Our April featured film selection is the hit television docu-series, Angels in America, an adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Broadway gay fantasia plays of the same name that follows several disparate but connected individuals during the AIDs crisis in 1980s America. Kehinde Wiley, this month’s featured LGBTQ-identified fine artist, is renowned for his naturalistic portraits of African American men and women in heroic poses set against bright, flowery backgrounds. Anticipating Earth Day, we admire not only his exuberant florals but his intention to challenge our conventional views of power and privilege. View Wiley’s Presidential portrait of Barack Obama and other works at his online studio.
Consistent with JusticeAid’s mission to promote justice through the arts, and in keeping with our 2022 focus on LGBTQ civil rights, throughout the year we will feature films that address important issues to the LGBTQ community. Our film picks do not aim to represent the broad spectrum of this community—that is an impossible feat. Rather, they offer a glimpse into the complexities and strengths inherent in queer and gender non-conforming identities. We hope these films also offer inspiration, deepen our collective understanding, and prompt candid conversations with family and friends. We suggest artworks, songs, books, TV shows, and viewpoints to supplement the films below.
We welcome your reactions and suggestions and look forward to taking this journey with you throughout 2022 as we strive to forge greater empathy and deeper commitment to providing access to justice and protections for the civil rights of all persons.