Queer representation is, despite recent progress, still woefully underserved in today’s media. Representation of a wide range of sexual orientations, gender identifications and backgrounds not only provides a critical source of inspiration for young kids to internalize the accessibility of their aspirations, but to normalize the broad acceptance of different identities within society.
The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, organized by Frameline, is the longest-running film festival dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender programming. At this year’s festival — the 41st iteration of the event, called Frameline41 — tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to historic theaters in the Bay Area, including the Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre in San Francisco; the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley; and the Landmark Theatres Piedmont in Oakland. Over the course of the festival — which runs June 15 to June 25 — hundreds of films will be presented, all with varying intersections with LGBTQ+ characters and issues.