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Sorry May December, But Dicks Was This Year's REAL 'Gay Christmas'

Sorry May December, But Dicks Was This Year's REAL 'Gay Christmas'

May December Movie Dicks The Musical
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A handful of other, actually queer movies and shows were the real "Gay Christmas" this year.

Film gays are loving Todd Hayne’s May December.

The film, which stars Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, and Charles Melton has been a strong Oscar contender, and is especially beloved by film gays who love talented actresses, melodrama, big performances, and beautiful movies. It could even “meme its way into Oscar contention,” according to VultureVulture.

At USA Today, critic Patrick Ryan said the movie “seems tailor-made for men who love watching Oscar-winning actresses go toe to toe. In other words, it's basically Gay Christmas.”

While we adore May December, Moore, Portman, Melton, and Haynes, in 2024, there are plenty of other, much, much, MUCH gayer projects from this year that deserve the title of “Gay Christmas.”

May December is a juicy film, and one of the best of the year, but when it comes to Gay Christmas, we want some textual homosexuality.

The first contender is Dicks: The Musical. Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp’s hilarious and over-the-top musical comedy was overflowing with gayness this year. It’s campy, sexy, perverted, song-filled, and hedonistic as hell. It’s the gay agenda.

Dicks also gave us Emmy-winning actors Nathan Lane and Megan Mullally hamming it up (literally in Lane’s case when he chews up and spits lunch meat in the Sewer Boys’ mouths) opposite each other. It also had Saturday Night Live star Bowen Yang playing God (and yes, he’s gay), disgusting puppets, and a hilarious song from Grammy-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

When it comes to presents that gays love to open on Christmas, Dicks really fills in all the boxes.

Another solid contender for Gay Christmas this year is Weekend and Looking creator Andrew Haigh’s gay romance All of Us Strangers, which even actually features a Christmas scene. If you want top-notch actors beloved by the gay community acting against each other, it rarely gets better than Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal.

May December’s Haynes and All of Us Strangers’ Haigh are two of the best gay directors in film today, and All of Us Strangersactually delivers more gay deliciousness than May December does.

A third project that we’d label as “Gay Christmas” is the Showtime limited series Fellow Travelers. Again, it pairs up some of the best actors of today, including Matt Bomer, Jonathan Bailey, Allison Williams, and Broadway stars Jelani Alladin and Noah J. Ricketts, and has them act up a storm in every scene.

The show also features sumptuous costuming that spans decades from the ’50s to the ’80s, making every costume-loving queer’s dream come true. It also features actual Christmas scenes and actual homosexuality.

Bailey and Bomer also have one of the best queer love stories we’ve seen on TV, and not to mention several of the hottest sex scenes. Fellow Travelers isn’t afraid to show queer sex and queer kink, and for that, it deserves to be called Gay Christmas...

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Mey Rude

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.