Outfest Partners with Amazon, Making More Than 60 LGBTQ Movies Available to Stream

Selections include “GBF,” “A Sinner in Mecca,” and “Women Who Kill.”

Outfest and Amazon have announced a partnership making more than 60 official selections from Outfest available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Founded in 1982, Outfest holds the Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival every year and has protected more than 35,000 LGBT films and videos.

“These are challenging times for many and reports of violence against LGBTQ citizens are on the rise,” said Christopher Racster, Executive Director of Outfest, in a statement. “I still believe though in the power of our stories to change that narrative be it for a young teen in Iowa can watch a fully developed LGBTQ character to see a path forward for their own life, to a parent turning on the TV to better understand their child, to the millions who have attended any of our Outfest film festivals over the past 35 years who want to relive a favorite Outfest moment or see something they missed. It is a relationship like this with Prime Video Direct that will carry our stories across the widest network and reach the most individuals.”

Among the films now available to stream are “A Sinner in Mecca,” “Open,” “The Gymnast,” “GBF,” and “Women Who Kill.”

Amazon Prime Video Getting 60-Plus LGBTQ Films From Outfest Film Festival

Amazon’s Prime Video is now streaming 58 official-selection feature films from the Outfest LGBTQ-oriented film festival — with six more coming soon — available to Prime members at no additional cost. The films were published to Prime Video directly by filmmakers or rights holders through Amazon’s Prime Video Direct self-publishing program, which lets content owners […]

Amazon’s Prime Video is now streaming 58 official-selection feature films from the Outfest LGBTQ-oriented film festival — with six more coming soon — available to Prime members at no additional cost. The films were published to Prime Video directly by filmmakers or rights holders through Amazon’s Prime Video Direct self-publishing program, which lets content owners […]

Fests from American Indian Film Festival to Winter Film Awards Celebrate Differences and Diversity

Global gatherings celebrate cultures, ethnicities and people from all walks of life. Variety has compiled a list of these notable upcoming festivals for the 2017-18 year. American Indian Film Festival As the “oldest and best known” Native American cinema outlet, the AIFF aims to increase mainstream awareness of Native American cinema, develop an audience, and create […]

Global gatherings celebrate cultures, ethnicities and people from all walks of life. Variety has compiled a list of these notable upcoming festivals for the 2017-18 year. American Indian Film Festival As the “oldest and best known” Native American cinema outlet, the AIFF aims to increase mainstream awareness of Native American cinema, develop an audience, and create […]

Rita Moreno, Laverne Cox Celebrate Outfest, Talk the Weinstein Co.’s Withdrawal From Benefit

Laverne Cox and Rita Moreno were both honored at the Outfest Legacy Awards in downtown Los Angeles Sunday night. Held at Vibiana, the awards helped highlight the two figures’ major contributions to the LGBT community in film and television. The awards were in the news a couple of weeks ago when the third scheduled honoree, […]

Laverne Cox and Rita Moreno were both honored at the Outfest Legacy Awards in downtown Los Angeles Sunday night. Held at Vibiana, the awards helped highlight the two figures’ major contributions to the LGBT community in film and television. The awards were in the news a couple of weeks ago when the third scheduled honoree, […]

‘Transparent’ Cast on How Jill Soloway Changed Their Lives, Season 4 Details

“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway is a constant at Outfest Los Angeles. This year, she brought two new episodes of the Emmy-winning show to the festival to give fans an early preview of Season 4. The post-screening panel included Soloway, writers Our Lady J and Ali Liebegott, director Marta Cunningham, and cast members Amy Landecker, Jay… Read more »

“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway is a constant at Outfest Los Angeles. This year, she brought two new episodes of the Emmy-winning show to the festival to give fans an early preview of Season 4. The post-screening panel included Soloway, writers Our Lady J and Ali Liebegott, director Marta Cunningham, and cast members Amy Landecker, Jay... Read more »

‘Heroes’ Star Thomas Dekker Reveals Homosexuality After He Was Outed by ‘American Gods’ Creator

“Heroes” star Thomas Dekker came out as gay on Instagram on Thursday after being outed by “American Gods” creator Bryan Fuller.

“My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to ‘out’ me,” Dekker wrote on Instagram. “While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots.”

