10 Gay Movies for Gifts

I love movies! I could spend all day watching Netflix (if only I could:) – anyway these are all gay films that I’ve seen and love… if you like the descriptions (taken from Amazon), click the images to buy from Amazon. If you have a favorite flick that isn’t on list, share it in the comments section…

DL Chronicles


“The DL Chronicles” tells the stories of men of color who by consequence and by choice, live sexually duplicitous and secret lifestyles. The “Down Low” is a slang term sometimes used to refer to African-American men who identify themselves as straight, but secretly engage in sexual activity with men. They date women, have children, and often marry in an effort to appear heterosexual to the public. Most of these men do not identify as gay or bisexual and refuse to be associated with the gay identity or gay community.

Save Me


When Mark–a young gay man addicted to sex and drugs–hits bottom, his concerned brother checks him into a Christian retreat in the New Mexico desert. Run by a compassionate husband and wife team, Gayle and Ted have made it their life’s mission to cure young men of their ‘gay affliction’ through spiritual guidance. At first, Mark resists, but soon takes the message to heart. As Mark’s fellowship with his fellow Ex-Gays grow stronger, however, he finds himself powerfully drawn to Scott, another young man battling family demons of his own. As their friendship begins to develop into romance, Mark and Scott are forced to confront their true selves.

Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom


Based on the popular television series, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom is a feature film that continues the narrative thread of the second series, with all the luscious drama that one would expect. In this, Noah Nichols (Darryl Stephens) and his ARC: Alex Kirby (Rodney Chester), Ricky Davis (Christian Vincent), and Chance Counter (Douglas Spearman), retreat to Martha’s Vineyard for Noah’s intimate marriage to Wade Robinson (Jensen Atwood). While Alex’s hubby, Trey (Gregory Kieth), video chats from home to babysit their newly adopted Ethiopian child, Chance brings his husband, Eddie (Jonathan Julian), and Ricky is accompanied by the 19-year old Brandon (Gary Leroi Gray) for some lighthearted fling-dating. But as the four couples hole up and attend separate bachelor parties, each relationship begins to unravel. Alex’s pill-popping throughout the weekend, compiled with surprise drop-ins from Noah’s boss, Brandy (Jennia Fredrique) and rapper Baby Gat (Jason Steed), don’t help Noah and Wade work through last-minute jitters. Humor abounding, many of the deep questions about what marriage and commitment mean are filtered through scenes about stress related to coming-out and what promiscuity symbolizes to gay men. Appearances by two moms, Noah’s (Suanne Coy) and Wade’s (Tonya Pinkins), also make for some fun, and tense, situation comedy. Jumping the Broom has all the verve of the series, so if you are already a fan, this romantic tale will not disappoint.

La Mission


Ex-convict and recovering alcoholic Che (Benjamin Bratt) gets by on his macho persona, but lives for the love of his son Jesse (Jeremy Ray Valdez). When he discovers that Jesse has been living a secret life, Che reacts violently and is forced to examine his actions and the life he lives. Powerful and challenging, La Mission is a moving portrayal of redemption and fatherhood.

Latter Days


Huge festival and theatrical hit, Latter Days is the story of 19-year-old Elder Aaron Davis, a sexually confused Mormon missionary who moves into an apartment complex in West Hollywood with a fellow group of missionaries. There he meets a neighbor, Christian, who, on a bet, tries to seduce him. When Christian exposes Davis’ secret desire, Davis rejects Christian for being shallow and empty. As each boy’s reality is shattered, the two are drawn into a passionate romance that risks destroying their lives. Audiences, young and old and straight and gay, have been moved to tears by this beautiful story of the transformational power of love and family.

Pariah


Alike (Adepero Oduye) is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

Patrik Age 1.5


Newly approved for adoption, Goran (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Sven (Torkel Petersson) excitedly prepare for their baby’s arrival. But after a mix-up, they instead find themselves the parents of Patrik (Tom Ljungman), a 15-year-old homophobe… who may have a criminal past.

Little Ashes


1922. As Madrid wavers on the edge of social change, Salvador Dali is drawn into the decadent lifestyle of Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Buñuel. But as the three explore the art world together, a forbidden attraction develops which changes their lives forever.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin


Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 awards and honors, BROTHER OUTSIDER illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, who has been described as “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement.

For the Bible Tells Me So


Through the experience of five very normal, very Christian , very American families – including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson – we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. With commentary by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, For The Bible Tells Me So offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.

10 Gay Novels For Gifts

I’ve read all these books and I really LOVE them, so if you like the descriptions (taken from Amazon), go and support these talented authors from our community. Click on images to buy from Amazon. If you have a favorite book that isn’t on list, share it in the comments section… happy reading.

Chulito

by Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan’s piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block. Chulito, which means “cutie,” is one of the boys, and everyone in his neighborhood has seen him grow up–the owner of the local bodega, the Lees from the Chinese restaurant, his buddies from the corner, and all of his neighbors and friends, including Carlos, who was Chulito’s best friend until they hit puberty and people started calling Carlos a pato…a faggot.

