How could we forget the very first awkward Sex Education class we had in school that included curiosity, chatter, and a large amount of giggling. As awkward as it may have seemed, it was an open space to talk and learn about issues related to sex and body image. When it comes to homophobia and bullying (both prominent issues facing today’s youth, especially queer youth) there is a call for a similar space for open discussion.
Aside from Avatar and Inception, there were plenty of well-done and thought-provoking independent films playing at the 22nd annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival from August 12th-22nd. The Queer Film Fest began in 1989 and continued this year showing a diverse selection of films and opportunities to meet filmmakers, artists, participate in workshops, panel discussions, and attend galas and after parties.