James, thank you for sharing this. I do want to see the movie, and have avoided reviews and such as I don’t want to be spoiled, or made angry by people saying shit that I’m sure will piss me off.
I know, because of having family, including my own son, in this generation of queer folks, that things still aren’t easy. Sure, it’s different, but the hate from inside and outside is still there. How people can think otherwise is beyond me. The so called leader of our country openly spouts negative shit about queer people for crying out loud!
But when you don’t personally deal with it, it’s easier to sweep it under a rug.
A lot of what you’ve said here, I can personally relate to, as I am sure most people can. There are days I want to just rip the mask(s) off and be “free”, then it slips, and I remember why they are there to begin with.
I’m not protecting the world, I’m protecting myself