by Anthony King
I'm pansexual. These are words I've never said aloud (or typed) until a few days ago. This isn't me being “brave,” and this isn't necessarily breaking news. It's something I've known for as long as I can remember, and it's something I've alluded to (privately and publicly) in the past. But this is the first time I'm using the language to express my sexual identity. And why am I writing about this here, you ask? This has nothing to do with movies, you might be saying. I'm here to tell you that, in fact, it does have something to do with movies.
Each character has been meticulously crafted, representing, one can only assume, people in Crowley's life he has known intimately. Bernard (Reuben Green, Michael Benjamin Washington) is the lone black man, meek, soft spoken, and caring. His best friend is Emory (Cliff Gorman, Robin de Jesus), flamboyant, fun, and racially abusive to Bernard. Donald (Frederick Combs, Matt Bomer) is the first guest to arrive, friend and part time lover of Michael's, a peacekeeper. Larry (Keith Prentice, Andrew Rannells) and Hank (Lawrence Luckinbill, Tuc Watkins) are a couple in the middle of a fight. Larry is the jealous type who can't have just one lover, and Hank recently left his wife and kids for Larry, and is still learning about his newfound identity. Michael's college friend from Georgetown unexpectedly shows up. Alan (Peter White, Brian Hutchison) is married but is in the city alone and “needs” to talk to Michael. Closeted or not, Alan says some very hateful things that deter any empathy afforded him earlier.