Are queers just ordinary human beings, with the same hopes and fears and neuroses and dreams as everybody? Or are queers fundamentally different from straight people, with profoundly different ways of dealing with sex and gender and love and family?
It's a question that shows up most dramatically in debates between assimilationists and separatists (and those of us on the spectrums in between). But it also shows up in the hearts and minds of queers -- and straight people with queers in their lives -- when we're searching our souls in private about who we are and how we fit into the world.
And it's a question explored in fascinating, funny, painful, complicated, and almost excruciatingly human detail in the brilliant new film, "The Kids Are All Right."
Along with a whole host of equally compelling questions about sex, humanity, and selfhood.... and how they intertwine.
Thus begins my latest Media Darling column on CarnalNation, The Kids Are All Right. To find out more, read the rest of the piece. (And if you feel inspired to comment here, please consider cross-posting your comment to Carnal Nation -- they like comments there, too.) Enjoy!