"I Caught It at the Movies": Reflections on Medical History, Movie Theaters, and the Cinema of Contagion

J Homosex. 2016;63(3):323-8. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2016.1124689.


Undertaking an examination of the precarious places of the movies and movie theaters in queer lives in the 20th century, this article takes up a series of anecdotal episodes and feature-length films to consider how the space-related stakes of LGBT health have been best understood in literal cinema houses and the narrative cinema projections inside of them. The author argues for an appreciation of LGBT-themed motion pictures as oscillating between perpetuator of queer pathology and its potential solution.

Keywords: AIDS; HIV; LGBT health; bioethics; cinema studies; epidemiology; history of medicine; homosexuality; queer cinema; sexology.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Homosexuality* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motion Pictures*