Manuel Betancourt

Manuel Betancourt is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker. He's been published in The Atlantic, Esquire, Electric Literature, and Film Comment. He believes everything you need to know you can learn by watching Pedro Almodóvar's  Todo Sobre Mi Madre.

LGBTQ

The Trans Rights Movement's Mothers Are Finally Getting Their Due

In 'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,' filmmaker David France illuminates the story of trans heroes ignored for far too long.
Manuel Betancourt
10.8.17
LGBTQ

How Cosplay Can Help You Come Out

Cosplay is an important way that many grapple with their gender and sexual identity. At this weekend's Flame Con, the largest queer comic convention in the world, it was a major point of discussion.
Manuel Betancourt
8.23.17
LGBTQ

Uncovering My Family's Secret Queer History

In the documentary 'Memories of a Penitent Heart,' a filmmaker uncovers the truth her family hid of her queer, AIDS-afflicted uncle's life.
Manuel Betancourt
7.31.17
LGBTQ

Tom of Finland's Art Still Resonates Because It Mixes Pride and Shame

After a biopic about the infamous gay Finnish artist premiered this weekend, a look at why his art still captivates the world.
Manuel Betancourt
4.25.17
LGBTQ

Don't You Dare Compare 'Kiki' to 'Paris Is Burning'

One big difference between this vogueing documentary and 'Paris Is Burning'? It shows how deeply intersectional activism has penetrated its young subjects' lives.
Manuel Betancourt
3.1.17

Why Do Gay Men Love Britney Spears?

Britney's most ardent fan base—gay men—speak to the idol's enduring appeal.
Manuel Betancourt
2.22.17
LGBTQ

How Queer Films Learned to Put Sex Front and Center

A new French film, 'Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo,' kicks things off with 18 minutes of straight-up gay sex. It's part of a wave of new eroticism, and it's a more radical act than you might think.
Manuel Betancourt
1.28.17
Stuff

Trump's America Feels as Terrifying as the Colombia of My Youth

I fled homophobia and terror in Bogotá. Last week, it found me in America.
Manuel Betancourt
11.18.16