Here are our recommendations for June
The June programming on the platform brings different content to enjoy in honor of pride month. / Photos: youtube.com/Netflix
LatinamericanPost| Juliana Rodriguez Pabón
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It is likely that gay pride marches will not take place in different parts of the world this year. The health emergency has not yet subsided and it is still risky for many to go outside. The debate on prostitution, on the other hand, has gained relevance in relation to the conditions of sex workers in the midst of the pandemic. Especially trans sex workers have spoken out and have had to demand better conditions from their governments.
In the midst of this panorama and in the month of Gay Pride, the least we can do is inform ourselves about the historical tradition of resistance and liberation that is celebrated in the month of June. For this, we bring these recommendations that you can find on Netflix for you to see during this month. Without having to be solemn, we have chosen five audiovisual materials that are somewhat different from the aesthetics and narrative of the party that usually surround the month of pride, to partake in a historical journey and a study of the people that live outside the heteronorm in today's world.
The death and life of Marsha P. Johnson
This documentary follows the life of Marsha P. Johnson, one of the most important figures in the beginning of the gay movement more than fifty years ago in New York. Killed on the docks where trans people living on the street are famously housed, Marsha P. Johnson is undoubtedly an icon of the queer movement. She was present at the Stonewall revolt 51 years ago, which we commemorate and celebrate every year in June. In addition to following a new investigation into her death, this documentary reflects and takes a critical look at the exclusion of trans women in the gay movement and also claims their presence and influence in the history and tradition of queer resistance.
Fiction series produced by Ryan Murphy for FOX. It pays homage to the drag houses of the eighties in New York. Although it is fiction and full of maternal moments and glitter, POSE shows a scenario unknown to many and refers to some of the problems mentioned in the documentary about Marsh P. Johnson: children abandoned by their parents for leaving the heteronorm, street dwellers on the Hudson docks, impossible loves, and queer families. Though corny and gooey at times, POSE is also heartwarming and celebrates queer culture.
Paris is burning
Every now and then, Netflix uploads this classic again. Paris is burning sets its sights on the African American and Latin drag ball scene of New York in the eighties. Perfect to see in parallel to our other two recommendations, it no longer follows the story of resistance but it does reveal the reality behind the scenes of drag dances and vogue that young blacks and Latinos in these New York neighborhoods face.
Unlike our previous recommendations, Nanette brings us to today's world. It is a brilliant monologue by comedian Hannah Gadsby, in which she talks about trauma, her experiences as a lesbian woman and analyzes how those stories should be told. Graceful, intelligent and honest, Hannah Gadsby tells us how she does not see herself represented in queer representations such as the pride march or in the history of art. Very sharp and accurate. That year, her second Netflix special, Douglas, was also released, in which she criticized, of course, the patriarchy and made fun of its dynamics.
An Oscar winner, Moonlight follows the life of a black boy who grows up in Miami at a time when drug cartels begin to emerge. He has problems accepting his homosexuality. He grows up and we see him experience joy, elation, pain, and anger. It is of sublime beauty and its narrative is unhurried so it hints at the emotions of this boy who later became a man, which is just what he has been denied all his life. Beautiful and available on Netflix.