I love a book focused on a private investigator and that fact that As You Look is not only a PI, but a lesbian PI, made me immediately more intrigued. Written by Veronica Gutierrez, who is herself a part of the LGBTQ community and was born and raised in Boyle Heights, the setting of the novel, is something that should immediately make any reader excited. When you can read a story that connects with the writer’s own story, even if she is not a PI, means that you will be given something you can fully immerse yourself in and you know is rooted in real moments they have experienced. With my favorite type of investigator in the helm I was definitely excited to start reading.
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Under the Christmas Tree is this year’s new LGBTQ+ focused holiday movie from Lifetime. Last year they released The Christmas Setup, which focused on two men falling in love around Christmas, and this year we are treated to a female focused relationship. Set in Camden, Maine this holiday movie involves a little drama and what everyone looks forward to most, cute romantic moments.
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After the debut of Hallmark’s first every Christmas movie with a core gay couple plot, The Christmas House, in 2020 I was very excited to see that these characters would be returning in 2021 with The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls. Everyone from the original is back with an unplanned competition between brothers Mike and Brandon involving the thing that this family loves most, Christmas.
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We’re making the yuletide gay y’all! My plan for December is to try and get a few movie reviews up that showcase new LGBTQ+ holiday content. Special shout out to Dana Piccoli for mentioning this movie on her Instagram or I would never have known that Hallmark created a movie with a queer female lead. Every Time a Bell Rings is something a bit different for Hallmark, at least in my opinion, but still showcases the fabulous holiday feels that you want from one of their movies with some really positive inclusions.
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It has been a bit busy for me recently and I haven’t really had a lot of time to devote to article writing. I will be taking the rest of this week off to give myself time to get some content out next week, but for now I thought I would share a few previous articles with some reading suggestions. You could also find a number of suggestions in my old Bi Line features.
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Julia Scotti: Funny That Way is a documentary that has been officially selected for the Documentary Competition at the Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival and is also an official selection at Austin’s AGLIFF 2020(All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival). This is the first documentary film by filmmaker Susan Sandler, who was 72 at the time she directed this feature. The focus is on Julia Scotti, who we learn performed decades ago under a different name, Rick Scotti. Continue reading “Julia Scotti: Funny That Way Review from @kleffnotes”
I thought for ease of access if folks wanted to check out my ClexaCon Virtual 2021 I would compile all the links here. If you joined in on the convention I would love to know your thoughts and your favorite moments. Also if you attended any of the panels I did I would love to hear what you enjoyed.
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While yes, ClexaCon Virtual 2021 was last weekend I found myself having to play a lot of catch-up for coverage. When the convention has been in person I would typically live tweet panels and then just do a large wrap-up article when I returned from Las Vegas. This year was the first time I covered the convention virtually and I only had a chance to catch one panel on time. This weekend I planned to do a major watch session to get caught up. Now I did already do a write-up in detail of the panel I did attend so this article is more a synopsis of multiple panels I watched in a row. Check out my thoughts on a bit of ClexaCon weekend in case you weren’t able to tune in.
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This year I had hoped to attend numerous panels live, but my schedule got away from me. I did though manage to get to one panel live for ClexaCon Virtual 2021, which is one of my favorite panels every year. Each year I actively try to get to the LGBTQ+ Actors panel and I was so excited to see that there would be two panels this year devoted to LGBTQ+ actors. The slight downside for me was that one fell squarely when I had a rehearsal I had to attend. I wanted to share my brief thoughts and wrap up from the panel I could attend for all of you that might be interested in learning what I did.
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One of my absolute favorite things about any convention is the Vendor Floor. I spend hours, literal hours, on the vendor floor when I have been at in person ClexaCon and FlameCon I honestly only do the vendor floor. You can meet so many people and see so many creative things. I’m also a huge fan of using this portion of the convention to get books to review in the future. I literally have to save space in my suitcases and carry-on and my bags weigh so much more after a convention. The downside of virtual is I can’t just browse, but thankfully ClexaCon has a virtual marketplace still available on their website.
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