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Straight Acting

Straight Acting
56:27 | 2006

Categories: Documentary, LGBT, Sports, Politics

"Filmmaker Spencer Windes' debut documentary film tells the story of how he evolved from a STRAIGHT ACTING Mormon missionary into a comfortably gay man by playing violent contact sports.

On the rugby pitch, hockey rink and rodeo circuit, Windes encounters the subculture of queer athletes busting stereotypes - including their own. Bruised and bloodied, Windes emerges from the scrum having rediscovered a trait common to all men, gay or straight: the need to play.


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October 19, 2014
Allen Perlstein
June 7, 2014
everyone wants to feel normal, not alone and part of the real world.
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Tamara PM
September 20, 2013
Jose Germosen
September 19, 2013
Hilario Fareaux
August 7, 2013
It's all about having some good clean fun. I like this.
jim m keel
June 27, 2013
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James V. Jones
January 11, 2012
Hmmmm... while this is cool, what about the more feminine acting gay? Are we simply abandoning them for an image that's more acceptable to straights? There are some guys that couldn't have a butch moment to save their lives-- does this mean that they have no place in this part of gay culture? What if that's truly who you are by nature? It's one thing for straights to discriminate against us, quite something else when we're doing it to each other. I have friends like the guys in this video; I also have friends who are drag queens, female impersonators and what some would call "flamers". There's room for everybody in my world, how about yours?
John Petrovich
January 14, 2012
Amen!! (God ) put me in this "circle of life". IS what makes us tick, the acting or over coming? The fact that ALL, can pass through life accepting one another is/ can make us equals.
D. Michael Cavalier
January 6, 2012
"Strait Acting", if you take it in literal form, would mean dating and having sex with women. I do neither, however I am a masculine man who also happens to be gay and proud of it.
Shęldon Hęlms
December 30, 2011
Some men are masculine, and some are feminine, and some are in between. It often correlates with sexual orientation, and it sometimes doesn't. Some gay men "pretend" to be more masculine (for various reasons), and some gay men act more effeminate when they're out with their gay friends being wild and silly, while some are just truly more masculine or more feminine. The real trick is to stop being such ass holes about other people's personality traits. This goes for all of you who are bashing the masculine gay men, calling them closeted and posers. You have no right to judge them and then demand not to be judged for who YOU are.
Aulus Paulus
December 17, 2011
I am homosexual but I would never describe myself as "gay" or "queer" simply because these names have political and life-style connotations which have nothing to do with me or my life. Why are so many gay/queer men so hung up on homogenization? Why are so many gay/queer men so offended by the word normal? The definition of normal is simply, " The usual, average, or typical state or condition". The global male population is predominantly heterosexual, therefore, in terms of behavioral norms, these men are normal, what's so wrong with acknowledging that? How can these men and those like them, i.e. g0y(s), sa's etc, be accused of self hate and closeted feelings when they are just trying to live their lives as they see fit. I didn't hear any criticism of the sashaying, lisping, feminizing affectations of so many in the gay/queer community, so why so much vehement criticism. Those men, like myself, love men openly but are not interested in those who either by nature or nurture, or those who are just affected; choose to "display" their sexual orientation or play up to a stereotype. What is so wrong with that? Sexuality is as diverse as race and culture, sexual attractiveness is equally as diverse and complex. I am not attracted to effeminate men or those with affectations, if I was I would look for a female. Does that mean I hate or discriminate the aforementioned? No, it merely means that I do not seek their company. Gay/queer men so get a grip and ask themselves why the word normal, in light of the above definition, raises their hackles so much?
Jesus Suarez
December 14, 2011
What a Wonderful Film! I never thought that I would ever see the day that a Movie like this would ever be made...Kudos to all you who were involved in any way! Congratulations! I loved it!
Anthony Richardson
December 14, 2011
Interesting video and I did enjoy it but what bothers me is the attacks on the, I guess, less "butch" gays. "I didn't feel like I felt into the gay community because I wasn't gay enough" is a cope out. A REAL man wouldn't put the blame on the members of the gay community that are perceived as the stereotype. I know from my personal experience there isn't a "narrow stereotype that you HAVE to fit into to be accepted" Oh how the tables would turn if the Drag Queens decided they wanted to play rugby. I bet these boys would have issues with it. I'm sure black men and women don't want to be the stereotype so the break down walls and make their own paths. I can't believe some gay men seriously use the flamboyant stereotype as a reason to stay closeted. Be a trail blazer. Those queens you have issues with made roads enough for EVEN YOU to feel comfortable enough to create your own. I also hate the "normal" gay comment. I mean yes he did it in quotes to signify "what is normal anyway" but still, if you're a normal gay you might as well go along with straight acting which means you might as well not be gay.
Andreas Chamuris
December 10, 2011
This certainly proves that everyone needs to feel "better than" SOMEONE. The use of the word "normal" implies that non-straight-acting homos are NOT normal. That makes me want to puke. Enjoyed it otherwise.
Basque Beat
December 9, 2011
I lost all my long-time football buddies when I told them I was gay in high school. They had nothing to do with me after that. At the same time, when people learn that I'm gay, I am not gay enough. The simple message here should be: learn tollorance...on both sides. Courage comes in many forms.
Matt Thomas
December 6, 2011
What I can't stand is the hypocrisy of some in the gay community who are always screaming about diversity and inclusion and then bash other gays for their own self-perception and identity. So it's OK to be a drag queen but not a rugby player? When others break out of a stereotype, they're "self-loathing" or in denial? I'd rather hang out with these rugby guys who are real to their own self identity than any bitter, jaded hypocritical queen any day.
Todd Novacek
November 1, 2011
You inspired me. Thanks.
David Beerman
October 19, 2011
All the talk about how you guys are the "normal" gays and how refreshing it is to be around each other and not be stereotypes, is a nauseating stereotype. I'm glad you were all able to find some peace of mind, but if it wasn't for the far more courageous gays who were able to put themselves out there and be the queens they are, it seems like right now you'd all be trolling for dick on craigslist at 4am with your wife and kids asleep in the next room. The next time you decide to give yourself a pat on the back for breaking the mold by playing a sport that's been around since 1750, remember whose shoulders you're standing on and show some respect.
Kaiser Eisenhaur
December 8, 2011
I love you. Ok? Just accept it. lol Eloquently put!
Brandon Samuels
December 11, 2011
Roger Rynlds
May 18, 2012
I understand what they are saying in the documentary. I also understand David's point.
Hazard Parish
August 11, 2012
i think the point of the movie was its ok to be you whatever that is. media still portrays us as effeminate bitchy queers,some of us are,some not. if you want to ride a bull or dress hair ,it dosent matter,i think the only time you should be acting is on a stage. the whole boxing in of who we are hurts all of us,it stops straights from being witty or fashion forward for fear of being called queer as much as it stops queers from playing sports for fear of being called an assimilationist,its all stupid,dont act anything,be everything you feel like being,thats the point of the film for me anyway
Alexander Fernandez
October 18, 2011
Maurice Lucas
October 8, 2011
it is okay, but still there started to be a bashing of non "straight-acting" gays; why can't we produce a complicated full picture? We don't seem to know how to look across the gay table and say "your way of being you, gay, queer, raced, sized, and so on is not just okay, it is beautiful".