Glasgay! returns this autumn to queer your silver screens once more, with an ever varied and transgressive look at LGBT identity and film, accompanied by a series of investigative Queers & Answers talks to digest and debate the issues raised. Starting out strong, or with a strong stomach anyway, this year’s film strand opens with John Waters’ infamous cult classic Pink Flamingos (Fri 15 Oct, Glasgow Film Theatre). Starring the notorious Divine as Babs Johnson, one lady hell bent on defending her title as 'the filthiest woman in the world'. It’s the ultimate in anarchic and comic gross out.
Stonewall Uprising (Fri 22 Oct, CCA) documents the events leading up to the Stonewall riots in 1969, when the gay community in New York’s Greenwich Village spontaneously resolved to make an impassioned stand against a corrupt and violently homophobic police force when faced with a routine raid of the Stonewall gay bar. Along similar lines, City of Borders (Sat 23 Oct, CCA) is a testament to the fearlessness of contemporary Jerusalem’s only gay bar and its patrons, existing in spite of daily religious and social intolerance.
Other films in the programme also tackle daily struggles and sacrifice, Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Thu 21 Oct, Glasgow Women’s Library) is a documentary about a New York lesbian couple who have waited a lifetime to get married. Look out too for Prayers for Bobby (Sun 24 Oct, GFT) starring Sigourney Weaver as a Christian who rethinks her homophobia following her gay son’s tragic suicide. The screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A in association with The Metropolitan Community Church Scotland. [Rachel Bowles]