how straight of us!

April 28, 2008

A recent article entitled Young Gay Rites in the New York Times Magazine explores gay marriage and the phenomenon of young gay men settling down together in the hetero-tradition of married life. The article seems to (at least subconsciously) pose the (rhetorical) question: Are the gays going straight?

The article comes at a pertinent time for me, as I’ve recently been exploring the issue of queer identity through my own long-term relationship with my boyfriend. We’ve been together for over eight years now, and though we are not officially “married”, we do lead a lifestyle that is effectively as committed and codependent as if we were.

This is short video I made at the Emily Carr Institute (where I am currently a third-year Film/Video/Media Arts major), exploring the ideas of commitment and difference: