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Controversial Gay Film Explores A ‘May-December’ Love Affair

‘Gerontophilia,’ Controversial Bruce LaBruce Film, Explores Intergenerational Gay Love


Director Bruce La Bruce’s new film, “Gerontophilia,” might be tamer than what you would expect from the controversial filmmaker. Still, the narrative itself is still both polarizing and compelling, having recently made waves across the Internet.

The film follows the experiences of an 18-year-old boy, Lake, as he comes to understand his attraction to older men, subsequently leading him to take a job at a retirement home. According to Towleroad, while working at the facility Lake falls for an 81-year-old man named Mr. Peabody, later coming to learn through his work that the patients are being purposefully overmedicated. Lake then tries to break Mr. Peabody free from his current circumstances and embark on a road trip across Canada.

In a recent interview with Vocativ, LaBruce opened up about his inspiration for the film and his interest in the subject matter.

“I am now middle-aged, and I hope I will run into gerontophiles in the near or distant future who will appreciate me as a sexy, stimulating and fascinating sexual object,” he told Vocativ. “It’s also a good metaphor for any sort of taboo or transgressive sexual peccadillo, a celebration of anyone who goes against the grain of society or nature. Young is fun, but old is bold.”

LaBruce also unpacked the concept of gerontophilia during the course of the interview and the way this form of desire guides the trajectory of the film.

The older and more wrinkled and closer to death the object of desire is, the more sexually stimulated the gerontophile. It also has to do with empathy for the aged, and an appreciation for their wisdom and experience. It’s a love of the elderly, as well as a sexual attraction. Most fetishes entail a love and respect for the object of desire, not merely a sexual attraction to it. But most people choose not to understand or believe that a fetish also has a romantic impulse.

Head here to read the interview in full.

Curious to see more from the film? Check out the trailer above and see the video below for an excerpt from “Gerontophilia.”  | By James Nichols


‘Dear Abby’ Shuts Down Homophobic Couple With Gay Neighbors

‘Dear Abby’ Shuts Down Homophobic Couple With Gay Neighbors

Beloved advice columnist “Dear Abby” received a letter this week from an anti-gay couple who have a pressing question: “Who is the true bigot here?”

Dear Abby is a true lady and a national treasure.

Dear Abby is a true lady and a national treasure.

The couple, penned as “Unhappy In Tampa,” tell Abby that they recently relocated to Florida and seem to be having a bit of trouble navigating the ins and outs of their neighbors’ social circle. According to the distressed couple, the neighborhood group also contains two gay couples, and the new husband and wife wrote they “did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices. Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots!”

The shocked couple just can’t seem to understand their neighbors’ aversion to anti-gay exclusion — to the point that they felt the need to seek the perspective of an advice columnist. Luckily, Abby seems to have a bit of a better head on her shoulders and helps to put this indignation in perspective.

After shutting down the “lifestyle choice” argument, Abby tells the couple that she “find[s] it interesting that you are unwilling to reciprocate the hospitality of people who welcomed you and opened their homes to you, and yet you complain because you are receiving similar treatment.”

She then informs the perplexed couple that perhaps they chose the wrong place to live, but also that “if you interact only with people like yourselves, you will have missed a chance for growth, which is what you have been offered here. Please don’t blow it.”

The “Dear Abby” column can be read in full here.

This isn’t the first time that an advice columnist offered the perfect response to a question from an anti-gay reader. Last November, columnist “Ask Amy” responded to a mother who was attempting to change her son’s sexuality, telling the concerned parent that “If you cannot learn to accept him as he is, it might be safest for him to live elsewhere.”

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