So I just got home from the new Logan movie with a couple friends. And my heart still hurts. These mutant movies always get to me.
Living as a gay individual in North Dakota, I can’t help but compare the life of a mutant with the life of an LGBT person here. In rural America, a gay youth often experiences life believing that they are the only one in the world like this. You want society to accept you, when you can’t accept yourself.
Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way it is a historical fact: Sharing the world has never been humanity’s defining attribute. (Professor X – “X2”)
We are not society’s norm. There are those who wish us gone. There are those who view us as freaks with only the destruction of society on our mind.
There are those who fight for us. There are those who defend our right to live authentically.
“We live in an age of darkness, a world full of fear, hate and intolerance. But in every age there are those who fight against it. Charles Xavier was born in a world divided, a world he tried to heal, a mission he never saw accomplished. It seems the destiny of great man to see their goals unfulfilled. Charles was more than a leader, more than a teacher, he was a friend. When we were afraid he gave us strength and when we were alone, he gave us a family. He maybe gone but his teachings lived in through us – his students. Wherever we may go, we must carry on his vision and that’s a vision of a world united.” – Storm (X-Men 3)
Spoiler Alert: Logan is an aging mutant on a journey to help a new generation cross to a place where they will be safe to be who they are.
Is that not the hope of each elder LGBT generation, to see the next generation into a better society? At least it us for me. I want to be a part of that elder generation striving to make the world more welcoming and accepting with each other in the next generation.
As Willem Arondeus stated, “Let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards.” As Charles Xavier told Logan, I tell myself, “You still have time.”
P.S. Yes, I really did enjoy the movie. It was a great tribute and send-off for Wolverine, and others. As action packed as it was, it was equally emotional and engaging.
For those with kids, it isn’t really recommended, at least by me. You can read the IMDb Parent Guide at: