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LAW OF ATTRACTION

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE SIZZLING NEW LESBIAN FEATURE FILM BELOW HER MOUTH.
Natalie Krill (left) and Erika Linder

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REMEMBER THE FRENCH FEATURE FILM BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR? MANY LESBIANS WERE OUTRAGED AT THE MOVIE’S EXPLOITATION OF ITS ACTRESSES AND THE MULTIPLE SEX SCENES IN WHICH THE WOMEN SEEMED TO BE PERFORMING NOT FOR EACH OTHER BUT FOR THE MALE GAZE. THE FILM STARTED A DEBATE IN OUR COMMUNITY: WHY COULDN’T WE MAKE A SEXY FILM OF OUR OWN, AUTHENTICALLY REPRESENTING LESBIAN SEX AND DESIRE? IT TURNS OUT THAT OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS WERE ALREADY IN DEVELOPMENT ON BELOW HER MOUTH WHEN BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR MADE A SPLASH AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL IN 2013. SCREENWRITER STEPHANIE FABRIZI AND HER PARTNER AND PRODUCER, MELISSA COGHLAN, DETERMINED TO MAKE BELOW HER MOUTH AS SEXY, AS ORIGINAL, AND AS UNWAVERINGLY LESBIAN AS THEY COULD. CREWED ENTIRELY BY WOMEN, MANY OF THEM QUEER, THE FILM PASSES THE BECHDEL TEST WITH FLYING COLORS AND RECEIVED AN “F” RATING FROM THE INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE, “F” STAND¤ ING FOR FEMALE¥FEMINIST. EVEN BETTER NEWS FOR LONG¤TERM SURVIVORS OF BAD LESBIAN MOVIES: THE DIALOGUE IS KEPT TO A MINIMUM, DESIRE IS AT A MAXIMUM, AND NO ONE DIES IN THE END. MERRYN JOHNS CAUGHT UP WITH THE CAST AND CREW TO GET THEIR TAKE ON HOW THIS FILM ABOUT LIFE¤ALTERING LESBIAN ATTRACTION CAME TOGETHER SO COMPELLINGLY.

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The first ever LGBTQ Pride March took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In that inaugural year, it’s estimated that more than 2,000 people participated in the march. Last year, according to organizers, around 30,000 people marched in the NYC Pride Parade, and around 2 million spectators joined the marchers—a jump of half a million from the previous year. Clearly, people are still concerned about the future rights of the LGBTQ community. For many of us, since last year’s U.S. presidential election, Pride has become protest. I’m not sure everyone likes that development. For many of us, Pride has always signified a season of joy and visibility, a time to literally feel proud of ourselves. But according to our recent CurveMag.com poll, this year’s Pride Parade will have more in common with the 1970 Pride March than any other. Since New York is the birthplace of the modern Pride movement, I chatted with Eboni Munn, Communications Manager at NYC Pride, and asked her how she saw the city’s upcoming Pride event. Would the current political context affect any of the plans, procedures, and protocols for NYC Pride in June 2017?     “We recently announced the four grand marshals set to lead this year’s critical LGBT Pride demonstration: The ACLU, Brooke Guinan [FDNY], Krishna Stone [GMHC], and Geng Le [Blued],” she said. “The rally will also go back to its roots. We’re organizing community activists, politicians, and more in response to the current political climate. With this year’s NYC Pride March and Rally, we’re speaking to the social and political tensions brought on by the new administration,” confirmed Munn. She also expects an exceptional response from participants and spectators. “We are experiencing an unprecedented moment in our history, and we’re expecting the LGBT community and our allies to make their voices heard in immense proportions.”
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