Review of Roving Pack by Sassafras Lowery
PoMo Freakshow Press
An intimate journey through the day-to-day struggles of queer family making in Portland circa 2002 among a group of runaways, addicts, punks, freaks, and rebels who come to QYRC (the Queer Youth Resource Center) to find support. The story is told through a series of journal entries and blog posts written in a bare-bones style by Click, an eighteen-year-old, genderqueer kid who faces peer pressure from hir lover and circle of friends to take testosterone and transition to male. A bold, honest, and unique story that gives a critical perspective on the necessary but messy business of choosing a queer family.
If you’re in the Bay Area check out this upcoming zine fest at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco.
Poster from an art show in Seattle.
Why didn’t anyone ever tell me that The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls In Love was a cute movie? Or, even better, why hadn’t I been interested in it before? I had seen the DVD case a hundred times at the library. But yesterday when a mom came to the circ desk with her two kids and said we’re taking these four movies and not this one (I wonder why?) I decided I would check it out.
It’s a lesbian coming-of-age romantic comedy that’s really sweet and surprising in a lot of ways. It’s funny and awkward and charmingly low-budget. Sure, it’s also a bit cheesy and cliched at moments, but overall it’s got that movie magic thing happening.
So can we get disturbed about the fact that there are still so few queer movies made, and when they are made they’re made with no money? Why can’t we as queer people support these films instead of endless Harry Potter fake-magic shit? Why can’t gay men see more lesbian movies, read more lesbian books? And, of course, I’m talking to myself here, too. Let’s create our own shit!!!!! Let’s support queer art.