Our August film selection is the long awaited The Sandman, an LGBTQ-friendly fantasy drama television series based on the 1989–1996 comic book written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics. In bringing the story to the screen, the author and creative team have brought things up to date, reimagining many of its characters to reflect a more diverse and inclusive vision of the world.
Featured this month from the British Museum’s permanent collection is Desire, Love, and Identity, a thematic tour of objects that have a special connection to LGBTQ history. Same-sex love, desire, and gender diversity have always existed, and this is reflected in these works, offering glimpses into LGBTQ lives and experiences from around the world. Among the highlights is the plaque of Mesopotamian deity Ishtar, who had the power to assign gender.
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, artworks, songs, and books that address important issues to the LGBTQ community. We hope they offer inspiration, deepen our collective understanding, and prompt candid conversations with family and friends.
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.