 
 

Giovanni’s Room

by James Baldwin

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

 
 

Sections of an Orange

by Anton Nimblett

With stories that create vividly sensual pictures of place and powerfully dramatic tension, this collection features characters that are driven by desire—for dignity and justice for a dead son, for privacy from a neighbor who collects lives, for sexual fulfillment, and for blocking the memories of a destructive past. Characters migrate between stories, just as they migrate between Trinidad and New York, sometimes at the fringe and sometimes at the center, but always acting as a window into the lives and minds of Trinidadians as seen through Nimblett’s empathetic eyes.

 
 

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead

by Randall Kenan

Set in North Carolina, these are stories about blacks and whites, young and old, rural and sophisticated, the real and fantastical. Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, nominated for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award, and given the Lambda Award.

 
 

Can You Feel What I’m Saying

by James Earl Hardy

Whether it’s the maintenance man making a much needed house call (“Booty, By Jake”), a 40-year-old “born again” virgin falling in lust with his 20-year-old former student (“How Stanley Got His Back In Groove”), a porn star trying to stay aroused—and awake—while filming his final movie (“The Last Picture. Show.”), or a blind man proving that sight isn’t a prerequisite for bringing another pleasure (“Can You Feel What I’m Saying?”), Hardy serves up seven scandalous tales, imbued with his trademark mix of politics and passion, that are guaranteed to turn you on—and off.

 
 

Funny

by Steven G. Fullwood

Former Africana.com columnist Steven G. Fullwood isn’t afraid to let it all hang out—literally. Loosely described as “part memoir, part satire, and completely self-revelatory,” FUNNY makes its mark in poignant, twisted ways. Fullwood is your best friend and guru, and that crazy guy who lives down the street, his pants around his ankles. Here is a writer who calls a dick a dick, and has no problem with holding a conversation with his own appendage. In 31 essays he parcels out the playful, perceptive persona he’s pimped for the last few years. In the end, Fullwood wants you to laugh at yourself. Homos, heteros, and God (with whom he chats up over lunch)—nothing escapes his wicked eye. But have no fear; this is a rant infused with love. This collection of essays reveals his obsessions: sex, religion, getting older, dating and homophobia. Neatly divided into three parts: “Us,” “Them,” and “Me,” Fullwood demonstrates a mastery for understatement about homo life, remarking that it has “all the wonder of a doorknob.” Original.

 
 

Invisible Life

by E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris’s blend of rich, romantic storytelling and controversial contemporary issues like race and bisexuality have found an enthusiastic and diverse audience across America. Readers celebrate the arrival in paperback of his second novel, Just As I Am, which picks up where Invisible Life left off, introducing Harris’s appealing and authentic characters to a new set of joys, conflicts, and choices. Raymond, a young black lawyer from the South, struggles to come to terms with his sexuality and with the grim reality of AIDS. Nicole, an aspiring singer/actress, experiences frustration in both her career and in her attempts to find a genuine love relationship. Both characters share an eclectic group of friends who challenge them, and the reader, to look at themselves and the world around thern through different eyes. By portraying Nicole’s and Raymond’s joys, as well as their pain, Harris never ceases to remind us that life, like love, is about self-acceptance. In this vivid portrait of contemporary black life, with all its pressures and the complications of bisexuality, AIDS, and racism, Harris confirms a faith in the power of love — love of all kinds — to thrill and to heal, which will warm the hearts of readers everywhere.

 
 

From Top to Bottom

by Michael-Christopher

After two years of being a content bottom, Virgil Peterson receives an indecent proposal to rise to the top of the occasion while out of town and away from his lover Rodney Franklin a total top. Upon his return, Virgil’s desire to top hits him full on, but struggles to find a way to approach Rodney. His friends attempt to help him get through this tough time, but he just can t get this new position off his mind. Two vital questions must be answered for this relationship to survive; can Virgil live the rest of his life as a bottom? Will Rodney be willing to change positions, and if not, what will happen?

 
 

The Looker

by Stanley Bennett Clay

Handsome, popular, and successful entertainment lawyer Brandon’s life takes a dramatic turn when he is asked to defend a female friend who has killed her rapist. The sensational and controversial trial that follows not only ignites Brando’s fervor for his career but also helps him discover his passion and a true love that had been staring him in the face all along.

 
 

Manhood: The Longest Moan

by L. M. Ross

This is a tale of youthful ambition, of four cats on a mission to be nothing less than stars. Ty is a writer who pines for love. David is a dancer who burns with lust. Browny is a singer who yearns for the kiss of celebrity. Face is an actor whose role it is to emote the biggest of lies. Together, in the mean and rhythmic streets of New York City , they seek their fame, fortune and prize. Some want to know of love’s ultimate sigh, and some find the rainbow. All find unexpected surprises in a story about dreams, lust, and the meaning friendship, the test of disease, and the definition trust.