The most incredible package arrived this week from
A revealing documentary window into the lives of nine New Zealand gay men aged 24 through 78, ‘Men Like Us’ highlights the common threads in our continuing struggle for everyday happiness in a straight man’s world.
It’s a tapestry of uplifting and challenging tales of ordinary men overcoming the extraordinary obstacles that life throws in our way, including body image and masculinity, bullying and bereavement, migration and aging, HIV, cultural identity and spirituality.
A unique look into the stories behind the faces we see every day in our bars, at our pride events, and on our smartphones, the diverse stories in ‘Men Like Us’ are a sharp reminder that simple conversation and caring can change the course of our lives for the better.When I was chatting with a friend today about the film I remarked on how awesome it was to see the stories, struggles and triumphs of gay New Zealanders documented on the big screen. Often queer stories that are recorded are from other countries and/or cemented in the past. Hooray for contemporary queer representation!
1. Last night I went to the August edition of Proud Mary and fell in love with Randa, a 19 year old beatmaker who is super cute and has a LOTS to say. Check out the sample above! After Randa's set I was a total fan kid and told them how much I loved their set... And it turns out that they read this blog! Weeeee! *blushes*