February 1, 2024

13 Reasons Why Gay Sex Scenes Are Having a Moment

For far too long, movies have tended to scrub queer characters clean of their sexual particularities, leaving them a blank canvas to be painted in whatever way the director chooses. This can result in a smattering of homoerotic scenes that might have appealed to audiences in the past, but which now come off as exploitative, cheesy, and pointless.

But things seem to be changing. From Sundance cult favorite Passages and the sexy period melodrama Fellow Travelers to the erotic drama My Policeman, which stars Harry Styles, there's something in the air. Gay sex is having a moment.

And that's a good thing. It's a reminder that gay people need to see themselves reflected on the big screen in ways that are both respectful and realistic. They want to see characters that aren't just like them, but also have the same kinky proclivities and the same desire for intimacy.

This year, we've seen a number of gay sex scenes that have gotten it right. Red, White & Royal Blue's scene between Alex and Henry is getting rave reviews for its depiction of penetrative sex. It's a scene that feels like it could take place in any romcom, but with the added benefit of an empassioned dialogue about positions and experience. That's the kind of realistic sex that we need more of, not just to make movies feel more authentic, but to remind us of the long road that has taken to get here.

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