The Queer Film Blogathon has now drawn to its inevitable close, and mere words cannot express how happy I am with its success. Right now I could just kiss you all, really I could.
Altogether there were over SIXTY contributions by forty different bloggers, each and every one of them a gem. Seriously, the caliber of these posts really blew me away. We had everything from a comprehensive investigation of gender performativity in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, to an overview of the place of Cary Grant’s screwball antics in the history of queer cinema, to an exploration of magical realism in Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bête, to an analysis of queer undertones in a Mexican Jaws knockoff, to a brilliant essay on sexuality in Silence of the Lambs, plus profiles on performers including Lilyan Tashman and Tommy Kirk, even a cartoon!
I want to thank each and every one of the dedicated bloggers, as well as the wonderful readers and commenters, who made this event such a success. I couldn’t have done it without you, literally. Thank you also for being so patient and understanding with me as I navigated my way through my very first time hosting a blogathon. I think it all came together pretty darn well, given the unexpected volume of contributions and the semi-sensitive subject matter.
As for me, I posted a whole lot in June and dedicated much of my free time to preparing for this event, so I hope you’ll understand if I use July to take a bit of a breather. Not saying I’ll stop posting completely, but things will probably slow down significantly, at least compared to June. Besides, I’m going to have less free time in July than I did in June, as I am set to take over the National Museum of Animals & Society’s On Bipeds & Brutes blog completely as of July 1, in conjunction with my promotion from intern to Public Relations Coordinator at the Museum. :)
In conclusion, I send my love and gratitude to every single one of you. You’ve opened my mind and warmed my heart with your intelligent, fascinating, heartfelt posts on this very important but oft-ignored topic. Give yourselves a round of applause. You’ve worked hard and you deserve it.