Fuller served as a writer on “Heroes” and discussed the way a gay character was “het-washed” during a speech at Outfest earlier this week. “I had a brief stint on ‘Heroes’ where the gay character was ‘hetwashed’ after the actor’s management threatened to pull him from the show if he — the character, not the actor — were gay,” Fuller said. “The character became straight and the actor came out as gay.”

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Dekker had previously discussed the behind-the-scenes complications surrounding his character’s sexuality, but had never publicly come out as gay.

“While it is an odd situation, I thank [Fuller] because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men,” Dekker wrote. “In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier.”

“I have never lied to the press about the fluidity of my sexuality but this man claiming that I came out is not true,” he continued. “Because I have not ‘officially’ until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. ‘I’m gay.’ Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal.”

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Read Dekker’s full message below:

My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to “out” me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots. While it is an odd situation, I thank him because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier. I have never lied to the press about the fluidity of my sexuality but this man claiming that I came out is not true. Because I have not “officially” until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. “I’m gay”. Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal. Sexuality and who you love is a deeply personal and complicated thing. For some of us, it takes time to cultivate, discover and conclude. It is not something anyone should ever be ashamed of and certainly not something anyone should be rushed into. I agree with many who believe it is an important responsibility for LGBTQ persons with a platform to come out. It has the power to change minds, challenge beliefs and make others feel understood and supported. It can strengthen the progression of our community and help disarm those who discriminate against us. It is a brave, powerful and important thing to do but it is also a deeply personal decision. One that should only be made when you are ready. If we are to stand strong in the gay community, our mission should be support, not exclusion; love, not shame. I choose not to look back on the past with a regretful heart but rather focus on the future with a hopeful one. A future where myself and all others can feel free to express their true selves with honor and dignity. I embrace you, any of you, with open arms, kindness, faith and patience. For all of you who have supported me, before and now, I thank you from the bottom of my fledgling heart. Be proud of who you are. No matter how long it takes.

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“Heroes” star Thomas Dekker came out as gay on Instagram on Thursday after being outed by “American Gods” creator Bryan Fuller.

“My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to ‘out’ me,” Dekker wrote on Instagram. “While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots.”

Fuller served as a writer on “Heroes” and discussed the way a gay character was “het-washed” during a speech at Outfest earlier this week. “I had a brief stint on ‘Heroes’ where the gay character was ‘hetwashed’ after the actor’s management threatened to pull him from the show if he — the character, not the actor — were gay,” Fuller said. “The character became straight and the actor came out as gay.”

Dekker had previously discussed the behind-the-scenes complications surrounding his character’s sexuality, but had never publicly come out as gay.

“While it is an odd situation, I thank [Fuller] because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men,” Dekker wrote. “In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier.”

“I have never lied to the press about the fluidity of my sexuality but this man claiming that I came out is not true,” he continued. “Because I have not ‘officially’ until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. ‘I’m gay.’ Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal.”

Read Dekker’s full message below:

My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to “out” me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots. While it is an odd situation, I thank him because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier. I have never lied to the press about the fluidity of my sexuality but this man claiming that I came out is not true. Because I have not “officially” until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. “I’m gay”. Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal. Sexuality and who you love is a deeply personal and complicated thing. For some of us, it takes time to cultivate, discover and conclude. It is not something anyone should ever be ashamed of and certainly not something anyone should be rushed into. I agree with many who believe it is an important responsibility for LGBTQ persons with a platform to come out. It has the power to change minds, challenge beliefs and make others feel understood and supported. It can strengthen the progression of our community and help disarm those who discriminate against us. It is a brave, powerful and important thing to do but it is also a deeply personal decision. One that should only be made when you are ready. If we are to stand strong in the gay community, our mission should be support, not exclusion; love, not shame. I choose not to look back on the past with a regretful heart but rather focus on the future with a hopeful one. A future where myself and all others can feel free to express their true selves with honor and dignity. I embrace you, any of you, with open arms, kindness, faith and patience. For all of you who have supported me, before and now, I thank you from the bottom of my fledgling heart. Be proud of who you are. No matter how long it takes.

A post shared by Thomas Dekker (@thomas.dekker) on

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