Produced and Directed by Bryan Mark Urbsaitis, five New York City drag queens discuss gender transformation and empowerment through their lived experiences as drag performers. Men in Heels explores how drag queens balance between their performative personas and their normal lives, fighting invisibility through community involvement as unacknowledged and overlooked superheroes in the battle for true LGBT equality. Anti-bullying and general pro-marriage equality legislation advises non-discrimination both among LGBTers and heteronormative society, however, stigma surrounding drag, gender, gender-bending, alternative sexual orientations and lifestyles, and open discussions about sex prevent Trans-, drag-, poly-, and others from living full lives within their communities. Starring Rev. Yolanda Roger A. Mapes (Reverend Yolanda), Michael Barret Jones (Witti Repartee), Javier Sanchez (Robusta Capp), Will Harrell (Candy Samples), and Cooper Douglas (PhilEsha De Lox).
Exhibit GAY features gay male artists of color in collaboration with the Bronx Council on the Arts at the Longwood Gallery, Hostos Community College, Bronx, New York City. The exhibit ran from February 5th through May 7, 2014 and an earlier version of this video piece appeared in the March 2014 edition of The Hunts Point Express.
Gayburbia amalgamates several suburban American towns imagining challenges as experienced by LGBT folks in small town suburbia. As 17 states and the District of Columbia have now embraced legal recognition of same-sex couples, the front lines in America's marriage equality battle have shifted to the suburbs, where LGBT folk continue to explore and define what it means to be LGBT in small town America. Using found footage from National Organization for Marriage, reports of anti-gay newscasts of Michele Bachmann and Anita Bryant, stills of anti-gay rhetoricians from Chris Christie to the Boy Scouts are 'wolves-in-sheeps-clothing' decrying LGBT rights activists as bullies, failing to understand it is their hideous behavior of denying rights and abusing others over sexual orientation that has made them the target of such activists in the first place.
HIV+ New Yorkers discuss HIV/AIDS stigma as a public health concern in New York and globally. Interviews from activists and their stories of living with HIV/AIDS and surviving the largest modern plague of our times. Producer Bryan Mark Urbsaitis. Directed by Bryan Mark Urbsaitis & Liz Clarey.