‘Black gay men’s autobiographies are still vanishingly rare – the more so due to the catastrophe of AIDS. Duplechan’s wise and witty, at times provocative and always entertaining telling of his life through his love of films both classic and obscure is to be cherished.’
—PATRIK IAN-POLK, creator of Noah’s Arc and writer for P-Valley
'Duplechan is a master film critic, alternately praising and scathing, with a gushing heart and acerbic wit, all the while giving the reader little known facts about the classic and not-so-classic movies that shaped his colorful life. Personal anecdotes round out this well-crafted journal of the ultimate movie fan who, above all, despite the oft caustic pen, is a romantic sentimentalist.'
—SAM HARRIS, author of Ham: Slices of a Life, and The Substance of All Things.
'This is such a great concept that any gay person who loves film will want to put together a similar list. But the book itself is so much better than what anyone else could write. Larry Duplechan knows movies and music inside out – he's been watching and listening since age seven – so he is full of fresh ideas, good history, and smart jokes. I laughed out loud a lot. Best of all, he weaves a fine autobiography into his movie talk, one that's honest, real, complex, and moving.'
—CHRISTOPHER BRAM, author of Gods and Monsters
'Fasten your seatbelts for a wild ride through “gay” movie history with Larry Duplechan at the wheel. His enlightening, bitchy, unfiltered, pithy, and sentimental observations coaxed me to take another look at countless films, and it will for you!'
—MICHAEL GREGG MICHAUD, author of Sal Mineo, A Biography and Inventing Troy Donahue
'Larry Duplechan is the storyteller you want to sit next to at the party. His deep dive into movies that molded our youth and haunt our adulthood is funny, acerbic and personal. I dare anyone to read this book without making a list of films to see or see again. I say two snaps up!'
—JEWELLE GOMEZ, author of The Gilda Stories and Still Water: Poems
'Movies that Made Me Gay may be the best movie book of special interest to gay men in particular since Vito Russo's groundbreaking The Celluloid Closet.'
—MICHAEL LASSELL, Lambda Award-winning author of Decade Dance
MOVIES THAT MADE ME GAY 'would make a wonderful gift for anybody who’s into movies. But I also think young queer people would enjoy this book, because looking through it I saw so many movies that meant so much to me as a young gay person.'
'Duplechan has concocted a relentlessly witty autobiography in the form of a pop-culturally erudite examination of movies from a queer, African-American POV.'
'Immensely readable and entertaining, this is a treat for movie lovers. It will hopefully also bring some forgotten films to light.'
Movies That Made Me Gay is a wonderfully well-informed, witty and acerbic take on iconic Hollywood films, film-stars, and indie cult favorites from an author who is himself a Black gay icon; and is also a touching and extremely readable personal memoir of growing up gay and Black in the early '60s; surviving the AIDS pandemic of the '80s (legendary Vito 'Celluloid Closet' Russo was a dear friend) and the adaptation of his novel Blackbird into a feature film starring Mo'nique in 2014, and still thriving today.
PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd October 2023.
You can order the Movies That Made Me Gay audiobook (narrated by Larry Duplechan) via the following links:
You can order Movies That Made Me Gay paperback via the following links:
'Movies That Made Me Gay' — Larry Duplechan's cinematic memoir BAY AREA REPORTER
An In-depth Interview with Larry Duplechan OUT MAGAZINE
A Fabulously Funny Conversation with Larry Duplechan NUTMEG CHATTER
Groundbreaking Icon, Jewelle Gomez, Celebrates Larry Duplechan's Movies That Made Me Gay SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES
Larry Duplechan gives an excellent radio interview SHOUTOUT RADIO
An Exclusive Conversation with Larry Duplechan QUEER WORDS PODCAST
Larry Duplechan title for Team Angelica by BOOK BRUNCH
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LARRY DUPLECHAN reads from his acclaimed new book, Movies That Made Me Gay.
LARRY DUPLECHAN in conversation with RIKKI BEADLE-BLAIR.
LARRY DUPLECHAN lives in a suburb of Los Angeles with his husband, their Chartreux cat, and entirely too many DVDs. He is the author of the novels Eight Days a Week, Blackbird, Tangled Up In Blue, Captain Swing and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Got 'til It's Gone.
LARRY DUPLECHAN is photographed by JOHN FARRELL JR.