The amazing, unmade LGBT+ movies you might never get to see

Nick Duffy January 28, 2019
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Unmade LGBT+ movies: The famous Hollywood Sign (David Livingston/Getty)

The famous Hollywood Sign (David Livingston/Getty)

Details have been released of a slew of unmade LGBT+ movies that might never see the light of day.

GLAAD teamed up with The Black List, which curates a list of popular unmade film projects, to reveal details of some major LGBT+ inclusive scripts that are yet to find a Hollywood home.

GLAAD List REVEALS popular unmade LGBT+ movies

The scripts include Trouble Man, a biopic based on the real story of Bayard Rustin, the gay man who mentored Martin Luther King Jr and quietly shaped the civil rights movement while facing attempts to smear his sexuality.

The GLAAD List: Unmade LGBT+ movies
The GLAAD List: Unmade LGBT+ movies

The list also includes Queen, based on  the true story of Corey Rae, the world’s first openly transgender high school prom queen, and What If?, about a teenager who asks out a transgender girl.

GLAAD notes that  the scripts “represent the type of stories that GLAAD would like to see studios producing”, adding: “With the proper attention, and with the collaboration of the right directors and actors, these scripts show tremendous promise and should one day become films that will both entertain audiences and change hearts and minds around the world.”

The list is below, courtesy of GLAAD:

The Ecdysiasts, by Mary F. Unser – Soon the 13-year periodical cicadas will emerge from underground by the millions, molt and fill the air with their joyous, deafening song. Above ground, 13-year-old Trygg is struggling with his own emergence since the death of his older sister Katie. When lesbian entomologist Allison Armstrong moves in next door, she and Trygg become fast friends and make plans to celebrate the appearance of the cicadas.

The Enclosed, by Chris Basler – In 13th-century England, Brigid, an anchoress living a hermetic existence in a church cell, stumbles upon a holy relic that may give her life new meaning — but when a sinister entity after the relic threatens her, she’s forced to confide in an impertinent servant girl with plans of her own.

Me & Tammy Faye at the Betty Ford Clinic, by Pamela García Rooney – The totally MADE-UP story of the unlikely bond between a Latina transgender woman and the queen of Christian televangelism, inspired by the very real life of Tammy Faye Bakker.

Paragraph 175, by Diane Hanks – In the storm of persecution that is Hitler’s rise to power, two lovers are torn apart and find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict: one a prisoner in a concentration camp, the other his captor.

Queen, by Harry Tarre – Based on the inspiring true story of the world’s first openly transgender high school Prom Queen, Corey Rae.

Scott, by Anna Rose Moore – After her best friend dies, a success-driven lawyer is left with an unwinnable case – a female inmate’s accusations of rape by her prison guards. She soon uncovers a massive systemic scandal of sexual abuse by prison staff and the network used to cover it up.

Three Months, by Jared Frieder – After being exposed to HIV the weekend of his high school graduation in 2011, a queer teenager from Miami must survive the three months it takes to get tested in this coming-of-age dark comedy about shame and resilience.

Trouble Man, by David Carlson – The incredible true story of unsung hero Bayard Rustin, the gay African American architect of the Civil Rights Movement and right-hand man to Martin Luther King, Jr.

What If?, by Alvaro Garcia Lecuona – An unassertive 17-year-old turns his high school on its head when he asks out his crush, a transgender girl.

Your Boy, by Matt Whitaker – Home for the summer on Long Island, a shy black college student comes out to his oldest and closest friend. But after an internship in Manhattan leads him to an exhilarating gay social scene, the 21-year-old is caught between his newly confident lifestyle and the unpopular straight friend who once knew him best.

Jeremy Blacklow, GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Media, highlighted the importance of LGBT+ movies, adding: “There is no more reputable source for discovering quality scripts in Hollywood than The Black List.

“The Black List’s commitment to elevating marginalized voices in the film industry is unparalleled and GLAAD is excited to lock arms with them in helping bring diverse LGBTQ stories to Hollywood’s attention.”

Franklin Leonard the Founder and CEO of The Black List: “The Black List is thrilled to be working with GLAAD to shine a spotlight on brilliant LGBTQ-inclusive scripts hosted on the Black List and beyond.

“We are even more excited by the prospect that this spotlight will vault these films toward production and into theaters around the country and the world, bringing with them a more LGBTQ-inclusive culture and society.”

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