Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian character
Short Take: A West Hollywood alternative family with a young gay man, a lesbian who binds her chest, and a drag queen.
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Year: 2005
Duration: 95 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Everett Lewis
Writer: Everett Lewis
Starring: Joe Lia, Allan Louis, Lance Lee Davis, Adam Larson, Joshua Paul, Art Roberts, Minerva Vier, Vince Parenti, Ber Fox, Justin Meloni, Thomas Magazeno, Tara Nova

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India (Joe Lia) is a young gay man who has only been in West Hollywood for a short time, living on the street and making money shooting gay porn. He’s angry at the straight world, but one night when gay bashers come after him, a tall black drag queen named Destiny (Allan Louis) appears out of the dark to save him. India takes sanctuary at Destiny’s apartment along with Lester (Minerva Vier), a young lesbian who works as an auto mechanic and binds her chest. She seems to want to pass as a boy and laments that she can’t go shirtless.

The three support each other in an alternative family, noting that since so many queers are kicked out by biological families, creating our own family structures is very important. Soon Spencer (Lance Lee Davis), one of India’s boyfriends who has suffered from homophobic abuse, joins the group. They set out to prove that bashers are secretly queer, and one of the former bashers moves in as well.

Much of the film includes sexy love scenes with India and his latest, while Destiny and his friends patrol, keeping the streets safe from straights. Lester is really just a cardboard afterthought in the cast, with most of the plot and action centering on shirtless boys.

Destiny is a pleasure, but poor acting and a script with politicized, unnatural dialog make this one to miss (unless you’re watching for the guy-guy sex scenes). (AB)