As a young gay
man who has been obsessed with movies most of his life,
I've realized certain things about the teen-horror
genre. In the rare occurrence a gay character appears,
they are always secondary players with no purpose in
the film but to comfort the female lead and eventually
So, as a young
gay filmmaker, I decided to break this trend by creating a
teen-horror film that would portray gay characters as strong
and who have a purpose within the filmbeyond the
stereotypical "gay best friend."
In my debut film,
Sinner, there are three gay characters, none of
whom fit into the stereotypical mold. One character, Tad, is
the champion of his high school swim team, strong in
both body and mind, popular, and forced to take on the
hero role on more than one occasion.
Laura is an
aspiring model who recently discovered she is a lesbian. As
her love for a straight female character grows, she begins
to regret her relationship with her current boyfriend.
She lets him down easy, not wanting to deny who she
Brody has been
brought up with the belief that homosexuality is a sin and
could land him in hell. He grapples with his own sexuality
in the film and expresses his inner loathing by making
fun of Tad at every opportunity.
film would most likely not be labeled a "gay
movie," it may actually portray gay teens in a
far more flattering light than a typical gay film. In
many gay movies LGBT characters come across as weak, even if
they were written with the best intentions. As a gay
teenager, I know what growing up queer in a small town
is really like and how much strength that involves.
Sinner is my attempt not only to bring a gay audience
into a scary movie but also to have them identify with
the characters. I hope that other LGBT teenagers will
feel that I did right by them.