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Alia Shawkat (left) and Analia Pasantino. Photo: Facebook.

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‘Get Out’ Producer to Make Black Lesbian Horror Movie

(SFGN) Producer Jordan Blum of “Get Out” and filmmaker Dee Rees of “Bessie” and “Mudbound” are collaborating on a new project. The yet untitled films’ protagonists will be black lesbians living in the suburbs. Rees said the movie is based on her own experiences, the New York Times reports.  

"You’ve got me and my wife, two black lesbians, and when we first moved in, we fought every day over all these little things: ‘Why is this over there? Did you move that?' Maybe it was a ghost. Or maybe it was some other force—like us not wanting to be there or fitting in." “Anyway, that’s my horror-movie pitch,” Rees said.

“It almost makes me nervous,” Blum said, then leaned back and looked up. “The idea of working with you.” He paused. “But anything you want to do, I’m in. I’m in, I’m in, I’m in.”

Although the project is still in development, Rees told the Times she’s optimistic working with Blum to take on a film of this content and genre. “I can’t tell you how rare it is that people mean what they say in this business,” she said. “He’s just letting me make the best possible version of what I want to make.”


Alia Shawkat: How Being Bisexual Helped Me as an Actor

(SFGN) Alia Shawkat, known for her roles in “Arrested Development” and “Broad City” stars in the new thriller “Paint it Black.” In an interview with Out magazine Shawkat talked about how she’s identified with and grown in each role.

(Out) You’ve also taken on more explicitly queer roles, like when you played Ilana Glazer’s look-alike lover on an episode of Broad City. What was that like?

(AS) I’d been mistaken for Ilana a lot, and I’d heard from her friend that she’d been mistaken for me too. Next thing I know, I’m on a group text with the girls. Then I had a script. I’ve been recognized so much since. A guy in New York pulled up and said, “Hey, you Ilana’s lover, huh?!” 

How do you identify with these characters?

I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, “Are you attracted to boys or girls?” I said I don’t know. Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.

How do you feel in the current climate, moving forward as a queer artist?

I co-wrote and star in a new film called Duck Butter, which opens later this year. I love that it was written for a man and a woman, but we couldn’t find the right guy, so now it happens to star two women [as lovers]. I used to be less outspoken. But as a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have. There’s no more delicacy in being quiet. 


Argentina's First Transgender Police Chief on Duty

(AP) Analia Pasantino served in Argentina's federal police as a man for 20 years, then she came out as a transgender woman and was forced to resign.

She is smiling these days, though, beaming with pride to be wearing a police badge again. And the sign on her office door reads: "Chief."

Nearly a decade after psychiatric reports said Pasantino suffered from an "irreconcilable" illness that made her unfit to serve, she was welcomed back to the police force this week and appointed deputy police commissioner in the judicial communications department.

"This is a milestone," Pasantino, 49, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "I'm the first transgender police chief in Latin America. It's an unprecedented and important step to show Latin America and the world that we are an open institution."

Argentina became a world leader in transgender rights in 2012 when it gave people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures. The government also legalized gay marriage in 2010.

"The world has changed," Pasantino said. "You can live a life of gender identity and it's no longer necessary to live a double life."


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