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Chiara / May 4, 2018 , Fri / queer movies i've watched recently

1. the limehouse golem

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The Limehouse Golem isn’t a queer movie per se but the main character – Detective Kildare – is gay. There isn’t really any storyline regarding his sexuality, but to be honest I was just excited that I watched a movie with a surprise queer protagonist.

In general, The Limehouse Golem was pretty incredible. I was absolutely riveted from the moment it started to the moment it ended. The actors were brilliant, the storyline was incredible, and the cintematography, sets, and costumes were sublime. If you’re into period mysteries then you should definitely give this one a go.

2. love, simon

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I finally saw Love, Simon! And it was so incredibly gorgeous. I actually saw this one with the queer youth that I work with, and I think it made the experience all the more special. To see these young people see themselves on the big screen was absolutely amazing.

Love, Simon was quite different to the book, which surprised me a little. But every adaptation has its changes. And I think the changes made were the best ones to make the story fit the screen. It was honestly so incredible to see a queer rom-com for teens make it to theatres. I cannot hope enough that Hollywood realises that the time has well and truly come for movies about queer teens to hit the screen, and that non-queer teens aren’t the only ones who deserves to see themselves, who deserve love stories.

I seriously cannot wait for this movie to be released on DVD because I know I’ll be watching it again and again.

3. call me by your name

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I m so very uninterested in people trying to pit this movie and Love, Simon against each other. They are completely different stories, different genres, and also set in different times and places. So that’s that for me talking about the two together.

Call Me By Your Name was a beautiful piece of cinema. It is slow and luxurious, which is perfect because it’s set in the summer and what is summer but slow and luxurious? It was so cute, honestly, to watch Elio’s feelings for Oliver change from the beginning of the movie to the end. The arc of those emotions and the relationship between the two were hands down my favourite aspects of this movie.

There were a lot of poignant moments in the film, and I was almost in tears when Elio was talking to his father toward the end. That conversation was such a good one, and so affirming for Elio, and I adored it. I adored his relationship with his family overall, really. Another one of my favourite scenes is where they’re all on the couch together and the mother is reading to her husband and son. It was beautiful.

I loved this movie and I know I’ll be watching it again.

4. professor marston and the wonder women

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I was instantly keen to watch this movie when I found out it was about the polyamorous relationship between Professor Marston, his wife, and another woman. I’ve never seen polyam rep in a movie before so I was Excited. And it didn’t disappoint.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women was an interesting movie about the origins of Wonder Woman, and the two women that inspired her creation. There wasn’t a whole lot about the creation of Wonder Woman, apart from a few scenes, as the bulk of the movie focussed on the relationships between the Professor, his wife, Elizabeth, and their partner, Olive.

It was interesting to see how their relationship progressed because they faced a lot of hurdles. It was especially hard to see how the public’s judgement of their relationship influenced Elizabeth, but it’s okay: this queer movie has an overall happy ending. The best part of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women was seeing the three of them in a happy, loving relationship together. It was cute as hell, to be honest.

5. princess cyd

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Princess Cyd came up when I was looking through Netflix’s queer movie section. It was around an hour and a half long, and about a queer girl so I decided to give it a go. Overall, I was kind of underwhelmed.

The story follows Cyd, who stays a few weeks with her aunt, who she hasn’t seen in many years. I think I wasn’t a huge fan of Princess Cyd because of Cyd herself. She was very strange, but not in a cool way. The way she spoke to her aunt sometimes was pretty rude, especially since her aunt was at least trying to make Cyd feel welcome after her dad shipped her off. Also, I think that talking to your estranged aunt about her sex life is… weird.

The best part about this movie was the romance between Cyd and Katie. Though I really would have liked some more scenes with and about Katie because I think she was an interesting character and her potential wasn’t used to the fullest. Most of all, I would have liked to see her talk about her gender, since Cyd’s aunt and Cyd had a tiny conversation about it but it was never brought up with Katie herself.

Cyd came off as pan to me, because when there was yet another sexual conversation with strangers, Cyd answered “everything” when asked what she “liked”. I would have loved to see more conversation about that, as well. But I think Princess Cyd was less about queerness and identity than about a slice of life and summer romance.

Have you watched any of these movies? Do you want to? Have you seen any LGBTQIA+ movies recently?

Chiara / April 9, 2018 , Mon / food

Hello there! You may or may not know this, but I’m vegan. But that doesn’t mean that I want to spend half my life cooking. I didn’t suddenly turn into an amazing cook when I decided to go vegan, nor did it make me want to try outlandish recipes that have 67 ingredients, 42 steps, and only a three hour cooking time! I’m guessing there are other vegans out there like me, so I decided to share some actually simple vegan recipes here on my blog. Often, there will be a gluten free or super cheap option as well! Today we are cooking…

spaghetti bolognese

Serves: Two massive bowls, three moderate bowls

What You’ll Need:

– 250 grams spaghetti (I use Barilla cause it’s delicious)

– 1 cup cooked lentils (lentils in a can are cooked, just don’t forget to drain it!)

