Kawa (2010) was terrible, all about closets and angst and parents who fall to the ground screaming when they discover that their kid is gay. But Fifty Ways of Saying Fabulous (2005), based on the novel by Graeme Aitkin, gets it nearly right. It won't make my list of 10 Gay Movies I Loved, but it was pleasant.
He hates farming and rugby, the two passions of everybody else in town, but he loves teen idol music and sci-fi tv, especially the glamorous space-explorer Lana (Judy from Lost in Space in the original novel). So naturally he dons a black wig to become Lana, and his tomboy cousin Lou becomes her partner Brad, to act out interstellar adventures.
Billy's parents are nonchalant about his forays into drag, but at school it's downright savage, with bullying, bashing, and cries of "poof!"
I didn't find out until 1976.
Then, as is the custom in movies, two things happen that change Billy's life forever.
David Cassidy). Billy gets an intense, obsessive, undeniably homoerotic crush. Same-sex desire most definitely exists.
Under Roy's tutelage, Billy come to understand what "gay" means. His epiphany is not the least angst-ridden, and the reactions of the heterosexuals are not as homophobic as they would be in Kawa, set thirty years in the future.