T his month’s film selection, Blue Is the Warmest Color—widely embraced as a defining love story for the new century—is the story of a young woman’s experiences of first love and the erotic abandon of youth. David Hockney is our March featured LGBTQ-identified fine artist. Click on the banner art above to see the full series of ipad paintings from his exhibition, Arrival of Spring, Normandy 2020, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Also, this article from Gayletter discusses a body of Hockney’s work dealing explicitly with his homosexuality. (He called the pictures ‘propaganda’ for gay desire!)
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.