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07/10/2007

Video: Gays who were raised on sweet tea and grits

by Jeremy Hooper

Your humble gay scribe grew up in a very small town in Tennessee. He now lives in New York City. To say he is excited to see this documentary would be an understatement:

The southeastern United States is truly some of the most gorgeous land in all of the nation, and the southern people some of the nicest. And don't even get me started on southern food, which more than makes up in taste for what it lacks in heart-healthiness.

Fried okra. Biscuits and gravy. Catfish and hush puppies. YUM.

However, there is also another element that is undeniably present below the Mason-Dixon line, and that is the LGBT animosity that still exists to an all-too-heightened degree. While we still have some ways to go nationwide, it is a fair generalization to say that this section's states are just a little redder.

Fear of holding hands in public. Familial non-acceptance. Church persecution. YUCK.

It is this shared mix of fondness for certain southern elements and sadness in regards to others that forms a sort of camaraderie between gays who were reared in the land of Dixie. Judging by the trailer, the filmmakers have a handle on that concept, so here's hoping they also have a handle on producing a compelling piece of cinema.

For more info:

Out of the South [Official site]

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