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road.jpg Outing Riley, second film from Project Greenlight winner Pete Jones, showcases the "Chicago type" of gay. "I've always felt that gay characters in general have been depicted as kind of the flamboyant, funny person -- the sidekick that everyone gets a laugh out of. And I thought, You know what? There's a lot of gay guys out there -- Chicago gay guys, as I like to call 'em -- that are sports-talkin', beer-drinkin', wisecrackin', quote-unquote regular guys. I hadn't seen a depiction of that kind of character before, and I thought, OK, well, that's the story I'm gonna tell."

road.jpg Italian researchers discover that genes that determine homosexuality in gay men also make maternal females carrying the same genes more fertile. "Their findings show that female maternal relatives of gay men have more reproductive success than their counterparts who are related to heterosexuals." Discovery offers explanation for the survival of the gay gene.

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  1. So I saw the world premiere of "Outing Riley" this last Sunday. While it's better than his previous film, "Stolen Summer", which I hated, it's still not going to go down as monumental work. Jones' desire to tell a story about the "sports-talkin', beer-drinkin', wisecrackin', quote-unquote regular" gay guy faltered in the fact that a) he's a straight-guy making new labels (chicago-gay) and b) for laughs he still had to employ all of the old stereotypes he claims to not want to tell a story about -- dream sequences show that Bobby Riley is no different than any of the other gay stereotypes. In one instance, after something good has happened to him, Bobby imagines a syncronized swimming routine involving him and leather-clad partners wearing dog collars frolicking in a pool. I think what Pete Jones is trying to say is that Bobby is one of those rare, rare cases where a gay man is only flamboyant on the inside.

    The most obnoxious part of the film and the after-screening Q&A was the talk of a gay character that hadn't been protrayed before -- the "Chicago-gay." I love how people make films with the intent of spreading awareness or acceptance, yet they can't manage to avoid creating new labels by which to catagorize and seperate groups.

    It airs again tonight for anyone else in Chicago. Other than that, the film currently doesn't have distrubution or plans to be shown anywhere else -- Sorry to all those Los Angeles-gays...

    Posted by: Matthew | Oct 13, 2004 12:54:17 PM


  2. I don't know. Is it really valid to say that gay characters in general are depicted as Flamboyant and/or the funny side kick? It is just how you percieve it when you do notice the sterotype in film or art, and how you see it from your own perspective. I, while watching a film or tv show, look at the characters as I look at people in the real world...you never know for sure who is and who isn't gay unless their character is obviously defined as heterosexual or homosexual.

    As far as a new label like "Chicago Gay", I don't even understand the words to describe what the term means. What he describes as the traits of a "chicago Gay" are universal to a certain type of heterosexual guy that I wouldn't even describe as a "regular guy" myself. That in itself is a stereotype of what a "regular guy" is ...if that make sense.

    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 13, 2004 2:56:54 PM


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