From "post-punk" to "post-millennial," it seems we can't resist defining an era by what came before it. In recent years the term "post-gay" has come into vogue. According to Urban Dictionary, "post-gay" refers to "[t]he notion that homosexuals should be able to define their identities by something other than sexual preference." Lately we've seen a surge in films featuring gay characters whose sexuality feels refreshingly incidental to the plot. Post-gay movies can be love stories, dramas, or comedies, but what they all share is a recognition of gay people as part of the natural fabric of modern life. In fact, most of these films rarely even mention the word "gay." The characters just simply are.
We believe our film Last Weekend is a quintessential post-gay film. It was co-directed by a gay man and a straight man (how post-gay is that?), and it features a gay couple, Luke and Theo, maneuvering through the early phases of their relationship as they visit Theo's family for a Labor Day weekend at their lake house. In honor of our own entry in the post-gay genre, we thought it was fitting to recommend our 10 favorite post-gay films.