Project 1, which was about a woman struggling to break out of her shell, got me thinking about another kind of confinement: not being free to label yourself the way you want, and to define what that label means to you.
So for this project, I wanted to explore what it means to be queer. How do we in the media represent queer culture? How do we normalize what was once considered “other”?
I interviewed people at Dyke Day in Los Angeles. In the process, I heard over and over again that just seeing gay characters on screen who aren’t defined by tokenism or stereotypes makes people feel represented as humans.
I paired excerpts from my interviews with characters in pop culture to let familiar voices we know and love help tell these stories.
The future is human. These are human stories.
Special thanks to Dyke Day and everyone who participated!
Director: Brit Phelan
Camera Operator: Lauren Baker
Helpful Friends: Aly Cayer, Sierra Prescott, Emma Vaughn, Lauren Tsou, Britt Bresden, and Sarah Harper
Editor: Jacqui Carriere, Cal Laird, and Xander Mozejewski
Colorist: Alex Heminway
Sound: Cody Skully