Good friend Rod McCullom has an article at AfterElton.com today about gay African-American and Latino roles in the movies that is definitely worth a read.
2007 has not exactly been a banner year for the portrayal of gay characters on the silver screen in the U.S. Indeed, the small screen has become the go-to medium for quality gay characters, from the wonderful array of portrayals on Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters to the budding gay teen romance on As the World Turns. But if there is a relative drought of mainstream gay characters in film, the current landscape for big-screen presentations of black and Latino gay characters is practically barren. In fact, except for the upcoming release of Maurice Jamal’s Dirty Laundry, “it’s barely a landscape,” notes veteran television producer Kevin E. Taylor. “It’s a window garden at best.”
So that got me thinking, what movie characters could I think of that were openly gay and African-American or Latino? Um, yeah. Not so much... Hollywood from Mannequin was about it. (While I realize he's hideously stereotypical, he still remains one of my favorite queer characters. I watched that movie over and over just for him. In fact, I did store window design for several years right out of college and thought of him often.) Does Kiss of the Spider Woman count? How about you? Before reading the article, how many characters can you name off the top of your head?