– 1 jar of tomato pasta sauce (I use Mutti Simply Sugo because it’s amazing)

How You’ll Cook It:

1) Bring a pot of water to the boil and then add spaghetti

2) With about six minutes remaining on the spagehtti, put the lentils and the pasta sauce in a saucepan on low-medium heat

3) When pasta is cooked, strain and serve into bowls

4) Spoon bolognese sauce on top of pasta as required

5) Eat!

Gluten Free Option:

Use your favourite gluten free pasta, or for some extra nutrition try out San Remo Pulse Pasta

Under $5 Option:

Coles/Woolies brand pasta ($1)

Dolmio Pasta Sauce ($2)

Coles/Woolies brand Lentils ($0.75/$0.80)

Total: AUD $3.75

So there you have it! A super simple vegan recipe for spaghetti bolognese. I only discovered this one recently but it’s already a firm favourite. If you try it out, let me know what you think!

All my love,

Chiara / March 23, 2018 , Fri / queer movies i've watched recently

1. g.b.f.

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Ah, G.B.F. – where do I even begin? I was pretty much cringing through this entire film. Almost every scene was so non-PC that I contemplated turning it off. But I had spent my $5.58 on this movie so I was determined to finish it to the end. And I did. And I was thoroughly unimpressed.

G.B.F. definitely falls into the “outrageous comedy queer film” category. When I think about queer films in general they mostly fall into that outrageous comedy category or depressing tragedy category. This has been the way for far too long, which is one of the many reasons I’m excited for Love, Simon because it’s neither of those. It’s the run of the mill (and I say this with endearment) queer rom-com that we’ve been waiting for for so long.

But back to G.B.F. I will say that there were approximately two positive things about this movie:

1) The two main gay characters did not end up together. It was nice to see them as best friends without the need for the writers to shove them together in a romantic relationship just because they’re both into guys. There was a moment where it looked like they were going to but they didn’t.

2) It actually tackles the ridiculousness of the entire GBF (gay best friend) thing and how harmful it is to want to be someone’s friend just because of their sexuality. And how placing an expectation on them to be sassy and flamboyant because of their sexuality is bullshit.

So yeah, I did like those two things. I thought there was a third thing I liked but it is escaping me. Overall, I wasn’t a fan, though.

2. but i’m a cheerleader

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If I thought that G.B.F. was bad, boy was I in for a treat when I sat down to watch But I’m a Cheerleader. This movie was also an outrageous comedy, and there was so much inherently wrong with it I don’t even know if I can express it. I can honestly say that I liked one thing about this movie and that was the fact that it was a happily ever after for the main f/f couple. That’s it. I was not here for the bi erasure, the jokes about sexual assault, the simulation of “straight” sex (again, nice bi erasure). In fact I was not here for most of the things in this movie. I really didn’t like it.

3. imagine me & you

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I was super excited to watch Imagine Me & You because a few friends had told me that it was cute and important to them as queer babies. So I bought it.

This was definitely my favourite of the three queer movies in this post because even though it was a comedy with a few over the top moments it never made it into the outrageous comedy category. I wasn’t a big fan of the cheating element, though. I would have liked the two women to come together without hurting the people around them. That would have been nice. But I guess overall the romance was pretty cute. I loved Luce, and her flower shop was so incredibly lovely. I wanted to visit it.

This was another happy ending, which was nice! I wasn’t blown away by this movie, but I definitely think it’s one I could sit down and watch again because it has that easy-to-watch feel to it where you don’t have to think too hard or get too emotionally invested, haha.

Have you watched any of these movies? Do you want to? Have you seen any LGBTQIA+ movies recently?

Chiara / February 20, 2018 , Tue / this book is lgbtqia

This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!

Today’s book is:

radio silence by alice oseman

Title: Radio Silence

Author: Alice Oseman

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre/s: Contemporary

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

The main character, Frances, is bisexual. I am pretty sure most people know that this book is about a bi protagonist, but I just wanted to write this post because the synopsis doesn’t share that at all. So maybe I’m letting someone know by writing this post!

Radio Silence was one of my favourite books of 2017, hands down. For such a long contemporary novel I absolutely flew through it, and when I got to the end I didn’t want it to be the end. I wanted more about all of these characters.

This book was an honest to goodness emotional roller-coaster so be aware of that if you plan on reading it! There are a lot of heavy themes that come into play for almost all of the characters. But I will say that Alice Oseman handles them all incredibly respectfully, which was both amazing and lovely.

If you want to check out my full thoughts, you can read my review here.

(trigger warning: suicidal themes, absent parent, domestic violence (physical and emotional), death of a pet, use of ableist language, and bullying in this novel)

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