The Gay Republicans (Wash Westmoreland, U.S.). 63 minutes. Saturday (May 21), 3 pm. Cumberland. Rating: NNNN
This informative and quick-moving doc explores the seemingly oxymoronic concept of gay conservatives. Don't laugh. More than a million gays and lesbians voted for Bush in 2000.
Focusing on four members of the Log Cabin, a gay Republican group, Wash Westmoreland tracks the last few tumultuous years, with special emphasis on Bush's 2004 stand on gay marriage to woo the religious right.
Westmoreland doesn't examine what made the queers conservatives in the first place. Most are white, male and wealthy, so you can assume it's the fiscal policies. He gets a few cheap laughs at two of his more ridiculous subjects: one collects Reagan memorabilia, the other, a Palm Beach hairdresser, is an ass-kissing idiot.
But you see genuine conflict in the lives of the film's other subjects, a lawyer who wants to marry her Democrat partner of seven years, and Steve May , the first openly gay member of Arizona's state legislature, who makes a life-changing decision.
Inside out festival reviews The new queer crop INSIDE OUT TORONTO LESBIAN AND GAY FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL at various locations from today (Thursday, May 19) to May 29. $7.50-$10.75, galas $21.50-$26.75. 416-967-1528, www.insideout.ca. For complete schedule, see Indie & Rep Film, page 126.