I came across these film clips on a blog I sometimes visit, and I think they are beautiful. The problem is, I don’t know the film’s title or anything else about it. Do you?
The story appears to involve two high school boys who become lovers. Of course, we all remember what it was like to be gay in high school. In my time, you wouldn’t dare make a pass at another boy, unless he made one first, which almost never happened.
It’s funny, though. Years after I graduated from high school, when I’d visit a gay bar, I’d encounter guys I’d had classes with in high school. We’d laugh about how closeted we were in high school, and which guys we thought were the hottest in our school back then. It’s so sad things had to be that way, when I was in high school.
I wonder, is it different now? I read a lot about bullying in high schools. I recently posted about Tom Daley, a UK teenager who dove for his country in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He was bullied simply because he wore Speedos during competitions. (Huh?) But I also read about formations of GSAs in schools, and about gay couples attending their proms together. So, things must be better, right?
See the clip at left, where the two boys are in a tent with a lantern? I posted a still from this scene, earlier this year. At the time, I didn’t know it came from a film. It sure brings back memories of a few camping trips I took with my buds in high school. Those were some of the few times I ever had a chance to be intimate with another male, at that time in my life.
Okay, we’re going to vote here, on which boy in this film is more desirable, the blond boy or the dark-haired boy. It’s a hard choice to make, isn’t it? Vote via comment to this site.
I, of course, understand the latter situation. Nobody wants to promote sex between adults and minors. But we all know high school students have sex, and the whole function of good fiction is to speak the truth. I think we as writers cheat ourselves, and young readers when we try to pretend sex between teens, gay or straight, doesn’t happen. It does.
I wrote story titled Cody Barton. It appears in a Cleis Press anthology titled Best Gay Romance 2012. It’s a dark tale about two high school boys who are best friends. Both encounter serious troubles during their senior year of school. Their friendship gets them through the adversities each faces.
Cody Barton is an edgy piece, one many houses would not have considered publishing. But my editor, Richard LaBonte’ believed in the story, and the folks at Cleis Press went along with Richard’s judgment. I think it’s a beautiful story, and genuine. You can check out Best Gay Romance 2012 by clicking on the cover in the sidebar at right.
Oh, and if you want to see more clips from the movie featured in this post, here’s a link: http://neko1303.tumblr.com/post/24422678621/this-movie-is-so-cute