This past weekend's large-scale tragedy in Orlando, Florida will be a wound on our country's psyche for some time. Fifty people were left dead and 53 wounded after gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub early Sunday morning. Though inspired by Islamic extremism, there's no doubt Mateen's choice of target was intentional, and an outpouring of support for the LGBT community has arisen in many forms around the world.
By chance, before this horrible event movie streaming site Fandor happened to commission a video essay from filmmaker Candice Drouet, centering on LGBT themes in film. Fandor posted the video, which now holds even more meaning in the wake of the tragedy. It's impossible not to be stirred by its gorgeous imagery and reminder of the importance of appreciating and embracing this targeted group.
The filmmaker included her inspiration for the video essay, playing on the colors of the LGBT flag and the meaning of its various rainbow colors:
“Everything I see, I see in terms of movies. When I think of the LGBTQ experience, I think about great LGBTQ films like 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' 'Priscilla: Queen of the Desert,' 'Before Night Falls' and so many others.
“I also think of the rainbow flag and how each color stands for a value in the LGBTQ experience. Red is life; orange is healing; yellow is sunlight …. As I thought about how each of these values can be found in LGBTQ movies, this video formed in my head. I put together these images representing these values, which are values we can all relate to.”
For those who seek solace in art and film, this essay is a beautiful reminder of the way we need to value and embrace the LGBT community and appreciate the many beautiful ways they contribute to and enhance our world.