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

Armistead Maupin Is Still the Queer Literary Icon We Need

In 'Logical Family,' the author whose novels changed the course of American gay fiction tells a new kind of story: his own.
Manuel Betancourt
10.10.17
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
10.6.17
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
8.22.17
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

TV Is Teaching America How to Treat Trans Kids

How a new slate of TV shows are using jokes and touching storylines to normalize trans and gender nonconforming youth.
Manuel Betancourt
7.6.17
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
4.24.17
LGBTQ

The Rise of RuPaul's Drag Industrial Complex

What are RuPaul and his judges really looking for on 'Drag Race'? A queen to follow in his footsteps—and that means queens who, above all else, are entrepreneurs.
Manuel Betancourt
3.24.17
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
2.28.17
LGBTQ

Why Do Gay Men Love Britney Spears?

Britney's most ardent fan base—gay men—speak to the idol's enduring appeal.
Manuel Betancourt
2.21.17
LGBTQ

A New Documentary Series is Dismantling LGBTQ Racism One Story at a Time

'Other Boys NYC', premiering today, aims to combat racism in the LGBTQ community by combatting the whiteness of its media.
Manuel Betancourt
2.20.17
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
1.27.17
LGBTQ

Buffy the Heteronormativity Slayer

In <i>Closet Monster,</i> a young teenager reckons with queer supernatural forces; it's one of several recent films and TV shows that show our indebtedness to Buffy.
Manuel Betancourt
1.12.17
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