 2018

Duration: 75 min

Berlinale – Teddy Bear – Best documentary

A documentary that follows Mc Linn Da Quebrada, a black trans woman, performer and activist living in impoverished São Paulo. Her electrifying performances (with plenty of nudity) brazenly take on Brazil’s hetero-normative machismo.

Claudia Priscila

Claudia has directed the feature films A Destruição de Bernardet  (The Destruction of Bernardet, 2016), co-directed with Pedro Marques, selected for Locarno Film Festival, and awarded for Best Directon and Best Actor at Mix Brazil Festival 2016 and Special Mention at Queer Lisboa 2017; Leite e Ferro (Iron and Milk, 2010), which received the Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director awards at Paulinia Festival 2010; Olhe Pra Mim de Novo (Look at Me Again, 2011), co-directed with Kiko Goifman, which received the Special Jury Prize at Rio Film Festival 2011, Public’s Choice – Best Documentary at Mix Brasil Festival 2011, Honorable Mention at Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival and was also part of Panorama’s Official Selection, 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, where it stood among the three runner-ups for the Teddy Bear Award. Among her short films, Vestido de Laerte (Leg’s Out, 2012), co-directed with Pedro Marques, awarded as Best Short and Best Art Design at Brasilia Film Festival 2012; Phedra (2008); and Sexo e Claustro (Sex and Cloister, 2005), awarded by the ABD (Brazilian Association of Documentarians) at São Paulo International Short Film Festival 2005 and part of Panorama’s Official Selection at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival. She has also produced the films 33, Morte Densa (Dense Death) and Atos dos Homens (Acts of Men),directed by Kiko Goifman and exhibited at festivals like Locarno, Rotterdam and Berlin.

Kiko Goifman

Kiko Goifman has directed the feature films Periscópio (Periscope, 2013), fiction, DCP, selected for Spectrum section, Rotterdam Film Festival; Olhe Pra Mim de Novo (Look at Me Again, 2011), co-directed with Claudia Priscilla, documentary, DCP, selected for Berlinale, Panorama; FilmeFobia (Film Phobia, 2008), fiction, 35 mm, selected for Locarno Film Festival, Filmmakers of the present; Handerson e as Horas (Handerson and the Hours, 2007), a documentary about time people spend in a bus in São Paulo, selected for Locarno Film Festival (Ici et Ailleurs) and Opening Screening Nantes Festival 3 Continents 2007; Atos dos Homens (Acts of Men, 2006), documentary, 35mm, supported by Prince Claus Fund (Holland) and World Cinema Fund (Germany), selected for Berlinale 2006 (Forum) and awarded as Best Documentary at Nantes Festival 3 Continents 2006; and 33 (2003), documentary, 35mm, supported by Hubert Bals Fund and selected for Locarno Festival (video section), Rotterdam Festival 2003 (about “True Stories”)…

Survival in Berlin-Neukölln

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Nedelja, 9. decembar 2018. 17:30 Sala Amerikana

Preživeti u Novom Kelnu

Režiseri: Rosa von Praunheim, Markus Tiarks

Nemačka, 82 ‘

Film o Stefanu Strickeru sa umetničkim imenom Juwelia koji već́ godinama vodi galeriju u Sanderstraße u Berlinu Neukölln. Svakog vikenda poziva goste da besramno pričaju o svom životu i pevaju poetske pesme koje je napisala sa svojim prijateljem iz Holivuda Joseom Promisom. Juwelia je bila siromašna i seksi celog svog života, uvek se borila za priznanje, ali samo delimično.

Überleben in Neukölln

Directors: Rosa von Praunheim, Markus Tiarks

Germany, 82′

About Stefan Stricker, who calls himself Juwelia and has been running a gallery on Sanderstraße in Berlin Neukölln for many years. Every weekend he invites guests to shamelessly recount from his life and to sing poetic songs written with his friend from Hollywood Jose Promis. Juwelia has been poor and sexy all her life, has always struggled for recognition, but only partially.

Rosa von Praunheim

Born in Riga in Latvia in 1942, he studied painting at the Offenbach University of Art and Design and the Berlin University of the Arts. He made his first short film in 1967 and was assistant director to Gregory J Markopoulos the same year. He ranks among the most prolific gay filmmakers; for his 70th birthday he surprised his fans with 70 new short films with a total running time of over 700 minutes

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The Happy Prince

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Četvrtak, 6. decembar 2018. 21:30 (orijentaciono) Velika sala – Film počinje nakon svečanog otvaranja koje počinje u 21:00

Srećni princ

Igrani film

Režija: Rupert Everett

Uloge: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson

Nemačka, UK, Belgija, Italija

Trajanje: 105 min.

Berlinale, Sundance

Bavarian Film Awards – Najbolja produkcija

Neispričana priča o poslednjim danima u tragičnim vremenima Oskara Vajlda, osobe koja svoju propast posmatra sa ironičnom distancom i slaže se sa poteškoćama koje nosi njegov život bez vezivanja i sa humorom.

The Happy Prince

Feature film

Director: Rupert Everett

Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson

Germany, UK, Belgium, Italy

Duration: 105 min

Berlinale, Sundance

Bavarian Film Awards – Best Production

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

Rupert Everett

Rupert James Hector Everett was born in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, to Sara (Maclean) and Anthony Michael Everett, a Major in the British Army, who later worked in business. He is of mostly English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Everett grew up in privileged circumstances, but the wry, sometimes arrogant, intellectual was a rebel from the very beginning. At the age of seven, he was placed into the care of Benedictine monks at Ampleforth College where he trained classically on the piano. He was expelled from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London for clashing with his teachers and instead apprenticed himself at the avant-garde Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre in Scotland, performing in such productions as ‘Don Juan’ and ‘Heartbreak House’. In 1984 Everett successfully filmed a lead role in Another Country (1984), which he had performed earlier on stage and shot to international attention, becoming one of England’s hottest new star. But again the wickedly sharp and suave rebel doused his own fire by clashing with the press and even with his own fans. In 1989 Everett openly declared his own homosexuality — an announcement that could have mortally wounded his film career. Instead, over time, it seems to have had the opposite effect. His career revitalized as Julia Roberts’ gay confidante in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), and he has continued to impress notably in the classics area with Shakespeare in Love (1998) (as Christopher Marlowe), An Ideal Husband (1999) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) (as Oberon). Lately he has enhanced both films with his royal portrayals in To Kill a King (2003) and Stage Beauty (2004), and television with his effortlessly suave Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004). His predilection for smug and smarmy villains of late such as the cartoonish Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget (1999) has extended into voice animation with his “unprincely” Prince Charming character in Shrek 2 (2004). In making his landmark decision to “come out”, Rupert becomes a living testament disproving the theory that a truly talented and successful romantic leading man cannot survive the career-killing stigma of being openly gay.